Butt to Barra district news 9/8/12


Wedding Bells – Last week an exodus of wedding guests from Lewis, Harris and other places made their way to Inverness for the wedding on Thursday, August 2nd, of Amanda Maclean, from Leverburgh, Harris, and Paul Murray of 3 High Street, Skigersta.

The marriage service in the Free North Church Inverness was performed by Rev Kenneth Ferguson, Cross Free Church. Singing of Praise at the service was led by Iain Morrison of Leverburgh, and Innes Macsween from North Dell.

The Piper for the occasion was Calum Murdo Maclean of Eorodale, Ness.

The reception later was held in the New Drumossie Hotel where, after grace said by Rev Ruaridh Maclean, Leverburgh Free Church, Hearrachs and Leodhasaichs had a most enjoyable evening together.

We send our congratulations and good wishes for the future to Amanda and Paul as they set out on the voyage of married life together.


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church on July 22nd were conducted by Donald MacKinnon, Tolsta, and on 29th by Dr George Macleod, Carloway.

Last weekend morning services were conducted by Rev Brian Rodgers, of the United Free Church, Greenock, and Joe MacPhee, Stornoway, preached in the evening.

In the Free Church (Continuing), both services last Sunday were taken by Rev Maurice Roberts, Senior Minister of Inverness.

In Hospital – Since our last news Mary Bell MacSween, Tarran House, was hospitalised in Stornoway, but we are glad to report she is now home again and we hope she is enjoying better health.

We also remember in our thoughts and prayers Sarah Macleod, 4 Scalpay, a resident of Leverburgh Care Home, who is at the time of compiling this detained in the Western Isles Hospital and we wish her too a quick and full recovery.

New Job – Karen Macrae, 6 Creag Adnaich, is now employed as an Administrator with The North Harris Trust and we wish her every success in her new position.

Degree Success – Well done to Effie Jamieson on her graduation from Robert Gordon University in Clinical Practice.

Effie, whose family home is at Harbour View, undertook this course while working full-time in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and out in the community and, on behalf of her many friends and relatives here, we congratulate her on her magnificent achievement.

New Baby – Best wishes are sent to Errol and Angelina Chalmers, Back, on the birth of a son, Eoghainn Stewart, recently. Angelina’s family home is at North Harbour View and we remember proud parents and grandparents John James and Rachel on this happy occasion.

New Resident – DR Morrison, our retired Gazette and Oban Times correspondent, has moved from his home at the village into Harris House.

Dollie is a well-known and well-respected figure in our midst and we wish him well as he takes up residence in that excellent facility.


Many Happy Returns - To Angus Morison (Angus a’ Bhoinne), of 42 Park Carloway, after he turned 80 last Saturday. Family, friends and neighbours were treated to a very enjoyable evening. Meal-do-naidheachd!

Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Final - This must-see match will now be played at Fivepenny Park, Ness, after Rally Park in Tarbert, the initial venue for the final, was deemed unplayable last week. Carloway’s opponents will be rivals West Side, the same team that defeated Carloway 3-1 in the ‘Way’s last final, after they defeated Back in their semi-final.

This will be Carloway’s fifth ever appearance in the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup final, last making it through back in 1999, and will be seeking to end their fifty five year cup hoodoo, last winning major silverware back in 1957.

West Side on the other hand will be looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time ever, after winning it twice in the past five years; a period which the Siarachs have participated in every final. A reminder that the final kicks off at 7pm on Friday 10th August (tomorrow). Come out and support your team as they bid to end their cup drought. C’mon the ‘Way!

Results - Carloway played league leaders Lochs at Cnoc a’ Choilich in the Co-operative Cup quarter finals last Friday, a match which the ‘Way won 2-0 thanks to goals from Andrew ‘Tago’ MacIver and former star Kenny ‘Wellies’ MacAskill, who made his first appearance in the blue jersey since season 2003.

Following Friday’s success, Carloway took on title contenders Stornoway Athletic at the same venue last Monday, in the Lewis and Harris Football League. Unfortunately, Carloway lost the match 3-1, with Andrew ‘Tago’ MacIver’s goal not enough to stop the townies from securing all three points. Match reports for both these games can be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk

Carloway Community Newsletter - The editorial group are asking for more articles for the monthly newsletter, with this month’s edition due to be compiled on Friday 10th August (tomorrow). If anyone has an article, please send it to the following email: carlowaynews@hotmail.co.uk


Gordon Smith - Sadly we have to report the passing of Gordon Smith of Dun Innes, Kirkibost, at the age of 81 years, at his home on the 26th July, 2012.

Gordon was born and brought up in Fochabers and did his National Service as a Radio Engineer in the Royal Airforce. Latterly he was a painter and decorator by trade and later moved to Corby to the Steel industry where he had his family, daughter Glynis and son Brian.

On his retirement he moved to Bernera where he has livid for the last 16 years. He was a popular member of the community joining in many of the activities in the Community Centre. Gordon was especially interested in the Bernera Bowls club and was one of the original members.

Gordon was a peaceable good man and was friendly with all who met him. The community of Bernera send their condolences to Glynis, Brian and all the grandchildren. A grave side service was held on the 28th July conducted by the Reverend Amed. Gordon’s gentle presence will be greatly missed.

Cross the Atlantic - The Cross the Atlantic Race 2012 will take place at noon on Saturday, August 18th.

As usual all the children competing in the race where everyone is a winner will run across the Atlantic Ocean without getting their feet wet. Quite a remarkable feat.

There will also be ‘Beat the Bobby’, ‘Soak the Fireman’ and ‘Watch the Birdie’ with the kind assistance of Northern Constabulary, the Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade and Stornoway Coastguard Helicopter. And there will be games, songs, stories and sweeties as well, so for a for a fun-filled day come and join us.

Registration will be clearly sign-posted at Breacleit, Sports Field, Bernera. The race is FREE and open to all school-aged children from near and far.’


Village Fun Day - Saturday August 11th is the date for the annual Village Fun Day, starting at 1.30pm at the village hall and playing field.

Come along and meet old friends and enjoy all the activities, including a display by the Fire Service, see the Coast Guard fast rib and 4 x 4 Land Rover, enjoy the bouncing castle (suitable for all ages!), and have a go on the quad bikes, you can even have a go on a JCB. Support your team in the Tug of War and enter all the races.

There will be plenty stalls and eats, so have your lunch al fresco; come along and support the village, it’s an afternoon not to be missed. Donations of baking for the teas would be most appreciated. Contact Margaret on 890 463 or Catriona on 890 369.