Butt to Barra District News April 26th


Death in Cross, Skigersta – The morning of Saturday April 21st brought sadness to us with the news that James Finlayson, Seumas Dhomhnaill, had passed away at his home at 133 Cross Skigersta Road.

James, who was aged 84 years, had been in failing health for some time. The older generation in Ness and also between Ness and Stornoway will have affectionate memories of James from earlier years as a bus driver in his father’s passenger bus service between Ness and Stornoway.

In later years James was employed as Works Foreman with what was then known as William Tawse Construction.

At the time of writing it is expected that the funeral of James will be on Wednesday of this week. In their bereavement we share our sympathy with his wife Mary, daughter Dolina and Christina, sons Neil, Donald and Calum, all the grandchildren and we remember at this time his sisters Annie Margaret and Norma, and all others who mourn in the passing of James.

Sympathy from Ness – Relatives and friends in Ness and other island areas were sad when the news came from Wellington in New Zealand that Christina Macdonald had passed away there on Sunday, April 15th.

Christina, who was aged 83 years and formerly from Grangemouth, was the wife of the late William Macdonald, Uilleam Iain a Walsioch, formerly of 6 Port of Ness who died in 1977 and had been resident and working in Wellington for a long number of years.

The funeral of Christina was in Wellington on Friday, April 20th. In their bereavement we extend our thoughts in sympathy across the seas to their daughter Johan, sons Iain and Allan, and we remember at this time all others in the close family circle and friends who mourn at this time.

Church Service – At the evening service in Cross Free Church on Sunday, April 22nd, Mr Eric Browning, General Secretary of the Society for the Distribution of the Hebrew Scriptures to the Jews was present.

After an introductory address by Rev Kenneth Ferguson, Mr Browning have us an enlightening and informative address on his work with the Society.

We are indebted to Mr Browning and others who are always ready and willing to come and tell us of the many and varied labours in the ‘Masters Vineyard’ throughout the world.

North tolsta

Communions - Services were held in the Free Presbyterian Church on the weekend of 25th March, Assisting ministers were Rev Neil Ross(Dingwall) and Rev Allan McColl (Ness) Friday service was the Traditional Latha Na Ceist, The text given by Roderick J Macleod Elder was from 1st Corinthians chapter 1 verse 18, seven brethren spoke in reply and gave their testimony.

New baby - Congratulations to Angus and Chrissie Murray (Osabhat Aonghas ban) on becoming Grand parents, Daughter Kay and husband Rev Calum I Macleod (Evanton) became parents to son Mark who was also welcomed by big sister Ellis and brother Samuel. Our best wishes to the family.


Duck Race & BBQ - A reminder that the annual duck race and BBQ will be taking place on Saturday 28th April at 3pm, next to the Carloway Bridge.

Tickets can be acquired from committee members of the Carloway Community Association or on the day itself. First prize is £25; second prize is £15; third prize is £10. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Carloway First Responders - The First Responders AGM will be taking place at the Carloway Day Centre, on the evening of Wednesday 2nd May at 7:30pm. All welcome.

Carloway Angling Club - The club’s AGM will be taking place in the Carloway Community Centre, on the evening of Thursday 3rd May at 7:30pm. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend, especially any young people who are interested in taking up fishing. The Carloway fishing season starts on Tuesday 1st May.

Carloway Football Club - Carloway took on Harris last week in the League at Cnoc a’ Choilich, where Carloway gained all three points after beating the Hearachs 4-0. Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald opened the scoring in five minutes after a shot from 12 yards. In the second half, Gordon “Tago” MacDonald doubled Carloway’s lead after Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald’s shot smacked off the post before Gordon was there to score from the rebound on the 47th minute.

Nine minutes later, Gordon “Tago” doubled his tally and made it 3-0, after scoring a terrific goal from 20 yards out into the roof of the net. In the dying seconds of the match, Scott MacAulay scored Carloway’s fourth, and his first goal for the ‘way since August 2007, to ensure Carloway gained three vital points that keeps them in the race for the League title.

Fixtures - Carloway’s next encounter takes place at Cnoc a’ Choilich on Saturday 28th April, where they take on Uist and Barra side Southend in the Co-operative cup 1st Round. Kick off for this match is at 11am. Come out and support your team!