Butt to Barra District News July 5th


Habost Death – Continuing reminders of our common latter end come to tell us that “Here we have no continuing city.” On Saturday, June 23, we were all sad to hear that Malcolm Murray (Calum Mhurdie Roigean) formerly of Ness Bakery, 48 Habost, had passed away in a hospice in Warwick, England.

Calum, who was aged 59 years and had been resident in England for a long number of years, had been in failing health for some time. He will be remembered with affection by all who knew him.

At the time of writing it is expected that the funeral of Calum will be in Warwick on Monday, July 9, with the service in Northgate Methodist Church there.

In their time of sorrow we remember and share our sympathy with his mother, Chirsty, who is now in Stornoway, his sisters Anne and Dolleen, his brother Roderick, and we remember other close family relatives and friends who mourn at this time.

Skigersta Death – The morning of Thursday, June 28, brought with it the news that one of our older citizens, Margaret Gillies (Maired Ruaridh) of 7 High Street, Skigersta, had passed away late on the previous evening in the Western Isles Hospital.

Margaret, who was aged 92 years, will be remembered by all who knew her as a professing member of the Church for the past 65 years.

After wake worship in Cross Free Church on Friday evening, the funeral service there on Saturday, June 30, was taken by the Rev Kenneth Ferguson, assisted in prayer by the Rev Iain Macdonald, Ness Church of Scotland and the Reg Greg MacDonald, Ness Free Church (Continuing).

Singing of praise was led by Donald Macleod and Angus Murray, Jun., both of South Dell.

The Rev Ferguson officiated with solemn words at the graveside.

In their bereavement we share our sympathy with her daughters Rhoda and Johan, sons Iain and Murdo, all the grandchildren, and we remember her sisters Dolina and Chirsty Ann, and brother Alex John.

Adabrock Death – The afternoon of Thursday 28 brought to us further sadness with the news that after a lingering illness, patiently borne, Marion Morrison of 4 Adabrock, had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital.

Marion, who was aged 68 years, was formerly from Scalpay and will be affectionately remembered and sadly missed by all of us, who through the years knew her as ‘Morag Scalpaidh’.

After wake worship in the Ness Free Church (Continuing) on Friday evening, the funeral service there on Saturday was taken by the Rev Greg MacDonald, assisted in prayer by the Rev John Macleod, Rtd, Shawbost, and the Rev James Clark, minister of Point Free Church (Continuing).

Singing of praise was led by Paul Murray, 3 Skigersta, and Christopher Martin of the Church of Scotland, Stornoway.

The Rev MacDonald officiated at the graveside with a solemn address related to “Making our calling and election sure.”

We share our thoughts in sympathy with her husband John, their four sons, Donald, Malcolm, Roderick and Iain Hector, the grandchildren, and all close family relatives in Ness and Scalpay who mourn in the passing of Morag.

Lionel Death – The evening of Thursday, June 28, again brought sudden shock and sadness to the Ness community when it was learned that Catherine Morrison (nee Campbell) had passed away suddenly at her home at 28 Lionel.

Catherine, who was aged 72 years, and affectionately known to us all as ‘Catriona Mearag,’ was predeceased by her husband Donald in March 2006. In her work Catriona had been in the teaching profession.

At the time of writing, the funeral of Catriona is expected to be held later this week.

We condole with her son, Angus, and close relatives who mourn in a sudden bereavement.


Condolences - The late Mr William Gunn Tolmie Terrace passed away at Bethesda Hospice on June 14th.

Willie was born and brought up at no 70 nt as one of a family of six (Teaghlach Shouter).

His funeral took place from the APC Church Stornoway to North Tolsta Cemetery on Saturday 16th June. To his sorrowing widow Nettie, daughter Margaret, sister Christina no 93, and brother Iain no 70, and the close family circle we send the deepest sympathy of the community.

Golden Oldies - Meetings have now resumed in the recently refurbished Tigh Ceilidh.


Carloway Estate Buyout - A big public meeting is to be held at the Breasclete Community Centre on Tuesday 10th July at 8pm, to discuss the exciting prospect of community ownership of the Carloway Estate (Carloway Bridge to Callanish).

Present at the meeting will be David Cameron, Land Commission Scotland; Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets HIE; Norman Thomson, Galson Estate Trust; Simon Fraser and Kenny John MacLennan, who will be chairing the meeting.

All the residents in the estate are encouraged to attend this special meeting.

Concert - Elsa Jean McTaggart - Scottish fiddler and guitarist - will be performing in the Carloway Community Centre on Friday 6th July (tomorrow) at 7.30pm, as part of her 2012 Tour.

Elsa, whose family comes from Aberfeldy but now resides in Arnol, is a great grand-daughter of renowned Scottish artist William McTaggart.

The admission fee for this concert is £7 per adult, with children’s admission being £5. For further information, visit her website: www.mctaggart.info

Carloway Football Club - The ‘way travelled to Rally Park in Tarbert last Monday, where they took on Harris in the League.

In the end, the match finished three each, in a game which saw Carloway being awarded with three penalties and Harris down to ten men for the last hour.

Monday’s match report against Harris, as well as last night’s League encounter against West Side (Wednesday) can now be read online - www.carlowayfc.co.uk

Fixtures - Carloway’s next fixture takes place on Friday 6th July (tomorrow) at Cnoc a’ Choilich, where they’ll take on Ness in the League.

On Monday 9th July, Carloway then host Stornoway United at the same venue in another League encounter. Both matches kick off at 7pm respectively. Come out and support your team!

Special General Meeting - There will be a Special General Meeting of Carloway Football Club, held on Friday 6th July at Doune Braes Hotel at 9:15 pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider the proposed amendment to the club’s constitution. All committee members, players and supporters are invited to attend.


Annual outing - Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc’s annual outing this year is to the picturesque village of Marvig with assembly at the old Meeting House at 11am and followed by a guided walk around the main areas of historical interest in the village.

As always everyone is invited and soup and a barbecue will be available around 1pm. We hope to see a good turnout and meet old and new friends on the day.


Local Ceilidh – There will be a local ceilidh held in the Tong Community Centre tomorrow (Friday, July 6) at 8pm. Highland dancers will be taking part, along with DB Macleod on the accordion, DA Maclean on guitar, plus other local artistes.

Entrance will be by contributions at the door and all the proceeds will go towards the Tong Hall funds. Do come along for a family night out.

Lewis Highland Games – As previously advertised there will be no Lewis Highland Games this July as the organising committee has been dissolved. It is hoped that Strongman and Heavy events will be held on 1 September on the Tong football pitch.

Lewis Pipe Band – Congratulations to the Lewis Pipe Band who were runners-up in their class at the recent British Pipe Band competitions held at Annan.

The band have been using the hall for the last few months, practising hard, and we are glad they have been so successful in being second in their class of twenty-six competing bands.


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by the Rev Donald Macdonald, Kinloch. In last week’s news it should have said the evening service on Sunday, June 17, was conducted by Donald John Morrison, Maarig.

Test Success – Congratulations to Lauren Macsween, 40 Scalpay, on passing her driving test recently. Well done, Lauren!

Prizewinners – At the Sir E Scott School prizegiving on Thursday, June 21, Christina Macleod won the Flora Morrison Trophy for being P5-7 Girl Champion and her brother, Iain, won the Flora Morrison trophy for being P5-7 Boy Champion.

Christina and Iain stay at 9 Parkview Terrace, and we congratulate them both on their excellent sporting prowess.

Parent Council – Kenneth Morrison, Braeside, Kareen Macsween, 40 Scalpay, and Maria Finnegan, Seafield, are all now on the Sir E Scott Parent Council and we wish them well as they begin their terms of office.

End of Term Dinner – Scalpay P7 pupils, together with those from Sir E Scott and Leverhulme Memorial, enjoyed their end-of-term dinner in the Scalpay Café on Monday, June 25, and thanks are due to staff who organised and attended this successful event.

School Service and Prizegiving – The last end-of-term service in Scalpay School (on Tuesday, June 26) was conducted by the school chaplain, Rev Kenneth MacDonald, and afterwards prizes were awarded as follows:

Young Leader Awards – Peter Mackenzie, Daniel Macleod, Gillian Macsween, Andrew Morrison, Jade O’Hara, all P7.

Campbell Memorial Cup for Progress/Achievement – Peter Mackenzie P7, Seumas Morrison P6.

Maclennan Cup for Aesthetic Achievement – Daniel Macleod, Andrew Morrison P7.

Scalpay School Cup for Citizenship – Gillian Macsween, Jade O’Hara, P7.

Margaret Wickens After-School Club Award – Amy Mackenzie P5.

All pupils received Certificates of Achievement for progress in different academic fields, and book tokens, with the P7 class also receiving dictionaries, Bibles gifted by the North Harris Free Presbyterian Church, and books given by school chaplain, Rev Kenneth MacDonald.

As the school has now closed for the last time and another chapter in our island’s history has ended, we wish children, permanent, itinerary and ancillary staff, a safe and enjoyable vacation and every success wherever they are located after the summer holidays.

Presentations – As the prizegiving presentations were made by the school to Morag Macpherson, class teacher, Duncan Macleod, part-time teacher for the last year, and Margaret Wickens, for all her hours of school and extra-curricular work, Mrs Macsween, Head Teacher, warmly expressed her appreciation of them all and their services to school and community life.

We would also reiterate these sentiments with a special personal thank you to Morag for all the help she gave Amy over the last four years.

Presentations were also made by the Parent Council to Aileen Macsween, Head Teacher since 1999, Arima Morrison, former Head Teacher and now Depute in Sir E Scott School who assisted with management duties for the past year, and Morag Macpherson, class teacher.

All were thanked for their dedication, hard work and inspired leadership which ensured Scalpay School was always at the forefront of academic and aesthetic achievements.

On behalf of the whole community we wish them all the best in their future careers, and are grateful for their invaluable educational input during their time spent in our midst.

Scaladale Trip – Scalpay School participated in a residential trip to Scaladale on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June. Their time was spent taking part in a wide range of activities (including an excellent meal at The Erisort Inn) with everyone having a wonderful time. Parents and children alike are grateful to Duncan and Morag for accompanying and looking after the children, and all who contributed in any way.

Exhibition – The exhibition in Scalpay School is now going to stay open during the month of July from 11am – 3pm each day. This will give visitors and indeed, everyone, an opportunity to see this unique record of the school’s history.

Best Wishes – Among the many who expressed their regret at being unable to attend our historical events at this time were Dick and Betty Morris, Brighton. Dick and Betty were regular visitors and benefactors to Scalpay over the years and we are sorry ill-health precluded them from coming up.