Butt to Barra District News June 27th


Honoured – This week we send our congratulations to Professor Margaret Campbell Smith, Mairead Dodo, of 12 Skigersta, who in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours was awarded an OBE for her services to nursing. We send our good wishes to Margaret as she continues her work.

Retirement – Good wishes for many healthy and happy retirement years are sent to Iain Gordon Macdonald, 31 Habost, who is now retiring from his work as the Headmaster of Shawbost School.

Before going to Shawbost Iain Gordon was for a long number of years on the teaching staff of Lionel School.

School holidays – As the children and staff of Lionel School now begin their holidays at the end of another school session we hope they all enjoy a well earned break away from their varied classroom duties.

Comunn Eachdraidh – On Thursday, June 20th as we were gathering for the old folks luncheon at Comunn Eachdraidh, a coach load of Welsh tourists were leaving and it was obvious from their conversation that they were very impressed with the Comunn Eachdraidh, with all its related exhibits.

Before lunch that day we have the pleasure of another visitor, Terry Turner, a freelance photographer, who along with his wife were on a visit to Cross Skigersta Road.

Terry, armed with a camera and recorder was interest in our way of life in earlier years when as youngsters boys would be in their bare feet for most of the summer, working the peats and crofts and having to make their own entertainment and comparing these years with the present environment.

A note of interest arising from this discussion was the number of ladies present for lunch who began their working life in the hotel service in Oban during these earlier years.

We thank Mr Turner for his visit to Comunn Eachdraidh.


Turas Uig - Comann Eachdraidh Uig, in conjunction with Proiseact nan Ealan, the national Gaelic Arts agency, has announced the launch of Turas Uig, an innovative new way of story telling through GPS technology which links the traditional stories of the area to the landscape as never before.

Specific to the location of Uig Sands [Traigh Mhor Uig] Turas Uig can be accessed through iPhone or Android mobile phone app while actually standing on the very spot where the events happened.

The app has seven stories which criss-cross time and place, link legend and history, mix myth and fact and open up a whole new experience of appreciation of legend and landscape.

Two of the stories deal with the finding of the world-famous Lewis Chessmen, another two with the ancient myth of Finn and Oscar in combat with the Ciuthach of Dun Bhoronais and its archaeology, then the story of the Brahan Seer with his magic stone and the Old Soldiers of Uig, who were the first Seaforth Highlanders, bring the listener nearer to the present day while an account of the nineteenth century evangelical revival based on Balnacille, Uig, offers an explanation of the psyche of modern Lewis.

The app can be listened to in both Gaelic and English, is narrated throughout by Dr Finlay Macleod and with an integral map of the area, has huge potential for educational and recreational use.

Comann Eachdraidh Uig presents this innovation, which can be accessed through the internet on www.uigtrail.com and can also be downloaded and stored on mobile phones, completely free of charge to users.


From the hall – The Community Centre has had a busy month during June. As well as having the usual bookings there were a number of end of term events.

The month started with the Challenger Bus visit when nearly 200 people attended the service in the hall on June 2nd. More than 100 youngsters took part in the activities held each night during the following week.

The Youth Club has had two different sleepover in the hall with the Friday evening and Saturday morning events being run by Pursuit Hebrides. Those youngsters who participated thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hope the club will hold further similar events.

The toddlers had their annual BBQ on June 15th with the meal being served in a tent on the football pitch while the toddlers enjoyed playing on the inflatables.

On June 22nd there was a party held for the local Lews College students who had graduated/finished their course.

On Monday of this week the nursery held their own graduation when 16 youngsters move up to Primary 1 in Tong Primary School.

Village Fete – The annual Fete will be held this Saturday, June 29th at 2pm when team games and competitions will be held.

Teams of five can be entered on the day, but every team must include a child of primary school age and an adult over 40.

This year there will be further activities for youngsters with cookie decorating, nail art, face painting, hair braiding as well as a bouncy castle.

There will be stall including BBQ, tea, coffee and baking.

In the evening there will be a dance in the marquee with the band Ugly Violet. An evening auction will be held during the interval and includes a joiner for the day, an electrician and a sea angling trip. Adult dance tickets cost £10, children under 16 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.


Steimraway - There will be a walk to the deserted South Lochs village of Steimraway on Saturday 29th June. Anybody interested in coming along is welcome to join us at Cameron Terrace at 10am. Members of the North Lochs Historical Society will organise car share to South Lochs. Bring a packed lunch, waterproofs and sturdy foot wear.

Stories - The Ravenspoint Centre will host an Arts nan Eilean Storytelling event on Friday 28th June at 7.30pm. Storyteller Alex Patience will entertain with stories of the sea, second sight and witches, while original live music is performed by Donald MacNeill. The Highland artistes are currently on tour visiting rural venues in the Hebrides. Come along and support live performances in your local venue.

Picture Exhibition - Kinloch Historical Society will have a fundraising picture exhibition in Old Balallan School, from Thursday the 4th July until Saturday the 6th July. Times are 7-9pm on Thursday and Friday and on Saturday the exhibition will be from 12-4pm. Entry is by donation.

Memorial Football match - The Kenny MacMillan Memorial Cup will be on Saturday the 5th July at the Garrabost Football Pitch. The Lewis and Harris Rangers Supporters Club fundraising event for a local charity kicks off at 5pm.


Sympathy - Chirsty Ann Maciver (nee Morrison) ex Lemreway passed away recently at her home in Stornoway, following a period of illness.

To her sons and daughter, brother Neil in Lemreway we send our sincere sympathy.

We also send sincere sympathy to the family of the late Calum Macinnes formally of Orinsay who passed away recently at his home in Tain. He was preceded by his wife Nora Ann some years ago.

Pre-funeral services were held in Free Church Tain followed by interment in St Duthus New Cemetery.

To his daughter Ann and son Gordon and the extended family we send our sincere sympathy at their recent loss.

Condolences - The sympathy of the community is extended to the family of the late Katie Bell Maclennan (nee Nicolson) who passed away recently at her home in Cromore after a short illness which she bore with courage and calm.

Katie Bell was recognised as a gracious lady, kind and considerate to all, the home she shared with her late husband Murdo John was always open with a warn and friendly welcome to all.

Pre-funeral services were held in the Park Free Church with interment taking place in Crossbost Cemetery.

To her family Angus Alex, Donald Murdo, Chirsty Mairi who nursed her until the end and her daughters in law and grandchildren and the extended family we send our sincere sympathy at this sad time in their lives.

‘Life is a book in volumes three- The past, the present, and the yet-to-be. The past is written and laid away, The present we’re writing every day, And the last and best of volumes three

Is locked from sight - God keeps the key’


Services – In the absence of the minister, who was preaching in Kiltearn, services in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) on Sunday, June 16th, were taken by Donald Martin, Elder, Stornoway.

Christian Institute – Representatives from the Christian Institute spoke at a meeting in Scalpay Community Centre on Monday, June 17th and we pray for them as they seek to uphold and strengthen the moral values in our society.

Prizegiving – At the primary school prizegiving in Sir E. Scott on Wednesday, June 19th the HMIA Proxime Accessit Trophy was won by Seumas Morrison, Braeside, and the Flora Morrison Trophy (p5-p7 boy champion) was awarded to Aodhan Finnegan, Seafield. Well done to both of you!

Poster recommendation – Congratulations to Amy Mackenzie, Schoolhouse, whose work has been among 47 recommended out of 3,000 in the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe poster competition. This means it is being exhibited in the Museum of Childhood on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile until the end of August.


Carloway School - Carloway Parent Council invite you to an evening of family fun between 5 and 7pm on Thursday 27th June at Carloway School, which will include a bouncy castle, barbecue, ice cream, face painting, Highland Dancing and other Funtastic attractions. All welcome.

If the weather is unkind we will relocate to the Community Hall.

Mrs. Gunn, the headmistress, will open the school doors between 5 and 7pm on the same evening for anyone in the community who would like a last look round the school before it closes.

Carloway Football Club - Carloway travelled to Garrabost last Monday, where they took on Point in the first of two important League encounters this week. Kenny ‘Dokus’ MacDonald put Carloway into the lead on the tenth minute, before goals from Stuart Flower and a Mo Farah brace put Point into a 3-1 lead before half time. Carloway managed to pull one back with five minutes remaining thanks to Seumas MacLeod who put the ball home with his head. Seumas scored again in the final minute but the goal was disallowed, before Gus MacIver, was shown a second yellow card. But incredibly, Carloway managed to score an equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time, Captain Domhnall MacKay scoring with his head to rescue Carloway a very important point.

Carloway took on the League champions Stornoway Athletic at home last night (Wednesday) - match reports at: www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

Carloway’s next fixture takes place on July 1st, where they’ll take on Harris at Cnoc a’ Choilich in the League. Kick off at 7pm. Also the Jock Stein Cup final between Carloway and rivals West Side will take place on July 5th at Goathill Park, Stornoway.