Butt to Barra district news March 29th


Habost Death – On the evening of Tuesday, March 20, we were sad with the news that one of our elder citizens, Jessie Morrison of 7 Habost (Seonaid Iain Iain Mhor) had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital at the age of 94 years.

In earlier years she was for some time in Canada, where her sister Catherine was resident. Jessie, whose walk and conversation witnessed for many years that her desire was for a ‘better country, that is, an heavenly’, will be sadly missed and remembered with affection in the neighbourhood where she had been resident, and also by many in church circles from other island areas, who at communion seasons through the years visited the home in Habost.

Jessie was the last surviving member of the family of four daughters and one son who were originally at 7 Habost.

Wake worship was held in the Ness Free Presbyterian Church on the evening of Wednesday, and the funeral service there on Thursday, March 22, was taken by the Rev Allan MacColl, assisted in prayer by the Rev David Campbell, North Tolsta, and the Rev James Talloch, Stornoway.

Singing of praise in Gaelic was led by the Rev MacColl, who also officiated with a solemn address at the graveside on Habost machair.

We condole with all close relatives and friends who mourn in this bereavement.

Swainbost Death – The morning of Thursday, March 22, again brought unexpected sadness to Ness with the news that after a short illness Alexander Campbell, 44 Swainbost, affectionately known to us all as ‘Tida a Phuilean’, had passed away in the Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway, after returning from a hospital in Glasgow on Wednesday 21.

Alexander, who was aged 74 years, had been in the tweed weaving in earlier years, and will be remembered with affection in the Swainbost neighbourhood and by all who latterly came to know him as an active member of the now well-known Ness Melodeon Band.

After wake worship in Cross Free Church on Thursday evening the funeral service there on Friday, March 23, attended by a large number of mourners, was taken by the Rev Kenneth Ferguson, assisted in prayer by Angus Macdonald, retired missionary in Back who is formerly from 23 Swainbost.

Singing of praise was led in Gaelic by Angus Graham, Barvas, formerly from South Dell, and in English by Donald R Macdonald of the Bethesda Hospice Management. The Rev Ferguson officiated at the graveside in the cemetery.

In their bereavement we share our sympathy with his sisters Marion and Murdina, his brothers Donald John, Angus and Norman, and all close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing away of Tida.

Our Changing Landscape – Recently while walking on Eoropie machair to the sands of Traigh Shandaidh (Eoropie Sands), and seeing the vast amounty of flotsam and seaweed washed ashore during recent heavy seas, our memories were taken back to earlier years and the change that has taken place in the landscape of the sands and the surrounding land area.

This especially brought back memories of stories related by the older generation of the flotsam and rubble washed ashore on December 18, 1862, the day of the great Ness drowning, when 31 Ness fishermen were lost, with the flotsam and rubble washed ashore to near where the childrens playpark is now situated.


Communion Services – The communion services will be held in Park Free Church over the weekend of Thursday, April 5 – Monday, April 9.

The visiting ministers will be the Rev Calum Macdonald, Callanish, on Thursday, Rev Kenneth Ferguson and Rev Robert Sinclair over the rest of the weekend.

Great Bernera

Condolences - Our sympathy is extended to the family of Angusina Macdonald (formerly of Breaclete, Bernera,known as Angusina ‘an Fhearchar,), who passed away on Friday 16th March, 12, at the age of 94 years.

She had a twin sister, Hannah, who predeceased Angusina in 1994. Angusina was a cook by training and worked in Bernera and London. She was a loyal member of the Church of Scotland becoming a committed Christian in 1936.

Angusina was a resident of Dun Berisay home for the past 5 years, and spoke generously of the kindness and respect she received from the staff.

The funeral service was held on the 20th March in the Church of Scotland, Bernera, conducted by the Rev Tom Sinclair assisted by the Rev Ian MurdoMacdonald.

The praise was led by Kenneth A. Mackay (Uig). The communities condolences are extended to sister in law Chrissie, nephews, grand nephews, nieces and all members of the family.

Angusina will be remembered for her kindly and Christian spirit. The interment took place at the Bosta cemetery.

Communions - The Communnion season in Lochs-in-Bernera, Church of Scotland, begin on Thursday 29th March.

The expected ministers assisting at this time are, Rev. Paul Ahmed on Thursday at 7.30pm, Friday at 7.30 pm and Saturday at 12 noon. Rev. Thomas S. Sinclairon on Sunday at 12 noon and 6.3 0 pm.

An informal Fellowship will follow the evening service. All are welcome and we pray God’s blessings on these seervices.’


Sports Relief - Around 30 people, including children and babies, came together last Saturday to raise a fantastic £175 for Sports Relief. Well done to everyone who participated and contributed towards Sports Relief! Meal-do-naidheachd!

Light Lunch - Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Gaelic Choir) will be hosting a Light Lunch in the Carloway Community Centre, on Saturday 14th April. More information regarding this event will be available in next week’s Gazette.

Carloway Community Survey - Results from the survey, which was carried out by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in the Carloway area several months ago, have now been released. If you would like a copy of the results, e-mail Calum Mitchell (Carloway Community Development Officer) at: carlowayldo@hotmail.co.uk. Alternatively, you can get in touch via Twitter: @CarlowayLDO.

Bun Sgoil Chàrlabhaigh - Currently, Carloway School are collecting their annual Tesco schools vouchers. People can receive a voucher for every £10 they spend in the superstore. Vouchers can be used to help purchase school utilities, such as IT and sports equipment. If you have any vouchers, the school would be very grateful to receive them. To contribute, contact the school office on 01851 822889.

Carloway Football Club - Carloway took on Harris in a friendly in Stornoway last Thursday, with the ‘way winning 7-2 against the Hearachs. The goalscorers for Carloway were as follows: Calum “Caley MacLeod; Kevin “Gochan” MacLeod (x2); Andrew “Barvas” MacLeod; Murdo “Squegg” MacLeod (club captain) and Gordon “Tago” MacDonald.

Highland Amateur Cup - The draw for the Highland Amateur Cup took place in Dingwall last Saturday. In the 1st round draw, Carloway received a bye into the 2nd Round, where they will travel to South Uist and take on Uist & Barra champions, Iochdar Saints.

The match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th May, while 1st Round ties are to be played on the weekend of 5th May. More information regarding the draw can be found on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

Twitter - A new twitter account has been activated to promote events/activities taking place within the community, whether it’s a quiz night, light lunch or football training. To keep up-to-date with what’s happening, follow @carlowaynews online via Twitter.


Services – On Sunday, March 18, the morning service in Scalpay Free Church was conducted by Angus M Macleod, elder, and the evening one by Malcolm Gardner, representing Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Last Sunday both services were conducted by Dr George Macleod, elder, Carloway.

London Trip – Tomorrow (Friday) a party from Sir E Scott School, accompanied by teachers David Smith, Angus Morrison and Cath Bodrell, are leaving for London to undertake a maths, science and technology trip.

Those participating from Scalpay are Derek and Anne-Marie Mackenzie, Sam Mackinnon, Jonathan and Scott Macleod, Lauren Macsween and Chrissie Morrison.

We wish them all a safe journey and hope they enjoy what promises to be a unique experience.

Sale of Work – Tomorrow (Friday) the Scalpay Community Development Committee are holding a sale of work in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. This is to raise funds, and there will be the usual collection of stalls, teas and coffees and an auction.

As it is some considerable time since we last held a community event such as this it is hoped for a good turnout to support this important cause. See you there!

Buffet and Ceilidh – The buffet and ceilidh evening being held to mark the closure of Scalpay School is now scheduled for Friday, June 15 as there were logistical problems with the original date.

Hopefully present and former pupils, staff, and anyone connected with the school will still be able to attend this momentous event and anyone from away is reminded if they are hoping to attend it would be helpful to contact the school (tel: 540 245, e-mail: scalpayschool@gnes.net) or 540356.


Gaelic Service – The next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street will be on Sunday, April 1. On this occasion the Rev Neil Macdonald (Rtd), of Fearn Free Church, will conduct the worship.

All are welcome to the service which begins at the usual time of 3pm.