Butt to Barra District News May 17th


Comunn Eachdraidh – On the evening of Thursday, May 10, a large number of friends of Comunn Eachdraidh, along with invited guests, gathered in the old school in Cross. The purpose of this occasion was to give an expression of thanks to all who helped in the work of Comunn Eachdraidh from its beginning in 1977.

After an introductory address by Annie Macsween, Norman Smith, Lionel, gave a resume of some of the work done through the years. This was followed by an act of worship related to the occasion, conducted by the Rev Kenneth Ferguson.

After the singing in Gaelic of Psalm 133, led by Donald W Gillies, the Rev Ferguson gave a short address suited to the purpose of the gathering. This was followed by prayer by the Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald.

After the singing in Gaelic of Psalm 122, led by Alex John Morrison, South Dell, Donald Thomson (Domhnall an Torrachain) of 9 Cross Skigersta, thanked all who helped and attended this occasion, with a sentimental note in his address on the day 80 years ago when he first entered this building on his first day in school.

Donald A Morrison, Cross Skigersta Road, then led the singing of Psalm 23 in English, and after grace said by Alex Macleod, North Dell, the evening was ended with all of us sharing in a feast of good things prepared and served by the ladies of Comunn Eachdraidh.

Thanks from Ness – Following his retirement as Convener of our Council we extend our good wishes from Ness for a healthy and happy retirement to Alex Macdonald, Carloway, with our thanks for his many and varied services to our island community through the years.

We also at this time congratulate our recently elected ward councillors as they now continue to meet the needs of the northern end of our island.

Ness Cemetery – Plot holders in Ness cemetery are reminded that the annual fee of £15 is now due, and that this can be given to the village collector or sent to the treasurer of the committee.


Sympathy - The whole community was recently saddened to hear of the death of Muriel Brough (nee Kennedy) at the young age of 34years.

Muriel following her school years and after a period of work in Stornoway moved to live and work in Inverness where she met her future husband Andrew and there they made there marital home, despite that time being short it was a very happy one together.

To Andrew, her mother and father, Kenny and Nellie in Orinsay, her sisters and extended family we send our sincere sympathy in their sad sore loss.

‘Death leaves a heartache no one can fill love leaves a memory no one can steal’

Congratulations - We send congratualtions to our new councillors recently elected and wish them well for their new term in office.


From the Hall – A Highland Dancing Competition was held last Saturday with over 70 competitors involved.

This competition is growing in numbers and committee members and parents all helped to make it a great success.

This Saturday is a Curry Take-Away in aid of funds for the senior primary pupils trip to Fairburn Activity Centre. If you have not already placed an order please contact Catherine on 701 577 today (Thursday).

On Saturday, May 26, the TRA are holding The Big Breakfast from 9.30am to 12pm. Delicious breakfasts will be served in the Hall and you can dine in or take away.

This is a new venture for the committee and we hope that it will be well supported.


Clann an Latha an Dè (the Arnol to Dalbeag Over-60s Group,) will be heading off for their annual mainland trip on Tuesday 12th June.

The itinerary is currently being finalised, but will soon be distributed to all who have opted to join the Tuesday to Saturday jolly!

This year, “Base-camp” will be in Blairgowrie - with organised-outings to: the Highland Folk Museum (Newtonmore); Edinburgh Zoo; Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow; plus a range of other places-of-interest - and of course plenty of retail therapy - thrown in!

Please make a note in your diary/calendar that our final fund-raising lunch prior to the trip will be at Ionad na Seann Sgoil Shawbost on Saturday 26th May, between 12.30 and 2pm.

So come along and join us for a selection of soups and puddings, with tea/coffee and biscuits to follow.

On the day, in the usually popular raffle, a great selection of prizes will also be available to win. See you there!


Service – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Alex Macritchie, Back.

Condolences – Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the Rev Malcolm Macdonald, Callanish, Interim Moderator of Scalpay Free Church congregation, on the passing of his father recently.

At this difficult time we remember him, his wife, and family, his mother and sister, in our thoughts and prayers, commending all to “the Friend that sticketh closer than any brother.”

Football – As another football season has begun we wish Harris senior and under-eighteen teams all the best.

At senior level Jonathan and Scott Macleod and Sam Mackinnon are involved and in the under-eighteens Jonathan, Michael and Scott Macleod, Sam Mackinnon, Derek Mackenzie and Donald Morrison are all playing. Good luck, boys!

Sports Festival – On Wednesday 9, a team from Scalpay competed in the Under-12 competition at the Sports Festival. They won two of their three section games and well done to them for an excellent footballing performance.

The team comprised, Daniel and Christina Macleod, Andrew and James Morrison, Gillian Macsween and Amy Mackenzie. Thanks also to Kenny, Maighread and Roddy for accompanying them, thus making participation possible.

Youth Groups – On Thursday 10, Stan Gowdie, Uist, spoke to a combined meeting of the boys and girls teenage groups and friends from other parts of Harris in the Community Centre.

We thank him for his appropriate and challenging message and wish him every blessing in the invaluable work he does with Road to Recovery.

Community Shop Opens – On Thursday 10, the Scalpay community shop opened for business.

This amenity, which is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a dedicated committee, will combine a shop, café and a wide display of crafts produced by locals.

As this exciting venture gets under way we take this opportunity of wishing manageress Anne and her team of Pete, Joanna, Chrissie, Alex Murdo and Hamish, a very successful future.

Induction Days – All primary pupils from Scalpay had induction days in Sir E Scott School last Friday, Monday and Tuesday, prior to their moving in August, and all found the experience extremely beneficial to them.


Condolences - Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Marion Morrison (Mòr Libby), of 1a Tolsta Chaolais, who died on 4th May in Dun Berisay Nursing Home.

Marion was the last surviving member of the family of the late Angus (Aonghas Toff) and Elizabeth Morrison.

Westside Medical Practice - An open day will be held on Monday 21st May at 7pm in the Carloway Day Care Centre, to discuss the recent change to the practice.

All patients and members of the community are invited to attend as this will give the opportunity for your feedback, which will be grately appreciated.

First Aid Course - A reminder that there will be a First Aid Course on Saturday 2nd June in the Carloway Community Centre.

For more information and to book a place, contact Karen Macleod at Community Education on karen.macleod@cne-siar.gov.uk or 01851 822 714.

School Sports Day - Carloway School will be holding their annual Sports Day on Friday 25th May (weather permitting), starting at 1:15pm at the Carloway football ground. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Carloway Football Club - The ‘way travelled to Goathill Park, Stornoway, last Monday night to take on Stornoway United in the League. Impressively, Carloway finished strongly by winning 4-1 against the townies.

Seumas MacLeod scored with his head on the stroke of half time, cancelling out an early Steven Dunn penalty which gave United a 1-0 lead prior. After the second half, Dan Crossley put the visitors in front from the set-piece, before Scott MacAulay struck it home on the 54th minute. Subsequently, the goal of the night - Andrew “Tago” MacIver scoring with the volley from a spectacular cross made by Dan Crossley from the set-piece.

The win leaves Carloway in second place with a healthy goal difference, only one point behind League leaders Lochs. Monday’s match report, written by Stuart Rankin, can now be read on the club website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

Fixtures - Carloway’s next encounter takes place in Garrabost on Friday 18th May (tomorrow), where they’ll face Point in the League. Kick off is at 7pm. Following Friday’s encounter, Carloway then host Lochs in the 2nd round of the Jock Stein cup at Cnoc a’ Choilich, on Monday 21st May.

This cup tie also kicks off at 7pm. Come out and support your team as they attempt to continue their impressive form. C’mon the ‘way!


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