Butt to Barra District News May 21st


Bernera Trust - We are currently awaiting progress on this as there are some points on the valuation regarding areas of land that need to be clarified. These are not clear on the valuation as the mapping has not yet been done. It is then hoped that an agreement can be reached with the Estate owner to finalise purchase subject to us receiving grant aid.

Bernera Community Association - The café has been freshly decorated and it is hoped that it will be well supported by the community. From 25 May it is expected to be open daily and a trial period of opening from 11 am to 4pm will be operating to see if there is demand for morning snacks and if there has been suitable replies to the summer post advert.

The Museum and Iron Age house should also be open from then.

Soup and Sandwich Club - Some of the members have just returned on Friday from a very successful and enjoyable trip to Nairn on which they accompanied a group from Breasclete.

The group would love new members to join them and any member of the community is extremely welcome to come and join in and arrange new activities.

The group was mainly formed to allow over 60s to come together and benefit from community events. They meet every second Saturday in the community centre for lunch and new members can find out details via the Community Centre or from any member.

Community Council Bernera Bridge – Paint is to be purchased again for the bridge. As soon as weather permits a date will be announced for painting and it is hoped that as many as possible will come along and help.

Events - ‘The Straw Chair’ was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and a big thank you to all who made it possible. There is to be a further event in a few weeks and details will be announced. There is more information available in the café.

Whist night is on in the Café every Friday evening at 7.30pm.

Congratulations - Congratulations to Amanda and Derick on the birth of their new baby. Amanda is from Kirkibost but they currently reside in Glasgow. We wish them all the best for the future.


Buth Charlabhaigh - Carloway Community Shop Steering Group will be holding its next meeting on Monday 25th May in the Carloway Day Centre, starting at 7pm.

The main discussion of the meeting will be to finalise and adopt the brief before submission to the appointed feasibility officer.


Cake and chatter fundraiser - The Scottish Hydro shop on Cromwell Street, Stornoway are going to hosting Cake, Coffee and Chatter days to raise as much money as we possibly for children’s cancer charity ‘Clic Sargent’.

If you would like to support this great fund raising event the days will take place on Thursday, May 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Enjoy some delicious professional home baking and with every donation made you will be entered into a FREE prize draw!


Hiort Project - The Ionad Hiort project to build a remote access information/visitor centre for St Kilda on Mangersta ground at the scenic viewpoint of the Geodha Sgoilt has recently taken an important step forward with the completion of an HIE- backed consultant survey.

The consultants have considered all possible options and have made very interesting recommendations for a phased development, starting with a new build and iconic-design visitor centre on the cliff top, developing by stages into a fully staffed research/educational facility with accommodation.

To hear more about this ground breaking project the community is invited to come to the Ionad Hiort AGM on Tuesday May 26th, at 6.30pm in the Community Centre.

Sympathy - Last week was a very sad time here in Uig with the death and funeral of John Buchanan, 3 Islivig, who passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at home on Sunday 10th May.

He had celebrated his 90th birthday in January of this year but belied his age, and the several health problems he had suffered over recent years, by continuing to be active right up to the day of his death, having earlier driven to Miavaig to the morning service and back.

He had also continued with his crofting activities and was to be seen out and about daily, tending to his sheep.

He was the senior elder of the Free Presbyterian congregation, having greatly supported the church over many years as an office bearer and lay preacher and will now be sorely missed by the congregation.

He and his wife, Joanna, formerly Macleod from Aird, Uig, had served the community during the years, before their retirement, when they continued the Macleod family link with the Islivig Post Office and he had also seen war service in the Royal Navy.

As our community continues to diminish, we grieve over every loss, especially those like John Buchanan, whom we had known all our lives, who were a source of encouragement of the better things in this life and who have left a good example for us to follow.

The heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to his bereaved wife, Joanna, and to the family, his son Calum John, and daughters Doll Ann, Flora and Muriel and their families, to his sister Mrs Christina Macleod and younger brother, Neil Angus, in Lanarkshire, his sister in law, Mrs Mary Ann Buchanan, his nieces and nephews and to the wider family circle.

The wake and funeral services were held in the Free Presbyterian Church, Miavaig.

The well-attended funeral service on Tuesday 12th, was conducted by Rev A. MacColl, Ness, assisted by Rev Angus Smith, Stornoway and Rev B. Jardine, Tarbert, and was attended by friends from other island congregations as well as the local community. Interment was to Ardroil Cemetery.


Isles’ Energy Project -In partnership with Tighean Innse Gall and with support from Coastal Communities Fund, Outer Hebrides Tourism is excited to announce that our Energy Isles project ‘went live’ at 1pm on Monday.

The project is now open for expressions of interest.

If you are already a member of Outer Hebrides Tourism, head over to the Energy Isles application form. If you are not yet an OHT member, please sign up here first and then check out the the Energy Isles application.

Any questions or comments, contact Mairi (Uist & Barra) at 07717 283012 or mairi@outerhebridestourism.org

Gaelic competition - Comann Luchd-Teagaisg Àrd-Sgoiltean (CLAS), the professional association for Gaelic secondary teachers, is running Gaelic writing competitions for Gaelic Medium and Gaelic Learners in S1 and 2. Gaelic Learners are being asked to write about their friends or their likes & dislikes.

Students in Gaelic Medium are being asked to write about ‘A concert’ or ‘Life on another planet’. Each school can submit the 10 best pieces from each of their classes before Monday 8 June.

Further details are available on the CLAS website: www.clas123.wordpress.com