Butt to Barra District News May 31st


Diamond Jubilee Bonfire and BBQ - Comunn Eachdraidh Charlabhaigh (Carloway Historical Society) will be holding a community bonfire and BBQ on the summit of Beinn Iomhair on the evening of Monday 4th June, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II.

Before proceeding to the top of Beinn Iomhair, people will gather at the Carloway Community Centre at 8pm, where children younger than Secondary School age must be accompanied by an adult. All welcome.

Church outing - Both the Carloway Free Church and Church of Scotland hope to have a Congregational outing on Saturday 2nd June at Dalmore beach, from 10:30am until 3pm.

There will be loads to do (or you could just relax) and plenty to eat. Please come along and do not forget your beach towel!

Donations of baking, sandwiches, etc will be gratefully received on the day.

Carloway football club - The ‘Way travelled to Benbecula last Saturday, where they faced the Uist and Barra League champions Iochdar Saints in the 2nd Round of the Highland Amateur Cup.

After drawing 5-5, and playing extra time, Iochdar Saints won 5-4 on penalties in a thrilling match that no side deserved to lose.

Following their narrow cup exit, Carloway travelled to Goathill Park, Stornoway, on Monday evening, where they narrowly lost again 3-2. Goals from Andrew ‘Tago’ MacIver and a brilliant Kenny ‘Dokus’ MacDonald set-piece weren’t enough to cancel Scott MacIver’s hat-trick, which leaves Aths with the opportunity to overtake The ‘Way, should they win their two games in hand.

Carloway have no fixtures for the next three weeks, at the end of which they’ll face Ness at Fivepenny in the semi-final of the Jock Stein Cup.

Match reports for both games can be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk


A date for your diary – Pairc School are having a Gala Evening on Friday June 8th at 4pm. Adults can be entertained by the usual stalls and raffles, for the children there will be games, Bouncy Castle and Sumo Wrestling. Come along and have your tea at our BBQ, all are welcome and we hope to see you there for what should be an enjoyable evening.

Sympathy – We send sympathy from the community to the Rev Calum Macdonald, Callanish, following the death of his father. Rev Macdonald was previously minister of the Pairc Congregation. To him and his family we think of them in their sad sore loss.


Services – Services in Scaplay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Donald John Morrison, Maarig.

Ninetieth Birthday – Murdo Macleod, Brae Cottage, celebrated his Ninetieth birthday last week and, on behalf of the whole island, we wish him every blessing on his passing this tremendous milestone in his life.

School events – Last week Scalpay School visited the Challenger Bus on Thursday and on Wednesday took part in a Transition Day with Sir E Scott School, with the morning spent completing work on the John Muir Award and the day rounded off with a variety of sporting activities.


From the Hall – The first Big Breakfast held in the Hall last Saturday was well worth trying. There was a choice of eating in the Hall or taking a meal away in foil containers. You could have a roll with different fillings or a plateful of different fried food. Tea, coffee and toast were added as freebies.

The consensus of those who ate in the Hall was that the food was excellent. What a difference it made to have fresh eggs. Thanks to Sarah Bayfield, Catherine Maciver, Ann Mackenzie, Kenny Macphail and Maggie Smith who supplied them.

This was a new venture by the TRA and it was very successful. Thanks to all who worked behind the scenes and to all who supported them by eating a Big Breakfast.

Challenger Bus – The Challenger Bus arrives this week with activities every day from Tuesday to Saturday with a closing service on Sunday, June 10th.

Lost watch – A white Fossil watch has been left in the kitchen of the Hall. Owner should contact the caretaker.


Coffee Evening - On Friday 1st June Comann Chairdeil Cheann a Loch invite supporters and friends to a coffee evening in Balallan Hall. The over 60s group are preparing for a trip to the Borders on Monday 25th June.

The four day trip will include a visit to the town of Peebles and the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. Friday’s event begins at 7.30pm, there will be tea, homebaking, a raffle and will be a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Sunday School - The Kinloch Church of Scotland outing will leave from the church at 11.30am on Saturday 2nd June. The outing will be heading to Great Bernera.

Historical - Comann Eachdraidh Cheann a Loch’s Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday 5th June at 7.30pm at Taigh Eachdraidh Lacasaigh. The meeting will be followed by a Lochs historical quiz.

The Historical Society meet monthly and are documenting and preserving aspects of the changing way of life in Kinloch. New members welcome.

Boat - The Broadbay has been sheltering in Keose over the winter. The traditional sail boat, an Orkney Yole originally built in 1912 was used for fishing at various times by crews in Harris, Lochs and the Broadbay area. The community group Falmadair North Lewis Maritime Society maintain the Broadbay.

Falmadair would like to thank to Jan and Mun Gold for the workspace in the barn, and the volunteers who diligently sanded and painted to ensure the vessel sailed to Stornoway as planned on Friday the 18th May

Broadbay can now be admired in Stornoway Harbour, she is ready for several sailing commitments over the summer, in various ports and for the Sail Stornoway festival from Monday 9th to Friday 14th July.


Gaelic service - Rev Donnie Macsween, minister of Kiltearn Parish Church in Evanton, will conduct the next Gaelic Service in the Dingwalll Community Centre On Tulloch Street.

The service on Sunday the 3rd of June begins at the usual time of 3:00pm and everyone is most welcome.