Butt to Barra District news November 20th


Touring theatre and dance productions - Arts nan Eilean, the local volunteer promoters network, will be meeting at the Community Centre, Great Bernera on Thursday evening. The programme for the Spring Season of touring theatre and dance productions, in rural venues, will be finalised.

Any local community centres interested in joining the Arts Promoters network will find more information on the Rural Nations website.

The Community Centre in Bernera has held regular successful events and Thursday’s meeting will give other promoters the opportunity to view the facility and discuss ways of working together to increase audiences attending arts events.


Croft history - Comann Eachdraidh Loch Roag an Ear will be launching a new croft history for Breascleit and Pairc Chalanais in conjunction with Bill Lawson Publications.

The event will be in the Community Centre in Breasclete on Monday the 24th of November between 4pm and 6pm.

Bill Lawson will be giving a talk on how the book was compiled and he will also talk about the people and the history of the area. The event will be open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.


Winter Rowing Festival - An Eathar, the Shawbost St Ayles Skiff, boat builders club, held a successful Winter Rowing Festival on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November.

The event included a talk about boatbuilding for visiting pupils from Sgoil Shiaboist on Friday. On Loch a’ Bhaile on Saturday, Ali Grant from Portobello Rowing Club gave rowing and coxing tuition to 22 keen rowers in Madadh Ruadh, the Stornoway Rowing Club Skiff.


Concert - There will be a concert in Bragar School on Saturday 6th December at 3.30pm.

The new CD ‘Ceol à Bradhagair’ will be launched at the event. The concert will feature ‘rionnagan’ from the original recording made in Bragar in the early 1980s and also today’s local ‘rionnagan’ from the younger generation.

Bragar and Arnol Christmas cards will also be for sale at the concert.

A warm welcome is extended to all from Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil. Lochs


Christmas Dinner - North Lochs Historical Society are taking bookings for the annual Christmas Dinner at the Community Centre, Leurbost.

The meal at 7pm on Friday 5th December, priced at £23, will include an aperitif and wine. The North Lochs Community Association will be catering and menu choices are as follows:

Starter - Prawn Cocktail, Pate with Oatcakes, Lentil Soup, Carrot and Coriander Soup

Main Course: Roast Turkey, Roast Beef, Baked Salmon, all served with Seasonal Vegetables, with a dessert and refreshments to follow.

Your selection from the menu, is to be booked with Jean 860431 and paid before November 24th. Any cheques are made payable to North Lochs Historical Society. The Christmas Dinner is open to anyone either resident in, or with North Lochs connections.

Balallan Hall - The Sharon MacKinnon School of Highland Dancing fundraising lunch at the Balallan Hall on Saturday 15th was well attended, with a wide choice of soups and scrumptious desserts, well done the mothers.

The young Highland dancers gave several fine displays culminating in a large number of young dancers, together on stage. Some of them will be competing in regional finals in Thurso next weekend.

A number of the dancers are from the Lochs area and the next MacKinnon Dancers’ fundraising event, will be Christmas Bingo in the Sea Angling Club on Friday 5th December.

Lochside Arena - The Equine Fair will be held between Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th November at the Lochside Arena on the Lochs road.

There will be demonstrations and information for local horse owners and enthusiasts. With a dog agility demonstration on Friday evening. Winter Woolies the open horse show is on Saturday from 9am till 3.30pm.

Placenames - Last Thursday’s Comann Eachdraidh gathering, brought maps, place name lists and lots of stories to the Community Centre at Leurbost, as contributions for the society’s archive.

It is proposed to hold an evening for each of the five villages, to ensure as many as possible, of the moorland landmarks are recorded. Dates to be announced soon.


Habost Funeral - The funeral of Donald John Murray of 47 Habost, (Domhnall Tharmoid Ruaidh), who passed away in the Bethesda Hospice on the morning of Monday 10th November, was held on Wednesday 12th November.

Donald, who was aged 79 years, had, in his working life, led a seafaring carrier, both in deep sea, and latterly for MacBrayne’s, Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig coastal shipping.

On the evening of Tuesday, Rev. Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, interim moderator of Cross Free Church, conducted a well attended wake worship there, and on Wednesday the funeral service there was taken by Rev. Kenneth Murdo Ferguson, retired former minister of Cross.

He was assisted in prayer by Rev. Iain Murdo Macdonald, Ness Church of Scotland, and Rev. Calum Iain Macleod, Back free Church. Singing of praise was led by Rev. Allan MacColl, Ness Free Presbyterian Church, and at the graveside on Habost machair, Rev. Ferguson officiated with a solemn address suited to the occasion.

In their bereavement we share our sympathy with his wife Rachel, his daughter Catherine Joan and her husband Donald, his two sisters, Mina in Back, and Annie in Glasgow and all others in the close family, relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Donald.

Good wishes – Relatives and his many friends in Ness congratulate Rev. Professor Donald Macleod on his recent attaining to 50 years in the Free Church ministry.

Professor Macleod has close Ness connections, his mother Alice, formerly of 3 Habost, and his father Donald, from 28 Cross.

Along with his services as a preacher, Professor Macleod is well known in the wider church environment, through his work in the Free Church College in Edinburgh, latterly as Principal, and through his many Christ-centred and theological writings .

We now wish Donald many healthy years in which he will be able to continue with his well accepted contributions to the Church of Christ in the world.

Ness related death – Relatives and friends in Ness were sad to hear of the passing away of Robert Powell on Tuesday 11th November in a Hospital in Kingussie.

Robert, who was aged 89 years, and had been resident in the Smithton area of Inverness, will be remembered by the older generation in Ness, from earlier years when he and his late wife Mary (Mairi Ruaridh), of 81 Cross Skigersta, who passed way in February 1995, had, with their family of two daughters and three sons, been resident in Edgemoor Square, Lionel.

We note with sadness that their daughter Mairi passed away in 1998, and their son James in 2009.

The funeral of Robert, to Petty Cemetery, Tornagrain, is expected to be held on Tuesday November 18th from the funeral home of John Fraser, Chapel Street, Inverness.

From Ness we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy to his daughter Helen, his two sons Robert and Roderick, the grandchildren, and all close relatives and friends who mourn at this time.

Sudden Ness deaths – Last weekend brought sadness to the entire Ness community with the news that Allan Smith (Allan Sheonaidh Allan), 85 Cross Skigersta, and also Calum Wallace, 3 North Dell, had both passed away. It is expected that both funerals will be held this week.


Girlguiding Fun Night - Girls and women all over Harris have been voicing their interest in joining the new Girlguiding units opening.

In response to the high amount of interest, there will be a Fun Night of games, team challenges, crafts, biscuit decorating, singing, making new friends and learning all about being Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders.

All 5-18 year old girls, parents, prospective helpers and leaders are invited to this taster session on Tuesday 2nd December, 3.45-5.30pm, Sir E Scott School Gym Hall, Tarbert. Parents are very welcome to stay for the whole session and participate but need not accompany their girls.

Regular meetings in the future could be held as often as required and at times and places to suit. Girls who would like to join in the fun and adults who might be able to help out should contact Matilda – matilda.lomas@hotmail.co.uk or 07771 518 250


Membership - The Legion membership fee for 2014/2015 is now due. The fee for this year has been set at £10.00 for all categories of membership. This is taking into account the fact that the facilities of the club are no longer available.

To facilitate the payment of memberships the proprietor of ‘Lighting Electrical’ has agreed to accept membership fees at the premises on Cromwell Street. Membership fees must be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope for the return of receipts.

The committee of the Royal British Legion Scotland Lewis Branch are making every effort to keep the branch alive and rely on your continued support to make this possible.