Butt to Barra Ditrict News9/5/13

Stornoway Gazette Meet the Team Event - With only two weeks to go before the Stornoway Gazette is relaunched from a broadsheet to a compact newspaper the staff will be hosting an event in the An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway from 11am to 4pm on Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th where the public can come along and have a coffee and a chat about the changes to the paper.
Stornoway Gazette Meet the Team Event - With only two weeks to go before the Stornoway Gazette is relaunched from a broadsheet to a compact newspaper the staff will be hosting an event in the An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway from 11am to 4pm on Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th where the public can come along and have a coffee and a chat about the changes to the paper.


Sympathy from Ness - On Thursday, April 25th his many friends in Ness were sad with the news that Norman Graham of 25 Coll had passed away in Raigmore Hospital. Norman, 70 years, was known in Ness as the eldest son of Angus Graham, Aonghas Thomais, formerly of 9 South Dell, who had been resident in Stornoway. Norman was a printer to trade, who began his working career with this paper, the Stornoway Gazette.

The funeral of Norman to Dalmore cemetery attended by friends from Ness was on Monday, April 29th, the service in the APC Church, Stornoway was taken by Rev. George Macaskil, assisted by Rev. Calum Iain Macleod, Back Free Church, singing of praise was led by Angus Graham, Elder Barvas, a close relative of the deceased. Rev. Macaskil officiated at the graveside in Dalmore.

From Ness we share and extend our sympathy to his wife Katie Mary who comes from Shawbost and other friends and family.

Memories - recently a photo in the collection of old photographs in Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, brought Back memories to the older generation in Ness of a Day on the 23rd of April 1935, when an aeroplane landed on where the old football pitch was on Fivepenny machair. Many of the local villagers made their way to the machair to see this unusual and interesting spectacle at this time.


Sympathy - The community of Pairc were saddened to hear of the death of Mairi Ishbel Macdonald recently. Mairi had strong South Lochs connections, her mother Katag originally from Cromore and her father from Gravir, ‘Shonnie Murdo Loui’. Pre funeral services were held in Free Church Seminary with interment taking place in Crossbost. To her friends and family we send our sincere condolences at this sad time in their lives.

Services - The Rev I T Cambell, minister at Park Free Church, Gravir has been invited to conduct the quarterly Gaelic service in Crown Court Church of Scotland at Covant Gardens, London on Sunday 12th May.

The Gaelic services at Crown Court Church are under a non-denominational committee so therefore Gaelic speaking ministers are invited from all Presbyterian churches. This year the services will commemorate 200 years since the opening of the original Gaelic chapel at Holton Gardens, London, the Highland community will mark this at a special service at the old site in July.


Wedding – congratulations and good wishes are in order for Rev Hugh M Stewart, Parish Minister, and Joanne Murray, Gress, who were married on Friday, May 3rd at Back Free Church by the Rev Calum Iain Macleod, minister of the church.

The reception was held in the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway. Prior to his marriage, Rev Stewart was presented with a canteen of cutlery from the Uig congregation.

Summer Opening - the Cafe and Museum at the Community Centre have now opened for the summer season. The Cafe offers comfortable seating and a good variety of snacks and home baking. The Museum is open from 12 – 5pm. and is staffed by a rota of committee members and volunteers.

New at the Museum this year is a display on Flax and Wool Dying and there’s also a range of National Museum souvenirs for sale. The Community Centre was a busy place last week with the cafe and museum both opened, people around involved in the filming of the “Katy Morag” books and on Saturday, a wedding, displaced from its original venue at Uig Lodge by bad weather.

CEU AGM – The Comann Eachdraidh AGM was held in the Community Centre on April 26th, the third community meeting held there in that week.

The Chairman’s Report for the year ending 31st March reported a successful visitor season last summer with 1,964 visitors. The Treasurer’s Report showed a healthy balance sheet for the year ending with a satisfactory overall profit.

John Maciver, Ardroil, was re-elected Chairman, with Sheila Henderson, Edinburgh and Valtos as Vice Chair; Secretary is Anne Murray, Valtos; Elspeth Logan, Kneep, is Minute Secretary and Bob Mears, Breanish is Treasurer with Graham Attrill, also Breanish, as Assistant Treasurer.

Eight committee members were elected in addition to the office bearers. Forthcoming events of general interest and all at the Community Centre are: the publication of a leaflet advertising the Comann Eachdraidh and the launch of the Turus Uig website and app on June 6th.

These replace the handsets, produced by Proiseact nan Ealan retelling our traditional stories which were available some years ago from the Shop for use walking round the Traigh Mhor [Uig Sands] area.

Also in June, on the 29th, Comann Eachdraidh Uig with the Islands Book Trust, launch a new book, written by our own Iain na h-Airde Bige, aka John Macdonald, Inverness, about family life in their isolated home at Ard Bheag on Loch Hamnaway.


Acres Boys Club Cup Final - Carloway participate in their first ever Acres Boys Club Cup final on Friday 10th May (tomorrow), where they’ll meet opponents Back at Goathill Park, Stornoway. Kick off at 7pm. The last time both these teams met in a cup final was last season in Garrabost, where Carloway won 7-6 on penalties in what was a memorable cup final which marked the end of the club’s 55 year cup hoodoo! Come out and support your team as they attempt to win the first silverware of the Lewis & Harris Football season. Come on the ‘way!

Carloway Community Newsletter - The deadline for this month’s edition is Friday 10th May (tomorrow). If you have an item that you would like in the newsletter, please email it to the following address: carlowaynews@hotmail.co.uk.

Bag-packing - The Carloway Community Newsletter Group will be bag-packing in the Co-operative Superstore on Friday 31st May, to raise funds for the continuation of the newsletter. One of the things that the editorial group want to do, in particular, is to print the newsletter in the print room in Stornoway. If anyone can help with the rota, please get in touch with Hettie Knight on 01851 643 231. Meanwhile, Carloway Football Club will be bag-packing in the Tesco Superstore on Saturday 11th May, to raise funds for the football club. If you would like to volunteer and join a particular slot in the rota, please contact Scott MacAulay.


One Life - A Christianity Explored evening will be offered at the Leurbost Community Centre on Tuesday May 14th. The One Life course gives you time and space to think about Jesus and why it matters. The evening begins at 7pm.

Sgoil nan Loch - There will be a Gala Day at Sgoil nan Loch on Saturday the May 11th. All members of the public are invited to see the attractions like the Mini Olympics, Sumo suit wrestling and the Peppa Pig bouncy castle. If you can help with baking or to man a stall, please contact a member of the Parent Council through the school office.

Campaigners - Rachel Martin and Cara Macdonald displayed their Senior Campaigner projects at the recent Comann Eachdraidh AGM. Rachel told the story of the days when her grandfather delivered milk by horse and cart in Stornoway and Cara gave a interesting account of her neighbour Angaidh Barnaidh and his duties as a postman. Both girls illustrated their stories with photographs. The articles will be included in next months Dusgadh on sale at the beginning of June. Campaigners meet at the Leurbost Community Centre on a Monday evening.

2014 - Next year commemorates one hundred years since the First World War began. This is a reason to relate the tale of the Leurbost man and why he had a pet lizard.

Donald MacLeod born in 1896, was at the fishing in Fraserburgh when war was declared in 1914. Enlisting in the army at Fort George Barracks, he was issued with a regimental kilt which he wore for 18 months without undressing once. In those days only one shirt was issued to soldiers and that shirt was on his back for 13 months.

Donald MacLeod’s platoon served a marathon 31 days in one trench in France. In his own account he relates that he served in 27 of the regiment’s 29 battles. The Battle of Loos, Mesopotamia the 7th Battle of Assaye, The Battle of Gazza in Palestine, Messina in Asia Minor any many more.

It was while he was in Jerusalem, that Donald befriended a lizard, which he carried with him everywhere he went. The soldier from Leurbost kept it on his chest while he slept, as the lizard would eat the mosquitos and he could at least sleep in peace.

Donald Macleod had the lizard put in a glass case as a keepsake and later took it home to Lewis.

Returning home on the mail boat the Chieftain on 28th April 1919, his earnings for five years’ war service was £42.00. Donald Macleod gave a family member an account of some of his wartime experiences in the 1970s, which illustrate some of the hardships in the life of a soldier in the First World War (1914-1918). This account was contributed to Comann Eachdraidh Ceann a Tuath Nan Loch.

If you have a wish to commemorate the life of a soldier who served in the Great War, contact your own local Comann Eachdraidh with your contributions or ideas, as the historical societies need your help to ensure that the sacrifices made by island men during wartime are not forgotten.


Wedding - A wedding of local interest took place on April 6th, 2013, when Rhona Caldwell, Bearsden, and Matthew Martin, Helensburgh, were married at Glasgow University Chapel followed by a reception at House For An Art Lover, Bellahouston Park.

Rhona is the daughter of Bob and Chrissie Caldwell and grand daughter of the late Angus and Joan Maclennan, Sunnyvale. On behalf of the community we wish Rhona, who is a primary school teacher, and Martin, who is completing his Doctorate at Strathclyde University, every future happiness as they settle down to married life in Kelvindale, Glasgow.

In Hospital - Scott Barker, 10 Parkview Terrace, spent some time in the Western Isles Hospital recently, but we are glad to report he is now home again and we send him our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

New Coastguard - Kevin Norman Macdonald, North Harbour View, has now joined the Scalpay coastguard team and we wish him well as he becomes part of this branch of the emergency services.

Services - Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Ian M. Macleod, Tong, Presbytery Evangelistic Co-ordinator.