District News

Manor Senior Citizens lunch took place in the Caladh Inn this week and was well attended by local residents. There was also a handful of musical performances from Nicolson Institute pupils and residents.
Manor Senior Citizens lunch took place in the Caladh Inn this week and was well attended by local residents. There was also a handful of musical performances from Nicolson Institute pupils and residents.


Ness Funeral – The funeral of Angus Mackenzie, formerly of 32 Habost, latterly of Miller Street, Inverness, who, as noted in this column last week passed away in Raigmore Hospital on Thursday, January 10th, aged 80 years, was held in Ness on Tuesday, January 15th, when a large number of mourners gathered with the family at Cross Free Church where the all-Gaelic funeral service was taken by the Rev Roderick Campbell, North Tolsta, Interim-Moderator of Cross congregation.

He was assisted in prayer by Norman Smith, elder, Lionel, with singing of praise led by Donald R Morrison, elder, St Ronan’s Drive. The Rev Campbell officiated at the graveside on Habost machair.

We again condole with his wife, Margaret Ann, sons, Donald and Alexander, the grandchildren, his brother, Norman, and all close relatives who mourn.

Death in Knockaird – On Saturday, January 12th, our community was again reminded that ‘here we have no continuing city’ with the news that Agnes Smith, nee Macleod (Agnes Stolaidh) 18 Knockaird, had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital.

Agnes, who was aged 91 years, and formerly from 11 Knockaird, was one of the Ness girls who during the Second World War served as a corporal in the WAAFS, the women’s branch of the Royal Air Force. In later years she and her late husband, Alasdair, and family were resident in Glasgow until on retirement they returned to their home village of Knockaird.

The funeral of Agnes from the home at 18 Knockaird, was on Wednesday, January 16th. The service was taken by the Rev Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, assisted in prayer by John Mackay, elder, South Dell, and Donald R Morrison, elder, St Ronan’s Drive, led the singing of praise.

The Rev Campbell officiated at the graveside with a short address suited to the occasion.

In their bereavement we share our thoughts in sympathy with her two sons, Finlay and Norman, the grandchildren, and the close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Agnes.

Sympathy from Ness – On Monday, January 14th, relatives and friends in Ness were sad with the news that Johanna Macdonald of ‘Atlantic View’, Borve, had passed away in Dun Eisdean Care Home, Stornoway, where she had latterly been resident and attended to.

Johanna, who was aged 84 years, was formerly from 3 Eorodale, Ness, and will be affectionately remembered in Borve and by the older generation in Ness as Seonag Thomain.

The funeral of Johanna was on Wednesday, January 16th, with the service in Borve Free Church, where, in the absence of their Interim-Moderator, the Rev Iain D Campbell, the service was taken by the Rev Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, assisted by the Rev Calum Iain Macleod, Back, former minister of Barvas. Singing of praise was led by Angus Murray, elder, South Dell, and Angus Smith, elder, Barvas.The Rev Campbell officiated at the graveside in Barvas cemetery.

We share our sympathy with her daughter, Joan Etta, who is resident with us at 6 Skigersta, her son, Kenneth Murdo in Borve, the grandchildren, and we remember at this time her sister Murdina in Oban, and all close relatives who mourn.


Due to unforeseen circumstances Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar are hosting their Burns Supper a week later than is customary. The event will now take place at Ionad na Seann Sgoil Shawbost on Friday 1st February. Come along and savour delicious food, listen to eloquent speakers, enjoy a song or three and dance the night away to the fantastic Ness Melodeon Band.

Enquiries/Tickets please contact Etta on 710400 or Anna on 710565 as soon as possible as this is usually a very popular event.


Burns Supper - A reminder that the Carloway Highland Dancers will be hosting a Burns Supper at the Carloway Community Centre on Friday (tomorrow) 25th January, starting at 7:30pm. This must-attend event will celebrate the work of Scots poet Robert Burns by starting off with a traditional Burns Supper, followed by music, singing, poetry and dancing performed by local artists. Tickets are now on sale and cost £10 per adult and £5 per child, with the option of paying at the door as well. If you would like further information, please contact 07769746195. All welcome.

Praise Night - There will be an evening of worship held in the Carloway Church of Scotland on Sunday 27th January at 8pm. If you have any requests, please email praisenight@hotmail.co.uk. All welcome.


Happy Birthday - We send belated birthday wishes to Kate Mackay, 2 Gravir who recently celebrated her 98th birthday. Many happy returns.

Senior Citizens Dinner - As intimated last week it is hoped that the Senior Citizens Dinner will be held on Saturday 9th February at Ravenspoint, Kershader with a 1.30-2.00pm sitting. All eligible to attend and wish to go should/need to contact their village representatives before Saturday 2nd February. They may be contacted as follows, Donnie - 880456 / Nellie - 880 394 / Mary 880-210 / Donald 880-226.


Light Lunch - On Saturday 2nd February at 12 noon a light lunch will be held in the Community Centre in aid of Bethesda Hospice followed by a sale of work.

Should you wish to contribute to the sale of work, please contact Margaret Maciver on 890 463, who will arrange collection (home baking will be especially welcome) but as usual we would appreciate any items you are kind enough to donate.

Margaret has now been involved in raising funds in the village for Bethesda for the past 13 years. The sum of £12,050 has already been raised from lunches and a sponsored walk from Ness to Tolsta.

This is a fantastic amount for a small village and we can be justly proud; however it is imperative that fund raising is ongoing for this worthwhile cause, so please come along and enjoy your Saturday lunch and a blether with friends and have a browse round the sale of work.

Community Information Meeting - The Community Council hope to hold a Community Information Meeting on Wednesday 30th January at 8pm in the Community Centre to discuss the return of a village skip.

This will be a closed skip with loading doors on either side. The Community Skip will be only available for the disposal of bulky waste by village householders and will be manned by a management team when open. Commercial and Industrial waste will be prohibited. The skip will be locked and secure when not in use.

It is important that this meeting is well attended in order that the Committee may gauge the requirement of a skip.

Take away night - A Curry and Fish & Chip take away night will be held on Saturday 16th February in the Community Centre.

Orders will be ready for collection from 5pm to 7.30pm. Posters and flyers will be distributed nearer the time.


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by David Murray, elder, Knock.

In Hospital – At the time of writing this, John Ferguson, 37 Outend, is detained in The Western Isles Hospital and, on behalf of everyone, we wish him a quick and full recovery and hope he is soon home again. We remember Margaret Galpin, 7 Creag Aonaich, who is also hospitalised in Stornoway and to her too are our best wishes sent at this time.

New Job – Paul Finnegan, Seafield, is now employed with Harris Development Ltd and we wish him every success in his new line of work.

Burns Supper – Sir E Scott School Parents’ Committee are holding a Burns Supper in aid of school funds tomorrow (Friday) evening at 7pm in the cafeteria.

Tickets are available from Brownie’s or the school office and an enjoyable evening is promised for all.