District news 2/9/12


Habost Funeral – The funeral of Angus Murray, 5 Habost, who as noted in this column last week passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 21st, was held on Tuesday 24th.

After wake worship in Cross Free Church on the evening of Monday, the funeral service there on Tuesday was taken be Rev Roderick Campbell, North Tolsta, assisted in prayer by Rev Alan MacColl, Ness Free Presbyterian Church, and Rev Calum Murdo Smith Dumfries who is from Shawbost.

Singing of praise in Gaelic was led by Donald Macleod, Deacon South Dell, and in English by Angus Murray, Elder South Dell. Rev Campbell officiated at the graveside.

We again condole with his sisters Mina and Anne, his brother Donald, and all close family relatives and friends who mourn.

Cross Skigersta Death – The morning of Monday, July 23rd, brought sadness to us with the news that Annabella Macleod, Barabel Iceal, of 128 Cross Skigersta, had passed away in Blar Buidhe Nursing Home, where due to failing health she had latterly been resident.

Annabella, who was aged 89 years, was among the Ness girls who served in the NAAFI Canteen for Servicemen during the Second World War.

After wake worship with family relatives at the home in Cross Skigersta on the evening of Wednesday 25th, the funeral service there on Thursday, July 26th, was taken by Rev Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, assisted in prayer by Norman Smith, Elder Lionel, with singing of praise in Gaelic lead by Alex John Morrison and in English by Angus Murray, both Elders from South Dell. Rev Campbell officiated with a solemn address at the graveside.

We share our thoughts in sympathy with her sister Mary who, we are sad to note, was not able to be in Ness on this sad occasion, her two nieces Helen and Marianna, her nephew Angus, and all close family relatives and friends who mourn in this bereavement.

Knockaird Related Death – On Tuesday, July 24th, relatives and friends in Ness were sad when the news came that Angus Maclean, Aonghas Dholaidh, formerly of 9 Knockaird had passed away in Helensburgh where he had latterly been resident.

Angus, who was aged 91 years, served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and later in his working life was in the teaching profession.

The funeral of Angus in the Island of Tiree, where his wife Isobel comes from, was on Friday, July 27th.

From Ness we extend our sympathy to his wife Isobel, daughters Lesely and Jeanette, the grandchildren and we remember at this time his sisters Christy and Nora, and other close relatives who mourn at this time.

Habost Funeral – On the evening of Tuesday, July 24th, the entire Ness community were again saddened with the news that Alexander Murray, Alasdair Sheonaidh, of 11 Habost, had passed away in the Bethesda Nursing Home, Stornoway, where due to failing health he had latterly been resident and attended to.

Alasdair was aged 74 years. In earlier years he led a sea-faring career in the Merchant Navy, and later was well known in the local building trade. He will also be remembered for his services to the community as Caretaker of Habost Cemetery from 1988 until 2002.

After wake worship on the evening of Thursday in Cross Free Church where Alasdair was a professing member, a large number of people assembled there on Friday where the funeral service was taken by Rev Roderick Campbell, North Tolsta, assisted in prayer by Donald Morrison, Elder and Lay Preacher from Bragar.

Singing of praise was led by Donald R MacDonald of Bethesda Home Management. Rev Campbell officiated at the graveside at Habost machair.

We share our sympathy with his sister Johanna, her husband John Murdo and family, and all other close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Alasdair.

Church Topics – On Sunday, July 29th, the early morning English service was conducted by a young student, Innes Macsween of 20 North Dell, after which we are glad to note that the mid-day Gaelic service and the evening English service were both conducted by Rev Professor Donald Macleod, Retired former Principal of the Free Church College.

As we now wish Innes our good wishes for future success, we also extend our good wishes for many healthy and happy retirement years to Professor Macleod, who has very close Ness connections, as he continues to share in the varied spheres of labour in the Master’s vineyard.


Sympathy - The community was saddened to hear of the death following a short illness of Mary Macleod better known as Miag.

Miag, originally from Cromore, spent some years living in Stornoway until she was latterly moved to Blar Buidhe Care Home. Miag was a gracious, gentle, kind lady who had an open door for all who met her or called at her home, everyone was always so welcome.

Pre-funeral services were held in Blar Buidhe Care Home and the Free Church Semenary, Stornoway, with interrment taking place in Crossbost cemetary.

To her surviving sisters Dolina and Margaret, her nieces and nephews and the extended family, we send our sincere condolences at this sad time.

Sympathy - We send sympathy to the family of the late Murdo Mackenzie who recently passed away in Stornoway.

Murdo, whose family home was originally in Marvig, passed away following a short period of illness. We remember his wife and sons and their families and his sister Flora at this sad time.

We also send sympathy following the death of Semus Mackenzie, Stornoway (also ex Marvig), to his family and sister Louisa in Marvig we think of them in their sad loss.

Get Well - We send get well wishes for a speedy recovery to Jessie (West) Macleod, Cromore, who has recently been unwell.


Speaker - May Nicholson, whose testimony is told in the book ‘Miracles from Mayhem’ will be speaking at Scalpay Community Centre on Tuesday August 7th at 7:30pm.

All warmly invited to come and hear how the Lord has worked in May Nicholson’s life and the work of The Preshal Turst. The Preshal Trust work with people with addiction and social needs in Glasgow. There will be a collection on the night which will go to The Peshal Trust.

Scalpay Girls Group - The group would like to thank all those who supported their curry night on Friday July 13th.

The group are very pleased and thankful to report that they raised an impressive £840!

They would like to thank all those who supported the group by buying curries, baking and who gave generous donations of money and baking.

A big thank you goes to Annag MacDonald and Máiri MacLennan who worked very hard in making the delicious curries.

As a group they have decided to donate £100 from what was raised to the ‘Old MacDonald Farm’ in Zambia. Old MacDonald’s Farm is a project set up to look after and support children who have either lived on the streets or are orphans. It is situated in the outskirts of Lusaka in the Ibex Hill area. www.omfzambia.com


Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Final - Carloway made history last Monday night, after beating Ness 4-1 in the return leg of the semi-final to win 5-3 on aggregate.

The result means Carloway progress to their first Eilean an Fhraoich Cup final since 1999, and their first final in two years. Their opponents will be rivals West Side, the same team that defeated Carloway 3-1 in the ‘Way’s last final, after they defeated Back 5-0 in their return leg and 7-2 on aggregate.

Initially, Ness took the lead in five minutes thanks to a Andrew ‘Bubble’ MacLeod half-volley, giving Ness a two goal advantage on aggregate. However, just on the stroke of half time Carloway were awarded a penalty, after Bernera lad Gordon MacLennan was taken down inside the box. Captain Domhnall MacKay converted from the spot, making it 1-1 going into the break.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Kenny ‘Dokus’ MacDonald was setup nicely on the counter attack, where he rounded Donald ‘Sweeny’ MacSween and fired home from five yards to level the aggregate score at 3-3.

Moments later, Dan Crossley got a touch from Donnie MacPhail’s corner and finished from close range to give Carloway the lead on aggregate with ten minutes remaining.

Ness put lots of pressure on the ‘Way as they tried to find that vital equaliser, but Carloway killed the game in the third minute of stoppage time.

Calum Iain MacDonald, of Knock Carloway, who came on to replace D.I. MacLennan at half time, pulled on the Carloway jersey for the first time in nearly seven years and scored the killer goal which sealed Carloway’s place in the final.

A thrilling game to watch, and Stuart Rankin’s match report can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

The must-see final takes place on Friday 10th August (a week tomorrow), with the final to be played at Rally Park, Tarbert. Kick off for this final will be 7pm. C’mon the ‘Way!

Fixtures - Carloway’s next fixture takes place on Friday August 3rd (tomorrow) at Cnoc a’ Choilich, where they’ll take on the League leaders Lochs in the Co-operative Cup quarter-finals. Following this, Carloway host Stornoway Athletic in the League, at the same venue, which will be the club’s final game to prepare for the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup final. Both games kick off at 7pm. Come out and support your team!

Carloway Show Ceilidh - We hope you all enjoyed the Carloway Show yesterday. A reminder that on Friday August 3rd at 8.30pm, the Show Cèilidh takes place in the Community Centre, with artistes including Art Cormack, Iain MacKay, Seonaidh Beag MacMillan, Kirsty Watt, Hannah Knight, and DB MacLeod (accordion). The MC is John MacNeill, and there is a licensed bar.

Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - The Carloway Gaelic Choir held a ceilidh last week, which was well attended and enjoyed by all present. The choir would like to thank those who came to support them. Tapaidh leibh uile!


The next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street will be on Sunday, August 5th. On this occasion The Rev Donald Maclennan (Rtd) will lead the worship.

Mr Maclennan’s last charge was in Kinloch Church of Scotland in Lewis but today resides in Inverness. The service to which all are welcome begins at the usual time of 3:00pm.