District News: Butt to Barra 05-06-14

Jenny Morrison took this picture of Dalmor beach with the stream flowing through taking a very unusual course
Jenny Morrison took this picture of Dalmor beach with the stream flowing through taking a very unusual course


RNLI Fundraising - A dedicated day of RNLI fundraising will be held in the grounds of Amhuinnsuidhe Castle on Saturday 14th June.

The event will be held from 1 – 4 pm, and there will be a wide range of activities to suit all ages. Teas/Coffees/Home-baking will be served in a marquee in the beautiful Amhuinnsuidhe Castle garden, and there will be a baking stall to allow people to buy ‘something sweet’ to take away with them.

A raffle will be drawn on the day where prizes containing some of Amhuinnsuidhe Castle’s own local produce will be on offer. Among the items which can be won are some of the Estate’s unique smoked salmon range and their Malt Whisky. Tickets will be available to buy locally in the two weeks leading up to the event, and on the day itself.

Some local craftspeople will be selling their wares on the day, in addition to the popular RNLI Souvenir Stall. Children (and adults!) will have the chance to ‘Splat the Crew’ – a popular activity at all the RNLI Fundraisers.

It is hoped that the Leverburgh Lifeboat, RNLB The Royal Thames, will make the journey to Amhuinnsuidhe (pending operational commitments), where people will have a chance to go aboard and meet the crew.

Guided tours of both the inside of the Castle and the Castle gardens are being offered throughout the day. As spaces are limited on both tours, places must be booked in advance. This can be done by contacting the Castle. The day will be rounded off with a Grand Auction – where a variety of items will be available to bid on.

Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to use the shuttle bus which will depart from Tarbert at 12.30 pm, and return again after the event. Places on the bus must be reserved, and this can be done by contacting Amhuinnsuidhe Castle directly. Return tickets are £2 for adults and £1 for children.

For more information follow our Facebook page by searching for ‘Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat’ or our Twitter page @LeverburghRNLI. To book spaces on the Castle/Garden tours or the shuttle bus service, please contact Amhuinnsuidhe Castle on 01859 560 200.

To find out more about Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, our hosts for the day, visit their website on www.amhuinnsuidhe.com or visit their Facebook page by searching for ‘Amhuinnsuidhe Castle’.

Western Isles

Great rehearsal - A lovely afternoon was had on Saturday 24thMay at the first rehearsal for the Tattoo Hebrides. Highland Dancers were asked to take part, with every dancer assured a part on the day, from the very youngest to the more experienced Premier Dancers.

It was a chance to see how many dancers we would have and to group them together according to their varied ages and stages at which they have reached, all dancers will have an important part to play on the night.

There were lots of lovely big smiles all around, the girls looked lovely and already we could see the start of a lovely performance taking shape, thanks to all who came along, we are looking forward to the next stage, and the best bit – the outfits!

This is a great opportunity to enjoy being a part of Tattoo Hebrides by showcasing all the talent, hard work and dedication that all the dancers and their teachers put in all year round.

There will be other Highland Dance performances to look forward to also from Barra and from Uist. If anyone missed the rehearsal and would still like to take part or if you have any queries at all please get in touch with Lynn Maclean on 820260.

Photo Comp - Photographers in the Hebrides are being urged to submit their pictures for consideration for the Eileanaich gallery of the new museum and archive.

The deadline has been extended for the competition until June 23rd to give even more people the opportunity to enter.

To be in with a chance of winning the organisers want images of people. People doing stuff inside or outside, working, eating, playing, laughing, wrestling, or along beaches – be creative and surprise them!

Winning images will be displayed in the new museum currently being built next to Lews Castle in Stornoway. Prizes include a workshop with a professional photographer for the prize winner. Runners up will receive gift vouchers.

Six winners will be selected from the following age groups: 10-15 years, 16-25 years, and over 26s.

To enter, you must be an amateur photographer resident in the Outer Hebrides and your image must be taken somewhere in the Western Isles. Please make sure that the subjects in your photo know that their picture is being taken! The closing date is now June 23rd. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.cne-siar.gov.uk/museum. Or email museum@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Child stand-in required for children’s TV production - TV Production Company Move on Up are going to be auditioning for girls aged between seven and 10, who are animated and active, who must be of height 127cm with ginger/auburn hair colouring (with a kink if possible but not to worry if not) for work as a stand-in on a television series to be shot on Lewis, this summer.

The right applicants will have to be available for filming from the last week in July until the end of the second week in September.

They will be paid, will be chaperoned, and will have schooling during term time Auditions will be held in mid/late June, in Stornoway. Please send details with a photograph to: office@moveonup.tv

Revamped Footie - Glasgow Island won a revamped Midsummer football tournament in a competition played with Western Isles ex-pats in Glasgow.

Beating Glasgow Islay 6-1 in the first match before edging Inter (from North Uist) 3-1 to lift the trophy. Also taking part in the competition was Finnieston Park who are sponsored by the Park Bar. Glasgow Island, and former Point striker, Cally Mackay was player of the tournament.


Ness related death - Relatives and friends in Ness were saddened when the news came from Muir of Ord, that Mary MacLarty, nee Murray (Mairi Mhurcahidh an Bhain), formerly of 63 Cross Skigersta Road, had passed way in Ross Memorial Hospital on Saturday 24th May.

Mary, who was aged 82 years, will be remembered with affection by the older generation in Ness. Through the years she, along with her late husband Duncan and family had been resident in Muir of Ord.

The funeral of Mary attended by relatives from Lewis was on Friday 30th May to Urquhart New Cemetery following the funeral service in St Clement’s Parish Church, Dingwall.

From Ness we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy with her daughter Margaret, sons George, Archie and Donald, the grandchildren, and we remember her sister Catriona in Stornoway at this time, and all close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Mary.

Sympathy from Ness - In common with other island areas, friends in Ness were sad to learn of the sudden and tragic passing away in Edinburgh on Monday 19th May, of Rev. Tom Sinclair, former minister of Martin’s memorial Church in Stornoway.

In their grief, we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy to his wife Pam, their son Jonathan, and others who mourn this sad bereavement.

Good reading - In the May and June editions of Back in the Day, Hamish Taylor of Harris and formerly of the Decca Station on Lionel machair, gives an interesting and enlightening account of the life and role of the former Merchant Navy radio officers.

Hamish gives us the names of over 60 islanders who served as radio officers through the years.With modern technology, this former worthy work and rank has been discontinued in the Merchant Navy.


Service - The evening service in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) on Sunday, 25th May, was conducted by Rev. Warren Gardner, Atlanta, Georgia.

In hospital - Effie Campbell, Creag Bhan, Ardnakille, spent some time in the Western Isles Hospital recently, but we are glad to report she is now home again and we send her our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

At the time of writing this, Mary Ann Morrison, Grianan, is hospitalised in Glasgow and we also wish her a quick return to better health and we hope she is soon home again.


Book launch - The Over 60s club The Silver Darlings will host a book launch this Saturday at 2pm in the Community Centre Leurbost. The book Bannaimh Nach Gann is a collection of poetry and songs, written by the late Rev Murdo Smith, Leurbost. This is Comann Eachdraidh Ceann a Tuath nan Loch’s latest publication. Copies are available from Jean MacLeod Ranish, on 01851 860431 or by email from macleod-ranish@supanet.com.

Café opening - The new seasonal café at the Old Balallan School building, will open for snacks, teas and home baking as from Tuesday 10th June. The café will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 4pm.

The Kinloch Historical Society museum and new exhibition space will also be open to the public during these hours. Support your local café come for a blether and a strupag and look up your family tree in Gleanings the croft history and spot your relatives and school friends in the large collection of photographs on display.

Thanks - The North Lochs Community Association would like to thank members of the community who supported last weekend’s Bingo Night and the Old Folks Dinner.

The Bingo night on Friday, a fundraiser with Sgoil nan Loch, was very successful. Over forty senior citizens enjoyed the Saturday lunchtime meal, prepared and served by the local ladies.

Thanks to all those who willingly came to give a hand, to ensure the traditional annual Community Association treat for the more mature citizens continues.

Post meal entertainment was by Sgoil nan Loch Folk Group rehearsing for the Lewis Provincial Mod this week and local young band Mara, Sian MacKay, Andrew Drummond and Louisa Barron.


Sympathy - Again within the community we were saddened to hear of the passing of the Alexander Macdonald, better known as ‘Alasdair Neail’, of Habost. Alasdair spent many years with his own mobile butchery van and latterly working for Charles Macleod Butchers, Stornoway.

Alasdair had a pleasant, welcoming disposition and was a very fit individual right up till his death at the age on 91.

Pre funeral services were held in Kinloch Free Church with interment taking place to Kinloch cemetery.

To his wife of many years Anna, daughters Kathleen and Ishbel, son in law Chris and the extended family we send our sincere sympathy at this sad time in their lives following the death of a loved one.