District News: Butt to Barra 10.7.14

Ken MacAulay of Breasclete sent in this photo taken on the Achmore branch of the Pentland Road on a May evening.
Ken MacAulay of Breasclete sent in this photo taken on the Achmore branch of the Pentland Road on a May evening.


Eorpie related death - Relatives and friends in Ness were sad with the recent news from Glasgow, that Anne Currie, nee MacDonald, had passed away on Monday 16th June in the Southern General Hospital.

Anne, who was aged 73 years will be remembered with affection by all who knew her as Anna Bheag an Dollagan, formerly from 9 Eoropie.

Through the years, Anne, along with her husband William and family had been resident in the Hyndland area of Glasgow, where the funeral service was held on Monday 23rd June in St. Brides Episcopalian Church attended by relatives and friends from Ness.

From Ness we share and extend our thoughts and sympathy to her husband William, their daughter Avril, son Martin, the grandchildren, and other close relatives and friends who mourn in this bereavement.

Death in Fivepenny - On the evening of Wednesday 2nd July we were all sad with the news that Annie Mackenzie, nee Macleod (Anna Choinnich), had passed away at her home at 5B Fivepenny.

Annie, who was aged 91 years, had through failing health been housebound for the past few years.

She will be remembered with affection by many in church circles who knew her as a professing member for 69 years, whose walk and conversation witnessed through these years since 1945, that she looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

On the evening of Friday 4th July, a large number of mourners assembled at the Free Church Continuing for wake worship, and also on Saturday 5th July when the funeral service there was taken by Rev. Greg MacDonald.

He was assisted in prayer by Rev. Angus Smith, former minister of Cross Free Church, and by Rev. Daniel Mackinnon, a friend of the family, Free Church Continuing. Singing of praise was led by Finlay Morrison, elder, Habost. Rev. MacDonald officiated at the graveside at Habost Machair.

In their bereavement we share our sympathy with her daughters, Chris-Ann and Gormelia, her son Kenneth, the grandchildren, and all in the close family circle and friends, who mourn in the passing of Annie.


Falmadair Ceilidh - Falmadair the North Lewis Maritime Society are holding their annual fundraising ceilidh on Wednesday 16th July at the Sea Angling Club, as part of Sail Stornoway 2014.

The volunteer group maintain and sail the traditional wooden boats, the Jubillee, Broadbay and An Sulaire. All the vessels will be participating in this week’s Sail Stornoway festival with public open sailing on Thursday 17th from the town’s marina.

This will give members of the public an opportunity to experience a sail in the traditional wooden boats, 18ft Broadbay built in 1912, the 27tft Jubillee dates built in 1935 and An Sulaire 33ft, built in 1994 as John Murdo MacLeod’s recreation of the largest class of vessel, once built by his father and others before him, at Port of Ness.

The ceilidh at the Sea Angling on Wednesday 16th beginning at 8pm will feature local musicians and singers with the Ness Melodeon playing music for dancing.

Traditional music and song - More traditional music and song will be heard locally, with a Friday teatime gathering planned, at the Retirement Centre in Bayhead, from Friday 18th July from 6 to 9pm.

This is for locals and visitors alike. There will be tunes, songs, a welcome, a cup of tea and cake. Let’s share our island music and song, it is what makes us different and visitors often leave the island without having experienced our heritage.

The newly refurbished Lewis Retirement Centre is a community facility available for the use of local charities. The popular monthly Gaelic Music ceilidhs will resume in September.

For venue hire contact Donald MacKee on dar.mck33@btinternet.com. The Friday teatime, music and song event will run as a trial for six weeks until 22nd August.

Highland Amateur Cup - It’s a big day in the history of Carloway Football Club this Saturday, as the Lewis and Harris League champions clash with Uist and Barra League champions Iochdar Saints in the semi-finals of the Highland Amateur Cup at Goathill Park, Stornoway.

Kick-off at 1:30pm. Both sides are just ninety minutes away from representing the Western Isles in the final of this prestigious competition, which will take place at the Caledonian Stadium, Inverness, on Saturday 2nd August.

Extra time, and penalties if necessary, will be played to determine the match winner, should the scoreline remain level after ninety minutes.

A large crowd is expected on the day. Come out and support your team as they try to make it to the final. Come on the ‘Way!


Croft history - A Croft History Project, developed by Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar over an eight year period, is now nearing completion. It is anticipated that books detailing the vast array of information gathered will be on sale later this year.

In order that everyone with an interest in their forebears in the Arnol-Bragar-Shawbost-Dalbeag area - some dating back to the 1700s - can have a preview of all relevant information gathered to date, two open days have been arranged at Bragar School on Friday, July 18th from 3pm to 5pm and at 7pm to 9pm.

Also at Ionad na Seann Sgoil Shawbost on Saturday, July 19th at 1pm to 5pm.

You are invited to take part in a very interesting and exciting two days, where those who come along will be encouraged to point out any incorrect information they feel has been included in their particular family history - in order that the books, when printed, are as up-to-date and accurate as is possible.

Oidhche Challuinn - For an evening of fun and laughter come along to Ionad na Seann Sgoil Shawbost on Tuesday, July 29th at 7.30 pm when John Macneil and Donnie Smith will be introducing excerpts from the Lewis and Harris Oidhche Challuinn. Admission £5. Tea/Coffee will be served at the interval.


Sale Of Work - The annual Sale of Work this year has been organized by the Social Club and will take place this Saturday 12th July in Pairc School, Gravir at 2pm. There will be the usual stalls, raffles & tombola.

Admittance will be £4, this includes plenty of tea and biscuits, with a bleather and a catch up with old friends and new.

Volunteers to help out are more than welcome and anybody wishing to donate prizes to the raffle & items for the tombola please arrange to have them to Maureen at the Post Office, Gravir no later than Friday afternoon.

Mark it down in your diary and we will see you there!

Congratulations - We send congratulations to one of the individuals nominated to be a bearer in the Queens Batten Relay team.

He is Colin Macleod of Laxdale. Colin’s father is a native of Cromore, Duncan Macleod, Ex 5 Cromore.

Colin has been a keen swimmer from a young age and has done much fundraising for charity, including Hebridean Mens Cancer, The Leanne Fund, Cancer Research and RNLI.

He has completed many swimming challenges, including, Horgabost to Taransay, Cromore to Crossbost and most recently he was involved with the planned swim to St Kilda which regrettably had to be abandoned due to the high waves and difficult conditions, but Colin along with his friends still hope to complete the challenge at a later date. To Colin we say very well done indeed.


The Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band recently had a great weekend at the British Pipe Band Championships in Bathgate.

With over 140 pipe bands attending, it was a huge event with all the buzz and excitement of the World Pipe Band Championships. The band played very well and although they did not make the final round, they received some positive feedback from the judges which they applied to their performance at the European Pipe Band Championships on June 28th.

Fundraising in June continued with a bake sale followed by a Piping Recital hosted by Calum Morrison and showcasing local man Lachie Dick in the Dark Island Hotel.

An appreciative audience were delighted by Lachie and by other solo performers ranging from promising chanter players to accomplished young pipers from the community.

Highland dancers and musicians from Sgoil Lionacleit also contributed and the SLPB Committee are very grateful to all the performers and to the Dark Island Hotel for providing a venue.

The band also gave a rousing send off to several teachers from Sgoil Lionacleit when they performed at a retirement dinner held at Stepping Stones Restaurant.


Lewis Christian Conference 2014 - This year’s conference took place from Friday 27 June to Monday 30 June in Stornoway. The Speaker was Dr Sinclair B Ferguson. Dr Ferguson, who retired last year as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, addressed the conference on the theme ‘In Christ Alone’. He helped focus our attention on the centrality and completion of Christ’s work in securing the salvation of His believing people.

Dr Ferguson gave three edifying conference messages: i) From Philippians 3, on the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. ii) From Romans 6, where he explained what it means to be in union with Christ and experience the transforming power of God, the old self having been crucified with Christ. iii) From Romans 5 :1 -11, where he spoke of the privileges that belong to the Christian believer in Jesus Christ. All of the conference messages were spiritually uplifting and personally challenging. He encouraged us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The High Church building was kindly made available for the conference meetings again this year. Dr Ferguson preached in the High Fellowship and in Point Free Church on the Lord’s Day, and he addressed a large fellowship gathering in the High Church on the Lord’s Day evening, where he shared testimony and spoke of the Lord’s work in his own life.

Once again we were pleased to welcome representatives from Christian Focus Publications and the Christian Institute to the conference and they updated us on the work that they are involved in and provided information and bookstalls.

The Conference organisers were very encouraged with the attendances at all the meetings from across the island’s churches and there were also visitors attending the conference from other parts of the UK and some from overseas. It is a blessing for God’s people to gather together in unity and enjoy Bible teaching, psalm singing and fellowship. We pray that the Lord’s blessing will follow all that took place during this year’s conference. CD and DVD sets will be produced and may be ordered by e-mailing: lewischristianconference@gmail.com

The Conference committee is delighted to announce that next year’s event will see a return of Dr. Charles Price who spoke at the first Lewis Christian Conference in 2012.