District News: Butt to Barra 12.12.13

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - Stornoway Christmas Lights turn-on proved very festive with the first snow of the season
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - Stornoway Christmas Lights turn-on proved very festive with the first snow of the season


In Hospital – At the time of writing this Mary Ann Macsween, 3 Stromeview, is hospitalized in Glasgow and we send her our best wishes for a quick and full recovery

The Late Ewen Angus Munro – The morning of November 19th brought the sad news that Ewan Angus Munro has passed away at his home in Inverness.

Although he had enjoyed the best of health for some time, news of his final demise at the comparatively young age of fifty-four was keenly felt in the place.

Ewen Angus, who was originally from Inverness, has strong family connections with Scalpay as his late mother Margaret had her family home at North Harbour View and his wife Joan was brought up at Stromeview.

He made banking his career, joining from school and working his way up to becoming a director with the Royal Bank.

Of an affable disposition Ewan Angus always had a warm welcome for everyone and on a personal note, I remember sharing speech-making duties with him and the enjoyable memories these evoke.

His funeral service on November 27th was conducted by Rev. Kenneth I Macleod, Stornoway, and saw a huge number from all over the country gather to pay their last respects to one held in high regard by all.

At this time of great sadness we remember in our thoughts and prayers his widow Joan, son Creig and daughter maria, Brother Kenneth, brothers in law Donald Alex, Donald, Murdo sisters in law Katie Mary and Dolina, all their families and the wide circle of relatives and friends.

May all be conscious in these difficult days that ‘the eternal god is their refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms!’


1940s Christmas - Peggy’s Pantry (the coffee shop) at PJ’S Hair Design on Keith Street, will be running a theme of a ‘1940s Christmas’ during December. They plan to host two free lunches for senior citizens with memories of the second world war. These will be accompanied by visits from two local primary schools to interview the guests about their memories.

Stornoway businessman - The whole community has mourned the passing of Stornoway businessman Norman D Macleod, who died suddenly last Friday at the age of 83.

Martin’s Memorial Church in the town was packed to capacity with standing room only and the church hall was also full for the funeral service on Tuesday afternoon conducted by the minister the Rev Tommy McNeil.

A fitting tribute to his life and work in the community was paid by Sandy Matheson, the Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles and a fellow Rotarian.

N D as he was popularly known, was born in New Zealand before moving with his parents back to the father’s native island of Lewis.

He served his time as an electrician and then spent two years in the REME during his National Service. He then set up his own business N D Macleod (Churchouse) Ltd trading as N D Macleod, AC Ferguson, Salon nan Eilean, and Spire Plant Hire.

He became a qualified pilot and was instrumental in setting up the Stornoway Flying Club.

He was also chairman of the Western Isles Branch of the Electrical Contractors Association from 1990-92. He was also chairman of the Cancer Research Campaign and served on the Lewis Castle College Board.

A keen Rotarian, he was a former President of the Stornoway Rotary Club and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1997 for his Rotary service.

N D was an ‘action man’ with an irrepressible sense of humour and was also willing to help anyone, but especially with work for his congregation. He gave a lifetime of service to Martin’s Memorial Church were he was an elder.

He is survived by his wife Dolly (they were were married for 60 years), son Norman and a daughter Angela. The interment took place in Sandwick Cemetery where he was buried alongside his son, Captain Robert Macleod, a pilot, who died a number of years ago aged 35.


Christmas Fayre - Balallan Hall on Saturday 14th December begins at 2pm. Santa will arrive at 2:30pm.

There will be lots of different sales tables including home baking. Come for lunch and enjoy home made soup, tea and hot mince pies and home-made shortbread.

There will be a bumper raffle with prizes which include Lewis lamb and Lewis venison. You can even get your locally sourced Christmas tree at a very reasonable price.


Senior Citizens’ Dinner - The preparations are now well advanced for the annual Senior Citizens Dinner which will be held on Saturday, 14th December at 2pm in Laxdale School.

Previous dinners have been very successful when old friendship have been renewed over a delicious meal and entertained provided by local artists. The ladies of the Community Association make a sterling effort to ensure that the occasion will be a success so all senior citizens who are able should make every effort to attend.


Weather Topics – Although, in common with other area, we shared in the severe weather conditions of Thursday December 5th, when winds of 116m.p.h were recorded in Ness.

We are glad to note, that, although slight structural damage was caused in the Ness area that, to our knowledge, no-one was injured during this time.

We also note with interest that on the following Saturday morning, December 7th, in favourable weather our very young , our middle aged, and some fairly old members of the community were able to have their annual fun run through the Ness villages.

Western Isles

Smoke Free Policy - All NHS Western Isles premises and grounds are now smoke-free, and a Smoke Free Policy has been approved by the local Board. The policy is available at http://www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/publications/policies-and-strategies

Back in November 2012, the Board committed to a policy of no smoking on NHS Western Isles premises and grounds, and launched a one-year countdown to the introduction of a smoke-free policy.

Smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in the UK and is the biggest cause of ill health in Scotland. It is estimated to claim over 13,000 lives a year and costs the NHS in Scotland an estimated £200 million per annum.