District News: Butt to Barra 13-03-14

Phil Rowe's picture perfectly captures the contrasting colours of Stornoway harbour
Phil Rowe's picture perfectly captures the contrasting colours of Stornoway harbour


Sympathy from Ness - Following the recent passing away of her husband Donald John MacDonald of 1 Park Barvas, we extend our sympathy to his wife Chrissie (Chrissie Mary Mod), formerly from 147 Cross Skigersta Road, their two sons Christopher and Murdo John and all in the close family circle who mourn at this time.

We also extend our sympathy this week to Donald Alexander Graham (Domhnall Alec Dhomhnuill Bhain), formerly of 142 Cross Skigersta Road, whose wife Morag passed away in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness on Saturday 1st March. We remember all in the close family circle who mourn in this bereavement.

Garage closes - Now that a well known landmark in Ness, Murray’s Garage in South Dell, has closed down, we of the older generation have reason to thank John Murray (Iain Thaididh) who began this service in Ness when car engines were very different from what they are now.

We now have reason to give thanks to Donald Murray MacLeod, affectionately known to us all as Murray, who, with his exceptional skills and willingness continued to provide for the present day requirements of car owners in Ness. Our good wishes are now extended to Murray for good health and happiness in his retirement.

Latha na Ceist - On the Friday of the Ness Communion week the scripture texts given out for the men to speak were as follows.

In the Free Presbyterian Church Malcolm Gunn, North Tolsa, formerly from Ness, gave his text from Colossians Chap. 1 Verse 21.

In the Free Church Continuing Donald Morrison, Elder, Shader, gave the text from Isaiah Chap. 50 Verse 10.

In Cross Free Church John Mackay, South Dell, gave his text from Psalm 48 Verse 14.


Services - In the absence of the minister, who was preaching in Leverburgh, services in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) on Sunday 2nd March, were conducted by Rev. John Macleod, senior minister of Duthil-Dores.

Wedding - The congratulations of the community are sent to Christine Cunningham, whose family home is at Dal na Mara, and Tony Wilson, who were married in Glasgow on Friday 28th February.

On behalf of everyone we wish them every future blessing and happiness in the years ahead.

The late Jane Cunningham - On Wednesday 19th February we heard the sad news that Jane Cunningham, Limepark, had passed away peacefully in Harris House, where she had been resident for some time, at the age of 91.

Jean, as she was affectionately known, had her family home in Strathcanaird, near Ullapool, moving to Scalpay after her marriage to the late Finlay Cunningham, who pre-deceased her 20 years ago.

Of a friendly and kind disposition Jean and Finlay always had a warm welcome for those who visited the family home at Ardnasaig, as this correspondent can testify.

She was an excellent neighbour who spoke ill of no-one and was a well-respected and highly thought of member of our community.

With her passing we are sadly conscious of another of the older generation taken whose life was built on Christian foundations and centered on the values of honesty, integrity and hard work.

Her funeral service on Saturday 22nd was conducted by Rev. Andrew Coghill, assisted by Rev. John Morrison, Kyles. The praise was led by John Morrison, Leverburgh, and Donald Macleod, Highbury, and the internment later was in Luskentyre cemetery.

At this time of great sadness we extend our prayerful sympathy. To sons John, Roddy, Alsitair Hector and Colin, daughter Christine, all their families and the wide circle of relatives and friends. May God’s abiding presence and his comforting love be their portion in these difficult days.

Crossroads football competition - On Tuesday 4th March the annual Crossroads football competition was held in Sir E .Scott School.

Aodhan Finnegan, Seafield, and Amy Mackenzie, Schoolhouse, both participated, with Amy playing in the winning team, the Wanderers.

Well done to her and all who took part, with a special thanks to organiser Adam Johnson, his team of referees and Crossroads for the food provided and trophy donations.

Hi-Fires success - Also on Tuesday 4th Hi-Fires certificates were handed out at a ceremony in Tarbert Fire Station to those who successfully completed the Hi-Fires course.

Those involved from Scalpay were Myles Allen, Philip Coghill and Emma Macleod and well done to them and all the students and thanks to Mairi Maciver, organiser, and fire brigade personnel.


Ballot called off - The Pairc Trust, the community body who are trying to buy Pairc Estate on behalf of the residents and crofters of South Lochs has announced that arrangements for a postal ballot to vote on the terms of an Amicable Estate Transfer have had to be called off.

The reason is that it has not been possible to finalise the detailed documentation of the terms of the proposed purchase of the Estate by Friday 7th March as originally intended.

Angus McDowall, Chairman of Pairc Trust, said: “We very much regret that it has not been possible to finalise the detailed documentation by the due date, and in these circumstances we have no option but to call off the ballot.

“We are still discussing some key issues with Pairc Estate.

“If these can be satisfactorily resolved in the next few weeks, we will make the details available to the community and arrange another ballot.”

Sympathy - A dark gloom was cast over the community of South Lochs and beyond when news filtered out following the death of Donald Maclennan, Marvig.

Donald or ‘Domhuall Gheall’, as he was better known could be described as a genuine, unassuming individual who was a kind and generous individual who always put family and other people’s welfare before his own, always with a smile and a kind word for all.

Donald spent many years working for the roads department where colleagues and other he came in contact with held him in high esteem.

In the family home where he dutifully along with his family cared for his wife Dollag until she passed away there was always a welcome and an open door for one and all.

His popularity and the esteem in which he was held was witnessed at the large crowd who attended his funeral in Park Free Church with interment in the nearby Gravir cemetery.

To his family Aonghais Iain, Morag, Ishbel, Donnie, brother Murdo, Sisters Dolina and Jessie and the extended family we send our sincere sympathy as they come to terms with the loss of a loved one in their lives.

Condolences - To Donald Carmichael better known as ‘Domhuall Waggie’ of Lemerway and Linlithgow we send our sincere sympathy following the death of his wife Normina following a short period of illness.

Donald and Normina (originally from Borve) spent many of their holidays between Lemreway and Borve catching up with old friends and new. Pre funeral services were held in Borve Free Church with interment to Barvas Cemetery.

To Donald who has lost his faithful companion of 40plus years and the extended family we send our sympathy in their sad loss.

Western Isles

Charitable Trust - The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is seeking ordinary members from across the islands to join the charitable trust.

From the ordinary membership, four individuals, one each from Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra, will subsequently be elected onto the Board.

Anyone wishing to join the WIDT should apply before 31st March 2014. Elections to the board will be held soon after.

The purpose of WIDT is to support the regeneration and development of the Outer Hebrides through disbursement of Community Benefit secured from local Renewable Energy installations.

This Community Benefit will come from a range of technologies, predominantly onshore wind, offshore wind, wave and tidal.

Over time, and as grid connectivity allows, WIDT will expand its activities to support community ownership of large scale Renewable Energy infrastructure with the objective of addressing Fuel Poverty through access to locally generated ‘green’ electricity.

To be eligible as an Ordinary Member applicants must be at least 16 years old and be on the electoral roll in the Western Isles.

Anyone interested in applying to be an ordinary member should contact WIDT at info@widt.co.uk or write to The Community Planning Unit, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sandwick Road, Stornoway. There is an annual fee of £5 for members.