District News: Butt to Barra 14.8.14

Visiting her grandparents in Lewis, 13 year old Isabella Macleod Garriodch from Philadelpia, Pennsylvania, snapped this great shot of a Highland cow
Visiting her grandparents in Lewis, 13 year old Isabella Macleod Garriodch from Philadelpia, Pennsylvania, snapped this great shot of a Highland cow


Coffee Morning - This event held in Lochmaddy Hall on Saturday, August 9th was in aid of the suffering Children of Gaza, and was a great success.

The event, which included stalls, competitions, a raffle and some delicious refreshments - raised £1,409-21 (with more to come) for the ‘Save the Children’ charity, working on the ground in Gaza.

Grateful thanks go to all who helped, to those who donated a wide array of baking, crafts and other items for sale, to all who spent and gave money, and to everyone who played a part in making the event such a terrific success.

Special mention must be made of all the young people who gave up their time to organise and run the raffle, and book / CD stall, who baked for the event and who helped to run the competitions.

Their contribution is highly valued.


Bayhead Community Association - Since the formation of the Bayhead Community Association, they have helped a number of organisations, by part-financing schemes they have undertaken.

A considerable amount has been invested in the play park, and the next project will be enhancing the area around the Bridge Centre, especially the area to the entrance at the bridge, once the planning application has been approved, so all in all the Association is of benefit to the area.

And on Saturday, August 16th an invitation is extended to all over 60s residents in the ward to an afternoon tea at the Bridge Centre Cafe from 3 to 5pm.

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and have a blether with old friends.


Ness funeral - On Thursday 7th August the funeral of John Murdo Morrison who passed away suddenly at his home in Achanault near Garve on Wednesday 30th July was held in Ness Cemetery.

John Murdo, who was aged 61 years, will be remembered with affection by friends in Ness as the son of the late John Morrison (Iain Sheonaidh Dhaidh) of 69 Cross Skigersta, and the late Katie Ann Mackenzie (Katie Ann Mhurchaidh Bhocs), formerly of 45 Habost. The family had been resident in Glasgow in early years.

The funeral of John Murdo on Thursday was from the home of his sister Catherine at the old family residence at 69 Cross Skigersta, where the service was taken by Rev. Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta Free Church, who is at present interim Moderator of Cross Free Church.

He was assisted in prayer by Donald Alasdair Morrison, elder, Cross Free Church, who also led the singing of praise. Rev. Campbell officiated at the graveside on Habost machair.

In their bereavement we share our thoughts in sympathy with his three sisters Mary, Catherine and May, and all close family relatives and friends who mourn at this time.

School topics - As our children, teachers and other school staff now return to their varied classroom duties, we hope they all feel refreshed as they begin another school term.

Our good wishes for happy and healthy school days go to those who go for the first time, and we remember those who now leave their places of learning to venture into careers and work places in a new environment.


Sympathy - We send our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Chrissie Ferguson ex Garyvard who recently passed away in the Western General, Edinburgh following a short illness. Chrissie and her husband John spent many happy years living in Garyvard before re-locating to Livingstone.

To her husband John, son Angus and daughter Madge and the extended family we send our sincere sympathy at this sad time in their lives.

We also send our condolences to the family of the late Karen Jacques who recently passed away. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

We also remember Jessie Skinner ex Marvig whose husband David passed away recently.

Mr Skinner was the local vet in Stornoway for many years. To Jessie who has lost her companion in life and the family we send our sympathy at this time.

Wedding - We send many congratulations to Donald Montgomery, Garyvard and Lindsay O Hara who recently married in Stornoway. Donald and Lindsay are setting up home in their new house in Garyvard.


WW1 Commemorative event - On Friday, August 15th a World War One Commemoration event, which will include music, songs and Gaelic poetry from 1914-1918, will be held in the North Lochs Community Centre, Leurbost at 7.30pm.

The commemorative songs will be sung by Kenneth Nicolson, Shonnie Beag Macmillan, Torquil Macleod, Mairi MacKenzie and others.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone and refreshments will be served.

Entry is free but donations to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Royal British Legion would be appreciated.

Scottish night - On Saturday, August 16th there will be a Scottish Night in Balallan Hall at 7:30pm.

The singers and musicians include Iain MacKay, Iain Begg, Innes Begg, Murray Begg, Highland Dancers Ciorstaidh, Molly and Mairi. The Country Gaels and Mairi MacLennan. Maggie Smith will perform a new Gaelic play by Alasdair Campbell from Ness, called Coinneach Tarmod Mo Dhuine.

At the interval there will be stovies, oatcakes, home baking and tea. There will be a raffle and BYOB.

WW1 exhibition - The collection of pictures and memorabilia gathered by North Lochs Historical Society, has attracted many visitors from all over the island in the last week.

The society would like to thank all those who lent family photos, keepsakes and heirlooms, contributing to a thought provoking extensive collection, which demonstrated the hardship of the lives of people from North Lochs during war time.