District News: Butt to Barra 21.11.13

The 1st Laxdale Beaver and Cub packs proved their generosity recently presenting a cheque for �192.48 to Aileen Whiteford and Kay Minty from the local branch of Save the Children charity. SGD26070
The 1st Laxdale Beaver and Cub packs proved their generosity recently presenting a cheque for �192.48 to Aileen Whiteford and Kay Minty from the local branch of Save the Children charity. SGD26070


Death in Lionel - On the morning of Sunday November 10th the entire Ness community and many out-with the Ness area were saddened with the news that Norman Macleod, Tarmod Iain Mhurdo, affectionately known to us all as Gaggan, had passed away suddenly at his home at 26 Lionel.

Norman, who was aged 85 and had been in a measure of good health up until the end, will be affectionately remembered and missed by all who knew him through the years.

After doing his national service after the Second World War Norman later followed a seafaring career.

He was predeceased by his wife Alice Ann in December 1996.

After a well attended wakeworship in Ness Church of Scotland on the evening of Monday a large number of mourners assembled there on Tuesday November 12th when the funeral service was taken by Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald, assisted by Rev. Hugh Stewart, Uig Church of Scotland.

In their sudden bereavement, we share our thoughts in sympathy with his two daughters Margaret Ann, and Doleen.

His sons Iain in Lionel, and Norman in Inverness who we note, was at 26 Lionel on a short holiday at the time of his father passing away.

We remember the grand children and all in the close family circle and also his sister Catriona in Bernera, his brothers John Murdo in Stornoway and Murdo in Port.

Death in Aberdeen- Relatives and friends in Ness were sad to learn that Ivor Morrison formerly of 14 Springfield Road, Stornoway, had passed away suddenly at his home in Aberdeen where he had been resident on Wednesday November 6th.

Ivor who was aged 65 years was a son of Norman Morrison, Tarmod Thalm formerly of 35 Eoropie, and in earlier years was a frequent visitor to family relatives in Eoropie. His mother was Isabella nee Ferguson from Back.

The funeral of Ivor to Habost Cemetry was on Wednesday November 13th, the service in the Free Church Seminary Stornoway was taken by Rev. Kenneth Iain Macleod Assistant Mnister of Stornoway, assisted by Hugh Stewart, Uig Church of Scotland.

The singing of praise was led by Angus Murray Elder South Dell and Chris Barrowan Elder Eorodale, and at the graveside on Habost machair Rev. Macdonald officiated with solemn prayer suited to the occasion.

And at the graveside in Ness Rev. Kenneth Ferguson former Minster of Cross and a relative of the deceased officiated with a short address suited to the occasion.

From Ness we share a sympathy with his brothers Donald, and Donald John, close relatives and friends who mourn at this time.

Sympathy from Ness – Further sadness came to us with the news that Alex Bayfield of Stornoway had passed away in in the Western Isles Hospital on Wednesday November 13th.

Alex who was aged 77 was the husband of the late Helen, nee Kelman formerly of 13 Skigersta.

Following the service in the High Church, Stornoway, the funeral of Alex to Sandwick cemetery was on Friday November 15th.

We condole with all in the close family circle and near relatives who mourn in this bereavement.

Wind of Change – To those of us in the older generation who went to school to learn how to speak English, it is hard to believe that the day would come in Lewis, when the front page headlines of the Stornoway Gazette of November 7th would be ‘Gaelic School for Islands a step nearer’.

The wind of change certainly touches everything in its path.

Saturday Cafe - North Tolsta Youth Club are holding a Saturday Café in the Village Hall from 11 am to 2pm on Saturday, November 22nd.

If you fancy a coffee with your mates or a cup of tea and a chat with your neighbour or a good gossip with your best friend, come along and have your lunch or just tea and a piece of cake.

The Youth Club are raising funds for future trips so please come along and support this worthwhile cause.

Light Lunch - There will be a Light Lunch at Ionad na Seann Sgoil Shawbost on Saturday 23rd November between 12.30pm and 2pm to raise funds for Crossroads Care.

Come along and enjoy a choice of soups and puddings prepared by members of Clann an Latha an Dè whilst supporting this very worthy cause.

Raffle tickets will be on sale with the usual assortment of prizes. Everyone Welcome. Donations at the door with all proceeds to Crossroads Care.

Cancer Research Door to Door Collection - The recent collection in the Shawbost area raised a total of £395.82 which is very much appreciated by the members of the Cancer Research Committee, Stornoway who wish to thank all who gave so generously.

Thanks are also due to the very willing collectors, Lauren Anne Maclean, Ruairaidh Maclennan and Sharon and Seumas Macleod - Well done.

Ladies Night - Pamper Night at North Lochs Community Centre this Friday 22nd November. There will be taster sessions in Indian head massage, reflexology and foot whispering.

Find out about the new local skincare Ishga product, and browse the Avon range while supporting the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee.

Ceilidh - The rescheduled Post Mod Ceilidh will be in Balallan Hall this Saturday 23rd November at 7:30pm. Artistes will include Lochs Gaelic Choir and lots of local talent which includes singers, pipers, and Highland Dancers.

There will be raffles, tea and coffee so come and support the performers and help the funds of this community facaility.

Volunteer Day - The Kinloch Historical Society will have another Volunteer Day on Saturday the 30th November from 10am to 4pm. Come along and pitch your skills to make the Old School at Balallan a welcoming place for all.

Halloween - The children and parents in Kinloch would like to thank the community again this year for their generosity towards collections for the Halloween party.

The children’s party was held in Balallan Hall on the 31st of October and a great time was had by all.

The spooky Halloween outfits and guises, ghosts, witches, vampires and many more were judged by Jim Sawers, who had himself come along as Balallan’s wizard. Many thanks also to Jim for his kindness and enthusiasm.

Christmas Dinner - Comann Eachdraidh Cheann a Tuath Nan Loch will be holding their Annual Christmas Dinner on Friday the 6th December in the North Lochs Community Centre at Leurbost.

If you would like to book for the meal and an evening’s entertainment please contact Jean Macleod the secretary.

Evangelical Services – Over the last weekend evangelical services were held in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing). The preacher was Rev. John Coates, Kellswater Reformed Presbyterian Church, Country Antrim, and our prayer is that God’s blessing would follow all said and done in his name at this time and indeed throughout the year.

In Hospital – At the time of writing this Donald Macsween, Rosebank, is hospitalised in Stornoway and we send him our best wishes for a quick return to better health and a speedy homecoming.

Placement – Anne-Marie Mackenzie, School House, is at this time on Student placement from the University of Stirling with the Harris North Lochs Nursing Team and we are sure she will benefit from this invaluable experience.

Late Christina Macleod – On Friday, November 1st, we heard the sad news that Christena Macleod, 33 High Hill, had passed away in Leverburgh Care Home, where she had been resident for some time.

Chirstag, as she was affectionately known, was aged ninety-seven, the oldest Scalpay lady and the last of a family of nine.

Chirstag was brought up in the family home at Falitland Terrace.

The death of her mother in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1919 meant she had very early in life to shoulder responsibilities and help look after siblings and her father, whom she also cared for in his declining years.

The sudden death of her husband Murdo after just two years of marriage was a further adversity she bore with patience and Christian fortitude.

Of a friendly disposition Chirstag spoke ill of no-one and was an excellent neighbour with a warm welcome for all who visited.

On a personal note, with her passing I am sadly conscious of one of the last of my parents’ friends and generation taken whose life was built round the values of honesty, integrity and hard work.

Her funeral service on Tuesday 5th was conducted by Rev. Kenneth Macdonald, assisted by William Macleod, Stornoway, whose family home is at Ardhaven. The precentor was Donald Macleod, Highbury, and the interment later was in Luskentyre Cemetery.

Our heartfelt sympathies are extended at this time to the nephews, nieces, their families and all other relatives and friends.

May they be aware in these difficult days of the closeness of ‘The Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief’.

Services – In the absence of the minister, who was conducting evangelical services in Leverburgh, services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Rev. Roddy Morrison, senior Minister ofGardner Street, Glasgow

Evangelical Services – These will be held over the coming weekend in Scalpay Free Church, conducted by Rev. Farquhar Renwick, Knockbain. As we look forward to these services our prayer is that they would result in souls being gathered into the Kingdom.

Remembrance Day – Several from Scalpay attended the Remembrance Day Service in Tarbert on Sunday, November 2nd. Rev. Andrew Coghil prayed at the War Memorial and, among the wreathes laid, were ones from the Scalpay community council by Margaret Morrison and from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency by Jeremy Wheeler.

This solemn occasion gave us as a community the opportunity to remember those who made the supreme sacrifice in two world wars and constitute to do so in conflicts today.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards – At a ceremony in Stornoway Town Hall on Tuesday 7th, Gemma Finnegan, Seafield, and Myles Allen, Dirascal Cottage, were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh full Silver Awards by Director of Education Peter Carpenter and we congratulate them on achieving passes in the difficult disciplined required.

In Hospital – As we write these news items Annabel Cunningham, Dal Na Mara, is hospitalised in Stornoway and we send her the best wishes of the community for a quick return to better health.