District News: Butt to Barra 24.04.14 - Stornoway Gazette

Maria Mackay took this photography with an iPhone at Dalbeg Beach on Easter Sunday.
Maria Mackay took this photography with an iPhone at Dalbeg Beach on Easter Sunday.


A Spring Bazaar- will be held in Lochmaddy Hall on Saturday 3rd May 2014 from 11 am to 2pm.

All are welcome. To book a table, please ring Effie Ann MacPherson on 01876 500257.

Latha na Mara - Lochmaddy Hall is also the venue for the ‘Latha na Mara’ – RNLI Fundraising Day – on Saturday 17th May from 11 am to 4 pm.

There will be various stalls, competitions, a silent auction, raffles, face painting, Shetland ponies, and children’s fancy dress competition.

Refreshments will be available, and entertainment will be provided by local musicians.

The Lionacleit School Pipe Band will lead a procession from Lochmaddy Pier along the High Street to the Hall prior to the 11 am opening.

The Leverburgh Lifeboat and HM Coastguard will be in attendance, subject to operational commitments.

Full details of the ‘Latha na Mara’ events will be published in a Programme available shortly from local outlets. Any contributions for stalls, raffle or silent auction will be most gratefully received.

For further information, please contact Stella Evans (01876 500306) or Barbara Jameson (01876 500849).


Sympathy from Ness - On Saturday 5th April relatives and friends were saddened with the news from Glasgow that Murdo Macleod, who had close Ness connections, had passed away in a hospital in Glasgow.

Murdo, who was aged 80 years, was the husband of Catherine nee Mackay (Catriona an Tailair), formerly of 1 Skigersta.

His mother was Mary (Mairi Shomalidh) of 4 Fivepenny, and his father was from Shader, Seonaidh a Phost.

The funeral of Murdo was on Thursday 10th April, the service in Glasgow R.P. church on Gardner Street was taken by Rev Kenneth Stewart.

From Ness, we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy to his wife Catriona, their two sons Norman and Alasdair, granddaughter Bethany, and all in the close family circle who mourn at this time.

Cross Skigersta Death - The afternoon of Sunday 20th April brought to us the sad news that Mary Finlayson, nee Morrison (Mairi a Ghladston), had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital.

Details of Mary’s funeral will be given in this column next week.


Many Happy Returns - We send many congratulations to Annabell Macaskill, Gravir who last week celebrated her 100th Birthday.

Family and friends joined together with her to celebrate this magnificent age that she has reached. Many Happy Returns.

New Baby - Congratulations go to Amanda and Paul Murray on the recent birth of their baby girl. Amanda is the daughter of Dolly and Don Norman Maclean, Harris and the grand-daughter of the late Neil and Barabel Macphail, 12 Gravir.

Sympathy - We send sincere sympathy to the brother and sisters and extended family of the Late Kenneth Morrison (Coinneach Alex Pi) who passed away recently in Glasgow.

Coinneach left the island many years ago and spent most of his life in Glasgow but never forgot his native Gravir, visiting every summer when possible.

Pre funeral services were in the Free Church, Gravir with interment taking place in the nearby cemetery.

We remember the family at this sad time in their lives.


Down’s Syndrome Scotland fundraiser - The generous community of Uig in Lewis has been thanked for “a fantastic cheque for £753” by Down’s Syndrome Scotland as well as encouraging other donations to the organisation.

In a letter to Mairi Wilson, who organised the event in Uig Community Centre as part of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, Pippa Morrice, community fund-raiser for DSS, said: “This is an astonishing amount to have raised at a tea and coffee afternoon and bake sale.

“I can also report that I have acknowledged other donations made to us by people who were unable to attend your event but wanted to donate anyway.”

Ms Morrice continued: “Your continued support means a lot to us and it allows us to continue providing support, services and information to people with Down’s Syndrome, their families, carers and professionals.

“With the money you donated, our Family Support Service can visit a family in Scotland at their home and offer them support and information on all ages and stages”.

Support can include providing a Parent Contact mentor to new parents of babies born with Down’s Syndrome. The e-mail address for Down’s Syndrome Scotland is info@dssscotland.org.uk


Services - In the absence of the minister, who was assisting at the Callanish Communions, services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Alex Macritchie, Back.

Study Conference - As the Islands Study Conference is being held over the coming weekend in Tarbert, Scalpay Free Church will, as usual, be closed to give the congregation the opportunity to join with those attending.

Preshal Trust - May Nicolson and her team from the Preshal Trust conducted a public meeting in Scalpay Community Centre on Monday, April 13th.

A large number gathered to hear testimonies and the invaluable work the Trust does and our prayer is that God would continue to bless this needy outreach and those involved in it.

Award - Well done to Ruth Morrison on being named Scottish Variety Award’s Best Newcomer Designer of 2014.

Ruth is working as a jewellery designer in Glasgow and, on behalf of the community, we congratulate her on this prestigious accolade.

Lambs - As many lambs are now to be seen around the island, I should also have reported the first lamb of the season was born to a ewe belonging to William Benjamin Morrison.