District News: Butt to Barra 27.02.14

Staff at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar present Alison Ferguson of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for �1,423 following a Coffee Morning and Home Baking Sale SGD26330
Staff at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar present Alison Ferguson of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for �1,423 following a Coffee Morning and Home Baking Sale SGD26330


Ness funeral - The funeral of Dolina Murray 19 Port (Dollag Sheonaidh) who, as noted in this column last week, passed away on Friday 14th February aged 94 years, was held on Monday 17th February.

The funeral service attended by a large number of mourners in the Ness Free Church Continuing, was taken by Rev. Greg Macdonald, who was assisted in prayer by Rev. Angus Smith, former minister of Cross Free Church. Elder Calum Maclean, Tong, led the singing of praise and Rev. Macdonald officiated at the grave side on Habost Machair.

Dolina had been a professing member of the church for 60 years. We again console and share our sympathy with her daughters Margaret and Christina Ann, son Angus John, the grandchildren, her sister Agnes, and all in the close and extended family circle who mourn in the passing of Dollag.

Local lady honoured - As noted in this paper last week, following her recent visit to Buckingham Palace, where she was presented with the O.B.E. for her services to nursing by His Royal Highness the prince of wales, we again congratulate Margaret Smith of 12 Skigersta (Mairead Dodo), and extend to her our good wishes as she continues in the work of her chosen career.

Weather topics - Although we in the islands have had our share of the recent heavy rainfall and strong winds, we also enjoy days of blue skies and summer like weather, and as we give thanks for our prevailing weather pattern, we remember and pray for those in our southern regions who have suffered and had to be removed from their homes as a result of recent flooding. 

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

New Baby - Congratulations to Murdo and Christine Macritchie, Ness, on the birth of a son, Calum John, recently.

Christine’s home is at North Harbour View and we remember proud parents and grandparents John James and Rachel at this happy time.

New Access - The track from the lighthouse linking up to the Outend peat road is now complete, meaning visitors and locals alike can now walk out there. Thanks are due to Duncan Mackay Ltd for construction work, Calum Macsween, Seaside House, for wall construction and all who funded this useful project.

The Late Murdo Macleod - On the evening of Sunday 9th February, we heard the sad news that Murdo Macleod, Brae Cottage, had passed away peacefully at home at the age of 91.

Although Murdo had been in indifferent health for some time, the news of his demise was keenly felt by the whole community as he was such a well-known and highly respected figure in our midst.

In common with many of his generation Murdo spent his working life at sea, sailing, then taking command of his own boats ‘Estralita’ and ‘Britannia’. For many years he was successfully involved in the ring-net fishing during the boom times of the Scalpay industry.

After the ‘Britannia’ was sold, Murdo bought a smaller craft, the ‘Faire’ with which he fished until his retirement.

A hard-working man of honesty and integrity, Murdo was never idle and held in the highest regard by all who sailed with him throughout his career.

When tragedy suddenly struck in August 1977, with the loss of his daughter Rachel, Murdo and his like-minded wife Morag, bore it with great dignity, patience and Christian fortitude.

A professing communicant for many years. Murdo was the oldest Elder in the Scalpay congregation and for those of us who had the privilege of knowing him and serving with him in the church on earth, we will never forget his wise counsel and encouragement and the warm Christian Fellowship always enjoyed in the family home.

His funeral service on Wednesday 12th saw a large number gather, which showed the high esteem the deceased was held in. It was conducted by Rev. Kenneth Macdonald, assisted by Rev. Andrew Coghill with the praise led by Rev. Calum Iain Macleod, Back, whose family home is at Camus Beag.

At this sad time we extend our heartfelt condolences to his widow Morag, daughters Marion and Donella, son-in-law Derek, granddaughters Rachel, Emily, Sarah and Harriet, their husbands, nephews, nieces and all other relatives and friends. May they be conscious in these days of God’s abiding presence and His comforting love.


Gaelic Youth Club - Sradagan started again tonight, running on Fridays 6-7pm in Bun Sgoil Bhaile a’ Mhanaich, until 21st March.

Sradagan Bheinn a Bhaoghla is a Gaelic Youth Club open to Primary Children from across Uist.