District News: Butt to Barra 29-05-14

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Pairc School Gala Evening - Bouncing Castle, Sumo Suits, Splat the Rat, Archery, Tombola, Plants for Sale, Raffle, Baking Stall, Barbecue and Teas. Come and join us. Friday 30 May 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.


Tattoo news - A number of pipe bands are performing at the Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo in Stornoway on Friday 8th August. Amongst the eight pipe bands performing, Drum Major Billy Jordan of Scottish Power Pipe Band will be bringing his display team up to the event on the Lews Castle Green.

The band, who have been sponsored by ScottishPower since 1989, are one of the world’s leading grade 1 pipe bands, having featured as a regular prizewinner in all major competitions over several decades.

The band’s aim is promoting advancement and development of Scottish culture and art, in the form of Scottish style pipe band Drum Majors.

Great ambassadors for the country, they have performed with Sir Paul McCartney, at the opening of the SECC in Glasgow, and even for the Pope at St Peter’s in Rome.

The event, organised by the Stornoway Amenity Trust, will also feature Gaelic Choir, dancers, gymnasts, horses and the extremely popular Sambayabamba band from Glasgow.

At some stage during the evening, 40 Shetland Vikings will land at Cuddy Point and take control of the Tattoo. The Vikings are part of the famous Jarl squad, fire warriors of the Shetland ‘Up Helly Aa’ festival.

At the end of the day, the evening will conclude with a spectacular firework display, accompanied by massed Gaelic choirs and piping.

Saturday 9th August will be Carnival day in Stornoway, one of the highlights on the island entertainment calander. The day is sure to be a success, with pipe bands and floats parading through the town in the afternoon.

In the evening a Grand Concert will be held in the Stornoway Sports Centre featuring the Sambayabamba band, Gaelic Choir, the Lochies, Julie Fowlis and the Simon Fraser University Pipeband.

Tickets For Tattoo are on sale in the Tourist office and online at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Bible Conference - The annual Western Isles Bible Conference takes place, God willing, in Stornoway over next weekend. The Conference, which has been held since 2005 and is due to run from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June, is hosted by the Stornoway Congregation of the Free Church (Continuing).

This year’s speaker is Rev. Malcolm Watts who will give five addresses, based on the theme The Riches of Christ. Friday evening (7.30pm) is given over to Our Poverty. Saturday (2pm & 6.30pm) will be on themes His Riches and then Good News For Poor Sinners. Finally on the Sabbath (11am & 6.30pm) the themes are Present Possession and Future Enjoyment.

There will be a time for tea and fellowship between the addresses on Saturday. It is hoped that these meetings will prove most beneficial and a warm welcome awaits all.

Bling n Buy - Crossroads Lewis is on a mission for women to donate their unwanted accessories for their ‘Bling N Buy’ day on Friday the sixth of June from 10am to 4pm at DELIGHTS.

The Bling n Buy day will give everyone a chance to buy from wide variety of assorted accessories, jewellery and other interesting items, whilst at the same time helping to fund a very worthy cause.

The main aim of Crossroads Lewis is to relive stress by supporting those caring for family members regardless of age, disability or illness of the person being cared for.

They also support those living alone but who struggle with illhealth, loneliness and isolation which comes from living in a scattered and remote community.

At present Crossroads Lewis employs 20 Care Attendants, who on a weekly basis attend to the needs of around 65 to 70 people, giving care to around 120 households and covering over 60,000 miles per year.

At a time when again Statutory Funding is being restricted and in real terms is being cut the demands on Crossroads is increasing, hence the need to fundraise for the shortfall.

It’s through the kindness of the staff at Delights that this event is possible, by them letting Crossroads use their shop and also by providing and organising for teas and coffees along with baking provided by friends of Crossroads for this occasion.

A similar event last year with Ladies Handbags was very successful, raising a total of £2175.00 and it is hoped that our Bling n Buy this year will be equally successful.

Anyone wishing to donate their excess bling can contact Crossroads at 705422 or Donna 870261 to arrange collection or take it to their office in Grianan.


Condolences – the news of the final illness and subsequent death of Dan Buchanan, of 7 Valtos, on May 14th, was heard with sadness and regret throughout the Uig community where he was well known all his life through the family business, Buchanans of Valtos, which was started by his uncle and parents, continued by Dan and which served the parish of Uig so well over many years.

He was aged 76 and, due to failing health, had needed hospital and nursing home care for the last five years of his life.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, several years ago. Both the funeral service on May 17th and the pre-funeral service the previous evening were well attended, were held in Uigean Church and were conducted, in the absence of Rev Hugh Stewart, by the Rev William Macleod, Barvas, retired minister of the congregation.

The sympathy of the community is extended to his son, Calum Angus, daughter Christine and their own families, his stepson and daughter, Derek and Catherine and families, to his sister, Mrs Murdina Buchanan, to his brothers, John Andrew and Calum Iain and all their families and to the wider family circle and to the neighbourhood at Valtos.


New Book - Bannaimh Nach Gann is a collection of Gaelic poetry written in Lochs a century ago.

At the time travel was by boat, families were evicted to make way for grazing land for sheep farmers from the south and emigration to Canada was encouraged. Bannaimh Nach Gann the secular writing of the Rev Murdo Smith (1878-1936) of 31 Leurbost includes nature poetry, humourous compositions and elegies, an extensive social history of the time.

The words of the bàrd are often heard today in the popular love song Tè Bhàn,Tè Bhàn, Tè Bhuidhe Bhàn written for Ceit an Louis from Crossbost a milliner in Stornoway at the time.

An Seann Dachaigh his thoughts at the cold ruins of his family home at Cnoc Fàide, as heartrending today as then.

Fògradh ar Gaidheal was penned from an emigrant’s perspective, as ill health prevented him from setting sail with another two men of the cloth, to minister to the emigrant communities in Canada.

Cheann a Tuath Nan Loch publication by Clò Fuigheagan, costs £7.99 and is also available as an e-book.

The book will be launched at the Silver Darlings open event in the Community Centre, Leurbost, on Saturday 7th June at 2pm.


Service - The evening service in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) on Sunday 18th May was conducted by Rev. Rob McCurley, Greenville, South Carolina.

Charity Challenge - William Benjamin Morrison, Number Seven, hopes to raise £2,000 for the Urology foundation by taking part in the Ben Nevis Charity Challenge with three of his colleagues.

Bejamin, who is employed by Seacroft Marine Consultants Ltd in Aberdeen, needed hospital treatment some time ago for a serious kidney injury and as a result wishes to help this worthy cause.

The challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, cycling 15 miles, canoeing two miles, then a further 10 mile cycle.

On behalf of the community we wish the team every success - rather you than me, Benjii!

Condolences - Our deepest sympathies are extended to the widow and family of Rev. Tom Sinclair, Tarbert, who was killed tragically in an accident in Edinburgh while attending the General Assembly.

Rev. Sinclair provided pulpit supply for Scalpay Free Church many times during our vacancies and was a well-known, well-loved and well-respected member of the Harris community.

As we are conscious of the passing of another who was active in the Lord’s service to the end, we thank God for his life, his witness and his winsome personality and pray that God would uphold all who mourn at this time as he alone can.

Challenger Bus - The Challenger Bus made its annual tour of Harris last week and this, spending time in Leverburgh and Tarbert.

Several from Scalpay attended and our prayer is that God would continue to bless this outreach work among our young.


Gaelic Service - Rev Donnie Macsween minister of Kiltearn Parish Church in Evanton will conduct the next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street.

The service on Sunday the 1st of June begins at the usual time of 3pm and everyone is most welcome.

Western Isles

Volunteers’ Week - Volunteers’ Week is the annual national celebration and is marked from the 1st to the 4th of June each year.

In the Western Isles the Volunteer Centre Western Isles is marking the week with its biennial Volunteering Awards ceremony, holding events in Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra.

At the ceremonies, volunteers both young and old, will be given awards for outstanding achievement and ongoing commitment to volunteering.

The categories of awards are for Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Organisation of the Year, along with Saltire Awards for youth volunteering, the VCWI local awards for organisations and the new awards for under 12’s and adult volunteers.

Kirsty Macdonald, joint manager of the VCWI explained: “The theme of Volunteers’ Week is always Recognise, Reward and Recruit, which is why our awards ceremonies are so relevant to this time of year.

“Along with this, we are keen to encourage organisations and volunteers to take a little time to reflect on their achievements and the contribution their efforts make to the community, both home and abroad.

“There is a very high level of volunteering here in the islands and it represents a significant impact on our communities.

“The VCWI has a list of ideas for ways of thanking volunteers and we would be delighted to pass it on to anyone who needs a little inspiration. We also hope that this inspires more people to get involved in volunteering.”

The Volunteer Centre is always there to support volunteer involving organisations and to help people find suitable volunteering.

They can be contacted at the main office at 95, Cromwell Street, Stornoway. Tel 01851 700366 or E mail: stornoway@volunteeringwesternisles.co.uk