District News: Butt to Barra 30.02.14

This photograph of Stornoway in the sun was taken by reader Thomas Stewart
This photograph of Stornoway in the sun was taken by reader Thomas Stewart
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Port of Ness Death - The morning of Tuesday 21st January brought sadness to us with the news that Angus Macleod (Aonghas Chalaips), had passed away at his home at 3 Port-of-Ness, having returned, in failing health, from the Western Isles Hospital a few days before the end.

In earlier years Angus, who was aged 83 years, was among the Ness men who were employed at the whaling stations in South Georgia. In later years hew was in the tweed weaving industry, and was one of the hardy Ness men who went to Sulasgeir on the annual guga hunt.

Angus will be affectionately remembered and sadly missed in the neighbourhood where he was resident, and by all who knew him through the years.

After wake worship in Ness Church of Scotland on Wednesday evening, a large number of people assembled there on Thursday 23rd January for the funeral service taken by Rev. Iain Murdo Macdonald.

He was assisted in the service by a nephew of the deceased, Rev. Iain Greenshields, who is a minister in the Church of Scotland in Dunfermline. Rev. Greenshields read the Scripture portions at the service, after which he gave a short, warm and intimate address related to his late uncle Angus.

Rev. Paul Ahmed, Barvas, made the concluding prayer. Singing of praise was led in Gaelic by Angus Murray, elder, South Dell, and in English by Chris Barrowman, elder, Eorodale. Rev. Macdonald and Rev. Greenshields both officiated at the graveside in the cemetery.

In their bereavement we share our thoughts in sympathy with his wife Lena, daughters Marlene and Anna Mairi, son Iain, the grandchildren and all close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Angus.

Weather topics - With midnight on Monday 13th January, Di-Luain Triod, giving us a forecast of south westerly winds, we now wonder what the 3rd of February, Latha a’ Chuilean, will bring us, on which an older generation wished to see blinding snow as a good forecast for the coming Spring.

Reminder - Those wishing to update their burial records are reminded that the records for the past year are now available at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis.


Clan Macquarrie warm welcome - The Clan Macquarrie Community Centre (CMCC) in Borve has just seen completion of insulation and draught-proofing measures which have made a significant difference to the ambience of the Centre.

The work was completed under the auspices of the Outer Hebrides Community Energy Fund (OHCEF), which is administered by Community EnergyScotland.

The OHCEF grant scheme is designed to support and fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Outer Hebrides that contribute to community sustainability.

The eighteen month scheme was managed and administered by Community Energy Scotland, offering communities the opportunity to access a grant of up to £30,000.

Partners Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Leader each awarded £125,000 towards the fund. This grant scheme is designed to support:

Community groups that own, manage, and maintain facilities to become more energy efficient and make a lasting difference in the community;

Community groups assessing the feasibility of a renewable energy project and; Community groups aiming to learn more about energy efficiency and renewables through education and awareness raising.

The Committee at CMCC is very pleased with the early results evident from the work undertaken and would like to thank sincerely the team at CES and also The Energy Advisory Service ( TEAS) in Stornoway, who undertook the initial assessment and completed the works, for their support with the completion of the project.

Bethesda Lunch - The annual Bethesda Lunch organised by Margaret Maciver will be held this year on February 8th at 12 noon in the Tolsta Village Hall.

The cost of the lunch will be the same as last year £8.00. A small sale of work will also be held and any items or baking you wish to donate will be gratefully received. Please contact Margaret on 890 463 for collection.

The village has already raised the sum of £13,600 at events organised by Margaret since 2006 which is a truly amazing amount for such a small village. Margaret appreciates your help and support every year and hopes that you will be able to join her for lunch with your friends and neighbours and have an enjoyable Saturday afternoon break whilst helping a very worthy cause.

In hospital - During the holiday period when there was no Scalpay news, Mary Ann Macsween, 3 Stromeview, was hospitalised in Glasgow, but we are glad to report she is now home again and we hope she is enjoying better health.

At the time of writing this Mary Ann Macleod, 17 Bayhead, is detained in the Western Isles Hospital and we send her the best wishes of the community for a speedy and fully recovery and a quick return home.

New Baby - Congratulations to Duncan and Catherine Ann, 1 Parkview Terrace, on the birth of a son, Uilleam, recently. Catherine Ann has her family home at the Shieling and we remember proud parents and grandmother Catherine at this happy time.

The late Dolina Mackenzie - On Friday, January 3rd, the island was saddened to hear that Dolina Mackenzie, Ullapool, had passed away in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, after a short illness at the age of 90.

Dollag, who was brought up in Ardhasaig, went to Ullapool in the 1960s to work in the hospitality trade.

There she met her husband, Donald, who pre-deceased her over 20 years ago, and after marriage they set up home in that village.

On a personal note I remember as a young boy living for some years in Ullapool and the countless kindness received from both Dollag and Donnie and Angus Alex and Annabel (Cunningham) who were also resident there at that time.

Her funeral service, on Thursday January 9th, was from Ullapool Free Church, with several from Scalpay joining a large number gathered to pay their last respects to one held in high esteem.

At this difficult time we remember in our thoughts and prayers her son Alexander and daughter Christine, sister Mary Bell at Tarran House, the last left of a family of six, all their families, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

May God be their strength and consolation as they mourn their loss.

Dog Found - After four days lost in the Harris hills, Millie, the Jack Russell belonging to James and Christina Morrison, Glenview, was found by their daughter Chrissie safe and well.

The family are grateful to all who gave up their time to look for her.

Western Isles

Crossreach - Crossreach, the social arm of the Church of Scotland and the largest third sector charity in Scotland with an annual budget of over £51 Million per annum.

It provides drug and drink addiction counselling services, dementia care, PND counselling, care-homes, special schools, prison visitor centres etc services across Scotland has just published its first ever quarterly newsletter in Gaidhlig.

Also, contained in this unique edition is news of the appointment of Mrs Donna MacLennan to the post of Housing Officer for the recently established Crossreach managed island-wide Dochas service run from the local Crossreach offices in Stornoway.

This project which confidential and open to all aims to help provide support to those who are challenged by drug and alcohol addiction and are in danger of losing their accommodation.

The project is funded by the Western Isles Alcohol & Drug Dependency Partnership in association with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

The newsletter which received support from Bord na Gaidhlig can be downloaded directly from the Crossreach site at: www.crossreach.org.uk/crossreach-publications-page

Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association

Marag Supper - With Burns Suppers a-plenty in the Glasgow area at this time of year and the inevitable spin offs in to the month of February it is the usual time for the Glasgow Lewis and Harris occasion of a Marag Supper. Something similar but entirely different.

Following a long established pattern Partick Burgh Hall will be the venue for this occasion.

As the name implies only the best of Marag will be on offer coming from the Western Isles and this succulent supper is taking place on Saturday the 8th of February,

Jayne Morrison and Gordon McKeeve are the singers who will be present and an evening’s entertainment is prepared.

Preparation of the Marag for serving is in the capable hands of the Gentlemen Directors whose culinary skills are undoubtedly of the highest standards but under the supervision of the Ladies of the Committee.

Everyone who wishes to be present are asked to be at the Partick Burgh Hall for 7.45 pm and tickets can be obtained at the door on the evening at a cost of £10

Buffet and Ceilidh - A regular and greatly appreciated evening is back again at Partick Bowling Club, Fortrose Street on Saturday 22nd February.

It is a location which is very close to the Partick Burgh Hall and parking is available on the adjacent streets.

This in the format of a Buffet and Ceilidh and is an event enjoyed by all who attend.

Not only is their a quality buffet on offer but the artistes including Linda Macleod, Kenneth Nicolson, Caitlin Smith and the toe tapping expertise of Charles Macleod on accordion who collectively will bring a mixture of songs, tunes, and Island talent

This event is scheduled to begin also at 7.45 pm and an inevitable bargain at £10.


Gaelic Service - The next Gaelic service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street will be on Sunday the 2nd of February.

On this occasion Mr Angus Mackay, who is an elder in Dingwall Free Church, will conduct the worship.

As always the service begins at 3:00pm and all are most welcome.