From The Butt to Barra

From The Butt to Barra - Stornoway Gazette, September 17, 2015


Prizegiving Dinner and Dance - Carloway Football Club will be holding their annual prizegiving dinner and dance in the Breasclete Community Centre next week on Friday 25th September, starting at 7pm.

Tickets cost £20 per person and can be purchased from committee members and players.

Entertainment on the night to be provided by Catch 22. Admission for those attending the dance only, which starts at 9:30pm, will be at the door at a cost of £5 per person.

There are limited table seats left so if you want to purchase a ticket or reserve a table, please get in touch with Cobby as soon as possible: 07515896122.

We encourage everyone to come along and support the local football club.


Comann Eachdraidh - At the North Lochs Historical Society meeting in Leurbost Community Centre this Thursday 17th at 7.30pm, the winter programme of speakers’ evenings, community events and outdoor activities will be decided.

If you have an idea for an event others may enjoy, do come along.

AGM - The Balallan & District Recreation Association will elect a new committee on Monday 21st September at 8pm in the village hall.

We would respectfully ask you to consider coming along and joining the Hall Committee.

Meetings are held once a month and last for about one and a half hours.

We hope to carry out extensive refurbishment in the near future but this will only be possible if we can elect a sizeable committee to bring this forward to turn our village hall into an inviting asset to our community.

The hall is currently the meeting place for Campaigners, Scottish Slimmers, Comunn Chairdeal Cheann an Loch, Friday Games Club, Badminton Club and the junior Shinty Club, New members will be made very welcome at the AGM.

Archaeology - Stornoway Diver Chris Murray gave an interesting account of his finds from Dun sites in freshwater lochs, some of them in the Lochs district, at an Islands Book trust event in the Old School Balallan last week.

The finds thought to date to the Neolithic period, but currently awaiting analysis, could be between five and six thousand years old.

This very exciting discovery will highlight another aspect of still to be revealed Isle of Lewis archaeology .


Community Centre - The meal night on September 5th was a great success and has helped to raise funds of around £1,000 for the hall funds.

There is quite a bit of maintenance required in the Community Centre as well as a new dishwasher and funds need to raised to achieve this.

It is hoped more meal nights can be held to help reach our target.

The dance studio at present is being renovated and a big thank you to Glynis and Chrissie who have begun the works by painting the room.

We hope the room will be ready in a few weeks for groups to use and should ensure that a suitable place is available for groups to use and that meetings will no longer be need to be held in the café.

At the recent association meeting the fuel pump situation was again discussed and the community is still trying to access funding to upgrade and to try to get the local fuel pumps working again.

The next meeting of the Trust Group should be on Thursday 17 September on the third Thursday of the month as normal. At present there is no progress on a buyout agreement.

It is also hoped to start Whist Club again on Friday 25 September at 7.30pm and all will be welcome.

If a more suitable night or time would be better for you to attend then please let Catriona know. Once the dance studio improvements are complete we hope this will be a more suitable venue for this and other clubs to meet.

Congratulations - The Hacklete Cup was presented at the meal night and was deservedly awarded to Amy Macleod and Sarah Maclean.

The Cup is presented every year to the most deserving pupil and the receipt of this award has always been considered a great honour in Bernera since its donation by Louis Maciver.

The Community also wishes to send congratulations to Carolyn Macaulay from Kirkibost who has just got married to Mark Mackenzie.

The wedding took place in Cyprus and was attended by many members of her family and we are sure that they all enjoyed the occasion and venue. We wish the happy couple very best wishes for their future together.

Best Wishes - Amy Macleod and Lorna Latimer are both leaving the island to start their college education and we hope this is very successful for them.

Ella Macaulay and Zoe Macinnes are also returning to college and we hope they all return soon to the island.

Jonathon Macdonald has also now left school and we wish him every success as he starts his apprenticeship which was a great achievement for him.

If you have local news for the Gazette can you please pass this on to Catriona.