From The Butt to Barra

Stornoway harbour from the Castle Grounds.
Stornoway harbour from the Castle Grounds.

Your local news for The Stornoway Gazette’s ‘From The Butt to Barra’ section, edition October 22, 2015.


Wedding Congratulations - The wedding of Emma Hazelton and Tim Mckenzie, who were married on Oct 9th at Stornoway Town Hall and then held their reception in Uig Community Centre, was one which took much long-distance planning as they came all the way here from Western Australia for their big day.

Emma, whose family home is in Erskine, Renfrew, met Tim, from Morawa, WA, 8 years ago while working her way round Australia, during a gap year.

She then returned to Morawa to work and the couple decided their wedding had to be here and nowhere else, where Emma has close family connections and where she used to come on holiday with her family.

They were accompanied by a party of 30 relatives and friends from Australia, a similar number of family and friends from Erskine came for the wedding, plus all the local family and neighbourhood connections.

The arrangements all worked well - apart from the weather! Friday the 9th was the wet day in a week of lovely weather but that wasn’t allowed to spoil the occasion and everyone had a truly memorable day.

The family are very impressed by the organisation of the event and are grateful to the Community Centre Committee for all their hard work, to the caterers, the band and to the accommodation providers who looked after the guests so well that they’ve all promised to come back.

A poignant feature at the reception was a memory table of family photographs, of the wedding of Emma’s late grandparents, Neil Maclean of Timsgarry and Annie Morrison of Mangersta and of her brother, Andrew Hazelton, who tragically lost his life here in 2001.

The best wishes of the local community now follow the newly wed couple as they start married life in Morawa, Emma now in nursing training and Tim on the staff of the local College of Agriculture.

Seniors’ Lunch – the Community Council’s annual lunch for the over-60s was on Tuesday, 13th October, at the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway, where a party of 30 sat down to a sumptuous three course meal in the lovely dining room.

The table service was efficient, the company was good, grace before the meal was said by Rev Steven Mathews and the welcome to all from Council Chairman, John Maciver, was warm.

Enjoyment of the afternoon was enhanced by the beautiful weather, the bus run to Stornoway, in the safe hands of driver, Norman J. Macdonald, Kneep, was very pleasant. All those who were there wish to record their gratitude to the Community Council for a very enjoyable afternoon.

Fundraising – A fund raising Soup and Sandwich lunch for the Accuvein Appeal was organised by the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Group, on Saturday, 17th, in the Community Centre Cafeteria.

The menu was good, with a choice of both soup and sandwich flavours, the cafeteria “girls” were their usual pleasant and efficient selves and the weather outside was lovely.

A steady stream of people came and went from noon onwards, resulting in over £500 raised, a very worthy cause pioneered by the late Cllr Iain Morrison, Barvas. The organisers wish to thank the community for its support.

Coming Events – Communion Services will be held in both Miavaig churches over the weekend of 25th October. Services in the Church of Scotland will be on Thursday & Friday evenings, Saturday morning and both morning and evening on Sunday. The visiting preacher will be Rev D J Morrison, Tarbert, Harris.

The F P Church will have Rev A MacColl. Interim Moderator, and Rev Roddy Macleod, Glasgow with the traditional pattern of services, twice on Thursday, Friday & Sunday, also with a Saturday service and a Thanksgiving service on the Monday.


National Mod: The Lochs Choir won the Port a Beul competition at the Royal National Mod in Oban last week. Choir silverware also includes the Aline Mackenzie Memorial Trophy and the Evelyn Huckbody Memorial Trophy for Music.

Lochs Choir conductor Ronald Murray won the John Young Memorial Baton. The Calum Robertson Memorial Trophy for Gàidhlig was shared by Còisir a’ Bhac, Còisir nan Loch, Còisir Bharraigh and Còisir Mhuille.

Congratulations to all. A huge vote of appreciation to all living locally, who dedicated time to rehearse, organised time off work, travelled to Oban and participated in competitions. Suas Leis a Ghaidhlig.

Newsletter: All local organisations and individuals invited to contribute to a new bi-monthly newsletter for North Lochs.

The newsletter will be available locally early November. Send items of local interest and information about future events, to Sarah Maciver, by Monday 26th October.

Open Evening: The North Lochs Historical winter series of speakers and events, continues on Thursday 29th October at 7.30 in the Community Centre, Leurbost. Coinneach Mor, Kenneth MacIver of Back will be talking about his career in broadcasting.

Soup and Pudding lunch, and raffle: October 24 at Community Centre in Leurbost in aid of Lewis Pipe Band. Midday till 2pm. Lewis Pipe Band, ceilidh band Faram and Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancers will entertain.


Lunch - Clann an Latha an Dè will be hosting a light lunch (soup and pudding) and a raffle on Saturday 31st October at Ionad na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost, from mid day until 2.30pm. Please invite family and friends, enjoy lunch and a good catch up. Open to all areas.


Condolences - The community was deeply saddened and shocked by the recent passing of Angus Macleod from Breaclet. Angus was such a lovely gentleman and a loving family man and as a community we greatly feel his loss and he will be truly missed.

Angus was born in 1938 at 3 Crulivig and was the eldest of seven children. After his National Service he joined the Merchant Navy and then spent many years working at Scaliscro until he retired. Angus then devoted a lot of his time to help create the community poly tunnels and even found some time to work on his own creative projects.

He was an extremely talented artist and creative man but his main focus in life always was his family. He married Catriona in 1967 and they recently celebrated 48 years of marriage. They had four children Chrisetta, Iain, Mairi and Sharon and three grandchildren. Angus suffered from poor health in recent years and Catriona nursed him at home with help from family and carers.

Angus maintained his positive attitude and humour despite his illness and the huge amount of visitors that still came to visit every day was a testament to how much Angus and Catriona are loved in the community. We all send our deepest sympathies to the family and our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Birthday wishes - Mark Maclean is celebrating his 21st birthday this weekend and we hope he has a fabulous time.

Happy Birthday to Glynis Davis who recently celebrated her 60th birthday and is going to the mainland for some birthday celebrations which we hope are very entertaining. We also send best wishes to Andrew Macinnes who recently turned 16.