Gazette District News May 24th

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Sympathy from Ness – On the morning of Tuesday, May 15, relatives and friends in Ness were sad with the news that Alex Thomson of Tong had, after a short illness, passed away in the Western Isles Hospital.

Alex, who was aged 94 years, was in robust health until near the end. He was well known in Ness as a frequent visitor through the years, as the husband of Johanna (Seonag a Ghladston) formerly from 14 Adabrock, and will be remembered with affection by all who knew him.

The funeral of Alex to Gress cemetery was on Thursday, May 17, with the funeral service in Tong Free Church.

From Ness we extend and share our thoughts in sympathy with his wife, Johanna, their son Alasdair, and all other close relatives who mourn in this bereavement.

Death in Skigersta – On the evening of Sunday, May 13, friends in Ness were sad to learn that Gordon Grist of 29 High Street, Skigersta, had passed away suddenly in Dun Berisay Home in Stornoway, where he had been for a short respite, expecting to return home on the following Monday.

Gordon, who was aged 91 years, and formerly from the Isle-of-Wight, enjoyed his residence in the neighbourhood of High Street, where, in a fair measure of good health, he had, along with his daughter Judy, and her husband, Wayne, been resident for the past two years, and where he will now be remembered with affection by all who came to know him during his time with us in Ness.

In their sudden bereavement we condole with his daughter Judy, and Wayne, and other close relatives and friends who mourn at this time.

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Sympathy - The late Alex Murdo Campbell passed away at his home, Nurses Cottage, School Road. Although he had been in failing health for some time, the end came suddenly. Brought up in Stornoway his parents were from New Tolsta (am Buttair and Anna Mhic Cro).

His funeral took place on Monday April 1st to North Tolsta cemetery following a service in the Free Presbyterian church.

To his widow Maureen, three sons and their families, also his brother Donald along with extended family circle we send the condolences of the community.

Sympathy is extended to Mrs Cathie Bella MacDonald and her family (Gil na H-Airde), following the loss of her brother Donald (Domhnall Dholaidh a Charnan) in Peterhead. Also remembering his widow and family and brother John (Back).

The late Catherine Murray, No. 29 (Catriona Bhiagan) passed away at her home on Wednesday April 18th. She had been lovingly tended by her two sons and brother for several years.

Her funeral took place to North Tolsta cemetery following a service in the Free Church on Friday April 20th. She was predeceased by her husband Evander (Iomhair Logan) and two sons. To sons Sandy and John Angus, brothers John and Angus we send the sincere sympathy of the community.

Congratulations - Congratulations to Garry MacIver, Seaway (mac Domhnull a’ Chalabhan) who passed his H.G.V. Class 2 test recently. Well done.


From the Hall – There was a very successful curry take-away in the hall last Saturday. It was prepared and cooked by a group of parents of pupils in P6 and P7 going to the Fairburn Activity Centre in June.

Along with the Jubilee Light Lunch held at the end of May, over £2,000 has been raised through these two events. Thanks to all who supported either, or both, these fund raisers.

This Saturday (May 26) the TRA is holding a Big Breakfast in the hall from 9.30am to 12 noon. A full cooked breakfast will be available, which can be eaten at a table in the hall or taken away.

This is a new venture for the hall and is open to anyone to attend whether they stay in Tong or elsewhere.

The School Parent Council is holding a Fun Day at the school tomorrow (Friday, May 25) from 11am to 3pm. There will be the usual stalls and also special stalls with children’s items.

Hot dogs and burgers will be on sale along with home baking, etc. Parents are welcome to attend at any time to watch their children playing in the various inflatable activities or even take part themselves.


In Hospital – On Thursday, May 10, Kenny Macleod, Ardhaven, was taken to The Western Isles Hospital and then removed to Glasgow.

We are glad to report he is now home again and, on behalf of the community, send him our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

Services – Last Sunday the morning service in Scalpay Free Church was conducted by Roddy Mackenzie and the evening one by Angus M Macleod, both elders in the congregation.

Challenger Bus – This week the Challenger Bus is in Tarbert with childrens’ activities each night and an open air worship on Saturday evening. Several young people from Scalpay are attending these events and our prayer is God’s blessing would follow this Outreach work throughout our islands.


Condolences - The community was saddened to hear the passing of Donald John MacDonald (Dòmhnall Iain Chaluim Nèill), late of Garenin and Shawbost.

The following tribute was written by John MacNeill, of Garenin and Glasgow, in memory of the late Donald John. “It was with great sadness that I heard the death of Dòmhnall Iain Chaluim Nèill.

He was a large part of the Gearrannan of my childhood and few of them now remain. Dòmhnall Iain was an exuberant, out-going, larger-than-life personality.

He was a very friendly and obliging neighbour with a wicked sense of humour.

To be in his company was a sure recipe for bringing a smile to your face. Shortly after marrying his “gruagach”, Ciorstaidh Anna, they set up their home in Shawbost where he quickly became a part of that community.

Visitors to their home were assured of a very warm welcome and, especially so, if you had Carloway connections.

He became well known because of his bardachd. In particular for Gruagach Dhonn Bhrunail, a song he composed for Ciorstaidh Anna before they married.

It is a beautiful song which has remained popular for many years now. A favourite of my own is Bo Mhòr Na Balach, which is a humorous song about some Gearrannan folk and a cow.

This was recorded by the late Fionnlagh Mòr MacNèill, a friend of Dòmhnall Iain from childhood. It would be nice to see all his compositions in print. Dòmhnall Iain was the kind of guy whose passing leaves a big gap in the Taobh Siar community and great sympathy is extended to Ciorstaidh Anna and the family.”

Carloway Community Association - will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday 28th May at 8pm, in the Carloway Community Centre.

Last year, there was a fantastic turnout and it would be great if it was the same again this year. Everyone in the community is warmly welcome to attend

Bun Sgoil Chàrlabhaigh - Carloway School will now be collecting Tesco school vouchers from those who wish to contribute, after they were last issued in stores across Britain last weekend.

These vouchers can be used to help provide Carloway School with utilities, such as IT and sports equipment. If you have any vouchers, the school would be very grateful to receive them. To contribute, contact the school office on 01851 822889

Carloway Community Newsletter - The editorial group have a new e-mail address for those who wish to send any news items to the community newsletter, with the deadline for next month’s edition set for Friday 15th June -