Stornoway Gazette Letters September 6th

Councillors should walk to work

After voting to abolish free bus fares on schoolchildren within a certain radius of their school, I hope all the councillors who voted in favour will now themselves lead by example, and walk to work and home again.

It’s good exercise for them as they have said to the schoolchildren, and the taxpayer won’t have to fork out for their petrol allowance.

Indeed, why not go further, and cut their own expenses, now that really would save loads of cash, maybe they should sit down sometime and take a vote on that.



Artists Studio on Cromwell St

In response to your article “Empty 79 Cromwell Street could become Artists studio”, there is definitely interest in the islands for such a place. I am part of a network of people working together to get this artists workshop and studio set up. A place where artists and public could meet and learn, where creativity and originality are encouraged, where skills are recognised and passed along to the new generations. We are artists, crafters or simply makers and we would welcome anyone willing to work and network with us towards establishing an art community. To get in touch, you can email us at



Women in Ministry

The contemporary church needs to realign itself to the text of the New Testament writes I D Campbell, View Point, Gazette 30th August 2012. In what particular way? The bible expressly forbids women to hold office in the church says ID. Though some women are gifted and make substantial contribution at many levels etc., the incarnation taught us the principle of personal equality the saviour of sinners (Jesus) was in a subordinate office to his father. Yes in his humanity he was limited as a man with the veiling of his deity and glory. Complementarianism works the same in church therefore though some women outstrip men in their abilities and experience but that doesn’t mean that all are equally entitled to hold the same office – I assume ministerial role. Women preach okay he says, and become ministers, something the text of scripture does not allow. To do so it can never be the solution to a problem, like shortage of church ministers, but can only compound the problem confirmed by I D on a Sunday morning sermon preached by a women recently. It was unsatisfactory. In Presbyterianism the biblical office of elder can be the equivalent of pastor or minister depending on gifting or calling. Pauls Church letter to Timothy writing on the office of elders includes women elders. The Greek word ‘Presbyterers’ with a feminine ending is used to denote the office of men and women presbyters. In brief although there are restrictions on women they are seen as in natural relationships, women in all senses are equal to men in spiritual matters, she is complete in Christ as an individual and not as part of church company or church with her own personal identity. In this relationship she functions in public ministry depending on gifting or calling.

There are also women Deacons, Evangelists, Teachers, etc., in the New Testament though I D fails to recognise them.



Power of the Letter to the Editor

I wonder if your readers realize just what power a ‘Letter to the Editor’ has.

Local newspapers right across the country, recently printed a letter from me seeking those who had served in the Royal Navy, at the massive 197 acre Shore Establishment H.M.S.Collingwood at Fareham in Hampshire, and who would like to be reunited with their old shipmates through the H.M.S.Collingwood Association, possibly meeting up again at one of the reunions we hold every year or even joining one of the visits to H.M.S.Collingwood to see the changes.

Well they came out of the woodwork, which was what was hoped for, because I doubt if there is a single hamlet or village in the UK, which has not had someone serve there since it was commissioned in January 1940 and up to the present day.

The power of the Letter to the Editor has even brought responses from those who volunteered their services back in World War II, to ‘Serve for the duration of the present conflict’ as it was expressed on their Service Documents. Lots of them wondered how many of their trainee shipmates survived the war. The 91 year old sister of one of those killed when a bomb dropped on an accommodation hut in 1943, killing 31. He had only been in the Royal Navy for 17 days and under early stages of training. The Cook who met the Wren in the Pay Office and has now been married to her for 54 years. The daughter of one of the Captains who was challenged when she tried to ride her horse through the main gates. Plus many more interesting stories for the Association magazine.

After the war H.M.S.Collingwood became the home of the Radio, Radar and Electrical Branch and the Cooks, Pay Clerks and Stores personnel, were now providing administration for those under technical and practical training for the Electrical Branch and subsequent derivatives. Many of the latter return to H.M.S.Collingwood, ‘home’, on a number of occasions for courses linked to promotion.

Any reader who didn’t see my first letter, or put it to one side to be dealt with later and would love to ‘swing the lamp’ again can contact me, Mike Crowe at 7 Heath Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8PG or on (that is crowe number 1) for either the H.M.S.Collingwood Association or the Royal Naval Electrical Branch Association. When did you serve and who are you looking for?

Knowing the ‘power of the press’ and the response from Letters to the Editor, I look forward to receiving many interesting topics and the prospect of reuniting many shipmates.

Thank you


Isle of Wight

Cromwell Street

Thanks to a comment made by MP Angus B MacNeil on Radio nan Gaidheal recently my interest and curiously about a certain subject was revived!

He mentioned briefly that it would be interesting to find out why Stornoway’s Cromwell Street was named after Oliver Cromwell.

I know you can look it up on the Internet but I thik it would be great to hear the local worthies discuss it and give their views on it. I know that Cromwell is described as good/bad depending on who you are listening to but it’s his time on our island I’m interested in. After storming the place what good did he do to merit the main street being called after him? I’m not sure if Sandy Matheson and friends included any of it in their Isles FM programmes but I never heard it.


Isle of Lewis