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Dùthchas 2022 at CEN

We are delighted to be taking part in the Galson Estate's Dùthchas week again this year. 

During the week 5th - 9th September, we will have a variety of events at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, all celebrating our area's heritage. 

From Gaelic classes to live music, a spinning wheel demonstration to waulking songs, we have something for everyone! 

See our poster and let us know if you would like to attend any of our events. 

Late Night shopping 2022!

Join us at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis for two dates of late night shopping! Our gift shop will be open until 9pm on Thursday 24th November and Thursday 1st December. 

There will be stalls by Scentiness, Tropic by Alice and (on Thursday 1st Dec) Island Gift Boxes.

Also open for late night shopping in the area will be:

Cross Stores

Ness Post Office

Wobbly Dog

The Breakwater (1st Dec)

Sea in Design (1st Dec)

Highlands and Islands Architectural Association awards 2022

It is with great delight and honour that we can announce that Comunn Eachdraidh Nis has won in the Highlands + Islands Architectural Association Awards 2022. Comunn Eachdraidh Nis won the award for ‘Place-making: Buildings or interventions in the public realm that enhance the quality of any location and/or create a sense of place’.


Read the full press release here.

JustGiving page for North Lewis War Memorials fund

A JustGiving page has been created to enable online donations towards the ongoing maintenance costs involved with Borve and Cross War Memorials along with the costs of wreaths.

There will be the chance to donate at each service this year but if you can not attend the services but would like to donate, please use the link below (in bold) to support this worthy cause. Tapadh leibh / Thank you

JustGiving page for North Lewis War Memorial 

The page will accept donations until Wednesday 30th November.

A reminder of the dates and times of each remembrance service: 

Cross - Saturday 12th November, 10.45am start

Borve - Sunday 13th November, 10.45am start 

Café winter hours

From 1st November our café hours will change: 

Open Monday to Friday

11am - 4pm

Last orders for hot food 2.30pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday 

Soup and Pudding

We will hold a soup and pudding fundraiser on Saturday 5th November, 12 - 2pm. It will be held in our café. Donations to the raffle and/or soup or a pudding is welcome. Contact us on 810 377 if you would like to donate! 

By the Fireside: Mac an t-Srònaich

On the 29th September, we spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on the Cuidhsiadar sheilings hearing the story of Mac an t-Srònaich. This was as part of our events to mark VisitScotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Our thanks once again to Iain Gordon Macdonald and Ryno Morrison for their time and huge thanks to Mary and John for allowing us to use their sheiling.

A great night by the fireside

We had a fantastic start to our series of events 'Ri Tac an Teine' (By the Fireside) to mark the Year of Stories 2022. Iain Gordon Macdonald and Ryno Morrison entertained a group of brave souls with eerie tales from North Lewis. From bodach Loch Mharabhat to caileach an Druim Fhraoich, we suspect some lights were definitely left switched on that night....

Dealbh Diciadain: An Eva

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community. This week shows some village boys sitting on part of the wreckage of the 'Eva' In November 1940, a Norwegian cargo Ship ‘The Eva’ was on her way from Canada to Essex with a cargo of timber. She lost the convoy but made her own way across the Atlantic and came ashore on Tràigh Chumhail part of which is on Cross and Swainbost beach, after being torpedoed by a German U boat off St Kilda. The crew abandoned ship and came ashore in Barra. She was badly holed and weeks later was washed ashore. The wood was carted away by ‘officials’ but a lot of it was taken by locals in the dead of night. Seemingly lorries came from as far away as Bragar to get part of the spoil.

Back left to right: Làma (no 14 Swainbost and 143 Cross Skig Road), Murchadh Ruadh (12 Swainbost), Cleety (ex 19 Swainbost), Busha (22 Swainbost) Front, left to right: Malcolm Graham (19 Swainbost), Laoidhridh (5 and 16 Swainbost), Iain a’ Bhogarain, (146 Cross Skigersta Road), Balachan, (44 Habost) and John Murdo Dhòmhnaill Sheocain, (1 Habost)

Year of Stories event: Scary Tales from North Lewis SOLD OUT!

To mark the Year of Stories 2022, we will hold a series of evening events over the coming months titled 'Ri Tac an Teine' (By the Fireside)

Join Iain Gordon Macdonald and 'Ryno' Morrison on Thursday 25th August at 7.30PM for an evening beside the fireside to hear scary stories and tales from North Lewis. 

This is a ticketed event (limited tickets available) priced at £5.00 and available to buy in our gift shop or over the phone. 

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.


This week, a lovely photo from Skigersta - left: Aonghas ‘An Bhàin, Alasdair Beag ‘An Bhàin holding Doleen Choinnich, Dòmhnall Alasdair agus Coinneach a’ Charabhaigh.

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.
 
This week, a Sunday School outing with a group from Borve, High Borve and Melbost. Were you there?

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.

This week, we have a group who were on Rona shearing sheep. 

 

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.


This week's photograph is of Ness Hall. What are your memories of the hall?

Dealbh Diciadain

Gach Diciadain, bheir sinn sùil air ais air na daoine agus a' choimhearsnachd againn tro dhealbhan an tasglainn. An t-seachdain seo, sgoilearan à Sgoil Gabhsainn.


L-r a' seasamh: Dòmhnall Allan Murray, Seonag Bhrìsidh, Murdaidh agus Donnie Finlayson
A' suidhe: Mairead Bhàn Bhrìsidh, Dòmhnall Murdo Aonghais Mhurdigan (Tubby), Angus Sheonaidh Fhionnlaigh
Aig a' bhòrd: Peter, Margaret Joan (Calum na Sùist), Neil Iain Mhurdo, Kirsty Mairead Mhurchaidh Ruairidh, Roddy John a' Chuiligich

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.
Here is Uilleam Chalum Rèillidh from Eoropie receiving an award for Supporter of the Year in the Social Club in the 1980s. Iain Gordon Macdonald is on the right but who is holding the mic?
 

New exhibition: Visions of Ness

by Ivor Murray Mackay

Opens Monday 21st March 

Exhibitions open Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm

Taisbeanadh ùr: Tìr an Traoin

Taisbeanadh le RSPB Scotland

A' fosgladh Diluain 21 A' Mhàirt 2022

Tha na gailearaidhean fosgailte Diluain gu Dihaoine 10f gu 4.30f

Dealbh Diciadain

Gach Diciadain, bheir sinn sùil air ais air na daoine agus a' choimhearsnachd againn tro dhealbhan an tasglainn.

Seo Aonghas Greumach (Misean) à Borgh ri taobh an Jubilee anns a Phort anns na 80s. Chaidh an Jubilee a togail ann an 1935 airson sgioba à Borgh, Am Baile Àrd agus Mealabost. 

Leugh tilleadh mun Jubilee agus bodaich Bhuirgh ann an Criomagan 2018 a tha ri cheannach anns a' bhùth. 

The My Place Awards 2022

We have been shortlisted for The My Place Awards 2022.

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. Read more about our entry here: 

Read Here

Dealbh Dimàirt

Every week, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.


This week, a postie and his van. Does you know who he was? 

Wednesday photo

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.

This weeks photo is from a Sale of Work from the 1970s. Do you recognise any faces? 

Dealbh Diciadain

Gach Diciadain, bheir sinn sùil air ais air na daoine agus a' choimhearsnachd againn tro dhealbhan an tasglainn.
Seo agaibh Fèill-Reic a chaidh a chumail ann an Talla Nis sna 1970s. Cò a tha sibh ag aithneachadh?

Na h-Eilthirich

Over the coming year, we will be gathering information on those who emigrated from Ness to Ballantrushal area in the 1920s and earlier. The research will help us reach out to diaspora and promote the Hebridean Homecoming Year 2023. 

Please get in touch if you can help and would like to be involved in the project. 

Festive season dates

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis will close on Friday 24th December and re-open on Monday 3rd January 2022.

Due to renovation works, the cafe will not be re-opening until March.

Although the cafe will be closed, day club will continue, and we will also cater for funeral lunch requests.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year. 

Inspiring Scotland’s Island Communities grant

The directors, staff and volunteers at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Inspiring Scotland’s Island Communities Fund. The grant of £56,411.75 will enable us to install an air source heat pump and underfloor heating in the café and meeting space, currently fitted with electric heaters which are costly to run. Inefficient windows will be replaced and additional loft insulation fitted to make the building as energy efficient as possible.

This renewables project is an integral part of the wider redevelopment of the centre. All other areas of the building have been redeveloped and are now heated by renewable heating sources. This remaining section of the building has been identified as the cause of excessive electricity costs and requires urgent upgrading. Loss of income during the pandemic has depleted the charity’s financial reserves, highlighting the urgent need to reduce running costs in order to secure the long-term future of the organisation and the jobs and community it supports.
Since relocating in 2011, the services delivered by CEN have expanded to accommodate the needs of the community. It has developed into a dynamic social enterprise, providing vital services to socially isolated groups and providing much needed employment in the area.

CEN contributes towards the aspirations within Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn’s 2017-37 Strategic Plan for the Galson Estate, impacting on the following priorities: Developing Skills; Improving Health; Relieving Poverty; Engaging citizens to become more active in the community; Promoting and protecting the rich culture and heritage of the area; Developing, revitalising and growing industry sectors.

This work will commence in January 2021 so the café will be closed to the public throughout the months of January and February 2021.

Gàidhlig Christmas Cards

Our limited run of Gaelic Christmas Cards are now available in the shop. 

Designed in house, and printed on the Isle of Lewis by Stornoway Media Centre we hope you enjoy sending these festive cards to your loved ones this Christmas! 

View here

New exhibition: Eadar Talamh is Tìr

Màiri NicGillìosa is a Gaelic visual artist. In Màiri's arts practice, Gàidhlig forms a key part of the aperture through which she experiences the world.

Sandra Kennedy is an artist who explores connection to landscape. All senses are active in absorbing the surface sensations of place and detail.

Their work is a response to their different areas of Lewis - West and East side. Their shared source has been their love for their villages, kinships to their habitats. Patterns of crofts and echoes of their landscapes are explored through mixed media drawings, sculpture and painting.

Eadar Talamh is Tìr is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm until the New Year.