Naidheachdan (tasglann) News (archive)

From 14 April 2021

Arch Walks!

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We're planning 9 walks in the Back moor, led by local archaeologist Ian McHardy, with the goal of finding and recording sites of archaeological interest.

Details of the planned routes are now available on our site at cebac.org/arch. Walks will take place on Saturdays, starting in May.

This series of walks is on challenging terrain, and not suitable for young children or those with mobility issues. (We hope to organise a more accessible walk or walks later in the project.)

Don't miss this chance to explore the fascinating area in which we live - who knows what we might discover!

From 10 March 2021

AGM 2021

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Comann Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac hereby give formal notice of their Annual General Meeting.

In line with COVID-19 restrictions this meeting will be held virtually using Google Meet.

Full details on how to join, along with the agenda for the meeting, and the minute of the last AGM are available here:

cebac.org/agm

From 24 September 2020

Bacach Abroad

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are not holding our usual autumn/winter lectures this year. Instead we're hoping to have a series of interviews carried out over the internet and premiered on our Youtube channel.

The first of these interviews will go live on the 29th of September at 7:30pm and features Iain "Tohan" Macleod, speaking from his home in New Zealand.

The interview, largely in Gaelic, is conducted by Comann trustee (and broadcaster) Kenny Maciver, and features stories from Iain's young days growing up in Coll and Gress, as well as from his time working in mills all over the country.

From 02 September 2020

AGM

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We are holding our Annual General Meeting (originally scheduled for April) on the 22nd of September at 7:30pm.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions this meeting will be held online only using Google Meet.

Full instructions on how to join, as well as the agenda for the meeting, are available on the dedicated page on our site - cebac.org/agm

Please read all the instructions on that page as they contain important notes on how the meeting will work and how you can contribute.

All welcome.

From 27 April 2020

Corona-comann

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During the current lockdown children are unable to go to school and the elderly in our community are more isolated from friends and relations than at any time in the past.

We wanted to do something to help (in our own small way) so have launched a new section of our website with resources and instructions for children to conduct online or telephone interviews with relations or neighbours.

If you think this is something you would like to get involved in, full information on what to do is available at cebac.org/cluas.

From 27 April 2020

Call for old video film

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Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can). Read more…

Call for old video film

Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can).

For full details on how to get your film to us, contact the comann via the usual channels at the bottom of the page.

From 06 March 2020

Community Drama: Bac and Beyond!

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Our March lecture is to be given by Tom Maciver, in the Hut, on Friday the 6th of March. The subject is community drama -- something Tom was very involved in the 70s.

Calum Iain Maciver (universally known as Tom) regularly gives his time to various good causes as an MC, where his wit and good humour make every event just that bit better. He has a regular (and regularly entertaining) column in Fios Nis and will be familiar to many island motorists for dealing out helpful advice and parts from the Autoparts store, where he worked for many years before retirement.

As usual, tea and coffee will be served after the talk.

From 02 March 2020

Sealladh bhon a’ Bheing

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Our February lecture is to be given by Eilidh Mackenzie. Eilidh is one of the “Mackenzie Sisters” of Gress, and her father Rodney was responsible for no less than three Gaelic choirs from the Back district. When he passed away in 2017 the family erected a commemorative bench that looks out to sea from the Gress sands.

A talented singer and musician in her own right, Eilidh is the ideal speaker to talk about choirs, communities and the Gaelic singing tradition. The lecture will be in Gaelic, with simultaneous translation available, and will take place on Friday the 7th of February in the Back Community Hut.

As usual, tea and coffee will be served after the talk.

From 07 February 2020

Sealladh bhon a’ Bheing

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Our February lecture is to be given by Eilidh Mackenzie. Eilidh is one of the “Mackenzie Sisters” of Gress, and her father Rodney was responsible for no less than three Gaelic choirs from the Back district. When he passed away in 2017 the family erected a commemorative bench that looks out to sea from the Gress sands.

A talented singer and musician in her own right, Eilidh is the ideal speaker to talk about choirs, communities and the Gaelic singing tradition. The lecture will be in Gaelic, with simultaneous translation available, and will take place on Friday the 7th of February in the Back Community Hut.

As usual, tea and coffee will be served after the talk.

From 18 January 2020

Religious history of Back

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The first comann lecture of the 20s is to be given by Ian Mackinnon. Ian is a retired teacher, an active crofter, and the Session Clerk of Back Free Church. He lives in Gress.

The lecture will be held in the Back Free Church hall on the 18th of January 2020, at 7:30pm. It will be in Gaelic, but we will have simultaneous translation available for those that require it.

As usual, tea and coffee will be served after the talk.

From 22 November 2019

Gaisgich book launch

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The first book published by the Comann Eachdraidh was launched at an event held in the Back Free Church hall on 22/11/19.

Authored by Comann Eachdraidh committee member Iain Murray, Gaisgich Sgìre a’ Bhac is a handsome, A4-sized paperback which details those from the district of Back who were lost in the two world wars.

The evening, meticulously planned by Iain, was a great success, with everyone commenting on how much they had enjoyed the moving combination of song, poetry, Gaelic psalm singing and slideshow. (Missed it? Don't worry, it's on our Youtube channel.)

The book is available to buy from local outlets, and online via our comann shop (while stocks last).

From 08 November 2019

Vatisker Diaries: Our Story

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The comann held their second lecture of the 2019/20 "season" on the 8th November, 2019, in the Hut.

Comann Eachdraidh committee member Ian Quigley gave a detailed and exhaustively-researched account, based on his work in the National Archives. He successfully translated census returns into a picture of a village changing in different ways over the course of the 19th century.

We were pleased that Vatisker resident Mrs Alexina Graham gave the vote of thanks at the end of the evening. The lecture is available on our YouTube channel.

From 13 September 2019

The Iolaire Disaster

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The Comann's first winter lecture of the 2019/20 season was held on Friday the 13th September, 2019, in the Hut.

Despite a windy night, a good crowd turned out to hear a fascinating, if sombre, lecture about some of the events relating to the loss of the Iolaire.

The lecture was delivered by Mr Malcolm Macdonald, who co-authored the definitive work on the Iolaire, The Darkest Dawn (Acair 2018). Mr Macdonald is also chairman of the Stornoway Historical Society.

All those who attended found the lecture gripping and moving in equal measure, and the audience included several people who had relatives aboard the ship. The lecture is available on our YouTube channel.

From 24 August 2019

Gress Centenary

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Gress village held an event on the machair, in the shadow of the monument to the raiders, to commemorate 100 years since the village was founded.

Young and old gathered for a short ceremony in the open air before walking up the road behind pipers to marquees where food and drink was waiting.

Coinneach Mac a' Ghobhainn, a Gress-born comann member, used one of the marquee tents to display and talk about old images of Gress, and the comann filmed the event on the machair for the archives.

From 29 July 2019

Summer Opening Hours

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The Comann are opening their office, next to Serenity Salon (at Gordon's Shop) in July and August.

The office will be staffed on Fridays (2pm-4pm) and Saturdays (11am-1pm).

Come and meet us, tell us a story or bring us a picture to scan (we can handle slides or negatives too).

We are also trying to capture or correct place-names, and we have a giant map of the area on the wall that you can write on.

Whatever your reason for visiting, we will be glad to see you!

From 12 April 2019

April lecture

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The Comann held their last public lecture before the summer break on Friday the 5th of April at 7:30pm in the Hut.

Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich, University of Glasgow, spoke on the subject The Fife Adventurers. His talk wove together eyewitness accounts and documentary evidence into a compelling account of the failed attempt at planting a colony in Lewis at the end of the 16th century.

The lecture is available on our Youtube channel.

From 08 March 2019

March lecture

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The Comann held their latest public lecture on Friday the 8th of March at 7:30pm in the Hut.

Dr Joni Buchanan, author of The Lewis Land Struggle, spoke on the subject The Last Raiders (commemorating 100 years since the land raids in this area).

Despite a wild and wet night there was a good turnout, but if you couldn't be there catch it on Youtube.

From 25 February 2019

Inaugural lecture

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The Comann held their inaugural lecture on the 18th of January 2019 at 7:30pm.

A crowd of about 40 people came to hear Dr Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, senior lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, as he gave a talk both engaging and thought-provoking.

The topic of the lecture was “Sùil air ais agus sùil air adhart: eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac anns an àm ri teachd” (“Looking back and looking forward: the future of Back history”). Tea and coffee was served, and the simultaneous translation facilities performed well (ceud taing a Choinnich!). A video of the evening is now available on our Youtube channel.

From 29 January 2019

Cheque presentation

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CEBac presented with cheque from The Stornoway Trust & Point and Sandwick Trust Interim Joint Committee Read more…

Cheque presentation

Comann Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac were delighted to receive a grant cheque from The Stornoway Trust & Point and Sandwick Trust Interim Joint Committee on the 29th January 2019.

Shown in the picture are CEBac Chair Anna Tucker and Secretary Anne MacArthur, with Stornoway Trust Chairman Norman Maciver.

The money will provide a great boost to the Comann, helping to get it established, and will allow us to purchase IT and office equipment, as well as contributing to various project costs.