NTHS Minutes - Sept 2007

Minutes of September 2007 meeting - September 5, 2007

Note of the meeting of the North Tolsta Historical Society at the Schoolhouse, North Tolsta , on Wednesday, 5 September 2007, at 7pm.


PRESENT: M Maciver; D.Murray; R.Murray; A.Murray; A.MacLeod, A. MacKenzie; S. MacIver; C M Smith; R Moir; AA Smith; M Murray;
CHAIR: D.Murray


• Note of the Last Meeting

The Note of the last meeting was approved.

2. Matters arising

Ard Walk: the walk was anticipated for the following Friday.

Recording of ‘Aig Muir': R.Moir had recorded this event and hoped to finalise editing for DVD production in due course. Chriselle Ross ( Pròiseact na Sgeulachdan ) had also recorded the “sgeulachdan " aspect of the evening and Donald Saunders would send us an unedited copy.

New computer : had been installed although not connected to broadband. Cost of the computer - c.£1k.

Hebridean Connections : clarification required from the last Minute as to whether they were interested in using our web site as a forum for correspondence/promoting awareness, etc, rather than setting up their own for this purpose. R.Moir confirmed that they were interested and we had agreed to this as per the Minute of the previous meeting.

Archiving and Digitisation: Angus would follow this up with Mark Elliot - possible funding from Museum nan Eilean of £10k to be shared between all Comann Eachdraidhs.

3. Genealogy /Archive

77 crofts completed. Next lot would include Hill Street and Lochside which would leave Glen Tolsta/New Tolsta. Might be as many as three volumes (of croft histories). Still on course for Heb' Connections which hopes to commence in 2008, subject to funding.

Donald Murray would continue with the research although he requested that a group be formed to check names against photographs, patronymics, etc. Sandra, Anna, Alex Angus, Angus, Mairead, and Murdo agreed to help.

4. Projects

Projects were progressing well and expenditure and claims were processed timeously.

5. Social evening

The proposed social evening with the theme: ‘women and jobs' would probably be held in October 2007 at the earliest. Some organisational help required for photographs, etc.

6. Hebridean Connections

Check web site for updates, etc.

7. Finance

Balance of £3,538.91 on the evening of the meeting. The computer could be charged to ‘Projects' as legitimate expenditure.

• Correspondence e-mail request from SAFHS requesting information about cemeteries in our area.

• Acair is preparing a book called Mnathan nan Eilean and requested information on island women, including a list of women who had worked in munitions 1914-1918, for this publication.

Theatre Hebrides : open seminar to be held on 13 September 2007 in the Town Hall.

Voluntary Action Lewis: AGM to be held on 17 September 2007 at 7.30 in the Caber Feidh Hotel, for those interested in attending.

Jura Consultants requested views on proposals to move Museum nan Eilean to the Lews Castle - comments by 10 September 2007.

Further correspondence re the ‘Nurse's home' 1929 (JT Newman); MacIvers – referred to Stornoway Historical Society; and from Graham MacDonald regarding a photo in Seanchas.

• Vote of Thanks

On behalf of the Comann Eachdraidh :

the Chairman thanked Mairead for donating Angus Macleod's (Siugaidh) archive, etc, to the Comann Eachdraidh.

the Chairman also thanked Ruairidh Moir for all his efforts to date and wished him well with his studies. Ruairidh would be leaving the Islands shortly to study architecture at Strathclyde University.

• Date of next meeting

No date was set for the next meeting.