Tolsta District News 1946 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
LEAVING THE DISTRICT
Miss MacLean, Stornoway, who has been teacher here for the past twelve years, will be much missed when the School re-opens. Quiet, firm and efficient, she was loved by the children.
Demobbed is Kenneth Morrison, R.N.R., 5 Shore Street.
DISCUSSION ON PROPOSED VILLAGE HALL
On Friday, a mass Meeting was held to consider the wisdom or folly of erecting a village hall. A Committee of ex- Servicemen stated their reasons in support of their case ie. ceilidh, navigation classes and dancing. First World War ex-servicemen also voiced their views, strongly depracating the situation which had arisen, children ranging against their parents and attempting to rectify evil by bringing it in another guise. On a division, the large majority showed themselves against the proiposal. The Meeting was conducted in a very orderly manner. The Clerk of the Grazings Committee, Mr. Angus Murray, was instructed to report the findings to the authorities interested.
NURSE RESUMES DUTY
Nurse Catherine Morrison is now back on duty again. During Nurse Morrison's illness, Nurse MacKay was not idle.
Lessons on hoiw to tend poultry were given in the Schoolhouse last week. THe attendance was poor. More interest is taken these days in how to get feeding stuff than in giving it to the hens.
TOLSTA VILLAGE HALL
The Trustees' readiness to grant a site for a village hall in North Tolsta seems to have raised a storm in the village.Two letters came before the meeting,one from Angus Murray,40,North Tolsta,in the name of the North and South Tolsta crofters,and the other from Torquil Macdonald,9.New Tolsta,in the name of all the ratepayers.Both letters protested vigourously against the Trustees decision.
Mr.Murray, in his letter,stated that a meeting of the crofters of North and South Tolsta,supported by the elders and deacons'court of both churches, unanimously opposed"with a strong protest" the action of the Trustees in granting a site for a "so-called village hall" at Tolsta.
The Trustees' action the letter said was "as good as forcing the matter over the parents' heads,whether they liked it or not,which would be a sorrowful situation".
Mr.Macdonald, in his letter,remarked that the Trustees were proposing to lay out a site for a "dance hall" in Tolsta,but he in the name of the ratepayers was protesting against the scheme "for the reason that it wont be wholly used for dancing,but it will be used as orgy,and will have a bad effect on the rising generation of this locality."
The Trustees unanimously approved a reply by the factor re-affirming their decision to make a sight available in the Tolsta neighbourhood for a village hall.
His many friends at Tolsta will learn with interest that Ian Buchan, B.S.c., has been appointed Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg, South Africa. To secure such a Post at the age of 23, is no mean distinction. The appointment is for several years. During the War Ian was employed by the Air Ministry on aeronautical research. We hope to see him in the Cammoch before he leaves.
OFF TO JOBS IN THE SOUTH
Angus Morrison,"Southview,and Donald Murdo Maciver,14,Shore St.have joined the Police Force and are now at their stations.Murdo Macdonald,38,North Tolsta,has taken up duty as a prison warder in Falkirk.
During the past few weeks,Alex Maciver,4,Shore,Murdo Maciver,15,Shore St.
Kenneth Morrison,School Rd., Alex.Campbell,14,New Tolsta and their families left the township for Stornoway. We miss them.
HOUSE-MOVING BY SEA
A strange sail rounding Gress Point caused much speculation among the good folk at Back,until it finally anchored at Gress.
Donald Murray,Hill St.bought a house and scullery at Glen Tolsta,he dismantled it,constructed a raft at low tide and with his brother and Murdo Maciver,36,North Tolsta as navigator,two days' rations,flares and an anchor awaited developments.In three hours they had made the passage,with sufficient stuff for two four ton lorry loads now safely transported to Tolsta.It may be added that the three lads were in the M.N., R.N.R. and Seaforths respectively.
PASSING OF MINISTER
The Community learned with deep regret of the passing of Rev.Roderick Mackenzie,Back.He ministered to the Tolsta section of his congregation for the long period of thirty six years.Very many mourners travelled to Back for the funeral.Work in the village was suspended as a token of respect.
On Friday, 14th June, a newly formed team of local boys met met a Lochs team in a friendly game at Leurbost. The game ended with an encouraging 5-1 victory for Tolsta.
Rock fishermen had extraordinary catches last week when, instead of ordinary saithe and other small fry, as many as sixty flounders were caught.
Angus Campbell, Cammoch, was the first to discover the shoal and his catch amounted to 56.
Allan Cameron has sold his small boat and bought a brand new Ness built one,fitted with a motor.Whether it will be a success on this sandy beach remains to be seen
Donald William Macleod, despite the fact that his studies were interrupted by war service, has now graduated M.A. We offer him our congratulations.
ANOTHER NEW BOAT
Another new boat has been brought to this shore though that will not solve the unemployment problem
Two more families have left the township. Mrs Mackenzie, West View, has gone with her family back to Glasgow where she was born. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Macdonald, 59 New St., are now residing in Skigersta. While we miss them we wish them every happiness.
Demobolised Servicemen continue to arrive and we are glad to see them in civvies again. Kenneth Murray, 37 North Tolsta, finds his Home Guard training useful now he is at Fort George. It doesn't seem so long since his father was there.
OFF TO GLASGOW
Mrs. Finlayson, who has known joy and sorrow at the corner of New Street, has sold her cottage and is now in Glasgow, where her son and three daughters are residing. At 77 years of age, she is Tolsta's oldest passenger to travel by plane. We wish her much happiness in the eventide of life.
THE LATE MRS CAMERON
On Wednesday last, the remains of Mrs. Mary Cameron were laid to rest at North Tolsta. Mrs. Cameron was on the School Staff for eleven years and was an efficient teacher and much beloved by the children. The Community sorely miss her.
Now that a good grant for the Ness-Tolsta Road has been turned down, rosy promises of it's comletion will be held out to the next generation during their war.
ON THE WATERFRONT
Hundreds of gannets and countless seagulls, as well as seals, may be seen feeding on the heavy shoals of herring located between Cellar Head and Tolsta. Many nets, laden with herring have gone to the bottom. To see a score of fleet minesweepers anchored in the bay, ablaze with lights, is a pleasing change from war conditions.
The "Britannia" is the latest addition to the Tolsta fleet. Skipper is Murdo MacLeod, 76 Hill Street.
THE TIDE IS KIND
The uncommon sight of lads carrying home baskets of herring from Tolsta Sands was witnessed last week. Thousands of live good quality herring left by the tide, were trapped in sandy pools waiting to be scooped up. On several successive nights boys had a great time looking for more and they were not disappointed. The heavy swell running during the past two weeks has dashed all hope of getting at them with small boats. The two local motor boats "Verbena" and "Comrade" however, had some good shots recently, but lost some seventy nets with the sheer weight of fish.
Everyone in Tolsta is sorry to lose Nurse Christina Morrison, who has resigned to tend her own "patient". During the time she was here she endeared herself to the people and though the work was hard, she was always walking, always cheerful. Nurse Stewart, a daughter of Mr. George Stewart (Joyan), Back, has arrived to take over and we hope she finds us less dour than we are painted.
On December 12th, in the Free Presbyterian Church, Angus, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald MacLean, 10 Knockaird, Ness, was united in marriage to Christina (jun.), the daughter of Mrs. Morrison and the late Donald Morrison, 5 North Tolsta. The officiating Minister was Rev. Mr. MacDonald, Uig. There was plenty of "blawing" from two pipers and an English lady gave a recital of Gaelic songs, while we played on the harp. It is the first time, we believe that this instrument has been seen in this village.