District News 1950

Tolsta District News as reported in the Stornoway Gazette

20/1/50

NURSE'S CAR

Visiting her patients should be easier for Nurse Finlayson, who has been supplied with a small car. Meanwhile Mr. Angus MacKay, jun., 16 North Tolsta, an ex-Army Transport driver, is putting her through her paces and she will soon get her "pass".


17/2/50

WEDDING

On 2nd February, in the Free Church, Tolsta, Catherine Bella MacKay, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Angus MacKay, was united in marriage to John, a son of Mr. George Murray, 45 North Tolsta. Rev. A. Finlayson officiated.

7/4/50

WEDDING

On Thursday, 30th March, in the Free CHurch, Margaret, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Angus MacKenzie, New Tolsta, was married to Murdo the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Murray, 13 New Tolsta. Rev. A. Finlayson officiated.

21/4/50

DEMOBBED

Kenneth Finlayson, 10 North Tolsta and Donald MacLeod, 74 North Tolsta. Both have returned from foreign service ith the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

19/5/50

FISHING PROSPECTS

Prospects for the herring fishing are not too bright but the crews of the "Sandy Bay" and "Elspeth Smith" are getting ready.
Fishermen who know what it means to be hove to off the Summer Isles on stormy winter nights, will be grateful to Councillor Cameron for the two guiding lights that are to be put up, one on Priest Island and the other within Loch Broom.
The intensive seine-net fishing of the Butt of Lewis and within the Minch, is believed to be responsible for the poor catches by small line fishers.

26/5/50

THE SCHOOL PIANO

A piano has now been installed in the North Tolsta Public School and the Headmaster is very grateful to the young folk of the village for the very handsome contribution which they made towards the purchase price.

16/6/50

ROAD REPAIR

Whoever is responsible, the good folk on New Street and Shore Street, are very thankful to have their road tarmacadamed and in record time. The new method in road surfacing ends the shovel era.

21/7/50

CLOUDBURST

On Wednesday, a section of the village was struck by the heaviest cloudburst within living memory. Culverts were choked by debris and some houses flooded.

28/7/50

CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate Mr. Angus MacLeod, Hill Street, who graduated M.A., at the June graduation in Glasgow University.

25/8/50

APPOINTMENT

We are interested in the appointment of Mr. Donald MacDonald, M.A., 38 North Tolsta, as Headmaster of Broomhouse School, Edinburgh. This is a new school and will have a staff of 15 teachers.

15/9/50

GOODBYE TO PARAFFIN

About one half of our village folk have now switched on the electric light. The Hydro Electric Board's employees are busy fixing meters and within a short period, every house will bid goodbye to the paraffin lamp.

TEACHING APPOINTMENT

Mr. Angus MacLeod, M.A., a former pupil, is now temporarily on the teaching staff in Tolsta School.

22/9/50

CANTEEN

Mr. MacLean, Headmaster, has the oversight of a large family and seeing that over 100 meals are served daily this is no light problem.. The cooking, serving and indeed the whole scheme, are voted a huge success.

27/10/50

DEMOBILISED

Norman MacIver, Green Cottage has been demobilised from the Army.

TELEPHONE

Thanks to the Head Postmaster, Stornoway, a telephone kiosk has now been installed in the local Post Office.

15/12/50

GOOD FISHING

The little episodes of life! One rock fisher using a piece of herring for bait, landed a two-pound sea-trout. Another caught a smaller one about the size of a herring. The third fisher hooked a saithe, but the gut snapped and he lost the lot. Using his spare tackle he continued to fish successfully, finally hooking the runaway fish gut, flies and lead complete.

EVENING CLASSES

The Evening Classes held in the school are well attended. Monday, a Psalmody Class, Wednesday, sewing and Thursday, navigation.