Tolsta District News 1977 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
NO GAMBLING RULE
North Tolsta Community Association are to cut out raffles and all other forms of gambling from their fund raising activities during the coming year.
This was decided at the association's annual general meeting after it had been moved by two ministers who attended,the Rev Malcolm Maclean,Free Church and the Rev.Duncan Maclean,Free Presbyterian Church.
The ministers told the meeting that it went against the teaching of the Bible to hold raffles and other forms of gambling.
They suggested that raffles be replaced by door-to-door collections as a means of raising funds,and that the sales of work should continue-but without the wheel of fortune normally run.
Tolsta District News 1976 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
Tolsta Primary School and Community Hall costing around £100,000 was opened on Friday by Mr.Donald Macdonald,M.A., former headteacher of Corstorphine Primary School, Edinburgh and a former pupil of Tolsta School.
The Community Association are at present selling tickets for their annual raffle, price 4d, and books of tickets can be obtained from committee members. The Association has been mainly responsible for such worthwhile community ammenities as the car park, the playing field and the improved access to Giordal Beach. Undeniably these are useful to everybody in the community irrespective of how they view raffle tickets.
Tolsta District News 1973 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
We wish to congratulate Mr.John Morrison of the Metropolitan Police on his promotion to to the rank of Commander at Scotland Yard.The post, which entails charge of the Regional Crime Squad for the whole of London,is one of only nine such squads in all England.This is indeed a proud step forward for a lad who left Tolsta School at the age of 14,and who never saw a secondary thereafter.
The new Police Commander is a son of late Mr.and Mrs John Morrison of 4 New Tolsta.Like most of his contemporaries he joined the R.N.R.before the war and was called up in 1939.He left the Navy in 1946 as a leading seaman.
Tolsta District News 1972 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
At a very pleasant ceremony in front of his former colleagues at H.M.Institution,Cornton Vale,Bridge of Allan,ex Chief Officer Murdo Macdonald of 38 North Tolsta,was presented with the Imperial Service Medal by Mr.Scrimgeour,Director of Prisons,Scotland. The Director paid glowing tributes to Mr. Macdonald's loyalty and efficiency during his 25 years in the Borstal Service.
Mr.Macdonald was awarded the D.S.M.and the B.E.M.during his war service in the R.N.R.
Tolsta District News 1971 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
The first A.G.M.of the Community Association was held last Tuesday. During the Chairman's report it was announced that the first project tackled -the village car park-now under construction, had been taken over by the County Council.which had recently released funds for such rural schemes.In recognition of Tolsta's display of initiative and self- help the local project was to be the first on the Council's list.
Other items in the report included provisions of community facilities and an adequate playing field connected with the projected new school,and the conservation of and access to Garry and Giordal beaches.
Tolsta District News 1970 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
SAD NEW YEAR
It was indeed a sad New Year for one Lewis family this year. Early on New Year's morning Mr.and Mrs.Angus Maciver, 25,North Tolsta, received word that their 25-year old son Roderick, had died in hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. Details are not to hand but the accident happened the previous day.
He was on the New Zealand Company's ship "Hertford"and had left home three monthes ago. This is the second tragedy in this family.Another son on his first as cabin boy was fatally injured aboard ship at Antwerp. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to this family in their sorrow.