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.
VICTORY AFTER TWENTY EIGHT YEAR FIGHT
A twenty year fight was won at the weekend with the announcement that the Secretary of State,Mr.Gordon Campbell,has offered a grant of 75% towards the approved cost of providing an eight mile stretch of new road between Ness and Tolsta.
Ross and Cromarty County Council and the Highlands and Islands Development Board have both recommended the construction.
We regret to record the death of Mr.Kenneth Macdonald 51 North Tolsta,at the age of 75.He was an elder in the Free Church and was for many years the local correspondent for the Stornoway Gazette.
A representative gathering of Tolsta Free Church congregation met in the church to bid formal farewell to their minister,Rev.Angus Finlayson,who is shortly to retire from the active ministry.
In charge of the evening's proceedings,the Rev.Angus Smith of Ness preached an appropriate sermon based on a verse from 2nd.Timothy chapter iv.:"I have fought the good fight.I have finished my course.I have kept the faith."
Mr.Smith reminded the congregation of their good fortune in having had a minister possessing the physical and moral courage to stand up always for the truth,not only in his own pulpit but in the press,qualities with which not all Christians were endowed.He also paid tribute to Mrs.Finlayson for her enthusiastic contribution to the Sunday School.
In presenting Mr.Finlayson with a wallet of notes Mr.Donald Maciver of 33 North Tolsta,the senior elder present,spoke of twenty-one years of friendship and goodwill which existed between minister and congregation.
Mrs.Christina Macdonald,a former Free Church Missionary in Peru,made the presentation to Mrs.Finlayson.
On behalf of the Sunday School,Miss Peggy Murray presented the minister with a coffee-table and reading lamp.Miss Murray,who is a communicant member of the congregation,was one of the first infants to be baptised by Mr.Finlayson on his arrival in Tolsta.
Speaking on behalf of Mrs.Finlayson and himself,the minister reminisced over his twenty-five years in Tolsta.After such a long time it was natural that he should regard it as home,and that his imminent retiral still had an air of unreality.
Two things gave him immense satisfaction above all else.Firstly,in a period of a quarter of a century,no member of the congregation had ever approached him with a complaint against another,surely a remarkable record of amity.
Secondly,despite the natural disappearance through death of most of the original kirk session,a second generation had grown up to fill their places.
The good wishes of the people of Tolsta,for a long and happy retirement for Mr.and Mrs.Finlayson,follow them to their new home in Stornoway.