Naidheachdan News

AGM

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Our fifth annual AGM was held on Tuesday 7 May, and it was good so many people were able to attend.

Anna Tucker announced she was standing down as chair, having been in office since the comann was re-formed over five years ago. She is owed a huge debt for her work over that time, and has been in all ways an outstanding chair. (The image above shows her receiving a token of appreciation -- a bespoke picture of Tràigh Chuil by Ishbel Murray.) Our equally-longstanding secretary, Anne Macarthur, also announced she was stepping down from her office.

Anna also stepped down as a trustee, as did former treasurer Catherine Margaret Macinnes. Two new trustees were elected by the members present, Angus "Gobhaig" Maclennan (Gress) and Stewart Macleod (Coll).

It is hoped a new chair and secretary will be elected at the next meeting of trustees.

Community Consultation Drop-in

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Join us for a drop-in session and hear the proposals for the old school site. Read more…

Community Consultation Drop-in

Join us for a drop-in session and hear the proposals for the old school site.

Ruairidh Moir (BARD) will be available in the Comann Cabin between 11am and 4pm with updates on recent site masterplanning. Both Ruairidh and the comann are keen to hear your views and ideas on the proposal.

Call for old video film

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Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can). Old reel-to-reel audio tape can also be processed. Read more…

Call for old video film

Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can). Old reel-to-reel audio tape can also be processed.

For full details on how to get your film to us, contact the comann via the usual channels at the bottom of the page.

Meeting agendas

read latest agenda Read the most recent PDF agenda from our monthly meetings (or dip in to the archive).

Goireasan Resources

As we digitise resources — text, images, video and audio — we aim to make as much as possible of them available here.

Gailearaidh Dheilbh Photo gallery

Some pictures from Comann events are in the gallery below.

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The audience at the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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The audience at the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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Bill Lawson at the launch of his latest book, Vatisker Croft History (11/12/18)

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At the Vatisker Croft History book launch (11/12/18)

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At the Vatisker Croft History book launch (11/12/18)

Mu ar deidhinn About us

Comann Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac (Back Historical Society) SCIO is a voluntary, non-profit organisation set up to preserve and share all aspects of the history, culture and traditions of the Back area, in the Isle of Lewis.

The Comann meets monthly to discuss projects and also organises local lectures and events in Gaelic and English.

We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), and our charity number is SC049033. Our constitution may be read here (PDF).

Consider becoming a member -- it is free, and helps support our work.

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Current office-bearers (2023)

Comann trustees and committee
  • Chair: Anna Tucker*
  • Vice chairs: Margaret Stewart* / Kenneth A Maciver*
  • Treasurer: Angela MacIver*
  • Secretary: Anne Macarthur*

Current committee members (2023)

  • Kathryn Graham*
  • Mary Ann Graham*
  • James MacArthur*
  • Donald I Macdonald*
  • Catherine Margaret Macinnes*
  • Murdo Macleod*
  • Kevin Murray
  • Iain Murray
  • Ian Quigley
  • Anne Ramsay*
  • Coinneach Smith*
  • Kenny Stewart
  • Colin Tucker

* charity trustee