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Castlebay Christmas Tree

In 2019, we made a spectacular Christmas Tree for Castlebay with the help of a worldwide community of knitters and crocheters.

In 2020, we again asked for squares and people all over the world responded.


2020 has been a very challenging year but this Christmas, we will have 2 trees bringing colour and creativity to Barra and Vatersay.  We thank everyone who has helped along the way with special thanks going to Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery for helping to support this community craft project.

There is still time to get involved.  If you live locally you can help stitch squares together.  If you don't live locally, the good news is that there will be more trees.  Knit or crochet squares of any colour, the brighter the better.  Squares are to be 12cm x 12cm; post them or drop them into us at the Bùth.


Facemask production

The Bùth Producers have a wealth of sewing skills that have been put to good use. A team of volunteers have been busy cutting out, sewing, finishing off the masks, packing and delivering. 


Facemasks have also been made available free of charge through Bùth Bharraigh.

These facemask are 100% cotton, eco-friendly and washable.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers who are taking part in this very important project, to Vatersay Hall for providing a base for organising the production and to the local COVID response team and Castlebay Community Council for funding the materials.  All these contributions are helping to keep our community safe, now and in the future.


Partnership working

Western Isles Volunteer Centre sought volunteers to sew facemasks and crochet or knit facemask extenders.

Bùth Bharraigh organised a group of crocheters and knitters to make these facemask extenders.  They got busy right away and hundreds were made - it was a fantastic effort. 

This project was also great for beginner crocheters.  Bùth Bharraigh had already set up Crochet classes, via Zoom, so people could learn to crochet and enjoy some social interaction with the other class members.  A few more classes were put on specifically to support people making the facemask extenders.   


Bùth Bharraigh supplied and delivered the correct yarn, crochet hook, markers and buttons.  These items were funded by the Volunteer Centre.

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