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Caithness International Science Festival 2019 Programme
Caithness Internationla Science Festival 2019 Programme of events
Another Science Festival  4th March - 23rd March packed fullof events and the huge fun day.  With visits to all primary schools it is the biggest community organised event that contributes to schools and the public at large.

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Family Fun Night Walk and Activities At Dunnet Beach
Family Fun and Activities Night Walk at Dunnet Beach - Friday 1st March 2019

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Caithness Astronomy Group Moon Watch Observing Sessions
Moon watch in Thurso and Wick
Weather permitting there will be the opportunity to drop by and view the Moon through Caithness Astronomy Group telescopes at Thurso Riverside and Wick High School on the evening of Saturday 16th February. 7.00 - 8.00pm.

Families in Caithness to benefit from Police and Parentline Partnership
Perentline partnership to help families in Caithness
Caithness families will get greater access to support thanks to a new partnership between Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division and Children 1st's Parentline service. Local police officers responding to incidents involving children are letting their families know about the ongoing support that Parentline offers via phone, email, text and online webchat.  In December officers in Wick received briefings from Children 1st's Parentline team about the service and the support it provides. As well as telling families about the service, officers are also giving out postcards and other information about how to contact Parentline, if families choose to do so.
Pastimes From Past Times At Castletown Heritage Museum
Pastimes from Past Times

Thurso Community Fridge  - Donation page set up
There are currently 32 Community Fridges across the UK and their numbers are growing. A Community Fridge is open to all and it's key aim is to minimise food waste in a community. Did you know that in the UK it is estimated every household throws away 700-800 worth of food? That's just households, the levels of food waste from Supermarkets and Businesses is much higher. So imagine...that cheese you bought that you thought you would eat but ended up throwing away, those rolls from the Bakery that are still perfect to eat but they can't put out the next day, that over order on yogurt at the Supermarket - all going to the bin. Unless, there is another solution! Pop it into the Thurso Community Fridge for someone else to get use from.
Your Cash Your Caithness - Everyone Wins - Big Surprise For Everyone
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On Saturday 26th January 2019 the Your Cash Your Caithness event was held in front of packed auditorium at the Pulteney Centre in Wick. Once again 22 Caithness community groups made presentations with questions from the audience about their many and varied projects listed below. What was evident from the 5th event to disburse some funding with a public vote was the huge variety and commitment of the people who run groups in the county.  See inside for the surprise of the day.
Noss Primary Children Tell About The Books They Are Reading
Noss Primary school, Wick tell us about the books they like

The children at Noss Primary school in Wick will tell us about the books they like over the next few weeks.
Check their web site for further updates in coming weeks.

If you buy books for children and grand children this might be a very useful guide.

Burns Night Shortbread Biscuits - 5 Recipes
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To celebrate Burns Night on Friday 25th January, Scottish Blend, a brew specially blended for Scottish water, have teamed up with independent Scottish Bakery, ‘Pinnies and Poppy Seeds' to create five special shortbread flavours.
Yummy Recipes - Haggis Spice - Raspberry & Oat - Irn-Bru Cracked Black Pepper - Crowdie Scottish Tablet Shortbread
22 Groups In Running For Your Cash Your Caithness - You can go along and vote Saturday
The pubic in Caithness have the chance to decide who gets the cash by voting after hearing short presentations by all of the groups. Presentations are only 5 minutes with some questions after. 22 projects now have a chance to put their idea to the public vote. There is 10,000.00 on offer with applications received totalling 21,075.00.
Your Cash Your Caithness - 10,000 To Be Distributed By Public Vote on 26th January 2019
Following the initial application process 22 projects now have a chance to put their idea to the public vote. There is 10,000.00 on offer with applications received totalling 21,075.00. The participatory budgeting event will take place in the Pulteneytown Peoples Project, Pulteneytown Centre, Huddart Street, Wick, KW1 5BA with registration from 9.30 am and will start at 10.00 am until around about 1.30 pm on Saturday 26th January 2019.
There are two cyber security events being held in Caithness
Events organised by Highlands and Islands enterprise - Book Now.
Cyber security is an ever increasing issue, whether it is for us as individuals, part of a Community group or running a business. Highlands & Islands Enterprise digital team are coming up to both Wick and Thurso on the 27th and putting on a Cyber Sense event which will last an hour, it is fun and free so please take the opportunity to book on an event near you.  See links to Thurso and Wick events inside.

Have Your Say On Thurso Flood Protection Study
Thurso Flooding January 2005
The Highland Council has invited people in Thurso to attend a public exhibition highlighting proposals for flood prevention measures along the River Thurso. The Council is currently developing a Flood Protection Study (FPS) for the River to identify solutions that will alleviate the risk of flooding. An exhibition on Tuesday 22 January from 2pm - 7pm at the Pentland Hotel ballroom, Princess Street, Thurso, KW14 7AA .
       See photos from the flooding in Thurso and other parts of Caithness January 2005

Beatrice offshore wind community fund open for applications
The Beatrice offshore wind community fund is again open for application from 14th January 2019. The closing date for applications is noon on 25 April 2019. In this round, the overall fund is worth 400,000. With the total fund worth 2,000,000 over the five-year life of the fund. You can apply for funding from 10,000 up to a maximum of 50,000.
Moray Offshore West Windfarm Returns To North Planning Committee
Moray West Wind Farm
On 22nd January 2019 the Moray West wind Farm planning application returns to the North Planning committee but merely fro some slight changes to the location of some turbines to lessen the impact on certain views.

Scrabster Harbour Prepares For Further Major Developments
Scrabster Harbour prepares for major new developments
Scrabster Habour Trust have launched their tendering process for new works at the St Ola pier, dredging, water supplies and other works.  The mutli million pounds project will further develop the harbour and add to the works of the last 10 years which have seen improvements to income and continue the expansion of jobs in the area.

NDA Draft Business Plan 2019 - 2022 - A Chance To Make Comments
NDA Draft Busines Plan 2019 - 2022
The consultation is open until  4th February 2019.  

Planned expenditure for 2019/20 at Dounreay  is 185 million.

County Lines drug networks in Scotland - Be Alert
County Lines Drugs Campaign
Crimestoppers charity launches campaign to appeal for help in tackling County Lines drug networks. The charity Crimestoppers is on 14th January 2019 launching a campaign to highlight the pain and suffering that criminals from English cities are inflicting on vulnerable people in Scotland's rural and coastal towns. The campaign aims to raise awareness of County Lines, which is when criminals from major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham are expanding their drug networks to other areas, bringing with it serious criminal behaviour such as violence, exploitation and abuse. The term County Lines refers to the use of a single telephone number to order drugs, operated from outside the local area.

Caithness Voluntary Groups Awarded 183,296 To Combat Poverty
Caithness grousp awarded 83296 to combat poverty
Caithness Voluntary Group, in partnership with Pulteneytown People's Project and Thurso Community Development Trust have been awarded 183,296 to employ the four full-time development workers and a part-time co-ordinator. The 12-month project will employ, a community development worker for Wick will be employed by PPP and based at the Pulteney Centre, as will a childcare development worker. The development worker for Thurso will be based at Ormlie Centre and a rural development officer will work from the CVG offices in Wick.

A9 Berriedale Braes Milestone As Contract Awarded
Berridale Braes road contract awarded
It has been many years coming and the late ex councillor Billy Mowat would have a wry smile as he brought the topic up at every opportunity in Highland council. Transport Scotland has today announced that R J MacLeod Ltd has been awarded the construction contract as part of the 9.6 million project to deliver improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend on the A9.   Map showing road now and improvements

Potential World Heritage Site in the Flow Country
Potential world Heritgae site at Caithness and Sutherland Flow Country
A World Heritage Site in Caithness and Sutherland? The Flow Country currently sits on the UK's tentative list for World Heritage Site inscription, in recognition of its world-class blanket bog habitat and unique assemblages of bird species. A Working Group has been established to put forward The Flow Country's nomination to the UK Government, who will decide if the nomination can proceed to UNESCO. If The Flow Country becomes a World Heritage Site, it will join The Great Barrier Reef and The Serengeti as one of the most important natural sites in the world. UNESCO's World Heritage Site status is considered the most prestigious of all heritage accolades, making it the Michelin Star of the heritage world!
Wick Shops 10 Years Ago - Spot The Changes
In 10 years a few businesses have disappeared from the streets.

Wick Harbour Walkabout
Wick Harbour 8 January 2019 - North StarWick Harbour 8 January 2019A walk around Wick harbour yesterday showed a higher number of boats than usual probably due to the bad weather out at sea and the end of the holiday period.  The buildings being completely change on the front of the harbour are advancing at a steady rate with many new jobs scheduled to be located there later this year.  Meanwhile the new piers for work boats show the huge difference at the habour area.  Wick harbour has been turned around in a way no one though possible 10 years ago.  Servicing the  turbines in the Moray Firth will provide work for many years to come.  The old slipway has long gone.
Wick Harbour a few years back  Even Earlier  Pontoons Arrival in 2007  Dredging In 2008  Stormy in 2011
PFR Reactor Jacket 1968  Harbourfest 2007   Film of December 2012 Storm  North Pier Repairsin November 2002
In September 2006 many of the building parts for Tesco were delivered at Wick Harbour

Semichem To Partner With Scottish SPCA Caithness Rescue AND Rehoming Centre
Moira from Semichem Thurso visited Scottish SPCA's Caithness re-homing centre to see how funding will make a difference.
Semichem and Scotmid Co-operative has partnered with Scottish SPCA as their charity of the year to raise 300,000 to support education programme in schools across the country. Semichem Thurso and Wick will team up with Scottish SPCA Caithness rescue and rehoming centre each month Semichem stores in Thurso and Wick will support Scottish SPCA in educating the next generation of animal lovers over the coming year and are encouraging the local community to take action.

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Christmas Tree Festival
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Christmas Stalls, Santa, Umbrellas and Lights
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Heritage Calendar 2019 - Shades Of The Past
Thurso Heritage Society launched its new annual charity calendar Shades of the Past, this time using the collection of archive images from Miss Hetty Munro. The title comes from her popular book of the same name published in 1978. Hetty's collection of images spanned across the entire county and over 150 years.
Onshore wind-farms in Caithness: How can we evaluate economic benefit for the local community?
The purpose of this research project is to investigate the development of wind-farms in the Caithness area from the community's perspective; surrounding economic growth. This is a research project being conducted by Stephanie Remers at the University of Highlands and Islands.    Say what you think by completing the online survey.

Deadline for Your Cash Your Caithness applications - 2nd December 2018
Local groups in Caithness are reminded that the closing date for Your Cash Your Caithness applications is drawing near and to be in with a chance of receiving a share of 10,000, completed forms need to be received by 5.00pm on Sunday 2nd December 2018.
Highland Council Budget 2018/19 - Have Your Say
The Highland council wants to hear the views of the public in what is another period of difficulties in deciding how to spend a reducing amount of money.
Santa doesn't visit every house - Caithness FM Toy Appeal
Caithness FM 2018 Christmas Toy Appeal
That's right, Santa doesn’t deliver presents to everyone. There are some children in Caithness who will wake up on Christmas morning with no gifts to open. But you can help provide these kids with some Christmas joy by supporting the CAITHNESS FM ANNUAL TOY APPEAL.

Wick And Thurso - Free Wifi Is Rolled Out To Caithness Towns
Free Wifi for Thurso and Wick Town Centres
WICK and Thurso now have access to free WiFi in and around the centre of their towns thanks to a project led by the Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal. The free WiFi, called "High-Fi", is aimed at stimulating economic growth and will increase digital inclusion across the Highlands. Easy access to digital connectivity is seen as essential if the Highland region is to be innovative and keep its competitive place in the tourism market.

Thurso Town Centre WIFI                  
Free wifi in Thurso Town Centre
                Find out how to connect HERE


Wick Town Centre WIFI
Wick Town Centre WIFI
                  Find out how to connect HERE

Thurso Project Gets Going "Destination Thurso" - Interested? - Then Go To The Public Meeting Destination Thurso Public Meeting
An enthusiastic group have made a start to this project and are looking to involve more people and businesses in improving the tourism aspect of Thurso.  A web site and some funds are in place now to employ someone to create more push from marketing to better social media provision.  Thurso like most places needs improvements and to get ideas from the community and local businesses.  Nothing is easy when faced with the challenges coming fast down the road  - Dounreay decommisioning, Council Cut backs, Health cuts and much more so this group are not sitting back.  Go along and see what they are doing and if you can help in any way so much the better.  Communities are going to have to do more to help themselves so here is a good opportunity provided by enthusiastic volunteers backed by some funding. - Thursday 25th October 7.00pm at Caithness Horizons, Thurso.
New Store B & M Opens At Wick
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