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Major Review of Highland Council Services Continues On The Redesign Board
270 services of the council havebeen looed at for review and 120 are now in line to have full reviews in the next two years.  Some will come early and some will come later but change is coming one way or another.    You can click through to the proposals so far to see what the council has to do by statute and what it may not have to do but is discretionary. Many may be suprised at things the council does but does not have to.

Bat Night at Thrumster
Bat night at Thrumster 2 September 2016
Head out on Friday night 2nd September at Thrumster to find lots of bats








Caithness to the Cote DAzur - When the Monte Carlo Rally Started from John OGroats
Caithness to the Cote D'Azur
The 90th Anniversary of the classic car rally was celebrated this year and this new book bring you right up to date with  the latest classic cars rally following the original route that startedin Caithness.




Which are the most Popular Businesses and Categories For Look-ups in Caithness?

Womens State Pension Fight With WASPI - You Can Join
Following successful meetings in Wick and Thurso of the newly formed Caithness WASPI group, two more meetings have been planned for Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 6.30 pm in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso and Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 6.30 pm in the Norseman Hotel, Wick.
CAITHNESS-MORAY PROJECT POWERING A 640M BOOST TO THE ECONOMY
Cable Drums at Wick Harbour
The Caithness-Moray project is centred on a 100 mile underground and subsea cable running beneath the Moray Firth, using High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology. It enables around 1,200 Megawatts of additional renewable generation capacity to connect to the national grid.



Wick school cost 48million and is two years delayed, but lessons have been learned - Press and Journal

Wick High Construction Photos       The Twisted Beam - Hard to see any twist but this is the one being replaced.
New Highland Council ICT contractor to roll-out tablets - BBC
Bill Fernie, the resources committee chairman, said the council was seeking a saving of 11m in its ICT services. 20,000 tablets to be made available to Highland pupils.

Council deal to “save millions”  - Press and Journal
Highland councillors have backed a plan to join forces with their counterparts at Aberdeen City and shire councils in a deal that should save the authorities millions of pounds each year. Speaking after the resources committee debate in Inverness yesterday, Highland finance chairman Bill Fernie said the two Aberdeen authorities currently top a “league table” in savings they make and for their buying power. “As we join with them, that will put that partnership with the two councils plus Highland up to near 1billion of purchases,” he said. “That can only be good for us. “I’m hoping we’ll go from near the bottom of the official league table in council savings to near the top.”
Bower Gala 2016
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Calling Joiners and Locksmiths - Meet The Buyer In Thurso
Police Scotland are carrying out Preliminary Supplier Engagements, "Meet the Buyer" Events, across a few geographical areas in Scotland as part of their research into deciding the best way forward for their new upcoming tender for joinery and locksmith services in relation to boarding up premises in the Highlands and Islands.
Times Changed For Turbine Movements in Caithness  - Drivers Take Note

New Probationer Teachers Start In Highland 2016/17
One hundred and thirty probationer teachers were recently welcomed to the Highlands (on Friday 12 August), at an induction course held in the Highland Council Chamber. Councillor Drew Millar, chair of Education, Children and Adult Services said: "I am very pleased to see so many people keen to start a career in education. This year we have 10 more probationer teachers than in 2015. I hope that all 130 will stay with us here in the Highlands after their probationary year and Highland Council will be doing all it can to make that possible."
Ready Steady Work Course Sponsored By Dounreay
2016 Ready Steady Work Course completed and sponsoired by Dounreay at North Highland College
Seven students have successfully completed the Ready Steady Work course sponsored by Dounreay and North Highland College. The course gives the students an opportunity to prepare themselves for employment by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to secure the job they want.  



Turbine Loads on Caithness Roads - Drivers note times for possible delays
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The turbines for the Lochend Wind Farm currently located at Wick Harbour will begin to be moved on 15th August 2016. There will be possible long delays as the turbine parts make their way around the long route.   Monday 15h  - Sunday 21st August wil see convoys moving from Wick Harbour to Barrock via Latheron, Castletown and Thurso.  Drivers can expect long delasy in places as the convoys move slowly along.  Click Through for times.    If you have important jouneys to make get ahead and leave plenty of time.

Evening Classes Starting Soon - Get Signed Up For New Courses
Evening Classes 2016/17
North Highland College UHI's evening classes and short courses are a great way for you to learn a new skill, turn a hobby into a money earner or even take the first step on the road to achieving a new qualification With ILA funding available, you might be able to learn a whole new skill without it costing you a penny! From Digital Photography to Working With Wood, there's something for everyone.


Highland SQA Results 2016
Young people across the Highlands have received their results by text, e-mail or post. This is the first year that candidates were offered the full range of national qualifications from National 2 right through to Advanced Higher as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.
Free helpline for students
For anyone needing help or advice on what to do next.

Over 28,000 Scottish applicants placed in higher education through UCAS
End Of An Era In Wick

Old Wick High School Buffet Ball - The Last Look Round and The Last Dance
Wick High School Parent Council are preparing to hold a walk around and the Old High School and a last dance prior to the move to the new Campus in October.  On Friday the 9th of September 2016 from 6.30 pm on there will be an opportunity for members of the public to come along and have a look around for one last time prior to the schools closure. There will be no charge and tea, coffee and home baking will be on offer for those wishing to chat and sit for a while. On Saturday 10th September 2016 doors will open at 7:00pm for a drinks reception prior to the last Ball commencing at 7.30pm.
New arrangements for householders at Wick Recycling Centre as Council targets commercial use
From 5th September householders who wish to take their waste to Wick Recycling Centre in a van, pickup truck, sign written vehicle and/or a trailer will be required to complete a Household Waste Declaration form before visiting the site or face being turned away.    Highland Recycling Centres Index
Caithness Girl Aims To Help Orphan Kids In Nepal
Nicola Gray (17) is running the Glasgow half marathon, to raise money to volunteer in Nepal with GVI. She has taken a gap year to help orphaned children there.

Caithness Orchestra 2016 course - Performance Sunday 7th August 2016
Over the past few days 4 - 7th August 2016, there has been a flurry of musical activity in Halkirk as they put together Tchaikovsky's epic 5th Symphony. The orchestra has warmly welcomed visiting players, from as far a-field as Iceland and Cumbria, into their ranks. They are spending four days under the professional baton of Susie Dingle and the expert coaching of Katrina Gordon.4 August 2016.

Caithness and North Sutherland Partnership Latest Update

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) - Meetings In Caithness
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is a national campaign group that fights the injustice done to women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) regarding the changes to their state pension age.
Mey Highland Games Change Ground For Saturday 6th August
Mey Games are moving to the showground at John O'Groats. The times etc are all the same just the venue has changed.
Scorries supreme in title opener - Wick Academy 2 Turriff United 0
AWick Academy 2 Turriff United 0 - 30 July 2016
Reporter and Photographer - Noel Donaldson
A FIRST-HALF brace gave Academy the perfect start to their title challenge. Stephen Anderson stunned the visitors in opening minutes with a well-placed header but despite pressing for their second, it didn't come until the dying seconds of the first period. Richard Macadie put down a marker for a regular team place this season, finding a path through the congested defence with a well place ball.

Landrover Charity Convoy Arrived At John O'Groats Today
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Today saw probably the biggest ever convoyof Landrovers to make the trip from Landsend to John O'Groats.  All in the aid of three charities the crews havehad a great time meeting each other.  A few are also now heading off to do the North Caost 500 as they have already completed the east coast part.  Over 270 landrovers took part and we may have missed a few as John O'Groats was extremely crowded today.  There are many photos  in our gallery.
Halkirk Highland Games 2016
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Champions               Baby Show                Pipe Band
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Halkirk Highland Games On Saturday 30th July - See You There
March to the Field at Noon - - 12.15pm - Opening Ceremony followed by full day of Events (Open & Juniors)
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards pipe band for 2016. This is the first time that the military band has played at Halkirk.

Final Day Of Wick Gala Week - Yes its Fireworks and Kippers night
9.30pm Bonfire Lantern Walk. Meeting at the Lantern Tent at Riverside, behind the side-shows. Lanterns available, 3.

Over 270 Land Rovers Arriving at John OGroats at Noon On Sunday 31st July
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Latest Construction Photos At Wick High School
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Wick Councillor Bill Fernie and Caithness area committee shairman Coucnillor Roger Saxon recently visited the construction site of the new Wick High school.  They saw round the school and looked at the recently mentioned problematic beam on one seciton of the roof.  The beam will be replaced and the councillors were told it is unlikely to hold up progress at this stage.

Pallets Free For Collection At Construction Site at new Wick High School
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The constructions site at Wick High school is offering pallets to anyone who can collect them.  They have built up over the months and unlike inthe south the comany cannot dispose of them easily to other firms.  They are offering them free to anyone who can collect them.  They come in various sizes andor are likely to arrive as materials are coming to the site every week.  Some twil go to the Wick Gala Bonfire but many wil stil remian for anyone wha wants them.  Contact the site office initially to arrange a collection time and day.
Children's Fancy Dress at Wick Gala 2016 - 49 Photos
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INTERMITTENT rain failed to dampen the imaginative enthusiasm of entrants at the fancy dress competition at Braehead - one of the most popular events in Wick Gala Week's packed programme.



Scary characters with something to crow about
Scarecrow competition at Wick Gala 2016
WORZEL Gummidge would doubtless have dismissed it as the last straw...scarecrows deserting their field posts to show themselves off in town.. Goodness knows what Aunt Sally would have said. But surely she would have relented and allowed the bird scarers their moment in the limelight, seeing as it's all in a good cause - Wick Gala Week.
                   Photo Gallery   We will add more if we find them as we go abut the town.  
                   Send in any to bill@caithness.org for inclusionin the gallery.

And Even More Wick Gala Photos
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Thanks to Alistair Sinclair for another batch of Wick Gala photos.  Who can you spot in this latest collection now added.

    Still plenty of events on this week every day with Fireworks on Saturday


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To see all the Wick Gala photos go HERE






Hidden Caithness Revealed On Speed Boat Trips From Wick
Spectacular boat trips with Caithness SeacoastThis short video wil show you some ofthe spectacular places you can see on a trip with Caithness Seacoast from Wick harbour every day.  
       

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Wick Gala 2016   - Over 500 Photos Now On

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If anyone wishes to add any special photos of the night then email them to bill@caithness.org to add to the gallery.

Turbines For Lochend Wind Farm Unloaded At Wick Harbour
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Wick Gala Starts Saturday 23 July - See the Programme

Super Hero Show Coming To Wick
Super Hero Show Coming To Wick 5th August 2016
The Pulteneytown People's Project is delighted that Central Superhero Events will be coming to the Pulteney Centre on Friday 5th of August 2016 with their Superhero Shows. Come along with your kids and meet the famous central superheroes Batman, Spider man, Captain American, Hulk, Iron Man and Transformer Bumblebee. Tickets From Pulteney Centre.



Important Milestone Reached In 1.1 billion Caithness-Moray project
The installation of four cable ducts through the rock beneath Noss Head, north of Wick, and almost 500 metres out to sea has been successfully completed as part of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission's (SHE Transmission's) 1.1 billion Caithness-Moray project.   More.........

Wick Gala Week - Full Programme
A week packed with events starting with a run on Saturday and the Gala night parade.  Throughout the week there are events for all ages and families so check it al out and get out and about in Wick..

Caithness County Show 2016 - Hundreds Of Photos of The 175th Show
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Kenneth Sutherland - President of the 175th Show

Flower Tent                                                 Horses                      Rabbits                     Poultry
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Great Lunch Tent     First Aid Crew          Wool                          Vintage Machinery  Motor Cycle Show
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Caithness Junior Pipe Band     Childrens Races    Fun Fair

Restored Thurso building to throw open its doors  - 30 Princes Street Saga Finally Over
30 Princes Street open for viewing 16 July 2016
The Highland Council is to throw open the doors of 30 Princes Street on the corner with St John Square in Thurso on Saturday 16th July 2016 to give members of the public, councillors and community councillors the chance to see how it has restored and brought back into use this iconic Category B listed building which sits a prime position within the conservation area of the town. Originally constructed in the early 1800s, over a period of time, lack of maintenance led to the demolition of the chimney head and the rear stair tower. The building became an eyesore and in order to save it, The Highland Council acquired the building by Compulsory Purchase.
Photos of the way it was in January 2013          See other old buildings in Caithness under threat

PIPE BAND WEEK DRAWS TO A DAMP CLOSE
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Wick's Pipe Band Week finished on a rather damp note on Saturday. Rain had threatened all day and finally came around teatime and continued relentlessly. Band Secretary, John Bogle said "At 6.45pm there was no let up in the rain so we made the decision to transfer our Fun Night, when the pipe band appears in fancy dress, to the Pipe Band Hall. It was such a horrible night that I thought we would be lucky if 20 people appeared at the hall, however they just kept coming and coming, we have 100 chairs in the hall and put every one out but still more folk came and were standing at both doors."                                    Photo Gallery                         Community Pages
Castletown Gala  - Another Photo Sent In
Castletown Gala 2016
Fiona Mackenzie sent in this photo of her grand daughter at Castletown Gala.  She said, "This is my 20 month old Grandaughter Alba Mackenzie who lives in Lossimouth she won first prize in the 0-5 age group as a fairy cake."   If anyone would like to add to any of our galas or show photo galleries just email them to bill@caithness.org


Latheron Show 2016
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The Latheron Show was held in Lybster  due to the soft ground at the usual venue.  The day was cold but the rain stayed away if only just but it did not put off the entries or people making Lybster busier than any day of the  year.
Great British Tennis Weekend In Thurso
Great British Tennis Weekend in Thurso
HIGHLIFE HIGHLAND AND THURSO SQUASH, TENNIS AND RACKETBALL CLUB INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND.
SATURDAY/ SUNDAY 16th and 17th JULY 2016 Olrig Street, Tennis Courts, Thurso
All the equipment necessary will be provide for you free of charge. Come along, take part and have some fun learning tennis skills through drills and games under the guidance of our local tennis coach, Carole Cameron, and tennis leaders.

93rd Latheron Show 2016  - Change of Venue
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Due to wet weather in recent days the Latheron Show has had to have a change of venues.  As last year the show will split between Lybster and Halkirk.  No entry fees will be charge but donations will be gratefully received as this will be the second year the show will make a loss.  Cattle and sheep judging wil take place behind the Portland Hotel, Lybster. Flower show wilbein the Lybster Hall.  Crafts will be at Lybster Golf Club while poultry wilbe judged  at the football pitch. Horse events will take place at Northfield Livery Stable at Halkirk.  A circus act Fire and Sparks will be in Lybster as well as the Animal Petting Zoo from Glasgow.  
MeyGen project energised at Ness of Quoys
Meygen at Ness of Quoys
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, is pleased to announce a major technical milestone for its flagship MeyGen project in northern Scotland. The MeyGen project is now connected to the 33kV Ness of Quoys distribution network following the successful installation of one of the longest underground 33kV power export cables in the UK by the network operator, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc ("SHEPD").
  MeyGen signs ground-breaking deal to combine wind and tidal power output

Free events in Caithness on Autism and Transitions - Wick
Autims Netowkr Scotland - Transitions events
Thursday 28th July 2016
As part of The Scottish Strategy for Autism, Autism Network Scotland and ARC Scotland have been funded to run this learning event. The evening session is for parents and carers of a young person making the transition from children's to adult's services. See further down the page for an event for practitioners.

Still Plenty Of Ranger Events In July - Check Them Out and Get Going
Ranger events in July 2016
Thereis always a huge variety of events organised by the Rangers in the north and other parts of Highland.  If you want to do something in July then click the poster link.   A longer list taking you up to September in the north can be found HERE
To see all the events in Highland from the Rangers go HERE
To see a events in Caithness from Rangers and many other groups go HERE
Don't forget all the summer activities for children and young people now going on HERE

Wick Gala 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk
Fun Run - Wick Gala
Saturday 23rd July 2016 - at 2pm.
Enter on the day.
Registration from 1.00pm to 1.45pm
At the boating shed, Riverside in Wick
Entry: 5k run 5, Fun run/walk 1
Under 8s must have adult supervision
National Parks 80th Anniversary - Free Organised Walks
National Parks 80 Years WalksOn Saturday 30th July campaigning organisation 38 Degrees and the charity Campaign for National Parks are celebrating our nation's most beautiful landscapes. They're hosting free organised walks and natural art workshops at every national park in Scotland, England and Wales. We're delighted to announce that Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park will be part of the celebrations!


Calling Charities Looking For Funding - See New Suggestions in The Community Section

Latheron Show - Saturday 9th July
Latheron Argicultural Society hold their annual show at West Clyth, Occumster, Caithness.

Sports Leadership Courses For Caithness
Sport Leadership Courses in Caithness
Effective leadership is an important quality for sports leaders to develop. By strengthening the understanding of key leadership concepts, coaches and other volunteers are able to make an even bigger contribution in their communities. This programme is an ideal opportunity for people actively engaged in voluntary or part-time paid roles in sport / leisure, to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills and explore the potential of social enterprise in sport. You will gain insight from expert tutors and speakers as well as other learner experiences.  The courses are fully funded.  See inside for details of the courses which start in September in Wick and Thurso.
Wave of optimism for Wick seaweed firm
Seaweed Expansion at Wick
The first batches of seaweed have been harvested and processed by a new food and drink business in Wick. New Wave Foods has invested 240,000 at its newly fitted out premises on the Wick Industrial Estate with support of 60,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The company turns wild-harvested seaweeds into edible products. A full-time harvesting and processing manager has already been recruited and two other new staff have been harvesting seaweed around the Caithness coast since April. Up to nine jobs will be created within three years. Plenty  Of Activities For Shildren and Young People In The North This Summer - Check Them Out
So many things to do this month for children and young people in al the main towns.  Once you have checked the leaflet link above go to our What's On for events for everyone througout July.

Castletown Gala 2016
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Castletown Gala 2016

As Bill Fernie was at Lybster Gala this year he could not take photos at Castletown.  James Annal has come to the rescue with his photos and Councillor Wilie Mackay who was on the stage has delivered them over to Bill Fernie who will upload them shortly.  email any other photos for Galas and shows to bill@caithness.org to add to the photo galleries.

Lybster Gala 2016
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