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New Wick High School - Councillor Bill Fernie Looks Inside at Progress
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Councilor Bill Fernie took a look around Wick High School on Saturday.  Work is going on 6 days a week to head for opening in October.
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Thurso Gala 2016
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Pulteneytown Academy Open Day For A Final look Round Before School Closes After The Summer
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Pultneytown Academy will soon be no more when it joins with South School under its new name of Newton Park and moves to a brand new school. An open day was held to allow anyone including former pupils to have final look around the old school before it gets demolished later this year to make way for a new playing field for the new school. Many photos were on display of former classes and we show some of them followed by a look around some of the classrooms as they are now.  
Highland votes Remain in EU referendum
The total number of votes cast in favour of Remain a member of the European Union was 70,308
The total number of votes cast in favour of Leave the European Union was 55,349
UK on brink of leaving EU - At 6.00am it looks certain UK Will leave the EU.

UK votes to leave in historic referendum
- BBC

Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
Scotland has voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38% - with all 32 council areas backing Remain.

Pound tumbles to lows not seen since 1985 - BBC
What will happen on the Irish border if Britain votes to leave the EU?

Sterling, stocks in free fall as UK votes for EU exit
- Reuters
Additional Support Needs Funding Levels To Be Maintained
The Highland Council has confirmed that it will sustain the current funding for Additional Support Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools for the new school year - 2016/17. While the Council has taken measures to address a 40m budget gap, it will not require to reduce the funding to schools for children with additional needs.
Engineering and Construction Employability Essentials
Engineering and construction training
Only a few places left on this free course.  Last year the people attending this course all obtained jobs afterleaving school.






Another floating wind turbine project planned for North Sea - Energy Voice

Fast Look at 'e Groat          Caithness Courier Headlines

EU debate/hustings in Mackays hotel, Wick - Sunday 19th June. 6:30 - 8:00pm

Lifeboat Day At Wick Harbour
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Wick Lifeboat Open Day At Wick Harbour - Saturday 11th June  - 1.30 - 5.00pm
The bunting is up and boats getting decorated so get along to Wick Harbour on Satruday afternoon and enjoy the activities.
Single Application Form deadline: one week to go
Deadline for Single Application form for crofter snd farmers
Farmers and crofters urged to get their SAF and BES applications in as soon as possible. With just one week to go until the deadline of midnight on Wednesday 15 June 2016, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is urging farmers and crofters not to leave it until the last minute to submit their Single Application Form - which is required to receive Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments - and their Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) claim, which also closes on 15 June 2016. As of Tuesday 7 June, 2016, 16,787 SAF applications have been submitted. This compares to 14,162 applications submitted with one week to go last year.  
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Another Quilt Workshop Due To High Demand
Quilt Workshop 25th June 2016
The quilting workshop in Wick on Friday this week was completely booked out on the first day it was advertised. Consequently another one has been arranged for Saturday 25th June, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Isobel McBay will teach how to do English paper piecing, a traditional form of patchwork. This workshop will be at the St Fergus Gallery, Wick. It will involve hand stitching and the kit will be supplied, although feel free to bring your own scissors if you wish. This course costs 8 per person.    Arts Section

Coming Soon In June
- Canibsay Show   Halkirk Gala Week and much more  Thurso Gala
Other Big Events Later - Halkirk Highland Games  Caithness County Show  Mey Highland Games
Check out the summer months June   July   August

Poppies - Weeping Window in Orkney
Poppies - Weeping Window Kirkwall
St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney is the first venue in Scotland to host Poppies: Weeping Window, installed on the Cathedral's west end. Many people from Caithness and further afield have taken the ferry over the sea to see the display. About 4500 poppies are taken from the huge display at the Tower of London. A cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, Poppies: Weeping Window was originally seen pouring from a high window to the ground below at the Tower of London as part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Orkney was the home of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet, and on 31 May 2016 Orkney will host the official commemoration for the Battle of Jutland, the largest and most decisive naval battle of the First World War which was fought at the cost of over 8,000 lives.    Photo Gallery      Community Index

High Schools Compete In Rocket Car Competition
Rocket Car Competion 2016
Over 140 pupils from Thurso High School, Wick High School, Golspie High School and Tain Royal Academy descended upon North Highland College UHI's ETEC building last week to take part in The Bloodhound Project Model Rocket Car Challenge. This is a global competition backed by Guinness World Records. North Highland College UHI Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Leader, Peter Hylton, visited the schools beforehand to give a presentation on the World Land Speed Record (WLSR) and various engineering approaches used on the cars that have broken the record. The schools then had two weeks to design and build their cars from materials provided by College with the help of the Energy Skills Partnership.

Summer Holiday Activities for Caithness, Sutherland and Across Highland
Summer Holiday Activities for Young People in Caithness Sutherland and across Highland
High Life Highland's 2016 summer activities programme is jam-packed with over 1100 fun things for children and young people to do across the Highlands. From swimming lessons to mini-olympics, from mountain biking to martial arts - you'll find a host of activities on offer to exercise, inspire and entertain.   Bookings for places begins on 18th June online or at any Highlife centre.
 For the next  few weeks the link wil be on the side-bar of this page to make it easy to find.


New Jetpatcher Set To Repair Potholes Faster On Highland Council Roads
New Jetpatcher for Highland RoadsThe Vice Chair of Highland Council's Community Services Cllr Richard Greene and Badenoch and Strathspey Ward Member Cllr Jaci Douglas recently viewed a Jetpatcher in operation at Grantown on Spey. Following trials with neighbouring Local Authorities the Council's Community Services Committee in February this year, approved the purchase of a Jetpatcher with 150,000 from the capital programme. Over a 10-year period the cost of purchase and in-house delivery will provide a saving against the contracted cost of jetpatching.  The Jet Patcher wil be in Caithness for 15 working days between 1st June and 21st June 2016 .
The 25 for 25 Collection - Quilt Exhibition
25 for 25Collection - Quilt Exhibition at St Fergus Gallery, Wick
St Fergus Gallery and High Life Highland would like to invite to a new quilt exhibition - The 25 for 25 Collection. This exhibition of 25 works by contemporary makers was intended to act as a snapshot of patchwork and quilting at the time of The Guilds 25th Anniversary. The range of techniques used in the works in the 25 for 25 Collection is very broad, as they are in the 90s collection, and include hand and machine piecing, hand and machine quilting, hand and machine embroidery and embellishment.

Musical Map Of Caithness Success Brings Second Run For 2016
Musical Map of Caithness - New batch made for 2016 due to success
The Musical Map of Caithness produced by local musician Gordon Gunn and friends in 2015 has proved a huge hit with locals and visitors. Gordon said, "We had a terrific response last summer and now we are restocked and gearing up for summer tourists so folk are are using it as their musical tour guide and from hotel responses some are staying the extra night due to the visitor attractions on the album and wanting to go and visit."


Puffin Watching Event Tonight Friday 3rd June - 7:30pm
Caithness is lucky to have puffin colonies but youneed to get to the right places to see them.  Tonight at 730pm a Ranger led walk will guide you to one place where you can get a great view and take some photos.
Enjoy an illustrated talk on 'An Introduction to Caithness Seabirds' with some coffee/tea & home baking before taking a short walk to view a puffin colony in the Dunbeath area.
To book Contact Marina on 07818 588256 or marina.swanson@highland.gov.uk
Meet At Laidhay tearoom at 7.30pm   - Coffee and Cake included in the price.
Choice Based Lettings extended throughout Caithness
Anyone who wants to rent a council or housing association house in Thurso now has greater choice. This is because homes are now being allocated through ‘Choice Based Lettings'. ‘Choice Based Lettings' is already in use across most of Caithness and due to its success the Highland Housing Register (HHR) partners are extending it to homes in Thurso. This way of letting council and housing association houses gives people a greater say over where they live and the houses they are offered.

Are you 4th 5th 6th Year And Want To Get Some Training? - Sign Up For Ready Steady Work
Ready Steady Work 2016
If you will be in 4th, 5th or 6th year in 2016/17 and you are unsure what path to take when you leave school then this course may be for you.   FREE - North Highland College from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July 2016.  Sign up now before places are all gone.  One week of your holidays and it might prove useful in the future.



This Sunday 6th June - Jazz At Mey Hall
Jazz at Mey Hall Sunday 6th June 2016
Jazz in the Village stars IAN MILLAR and DOMINIC SPENCER - saxophone, piano jazz duo. Based in Edinburgh, the duo has regularly and extensively toured Scotland. They have embarked on many rural tours, often bringing jazz for the first time to remote communities, performing in intimate settings. They have played in Northumberland, North and South Yorkshire, Cumbria, Bedfordshire and Shropshire making the occasional trip further south including a European trip to Brussels.


Caithness County Show 2016 - Deadlines For Entries
Caithness County Show
The 2016 Caithness County Show will be here before you know it. So anyone who still has an entry form waiting to go in or has not completed one yet should get their skates on. The deadlines for are - Schedule entries close on 3rd June 2016 and applications for trade stands and stand space in the Northern Quality Produce Marquee close on the 10th June 2016.



Councillor Bill Fernie welcomes Scotland Excels Living Wage boost
Living wage - Bill Fernie
Local Wick Councillor Bill Fernie has welcomed Scotland's centre for procurement expertise for local government, gaining Living Wage accreditation. Scotland Excel's accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation affirms the organisation's commitment to leading by example on the issue of fair pay.


Wick Beginners Running Sessions
Do you want to give running a try? Suitable for absolute beginners.

Rangers show the way on the Peatlands of the Flow Country
Peatland Walk - May 2016
Over forty members of the public attended a series of high profile guided walks on the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland led by the Highland Council Rangers. Andy Summers, Senior Countryside Ranger said: "We saw lots of exciting wildlife including great views of a peregrine falcon, breeding greenshanks and red-throated divers, dragonflies hunting around bog pools. People were able to get up close and personal to examine insect-eating sundews and butterworts and enjoyed the chance to look at some pre-crofting carved stones and sheilings. All the guided walks were well received and many participants wanted to know when we are doing it again."                       Community Index

Come and play Tchaikovskys 5th Symphony With The Caithness Orchestra
Coma dn play Tchaikovskys 5th Symphony with the Caithness Orchestra
SCOTLANDS MOST NORTHERLY MAINLAND ORCHESTRA. From 4th - 7th August 2016.

YOU can enjoy rehearsing Tchaikovskys 5th Symphony as part of our orchestra under the baton of Susie Dingle. We are the community orchestra that ANYONE can join! For over thirty year years The Caithness Orchestra has been making music for fun and enjoyment in the Far North of Scotland.
Book early to avoid disappointment!

Inside New Noss Primary School
Noss Primary School Inside - 27 May 2016
The new Noss primary school in Wick is brght and airy. The rooms are different colours and windows are full length with air condition to control temperatures.  Unfortunately due to a burst joint in heating pipes the school has had to be closed for a few days this past week.  However work has been ongoing with all plasterwork and paiting completed and industrial cleanersin over the wekend to allow the school to open agian on Monday.  Damage was slight as the janitor spotted the burst early.  Photos from the start of the project
Assembly of the new steel towers between Dounreay and Thurso South
Dounreay Turso Transmission towers almost completed
Work to reinforce the overhead power line that forms the spine of the existing electricity transmission network in Caithness passed the half way mark this month (May 2016), with progress continuing apace in the good weather. The new 275 kilovolt line will link substations at Dounreay, Thurso and Spittal, where the underground and subsea cable to Moray is set to begin its 100 mile journey. An additional 132 kilovolt line is also to be built to strengthen the existing network to the south, between Spittal and Mybster. Almost all tower foundations along the full length of the overhead line upgrade have already been completed, together with temporary access tracks required for their construction.

Subsea 7, Seaway Heavy Lifting Land Ten-Figure Offshore Wind Contract
Subsea heavy lift contract 896 million
Subsea 7 has teamed up with Seaway Heavy Lifting on an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for wind farm turbine foundations and array cables to be installed at the 558MW Beatrice offshore wind farm located in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland. The value of the contract is over 896 million, according to Seaway Heavy Lifting. Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting will project manage, design, engineer, fabricate and install jacket foundations and array cables for 84 wind turbines, and perform the transportation and installation of the offshore transmission module.

Highlands of Scotland renews Fairtrade status
Hamish wood and Bill Fernie - Fair TradeThe Highlands of Scotland has renewed its status as a Fairtrade Zone which was first achieved on 13 September 2012. Highland Councillor Hamish Wood and Fairtrade champion said: "Highland has now renewed its Fairtrade status - a process which takes place every 2 years - which is very good for the region. Chair of The Highland Council's Resources Committee, Wick Councillor Bill Fernie, echoed Cllr Wood's comments: “Thanks to all for getting the Highlands of Scotland Fairtrade Zone status renewed and thank you Cllr Wood for spearheading this extremely worthwhile venture."
90 Jobs For Wick in 2.5 Billion Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm
Beatrice off shore wind farm to start 84 turbines will provide 588MW of power once operational in 2019.

90 permanent jobs for Wick.

Around 10m of investment is planned at Wick Harbour to house the wind farm’s operations and maintenance facilities.  65 Jobs In Construction of new Wick Facillties.

New windfarm expects to provide an average annual gross employment in Scotland of over 890 jobs during construction and is one of Scotland's largest private infrastructure project.  

The project is expected to power roughly 450,000 homes; approximately three times the number of homes in the Moray and Highland regions.

Work at the operations and maintenance facility in Wick and the transmission works in Moray will commence this year.
Your Cash Your Caithness - Come and cast your vote  - Saturday 28th May
Following the initial bidding process 20 projects now have a chance to put their idea to the public vote at an event in Thurso on Saturday 28 May. There is 30,000.00 on offer with applications received totalling 53,072.00. The participatory budgeting event will take place in the Main Hall of Thurso High School with registration from 9.30 am and will start at 10.30 am sharp until around 1.30 pm.

External review team inspects maternity services
An external review team visited NHS Highland this week to examine paediatric and neonatal services at Caithness General Hospital in Wick and Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. During the visit, the team met a wide range of clinicians and managers at both hospitals as well as staff from Scottish Ambulance Service. The team is made up of Dr Brian Magowan, obstetrician and gynaecologist, NHS Borders; Dr Jane Macdonnell, consultant paediatrician, NHS Borders; Mrs Nicky Berry, head of midwifery, NHS Borders; and Prof. Chris Kelnar, retired Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology, University of Edinburgh. At Caithness General they visited the maternity unit to gain an understanding of facilities and equipment available to staff.                           Caithness Health Area Team ( CHAT) - Acting to Protect Services
Mixed fortunes for seabirds in East Caithness
Razerbills and Guillemots
A new report shows a mixed picture of population increases and declines for many seabirds in a protected natural area in East Caithness - though with some faring better than seabirds nationally. The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report on the East Caithness Cliffs Special Protection Area (SPA) found that there has been an increase in the numbers of razorbills, great black-backed gulls and European Shags since the previous count in 1999. It appears that 2015 was a good year for breeding seabirds and that this resulted in some particularly high counts. Unfortunately, during the same period, a number of seabirds have declined, including northern fulmars, herring gulls, common guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes.   Community Index

Transforming Business, Society, and Self with U.Lab
Join the global movement to build a new economy by co-sensing and co-creating the emerging future. The Castletown Ulabscot# hub was created in 2015 where local people were able to join together in learning and creating a new future, an emerging idea and an inspired vision of what the future holds for our community and our country. A local "hub" or "coaching circle" where we met and journeyed with amazing people into the unknown. There have been many successful prototypes that have emerged from the processes and learning and that are currently being developed.
Taster event in Castletown
WHEN Tuesday, 7 June 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00 
WHERE Castletown ULab Hub - 5 Churchill Road Castletown, Thurso, KW148UW
Follow the links to sign up for the taster session.
   Community Index
Caithness Health Area Team - CHAT
A new local lobbying group "CHAT" has been formed by a group of local Caithness people concerned about  a variety of matters affecting health servicesin Caithness.  Support - Join - Send Your Stories about Health Services in Caithness. Almost 12 years since the last maternity campaign in Caithness concerns have led to a new group setting up. The new group will have a much wider remit as there are several areas of concern about Caithness Health Services.   Community Index
Can't Cook, Could Foster
You don't have to be a good cook to foster, revealed children and young people in foster care as part of a new survey conducted by The Fostering Network to mark the start of Foster Care Fortnight 2016 (16-29 May).

Are You Towing Legally?
Trailer Training
Are You Towing Legally?




Business Index

Council takes action to repair Highland roads
A specialised Jet Patcher will be coming to Caithness.
Business Index
Celebration Tree At Northlands Creative Glass

2016 Ready Steady Work course is open for applications
If you will be in 4th, 5th or 6th year in 2016/17 and you are unsure what path to take when you leave school then this course may be for you.
Highland students taking steps to success
Inverness UHI - Highland Students
Budding entrepreneurs in Caithness and Sutherland have been left inspired after they were given advice on how to succeed in business by local industry leaders. The students from North Highland College UHI joined more than 200 of their colleagues from across the University of the Highlands and Islands network for the interactive virtual student conference, which took place via video link. Led by the CREATE team at Inverness College UHI in association with Bridge 2 Business, part of Young Enterprise Scotland, the first session saw students receive presentations from local business leaders in a range of industries including craft brewing, personal training and tattooing. Among those addressing students was Jill Innes, founder of Storyboard Films, a Thurso-based film-maker and cinematographer.

Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan - Information Event
Marine Event about Pentland Firth waters
Events in Thurso (24 May, Caithness Horizons) and Stromness (25 May, Warehouse Buildings) where you can come along to hear more about the Marine Spatial Plan. The event will run from 12 - 7.30pm with a short presentation at 6.30pm.   Note this is a change of dates from those previously advertised in the press.



Gail Ross (SNP) Elected As MSP For Caithness Sutherland and Ross
Gail Ross elected as MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross 2016
Gail Ross - SNP - 13,937
Jamie Stone - Scottish Lib Dems - 10,024
Struan Mackie - Scottish Conservatives - 4912
Leah Francetti - Scottish Labour - 3334

    Expert Comment On Scottish Results
Living Better With Long Term Conditions - Free Self Management Course
Living Better With Long Term Conditions
BOOK NOW for a free self management course available for people with long term conditions being held by Let's Get on With it Together in Wick starting in June.



RECRUITMENT UNDERWAY FOR NDA ARCHIVE
Wednesday 11th May - 09:00am -19:30pm
Thursday 12th May - 09:00am - 21:00pm
Pulteney Centre, Wick: Huddart St, Wick, Caithness KW1 5BA
The event will be a chance for people to learn about the new Archive as a whole, and find out what jobs are on offer by meeting the various different subcontractors, security, highlife highland etc.
New birthing programme for expecting mums expanding
Wise Hippo Progreamme for expectant mothers
NHS Highland is set to become the first health authority in the UK to provide an innovative birthing programme throughout its area. The Wise Hippo programme uses self-hypnosis, relaxation and massage techniques to help take the fear and anxiety out of giving birth so that couples actually look forward to the experience. Couples in Caithness and Sutherland have benefited from the Wise Hippo over the past two years, and NHS Highland feels the programme has been such a success that it's decided to make it available across its area.

New Jobs Today Even Though It Is A Bank Holiday
We up date our jobs section every day and often several times if it is busy.  For employers and job seeekers it is FREE. Employer only have to join the forum to post free ads in the section  We will remove ads shortly after closing dates or after two to three weeks if no closing date is given. New job ads in our forum flow each day out to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more coverage.

Gail Ross Campaigning Hard In Last Days Before Election
Gail Ross (SNP in l;ast days campaigning before Election On Thursday 5th May 2016
Local Candidate Gail Ross (SNP) is not slowing down in her campaigning to win a seat a the Scottish Parliament. She is still out travelling the width and breadth of the constituency. Today an article appears the The Nationalist - Affordable housing at very top of the agenda for SNP hopeful Gail Ross. ONE of the new faces in the Scottish Parliament after Thursday's election could be Gail Ross, currently an SNP councillor and Caithness civic leader. A councillor since 2011, she agreed to stand as an MSP candidate after Rob Gibson, the party's current MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, announced he would be retiring after the election. Having served five years as a councillor, it seemed a natural progression. If elected, Ross aims to concentrate on issues facing rural communities such as affordable housing, jobs and land reform.
Death from above: the ravens slaughtering newborn lambs -
Telegraph
Ravens Attack Lambs in Caithness - problem getting worse
Joe Shute today has written an article on the problems faced by Caithness farmers trying to protect their sheep from Ravens............................Selena Swanson stands on the fresh straw inside a stone shed on her family farm, cradling a few-days-old lamb in her arms. There are stab wounds across the infant’s soft white fur and a haunted look in its eyes. Where its tail should be is a bloodied stump turned dark yellow from the latest application of iodine. The hardy sheep farmers of Caithness in northernmost Scotland don’t often give their livestock names. But Selena has taken to calling this one “Stumpy”. It is more than a mere term of endearment; Stumpy is one of the lucky ones.  Crows are not fussy who they attack
Rushdance At The UDO Championships in Lancashire
Rushdance at UDO Championships in Blackpool
Reflecting on the weekend, this competition was massive with some solo section with over 100 dancers all competing for top places. Due to the size a quarter final or semi-final place was a big results for our kids. Once again the kids of Rush.dance push their talent and placed in the finals which is fantastic for us teachers Willie, Rebecca and Lauren Miller. More of our kids have now qualified for the world championships later in the year, which this is the big one in the street dance with over 34 countries coming to Glasgow to compete to be the best of the best.

Caithness and Sutherland farmers call for control of ravens - BBC

Halkirk Primary School Litter Picking To Tidy Up
Halkirk Primary Litter picking






Melvich Primary Clear Up In Bad Weather
Melvich Primary school Litter picking







Ship a Hoy - Day Trip
This is your only opportunity to sail directly to the Orkney Island of Hoy from the Scottish mainland on the passenger ferry from John O'Groats. Join either the countryside Ranger walking out to the famous ‘Old Man' sea stack or enjoy a slightly more strenuous guided walk through the valleys by Ward Hill on route to Rackwick Bay.
Latest Newsletter From Noss Primary School, Wick

Final call for Your Cash Your Caithness applications
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 30,000 forms need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 6 May.
Caithness Model Club 2016 Show
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Records were broken for the numbers of models on show and for the numbers of people coming along to view the amazing collections that had come from both Caithness and many other parts of the country. The Model Show has now purchased its own tables so no longer needs to make a round trip to Dornoch to borrow them.  The Caithness model club also made some donations to local charities.  It llooks like next year will be another success with bookings by modellers for tables already in great demand.  The club meets once month in the Norseman Hotel where the show was held. The meetings are mainly in winter and begin in September.  Earlier years shows on the Model Club page
Independent candidate standing in Highlands and Islands constituency  
James Stockan
People in the Highlands and Islands will be able to vote for an independent candidate with their second vote in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections for the first time since 2003. James Stockan, an Independent Orkney Islands Councillor of over 13 years, launched his campaign at the end of March 2016 and is now on a tour around the region covering as much ground as he can before the election. Local authorities in the Highlands and Islands region are made up by a majority of Independent councillors but there are not currently any elected Independent MSPs from this region.
North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival
North Coast 500 Wild Life Festival 28th May - 5th June 2016
The HC rangers are organising a wildlife festival. The North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival runs from 28th of May - 5th of June 2016 and has been created to bring the best of the outdoors straight to the North Coast 500 travellers and others at locations across the route.   Click through to find out more and book places on events you like.




Discrete HIV Testing In Caithness
3rd May 2016 - Evening - Appointments being taken from now.

Caithness And Sutherland Ranger Events 2016 Now Listed and Linked on the left Column

The Rangers wil not be producing a brochure this year due to council cut backs.  They will rely instead on their web site www.outdoorhighlands.co.uk and any posters and links form other web sites, Facebook etc.  We have made links to both Caithness Rangers and Sutherland Rangers directly from this page in the left hand column in case you are searching for them.  Events may also appear in our Whatson section but you can check their own web site also.
Highland Council Trading Standards - Non-domestic rates reduction scams warning
The Highland Councils Finance Service raised concerns when they began to receive calls from Highland businesses about receiving unsolicited marketing letters. Some local businesses had received letters suggesting that they could receive a large reduction in non-domestic rates and in some instances that a back dated refund of this charge could be available by submitting an appeal. The letter included that the services provided would attract a fee.
Scottish Tarmac Championship 2016
Billy Hamilton at Scottish Tarmac championships 2016
Out of the 75 cars entered only 2 came from Caithness, James Campbell in his Peugeot 106S16 and Billy Hamilton in his Opel Kadett 2000.





Over 70 Job Vacancies Currently In Our Forum
Record numbers of vacancies in Caithness are being advertised in our jobs pages.  3 pages are currently showing a wide variety of positions across the county and into Sutherland.  Employers can advertise free of charge and its easy to place ads once you register to join the forum.  New jobs going in almost every day recently.
Towheads Travelling Through Wick
Subsea 7 move Towheads From Wick to Wester
Subsea 7 will be moving the final two towheads for the Premier Catcher project from Wick Harbour to Wester Site over the next few days. It is planned that the first towhead will travel the route through town just after 9.00am on Thursday 7 April 2016 , with the remaining towhead following on Sunday 10th April 2016 - exact timing will depend on how the Police direct proceedings.


New Noss Prmary School, Wick - Aerial Photo
New Noss Pruimary school from above
The new Noss Primary school in Wick opens soon and shortly after the demoltion of the old school will begin.





John O’Groats named one of Scotland’s ‘coolest’ holiday destinations 
- Scotsman
It has long been derided as one of Scotland’s biggest eyesores and was labelled the most dismal part of the country only six years ago. But John O’Groats, the long-standing let-down for visitors to the UK’s most northerly destination, is now set to bask in the limelight of a remarkable turnaround.  Nomadic Boulders Sculpture at John O'Groats

Academy stage comeback to secure a well-earned draw 
Wick Academy 2 Brora Rangers 2
Wick Academy 2 Brora Rangers 2 at Harmsowrth Park - 2 April 2016
THE Scorries reversed a two-goal deficit, to grab a share of the spoils in a gutsy second half comeback. Apart from displaying a never-say-die commitment, the draw demonstrated that Academy are closing the gap on their derby rivals, no small achievement when you consider Dudgeon Parks quality and expensive outfit. Wick got off to the worst possible start, however in front of a near-thousand crowd, Dale Gillespie netting for Brora in the early stages. Academy withstood a lot of pressure and some nervous goalkeeping and poor passing, gave their fans a few more anxious moments.   Photo Gallery
Highland nominations for Scottish Parliamentary Election 2016
A total of 13 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 5 May 2016 in the three Scottish Parliamentary local constituencies for Highland. Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency has attracted 4 candidates; Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency, 5 candidates; and Inverness and Nairn constituency, 4 candidates.

NOSS PRIMARY SCHOOL, WICK PROJECT REACHES PRACTICAL COMPLETION
New Noss Primary completed
T
he new 15.4million Noss Primary School has reached a vital milestone with the practical completion of the facility. Replacing the existing North and Hillhead Primary Schools in Wick, work on the 4,620 sq m facility commenced in late 2014 and has been delivered by hub North Scotland on behalf of The Highland Council. The main contractor for the project was Morrison Construction. With construction of the new school building now complete, work is set to begin on the demolition of the existing school, completion of landscaping works alongside the formation of the adjacent Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) pitch.

Talk About Wick Smolt Tracking Project
The talk will be on Thursday the 7th of April 2016 at 19:30 in the Pulteneytown People's Project, Wick, KW1 5BA.


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