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Camster Newsletter 2014
This is the first newslettter showing the first year of grants made from the wind farm payments in the Camster area. Starting from Year 1, E.ON is contributing at least 150,000 per annum for 25 years or for the lifetime of the wind farm. In subsequent years the amount will be based on the Year 1 contribution adjusted by Retail Price Index. This amount is split equally between the three Community Council areas.  The grant payements are listedi n the newsletter.

Job Ads Today - Cleaner, Staff Nurse, Educational Support Worker, Cafe Assistant
Still others with closing dates coming up - check them out.

Several New Funding Opportunties Just Added To Our Community Section
Looking for funding is a bit task for anyone.  Today we have listed a few suggestions in several categories that maye be of interest for groups or individuals involved in music, carers, young people, communities and much more.  Deadlines for applicatiosn are also included so you knwo when you have to get your aspplicatiosn in by.

Spittal Soon To Begin After Contract Awarded  - See SSE Film About It

$800 million Contract Awarded to ABB

Invitation to Tender For Framework Contractors
North Highland College UHI wish to invite tenders from suitably qualified contractors to be placed on a preferred contractor's framework for planned and reactive maintenance at their sites in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire. The College will require separate trade tenders for each of the trades listed below and suppliers can tender for more than one trade - but separately - if they have the requisite skills. Plumbing work - Heating and Mechanical works - Joinery Services - Painting & Decorating - Builderwork - Roof works - Refrigeration & Air Conditioning. It is envisaged that the framework will be in place by 30 November 2014 and run for a period of three years with a possible extension of 1 year.

Police to conduct high visibility patrols on Friday as part of ongoing Campaign Against Violence
Police Scotland will be conducting increased high visibility officer patrols across the Highlands and Islands on Friday evening (19 September 2014) as part of Operation Respect and the ongoing national Campaign Against Violence.

Help Save A Sand Dune Near Bridge of Wester
Save A Sand Dune at Bridger of Wester 22 September 2014
The conservation Volunteers Scotland are are an organisation that mobilises volunteers to carry out important work in many parts of Scotland. They are coming once again to Caithness and this time will be looking to help save the dunes near Wester that are suffering from erosion. Sand along with plants make an important contribution to the coastline of in parts of Caithness. Conservation Volunteers Scotland will carry out a programme of work over 6 weeks on the dunes near Bridge of Wester and the more pairs of hands they can get the more they can achieve. If you would like to help with this important work and see it prevent more erosion in coming years then contact Rob Thomas the development officer - details on the poster.

John O'Groats to Land's End cyclists warned over safety -
Herald
SAFETY campaigners have issued new warnings to motorists and cyclists to be more aware as the number of charity bike riders on the roads has soared.
Wick Harbour  - Busy Busy Busy
Wick Harbour - 13 September 2014
Wick Harbour seems to get busier each month and currently boats are ferrying parts for a new rig 8 miles from Wick out in the Moray Firth as early work towards the erections of hundreds of turbines. Recently the Stroupster wind turbines filled every empty space around the harbour while timber loads arrive and depart constantly now and new structures for Subsea7 arrive more and more often.  The marina continues to be highly successful and even the addition of new berths seemingly cannot keep up with demand.  Harbour days are hugely successful attracting big crowds and no shortage of people asking when the next one will be. Wick Harbour Authority is certainly going to be increasingly busy and the fortunes of Wick are rising in line with it.  Wick Harbour 29 June 2014

Grizzly Park, Wick - Get The Skateboards Out
Grizzly Park, Wick - 13 September 2014
A few photos of the Grizzly park, Wick with its recently completed concrete skateboard ramps. The new skateboard place replaced the old wooden ramps which had become rotten and dangerous in parts.




Fit's in 'e Groat
Dash through a few items from the local paper.

New Students At North Highland College
New Students at North Highland College - September 2014
The North Highland College UHI Care & Creative Arts department welcomed 203 students last week for induction. The C&CA department is spread across the North Highland UHI campuses, with the Alness campus specialising in Care and Music courses.Students and staff from the new NQ Sport, Fitness and Health course joined the department for a photo outside the College with the new NHC student mascot.
             Click HERE to larger photo

Canisbay Fayre
Canisbay Fayre - 13 September 2014
Saturday 13th September 10.00am - 1.00pm
Funds towards roof repairs.





Ian Charles Scott - Book Signing At Mackays Hotel Tonight  Friday 12 September
Weel known Wick artist Ian Charles Scott from Wick who lives in New York is returning once again to his home town. A new book highlighting his portrait work will be launched and on sale. If you would like a copy head along to Mackays hotel on Friday 12 September 2014 at 7.30pm.
Wild North Festival: Geocache Adventure!  - Saturday 13th September
Want to go on a treasure hunt across a beautiful stretch of the north Highlands? Take the family or your friends on a jaunt along the east coast of the north Highlands in our geocache adventure - with prizes and activities for everyone!

2015 Caithness Calendar To Boost Caithness Heart Support Group
River Reflectiosn - one of the phots in the new 2015 Caithness Calendar from Caithness Heart Support Group
THE winter reflections scene at the Riverside, Wick, is just one of the many scenes in Caithness Heart Support Group's 2015 calendar. A limited number of copies will be available at the group's latest fundraiser at the Norsemen Hotel on Saturday night, featuring the Caithness Big Band. The calendar, the group's second, has endeavoured to include as wide a county spread as possible, but of course, can't include every area. The calendar, which comes with an envelope, is a fine size for overseas mailing and would be a good choice for a Christmas present from home. Cost of the calendar is 5.    Pick one up at the Big Band Bash On Saturday 13th at the Norseman Hotel

Thrumster Railway Station Gets Its Sign Restored
Thurmster Station - September 2014
Yarrows Heritage Trust located near Thrumster has a number of projects and one of them for the last few years has been the restoration of the Thrumster Railway Station that was once part of the Wick Lybster railway. Recently the Trust managed to locate and recover the original station platform sign. Following restoration and repainting in the original colours the sign has now been erected on new posts of same design as original.


Shortcuts to the Far North - full showcase
Rhea Booth In Seaglass
Last Friday (5 September 2014) The North Highland College UHI showcased seven of its student films to a delighted audience at the impressive Pulteneytown People's Project in Wick. The first six films had been premiered in June and the latest viewing highlighted a new film from screenwriting student Donna Booth. Seaglass is a haunting story set around Dunnett Beach starring local talent Kerry Tait, James Robson and Rhea Booth, Donna's daughter. On seeing her creation onscreen for the first time Donna said: "Seeing ‘Seaglass' on the screen was a pretty surreal experience, even more so with my daughter starring in it.
Towhead Headache Did Not Last Long
Towheads at Wick - 10 September 2014
It was a case of "easy, easy" as two towheads made their way through Wick, today, on their way to Wester and SubSea 7's latest pipeline contract. The towheads made their way up Scalesburn and onto Willowbank, without difficulty but getting round the corner from Girnigoe Street into Henrietta Street presented a challenge for the delivery men, particularly so far as the bigger of the two was concerned.


John O'Groats Artist's Commission - Major Opportunity To Create A Work Of Art
This commission is a substantial opportunity for a permanent feature work in a stunning and very special site - John O'Groats - one of Britain's best known destinations where a major transformation has been underway over the last few years. The work will be located at a central point in the public area above the harbour. This preferred site is a raised open grassy area overlooking the harbour and the Pentland Firth. This project is part funded by Creative Scotland through its Public Art funds.

Highland & Islands Police Crack Down On Defaulters - 200 Arrests In First Week
Operation DEKA - Highland & Islands Division. More than 350 warrants have been executed and almost 200 people arrested in the first week of a new high-profile Police crackdown targeting offenders wanted on warrant. Operation DEKA was instigated by Police Scotland to proactively target those wanted on warrant throughout the North and Northeast of Scotland. Fine defaulters with an accumulated debt of 37,459 have also been dealt with during the first phase of the operation.

Opportunity to shape future LEADER funding in Highland
Highland LEADER is at the final stages of developing a Local Development Strategy for the new 2014-2020 LEADER Programme which will determine the kinds of projects this funding can support over the next six years and are asking people to participate in an on-line survey. LEADER is a European Union Community Initiative to support economic and community development within rural areas. The last LEADER programme ran from 2007-2013 and provided funding of around 14 million to 371 projects in Highland.

ABB wins order for Caithness-Moray subsea power link
BB has won an order worth over $800 million from Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission plc to provide the Caithness-Moray high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link, which will connect the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth in northern Scotland. This follows a favorable decision by Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets), an independent National Regulatory Authority, on the need for the link. ABB will design, engineer, supply and commission two 320 kilovolt land-based HVDC Light converter stations, one rated at 1,200 megawatts (MW) at Blackhillock in Moray and another rated at 800 MW situated at Spittal in Caithness.

Fit's in 'e Courier

Thurso Players Present Office Suite By Alan Bennett
Office Suite by ~alan Bennet - Thurso Players 11 - 13th September 2014
Furniture Back In To Wick Town Hall Today
Furniture moved back in to Wick Town Hall - 9 September 2014
The final touches of furniture and carpets were in the process of being done today and for the next few days.  The picures from the walls wil be rehung but many wil be moved into better locations within the building.   See the pictures from Wick Town Hall




Police enquiries ongoing into an assault in Wick town centre
At about 22:20 hours on Friday 05 September 2014, Police Scotland received a report of an assault on a woman having taken place within the lane leading to Kirk Lane car park in Wick town centre. As part of ongoing enquiries into the assault, police are continuing to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the vicinity of Anderson Lane, Kirk Lane, Bridge Street and Harper's Bar, Back Bridge Street, between 21:45 hours and 22:15 hours on Friday 05 September.

Make your vote count
With just days to go before the referendum on Scottish independence, Highland's Counting Officer Steve Barron is urging voters to make sure their vote counts.

Lidl, Wick - Latest Photo
Lidl Extension and Upgrade 9 September 2014


Caithness Junior Orchestra Weekly Rehearsals
This friendly youth orchestra, conducted by Susie Dingle, meets weekly during term time. It is open to any young musician aged 8 and over who is having lessons (either privately or in school) on any orchestral instrument.


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Wick Academy made the long trip to face Cove Rangers in this league encounter. Although Cove Rangers dominated the opening quarter, Stevie Cunningham drilled home the opening goal for Wick Academy after half an hour played. Thirty five minutes later Davie Allan had Sandy Wood in the Cove Rangers goal rooted to the spot with a sublime goal worthy to win any game. Gary Weir scored Wick Academy’s third goal to secure the three points by side-stepping the Cove defence before shooting low past the goal-keeper. Cove Rangers did score in the 94th minute with Jonny Smith meeting substitute Barrie Stephen’s cross but it was too late to salvage anything from this game. Interviews conducted by Joseph Anderson with Wick Academy coach, Ross Suttar and Manager for Cove Rangers, John Sheran followed by goal-scorer Gary Weir. Following this game stay tuned to watch action from Lossiemouth v Rothes with the home side securing the win with two goals from Ryan Farquahr and Shawnie Scott.

Energy Innovation award for Council
External biomass units in Highland Schols
The Highland Council's Energy and Sustainability team have won the best innovation prize at the annual Energy North Awards which were held in Inverness last week. The Council has embarked on a project entitled Carbon Saving Capital Works for Council Buildings and Properties, with a specific emphasis on biomass, and in doing so has become an innovative leader in the renewable energy and low carbon sector. 75 biomass plant installation projects have been completed and are expected to attract an income of around 850K annually. The Council has also introduced a supply and maintenance contract to provide on-hand expertise for all servicing and maintenance issues and come up with an effective way to overcome logistical challenges. Biomass energy cabins are now used for many of the installations which means the cabin itself is transported onto site, connected and commissioned as a self-contained unit.

Praise for top apprentice plumber
Andrew Fraser - Highland council apprentice plumber
The success of an apprentice plumber from Dornoch who won the Student of the Year 2013/2014 title for SVQ 3 Domestic Plumbing 2nd Year from Inverness College has been recognised by Highland Councillors. At the start of the recent Community Services Committee, members learned of Andrew Fraser's success and took the opportunity to congratulate him and pay tribute to the support and training given by council staff.......The Council’s next apprentice recruitment drive will be in May and June next year and staff will be particularly encouraging more females to apply to join the apprentice scheme.

More Funding Opportunities For Volunteer Groups - See Community Section
Just in to our community Section are a number of new funding opportunities with closing dates and links to web sites for more details -
Esme Fairbairn for Museums Collections
Young People and Youth Workers
Tesco Community Awards
Postcode Lottery - Dream Fund
Community Grants From Voluntarty Action Fund
Power to Change Short Film Competition

Big Band Bash Could Boost Heart Group's Funds
Caithness Big Band
THE popular Caithness Big Band returns to Wick's Norseman Hotel, later this month, for a charity bash in aid of the Caithness Heart Support Group. It's one of the group's biggest fundraisers and tickets both for the event, on September 13, and raffle, are available. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be included in the admission fee of 5. Tickets for the event can be obtained from the Norseman or from group secretary, Marge Donaldson, on Wick 605545.


Caithness From The Air
Watten                  
Business, Thurso     Scrabster
Watten Looking Towards ThursoScrabster Harbour
Woman Assaulted In Wick - Police Appeal For Witnesses
Assualt in Wick
At about 22:20 hours on Friday 05 September 2014, Police Scotland received a report of an assault on a woman having taken place within the lane leading to Kirk Lane car park in Wick town centre.




Dunbeath Castle Gardens Open Day
Dunbeath Castle Gardens 2014 - Open Day Dunbneath Castle Gardens - Open Day 2014
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Caithness From The Air
Ackergill                        Castlehill Harbour
Ackergill from the air Castlehill Harbour
Fit's in 'e Groat
Zoom through a few local stories from the paper.

Caithness From The Air
Wick Aerial View
Views of Caithness from above starting with views of Wick and other places following soon.  Larger images can be viewed by right clicking on photos and opening in a new tab or window.
Other views of Caithness from above are at Aerial Views




Aberdeenshire fundraiser raises vital money for the Caithness MS Society
A keen fundraiser from Portlethen in Aberdeenshire whose brother has multiple sclerosis (MS) is to take on the challenge of running her first half marathon to raise money for the Caithness Branch of the MS Society. Debbie Mackay originally from Thurso, will run in the Crathes Half Marathon on Saturday 13th September. She is aiming to raise in excess of 200. Debbie's brother who lives in Thurso, has suffered from MS for many years. Debbie was keen to support the Caithness Branch of the MS Society, who as well as providing support and information, run Therapy Groups in Wick and Thurso.   Donate HERE

Technical Data Gathering In The Pentland Firth
Orcadia
The most extensive science and engineering research project to take place in Caithness for many years is occurring this month (September, 2014) from a base at Gills Harbour, on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound. Expensive high-tech equipment, under the TIME initiative, has been laid on the Sound's seabed from the 25-metre-long 'multi-cat' vessel Orcadia for the 28 day-long task, which is being managed by The Carbon Trust, the UK Government-supported body that, amongst other things, helps to develop and deploy 'low carbon technologies'. Recently-created buoy-mounted measuring devices from Rockland Scientific International of Victoria, BC, on Canada's Pacific Coast, will measure natural seawater 'turbulence' in a broadly middle depth in the Sound's 35 metre-deep water-column.

HRH The Princess Royal visits World Sheep dog trials
HRH Princess Royal at World Sheep dog Trials in Tain
Yesterday (Thursday 4 September) HRH The Princess Royal paid a visit to the international sheep dog society's World Sheep Dog Trials at Fearn Farm by Tain. Arriving to the site in the morning she spent 3 hours watching dogs and their handlers in action and meeting many of the competitors from the 24 nations taking part including teams from South Africa and Spain who are competing for the first time. HRH, who arrived at Fearn Farm by helicopter, was met by Deputy-Lieutenant Mrs Annie Stewart and then escorted by car to the site where she was introduced to Douglas Gordon, Chairman of Fearn Community Council and John, Fiona, James and Janet Scott who are hosting the event on their farm.

Wick Council Offices As Wraps Come Off
New wick council Offices - 5 September 2014Wick Council Offise from Above - Aeriel - September 2014
Still 6 months to go but with scaffolding coming down the front view is becoming clearer.   To see the development from the start go HERE






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