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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 wil 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.
Health project Branching Out uses the great outdoors as a medicine
Branching out for health
A green space on referrals project has been offered to patients in the far north to improve their health this winter. A hardy group of NHS staff and eight patients visited Dunnet forest one day a week for ten weeks starting in January. The group took part in conservation tasks and learned both greenwood and outdoor cooking skills.



Farr Kids Clean Up
Farr Primary School Kids Litter picking day
Learning to become responsible citizens and helping to care for our local community is the theme for a series of events being undertaken by the children of Farr Primary School in Bettyhill, North Sutherland. As a launch activity and also part of their Eco-schools focus, the P1-3 class with teacher Mrs Campbell and P4, 5 and 6 class with Mr Wylie undertook a village litter pick on Wednesday 23rd March 2016. They were given assistance by The Highland Councils Countryside Ranger Paul Castle.
Bigger Photo HERE
Easter 10K, May Mini Triathlon and June Sprint now open for entries

Peatland workshops prove hit at Science Festival

Peatballs                       Carbon Cycle           Experiment
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Wick High School pupils get planting
Wick High pupils plant trees at Newton Hill
Pupils from Wick High School have been undertaking a range of maintenance and environmental project work at Newtonhill Croft Woodland. The youngsters meet two to three times a month and have undertaken path improvement works, bird box builds, wild flower meadow maintenance and much more. As the season for tree planting is upon us the pupils have been planting a range of broad-leaf trees gifted by the Woodland Trust.

Back to school and a trip down memory lane  - North School See Last Days bBefore Demolition
Open Day At North School for last look round before demolition
THERE will always a special place in our hearts for our early schooldays. They account a significant percentage of our early education, the longest periods we have been away from our parents, meeting and making new friends and tackling new challenges in new surroundings. The strength of our affection for our old alma mater was almost tangible as my sister Lois and I mingled with the crowds that converged on Wick North School's second open day on Saturday, in advance of that heartbreaking demolition.    PHOTO Gallery  Email more photos for the gallery to bill@caithness.org
See some old North School Classes here
Tackling Social Isolation - Funding Opportunity
Additional funding of 200,000 to tackle loneliness and social isolation was announced today by Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil...........The additional investment in this fund will open for applications on Monday, March 21, with a deadline of 20 May 2016.

Struan Mackie Conservative Candidate For MSP In May
Struan Mackie Conservative Candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross in May 2016 elections
Struan Mackie is the conservative and unionist candidate as MSP for the far north constituency of Caithness, Sutherland and Ross.





Gail Ross SNP Campaigns For MSP Spreads Across The North
Gail Ross
Wick SNP Councillor and Caithness Civic Leader. SNP candidate for C,S&R for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election has been getting around the constituency to meet people. Plenty of SNP support for candidates ensure they cannot be missed wherever they go. Last week Gail was over on the west coast at several places including Ullapool.



New Wick High 3 - 18 Campus Progress
New Wick High 3 - 18 Campus - 13 March 2016
The new Wick High school campus incorporating ages 3 - 18 is well on its way with the buildings now looking more enclosed.  The school which will be home to all ages includes a new primary to replace two primary schools - Pulteneytown and South.  A new library and swimming pool will serve the schools and the wider population.



New Noss Primary School Heading For Completion
New Noss Primary School Heading For Completion - 13 March 2016
The latest photo in our gallery for the new Noss Primary school on the north side of the river show it is well on its way to completion.  The new school wil replace North and Hillhead primary schools.  Once the new Wick High 3 - 18 campus opens Wick will be one of the few towns in Scotland to have all new schools.


Caithness Science Festival 2016
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New Group Formed By Wick Community Council Invites You To Meet NHS Highland Chief Tonight
New Group To Watch NHS Highland Changes at Caithness General
Concerns about what is happening at Caithness General Hopspital has formed and is inviting anyone with an interest in their local health services to come along TONIGHT Thursday 17th March to the Pultney Centre at 6.30pm to listen to the NHS Highland Chief Executive Elaine Mead.   The meeting is being held under the Wick Community Council banner as they are supporting the new group to get going. Many people remember the fight by North Action Group to retain obstetric services in maternity and the new group feel changes at the hospital in Wick are happening by stealth to avoid a full public consultation.  Elaine Mead is now the chief executive but in a lower position was heavily involved in the last confrontation on the maternity issue.  If you have an interest in protecting health services in the north go along TONIGHT.   See what SNP candidate Gail Ross says
Your Cash Your Caithness - More Council Funding For Caithness Groups
Caithness Members of The Highland Council have set aside 30k from the Ward Discretionary Budget to let the local community decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. Whether you want to organise a dance for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention idea, a lunch club for older residents, a community art project, the only limit is your imagination......To apply for up to 3,000 for your project you must submit your application before 5pm on Friday 6th May 2016.

Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Labour candidate Leah Francetti Attacks SNP On Education
Labour candidate Leah Francettie Attacks SNP on funding for education
SNP Inspired Council Cuts Budget will ruin education provision in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross says Labour candidate Leah Francetti. Holyrood candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Leah Franchetti, says cuts in the Education Budget for the Highland Council area will have lasting and damaging effect on many Highland children.



Launch of strategy to tackle wildlife crime in the Highlands
A strategy to tackle wildlife crime for the next three years was launched on Monday 14th March 2016 been launched in the Highlands.

Berriedale Braes upgrade should be advanced after Sheriffs findings
Berriedale Hairpin.
A Sheriff's description of the Berriedale Braes as inherently dangerous should add to the weight of evidence which should prompt the Scottish Government to advance its upgrading of the road, according to Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant. Earlier this year, Mrs Grant said she was extremely disappointed at the response from Transport Minister Derek Mackay which predicted upgrading the Berriedale Braes could take up the three years.


Two Pages Of Jobs and Vacancies on Caithness.org
There are 50 vacancies in our job section with newv vacancies being added almost every day.  Closing dates come and go so don't miss out on checking for new jobs.  Employers can easily add jobs FREE of charge and all you need to do is join our Forum.  Our job section also flows out into our Facebook page for even more coverage of your vacancies.

Business Gateway Courses Coming To Caithness
A series of FREE workshops may help you grow your business.

Notification of Subsea 7 Towhead Movement through Wick
Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nuclear Archive At Wick Going Up Fast
New NewclearArchive construction site at Wick - 13 March 2016
The Nuclear Archive building near Wick airport is going up fast now. We had no tbeen up to take a look for some months and as you can see considerable work has been done.





Ranger Events For 2016
Take a note of the Ranger events for 2016.  Due to council funding reductions there will be less advertising around for these events but you can check on the link to be found on the left hand column of this page any day of the year.

Locomotives derailed by Academy - Wick Academy 4 Inverurie Locos 2
Wick Academy 4 Inverurie Locos 2 - 12 March 2016Reporter Noel Donaldson
TIME was when Academy would have viewed an encounter with Locos with some trepidation...not any more. The Scorries had Inverurie on the run, but while the visitors were down at times, they demonstrate they were not out of the game and kept coming back in an entertaining ninety minutes for the fans.      Photo Gallery


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Towhead Moves Slowly Through Wick
Towhead moving through Wick - 10 March 2016
One of the latest towheads to pass through the town again attracted considerable interest. It successfully negotiated the turns from Scalesburn into Willowbank, though not with a little manoevuring but was held up while turning into Henrietta Street was held up by a lamp standard light. A hydraulic lift took two workers upwards and the lampshade fitting were loosened to allow it to be moved clear and the trip to Subsea 7s yard at Wester to continue.


Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
GIB and Equitix commit 10m to expansion of Wick district heating scheme
The scheme will undergo a major upgrade with the aim of connecting it to 150 new customers.


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