News Archive - November 2001

Tom Jackson Thanks Everyone Who Voted For Him
Tom Jackson who won the Thurso East bi-election for the Highland Council said he was absolutely delighted with the result..  "I would like to say thanks to all who helped me and voted for me and I look forward to working for the benefit of all the residents of Thurso East Ward, Caithness and the Highlands"

AI Festive Season  - In Caithness Dialect
W T Lyall this time in Caithness dialect -
Ai festive season's here again
Thank goodness chuist wance a year,
A time for ye till enjoy yursel'
Hard drink, rich food, good cheer.

Coach Road, Wick
Coach Road coming up from Louisburgh Street has a mix of houses and one or two business and a shop.

Free Online Training Courses Updated
We have set about checking the many links in the section and added some new ones.  Many of the early ones had gone so we have cut them out and hopefully tracked down a few interesting subjects of interest.

Tom Jackson, Independent Wins Thurso East
The Thurso East Ward was won by Tom Jackson.
The result was as follows -
Tom Jackson - Independent  403
Colin Punler - Scottish Labour 226

In Praise O A Hot Water Bottle
Jenny Stewart reminding us of one of winter's well known items.

St Nicholas Fair, Helmsdale
Saturday 1 December, 10am-4pm
Sales tables, baking, storytelling, facepainting, raffles, RNLI videos, mulled wine, hot sausages and mince pies, all in support of local charities.  At Timespan from 10 and the Community Centre from 12. Opening procession from the Belgrave at 10am (all children welcome); Childrens Fancy Dress 3pm in the Community Centre; music session in the Bannockburn Inn from 8pm.  If you are heading south why not take a look in.

Drugs Information And  News
For some time now we have been updating our drugs links and news section almost every week.  The problems of drugs both from the health and crime view points are important and that is why we are devoting space to this subject linking the places where help can be found to the information about the problems and solutions  You will find various items each week linked to the Drugscope Information web site.

Ashley Court
This little street was built just a few years ago and is just off Louisburgh Street.

Scotland V England Schoolboys Football Match
More than 750 school pupils from throughout the Highlands will be at the game in Dingwall on Friday 30 November to watch the Scottish Schoolboy Under 16 Victory Shield international between Scotland and England.

Babes In The Wood - Pantomime
Wednesday 12  - 15 December 7.30pm
Thurso High School - Saturday Matinee 2.00pm

Thurso Christmas Fayre Saturday 1 December
Fun, special discounts in shops, free raffles & prizes, costumes, Christmas Tree lights switch on and Thurso gets into the festive spirit. 

Caithness FM Local Radio
Caithness FM have launched their new website, prizes to be won all of this week, view what show is on now, daily schedule, post what's on and requests online directly to the presenter in the studio.

Christmas Lunches  - Old Parish Church, Wick
Saturday 8 December 11.30 - 2.00pm All Welcome

Christmas Tea & Santa's Grotto
Saturday 8 December 2.30pm Westerdale Parish Church Guild

Kirkhill House
Starting in the middle of Wick at Kirkhill house we begin an upgrade of the A - Z of Caithness. Over coming months we will begin to join up the streets in the various towns and villages with links to adjoining streets on the pages and ever more pictures.

Louisburgh Street
You will find the links to Louisburgh Street and Kirkhill already in place.  Eventually you will be able to take a tour round all the streets in Caithness moving from one street to the next.  Over time more links and details will be added to each street index page.

Corrected Halberry Castle Ground Plan
Robert Richmond has gone back to the drawing board to provide a more accurate plan of Halberry Castle.  For those of you collecting the information you may want to check it out to get this latest and more accurate plan.  We have also begun an A - Z indexing of Andrew Spratt's work on the internet and this will be building over coming months  Main Castle Index.

Waybaggers View From Scaraben
The Caithness Waybaggers group certainly picked a good day when they took this picture on 1 October. 

Ord Of Caithness For The Waybaggers
Here were the group in August at the famous Ord.  One of the potentially worst places to pass in snowy days but beautiful in summer.  The snow only blocks it now and then although sometimes spectacularly.

More Castle Gunn Information
Ground Plan, Site Pictures and Introduction
Robert Richmond presents an introduction to Andrew Spratt's reconstruction of Castle Gunn or Clyth.  Some pictures of the beautiful cliff views for you to compare the site today and look along the coast to see what they saw. Castles Index

New Wick Sewage Works £4.3million  Open Day
Tuesday 4 December 2.00 - 8.00pm Assembly Rooms, Wick
Find out about the details of the most modern treatment works to arrive in the county shortly.

Christmas Sale
Thursday 6 December 7.00pm Staxigoe Hall
Decorations, Table Decorations, Christmas Trees, Stalls

Caithness Waybaggers Reports
Here is the first of a series of short reports from Caithness Waybaggers.  This group go on walks throughout the year. Their calendar will be republished shortly in the Sports Pages. 

High Life Goes Highland Wide But Not Until April
The new card was announced recently but it has now been  pointed out that the card may not be available until April 2002 at the earliest as it is dependant on funding.

Caithness.Org Night Out Friday Night
Caithness.Org is having its seasonal Night Out on Friday 30 November in Carters Bar, Wick.  All surfers and anyone who wants to join in is welcome to come along to our little bash.  This is the first time we have tried this so its wide open to you all.  Whether its one or a hundred we will all be there.  Just look for a noisy crew in a corner. Next year we are heading for Thurso.

Two Hundred Years Now For Roads Resurfacing
That is the bleak picture painted by the Director of Roads and Transport in Highland Region unless roads budgets are increased.

Don't Forget To Vote In Thurso East Election
Click Here for a list of Thurso East Streets

Pantomine Babes In the Wood 1955
It's nearly pantomime season again but how many of you remember this one. Frieda Murray (nee Henderson) thinks was 1955.  It was "Babes In The Wood".  Were you in the cast or did you see it?

Bogus Workman  - Police Warning

Mausaleum - Old Parish Church, Wick

Wick Play Areas Community Group
If you would like to keep up with the progress of this group in their quest to renew Wick's Play Areas in this new section on the web site.

New Aerial View of Scrabster
This aerial view of Scrabster alongside the artists impression lets you see the scale of the new harbour development now underway.  The ferry in the photograph is much smaller than the huge ships that may be anchoring by the end of 2002.

Latest Stroma Aerial Picture
Another view From John Firth to add to our growing Stroma collection.

Gills Bay From The Air
This picture from John Firth was taken shortly before the pier work was completed for the new ferry now in operation.

Yarrows Archaeological Trust Steering Group
Second Meeting Thurs. 29th Nov. at Thrumster School, 7:30 p.m.
No grass growing under this new group - moving along fast.

Dunnet Bay SSSI
This is part two of an item written by Kira Ward for Caithness field Club bulletin.  In this part she gives an outline of current land use and vegetation.

John O'Groats From The Air
Starting a run of harbours from the air with John O'Groats.  Pictures from John Firth.

More Fun Day Pictures Now In

More Fun Day Pictures

Face Painting - A Hit With the Kids
Face Painting seems to grow ever more popular with Wick kids each year.  And Saturday saw plenty of them with all sorts of colours and faces on.  no shortage here of potential for coming panto's in Wick

Turners Ladies Shop In Festive Mode
Remember now there is still a month to go.  We want to see all those happy face every day even if the Christmas Tree is likely to feature in next summer's gala week.  To the Message Boards for the comment already streaming in.   Yes Thurso you still have time to check yours - maybe!!

Wick Christmas Lights Switch On
Wick got the festive season off to an early start with a fun day and lights switched on al round the town from Market Square.  The lights are gradually spreading out as each year more are being added in several directions.

Lots Of Children Met Santa Today

Christmas Music From The Salvation Army Brass Band
There was plenty of music and dancing all day in Market Square today and the Salvation Army Band got into the festive mood playing all the well known favourites.

D R Simpson's Staff In Festive Mood
Staff in many of the shops were dressed up in costumes today and here is the first of the pictures.  More tomorrow

McAllan's Staff Clowning Around
Plenty of laughs in one of Wicks well known clothes shops.  Free glasses of wine and lemonade were given to everyone coming into the shop.  Could that be why they were so busy!!!!!!

Hanging About The Highlands
George Watson was on the track of the places used to deal out the ultimate punishment.  Read what he found on the five or six Gallows Hills in the county, some in the Gaelic guise of Cnoc na Croiche - and further a field.

Team MCC Starts Toy Run at 11.00 From Wick
The team of motor bike riders dressed in Santa gear will run round Caithness on Saturday 24th November starting at 11.00am from Market Square.  They will be uplifting toys for local charities.  They will be in Thurso about 1.30pm.

Castletown First Christmas Lights
The first Christmas lights will be switched on by retired school teacher Mary Swanson on Friday 30 November.

Brubster Places
Not content with his earlier article on Brubster, J K Butler went on to write this more detailed piece on Brubster Places for the Caithness Field Club Bulletin

Scorrie Internet Packages
The Caithness.Org business arm Scorrie Internet is offering a great deal in hosting services for web sites and includes a range of essentials for anyone running a web site.  In addition all Scorrie clients get ever more links on Caithness.Org and Caithness Business Pages.  Check out our deal and get your web site noticed. Remember you don't have to be in Caithness to get our deals.

Launch Of Highland Access £1.2 Million Project
Walking in the Highlands has received a huge boost with the appointment of 5 access officers including David Barclay who until recently was a Highland Ranger based in Caithness.

Shops In Thurso - Two Well Known Eating Places
Johnston Of Thurso and Le Bistro.  More to come in this section.

Scapa Container Port Plans Move Up the Agenda
Four organisations, including leading players in the ports and related industries, have expressed strong interest in the plans to establish a container port in Orkney's Scapa Flow.  Could this be the next big sea based business in the north?  It has a lot going for it - Deep water and safe secure anchorage as fleets have found for hundreds of years.

Keeping Your Relatives In The Picture
Gordon Johnson gives some tips on keeping your family photographs for future generations.  Index To Gordon's Articles

Western Isles Data Centre
More evidence that more and more people are finding employment in the north and the islands.  The new centre is in Benbecula that has been mainly crofting, fishing and the army base with its out post on St Kilda.  New Technology is providing the means for people to live and work in very rural and lovely places where often they have had to leave.  In fact many are coming back and this development will help.

Trunk Road Contract Concerns
The Scottish Executive may have saved £75 million on the retendering of the trunk road maintenance contract for the Highlands, but there are serious question marks that the contract provides the public with a safe winter maintenance service.

Early Shopping In Scotland
Hetty Munro's article on shopping shows just how far Scots would go -just about anywhere even Inverness - what's new!!  The accounts of the Earls of Caithness in the 18th century show that Thomas Backie in Thurso supplied the Castle of Mey with nearly 1000 bottles of claret and an anker of rum in 1756.  But the shopping in Scotland demanded everything and they scoured the world to find it.

Links Section Additions Today
With the film Lord Of the Rings about to hit the cinemas you might like to trawl through the Tolkien Links to see what it's all about if you have never read the books.  Even if you have read them you might find a few surprises.  Also added today a section of Roman Links and additions to UK Government and Archaeology.

Newport Tower, Rhode Island - Sinclair Connections
The Sinclair Clan is spread around the world but you may not know the of the clan that was adventurous enough to have been going to America possibly before Columbus.  The tower is thought to have been built around the time of the expedition of Henry Sinclair voyage to America  in the 1398.

Highland Leisure Facilities Get New Entry Scheme
A new scheme to encourage the use of leisure facilities is being extended throughout Highland Region  through the issue of discount cards.  The new scheme will include the council-run leisure facilities at Wick and Thurso Swimming Pools and a monthly payment of as low as £9.99 or £14.99 for a whole family should make it more affordable.  The scheme is aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles.

UK Information - Your Gateway To Useful Stuff
Here at Caithness.Org we are continually adding links to useful web sites.  In UK information e are adding web sites that mainly give access to nationwide information whether its telephone numbers, postcodes, travel and a growing range of data.  So why not bookmark that page.

Scrabster Castle (Bishops Palace) Plan
The latest plan in the castles section as we continue to build more information into each section.  If you want to quickly compare the different plans you can select the floor plans Index from the Main Castle Index

UKAEA Publishes Beach Monitoring Report
UKAEA has published the latest report on the results of the monitoring of beaches, shore and parts of the seabed for radio-active particles. The issue regarding liability for anyone using the beach continues to be pursued by the owner of the Sandside estate Geoffrey Minter.

Renewables Conference
The organisers of a major conference being held in Inverness later this week are keen to ensure that the area is quick to realise the potential for employment and inward investment of wind or wave-based renewable energy.

Caithness Kidney Dialysis Support Group
A new page has been set up for this group to let people know who to contact.  The group is actively fund raising and hope that a new renal unit will be set up in Caithness to mean it will no longer be necessary for patients and their families to make the trip to Inverness up to three or four times a week.

St John's Loch - New Fishing Web Site
For all the information on this great loch near Dunnet you can always find links to it on our Fishing Pages, Caithness Sites or the Sports Pages.

Sunday Papers by James Begg
If you live out in the countryside this one will ring a bell.

Thurso East Election Candidates
Colin Punler (Labour) and Tom Jackson (Independent) are the two candidates standing in the bi-election in Thurso East. The election which takes place on 29 November follows the resignation of Councillor Falconer Waters on health grounds.

Views Of Caithness  - A New Series Of Pictures

Changes In Acidification of Scottish Freshwaters
Environmental Research Institute, Thurso, 5:00pm Friday 30st November  Dr Ron Harriman will discuss - "The role of forestry and acid deposition’

Crafts In Caithness - New Section
The recent Heritage Fair highlighted the huge range of traditional crafts still being followed in the county.  Here we begin a new section to show some examples of those crafts both traditional and and new being pursued by Caithness folk now.  We will add more over the months.

Scrabster Harbour As New Pier Work Begins
In recent years Scrabster harbour has moved up the ranks as a fishing port with hugely increased landings.  New port facilities for fishing have helped.  with the new pier scheduled for completion in August 2002 much larger ships including the new ferry will be able to be handled in the much deeper water.

Last Few Days - Two Exhibition St Fergus Gallery
Yes not one but two exhibition in St Fergus Gallery, Wick.  The "Face It" exhibition comes from  Edinburgh's City Art Centre and has fine examples of portraiture from the 1670's to the 1990's. The "Tidemark" selection takes you through views of the Scottish connections with the sea and the coastline.  19th and 20th century artists are represented in works by for example Sir William MacTaggart and Joan Eardley. Two at once  - well done Highland Galleries.

Postal Voting Support In Community Council Elections
The Highland Council is to support postal ballots for Community Council elections in the Highlands.

Archive Exhibition - Thrumster Estate
1 - 8 December - See page for opening times each day.
An exhibition of a wide variety of documents from maps, personal letters, accounts census returns photographs and other records.

Kildrummy Castle
Another of Andrew Spratt's Non Caithness reconstructions.  During the bloody wars with England in the early fourteenth century, this northern fortress in Aberdeenshire gave shelter to the Bruce family, and it's strength was tested on several occasions.
Non Caithness Castles Index

Wings Over Wick - More Memories
Continuing this look back on Wartime Wick with four more - R Walker, Newbiggin-by-Sea , Gordon Anderson, Aberdeen, John Adam, Ellon, Mr 0 Dennett, Anlaby, Near Hull

Salvation Army Christmas Fayre
Saturday 24 November 10.00 - 12.00 Salvation Army Hall, Wick

Caithness Health Forum Rises Like a Phoenix
It looks like the old Caithness Health Council, it sounds like the old Caithness Health Council and it only proves that you cannot shut up folk in Caithness for long.  A revival of a local voice on health matters looks certain to reform after a steering group was appointed at the public meeting last week.  Suggestions that Highland Health Council or Highland Community Care Forum was sufficient were brushed aside as the audience demanded a greater local voice to be heard on what they felt was one of the most important series of issues facing the county.

Another Famous Caithness Castle - Castle Gunn
 We now reach one of the most famous clan castles in Caithness - Castle Gunn or Clyth Castle.  more information will be added to the section later.  Meanwhile take a look at Andrew Spratt's latest reconstruction. Main Castle Index, 15 Caithness Reconstructions

Scrabster Harbour Sees 175 Foot Crane In Place
Pile driving operations will commence shortly now that a 175 foot crane has arrived and been assembled at Scrabster Harbour.  The work will be the start of work to build the new pier at Scrabster in time for the new bigger ferry that will run from Scrabster to Stromness in Orkney.  Pile driving will be on-going every day from 7.30am until 7.30pm.  Much larger ships will be able to use the port once the pier is completed in August next year.

Kinlochbervie Group Visit Caithness.Org
A group from Kinlochbervie who are to set up a local community web site visited Caithness.Org to get some insight as to how the web site had started and progressed.

Notes On Yarrows Archaeological Trust
The proposed new archaeological trust for Yarrows area took a few steps towards its formation at the meeting on 15 November in Thrumster.

More From Wings Over Wick
We continue with three more wartime memories from the folk based in Wartime Wick - James McMallan, Aberdeen, H M (Bunny) March, Canada, H J Belcher, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Northern Sands Hotel Children In Need Night
Letting their hair down at Dunnet last night the locals were out to beat last years total raised for the BBC children In Need Appeal.  Dressed in a wide range of costumes and even providing their own cabaret with a set of Barbie Dolls thumping out the Barbie song.  Great fun all round.

Sinclair Centre To House Copy Of Doomsday Book
A copy of the famous Doomsday Book has been purchased for £7000 by Niven Sinclair and is to be kept at the Sinclair Study Centre at Noss Head.

North School Children In Need Day
North School, Wick had a fancy dress day to raise money for children In Need.

Team MMC Annual Toy Run
Starting in Wick on Christmas Fayre Day 24 Nov and ending up in Thurso.  These motorbikes will be roaring all over the county picking up toys for the Wick children's Centre and several other charities.

More Dancers From Children In Need Show, Wick

Castletown Children - Christmas To Eastern Europe
Castletown school sent 77 boxes of  toiletries, sweets, toys and other goodies to Eastern Europe this winter as part of Blythswood Care’s annual Shoebox Appeal.

Elise Lyall Dancers Raise £1100
The Assembly Rooms, Wick had a full house as the young dancers and entertainers showed their talents to an appreciative audience.  The show was in aid of the BBC Children In Need Appeal.

Xmas Fayre  - Thurso Guides, Brownies & Rainbows
Saturday 17 November 10.00 - 12.00 - Guide Hall, Thurso

Genuine Reindeer For Wick This Christmas
Yes a team of 6 reindeer (no fake antlers) will arrive in Wick and  through the town to Market Square, Wick.  Enter the raffle and you could be riding with Santa in the sleigh through Wick on December 15.  This will be a first for Wick to have the genuine article pulling the sleigh this year.  These animals are from a herd that has been in Scotland for many years.  A great chance to see them if you have not before.

New Highland Drugs Information Web Site
This new web site is a comprehensive listing of agency and local forum plans, funding sources, minutes of meetings of all working groups comprising the co-ordinating structure and hyper links to many other drug and alcohol, or related, Websites.

Northern Sands Children In Need Fun Night
Friday 16 November at 7.30 will see some wacky stuff going on at the Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet where they will be raising a laugh as well as some funds for the BBC Children In Need appeal. 

Jottings From A Factors Scrapbook
Taking a none too serious look behind the scenes of  a rural estate from Colin Scott.  Will definitely raise a smile.

Wick Christmas Lights Switch On & Fun Day
MADD Singers, Sal Army Band, Pipe Band, More music by TBA.  Christmas Stall, Judging of Christmas Windows Competition.

Christmas Fayre
Saturday 24 November 10.00 - 12.00 Salvation Army Hall, Wick

Bird Ringing In NE Caithness 1981 - 1986
This article by Hugh Clark explains clearly the reasons why birds are ringed and results found in Caithness a few years ago.

St Drostan In Caithness
Lesley Myatt drew together some interesting information on St Drostan and concluded -
"Much is unknown about St. Drostan and of his exact period, but there are six known early chapel dedications to him. Whether or not he was the first Christian missionary to come into Caithness we do not know, but perhaps because of his strong associations with the county he should be regarded as the patron saint of Caithness."

Tree Planting In Caithness 1985
This article from the late Jess Campbell describes one of the councils attempts to get a few trees planted in the county.  It contains a useful short list of the trees they decided on.  Might be useful if you are thinking about any for your own ground in the county.  One thing is for sure - they do much better in large groups than on their own.

Caithness Castle Section Redesign Underway
Caithness Castles is going to become a very big section on the web site.  Already very popular round the world we realised it needed a revamp and Niall has set about tidying the section up to make it easier to navigate and get ready for all the new information, pictures and reconstructions to come.  We are in the process of moving a few pages to the section and relinking various pages.  The new layout should work better and be easier to find things.

Wick Junior Choir Member Sends This Picture Already
Only a few hours after putting up the latest Wick Junior Choir pictures we have received in our email this one of the founder members flying off to Aberdeen in 1947 from Frieda Henderson (nee Murray) on the left of the picture.

Betsy Lord's Sewing Class Names now In
Betsy herself has come up with the names of the class and even who took the picture.  We never cease to be amazed.

Wick Junior Choir
More pictures of the most successful choir Caithness has ever produced in the 1950's.  We are grateful to Scott Caldwell for lending us his collection.  More information from the collection and that of Eric Macpherson the choir master will be entered shortly.  Were you a member of the choir or your mum, dad or other relative.  This choir travelled all over the UK and was on radio and generally in demand everywhere.

Christmas In Caithness 2001
Well its coming up fast and our new Christmas 2001 section is ready to put up information on what's happening.  Get your events - musical, plays, dances, services, carol singing and any special seasonal things included in the pages.  Its absolutely free and you can start right now by contacting us with your information

Yarrows Archaeological Trust Exploratory Meeting
Thursday 15 November 7.00 pm - Thrumster School

Caithness Archaeological Trust Notes 1 November
Outlines some of the initial ideas to move towards a Caithness Trust.

Dick Whittington Christmas Pantomime
11 - 15 December  - Details on the Christmas Pages

Helmsdale Harbour Last Week
Some parts had the roads blocked for short while but Helmsdale had only a light dusting of snow giving it an entirely different look.

The Voyage Of the Iris To Norway
A true tale from the 19th century handed down in a family and finally recorded by Hetty Munro and produced in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin April 1987.

Fundraising For Groups
If you are looking for some ideas try our funding links page.  Some of these links might lead you to the funds your group is looking for.

Doric Gets a New Web Site
Aberdeen University have helped launch a new web site for the Doric dialect of Aberdeenshire area today.  The site called Elphinstone Kist has lots of poetry and audio of some.  If looking for it later we have a link in the Caithness dialect page.

Winter Walking Programme With Caithness Rangers
The winter walk get going on Sunday 18th November; seal watch. A walk from Skirza Pier to John O Groats; the sights and sounds of seals who should be pupping at this time of year.  Start time 10.30am. at Skirza Pier. Distance 10-11km.  Check the whole programme in the Walking Pages or the Ranger Section

Castletown Community Council Meeting Minutes 25 October

The Way We Were On The Internet
If you missed the start of Caithness.Org or any other web site you can take a look back at The Way Back Machine.  Just type in a web site address to see pages from previous years.  This is a massive web site recording pages from sites all over the world.  Check out ours from our early days.  Some links will no longer work but some do.

Winter Road Concerns Taken Up With Bear
A large number of complaints on road maintenance were received by Highland Council following the recent snow falls leading to blocked roads.

Consumer Debt Campaign Launched
Trading Standards Officers with The Highland Council are joining forces with the Office of Fair Trading to promote a campaign urging the public to keep their debt under control.  With total UK consumer debt, including mortgages, reaching more than £700 billion for the first time, consumers are being encouraged to take a three-step approach to credit.

Blackstairs, Wick
One of the most well known sets of stairs in Wick that lead down to the harbour.  These steps have often been photographed and painted by many artists including Lowrie famous for his matchstick figures.

Penrith Castle
The latest of Andrew Spratt's reconstructions we are putting back on the web.  Further Caithness Castles will follow over coming weeks.  There are quite a few to go.   Or go to the Main Index.  In case you had not noticed just to mention that nearly all of the non Caithness Castles we have put up so far have been at one time or another subjected to Scottish raiders or built to deal with the threat from the north.

Skitten War Memorial

Wick Cemetery Wreath Laying

Remembrance Sunday In Wick

New Caithness Health Forum Proposed
Here is a chance to start bringing things back to Caithness and stop the drift to Inverness. Have the views of Caithness people given a voice with a local group on health issues.  The Caithness Health council vanished into Highland Health Council.  The Health Trusts took more local control away south so here is a chance to make sure Caithness gets a hearing.

Dunbeath Castle Faces The First Snows
Caithness had its first snowy weather with only slight snow in places.  Temperatures dropped over the last few days to below freezing as the wind blew down from the Arctic.  The snow always adds to the dramatic backdrop to a castle on the coast.

Wings Over Wick
As Sunday 11 November is Remembrance Sunday in the UK we have jumped to the end of the book to publish the final chapter Those Who Did Not Return.

Dovecote At Dunbeath Castle
This is another example of the many dovecotes that can be found in Caithness.  This must have been a very successful way of ensuring a supply of meat for large houses and castles as so many of them were built.

Heading South Into Dunbeath
The cold crisp weather presented fine views of the hills covered in a dusting of snow.  As you enter Dunbeath travelling south its always worth stopping the car to look down the coast and shift your eyes slightly right to see the hills on the Caithness border.

A Modem To A House for Sale
More items for sale are going into the Message boards as more people realise they can sell their unwanted items to just raise cash with Caithness.Org completely FREE.  The items are from the smallest to the biggest - even houses, cars and horseboxes.  It has to be worth a try.  Takes a minute and you never know who is reading the lists.

Scrabster Castle (Bishop's Palace)
Easy to miss this castle on the way to Scrabster.  No signs show you where it is.  But the new sculpture of the Northern Vent erected by the Northlands Festival group stands just near the place on the coast as you drive to Scrabster harbour.  Main Castle Index

Alan McIvor Presents Thurso Film & Slide Show
The show will be held in the Royal British Legion at 7.30pm, on Thursday 15th November 2001.

Oh For Dry Pavements
Diz iss bad weather make ye girn?
Read how Jenny Stewart sees it in here inimitable style in Caithness dialect.

Glenrhu Carpets - Another Scorrie Site
Furniture, beds, carpets, lighting, laminates and rugs can all be had in time for Christmas.

Three Nineteenth Century Caithness Dovecotes
Elizabeth Beaton contributed this article to  the Caithness Field Club Bulletins as a set of notes to augment her book on the subject.  Here is yet another subject where Caithness has a large number of examples scattered round the county.  A new section - Dovecotes - will begin to draw the information together for easy reference.

Highland Waste Management Bids Considered
The Highland Council has begun considering the bids from the three companies which are tendering to provide modern waste management services and hopes to select the "Preferred Bidder" by April next year.

The Jurassic Boulder Beds of East Sutherland
The history of the research into the nature and formation of the boulder beds is long (since 1827) and some very ingenious theories have been advanced for the mechanism of their formation.

Cowld Protection
Jenny Stewart remembers how it used to be keeping warm in the old days with another of her Caithness dialect poems.

Back Of John O'Groat Journal Offices, Union Street
Little has changed on the outside of the John O'Groat Journal offices but inside are very modern offices.

Wings Over Wick, 612 Squadron, Duncan Radburn

Two Way Contest In Caithness By-Election
Two candidates will contest the election for the vacant Thurso East seat on The Highland Council on Thursday 29 November.

Harbour Quay, Wick
There was a brief lull in the rainy weather in the morning but by late afternoon the clouds were back and by 4.00pm it was back to cold wind and rain.

Wings Over Wick - Cliff Peters, MBE, Bristol
Cliff Peters was a wireless operator/air gunner with 612 squadron flying Whitley bombers from Wick. He was posted to Wick in October 1941.  612 squadron - the City of Aberdeen Auxiliary Squadron - which flew Whitley aircraft from Wick and were involved mainly in convoy patrol and anti U-boat activity.

Pier At Netherton Goe, Stroma
The pier at the northern end of Stroma at Netherton Goe provided place to land and launch boats for the former inhabitants and is still essentially intact.  Nowadays it mainly provides a resting place for gulls.

James Innes Of Cape Fear North Carolina
Another Caithnessian who went to America in the late 17th century and left money in his will for Caithness and to provide free education in the country he adopted.

Sir John Gunn, Cardiff Entrepreneur From Caithness
Sir John Gunn died on 20th January, 1918 at the age of 80; a much respected figure in the Cardiff business community, his obituary in the South Wales Daily News was reprinted in The John o' Groat Journal on 8th February, 1918. Despite his exile from his native county, he continued to take an interest in the affairs of Caithness.

Palaeontology Section Begins On Caithness.Org
The variety of articles now coming on to the web site requires that we continually open new sections in order to classify them.  Caithness & Sutherland has a rich fossil record and several unique specimens have been recorded.  More information from early Field Club Bulletins will be added to the list.  First by Jack Saxon has the lengthy title of - The Origin of Species, The Punctuation Theory, and Their Applicability to The Fossil Record Of Caithness

Incidents Involving The Wick & Ackergill Lifeboats
Here is a list of just a few of the rescues made by the lifeboats from 1839 - 1981.  Taking this article with Wrecks of The Pentland Firth makes you think.

Hill Fort or Stockade?
The easiest way to this fort or stockade that is maybe two thousand years old is from the route marked out for the Cairn of Get opposite Whaligoe.
The area that would have been enclosed is huge on the top of a small hill.  If defensive structure it would have needed an army to defend.

Finding UK Places On A Map On Caithness.Org
We have just added search facilities for finding UK places on maps via the Multimap service to the following pages - Maps, Geography, UK Information, Tourist Information.

Caithness Patients Council July Meeting Minutes
GP Out of Hours Service, Waiting Times and more.

White House On Stroma
The latest house from Stroma.  The section has been set up to enable more information and pictures to be added later.

Watten Win Two Day Open Rinks Competition
For more pictures of the finalists, a few other competitors and details of the close finish of the competition go to the Sports Pages

Inferior Electrical Goods Being Pushed In Highlands
Inferior quality TV's, Video's and electrical goods wrapped in plastic giving the appearance of being new are being sold and Trading Standards and Northern constabulary are investigating.

Latest Links In Educational Resources

Highlands & Islands Satellite Leap Forward
A partnership of BTopenworld, BT's mass market ISP division, satellite-provider Gilat and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have come together to develop and launch a new two way always on service and up to ten times faster than current phone lines.  The new service will go live at the end of November.

Angie's 40th Fancy Dress
You could have been forgiven for thinking it was Gala week again in Wick last night.  But it was just a gang of Wickers at Angies' 40th birthday bash in the Dounreay club.  Yes they were packing them in for a dance, a bite to eat and a bit of fun.

On Their Way To The Party
And don't think that folk in Caithness ever go straight to the party.  Before things got going at the Dounreay club folk were spotted in a variety of venues around the town.  This crew in the Blackstairs Lounge being just the tip of the iceberg.

The Moon & The Northern Highlands
This thought provoking item from E Rudie in 1982 will take you on a trip through across the surface of the north and how it may have been affected by distant past from space.  He gathers some of the evidence being uncovered by the then fairly new Planetary Geology.  Although written nearly 20 years ago it still serves as a nice introduction to the subject with a Highland perspective.  Not many articles manage to encompass Earth, Mars, Moon, Helmsdale, and Gold in the Strath of Kildonan and lots more.

Rebelz At Blackstairs
And if you were on your way to a party then to get in the mood last night you could have stopped in the Blackstairs to hear Rebelz whomp out some covers with venom and attitude.  A constant stream of fancy dress party goers certainly made it a colourful night in the newly made over lounge.

St Triduana In Caithness
Information about the cult of St. Triduana is scarce.  A S Cowper follows the information about her centred around Edinburgh but also at Ballachly in Caithness as well as other places.

Station Hotel, Thurso
The Station Hotel in Thurso has recently upgraded to Three Star hotel standard after upgrading the  rooms,  spending £133,000 to ensure that travellers enjoy their stay in Thurso.

Wick River In Full Flow After Many Days Of Rainfall
No shortage of water in the Wick River at the moment after a long period of wet weather.  This picture take from the car park near Safeways supermarket.

WK171 Opportune At Wick Harbour Today
Opportune in for the weekend sitting beside Simpson's Ice.

Air Operations Of RAF Wick Part One
This completes the trilogy of articles by P R Myers that first appeared in the Caithness field Club bulletins.  Part Two, Part Three.  We will be continuing to add to the section Wings Over Wick very soon.

The Visitors Book - Huna Inn 1879
Have you ever thought about who passes through a hotel or inn.  Well Hetty Munro shows some of the people who passed through Huna in 1879 taken from the visitors book.

Some Fungi Of Dunnet Forest
This article by P Wright in October 1982 describes the distinctive fungi of the unusual soil conditions found at Dunnet.  Does anyone know if his prediction of greater variety in the then newly planted Caithness forests have proven accurate?

The Deciduous Trees Of Caithness
This article give a brief description of the more common deciduous trees of Caithness. Written by the late Jess Campbell for the Caithness Field Club Bulletin.

Memories Of A Stroma Lighthouse Keeper's Wife
Margaret Aitken spent three years on Stroma as she was married to a lighthouse keeper.  She has just had a short article published in the BBC magazine Home & Antiques.  She has given permission for us to publish the article in the Stoma section.  Margaret's book "12 Light Years" published in 1988 and out of print will be re-issued in May 2002.  The opportunity has been taken to begin adding new pictures of Stroma to the section.  More will follow very soon. Stroma Index

Stroma Schoolhouse

UKAEA Condemn Speculation Regarding Security
UKAEA, Dounreay have criticised as irresponsible, speculation about the security of its facilities in the media following events of the September 11th.

Proposed Caithness Archaeological Trust
The meeting held on 1 November at Dunbeath Preservation Society agreed to the formation of a steering group to create the necessary strategy and constitution for the new trust.  The meeting also heard from Cameron Taylor former chief executive of Orkney Tourist board and involved with helping guide the strategy in Orkney.

New Yarrows Archaeological Trust Proposed
15 November 7.00pm - Thrumster School
Anyone with an interest in the archaeology of the Yarrows area is invited to the meeting to explore the possibilities of setting up a new trust with a view to promoting the area, conserving it and developing the funding for further research.  What's In this area?  Almost everything from Mesolithic onwards.

Reconstruction OF Sinclair & Girnigoe From The Air
Another of Andrew Spratt's interesting reconstructions.  This one coming at a time when there is much activity by Clan Sinclair Trust setting out to raise funds to preserve the castles and extend their study centre.  Castles Main Index, Sinclair Connections Clan Sinclair Trust

Free Training Online
Just added to the Free Training Online section is a link to the Virtual Learning Resource Center that has itself got over 6000 links to material on many topics.

Latest Updating News And Links Sections
The latest news sections added are Water, GM Foods and Earthquakes.  The sections can be located via the News Section or the Links Section where they are all included in the A - Z listing.

New Wick Girls Group Looking For Members
Some of the new members recently took part in a sponsored walk to raise some of their own funds.  If you are interested in joining this group for activities including music, arts and crafts then give them a call.

Keeping Up The Records
October sees hit rate go to the highest yet....
Hits 2,480,741   Pages 366,998   Visitors 61,852
The Awards for best community site and best web site has helped to maintain the upward march on some of the statistics.   October also saw our highest single day on the 4th with -
Hits 139,880  Pages 16903  Visitors 3340
Thanks to all of you for looking in and on to November.........soon be...........OK lets not say it.


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