North Action Group Says Thanks To All The
Donors To Maternity Campaign in 2004
George Bruce on behalf of North Action Group
said thanks to everyone who has donated to
the maternity campaign in 2004. Next
year will be make or break time for the
future of the unit at Caithness General
Hospital. George on behalf of the
north Action Group sends thanks to all the
staff in the unit for all their work in 2004
and vowed that NAG will continue to fight
for retention of a consultant led service
for the future. Although talks will
commence with a new group looking at the
issue the future of the unit is by no means
certain yet. North Action Group will
continue to fight in 2005 to ensure that
services at Caithness General are
The Biggest Hogmanay Party In The
North Starts at 10.30pm At Market Square,
The line up includes bands Revolution
and Communique with the Liz Mackenzie
Ceilidh Band providing traditional tunes.
Wick Pipe Band will be there for the bells
and the longest Strip the Willow Dance
starts at 12.25am. Last song will be
Auld Lang Syne around 1.30am. Tea and
coffee on offer along with traditional fare
of mince pies and shortbread etc. A
collection is taken to help with next years
party. this year in addition the Happy
committee are taking donations at their
stall towards the Asian Tsunami Disaster
Appeal. If the weather stays fine and
the technology works we hope the web cam in
the Market Square will beam pictures to you
all around the world.
Does Someone Think The Wick New Year Street
Party Will Be Noisy? - Probably
addition to the Wick town sign at the
entrance could be by someone who thinks
Wick's Street Party tonight is going to be
Caithness Shops Busy Today Before New Year
were out in big numbers at shops in the
county stocking up for the holiday weekend.
Car parks at supermarkets were almost full
Wick's New Year Party Committee To
Make Special Tsunami Disaster Collection At
The committee responsible for the
Hogmanay Street Party will have special
collection bucket at their stall in the
market square to collect donations for the
Tsunami disaster appeal. Other street
parties around Scotland including Edinburgh
are doing likewise.
NHS Highland Health Board Staff To
Donate A Days Pay To Tsunami Disaster
NHS Highland has also joined the appeal and
on Friday launched a voluntary scheme where
staff can donate a day's pay. The idea
came from staff themselves and the board
hope other employers will join in and that
it can rolled out nationally, or even
internationally. Chief Executive Roger
Gibbins said: "For those of us who are
looking for a way to contribute the 'Give
Your Pay for a Day' idea is really catching
people's imagination. "There has been
an enthusiastic response from many staff
already and we haven't even got the forms
Scottish Public Donations To Main
Disaster Fund Has Passed £6million
Wick Pipe Band Donates Christmas Show Money To Disaster Appeal
Pipe Band has donated the proceeds of its Scottish Variety Show held on
Thursday night (30 December 2004) in the Pipe Band Hall to the Tsunami
Disaster Appeal. Before the show the band members decided that
all the proceeds should go to the disaster relief fund for the survivors
of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. We felt that those poor souls were
more in need of the money than the Pipe Band. The show raised
£276.50 which was paid into the disaster relief fund account today at the
Bank of Scotland. The British public has donated
£32 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Tsunami Earthquake
appeal since it started on Tuesday. Overnight, the figure has
increased by over £7 million to a staggering £32 million. The DEC received
over 300,000 calls last night alone. Latest at 18.10
UK time This figure is changing by the minute - Latest stories show
the figure has passed £45m from the public in the UK but many millions are
piling up in collections all over the country with disaster fund saying
that almost a £1million per hour is being donated on the UK emergency
phone lines from the public alone. Football clubs and every type of
business and organisation are joining the flood of bigger donations.
Caithness Folk Donating In Big Numbers To Disaster Appeals
Shops all over Caithness have been running collections for the Asian
Disaster. In Wick Somerfields had already collected over £400 from a
bucket in the shop. Staff at the store had a collection amongst
themselves and collected £320 at their break this morning. Banks in
Caithness have had unprecedented numbers of their customers asking to pay
funds directly into special accounts set up for the disaster appeal.
Tellers at the banks say they have never seen anything like the numbers of
customers donating in any emergency appeal. The collections are
everywhere. Co-op staff in Wick and Thurso had collection buckets at
checkouts and cash was still to be counted and looked as if significant
sums would be collected on one of the busiest shopping days before the New
Year holiday. Three taxi firms in Caithness are donating ten pence from every fare
collected to the appeal and expects to make a donation of several hundred
pounds in the next few days.
Get Your Hogmanay Message Read Out On Caithness FM Live
Our friends over at Caithness FM will be broadcasting their
Hogmanay show from 10.00pm on 31 December right up till 2.30am
with a selection of presenters and music. If you would like a
request or dedication for relatives or friends in Caithness
call/fax on 01847 890000 or email Caithness FM at
So say "happy new year" to friends and relatives in Caithness from
anywhere in the world.
30 December 2004
Wick - Work Still Progressing
work to ensure that the North Pier at Wick will be safe for many years to
come is still ongoing. The renewal of the area will continue in 2005
with work due to start on shore road that has been battered by rocks
thrown up in bad weather and damaging the sea walls. This will
improve the frontage on that side of the harbour and with work due on the
Black Stairs and the old salt cellars and a push by Wick Harbour Trust to
begin to look at new business ideas there may well be a long awaited
upturn on the way.
Max & Harley's Wick Vacation - Two Stray Cats Made Good
Max and Harley both came from a rescue home near Glasgow and were adopted
by Elaine Fernie and live with her in Balloch, Cumbernauld. They
have visited the web site in Wick before. They are fast becoming
accomplished travellers and settled down incredibly quickly this time
round. Max the black cat (male) is only 18 months old and full
of...........er mischief. Harley (female) is a much older cat and
was two years in the cat home and extremely timid when Elaine took her.
Harley treats Max like a naughty son and licks his face from time to time.
Would Like To Give A Home To A Cat?
So You Want To Be An Actor? Producer, Director or Theatre Technician?
Young People Check Here
Scottish young folk who think they might have talent of want career in
the theatre have a chance to find out in February. Scottish Youth
Theatre's 2005 Summer Festival is inviting auditions across Scotland.
Closing Date for application forms is 4 February 2005. "To be or
not to be........................hmm" Better not give up the day
job but some of you might dare to have a go if you are under 25.
Kirkwall Airport Resumes Normal Services After Lighting Strike
Normal Services Resume at Kirkwall Airport Full airport operations at
Kirkwall have resumed following a lightning strike on 28 December that
affected systems at the Orkney Islands' passenger hub. The lightning
strike which occurred during a storm at 11am on 28 December, disrupted
airport systems including airfield lighting, navigational aids and
telecommunications. Airport operations were restricted to daylight hours
while engineers worked to restore full services.
29 December 2004
Wick Heritage Centre Opens For Two Days 3rd And 4th January
For anyone back home with some time to spare or if you have
never had time to get around Wick Heritage Centre the society are
opening their doors for two days. The photograph albums
alone would take several hours to look through after you have
visited the many rooms that show much of Caithness history.
Recently added was a collection of Caithness Glass donated after
the factory closed down. The centre will be open from
10.00am - 4.00pm. In the evenings on the same days at 7.00pm
there will be special showings of film including footage around
Christmas Day In Caithness Like The Christmas Cards
scenes from Sibster near Wick and Lybster show what it was like
on Christmas day all over the county. since then a mixture
of snow, sleat and rain with most of the snow disappearing very
quickly in the day or so after Christmas.
24 December 2004
Most Scots want to choose health board members -
87% of Scots want health board members to be elected according to
a poll in the Evening Times. We wonder if it would be even
higher in some areas where hospitals have had their services under
threat or where people find it almost impossible to find a
dentist. Could elected health boards do any worse -
answers to the
Braal Castle Site From The Air
Castle is barely noticeable unless you go looking for it - the
ancient keep being hidden amongst mature trees close to the River
Thurso and standing remarkably complete adjacent to a former
mansion house in the lovely town of Halkirk. Most Castles in
Caithness occupy dramatic, high profile sites with impressive
natural defences but Braal is hidden snugly away - the River
Thurso providing its only natural protection.
Braal Castle Index
Main Caithness Castles Section
Caithness Hogmanay Web Cam Will Be Here
Although last year did now work out due to the bad weather the
HAPPY committee are all set for a party in the Market Square,
Wick. The entertainment includes local bands, Scottish
Band, Pipe Band and the Big Strip The Willow dance. The fun
starts at 10.30pm on 31 December.
Wick High 1966 Reunion Pictures
for the length of time take to get these pictures on to the site.
We are happy to add any others sent in now the gallery is set up.
Moray Firth Partnership Community Grants - Your Group Could Get Up
Moray Firth Partnership Community Grants Scheme The 2005 grant
scheme has now been launched. MFP member organisations are
welcome to apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for a community
project beneficial to the sea or coast of the Moray Firth.
Membership of the Moray Firth Partnership is free to all groups.
For the purposes of this grant Moray Firth stretches from John
O'Groats, Caithness to
Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire. The project must be linked in
some way to coastal improvement -
See The Guidance Notes
Download an Application
Download an Application To Join the Partnership.
Deadline 24 January 2005
MONITORING OF SANDSIDE BEACH
UKAEA has instructed its contractor, RWE Nukem, to resume monitoring
of Sandside Beach for radioactive particles. It follows notification from the land-owner
that agreement to access the beach, which was terminated by the land-owner
with effect from April 30, 2004, has been reinstated. Vehicular monitoring resumed
from Thursday, 23 December 2004 in accordance with criteria laid down by the
Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Private Property Leasing Scheme - Do You Have Property To Let? -
Consider Leasing To Council
Highland Council's Housing Service has been greatly encouraged by
its public appeal earlier this month to private property owners to
consider leasing their properties to the Council. Members
and officials have welcomed the response from 24 people from
throughout the Highlands who have contacted Housing staff to
enquire about the Council's private leasing scheme. From the
6th December, the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation)
(Scotland) Order 2004 made it illegal for local authorities to
accommodate families and pregnant women in bed and breakfast
accommodation unless in emergency situations up to a maximum of
fourteen days. To try to meet this legislation the Council put out
an appeal via the media to the public highlighting the private
Thurso High 1960
9 April 2005 Weigh Inn, Thurso
This group have set up their own web site for the reunion.
Get in touch with the organisers if you want to attend. A link to
the web site is now in place in the
Caithness.org reunion page if you are looking for it later.
Let's Look Around Keiss Using Old Fashioned Horse Power
Catching Up With Santa Claus In Caithness
Simpson famed in the Highland Games circuit as a judge and formerly
competitor has for many years played Santa Claus at many local events in
Caithness. Some years he has attended as many as 35 events at
churches, children's parties and visited old folks homes on Christmas Day.
Now aged 72 Charlie cut back on his demanding schedule and has roped in a
few others to take over some of his dates. He deserves a huge vote
of thanks for his tireless efforts for the many groups he has assisted
over the years. Cheers Charlie.
Christmas Eve Surf In Caithness Tempted A Few Folk Into The Water
Web Site Out Of Action Due To Server Problems
Due to problems out of our control the server we use was out of action
for the past couple of days. Hopefully the problems are now fixed it
will be business as usual
Dunbeath And The Strath Before Christmas
final look at Dunbeath as Christmas approaches and perhaps the snow.
Don't Drink and Drive This Christmas Or New Year - Use A Taxi
Your License Is Your Transport, Your Job And More - Don't Lose It
Another taxi firm has started up and we have added Bob's Taxis to our
listing in the Business Pages. Many people keep a copy of our
listing beside the phone of in their purse or wallet. Why not print
a copy of it now with the new taxi number and use them this year and don't
join those who end up in court next year for one or two drinks.
Fines are harsh these days and you will lose your license for at least a
year. Insurance premiums may rocket after you return to driving
costing you many hundreds of pounds more.
Wick Kids Raise Funds For Hospice In Blackpool where their Uncle Is A
Thain (10) and his cousin Rona Plowman (10) went from the Market Square to
Newton Community Forest as part of a fundraising effort which they
themselves organised. As you can see from the photo they themselves
managed to raise £138.00 for the Trinity Hospice. This is a hospice in
Blackpool which is run by donations and where their uncle is a patient.
Carols By Candlelight At Pulteneytown Parish Church
Pulteneytown Parish Church is extending an invitation once again to
everyone to join them for a carol service in their beautifully refurbished
church. The candlelit service starts at 11.30pm to see in Christmas.
Included this year will be a medley of Christmas tunes played by Grant
Golding on trumpet and Elaine Fernie on piano. Both are music
teachers near Glasgow and Grant often plays with the Scottish National
Orchestra and the BBC orchestra in Glasgow. And yes Elaine Fernie is
Bill's daughter and Niall's sister.
Council Preparing To Put More Money Into Wick From
Three contracts, valued at a total of £375,000, have
been awarded by Highland Council to local contractors for work in Wick
commencing early in the new year.
1) Wick recycling centre, awarded to Gunns, commencing 10 January.
2) Shore Lane, Wick, road widening, awarded to A & W Sinclair
3) Reconstruction of the
Black Stairs, Wick, awarded to A & W Sinclair.
L S Lowrie's painting of the Blackstairs
Christies 99Pence Stores Reopen In Former More
Store Shops In Wick and Thurso
The shops that closed recently have been taken over and have reopened
faster than most people imagined possible. The two stores in Wick
and Thurso opened a few days ago in time for the Christmas rush and
appeared to be doing well.
Christmas Comes To Wick With Potential For Up
To 100 Jobs Boost
Wick may soon have its new shopping complex beside the Lidl Store.
A property company Ediston Properties has purchased land and delivered by
courier today from Edinburgh a planning application for a £6.5 million
development that could see Wick have 7 new shops. The venture comes
from a leading developer who is also involved in the huge development near
Edinburgh airport. The Wick development may include Homebase with a
garden centre and Argos. Five other units have yet to find tenants.
The application requires planning permission from the area committee of
Highland Council. It would seem that big business sees that Wick may
be about to have a turn around in its fortunes and wants to be in on it.
Nuclear Development Agency Brings More Jobs To Caithness
Nuclear Development Agency (NDA) that will have overall responsibility for
the nuclear industry in the Uk from April 2005 is to open an office in
Caithness. the new office will be based at the New Park Business
Park at Forss. The number of jobs is likely to be around 12 to
start with but the office has capacity for up to 20. New Park are
delighted to have been able to supply high quality accommodation to the
NDA and now have a cluster of nuclear related firms at the business park.
Caithness General Hospital Loses Out On Scanner Cash
The hotel trust that had offered up to £350,000 to the Caithness
General Hospital has informed them that a change of policy now means they
will no longer fund scanners. The long delay in taking up the offer
means that the cash will no longer be available. The money had been
on offer for over a year but with no sign of the hospital taking up the
offer and a change of trustees with different goals it would appear to put
paid to the chance of Caithness General having its own scanner.
Delays Likely On A9 road North Of Kessock From 10
Starting on Monday 10 January and continuing for 24 weeks.
Highland Quality Construction Ltd have been awarded a contract by County
Properties Ltd, Edinburgh, to construct an underpass, which will allow
right turning vehicles exiting North Kessock to travel under the A9 and to
enter the trunk road by means of a slip road. This work is being carried
out as part of a planning consent for additional housing at North Kessock.
The contractor's programme involves the introduction on 10 January of a
contraflow at the area of works which will remain in place for the
duration of the contract. This means that the existing dual carriageway
will be narrowed down to a single carriageway through the length of the
works ie one lane in both directions. This is likely to lead to excessive
queuing, particularly in the morning and evening peaks of ommuter traffic.
The public information service is being managed by Highland Quality
Construction, who will be making announcements through press and radio as
the project progresses.
23 December 2004
Technical Problems Hold Up
A few problems have prevented us from updating the web site but
everything is now back in action again. sorry for the inconvenience.
Sunrise And Snow At Halkirk
22 December 2004
Caspian Shellfish Expansion
A Sutherland shellfish company who partially
moved from creel fishing to mussel farming
in 2003 have been so encouraged by the
potential of their new venture that they are
now turning their full attention to mussel
farming. Caspian Shellfish, owned by Charles
and Annette Mackay and Graeme Gunn,
21 December 2004
Emergency Helplines For Highland Roads and Services
We hope you don't need them over the Christmas New Year Holiday but just
in case we are highlighting the list of telephone numbers and links to
roads, electric, gas water, flooding and many more in case you have an
emergency. The page is linked in various places in the community
index, help lines etc but to make it easier over the next few months a
link is now in the left hand column on this page.
Christmas Fun Day Brings Costa Rica Trek Closer
Fun Day went quite well, and we made about £215 after expenses, which
wasn't too bad. The bottle stall was most popular! We'd like to say a special
thank you to our pals Fiona and Sheila, who have been there to support us
in everything so far - also Susan and Terri for helping out on the day,
and Grace and Heidi for their donations. We couldn't do this, if it wasn't
for the support of our friends.
Mandy and Anne are planning a ten day trek in Costa Rica to raise funds
for the SSPCA. Watch out for their next fund-raisers.
School, Wick - December Newsletter
All the latest information for parents at South School - Holidays, Sales,
Safer Routes To School and more...
New Phase For Domestic Abuse Campaign
New radio adverts which highlight the emotional impact of domestic abuse
were unveiled today. One depicts the personal trauma of a
woman's abusive relationship and the other is from the perspective of a
domestic abuse helpline worker waiting to answer a call. These new adverts will complement the Behind Closed
Doors television adverts which will re-run from Boxing Day until February.
Adverts will also appear in national and local press. The main message of the campaign remains the same: help
and support is available if you are suffering domestic abuse.
Caithness & Sutherland Women's Aid
Robert Goes Up In The World
man Robert Miller has moved up in the world, starting his own business,
RWM Training, providing on-site training and testing on fork lift trucks,
telescopic handlers and cherry pickers. Caithness and Sutherland
Enterprise (CASE) has assisted Robert to set up RWM Training with a
Gibson Calls For Fines and Convictions Over Skye Bridge To Be Quashed
Rob Gibson SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands added his voice to
congratulate the people of Skye and the Outer Isles for being liberated
from Skye Bridge tolls.
Rob was one of many SKAT protesters who was arrested and fined for
non-payment in 1997. He said..." I am delighted
the islanders and all visitors to Skye and the Outer Isles have been rid
of the draconian toll regime, but the fact that the tolls existed for 9
years is nothing short of scandalous and deplorable when you consider the
vast personal cost incurred by people who had to pay to use the bridge
especially those who lived in the in Skye and Lochalsh."
Caithness.org Takes A Look In On Glasgow At Christmas
The shopping mecca in Scotland is still Glasgow with its numerous shopping
malls old and new. George Square is lit up and the shopping centres
compete to have the best decorations. Many of the streets around the
centre are covered in lights and the ice skating in the square gets more
popular each year with an even bigger rink set up for the holiday period
Tolls Abolished On The Skye Bridge From Today
has taken a few years but the campaigners finally got their way and tolls
on the Skye Bridge have been abolished. The Scottish Executive have
paid £27million to take the bridge into public ownership.
After nine years of tolls since the bridge was opened you can now drive
across for free. Campaigners will fight on to have fines of
protestors quashed. The most famous one being Robbie The Pict
Another Photo Of The Contrail Viewed From Thurso
McPhee has sent in this picture of the contrail that set a few folk
wondering on 11 December. John took his picture from his house near
Thurso High school and as in the earlier Scrabster pictures shows the
spectacular sky that morning to good effect. There is no doubt that
the unusual effect was the contrail from a passing plane as folk saw the
plane earlier. We will add more pictures of this event if anyone
else has any to send in. This time of year often brings spectacular
skies in Caithness so if anyone is out at sunrise send some in.
Hit Rate New Record But Will Visitor
Rate Break Another Record
November Visitors -112,395 Hits - 6,914,572
11 months to end November Hits - 72,076,296 Visitors - 1,236,671
November stats just added up and show
the 2004 hit rate already way ahead of 2003.
With only days to go till the end of 2004 it
is touch and go as to whether or not the
visitor rate will set a new annual record on
Caithness.org. Visitor rates are well
ahead of the average daily rate to break the 2003 record but we wait to
see if this will blow away last years record.
20 December 2004
UKAEA Children's Christmas Parties
three hundred children of UKAEA staff were recently entertained, in three
separate age groups, in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso. The event was
organised and supervised by Kirsten Johnson and a group of volunteers
drawn from her colleagues at Dounreay. The cost of the events was met from
the site director’s fund. Each event featured the usual games,
followed by loads of food. At the end, Santa took time out of his hectic
seasonal schedule to pay a visit and handed over a gift to each child. A
disco was an added attraction for the older age group.
19 December 2004
Northern Nashville Country Music Club Christmas Parties
Northern Nashville Country Music Club held their annual Christmas bash at
Thurso's Royal British Legion on both Friday and Saturday night's. Both
events were as normal, a huge success. A surprise visit from Santa helped
add festive spirit to the delight of the crowd. The well known local band
Kate Bain and Candy played to rapturous applause before the James Quinn
Band took centre stage. James, who is the son of the ever popular
Brendan Quinn played blistering sets including material from his new cd
called "Beautiful Day". This is his first album of what is sure to be many
more and features fourteen tracks. James, also accompanied by Brendan went
down a treat, he's certainly not an act to miss and is bound to be back in
the near future.
Lybster Pensioners Christmas Party
130 folks sat down to an excellent meal on the evening and were
entertained by a variety of artistes who gave freely of their time. Dance
music was supplied by John Dunbar, songs sung by Ceilia MacDougall, dances
came from Leona MacNab and Shirley Eyers provided the pipe music. Fancy
dresser Andy Macrae was a hit when he went dancing with Gerry Henderson! A
certain Mr S. Claus also appeared on the evening and distributed presents
Taxi Increases To Take Effect From 10 January 2005
A 5% increase in taxi fares throughout the Highlands will come into force
from Monday 10 January 2005. The Highland Council has been able to confirm
the increase following rejection of an appeal to Richard Hamilton
McFarlane, Deputy Traffic Commissioner in the Scottish Traffic Area,
17 December 2004
Wick Goes For Alternative Energy With First Of Several New Projects
MSP Maureen MacMillan Launches Wick's Photovoltaic Roof Project
took a step into the future with its first alternative energy scheme
launched yesterday. The photo voltaic roof installed at the Fish
Market is the most northerly photo energy scheme in Scotland and will
produce enough power for 6 average homes. The cells depend on light
for the power production and even in the dull conditions yesterday were
averaging 12,000 watts of output. Maximum output is expected to be
around 22,000 watts The harbour Trust expects to reduce its own
electric bills considerably even to zero and be paid for the excess
power fed into the national grid. In addition the scheme will create
ROCS (Renewable Obligation Certificates) which have a market value.
Elizabeth Marshall the Highland council economic development officer was
praised by everyone for her part in bringing the scheme to fruition.
But this is just the start with plans for other schemes well advanced in
the alternative energy field. A more ambitious scheme is now
being looked at for a hangar at Wick airport which is 20 times bigger than
the harbour roof and would supply up to 500 homes equivalent power.
The Wick Heat and Power scheme is also making great strides with £3.5
million committed to the project from the DTI and Highland Council in an
ambitious move by the council to reduce heating costs for Wick homes and
ultimately across the towns and villages of Caithness. A new company
has been set up to be known as Caithness Heat And Power. Plans are
also moving forward for another project within the Fish Market itself
creating more energy from waste vegetable material. The ambitious
experiment will place Wick at the forefront of alternative energy schemes
in Scotland. An LED display will shortly be installed at the harbour
to show the power output being supplied at any given moment.
17 December 2004
Caithness FM Toys Annual Appeal - Another Successful Year
year's Caithness FM (our local radio station) toy appeal has been a
tremendous success. CFM would like to thank all thier listeners who
contributed and a special thanks to BT Global Services fundraisers who
raised £600 which was split between 5 local charities, the toy appeal
being one of them. A special thanks also to the Dounreay charities
Fund for once again contributing a great many toys to the appeal.
The toys will be delivered to the social work department in WIck by local
contractors, G&A Barnie and the social workers will ensure that the toys
are distributed in time for Christmas. Caithness FM are delighted
with this years response and hope that we will be able to organise more
local collection points for next year to make it easier for listeners to
make their donation.
Mother and Toddler Christmas Party - Baptist Church, Wick
16 December 2004
Wick Traditional Music Workshops - WORKSHOPS and Recital/Q&A Session -
Saturday, 5th February 2005 - Ross Institute, Halkirk Charlie McKerron
Fiddle Carol-Anne Mackay Accordion
Council Welcomes Membership Of Community Ownership
Acceptance into the Scottish Executive's Community
Ownership Programme has been welcomed by The Highland Council, whose
membership promises funding of an extra £50 million over the next five
years to deliver an extra 1,000 affordable houses for rent and low cost
home ownership. In addition the Council's current
housing debt of £175million (one of the highest debt levels in Scotland)
will be written off if tenants vote in favour of transfer. Currently 47
pence of every pound of rent collected is used to pay off historic debt.
This will allow a significant increase in the proportion of rent which can
be spend on house maintenance and investment. Membership will require the Council to
develop proposals for the transfer of ownership and management of its
stock of 15,500 Council houses to a new Highland landlord. Bill
Fernie councillor for Wick West and Caithness area chairman of Housing and
Social Work welcomed the announcement as a shot in the arm for Highland.
Bill said: "This is one of the most significant moves toward addressing
the housing shortage for many years and it will have an impact for those
looking for homes and in job creation as the money begins to be spent.
In my view the removal of the housing debt from Highland will prove to be
a significant factor in boosting not just housing but future investment in
the area as more people will be able to find homes here."
15 December 2004
Disabled Riding Club - Christmas Party At
Riders were in good form at the Christmas
Party in Halkirk today. Santa turned
up to hand out the presents and everyone
enjoyed the mulled wine and Christmas food.
The headmasters from Wick and Thurso High
schools were there with their pupils and
were persuaded to have a go on the horses.
More pictures to come later...........
Three New Directors For CASE
chairman of Caithness and Sutherland
Enterprise (CASE), Pat Buchanan, long with
chief executive Carroll Buxton, welcomed
three new directors to the local enterprise
company's board yesterday (Tuesday 14th
December). The three new members are
David Halpin, who lives in Dornoch; Willie
Calder from Thurso and Nick Gorton, based in
Lochinver. Between them they have a wealth
of experience across a variety of sectors.
ART CELEBRATED 20TH CENTURY STYLE -
Something Unusual On Friday Night
New Dynamics, Sutherland - Durness Studio
A new media event mixing Highland art with
sounds from London DJs will take place this
Friday 17th December (7pm till late), in the
very unusual ancient setting of Smoo Cave at
Durness in Sutherland.
Wind Farm Protestors Might Soon Have More
Chance To Appeal Applications
back green lobby over planning appeals
This item from yesterday's Scotsman may well
give hope to groups protesting about wind
farms that they will have more rights to
appeal against sites proposed for wind
farms. A new community right of appeal
may be introduced to the planning system.
the big question is whether the planning
system will be able to cope as it is already
struggling in some parts of Scotland.
Caithness has one of the busiest planning
departments in Highland (perhaps showing
that the economy is not as black as many
people think). In fact for quite some
time the application levels have been so
high that many have to be dealt with by the
planners in Inverness to relieve local
staff. With several wind farms being
mooted for Caithness more pressure on the
system may well lead to an increase in the
time taken for all panning applications.
That Contrail Again Viewed From Thrumster
view of the contrail on Saturday. This
picture was taken by Andrew Atkins "I saw
the spectacular photo of the contrail, I
also saw the cloud formation and took a
photo, see attached, it was taken from my
living room window, I live at Thrumster
overlooking the loch. I can't remember what
time it was, it was definitely early.
The silhouette is one of my neighbours sheds
with a buzzard on the roof."
Caithness.org is glad to see a few folk in
the county were up early enough to take
these pictures. Anyone got another
view of this particular event from another
angle? If so we will add more pictures
to the section. Maybe we should all
check this coming Saturday!!
14 December 2004
Santa At Play Box Play Group, Wick
Send in your Santa photos for the Christmas
North Airports Record Strong November
The latest passenger figures from
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited show that almost 77,000 people
flew via the company’s 10 airports in November, a 7.5% increase on the
same month last year. This brings the running total for HIAL’s 10
airports in the current operating year to 728,975, an increase of almost
11% on the same eight months in 2003/04.
Pulteneytown Townscape Heritage Initiative
Web Site Launched
A new web site to give information about the
Pulteneytown Townscape Heritage Initiative
is now up and running. The site
carries details about the projects, house
building and business opportunities
available and will be updated from time to
time as new information is available.
13 December 2004
Red Sky In The Morning - Last Saturday -
Viewed From Scrabster
Saturday Lorraine Munro looked out of her
window and saw an unusual site. An
unusual funnell in the red sky. Can
any weather experts tells us more about this
From George Brims Out there in California
"It's the con trail of an aircraft, probably
a bit higher in the sky than the thin cloud
layer making the extreme red sunrise, so
that it's yellow rather than red. Here in
California we see the same effect a lot
(busiest airspace in the world!).
Tuesday 14 Dec - Lorraine is
uncertain if this was a con trail due to the
formation looking like something coming up
from the ground. Bill has done a
little digging and come up with the
Contrail Fact Sheet (Pdf file)
Bill speculates that it might be the
distance that makes it look as if it is
coming up from the ground but that in fact
it is all up in the sky and not going up or
down - merely the earth's curvature
shown on the very clear morning against this
brilliant sky. Perhaps someone might
take this up on the Message Board with more
info details etc.
Tuesday 14 Dec 8.00pm Eye Witness Report
From Hamish McAllan
I saw the aircraft about half an hour
before sunrise on Saturday from Staxigoe,
well out over the north sea heading east.
There was no wind (at sea level) and as i
drove to Thurso the strange shape developed.
I wouldn't have believed it either but your
friend from the states was correct."
Is Your Credit Card Heating Up?
Should You Really Do Christmas On Plastic?
If house prices start to fall or
interest rates take a hike upwards will you
still be able to pay the bills. The UK
is seeing record levels of debt and many
people will be paying for this Christmas
long after next Christmas. If you are
in doubt about your ability to repay do not
pile on the misery for next year.
Here is a link to get you
started thinking about reduction rather than
Fathoms Dive Into Training
A sub sea services company specialising in
the offshore and onshore monitoring and
removal of radiological contamination is
training two of its key staff in health
physics with assistance from Caithness and
Sutherland Enterprise (CASE). Fathoms Ltd,
which operates from Wick harbour, has
Pulteneytown Academy School, Wick - Newsletter 13 December
The latest newsletter from Pulteneytown Academy School, Wick stresses yet
again the problems of traffic congestion around the school at the start
and end of the day. Everyone should think about walking a little
further when heading for schools to avoid this problem. On a lighter
not the school concert has tickets still available and anyone who has been
to one in the last year or so will know the high standards they reach with
the professional sound and lighting systems the school acquired - great.
12 December 2004
Just complete the submission form and we do the rest.
Stroma Houses - Number 12
Stroma House viewed from a variety of angles. Number 12 relates to
the numbers on the map inside and the house is at the northern end of
Stroma. According to the map Hugh Simpson was the last resident.
Bigger version of the Stroma House Map (117k)
11 December 2004
Freswick Castle From The Air - The Vikings Never Saw It Like This
Gunn said in his article "Also known as the fortalice of Burnside at
Freswick, Freswick Tower and, latterly as Freswick House, the name is
derived from the Norse Thrasvík, meaning the 'bay of fresh water',
probably after the Gill or Freswick Burn which runs into the sea at
Freswick Bay. It must not be confused with Buchollie's Castle (qv) which
is at Kingansgeo three-quarters of a mile to the south, nor with the
fortress of Lambaborg"
More Stores In Wick and Thurso To Reopen Shortly As Christies 99p
The stores in Wick and Thurso recently have been taken over by
Christies and will shortly be reopening. Many of the staff who lost
their jobs may be re-employed by the new company. Despite the gloom
that some people have read into a number of closures the overall
unemployment rate in the county has not gone up. The closure of
Caithness Glass did not affect the numbers and many of the former
employees found jobs. The Staff from the Alliance and Leicester Bank
that closed a few weeks ago never even signed on for one day as unemployed
as they were all experienced bank staff and were immediately snapped up by
the four remaining banks in Wick.
Wick Harbour Trust Will Begin To Look At New Ideas for The Harbour In
At their monthly meeting members of Wick Harbour Trust agreed to a
suggestion by Councillor Bill Fernie that they should begin to discuss
some new ideas for the future of the harbour. Although a business
plan from a consultant has been awaited for some time it was greed that it
was time to get on and look for ideas that might be built into the plan
when the consultant eventually delivers it. The Wick Harbour Trust
will shortly be relaunched under a new Executive Order which will be
ratified by the Scottish Parliament. The new order has taken a lot
of effort by the Trust and its legal advisers to reach a final draft.
This was part of a necessary set of changes to let the Trust begin to
tackle its difficult economic circumstances. That process is almost
complete and the Trust is looking forward to 2005 being the start of a new
period of growth after along decline.
Wind Farm At
Dunbeath Drop-in Information Day Friday 17 December 2004 2.00 -
RDC Scotland will be at Dunbeath Community Centre to answer questions
about their plans for a wind farm.
Argyle Square, Wick - Christmas Fun Day
If you are running a Christmas event why not send in a few pictures to
show everyone. Just email them to us and we will add them to the
Christmas Photo Galleries.
Latheron Castle Site From The Air
short piece of wall 7 feet thick on a bank of the Latheron burn, quite
near the main road is all that is left of the castle. The castle ruins
were apparently much larger in 1726. The New Caithness Book by Donald
Omand says that there is very little information about the castle. He
refers to "a legend the King William (the Lion) stayed there early in the
13th century when he cam north with a large army to deal with Earl Harold
who was in open rebellion"
More About Latheron Castle
Caithness Castles Section
10 December 2004
Grant Street Care Home, Wick Refurbishment Now Underway
few months ago the Caithness area committee of Highland council agreed to
support the refurbishment of the Care Home at Grant Street, Wick.
Work commenced this week with G M R Henderson Building Contractor, Wick in
charge of the works. The refurbishment has been welcomed by members
of the local community and local councillors are happy to be able to
ensure a longer term future in comforts for people in need of care within
Wick. Caithness area convenor David Flear and Caithness Social
Work chairman Bill Fernie were particularly pleased that negotiations over
a period of months with local people and council staff had resulted in
moving things forward to a satisfactory conclusion. Work will be
completed over the next few weeks.
Update On Wick Harbour's Solar Roof
panels on the new solar roof at Wick Harbour are almost all in place in
this picture. The work has gone ahead amazingly quickly and the new
set up is due to be officially launched next Friday 17 December. A
digital readout is to be set up so anyone can see the amount of power
Cats Protection Caithness Need More Volunteers
Protection Caithness are struggling at the moment, with hardly any
volunteers and many cats/kittens to rehome. In particular, they have
one poor cat who has been in our care for some time now, and they are
desperate to rehome him to a safe and loving home - he really deserves to
be homed with someone, so he can have more attention. If you can
offer a home to a cat or a kitten get in touch with the group. Or if
you can offer a little time each week to look after, feed or offer other
services then get in touch with them.
Lets All Help The Caithness FM Toy Appeal
Caithness FM - our local radio station is once again launching their
Christmas Toy Appeal. Caithness FM are looking for new
unwrapped toys suitable for children of all ages. (Gift tokens would be
welcomed for older children). All toys received will be distributed
to children within Caithness who otherwise may receive very little on
Christmas Day. Gifts should be brought to the Caithness FM Studio at
Neill Gunn Drive, Thurso, any evening between 7 pm and 12 midnight and on
Saturday between 2 pm and 4 pm.
Wick Swimming Club 2004 Gala
Swimming Club recently held its annual gala. for many more photos
head over to the Wick
Swimming Club Web site
KEEPING HIGHLAND AS "THE NATURAL PLACE TO BE"
Launching The Second Community Plan For Highland 2004 - 2007
Highland to remain a successful and attractive region in the coming 10-20
years, key local agencies, working with community groups, need to counter
the worst effects of demographic change, tackle disadvantage and upgrade
infrastructure. This is the message from the
community planning partners of the Highland Wellbeing Alliance, who
launched their second Community Plan with a promise to work together
to develop the economy; encourage learning and support communities to
have a say in the services affecting them; improve health; increase
the housing supply; improve transport; enhance culture and the
environment; and develop safe, strong and attractive Highland
9 December 2004
'Significant' North Sea find a boost for oil
giant - Scotsman
ChevronTexaco today said it was looking ahead to continued growth in the
North Sea after claiming a "significant" oil and gas find. The
company gave no indication of the size of the potential reserves, but some
estimates have put it at about 500 million barrels. The find, at the
Rosebank/Lochnagar well, about 80 miles offshore in the channel between
Shetland and the Faroe Islands in the area known as the Atlantic Margin.
Stan Stands Down
Fraser, the popular foreman in D2001, retired from UKAEA at the end of
November. Stan, a native of Wick and a joiner to trade, had two stints at
Dounreay, firstly in 1969 when he joined UKAEA Constabulary from the RAF.
Four years later he returned to his original trade, rejoining UKAEA in
1981. He was posted to D2001 and remained there until he retired. At a
presentation ceremony, Dick Stewart, head of process plants
decommissioning, spoke warmly of Stan’s commitment and energy, and the
support he always gave to his staff.
Coffee And Cake Raises £1500 for MacMillan Cancer Relief
Human Resources department of UKAEA recently raised £1500 for MacMillan
Cancer Relief. Staff provided a variety of baking and other tasty treats
to accompany their coffee, as well as a separate baking sales table.
Whilst sampling the gastronomic delights, patrons had the chance to guess
the aggregate age of the department staff, twenty-nine in number. The
winner was PC Norman Barrowman who was nearest to the correct total of
1040. Norman’s prize was a cake baked by Rory Paterson, D1200 labs.
Dounreay Apprentices Stepped Out For Local Charities
early autumn, the Dounreay apprentices undertook a sponsored walk from
Dounreay to Thurso to raise money for local worthy causes. Recently,
representatives from three such groups visited site where a group of the
apprentices presented them with cheques, each in the sum of £447.17.
Health Board Agrees Substitute Plan For Maternity Unit - The Herald
8 December 2004
Subsea Yard At Wester Wins New Pipeline Contract Bringing 55 Jobs
Plus Contracting Work
Good News Was announced to today following the announcement that a
contract for a new pipeline for the Farragon Oil Field in the North Sea
has been signed. 55 jobs will be involved in the new work to create
a 15 mile pipe. The Farragon oil field will add 20,000 barrels of
oil a day to Scotland's oil production. The news is a great
Christmas present for Caithness and especially for Wick where
announcements have been a bit on the black side in recent months.
Details on the oil field The Wester Yard has a
number of spin offs an benefits for the area including Wellheads landing
at Wick Harbour. After a number of months without work at the
yard this new pipeline will be welcomed by everyone. Area Convenor
David Flear commented today said, "I am extremely pleased to hear of the
announcement bringing additional work to the area and taking advantage of
the highly skilled labour in the area."
See Pipes At Wester
New Solar Roof Nearing Completion At Wick Harbour
Wick is almost ready to take its first step into the alternative energy
world as the new solar roof is nearly completed. The new
photovoltaic panels will supply power to the lights around the harbour
area and feed excess energy to the national grid. Over the next year
or two wick could be one of the county's leading places in alternative
energy. The roof project has been brought into being by the work of
Caithness Economic Development office. The same office under the
direction of Elizabeth Marshall is in the process of creating a new
company - Caithness Heat And Power - to install new cheaper heating
systems for up to 500 houses and other buildings in Wick using wood chip.
The heating costs will be much lower than all conventional heating
currently being used. Once established it is hoped to roll out the
scheme to the whole of Wick and then to Thurso. If that was not
enough a further experimental power system may be installed in the Fish
Market building itself in a partnership with the Environmental Research
Institute, Thurso. Could a new title for Wick - Alternative
Energy Capital Of The North. At a recent meeting of officials and
Wick councillors the details for the new company were agreed.
Earlier item on Alternative Energy Possibilities For Caithness
Wick High School Pupils Get First Hand View Of Dounreay
senior Wick High School pupils studying National Certificate modules in
electronics and 2 teachers recently made a visit to Dounreay to give them
an insight into how electronics is dealt with in the real world. The group
were advised that decommissioning a site such as Dounreay is not just
simply demolishing buildings, lots of highly technical installation and
maintenance is still required. The group were welcomed to site by Norman
Harrison, Dounreay Director followed by a tour of the site and tours of
the instrument workshop, which allowed them to see actual electronic
equipment on the bench for maintenance and repair, and WRACS (Waste
Receipt Assay Characterisation and Supercompaction facility) which allowed
them to connect electronics to a real process.
Will Maternity Question In Caithness Follow The Migdale Example ?
The Migdale Hospital at Bona Bridge, Sutherland has been a burning
issue in the area with the threat of closure hanging over it for the past
Despite over five years of meetings and discussions the local
community feel they are no further forward with the board of NHS Highland.
The latest meeting takes place on Friday. If it takes over five
years in which the people of Sutherland have no final answer to the threat
to the hospital that takes care of elderly people then can we expect any
faster answers to the Maternity question in Caithness? After more
than five years of threat the talk now is of a five year plan. Take
look for yourself. It is chillingly familiar. The Maternity
question has now been ongoing for well over a year. Are we any
further forward in real terms? Yesterday the board agreed to pass
the whole question over to the North Highland Community Health Partnership
- a body that is not even fully formed as yet. That body will in
turn set up a sub group to include local councillors, voluntary groups,
North Action Group etc. The Health Board will retain the final say.
The Migdale group will update their web page with the latest developments
asap after the meeting on Friday.
Party In The North - Wick - 31 December 2004
The Wick H.A.P.P.Y. committee finalised arrangements for the big New
Year Party in Market Square. After last years cancellation due to
bad weather fingers are crossed that it will all work out this time.
This will be the third big hogmanay street party the group have organised
the first being at the millennium and then in 2002.
Rockmanay - At Viewfirth, Thurso - 30
Come along to an evening dedicated to Rock music, and Rock music
only. DJs playing rock all night and a live set from Caithness' very own
guitar demon Stevie Taylor. If you like Rock music, this is well worth the
SEA CHANGE IN RAIL
INVESTMENT CALLED FOR
At its AGM in Beauly recently, members of the rail users' group,
Friends of the Far North Line, heard a call for a "sea change" to be made
in railway investments on the Highland lines. Chairman, Richard
Ardern, reviewed the past year in which his committee had published a
comprehensive policy document detailing ways to improve the passenger and
freight services on the Far North and its feeder lines through Inverness.
These would include the reintroduction of a fourth daytime train between
Wick and Inverness in both directions providing connections through Thurso
to the retimed Orkney ferry, and the construction of the Georgemas Curve
to save the five minutes "wasted" while the train reverses at Georgemas
7 December 2004
Lybster Lights Up This Christmas
Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster Awarded
£30,000 by Scottish Arts Council
Northlands Creative Glass has gained a growing reputation for its
excellence in glass creation bringing some of the world's best artists and
students together. The Scottish Arts Council awarded the group
£30,000 to further their work. The award was one of several
announced as part of over £1 million of grants. the cash will be
used to support community initiatives and artists.
North Action Group Attended Another NHS Highland Board Meeting In
small group from North Action Group made the trip once again to another
NHS highland Board meeting where Caithness Maternity was once again on the
agenda. Reports were made from the various Forums and other
consultations held over the past three months. Loud and clear in
these was the lack of trust in NHS highland by the Caithness population.
This has been recognised and the way forward suggested by the chairman
Gary Coutts was that the newly created North Highland Community Health
Partnership would now tackle the task of building the new solution
beginning to emerge. chairman of NAG George Bruce suggested he would
like to see an independent chair person for the new sub group that will be
set up to pursue all the issues. there is a long way still to go
before the Caithness maternity issue is settled. The North Action
Group committee has a meeting on Wednesday 15 December in the
Assembly Rooms to discuss today's reports to the board.
Pennyland School Sing Carols For Christmas On Saturday 11 December
If you hear the sound of carols on Saturday in Thurso it will be the
Primary 1/2 class from Pennyland school. the class will be singing
in the Precinct between 1.45 and 2.45pm. The class will be fund
raising for Crossroads Care - Caithness so why not pop along and hear them
Christmas Campaigns - Think About Them All
A flurry of emails shows that many groups and organisations are
getting their message out using the Internet this year. Here are
just a few to remind you to think and ensure you have a Happy Christmas.
Northern Constabulary - Warnings on the numbers of people
killed last year in the run up to Christmas on the roads and the dire
consequences if they catch you - special roads campaign now underway.
Drink and Drugs - Suggestions on not drinking too much to make sure
you have a good time but are not out of control with life changing and
threatening consequences for you and your family.
Credit Cards - Plenty of warnings not to fund Christmas on
your credit card and end up paying for it for more than year. Do not
pile up debt to make a show. Debt in the UK is now over £One
Stroupster Wind Farm Proposal -
Follow Up Public Exhibition
npower renewables was very pleased by the response to the proposed
Stroupster Wind Farm public exhibition held on Wednesday 24th November
2004 at Auckengill Village Hall. The exhibition was a follow up to the
initial public exhibition held on May 24th 2004 at the same venue. The
events provided both a useful forum for people to find out about the
proposal and for the developers to better understand local issues.
Volunteering Highland - Matching Volunteers With Opportunities
Catherine Paterson is based in the offices of Caithness Voluntary Group,
Williamson Street, Wick. So if you are looking for a volunteering
opportunity or are a group or organisation looking for volunteers why not
give her a call. Latest call is for a few folk to help with the New
Year Party in Wick.
Caithness Sea Angling
Assoc. Annual Shore Championship Report
The competition held on Saturday 27th November 2004. Next match is
the Caithness SAA Annual Boat Championships on the 11th December out of
Scrabster - see page for entry details
£1Billion Forestry Project For The Highlands As Trees Reach Maturity
FORESTRY PROJECT COULD
PROVIDE 500 NEW JOBS IN HIGHLANDS
Ross and Cromarty Enterprise (RACE) has approved funding towards a study
into the potential construction of a £1bn state-of-the-art integrated
pulpmill, papermill, sawmill and renewable energy generation plant at
Delny, Invergordon. RACE, together with Highlands and Islands
Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise, will provide £200,000 towards the
£500,000 cost of completing the feasibility phase of Forscot Ltd's
large-scale timber processing plant. If given the go-ahead, the
project could create an estimated 500 full time jobs and over 3,000 jobs
during the construction stage.
6 December 2004
Thurso Branch Of Arthritis Care Dissolves As National Group Problems
An EGM on 2 December saw the Caithnesss Branch of Arthritis Care Dissolved
following a year of probelms at a national level. The meeting in the Royal
Hotel Thurso by Arthritis Care Thurso Branch was EGM preceded by a lunch
for members. Retiring chairperson Margaret Hammerton said
"Following a year of disruption from the highest level of the
organisation, it was with great sadness that Arthritis Care was yesterday
dissolved after being in existence in Thurso for seventeen years."
ANOTHER PART OF DFR DEMOLISHED
- Decommissioning Work At Dounreay
D1112, a former workshop and part
of the DFR complex, was recently demolished. Tucked into the bottom half
of the world famous sphere, and built with steel and brick, it has one
interesting feature, according to project supervisor, Donald Macaskill “It
was butted directly on to the sphere, with one of its gables formed from
the outer steel casing. A steel flashing, welded to this casing, made the
building watertight.” A number of contractors were
involved in the whole operation and included the removal of nitrogen
pipework and the removal of NaK wetted pipework. Final demolition was
carried out by John Gunn and Son, Lybster.
HIGHLAND MSP URGES PUBLIC TO
REQUEST RURAL MEETINGS OVER NHS REFORM
An independent expert group is currently looking at the future of the
NHS in Scotland and is holding a series of regional meetings with patients
and medical professionals around the country. The group, chaired by
Professor David Kerr will be taking views to help them draw up a national
framework to guide future decisions on how the NHS is run. The
regional meetings have already taken place this month at Glasgow,
Inverness, and Edinburgh, with meetings still to be held in Dundee on the
13th of December and in Aberdeen on the 15th. Some concern had been
expressed that none of the venues were in rural areas.
LAUNCH OF NEW "TOO MANY FOR
THE ROAD?" DRINK DRIVING CAMPAIGN 2004
Although now deemed to be socially unacceptable, Drink Driving is
still a problem in the Highlands. the "Too Many for the Road" Drink
Driving Campaign is being launched in a bid to combat this. The campaign
centres on encouraging members of the public, particularly in rural areas
of Highland, to report Drink Drivers to the police using the Crimestoppers
number. This is a partnership campaign between Highland Drug and Alcohol
Action Team, local Drug & Alcohol Forums, The Highland Council Road Safety
Unit, Crimestoppers and Northern Constabulary covering Ross & Cromarty,
Skye & Lochalsh, Caithness and Sutherland areas over the Festive period
2004. The campaign is a pilot, which may be extended to the rest of
Highland next year.
ARE YOU COVERED?
The Highland Council is now able to provide a
low cost home contents insurance scheme for all council tenants. The
Tenants Insurance Scheme has been developed by the Council, in partnership
with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Public Sector Risks, to provide peace of mind
from as little as 7p per day.
5 December 2004
Disabled Access Lybster Central Church
legislation has meant that many public buildings, shops and other
businesses have had to re-think their accessibility for the disabled.
Lybster Central Church has tackled the problem with funds raised mainly by
the congregation and with the greatly appreciated assistance of £150 from
the Appeals & Donations Committee of UKAEA. There is now a
ramped access to all doors of the Kirk and
this will be of great benefit to, not only
members of the congregation, but the wider
public as they attend weddings, funerals and
other public events. All work was
undertaken by a local contractor, Mr D MacKay, a stone mason who has
completed many stone masonry works throughout the county
Yarrows Heritage Trust - Come Along and
Find Out The Latest News
Monday 6th December 7.00pm Thrumster Village Hall.
We are presenting the plans by the Yarrows
Heritage Trust, to renovate the Old Station
at Thrumster, to use it as a small unmanned
info centre. Stand-alone green energy
powered, and using the latest info on
Yarrows, collected by the Royal Commission
on the Historical & Ancient Monuments of
Scotland. Ken Crossan, nature
photographer Presents a slide show from the
many images he has taken of the area.
1 December 2004
Umbrella Parade At Wick Christmas Fun Day
Knockinnon Castle From The Air
Brough Castle From The Air
Halberry Castle From The Air