Westminster Election 2005 - Three Candidates Hit Wick
Alan Jamieson Labour, John Thurso Lib Dem And Luke Ivory Scottish
As the days tick by to election day on 5 May candidates are all out
trying to pull in a few more votes. On the last Saturday three
candidates were in Wick. A final round next week will see the
candidates all in Thurso and Wick for eve of poll hustings
Caithness Big Band & North Coast Jazz Band Would Like To Play At Any
VE Day Celebrations
Are you running a VE celebration or anniversary day then
perhaps you would like to have a big band to set the scene
playing music from those days 60 years ago. They are very
versatile and can play Glen Miller type music and a whole range of
popular music from then and since. They even have military
uniforms from the era to take you back to those war time memories.
Get in touch with the band or email us here at Caithness.org if you need
to contact the band for dance or other event.
school reopens to attract families
the school to be re-opened by highland Council is at Altnaharra in
More Progress At Blackstairs, Wick - From Thursday 28 April
Of course there is debate about the rebuilding of the Blackstairs.
Should the new stones be mixed with the remaining old stones still in
good condition? Should they have inscriptions on them?
Should there be small platform halfway up? - soon to be added for safety
reasons next to the entrance to the building. Why is the stone a
different colour? (see the message board). One thing is for sure
the area of Pulteneytown cold not have been left for much longer before
some of it was fit only for demolition. the project has some way
to go and has already created houses in
Telford Street out of derelict
buildings, is repaving along Bank Row, assisting with
Garden on the bomb site in Bank Row at the foot of the Black Stairs (yet
to start). New Flagstone at the bottom of the Blackstairs will
join with the paving now being put in
at the salt cellars. Assisted the
development of the building now occupied by
Caithness Voluntary Group.
The project still has funds to assist businesses rejuvenate buildings in
the area and they are working hard to ensure that the funds can be used
up and allocated by the 31 December 2005 and used in the following year.
The total target spend is £2.5 million - matched making it £5m.
Love them or hate them the new Blackstairs are only one part of a much
larger picture which is far from complete. As the project moves on
and the new street lighting is installed and other parts finished we are
at last beginning to see what many local folk had been asking for over
the past 20 years - the rejuvenation of Pulteneytown and Wick.
Wick is moving -
New Pier almost completed at a cost of £3.5
million - Harbour Trust about to evolve into a new organisation - Market
Square re-paved -
Wetherspoon's new pub in the old Post Office -
Lane widened -
Shore Road works starting shortly - New water systems in
various parts of the town -
New waste water treatment works at North
Head - £3.5 million committed to the Caithness Heat And Power company
for new heating system for up to 500 houses in Wick (hopefully to spread
across the whole of Wick and if successful to develop in Thurso Halkirk
and Lybster) - looking to acquire forestry for the town of Wick -
New Recycling Centre near Wick airport - Wick Airport
Terminal £800,000 upgrade - New
Housing development at
Harrowhill starting shortly -
New Offices for M M Miller construction -
unit at New business park - New Retail Park (seven shops) next to Lidl
starting soon - Potential second Retail Park near Wick airport (Major
retailer Tesco looking to open a new store) - Other developers looking
at Wick with a variety of ideas and plans) Highland Council trying to
stimulate more developments and negotiating with a range of people. New
Family Centre At the back of Telford Street (work staring shortly).
Pulteneytown People's Project is moving forward with several projects
rebuilding the community and aiming to build a new community
centre/skateboard park starting shortly. New Arts Centre for
Barrock Hall being planned by North Highland College to run
drama courses - New all-weather football pitch starting shortly. CASE
looking to stimulate developments in Wick with full backing of HIE to
make it happen in Wick. Wick currently has 5% unemployment second
highest in the Highlands but compared to northern Finland (Karelia 15%)
that is very low and a few years ago unemployment levels in Wick were
higher. And there is more if you want to add to the list -
Girnigoe Castle (huge development near Wick by Clan Sinclair
Trust preserving the castle/archaeology works and a visitor centre. There is still a lot to do but the Blackstairs
might just be a symbol of all that is happening in Wick - it is being
rebuilt slowly but surely. There is likely to be much much more to
come and no doubt it will cause as much controversy with differing views
on all sides as the rebuilding of the Blackstairs is doing - "thank goodness
we're no deid yet" - and er has anyone heard the birth rate is up
in Caithness.............. We may take a look at Thurso next week and
and rest of the county later in a similar vein after that. Is your glass
half full or half empty?......... More photos coming as the Blackstairs
job moves on......Long live the Blackstairs!!!
29 April 2005
With The Election - Try the Uncredibles
A spoof cartoon we saw via Channel 4 News tonight
North School Pupils Complete the Kelloggs Great Walk 2005
older pupils at north School, Wick joined Karen Churches to walk 10
kilometres from John O'Groats to Duncansby Head. Karen Churches is
professional marathon runner and is setting out to raise money for
charity in a series of 10k walks with groups all over the UK.
28 April 2005
Breadalbane Cresent, Wick
The elegant houses in Breadalbane Cresent can be
reached from the Blackstairs. These pictures are only one section
on one side of the crescent and we will add the others at a later date.
An interesting feature of this section of the crescent are the large
courtyards at the back now used as garages and workshops.
Banger Derby 26 June 2005
Sutherland Launch - Wednesday 4 May 2005 SNH
A new range of promotional material,
featuring the landscapes of Sutherland, will
be launched in Golspie next Wednesday (4th
May). The full colour posters, postcards and
schools activity packs have been produced by
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to raise
awareness of the different types of
landscapes in the county. The poster and
postcards include quotes from people,
including a prominent councillor and a young
schoolgirl, on how they feel about their
landscapes. The schools activity pack
provides guidance on fieldwork relating to
landscape, and pointers on how to identify
key landscape features.
27 April 2005
HM CUSTOMS & EXCISE
AND INLAND REVENUE HAS BECOME A NEW DEPARTMENT
HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS
As a single department, HMRC will have the added benefit of producing
greater efficiencies, reducing the tax gap and providing a greater
customer focus. HMRC is responsible for collecting the bulk of tax
revenue as well as paying tax credits and child benefit, and
strengthening the UK's frontiers. It manages: Income, Corporation,
Capital Gains, Inheritance, Insurance Premium, Stamp, Land and Petroleum
Revenue Taxes; Environmental taxes: climate change and aggregates levy
and landfill tax; VAT; Customs Duties and frontier protection; Excise
Duties; National Insurance; Tax Credits; Child Benefit and the Child
Trust Fund; Enforcement of the National Minimum Wage; Recovery of
Student Loan repayments; Developing Lorry Road user Charging.
Northern Nashville Say
Thanks To Everyone For Successful Country
The Northern Nashville would like to say a big thank you to everyone who
has been checking our website to see the photographs from the festival.
However, just after the festival weekend they were set back with
technical problems on the web site. The site is now back on
with all the photos.
Caithness.org Festival Photos
Boys Brigade In Wick To Restart
The BB meeting was held and 9 adults
and 3 Boys attended. 15 people offered to
help us they were all parents of the Boys.
There was good feedback from these people
and the Company can restart but not until
they are all trained. It will restart with
only 1 section being run at the start -
probably Anchor Boys. If anyone would
like to call Marc MacDonald on 07740 341
CHURCHES CALL FOR ELECTION HONESTY ON ASYLUM ISSUE
Faith communities, voluntary groups and key agencies have given their
support to the holding of vigils throughout the United Kingdom during the
last days of the General Election campaign.
Christmas Cards Go on Display -
The Castle of Mey Trust has created a new display of Christmas Cards sent
by the late Queen mother.
Electoral Information For The
The election will cost £250,000 to run in Highland.
Postal Voting More Than Doubles In Highland
12,098 in 2005 from 5684 in 2001
deadline for postal voting, postal-proxy voting and voting by proxy was 5
pm on 26 April.
The number of
applications accepted by the Electoral Registration Officer across the
three constituencies are:
Postal – 12,098; postal-proxy – 76; proxy –
The breakdown is:
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, 2,878 postal; 6 postal-proxy and
Ross, Skye and Lochaber, 3,262 postal; 15 postal-proxy and 201 proxy; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, 5,958 postal; 55 postal-proxy
and 273 proxy.
The total number of postal
applications across the three constituencies at the General Election in
2001 was 5,684. The number of valid postal votes cast was 4,625.
The postal votes must be cast by 10 pm on Thursday 5 May, when the polls
Caithness Junior Pipe Band
- New Pages
Caithness Junior Pipe Band is moving from strength to strength and now have 20 members are from all over Caithness. The band hope to take part in the massed pipe
band fest which will be held in Edinburgh on 21st August 2005. The band are
currently raising funds to enable the trip and are holding a ceilidh dance
in the British Legion in Thurso on Saturday 7th May 2005. the
band is undertaking a range of fund raisers and is looking for business
sponsorship. If any local business would like to help sponsor the band
get in touch with the chair
Rebuilding Blackstairs, Wick Over The Past
New TV Campaign
Promoting Inverness Air Services
Inverness Airport Now the Fastest Growing
Airport In Scotland
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
has launched a new television advertising
campaign to promote the expanding range of
scheduled air services available from its
largest airport at Inverness. The advert,
which is running on Grampian Television
throughout the region, features birds
representing airlines taking off and landing
on the branches of a tree and includes the
slogan "Inverness Airport, we're branching
out". The airport handled a record 565,000
passengers in the year ending 31 March and
easyJet is set to launch two new daily
flights, to Belfast and Bristol, at the
beginning of July. Figures released
earlier this week by the Civil Aviation
Authority show that Inverness was the
fastest growing Scottish airport in the
calendar year 2004 with growth of 20% from 1
January to 31 December.
Longest Serving Employee Retires From UKAEA
Ross retires from UKAEA, Dounreay, 28 April 2005, he will have spent just
four months short of forty-nine years on site, its longest serving
employee. It is a proud record, and one of which his late parents would
have been equally proud. Hugh grew
up in Reay, where he received his primary education. His father was
gamekeeper on Sandside estate. His mother’s ancestors can be traced back
to having worked in the early 1900s on Lower Dounreay farm, the site of
the future fast reactor project.
SSP Attack Lib Dems over
Socialist Party candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Luke
Ivory has joined his Party leader Colin Fox and attacked the Liberal
Democrats over the Iraq war as another example of their "two-faced"
politics; saying one thing on a UK wide basis and doing another in the
Luke Ivory is critical that the government has found the money to fight
the war in Iraq and compares the money spent on the war to the fact that
Caithness General Hospital has not had the money for a CT scanner.
Cat Missing From Pulteneytown Area Of Wick -
Let Us Know If You See Her
tortoiseshell cat called "Izzy" is missing
from the Pulteneytown area. The family
she lived with are keen to find her.
If anyone has seen her or she has arrived at
a another house please let us know and we
will pass on the details.
26 April 2005
Finnish Forestry Visit To Caithness
Bill Fernie and economic development manager
Elizabeth Marshall met up with a delegation
of forestry people from Finland on
Sunday. The visit was organised under
Northern Periphery Programme of
the EU. The visitors took the
opportunity to see where the Heat and Power
project will be located in Wick as well as
visits to forests in in the county and in
Sutherland. They were accompanied by
representatives from the Forestry
Commission. The team are interested in
exchanges of information and this could
prove very useful to the new scheme starting
shortly in Wick.
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REMARKABLE FAMILY SERVICE - Pat McVey Retires
When Pat McVey retired from UKAEA, Dounreay, in mid-April, he brought the
curtain down on a remarkable family contribution to UKAEA, an aggregate
total of almost one hundred and three years service. Pat served UKAEA for
forty-one years, having commenced in 1964, after spending three years in
the merchant navy. In October last year, his brother George retired having
completed forty-seven years service at Dounreay. During their early days
on site, the brothers were accompanied by their late father Jim, who arrived
at Dounreay in 1956 from his native Glasgow, and who retired in 1971.
Thurso Business Takes Whisky Range Online
small family owned and run grocers in
J A Mackay, has recently launched
a new e-commerce website to market their
products. As the domain name of the
website suggests -
www.getwhisky.com the emphasis is
on their amazing selection of whisky,
ranging from highly sought after Scottish
malts to unusual brands from faraway places
like New Zealand.
Maple Leaf and the Thistle” Canada and
A night of music, poetry and song.
Featuring leading visiting Canadian poets
Gary Geddes and Paul Sutherland (plus local
support from Scotia Review poets)
Theatre, Thurso Tuesday 3 May, 2005
and £2 concessions Raffle, bar open, signed
books for sale
SUMMARY OF RADIATION MONITORING
SURVEY OF DUNNET BEACH 2005
Report on the beach monitoring in the period up to 22 April 05.
Beckett On Tour -
Mill Theatre, Thurso - Thursday 28th April 2005
Theatre Company - Beckett on Tour
Two short Samuel Beckett plays in one
A lonely old woman, enshrouded in a black dress and surrounded by
darkness, lurches back and forth in a rocking chair as a disembodied
narrative speaks over her.
Krapp's Last Tape Resonating and pulsing with sound - keys jingle, corks pop, hands rub,
feet shuffle, a banana peel slithers to the floor and an old man
25 April 2005
The new road in Rumster known as the Loop and is a worthwhile walk or
cycle of around 3 miles.
HABITAT SQUAD ENHANCES SOUTH HEAD
A mixture of young and older local volunteers turned out in force on
Sunday to assist with a habitat enhancement scheme at South Head Quarries,
Wick harbour. The project was organised by The
Highland Council Planning and Development Service local countryside ranger
and was funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and Community Service
Volunteer Action Earth Awards. Kind permission for the project was granted
by Malcolm Bremner on behalf of the Wick Harbour Trust. The youngest volunteers, members of the
Caithness Critters, planted a mixture of wildflower plugs around the
recently created picnic areas. The attractive range of coastal plants such
as birds foot trefoil, harebell and kidney vetch will produce bright
colours over the summer months and attract insects into the area.
Collaborators Theatre Company Visit Hillhead School
week Hillhead saw a visit by the Collaborators Theatre Company and their "Shadowland
Production". Their show consisted of two short plays; Icarus was told
entirely using very imaginative shadow techniques. The second show The
Snow Queen made more use of conventional puppets. as well as visiting
Hillhead, the company also visited Keiss and played at Lyth Arts centre.
Pupils at Hillhead had a great time making shadow puppets from throw away
items such as cereal boxes. The primary 5 class had an opportunity to
create the puppets for a version of Little Red Riding hood.
Caithness Councillors Approve New Retail Park At Wick
At the planning meeting held today at Assembly Rooms, Wick the Caithness
councillors approved the application to build a new retail park next to
Lidl at the South Road. the development consists of 7027 sq metres
to make seven shops including one for Homebase and one for Argos.
The Homebase shop has space for a garden centre. the planning report
placed before the Caithness Councillors can be seen
here (A Pdf file). the existing road into Lidl's was
built to accommodate cars going into the new site which is adjacent.
Councillors welcomed the development as showing the growing confidence
that Wick was being seen as an attractive place to develop new businesses.
24 April 2005
Inverness At Dusk
East End Boys Club Get 2005 Football Season Going
Thurso Bowling Club Starts 2005 Season In
Members and guests of Thurso Bowling Club welcomed
the new bowling season on Saturday 23rd April at the Millbank Road club
amidst glorious Opening Day sunshine. Club
President Vic Dable in his opening speech thanked the excellent work of
the green keeping staff and the dedication given by the few volunteers
that gave their time to the maintenance of the club over the closed
season. The President's wife Carmen Dable was then presented with a
bouquet of flowers donated by Noble's of Thurso before throwing the
opening jack of the 2005 season. The afternoon Helter Skelter was keenly
contested over 5 rinks but the 6th rink of Harry Cormack, Bob Campbell,
Judy Mowat and Colin Mackintosh won easily and received a bottle of wine
each. Liz Rhodes picked up a bottle of Bucks Fizz after getting the first
toucher of the afternoon.
23 April 2005
And Around The Corner At The Salt Cellars
Progress At Rebuilding Of The Black Stairs , Wick
work at the Blackstairs, Wick is progressing with drainage pipes and
concrete sections being added to strengthen the steps. Part of the
work also includes making the link back to the harbour and new Caithness
flagstone is already being laid at the front of the old salt cellars.
With the new flagstone pavement moving along past the Heritage Centre in
Bank row and the bomb site due to become a memorial garden this area old
Wick is gradually being transformed to its former glory. the area at
the foot of the Blackstairs will also be laid out in flagstone getting rid
of the patches of concrete and tar macadam that have been used to patch it
over the years. Later when new lighting is added this corner of wick
harbour will once again be an attractive place to visit.
22 April 2005
Miller Academy 1977 P7/1
sent by Lynn Davie re
Thurso High 1977 Reunion
Thurso High From Around 1980
sent by Lynn Davie re
Thurso High 1977 Reunion
UKAEA PENSIONS SERVICE TO ADMINISTER RWE NUKEM PENSION
UKAEA’s Pensions Administration Service, based at
Thurso, Caithness, has been awarded a five-year contract by the Trustees
of the RWE NUKEM Limited Employees Pension Scheme to carry out the
administration of the Scheme. The RWE NUKEM Scheme has a membership of
around 800 with 650 active members based at Dounreay, Risley, Windscale,
Winfrith and Harwell. UKAEA’s pension service currently
administers nuclear sector pension schemes which cover 47,000 members
across a number of employers – BNFL, UKAEA, the Radiation Division of the
Health Protection Agency (formerly the National Radiological Protection
Board), the Ministry of Defence, and some research councils.
Latest Newsletter From Pulteneytown Academy
Highlighting shortage of supply teachers.
A Class newsletter is also
included giving details of the latest going
on in each class.
Latest Newsletter From Mount Pleasant
Primary School, Thurso
All go at Mount Pleasant this term
PROPOSED LINK ROAD BETWEEN DOUNREAY & FORSS
proposed road route linking the ex US Navy Base at Forss, Caithness and
the UKAEA site at Dounreay, has had a planning application lodged with the
Highland Council by Abbey Group Cambridgeshire Ltd.
This brown field site next to the technology park owned by Newpark is classified as suitable for commercial
development. The base had been unused since decommissioning in 1992.
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise have stated ³From the point of view of
the local economy it is important that this site is brought into economic
use. The owners, Abbey Properties, are keen to encourage firms
requiring sites to bring business to the area. Abbey Group are
confident that the new road will make the
site even more attractive to developers and
bring more development and jobs to the area.
The Highland Council's New Recycling
Initiatives for Caithness
new Recycling Centre at the Airport
Industrial Estate in Wick opened earlier
this week. Local firm, John Gunn and Sons
were contracted by The Highland Council to
build the new facility which took twelve
weeks to complete and cost in excess of a £¼
million which came from the Scottish
Strategic Waste Fund. Householders
will now be able to take their cans, car
batteries, cardboard, electrical appliances,
engine oil, garden waste, paper, rubble and
soil, scrap metal, textiles, tyres and white
goods to the Recycling Centre where separate
skips and containers will be available for
the material to be recycled. There will also
be an area in the site for residents to take
furniture and household goods (bric-a-brac)
which will be passed on to Homeaid Caithness
for reuse. Residents will be met at the site
entrance by an operative who will direct
them to the correct containers and are
advised to separate their waste before they
go the site.
More Pictures for Thurso High 1977 Renuion
Mount Pleasant P1
Thurso High 1977 Girls
Picture sent by Ross Haygarth in connection
Thurso High 1977 Reunion
A Mount Pleasant Primary 3 Class
picture has been sent in for the
Thurso High 1977 Reunion
If you know all the names send in a list to add to the photo.
Springtime In The Woods - Walk With The Rangers - Sunday 24th April
is here, so enjoy a lovely walk amongst the trees. Search for signs of
spring life and listen to bird song. This walk suits all ages and
abilities but wrap up well. Meet at Achvarasdal woodland. Entrance by Reay
at . Lasts approx 2 hours.
Achvarasdal House is set in the woodlands
"MAKE POVERTY HISTORY"
SAYS JOHN THURSO
Thurso, Scottish Liberal Democrat Westminster candidate for Caithness,
Sutherland and Easter Ross, speaking at meetings on Saturday underlined
the importance of the UK Presidency of the G8 which meets later this year
“9/11 changed the world. The immense
sympathy felt for the American people throughout the world in their grief
has largely been squandered in an ill-judged war in Iraq – probably
illegal – against which I voted. “This is now history and our
efforts must be to work for democracy and justice in Iraq as well as to
press for a just settlement to the problems of the Middle East, in
particular to achieving a resolution between Israel and Palestine.
UKAEA Helps Dress Caithness Junior Pipe Band
members of Caithness Junior Pipe Band are very grateful to UKAEA Dounreay
for supplementing their uniform with fleece jackets. Since its formation in
2002, the band is appearing more often in public events and the provision of
a suitable uniform is essential especially in the winter months and cool
summer evenings. The band relies heavily on fundraising to buy uniforms and
equipment. The highlight for the band in 2005 is playing in Pipefest in
Edinburgh on Sunday 21st August.
21 April 2005
Garage - Another New Web Site Based At John O'Groats
Joe's Music Garage, a new
record label based in John o Groats. First CD release is 'Now
there's a thing..' an album of non traditional instrumental music by
Geoffrey Fulton inspired by the Caithness countryside and the first album
to be recorded in John o' Groats. The album is available for sale on
line through Paypal and some tracks are available as MP3s.
Taste Of Tartan Ready For Ceilidhs In July and August
The local group Taste Of Tartan will run ceilidhs in July and august with
tickets costing £3. If you enjoy traditional Scottish Dancing then
put the dates in your diary.
Halkirk Web Site Gets a Makeover
the This Is Halkirk web site has had a complete upgrade and has relaunched
with lots of new information, photos and history.
20 April 2005
Olrig And District Beekeepers Association 70th Anniversary
of the Olrig and district Beekeepers Association recently held their 70th
Meeting Of New Tourism
Operators Group At Dunrobin Castle
The North Highland Tourism Operators Group held a successful meeting
at Dunrobin Castle on Tuesday 12 April 2005 which followed on from the
inaugural conference held in Mackay's Hotel, Wick at the end of January
this year. Over 90 delegates attended the meeting which was opened by John
Thurso who supported the need for a strong voice from the North Highlands
representing tourism operators following on from the re-organisation of
HOST and VisitScotland. If you are a business in the tourist
industry in the north and want to join the new grouping get in touch with
19 April 2005
2005 GENERAL ELECTION
A total of 21 candidates are seeking election on
5 May in the three Highland UK Parliamentary constituencies.
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency has attracted six
candidates; Ross Skye and Lochaber Constituency, eight candidates; and
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Constituency, seven candidates.
Voting takes place between 7.00 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursday 5 May
at 283 polling stations -
76 in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
108 Ross Skye and Lochaber
99 in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Full Details of Nominated Candidates
Scam Invoices and Advice Notes - Send Them To Trading Standards
We have received an Advice Note regarding a book we did not order.
You might have received an invoice for an entry in a Business Index or or
for goods you did not order. If so send copies to Trading Standards
38 Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1UK. Do NOT contact the
senders of these invoices or other material as they may use your contact
as way of implying you are confirming the order by sneaky use of questions
that they apparently record as evidence of your order. Just send the of the items to Trading Standards and let
us see if we can stop a few
Thurso Skaters And Freerunners - another New Caithness Web Site
Go for it folks - soon everyone in Caithness will have a web site.
Identity Crisis - A Wick Band
- New Web Page
Another new web site for a Wick Band. Well known locally the boys
play covers and have a
typical list of songs on their site. the band are now listed in
Caithness sites if you are looking for them later.
Biggest Salmon Caught On The Wick River In Recent Years
Angler William Newlands landed this 24lbs 5oz Salmon on Monday 11th April
2005 from the Taroull Pool on the River Wick. It is the biggest
Salmon landed from the river in recent years. The last one over 20lbs was
caught by Willie More back in 1979 and this weighed in at 22lbs 2oz, but
the record for the Wick is held by Mr Jaspair Mckain at a whopping 30lbs
8ozs. He caught this from the corner pool in August 1958.
North Highland Forest Trust Annual Forum -
Huts, Hides and Homes
Lyth Arts Centre, by Wick - Saturday 23rd April 2005
Highland Forest Trust is organising a free Community Forestry
event, to be held this year in and around the wonderful setting of the
Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness. The aim of our Annual Forum is to provide
an opportunity for those interested in Community Forestry from across the
North of Scotland to meet up, exchange ideas and to celebrate some of the
tremendous achievements happening within this area of community and
woodland development. In an informal setting we hope to attract a wide
range of individuals from both established Community Woodland Groups and
other groups/individuals interested in finding out more about how
Community Woods might work for them. We also hope to attract many
individuals representing organisations working across the field of
Sale for Caithness MS Sufferers
On Friday and Saturday, 27/28th May, 2005, Wick Rotary Club will be
organising a massive sale at the Wick Bridge Street Church Hall to raise
cash for Caithness folk struck down with MS. MS can strike anyone.
Around 50 people are diagnosed every week. It tends to happen in the prime
of life when job and family responsibilities are at their most demanding,
so the impact of what is usually a lifelong condition goes far beyond the
individual. Many MS sufferers, here in Caithness, are housebound and
Caithness MS provides treatments and therapies for them at their home and
at premises in Wick and Thurso, free of charge. The NHS does not help with
this care and the Society is entirely dependent on private fundraising. So
if you would like to support Wick Rotary Club and help them raise hundreds
for Caithness folk struck down with this condition, please donate your
books, video tapes and CD’s.
GOVERNMENT GO-AHEAD FOR UKAEA'S
TO CREATE A VIBRANT NEW BRITISH COMPANY
Following a strategic review, undertaken jointly with government, the
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority has received the go-ahead from
Government for its plans to develop a vibrant British company to
compete for nuclear and non-nuclear business in the UK and overseas. Welcoming the decision, Chief
Executive, Dipesh Shah, said, "I am delighted that we have received
the Government's blessing for our plans to go for growth and income.
We can now press ahead with renewed confidence with our business
ambitions to grow beyond our existing UK sites and expand
internationally. "Over the past two years we have made great
strides in preparing for the introduction of the
Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
Wick - Reconstruction Underway
reconstruction of the Blackstairs - part of the Pultenytown Heritage
Project is finally underway. More information about the Pulteneytown
Heritage project can be found on the
Pulteneytown web site.
Highland Council Countryside Ranger Spring 2005 Guided Walks/Events in
If you have seen it all in Caithness then perhaps you would like to go
slightly further along the north coast and take part in one of the FREE
guided walks that the Highland Ranger service offers. The walks and events
listed are for the period until the end of May. From now until September
the Rangers in the highlands offer many different walks and they are a
great way to get to know more about an area. Also don't forget the
Caithness Walking Festival 14 -
18 April 2005
Broadband offers new
opportunities for work in Caithness and Sutherland
Are You Interested In Working Online From Home?
As the availability of broadband spreads across Caithness & Sutherland
more and more people will be wondering how to use this new resource for
personal gain. How about being able to do a proper job working from home?
In 2005, you will be able to begin to make good use of your broadband and
internet service by joining the new
networked project team. Using suitable IT and broadband connections ki
workers will form teams to fulfil projects for clients by operating from
their own homes, their home-offices or from a nearby small office.
Labour Candidate's New York Visit
Alan Jamieson flew in from an international speaking engagement in New
York to hit the ground running in his bid to become the next MP for
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. He spent 7 days
representing Scottish Young Labour at a Young Democrat conference in New
York and various other events held as part of Tartan week in New York. One
of the key speakers, he addressed the 80 delegates from around New York
state on “Engaging Young People in Politics”.
Volunteers of the Future
Despite windy conditions on Sunday Milton Residents Association had an
excellent response to its environmental project entitled 'Safer Play'.
The Association are keen to maintain and develop the area which is popular
with the children of the village. Mr Sandy Coghill the oldest participant
who will be 93 this year was also there. He has been an active volunteer
for many years.
UKAEA Assists Caithness Badminton
Dounreay have recently made a donation towards the Caithness Badminton
Tournament. Pictured are the winners and runners-up receiving their
trophies and sponsorship at a presentation held in the Royal Hotel on
Saturday 9th April:
Friends Of Newtonhill Woodland AGM
AGM will take place on Wednesday 18th May, 7pm in the cocktail bar at
MacKay's Hotel, Wick. New members welcome.
"Meanderings" - Latest From Caithness Floral Art Club
Stoker, now chair person of the Inverness Club, made a welcome return to
Thurso for the April meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club. Her
demonstration entitled Meanderings was a series of Contemporary Designs
that took us from Scotland to Italy, Malaysia, South Africa and
Yorkshire. Mrs Stoker arranged a colourful assortment of flowers and
foliage, which reflected the countries she was portraying, using
accessories gathered during her travels.
Caithness Floral Art Club
Highland Council Meetings
There is plenty of information around on the web these days about what
your local council and councillors are doing. One of the committees
where you can get a broad view of what is going on over all is the
Resources Committee. That is where some of the nitty gritty budget
and spending decisions are scrutinised. For example you might look
agenda for the meeting of the Resources Committee on 20 April .
Agendas and minutes are publishes regularly and although they may be dull
to read you will find out much more about what exactly your local council
is doing and not just wait for headlines in the papers. Audit &
next meeting is on 21 April and that committee and its staff
continually scrutinises the spending of the council and its work methods.
All of the committees minutes and agendas can be found
HERE Caithness Area Committees
HERE It is always worth remembering that much more work
is going on all the time than ever hits the headlines.
THE IMPORTANCE OF
SMALL TOWNS HIGHLIGHTED AT CONFERENCE
The importance of small towns to the well-being of the Highlands was
highlighted at a European conference which opened at Dornoch today (Monday
18 April 2005). Delegates, 60 of whom come from Iceland, Sweden and
Finland, were told that membership of the Highland Small Towns Network had
grown from 7 to 12 in recognition of the benefits being enjoyed by
communities as they deliver local projects which contribute to the
development and well-being of their towns. Formed as part of a European
Northern Periphery Programme Project, the network comprises members from
Nairn, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Tain, Bonar Bridge, Ardgay, Lairg,
Rogart, Dornoch and Golspie, as well as Inverness. Groups have already
promoted 90 local projects at a cost of £500,000. Funding from a Community
Chest, has been particularly helpful in enabling community groups to lever
in other funding.
NINE IN A ROW FOR THE HIGHLAND
COUNCIL ON COUNCIL TAX COLLECTION
For the ninth year in a row, Council Tax "in year" collections in Highland
have shown an improvement. Figures just released by The Highland Council
reveal that 94.14% of the tax that was billed for the year 2004/2005 was
received by 31 March 2005. This generated almost £500,000 of additional
income within the year.
Group Web Site Back In Action
The site run by Caithness.org for the maternity campaign had some problems
pointed out by one of the visitors. This has now been resolved and
the site is back in action. North action Group has been quiet of
late due to the formation of the Maternity Action Team by NHS highland and
now being run via the Community Health Partnership. this has taken
longer to get going but a member of staff has now been appointed to do the
work required to move things forward. North Action Group committee
has another meeting tonight and is still looking at fund raising and
publicity issues as the process moves forward. North Action Groups
stance is still to maintain the 24/7 consultant led cover at the maternity
unit in Wick.
Blood In Caithness and Sutherland - Dates April 2005 - March 2006
If you are a regular blood donor you may want to note the dates in your
diary or calendar. The summer months are often when there are
potential shortages of blood as folk go on holiday and are not available
for donor sessions. The Blood Transfusion Service is always looking
for more donors. In the north you can attend sessions at Wick,
Thurso Brora or Golspie.
Caithness Model Club Show - Thurso 9 & 10 April
17 April 2005
Wick Boys Brigade - Public Meeting - Monday 25th April 7.30pm
BB Hall - Henrietta Street, Wick
The BB's in Wick are unable to continue due to the lack of helpers and
training. The public meeting is to find out if there is sufficient public
support to get the unit going again. Former Captain Thomas Mackay has
written a letter explaining what has happened...............
Spring At John O'Groats
16 April 2005
Abseilers Raise Over £10,000 For Anthony Nolan Trust
Anthony Nolan Trust
The Anthony Nolan Trust has many fund raising events and one that is
growing each year is one helped by the cast of the TV show Emmerdale - See
Events for details. It all takes place at Aberdeen.
A Snapshot Of Main Street, Golspie
Almost all the buildings along Main Street, Golspie in this latest batch
Highland Society for Blind People Open Day
MacKays Hotel Wick on Monday 25th April from 10am to 4pm
An Open Day In Caithness To Raise Awareness Of Issues And Support For
Visually Impaired People. The Highland Society for Blind People and
the Karten Technology Centre are holding the day which is open to all to
find out what support and aids are available to help improve the day to
day activities of visually impaired adults and children. There will be a
range of staff available to discuss any issues and demonstrate ways in
which you can help support a visually impaired person. You don't have to be registered as blind, it might be that you
are finding that you or a neighbour or friend is no longer seeing quite as
well and you want to find out if there are any low vision aids that could
help. Would you
like to know more about how eye conditions affect vision? Get a
demonstration of "Sim Spec's".
15 April 2005
Caithness Field Club Bulletins Additions and New Index
Just to show we have not been completely idle over the past few days
without access to the web we have carried out some updating of the Filed
Club Bulletins section and added many new items.
A new index is under construction to make it easier to see all of the
articles and get to them faster. The bulletins added to the listings
are April 1975, October 1982, October 1983 and April 1988. Some of
the items have appeared in other parts of the web site but are now
consolidated in their original bulletins. We hope to complete all of
the years in coming months.
Caithness Field Club Summer Programme
The latest programme of outings of Caithness field Club is now available.
Non members are welcome to most of the club's outings. Over the
summer why not take part in one of the visits to places around the area.
We Are Back Online
After a couple of frustrating weeks waiting on our broadband
connection to be changed over we are now back online. Apologies to
all whose items we have missed over the past days and we will now be
catching up over the next few days.
1 April 2005
Abseil Caithness General Hospital Chimney In Aid Of Anthony Nolan Trust
Saturday 16 April 2005
Entry forms from Kay Oswald at Caithness General Hospital or email
A growing number of people have Abseil the chimney in the last couple of
years for the Anthony Nolan Trust. You need to try to get as many
sponsors as possible so you need to get cracking if you want to have a go.
A few views from the top of the chimney
2003 Views From the Chimney
Wick Triathlon Club "May Mini" The perfect beginners triathlon -
why not give it ago?
Sunday 1st May
- Starting From Wick Swimming Pool
Distances Swim 400m Bike 10km Run 3km - Cost Individuals £5
Team £9 (Cheques payable to W.T.C. Times Register 10.30 -
11.30am Briefing 11.30am Start 12 noon
Entry forms from Wick Swimming Pool - Competitors must be14 years or older
by 31 December 2005 Further information from Fiona Bremner Tel 01955
QUESTIONS FOR ALL ARTISTS - do I enjoy producing my artwork?
do I need to sell it? do I need to increase my income?
If you answer "YES" Where? WICK - Norseman Hotel, Riverside, Caithness KW1
When? Thurs/Fri 7/8th April 9.30 to 4.30 p.m.
STONE FOUND WAS NATURALLY RADIOACTIVE
Laboratory tests carried out on a stone removed from the beach at Dunnet
yesterday have shown its radioactivity is naturally-occurring. The
radioactivity has been identified as radium and other daughter products of
uranium, which occur naturally in the environment. No man-made
radioactivity was detectable.
The 1.8kg piece of sandstone was detected during an ongoing survey of
Dunnet for the presence of particles. The level of natural radioactivity in
the stone is approximately 30,000 becquerels. This compares to 8900
becquerels of man-made Caesium-137 emitted from a particle detected at
Dunnet Beach on March 26, and 20,000 becquerels of man-made Caesium-137
emitted from a pebble detected at Dunnet Beach on March 2.
Earl Of Caithness Carries Two Blocks Of Caithness Stone To New York
For Nine Eleven British Memorial Garden
Malcolm Sinclair, Earl of Caithness is in USA preparing for Tartan Week.
He has taken two small bricks of Caithness stone to present as a token of
the larger shipment of Caithness stone to be used in the British Nine
Eleven Memorial Garden. The Caithness flagstone is being supplied
for the memorial garden by
Caithness Stone Ltd
Tartan Day Links
Tartan Day Site
- Although this event is rapidly becoming a week as Scots from both sides
of the Atlantic head for New York in increasing numbers each year and
helped this year for Scots going by the exchange rate favouring folk from
the UK heading over. This year the main parade of Tartan Week will
take place on Saturday 2 April. Amongst the attractions this year is
the sword of William Wallace in Grand Central Station having been taken
over from Stirling a few days ago.
New York Web Cams If you want to try your luck watching
New York web cams the parade route starts from -
W45th Street and 6th
Avenue. The parade begins at 2:00pm and marches north on 6th Avenue
ending at 58th Street. Line up starts at 1.00pm New York time.
Road To Noss Head
like driving without hassle then Caithness roads must be a dream to folk
from busier parts. As this single track road to Noss head helps to
show the Highlands has more road miles per head of population than any
other part of the UK. At the end of this single track road of course
lies the lighthouse and
Girnigoe Castle where work has once again started on the
restoration work with the return of the firm of steeplejacks working on
the stabilising parts of the structure. In a few weeks the team of
archaeologists will return. Noss Head Lighthouse is of course the
home now of the Clan Sinclair library that is fast outgrowing its space as
the books continue to flow in. Clan Sinclair are expecting over 250
visitors for the gathering in July.
Head Lairds Retreat is an increasingly popular place to stay
Road To Noss
March 2005 - Caithness.org
Continues Record Breaking Run
Hits 9,400,041 Visitors 167,379
Daily Average Hits 303,205 Visitors
The first three months of 2005 have
shown continual growth in visitor numbers. The first quarter of 2005
puts the visitor numbers at 451,062 and the hit rate at 28,296,118.
In March a total of 622,598 pages were called from the server by visitors.
Registered users of the message board increased to 1612 (last month 1517).
Castles continue to be hugely popular with visitors to the site. The
message board is increasingly busy with over 2000 messages having been
posted in March. Thanks to everyone who looked in and to all
IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED TO NORTH RAIL LINE IF REGION IS TO GROW' - GIBSON
MSP for the Highlands and Islands Rob Gibson has called for an urgent
review of the capacity of the Far North rail line to ensure it can cope
with expected increased freight traffic in the very near future.
His call comes after he conducted a series of meetings with stakeholders
in recent week. He has called public meetings in Wick and Lairg. A
second meeting of which is planned (in Lairg) for May. He also met
with the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, and developers that include;
Forestry company Forscot and housing manufactures Robert Marshall
Associates, who wish to use the line to transport raw materials and