Another First Timer In Luck With The Salmon On Wick River
is another "first" This time the lucky angler is Dr Borja Echavarren from
Lybster. He landed this 7 1/2 lbs springer from the Tarroul Pool at Watten.
This is his first Salmon on the Wick. When not away fishing he can
some times be seen at the Caithness General Hospital. Looks like all
you anglers should be heading for Caithness pretty quick before these guys
catch them all.
DELAYED DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITALS FIGURES SHOW 20% DECREASE IN HIGHLAND
Figures published by the Scottish Executive today show that Highland has
done better than average in reducing the numbers of delayed discharges.
The reduction in Highland is 20% compared to a national reduction of
14.5%. Jan Baird, Director of Community Care for NHS Highland, said:
"We have achieved our target of reducing the numbers of delayed discharges
by 20% since the same time last year. However, we are not complacent. Our
ambition is to eradicate it completely. Delayed discharges are a difficult
area, which we are continuing to actively address. We are following an
action plan that has been developed over the last few years. Our current
focus is on the length of delay which, for individual patients, is the
most important thing. We are working closely with colleagues in The
Highland Council. "
According to the latest figures published today by the Scottish Executive:
The total number people in Highland waiting to be discharged from hospital
fell by 20 per cent from 90 in January 2004 to 72 in January 2005
The total number of people in Scotland waiting to be discharged from
hospital fell by 14.5 per cent from 2088 in January 2004 to 1785 in
Patients Ready For Discharge In NHS Scotland - January 2005 Census
- Pdf file
RADIOACTIVE STONE DETECTED DURING MONITORING
A piece of sandstone emitting low-level radioactivity was detected during
monitoring of the beach at Dunnet today. The stone was removed from the
beach and taken to Dounreay for laboratory analysis. The radioactivity
will be measured overnight in the laboratory to identify its nature.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and other interested parties
have been informed. Monitoring of the beach is continuing.
Coghill Street, Wick - As Town Expands Out Along Broadhaven Road
A Beautiful Spring Day At Staxigoe
weather was breezy and the temperature low. But the air was
certainly bracing and if you kept on the move well worth a walk round
Staxigoe. The daffodils are once again out in the gardens and out
along the farm road. The waves were breaking and crashing into the
rocks. The new house where once one of the old barns stood is
beginning to look established. The last of the three old barns still
stands but who knows for how much longer.
The famous Pole used by sailors making for Staxigoe looks fresh and
someone has kindly added small barometer.
More Waste Water Works - New Pumping Station At Papigoe To Replace
two septic tanks in the village of Papigoe are being got rid of and
replaced with new pumping stations to take waste water round to the new
Waste Water works at North Head, Wick. the outfall from the septic
tanks has always drained into the sea but shortly this will stop. M
M Miller Ltd, Wick have the contract from Scottish Water to carry out the
Web Sites Now In Caithness
We cannot be sure of the exact number of web sites in Caithness but we now
have links to over 500 of them in our
web sites listing and
sites for the non-business sites. Make sure your business
web site is listed with us as soon as you get one to help visitors find
it. Hotels and Bed and Breakfast businesses especially should ensure
they are listed as more and more of their customers are finding the
businesses via the Internet.
Quayside Bed and Breakfast has had a single page web site up
for the last couple of years and it has been so successful they will
shortly launch a larger site with photographs of the rooms and the
building. The web the cheapest form of advertising for a tourist
related business. Most hotels in Caithness now have a web site. Bed
and Breakfast places are following but have some way to go. Once the
web site is up and running the annual cost of maintaining is low compared
to advertising in other media. There are several
web businesses in Caithness and a web site should be part of
any business that needs to attract customers. Write out what you
want on your web site and then get quotes. Whoever you get your web
site from make sure you get it linked in your FREE business page.
For a higher profile you can think about one of our
NORTH MSP ENCOURAGES RESPONSES
TO LICENSING BILL WEB FORUM
and Islands Labour MSP Maureen Macmillan has called on those with access
to a computer to submit a response to a web forum on the Licensing
(Scotland) Bill. The Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Transport
Committee launched the forum recently so that members of the public can
help inform the Committee's consideration of the Bill. Mrs
Macmillan, who sits on the Justice 2 Committee, which is also considering
evidence on liquor licensing, said, "The new Bill aims to create a more
modern, simple and flexible system for Scotland and also to create a
legislative framework to help reduce underage and binge drinking.
Closing date for views at this forum is 22 April.
The number of places making funding available in the UK is huge and quite
daunting to research. The page we run includes only the tip of the
iceberg on funding and where to find it. Local Voluntary Group
offices have lots of books and information on how and where to apply.
Access to Funder-finder can be had at
Caithness Voluntary Groups office in Telford Street Wick.
Funder-finder asks a series of questions and depending on your answers
will suggest a range of funders to try for your project. Mainly
registered charities can apply but there are some sources where
non-registered groups might apply but in the main the bulk of trusts and
companies will give to registered charities. Most areas in Scotland
have a Council of Voluntary Service where you can access more advice on
Stone UK Map to Commemorate September 11 Terror Attack - Scotsman
Caithness flagstone is one of the materials being used to create the
memorial to UK victims of the September 11 attack on the Twin Towers, New
Final Call For Thurso High 1960 Reunion
Thurso High Reunion - those who started S1 in 1960. The Reunion is on
9 April 2005, and final numbers are needed. If you can't come but would
like to leave your contact details for another time, or for tickets/info
for this one, please email Rhona Mackenzie (Murray) on
ASAP. Should be an excellent night!
30 March 2005
Initiative At The Edge Team In Dunbeath Keep the Pace Cracking Along
Sorting out the new organisation's constitution, the finances, and
accommodation. Also getting ready to take on a co-ordinator.
Engage a New Magazine
Style Web Site Form The Scottish Executive’s
Children, Young People and Social Care Group
If you and or your organisation provide services and support to, or work,
with children, young people and their families, then this new Ezine could
be useful. We have linked to it in our
section that can be found via the
The Music Just Keeps coming In Caithness
Second "E" Rock Concert
- Viewfirth - 2 April 2005
2nd 'E' Rock Concert takes place this Saturday night at the Thurso
Viewfirth and looks set to be a cracking night of live rock music. Six
rock bands will take to the stage over the course of the evening, each
with their own distinctly different style. Headlining the event will be
hotly tipped Inverness band Findo Gask, who have enjoyed success over the
last year supporting the likes of InMe and Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro.
If you like your music fast, energetic and loud then this is the band to
see. Also lined up are local bands Boss Hogg, Crimson Tide, All
Stitched Up, Stevie Taylor Band and Estrella.
Dunnet Beach Particle Issue Highlighted On North Tonight
The item focuses on how the issue might affect tourists using the beach
but interviews seem mixed.
You can see the clip by clicking a link at the foot of the page
The world at your doorstep - Times Online
Thurso man Bob Anderson, who runs his own
management consultancy in Thurso is quoted in this item on air travel
praising the new flight times by Eastern Airways from Wick airport.
£13M THURSO WASTE WATER TREATMENT WORKS ON SCHEDULE
Managers of the project to construct a new waste water treatment works
for Thurso are reporting that work on the £13million scheme is on schedule
and due for completion by the end of the year. All the major
structures are well underway and drilling work for the sea outfall has
been completed. The new works will improve
the quality of waste water going into the Pentland Firth ten-fold. This
improvement to the environment will boost Thurso’s reputation as a top
landmark study released today reveals that approximately 60 percent of the
ecosystem services that support life on Earth – such as fresh water,
capture fisheries, air and water regulation, and the regulation of
regional climate, natural hazards and pests – are being degraded or used
unsustainably. Scientists warn that the harmful consequences of this
degradation could grow significantly worse in the next 50 years.
Biodiversity Photo Collection
Caithness Biodiversity Plan
Sutherland Biodiversity Plan
Latest Hillhead School, Wick Newsletter
anticipates being the largest Wick primary school after the summer as a
total of 22 pupils have enrolled for Primary 1 next session. A total of 25
pupils have been enrolled for nursery classes next session. The school
roll has held up well in Hillhead. Next session the roll could be at
least 214 (189 in the school, 25 in the nursery). This will probably make
Hillhead the largest primary school in Wick. With new houses still
being built in the school catchment area this trend looks set to continue
for some time.
Thurso Bay Raft Race - 4 June 1.00pm Get Your Raft Ready To Enter Soon
fun for a good cause, enter a raft or cheer on the crews. Rafts of all
shapes row/paddle around a course in Scrabster Bay. This year a new timing
system will make it even more exciting. Plenty for spectators to do -
stalls, food and see around the Coastguard Tug. Scrabster Fayre starts at
DRAFT CROFTING REFORM (SCOTLAND) BILL: Consultation Paper
Arguable this latest consultation bill from the Scottish Parliament could
have a huge impact on the future of crofting in Caithness and the other
crofting counties. A recent article in the Scotsman
Help at hand for crofters' unique way of life discusses some of
the issues. The closing date for responses is 13 June 2005. A
response form can be found on the web site at the end of the paper.
If you have no time to read it and send the response now you will find the
link in our
New Statesman New Media Awards 2005
This year's award categories aim to highlight the benefits that are being
brought to all aspects of society from local communities to national
government by information communication technology. This year there
are seven award categories. Websites, internet technology, mobile phone
and wireless services, digital television and intranet sites are all
eligible to be entered. Closing date for nominations is 31 May.
29 March 2005
Mobile Driving Theory Test Centre
vehicle travels around the Highlands to allow would be drivers to sit the
theory test. No more actual papers as the vehicle is set up with
computers. In Wick the test centre sets up outside the Assembly
Rooms. This picture has been added to the
section These test centres can be used for many other tests
and exams apart from Driving theory tests and can save candidates
travelling long distances to sit them.
North Action Group
May Not Attend NHS Highland Board Meeting On 5 April
Correction from earlier. There is an item at point 14 on the NHS
highland Agenda but it may not warrant NASG members attending
Cairngorms National Park - Jobs
Unfortunately not in Caithness but we have been asked to let more people
know about these jobs on offer in one of the most beautiful areas of
Scotland. Closing Date is 4 April so you need to be quick.
Senior Outdoor Access Officer Grantown-on-Spey Salary scale: £31,073 -
GIS Officer Grantown-on-Spey or Ballater Salary scale: £16,500 - £22,610
Senior Natural Heritage Officer Grantown-on-Spey Salary scale: £31,073 -
Senior Land Management Officer Grantown-on-Spey Salary scale: £31,073 -
Visitor Information and Interpretation Officer Grantown-on-Spey Salary
scale: £21,751 - £29,579
Farmers Club Launch New Web Site
Another new web site joins a fast growing list on Caithness.org.
Good Luck with the site folks. If your group has a web site not
listed then get in touch with us to be added to the
Sites list. Businesses get linked in our Business Index and
your web site will automatically be added to the
Business web site listing
More was born in Wick on 28.01.1890, son of David More, fisherman and
Catherine More (nee Miller). The family lived at 29 Macrae Street, Wick.
David's sister Catherine (Katie) More was my grandmother and married
Henry Lyall in 1906.
Does anyone know who the lady in the
photo is or have more information for Graham.
Spring Is Here
And Property Is On The Move - Mybster Croft, Spittal
sellers can now advertise a property completely FREE on in our
property section. All you have to do is complete the
Submission Form with a photograph no larger than 200k. If you wish us to do it for you we will still charge our low
price of £20. Caithness.org now has a very large audience so your
property can be seen across the world in minutes. If you require a
property placed on the section for you submit all details and a photo to
But have a go yourself and get it on for FREE. Why is it free?
Well if you do the work then we spend no time on it.
Our traffic is still going
up and this enables us to sell more business advertising which in
turn supports Caithness.org. March stats show Caithness.org is about
to break records for another month.
New Highland boom forces out first-time house buyers - The Herald
A Great Deal Of
Swimming And More With the Hi-Life Card
has been one of the success stories of the past year. The Hi-life
card that gives individuals or families cheaper access to swimming pools
and other facilities in Highland has had many new folk signing up.
The savings are great if you go regularly and many folk have found that
having the card encourages more regular visits to the swimming pool.
For families the savings can be significant. Check the information
and add it up for yourself.
Does Anyone Have Spare Mannequin Or Tailors Dummy Hiding In The Attic?
Wick Heritage Museum are looking for another mannequin or two
to display more if the clothes they have in store. If anyone has one
they no longer need give the heritage museum a call.
28 March 2005
Country Festival At Halkirk - Photos From Sunday
Caithness Ganseys -
A New Section
a note on an item in the
Caithness Field Club Bulletins on
Traditional Knitting Patterns we have received some items and
information on this subject and as it looks set to grow we have set up a
new section to contain it. We hope to add some patterns for anyone
interested in knitting one. Meantime here is photo of one recently
knitted up by Judy Harper, Wick who has also supplied a photo of a Wick
crew at Yarmouth in their ganseys. Her great grandfather and
grandfather are in the photo. If anyone know the names of any of the
rest of the crew get in touch and we will add the names. The gansey is
currently on display at
Wick Heritage Museum now open for the season.
Glass Centre Gives Kids A Chance - Grampian TV
Check out a short clip at Grampian TV web site of kids from Golspie high
Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster being supervised by glass
artist Denis Mann
who lives in Wick.
An Earlier Course
Prince Charles Officially opened Northlands Creative Glass in 2002
Bright sparks are thinking nuclear at last - Sunday Times
27 March 2005
SUSPECTED PARTICLE DETECTED AT DUNNET BEACH
A suspected radioactive particle was detected during monitoring of Dunnet
Beach today. It was removed and taken to Dounreay for laboratory analysis.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and other parties have been
waste spreads further afield - Sunday Herald
Nuclear particle' find on beach - BBC
Carnaby Place, Thurso
Wilson Lane, Thurso
M M Miller Building Contractors New Offices At Harrowhill
of Wick's most successful building contractors M M Miller (Wick) Ltd has
now moved into a new office complex that they built themselves at
Harrowhill in Wick. With a view over the Bignold Park the new
offices show the confidence that local firms have in some sectors.
New Paths At South Head, Wick
What was once a pretty derelict area out past the Lifeboat shed At Wick is
being transformed. New footpaths and steps up the cliff are being
put back in order. The road has been partly surfaced and more paths
will be laid shortly. The old engine shed has been cleaned up to
leave the last of the walls in good order and small standing stones
erected to give better view out along the path. The Cairndhuna well
has been uncovered and steps built up to it. An area that was until
recently covered in a variety of rubbish, old building material, pipes and
more is being changed into an attractive coastal walk.
Wick and Thurso To Get More New Housing
28 Houses At Harrowhill, Wick and 25 Houses at Manson's Lane,
Scotland has announced a series of developments across the Highlands and
Islands with funding package of £37 million. £1.6 million has been
allocated to Pentland Housing for the Caithness schemes. £1 million will
go on the Wick development for 24 semi-detached houses and four flats.
£600,000 will be spent on the Thurso houses. In total the new scheme
will help to build 711 new houses. In Caithness the homes will be
for rent or low-cast home ownership.
Sell A Property Just Got Cheaper On Caithness.org - FREE FREE FREE
We have just set up a new format for the property section and you can now
advertise properties for sale FREE of charge. The reason is
that you now do the work. Just complete the online form for yourself
and add one photograph (jpeg only of no more than 200k) and your property
can be on the property section. If you want us to do the work it
will still cost you £20. The internet is allowing more and more
people to become their own estate agent and save thousands of pounds in
estate agents fees, vat and advertising. Just look at the
Channel 4 web pages DIY House Selling. Our new property
section allows anyone to get their property in Caithness on the internet
free of charge and very fast. More links to the new submission page
will be in place shortly. Caithness.org visitor numbers continue to
grow so make sure your property can be found here - your buyer could come
from almost anywhere. Why Pay More?
Over At Halkirk For The Northern Nashville Country Music Festival 2005
The three day Northern Nashville Country Festival continues today over at
the Disabled Riding Centre at Halkirk. The concerts have been
well attended with 700 people on Friday night and 900 on Saturday night.
The Northern Nashville Country Music Festival in Caithness looks set to
grow and grow. Final concert is today.
Call for Traditional Music Workshop - 16 April 2005
The closing date to apply for the popular workshops in Traditional music
at Wick is 6 April. Fees include soup and sandwich lunch and coffee
and biscuits etc to keep everyone going throughout the day. As in
previous workshops a concert will be held at Mackays hotel in the evening.
26 March 2005
Bridge Street Church, Wick - Easter Fayre Celebrating 50 Years Of Alistair
Roy As Minister
The Easter Fayre at Bridge Street church, Wick this year took the 1950's
as its theme to celebrate the 50 years that minister Alistair Roy has
served the local congregation. The organisers were taken aback by
the large number of items supplied for the day. A huge range of
items from and in use in the 50's was on display. There was so much
that it would have needed quite a while if you wanted to go through some of
the photo albums amongst the tables. Someone was hear to remark that
one day we are going to need another Wick Heritage museum as Caithness
homes seem to contain a treasure trove of memorabilia.
Congratulations to the group for a great display.
Easter Eggstravaganza At Market Square, Wick
Back In Beauly
the A9 north of the Bridge at Inverness is very slow due to the major road
works a detour back on the old A862 road north via Beauly seemed a good
idea. On a lovely sunny day a quick stop for a few photos and look
around the main street. A visit to the Priory made a welcome break.
The Priory hotel is still serving lunches and it seems years since we went
that way. Seems crazy not to go that way from time to time as all
the traffic is rushing up the A9.
25 March 2005
More Funding Ideas For Your Group
Remember that these items we post are only a small fraction of the funding
places available in the UK. New sources are coming along all the
time and deadlines pass very fast. If anyone has an idea for an
alternative energy scheme then there is a funding chance in this batch
today. amongst other topics are grants for the arts and sports. Take
a look and get applying soon.
Pulteneytown Academy Last March Newsletter - Spring Fayre Made £893.36
have learned so much about enterprise, including how to make a profit, the
work involved in purchasing, production, management, sales and banking.
Everyone will go away having learned a variety of things at their own
level, including the staff. The children themselves will decide what to do
with any profit and this will be passed on to you next term as while some
classes have already decided others still have to make up their minds.
Scottish Traditional Music Exams To Be Discussed On Radio Scotland
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama's Scottish Traditional Music
Grade Exams will be the subject of BBC Radio Scotland's 'The Reel Blend'
programme on Sunday 27 March at 1 o'clock. Please tune in to hear
more about this initiative. If you ,miss the programme you can Listen
Again on the web site for a week after the programme. For anyone
interested in Scottish music there are now courses at the Academy in
Glasgow. James Ross from Wick was one of the first students to
obtain the new qualification and his career is taking off. Anyone
interested in pursuing a career in any aspect of Scottish music might want
to listen in.
Fish With Finn
- Another New Caithness Web Site
The new site will
promote a range of coaching and fishing holidays in Caithness.
Budding anglers can come to Caithness and get tuition from a prize winning
instructor. Graham and Pat Finn hope to be welcoming lots of anglers
to Caithness in coming months.
Windows Lands £6million Contract For 24,000 Windows
Geddes Window Systems Ltd, part of the D M Geddes Group based in Halkirk,
Caithness has secured a substantial contract for the supply of timber
windows to Your Homes Newcastle. The organisation employs 100 workers
between its factory and construction interests. The contract is worth £3m
per annum initially for the next two years, providing up to 24,000 windows
during the contract period. The contract is part of a government
regeneration scheme to improve housing in the Newcastle Council area.
Geddes Web Site
Spring Fayre At Pulteneytown Academy
Salmon Season Gets Off To A Good Start On The Wick River
first Salmon to be landed from the Wick River this year was caught by Wick
Angler Mike Henstridge on Tuesday 22nd March in the Flag Pool. The Killer
fly was a 1 1/2inch Willie Gunn Waddington and weighed in at 7 1/2 lbs.
This was Mikes first day ever fishing the Wick as he just joined the Wick
Angling Association on Saturday. It's been a good season so far for Mike
as he caught a 9lb Salmon on Monday from beat 9 on the River Thurso.
Caithness Company Receives Investors in People 10 Year Achievement Award
Caithness-based organisation has received an award in recognition of its
10 year commitment to using the business improvement tool, the Investors
in People Standard. Ackergill Tower picked up the accolade at a gala
dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday
evening (23 March 2005). Over 40 Scottish companies were presented with
their award by four times Olympic gold medallist, Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE.
Tower Web Site -
Ackergill Tower Photo Gallery -
Ackergill Tower From The Air -
Ackergill Tower Castle Section -
Date And Place Set for Lieurary
Date:- Saturday 23rd July 2005 -
Lieurary School Community Centre -
Cost will be set once numbers are clear so get in touch if you can
Wick Heritage Centre Opens For Easter Weekend
folk over at Wick Heritage have been dusting down and getting ready to
open early this year and they will be open over the Easter weekend.
with a huge range of items and rooms set out reflecting Caithness in
earlier times it may take more than one visit to see it all. the
centre boasts a huge archive of photographs many from the Johnson
Collection and a unique photo from Caithness can be purchased in a variety
Triathalon Club 10K Run Open To All - Plus Easter Fun Run For The Kids
The Triathlon Club are holding their annual 10K run on Sun 27th March, at
2.00pm (registration 1.30pm) from the Community Education Rooms at the
North School, Wick. There is also a fun run for children. All finishers
will receive a cream egg and there is Easter Eggs for the winners.
Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle. £2 for the
10K and £1 for the fun run. All Welcome.
DOUNREAY OPENS ITS DOORS EARLY FOR
Dounreay’s award-winning visitor centre opens its doors for the 2005
season today in time for the early Easter weekend. The centre explains to visitors the remarkable story of the
pioneers who developed the fast breeder programme at Dounreay 50 years
ago, and the major clean-up programme now underway to restore the
environment. It describes how
UKAEA is working with the local community to establish the north Highlands
as an international centre of excellence in nuclear decommissioning -
qualities that can sustain the skills and enterprise base of the north
Highlands beyond the closure of Dounreay and so ensure the ultimate legacy
of Scotland’s first “atomic factory” is one everyone can be proud of.
24 March 2005
Brothers Looking For A Home Together - Nine Months Old
Cats Protection have two two cats they would like to rehome. The black one
is called Ebony and is very friendly whilst Sky, the grey one is very
timid though in the right home he may 'come out of himself'. They are nine
month old brothers (neutered)and we want to home them together. We also
need homes for cats which aren't suitable as pets so need someone with
outbuildings, croft or farm to take them.
Caithness Cats Protection
Gymnasts Gain Valuable Experience At Scottish Novice Competitions
Rhythmic Gymnasts from Caithness Gymnastics Club competed in the Rhythmic
Gymnastics Scottish Novice Competition held at Bellsquarry, Livingston
last weekend. Some parents and their club coaches Diane & Julia Gibson
accompanied them to the competition.
Portland Arms Hoping For Awards In Online Poll - Give Them A
Boost With Your Vote
The Portland Arms Hotel in Lybster has been nominated for the above awards
in the Scottish Inns category. Winning this would be a great honour
for the hotel and the staff and get Caithness noticed far and wide.
the awards will be made in the Balmoral Hotel in front of the top people
in the tourist and catering industry and make great coverage for the area.
If you like the services at the Portland Arms head over to to
www.ScottishHotelsOfTheYear.com and give them a vote.
23 March 2005
Has Sprung So Turn Down And Turn Off
Clocks are not the only thing that should be changed when workers return
after Easter, according to leading energy company Powergen. With the
start of British Summer Time (BST) on Sunday (March 27), Powergen says
remembering to lower thermostats and adjust lighting timers after the Bank
Holiday could lower small- and medium-sized businesses’ (SMEs) energy
consumption and bills. Forward-thinking businesses can also use the
opportunity to make even greater savings by encouraging all employees to
be smarter about how and where they use energy at work. According to
the Government-backed Carbon Trust, businesses can save as much as 20% on
their energy costs simply by being more energy efficient. That is
equivalent to a 5% increase in sales.
UKAEA Anniversary Fund Makes
Seven Donations To Local Charities
celebrate UKAEA's 50th anniversary, an anniversary fund was created to
underline UKAEA's commitment to charitable causes. For every pound that
volunteers raised for selected charities, UKAEA contributed a pound from
its anniversary fund. During the year UKAEA Dounreay made donations to 7
groups: Caithness Kidney Dialysis Support Group, 1st Dunnet Bay Scout
Group, Crossroads Care Caithness, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Newton
Palliative Care Fund, Caithness MacMillan Nurses and Thurso High School
PTA Minibus Fund.
Labour Candidate Looks In At Dounreay
NEW GENERATION: Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate in Caithness,
Sutherland and Easter Ross Alan Jamieson meets UKAEA's Celestine Cheong
and Gavin Coppins, who are among a new era of graduates in environmental
sciences drawn to Dounreay by the challenge of cleaning up the fast
experiment. They are pictured here explaining the ground-breaking research
being carried out to ensure environmental data for Doureay, including that
associated with the legacy of particles in the marine environment, is
available for analysis and communication to site regulators and the
Graduate Fair For
Sutherland At Thurso - 7 April
Following the success of a pilot event last year, graduates and
employers in Caithness and Sutherland are once again to be given the
opportunity to meet and discuss mutual benefits. The second Graduate
Fair will take place in Thurso Town Hall, on Thursday 7th April, from
4pm - 7pm. The event is organised by Caithness and Sutherland
Enterprise (CASE). The date has been chosen to coincide with students
returning to the area for the Easter holidays, and for local employers
planning recruitment for summer starting dates.
Caithness Councillors Decide To Opt Out Of Gaelic Signs
Caithness councillors decided on Tuesday 22 March to exercise their
opt out in respect of Gaelic signage being adopted in parts of Highland.
The main argument against having Gaelic names on road, schools and other
signs was that Caithness had not been in the recent past a Gaelic
speaking area. Generally Highland Council had decided to adopt the
addition of Gaelic names and language to signage unless area committees
22 March 2005
New Waste Water Treatment Works For Thurso - Work At The Harbour End
Another Van In Caithness
Lybster Fire Unit - Training
Lybster Fire Unit are seen here at one of their regular training
exercises. They are promised some new equipment under the recent
Action Group are fighting to ensure they are allowed to continue
to attend house fires following a recommendation that this be stopped as
the unit do not have Breathing Apparatus or the necessary training to
use it. The Lybster fire crew want to be able to continue to
attend local fires as they have done for many years and not be relegated
to dealing only with heath fires and car accidents whilst the local
house fire wait on a unit from Dunbeath or Wick.
Young Farmer Of The Year Competition
A new National farming competition run by Eilidh MacPherson, Editor of
magazine will take place in Thurso mart on Wed 30th
March at 7pm. Anyone involved in the farming industry aged 16-35 is
welcome to take part. The competition has received backing from SAC, ABP
and Tulloch and so far a quad bike is up for grabs as the main prize for
the National winner.
BT EMBARK ON SECOND ROUND OF PAYPHONE
CONSULTATION - More Phones To Go
Community Councils are being asked to
respond by 3 June this year to a second wave
of consultation by BT Payphones on the
future of payphones in the Highlands.
Having received no objection to the removal
of more than 100 payphones in an earlier
consultation, BT now wishes to remove a
further 44 phones and convert 126 phones to
cashless kiosks. It aims to retain a network
of 371 payphones currently in use. BT
is posting signs on targeted kiosks to
highlight those planned for removal or
conversion. It has provided The Highland
Council with a list of all payphones in
support of the proposal and has included
revenue band information.
SNP Ready For Westminster Election Campaign
CAITHNESS, SUTHERLAND & EASTER ROSS SNP
CONSTITUENCY ASSOCIATION AGM REPORT
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
SNP Constituency meeting held a successful
Annual General meeting on Saturday in
Helmsdale Community Centre. Niall
Smith was elected as Convenor and Ken Mackay
elected as Vice Convenor. Lily Byron
continues for another year as Secretary with
Ian Clark as the Minute Secretary. Bill
Brown was re-elected as the Treasurer.
Speaking after the meeting from Helmsdale,
Karen Shirron, SNP candidate for Caithness,
Sutherland and Easter Ross for the
forthcoming Westminster elections said: "The
meeting was very well attended and its great
to hear that our membership in the area
continues to grow.
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Open Meeting Of Ormlie Community
Wednesday 23 March 7.30pm Ormlie Centre
Henderson Street, Thurso
The next open meeting of Ormlie Community
Association will be held on Wednesday 23
March 2005 at 7.00 pm in the Ormlie Centre,
Henderson Street, Thurso. Caroline Swan, THC
Money Advice Officer will be guest speaker
and residents will be given the opportunity
of raising any issues relating to the estate
with Lorna Simpson, OCA Manager and Brian
Leonard, OCA Chairman. All residents and
interested parties are invited to attend.
21 March 2005
Lybster Bowling Club Upgrading The Green To
are being carried out at at the Lybster
Bowling Green to get it up to the standards
required for competitive matches.
Rules require that the ditches and surrounds
meet certain specifications and often older
greens do not meet the modern standards.
Lybster is setting out to ensure they comply
and that competitions can take place there.
The club is also striving to attract new
members and welcome any one who is
interested in trying out the game, or who
wants to join the club should get in touch.
Caithness Bowling Clubs
Sector Strike Called Off -
3.40pm 21 March
Council, in association with Unison, AMICUS
and UCATT, has confirmed that the day of
strike action planned for Wednesday, 23
March, has been called off and employees
should report to work as normal on
Wednesday. A teachers strike may now
be called in April over the pensions
Latheron Lybster and Clyth Fire Action Group
Demand Answers On No Call Out
Fire Action Group Questions On No Call
Out To Local Fire Incident
The fire Action Group have written to
the fire master asking why they were a
called out to one incident where they dealt
with the situation within minutes and yet
for another incident the Dunbeath unit were
called when Lybster fire unit could have
been on the spot much sooner. In the
event the incident could have been much
worse with the possibility of building going
on fire from a car on fire. the unit
thinks only the fact that there was no wind
prevented a house fire - "In the time the
occupants waited, the fire was so fierce
that the plastic barge boards and gutter of
the house, close to the car on fire, had
started to melt and buckle. The other car in
front by 5 feet, or so, was also fire
damaged and in danger of exploding if the
tank caught fire. The occupants had fully
expected to see the local crew arrive and
promptly deal with the situation. This was
not the case."........... the Fire
Action Group are asking that the local unit
be allowed to attend house fires which under
new rules they would be prevented from
Latest Cooncil Minutes - Caithness Area
Committee Just Published 31 January 2005
Agenda for meeting 22 March 2005 to be
held in Thurso Town Hall
Tory Leader Michael Howard looked In At The
Dounreay Stand At Tory The Conference
leader Michael Howard was among senior party
figures briefed by the Dounreay team at the
Dumfries conference. Mr Howard is seen here
with, from left, June Love, who is
spearheading public participation in the
options for managing particles in the marine
environment, John Deighan of the T & G union
at Dounreay, and Scottish Tory Party
chairman and shadow Scotland Secretary Peter
DOUNREAY VISITOR CENTRE SET TO OPEN FOR
Dounreay's award-winning visitor centre
will open this year on Thursday, 24 March
2005. The centre, which last year attracted
over 9,000 visitors, tells the story of
Dounreay's role over the past fifty years,
how it was developed as the centre for
Britain's fast reactor development
programme, its operational years, and how
the site is now focussed on decommissioning.
Dounreay Visitor Centre Web
Blues N Trouble At Skinandis, Thurso Last
Blues fans were treated to some great music
on Saturday. The 9.30pm session was
relatively quiet but those who were there
were treated to a high quality night.
The second set that started at midnight was
packed out and the band certainly increased
the average age of the 'clubbers'.
blues n trouble web site
Pultenytown Academy School Wick - Latest
Highlighting the Spring Fayre on Wednesday,
Football courses with Ross county during the
Easter Holidays and the changes proposed in
abolishing school boards and replacing them
with school forums. The consultation
document has been distributed from the
school to PSA members but other parents may
want to take a look and respond to the
consultation. We have added a link in
the newsletter but anyone can take look and
respond via the
Parentzone web site
INAUGURAL MEETING OF DOUNREAY STAKEHOLDER
7pm on Monday, March 21, at the Pentland
The meeting is open to anyone to attend
Dounreay is changing - and so is its
communication with the local community.
From April 1, UKAEA will become a contractor
of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
which has strategic responsibility for the
decommissioning and clean-up of all UK
public sector civil nuclear sites. The
decommissioning work at Dounreay will be
carried out by UKAEA as the site licensee
company in accordance with work plans
developed by the contractor and agreed with
the NDA. A new forum is being set up
to give the community a greater say in these
20 March 2005
An Even Closer Look Round Scrabster Harbour
Saturday is a quiet day at Scrabster Harbour
at this time of year but it does make it
easy to take pictures. Here we go
right round the harbour looking at the older
buildings and the new ones covering a large
part of the harbour. Much of the fish
market area is dominated by D Steven Ltd who
have lorries constantly on the road
transporting fish from Scrabster consigned
south. Anyone who travels the road
south will always see Stevens lorries going
north and south at almost any time of the
day or night. The port is always changing
and the new fishery office is now in use.
Some things remain the same and the wee
gargoyles still look out over the comings
and goings of the harbour. The
Orcadians are talking about a tunnel to
Orkney so perhaps the port will have a
different look in years to come ( For the
sceptics they are deadly serious and have
looked at the fact that Norway already has
the know how and has built a number of long
range road tunnels connecting remote areas.
19 March 2005
Daffodils About To Burst Out At Union Street
Shore Lane, Wick - Work Almost Completed
Work continued even on a Saturday to
complete the work in Shore Lane. The
same company is due to start work shortly on
the renovation of the Black Stairs.
The two boys just happened to be passing
with their pokes of chips.
The New Waste Water Treatment Works (Sewage)
A new road heads up the hill towards
Harald's Tower and then turns left towards
the coast. There the new Waste Water
Treatment works for Thurso is being
constructed. Here are a few photos of
the site and of the surrounding countryside
and back to Thurso from up the hill.
The Split Stane - Sutherland
we were along the north coast it seemed a
good idea to take a photo of this legendary
stone. Once marking the boundary of
Mackay country on the north road.
There are several legends attached to the
"Split Stane" one of the more popular one
being that the devil split the stane with
his tale as he hurried past in a temper.
One thing is for sure it marks the start
today of a journey into one of the most
spectacular trips along the northerly coast
of Sutherland and the Highlands. If
you have dipped into our Sutherland photos
you will already know there is fabulous view
around every bend in the road. If you
want to drive on almost empty roads , have
beach to yourself and breath clean air with
a tang of salt head to the far north of
Bettyhill - Sutherland
There is still a phone box at Bettyhill -
opposite the post office. The question
is will either of them still be there in a
few years. With phone boxes now the
subject of another consultation and post
office incomes being hammered these vital
services are fast disappearing. So
next time you are out think about using a
call box instead of the mobile phone (it's
cheaper) and buy a few stamps etc from a
country post office or they will soon be
gone for ever.
1983 Caithness Field Club Bulletin
Most of the items have appeared previously
on the web site but are now gathered
together in the Bulletins section as we move
forward to publish all of the outstanding
NHS Highland Smoking Cessation Service
New smoking cessation service. The service provides smokers with free
confidential advice and support to stop smoking. Specialist smoking
cessation advisers based in Caithness, Ross-shire, Inverness and Lochaber
will be providing smokers with one to one and in some areas group support
to quit, including the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. For more
information about the help on offer in Highland, call NHS Highland Health
Information Service on Lo-call 0845 757 3077
Thurso High School Fun Day Postponed
The Fun Day planned for this coming Sunday has been postponed.
The rugby planned for the day will go ahead but will now be played at Mill
Bank. the stalls that would have been on Sunday will now form part
of the PTA day on 23 April.
Highland Council Boundary Changes - Single Transferrable Vote
Here are the details proposed for the new boundaries associated with the
new voting system for the council
HIGHLAND 2007 - COMMUNITY
PROGRAMME - Local Groups Should Think
About This Funding
A funding formula for the distribution
of community grants for promoting Highland
2007, the year that Scotland celebrates
Highland culture, has been agreed by The
Highland Council's Education Culture and
Sport Committee. A total of £1 million is
available for distribution in 2005-2006 for
both running events and for embarking on
projects, such as hall upgrades. A further
£1 million will be available in each of the
following two financial years. The
allocation for 2005-2006 is: -
Badenoch and Strathspey, £92,600;
Caithness, £110,000; Inverness,
£197,000; Lochaber, £123,200; Nairn,
£75,200; Ross and Cromarty, £185,000; Skye
and Lochalsh, £95,000; Sutherland, £122,000.
Flurry Of UKAEA Items
DUNNET BEACH Update On Contaminated Stone
UKAEA has published the results of tests
carried out on a contaminated stone
discovered during monitoring of the beach at
Dunnet on March 2. The tests are
inconclusive about the origin of the
caesium, but eliminate radioactive
deposition from the Chernobyl accident as a
source of the contamination. The tests
indicate the contamination it is not a
particle of the kind found near Dounreay.
UKAEA Will Assist Highland Council To Remove
Storm Rubbish At Dunnet
UKAEA has responded to a request for
assistance from Highland Council to help
repair storm damage and has agreed to
provide mechanical assistance to remove
large quantities of flotsam and jetsam from
UKAEA MEDIATION Moves To Reach Settlement
UKAEA has begun a process of mediation with
Magnohard Ltd, owner of the estate at
Sandside, with a view to reaching a positive
settlement of issues arising from the
detection and retrieval of radioactive
particles at Sandside beach. UKAEA regrets
the occurrence of particles at Sandside and
the historical practices that gave rise to
their release onto the seabed off Dounreay.
‘NEW’ COURT CASE Against Dounreay Untrue
A number of newspapers this week reported
that a new court case has been launched
against UKAEA Dounreay as a result of
historical waste management practices.
UKAEA understands that these reports stemmed
from Media Intelligence Partners Ltd, a
London-based lobby firm with strong links to
political organisations in the USA.
Enquiries by UKAEA have established that
no new, fresh proceedings have been
brought against UKAEA.
18 March 2005
Schools Head teachers will advise parents on
Monday of possible disruption or closures,
basing their decisions on health and safety
considerations. Head teachers will also use
the emergency closure phone line to keep
parents appraised of local situations.
Make sure you have the school emergency
number handy to phone in and check current
situation. Use that and not the main
school numbers to check. Caithness.org
will update with the latest information as
it comes in.
Council Offices Across Scotland May Be
Closed On Wednesday 23 March Due To Strike
Members of the unions Unison, Amicus and
UCATT will be involved in strike action on
Wednesday 23 March 2005. Many council
and other services may be affected depending
on the support for the action. More
details on possible Caithness or Highland
affects will be published when we know more.
The strike is over the threat to alter
pension conditions of public service
Mary Scanlon MSP Attacks Cut In Highland
Council Funding For Supporting People
Mary Scanlon MSP The Scottish Conservative's
spokesman for Communities, used today debate
on Housing to acknowledge the 400,000
families in Scotland who own their own homes
as a direct result of the Tory Right to Buy,
saying; "These were mainly first time
buyers, achieving their aspiration of home
own ownership. "The Scottish
Conservatives would welcome policies
building on the fundamental principles of
the Right to Buy scheme to maximise
opportunities for tenants to become
homeowners, and which propose to make shared
ownership more flexible and affordable to
more people....... Mary further commented;
"The cuts in the Supporting People funding
for Highland over the next 3 years will be
£2 million, making it very difficult for
them to provide housing support and indeed
to increase services, particularly following
new homelessness legislative requirements.
Highland Council has asked for a commitment
that the funding available to support the
introduction of homelessness legislation
will be continued."
Maureen Macmillan MSP Backing Action
on Solvent Abuse
Maureen Macmillan MSP has added her support to a new campaign to stop
solvent abuse in Scotland. The
National Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) campaign is hoping to raise
awareness amongst shop workers about the laws surrounding the sale of
lighter fuel and other solvents that can be abused by children. Mrs
Macmillan is calling on retailers to operate on a 'no proof, no sale'
basis on age restricted products and is encouraging all shop workers to
support the campaign and help stop the sale of volatile substances to
under 18s. Backing the campaign Mrs Macmillan said, "Solvent abuse can
kill. That is why lighter fuel is an age
restricted product, and it is illegal to
sell it to under -18s.
UKAEA Dounreay Beating The Drum As Party
Conference Season Gets Into Full Swing
To Dumfries - Some of Scotland's most senior
politicians were briefed on progress with decommissioning Dounreay when
they met up with a UKAEA and trade union team from Dounreay at the
Scottish Labour Party conference in Dundee
recently. First minister Jack
McConnell and other Labour MSP's called at
the stand for a few words. The
Dounreay team next headed for the
Conservative conference in Dumfries
Volunteering Opportunities From Volunteering
Are you interested in the environment and gardening?..If so, Wick
Flower Basket Committee are looking for
volunteers. Wick Town Improvements
[Gala committee] are looking for a treasurer
to help run the extremely popular Gala. If
you think you would like to contribute to
the continued success of the Gala call
Catherine at Volunteering Highland.
Volunteering Highland office is located at
Telford House Williamson Street, Wick, and
they have information on volunteering across
Mary Scanlon MSP About Energy Efficiency
and Islands MSP Mary Scanlon has been told that the Scottish Executive currently
has no separate energy efficiency targets for Scotland. Commenting, Mary
said; "It is interesting that the Scottish Executive have set targets for the
construction of wind farms all across Scotland in their attempts to achieve
renewable energy targets, yet they do not place the same emphasis on energy
North MSP's Welcome Higher Spending
To Tackle Shortage Of Dentists
highland MSP's Maureen MacMillan and Jamie Stone were united in welcoming the
extra £150 million to be spent on recruiting more dentists. Highland like
most parts of Scotland has over the past few years had a growing shortage of
dentists and particularly any who wished to remain working in the National
Health Service. A new remote area allowance of £9000 per annum may make the
thought of working in the Highlands more attractive.
Canine Club Has A New Web Site
The local club now has a web site to enable everyone to finds out about the club
and what it offers to dog owners. The main features of the club are To
promote responsible dog ownership in the Caithness district - To hold dog
training, ringcraft and agility classes - To hold lectures and discussions on
the care and welfare of dogs - To hold licensed shows under Kennel Club rules
and regulations and also to meet other folk interested in dogs. The canine
club web site has now been added to our
listing where you can find a growing listing of Caithness web sites.
The link for this growing page is now in the left hand column of this page and
in various other pages such as the
Site Map as we try
to keep with the hectic pace that Caithness is now fast moving into the digital
age. If your web site is in Caithness and not listed get in touch with us
and make it easier for everyone to find. the Canine Club web site can also be
found via the
Canine Club page in the
Welfare section and that is found in the main
THE CONSERVATION OF WILD CREATURES AND WILD PLANTS ACT,
Ken Butler in this Caithness Field Club Bulletin describes the 1975 conservation
act and the offences created for the removal of plants and animals from the
countryside. The wildlife and countryside Act has been updated several
times and there have been many amendments but this item may remind people that
removal of plants and other items from the countryside is a criminal offence.
Interminable Acanthodians - Field Exposure On The A9
Jack Saxon describes the finds on the A9 after blasting at road works
and two visiting German geologists collected fish fossils from the
cutting. It had been found necessary to blast the country rock
revealing, on the south west face, about 4m of country rock.
This article is another from the 1975 Caithness Field Club Bulletin.
Main Bulletins Index
THE RAISED SHORELINES OF CAITHNESS
Another article from the 1975 Caithness Field Club Bulletin in which
Donald Omand discusses raised beaches in Caithness.
Main Bulletins Index
Green Light for New
Inverness Airport Access Road
Plans for the construction of a new access road linking Inverness
Airport and the A96 are set to go ahead following the successful outcome
of negotiations with Network Rail. Work is expected to start on
the construction of the road shortly. The new road will improve the
integration of transport within the Highlands by linking Inverness
Airport to the trunk road network and thus enhancing the links from air
services to the bus and rail services in Inverness. The Highland Council
expects to let the contract for the construction of the road soon.
The £4 million road and associated access infrastructure is being funded
by the European Regional Development Fund through the Highlands and
Islands Special Transitional Programme 2000-2006, Inverness and Nairn
Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited and The Highland
Highland Teacher Training INITIATIVE Extends
A pioneering teacher training programme run
by The Highland Council and Aberdeen
University today received support to be
extended to offer part-time, distance
learning training for secondary teacher
training. The popular Primary course
will see 25 teachers graduate this summer
and will continue with an other 20 places
from august, in English and Gaelic medium.
Today, members of The Highland Council's
Education, Culture and Sport Committee
agreed to extend into secondary education
with Aberdeen by creating another course
aimed at producing new secondary teachers
for Highland. No limit to numbers is being
placed on this, recognising the need to
recruit as many new teachers as possible.
If you would like to teach in Caithness
there are currently vacancies in Wick and
Thurso High schools in several subjects.
Contact Highland council for full details.
Gordon Campbell Independent Candidate For
Westminster Checks Out East Caithness
Gordon Campbell is well underway with his
canvassing around Caithness, Sutherland and
Easter Ross. On Thursday he set out to
see East Caithness and meet people along the
way. He checked out many aspects from
businesses, harbours, museums and even
public toilets at Dunbeath. He chatted
with ladies at Laidhay croft and Latheron
Post Office and other people he met along
the way. He has been round before and
has stood in several elections without
success but this has not dampened his
enthusiasm for campaigning. He lives
in Dornoch but often lives for few days
locally when campaigning. He based
himself at the Portland Arms Hotel for his
East Caithness days.
17 March 2005
FIRST APPOINTMENTS TO THE CIVIL NUCLEAR
Mike O'Brien today announced the first
members of the Civil Nuclear Police
Authority (CNPA) which will take over
responsibility for policing civil nuclear
sites and nuclear materials from UKAEA on 1
April 2005. The current UKAEA
Constabulary, will transfer to the CNPA and
will be renamed the Civil Nuclear
Constabulary. The Constabulary's role in
providing a specialised policing and
guarding service for nuclear sites and
materials will not change.
FAR NORTH MSP COMMENTS ON BSE SCARE
Reacting to the reports that BSE
infected meat may have entered the food
chain through the former Wick abattoir, Far
North MSP Jamie Stone said: "This is
very concerning news. It is vital that
consumers are confident that Scottish beef
is safe. "Along with many others, I
raised strong concerns three years ago
following the award of the vet service
contract to a firm in Leeds. "This decision
ended the contract with local vets who had
provided and excellent service, on site, for
many years. "It is important that any
investigation into this incident considers
whether the vet tendering process should
shoulder some of the blame for this
unfortunate event. "I will be raising
this matter with Scottish ministers as a
matter of urgency."
The Wick BSE Story In The Scotsman -
17 March 2005
comment - This incident happened in August
2004 and most of the carcases were withdrawn
with only one unable to be traced so it is
not known if it was infected. We
wonder if this really warrants the tag
scare. The news if it is that is only
being released now but it hardly seems like
a scare more like a Don't Know. Any
comments to the
COMMUNITY LAND MANAGEMENT TRAINING EVENT
AIMS TO GET YOUTHS ON BOARD
A series of workshops relating to community
land ownership is to be launched on 25th
March when the first seminar, Youth on
Board, is to be held. The event will focus
on involving young people in the practical
management of community owned land.
The Youth on Board seminar, to be hosted by
the Abriachan Forest Trust, will explore
ways to involve young people at all stages
of land management and also celebrate the
Trust's success in stimulating collaboration
across the generations. This is the
first seminar in a programme of 30 training
events being provided by the Community Land
Unit of Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE),
with financial assistance from a
trans-regional partnership of North
Highland, Western Isles, Skye and Lochalsh
and West Highland European LEADER Kist
(WHELK) LEADER+ programmes.
RESHAPING THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL MAP
New proposed boundaries for local
government electoral divisions in the
Highlands have been published. As the
result of the decision by the Scottish
Executive to move to Proportional
Representation and multi-member wards at the
next local government election in 2007,
using the Single Transferable Vote, the
Local Government Boundary Commission for
Scotland has re-shaped The Highland Council
map to produce 23 multi-member wards. At
present there are 80 single-member wards.
From 2007, there will still be 80 elected
members but the Boundary Commission proposes
to create 12 three-member and 11 four-member
wards. In Caithness the new multi-member wards
will be Wick - three councillors, Thurso three councillors and Rural
Caithness four councillors
Telephone Boxes Get Stay Of Execution
much lobbying and letter writing BT has
decided to carry out a further consultation
before axing telephone boxes around the
country. The new deadline for sending
in objections to a removal of a box will be
3 June 2005.
Ken McCorquodale of Highland council will
co-ordinate responses from Highland.
Community Councils will again be consulted
with maps showing exactly where boxes within
their area are to be removed/changed to
cashless together with a further map showing
the situation within their particular area.
Objections to particular Kiosks being
removed should be sent in writing to -
BT Telephone Kiosk Review, Ken McCorkindale, Highland Council, Glenurquhart
Road, Inverness IV3 5NX
More Lybster Snow Scenes From Monday
MINISTER'S STATEMENT ON RADIOACTIVE
PARTICLES AT SANDSIDE
Answers to Parliamentary Questions about
the steps being taken to address radioactive
particles detected and retrieved from the
beach at Sandside and their potential health
effects have been published. The
answers by Energy Minister Mike O'Brien
reiterate previously-published advice from a
committee of independent experts that the
chances of a member of the public coming
into contact with a radioactive particle on
the beach at Sandside Bay continue to be
"extremely small". In the unlikely
event of someone swallowing a particle
typical of those detected and retrieved at
Sandside beach, the Committee on Medical
Aspects of Radiation in the Environment says
the radiation dose would be "roughly
equivalent to the average UK annual
background radiation dose".
16 March 2005
Back To Caithness Field Club Bulletins
- 1975 Bulletin Now Going On
We are grateful to Janet Mackenzie who
has once again offered to help us get more
of the articles that were published in early
Caithness Field Club Bulletins. These
Bulletins continue to be published once a
year and are available to all Field Club
Members - well worth the annual membership
We begin with October 1975 articles -
Editorial and Notes - Interesting
to see where they went in 1975 and Nature
Castles Gunn and Halberry - The Gunns,
D B Miller - Previously published in the
TWO NEW CASTLE SITES IN CAITHNESS?
Early Ecclesiastical Remains Of Wick
Traditional Knitting Patterns
J.I. Bramman Does anyone have
anyone have a knitted Caithness jumper?
Tales Of A Caithness Harbour
R S Stephen
More To Come Soon
Angus Ross Conservative Candidate Visit
Ross, Westminster Conservative Party
Representative for Caithness, Sutherland &
Easter Ross recently visited Dounreay. This
was Mr Ross's first visit to Dounreay during
which he received a presentation on the
decommissioning of Dounreay followed by a
tour of the site. He is pictured here
outside Dounreay Fast Reactor with his
assistant David Peach (left).
Views Being Sought On Management Of North
People who live and work in and around
the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland
are being asked their views on a draft
management strategy for the area, in a
public consultation starting this week.
The draft document has been developed by a
host of organisations and individuals
through the LIFE Peatlands Project, and
seeks to take account of the conservation,
community and economic needs of the area.
Caithness and Sutherland have the biggest
extent of blanket bog in the UK and possibly
the world. Large parts of the area are
formally recognised under the UK Wildlife
and Countryside Act and the EC Wild Birds
and Habitats Directives, and have also been
proposed as a World Heritage Site.
NOTE - The draft strategy will be on the
LIFE Peatlands web site later on
today (Wednesday 16th March).
Most tickets gone as at 9.00am 17
March. Phone 01955 604648 for last
Our electricity is off for most of today for
essential work and we will not be able
to check emails until the evening and it may
be too late to post them out.
Free Movie Family Tickets For Barbie
"Fairytopia" - Warner Brothers Cinema
Caithness.org has ten family tickets (Two
Adults & Two Children) to give away Free
start at 10.30am. Sorry there is
only one screening of the film but if you
happen to be going to Inverness on Saturday
get going early and you can take your little
girls to see Fairytopia. Caithness.org has10
x family tickets (two adults, two children)
to the special screening of Barbie's new
film Fairytopia at the Vue cinema (old Warner
Bros) in Inverness on Saturday 19th March.
To get a Family ticket for four just email
email@example.com with your name and
address. First ten out will get the tickets
by return of post absolutely FREE.
Barbie plays the beautiful fairy Elina in
her latest movie role in the film Barbie "Fairytopia"
(certificate U). Elina lives in the magical
land of "Fairytopia" where glittery fairies
and pixies flutter in and out of flower
castles, and enchanted creatures roam the
endless meadows and forests. If
we do not get enough folk we will pass them
onto an Inverness school.
15 March 2005
No You Did Not Win The Readers Digest
Lottery Prize - No Matter What Your Email
Readers Digest scam is on the go in email
again. Think about it would they
contact you by email about a huge prize -
NO. Before you are even tempted to
respond to any of these and other scams
designed to get you to send money, make
phone call at premium rate or give your
personal bank details etc
READ This. Just keep brain in
gear when receiving email and you will be
fine but please warn elderly relatives or
anyone you know who might be likely to be
Caithness And Sutherland Enterprise Latest
Grants To Businesses
AEAT Battery Systems Ltd Thurso,
commercialisation of lithium-ion cell
technology research and development project,
£2,600,000; Eastern Airways (UK) Ltd, Wick,
marketing campaign to promote new services
from Wick Airport to Inverness and Aberdeen,
£10,000; Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd,
Wick, 'Wick Gateway' project at Wick
Airport, £3,000; Dunbeath Engineering Ltd,
Dunbeath, purchase of specialist equipment,
£30,000; J Waters, Thurso, e-commerce
website development, £1,190; Homeaid,
Thurso, e-commerce website development,
£1,108; Blackstairs Fish Ltd, Wick,
e-commerce website development, £1,783;
Really Nice Cards Ltd, Ardgay, e-commerce
website development, £2,713.
set up a new year card exchange with six
other schools from all over the world.
Schools from Italy, Rumania, India, Brazil,
Singapore, Norway and of course Hillhead
School in Wick all exchanged cards with all
the others. Displays of the cards
received were set up in the school for
everyone to see.
Dunbeath Engineering To Supply Components
A local Caithness firm, Dunbeath Engineering
Limited (DEL), is investing in new equipment
which will allow them to provide another
local firm, Orion/D Gow and Son Ltd, with
components for a decommissioning-related
contract for UKAEA at Dounreay. DEL
manufactures a range of machine tool
accessories which are sold throughout the
world. They have been approached by Orion/D
Gow and Son Ltd, based in Lybster, to
manufacture steel components for waste
drums, which Gow's are supplying to UKAEA at
Dunbeath Engineering Limited is receiving
investment of £30,000 from Caithness and
Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) to buy the
necessary equipment to manufacture the
components to be used in the steel waste
CAREERS SCOTLAND -
people from Thurso and the North Coast of Sutherland took part in Careers
Scotland's "Limelight Event" on Saturday 12th March in North Highland
College. The event consisted of traditional / folk and rock music
workshops and was aimed at 14 - 18 year olds with a growing interest in
the world of music and in need of some direction, guidance and input to
encourage their talent. Denise Holden -Careers Scotland's Locality
Manager-said," This was an example of one of the many experiences for
young people which help them to plan their careers more effectively. The
majority of the students who took part had never performed in a band or
group before, but by the end of the day had the confidence and ability to
perform on stage in front of a live audience. It was a very valuable
experience for all concerned and most importantly - a lot of fun!"
Snow Scenes From Lybster After The Blizzard
Cold and windy weather covered Caithness in snow as temperatures fell.
14 March 2005
Housing crisis may prompt suspension of
right to buy - Scotsman
This story in the Scotsman reflects and increasing view that the growing
waiting lists for houses both council and housing associations are being
made worse by the right to buy. Another rush of people to exercise
their right to buy will probably result as folk try to beat any suspension
of the right to buy which is very attractive for anyone who qualifies for
the generous discounts. Highland waiting lists are growing longer
and longer which is why the council is moving to Stock Transfer in order
to take up the Scottish Executive offer to invest in Highland Housing and
have the outstanding debts written off Highland has one of the
highest housing debts on council housing in Scotland made worse by the
rate at which houses have been bought by tenants. This latest threat
is likely to see another rush to buy.
Highland Council Launch Major Funding For
Arts & Festivals
Scotland's Year Of Highland Culture 2007
Local groups and committees planning events and festivals over the next
three years should take a close look at this new funding being made
available by Highland council in the run up to Highland Year Of Culture
2007. Grants are available for 2005, 2006 and 2007. Caithness
groups in music and the arts should be well placed to take advantage of
this significant funding. Take a look and ask for more information
soon........This is significant funding with a total budget expected to
reach £30million over the three years and
backed by the Scottish Executive and other
agencies. The three years will build
towards 2007 with significant projects
- music, sports, clan gatherings and much
more. Get your ideas together and
apply for this money in the north.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A GREEN GYM IN
CAITHNESS AND SUTHERLAND?
BTCV Green Gym
Monday, 21st March 2005nn
10am – 12am
Venue: Wick Health Centre
Following an initial meeting in January 2005, BTCV Scotland would like to
invite you to attend an Open meeting to discuss the potential for a
Caithness and Sutherland Green Gym network. Green Gym works! Green Gyms
got off the ground in Scotland in June 2002, and within 2 years, 14 groups
have contributed 880 healthier people within healthy places. For more
information on this success story see
www.btcv.org.uk Your local knowledge and support is being sought to
explore these opportunities further. Please come along to this open
meeting to find out more and share your thoughts and ideas.
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" to all three then you'll find forthcoming
seminars most beneficial. A Two Day course in Wick.
Seminars supported by CASE to help artists build your confidence,
set fees, cost and price work, market and promote, design your brochure,
form workable agreements, understand copyright and help you to maintain a
professional profile. More
UKAEA Refutes Latest Particles Stories In
The Media Today
UKAEA RESPONSE TO MISLEADING PARTICLE CLAIMS
UKAEA has not been informed of any "new"
court action, other than from journalists
today seeking comment on a press release
issued on behalf of Mr Geoffrey Minter by
Media Intelligence Partners Ltd. UKAEA had
agreed to seek mediation with Magnohard Ltd,
owner of Sandside Estate, to settle issues
arising from the detection and retrieval of
radioactive particles from the beach at
Sandside Bay, and is therefore disappointed
by today's news. The Media Intelligence
Partners' statement contains a number of
misleading and inaccurate assertions:
Invests £2.6 Million In AEAT Battery Systems Ltd (ABSL) At Thurso
Systems Limited (ABSL) in Thurso has embarked on an ambitious development
project, with help from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) and
supported by the Scottish Executive - which could ultimately result in
additional jobs at the company's Thurso plant, Denchi House. The new
development will safeguard ABSL's existing 150 employees in Thurso and
once technology from the latest research and development projects is
proven and commercialised, the company expect the workforce to increase
significantly. CASE is investing £2.6 million towards total project
costs of £10.742 million over three years. This level of investment has
been made possible through additional support to Highlands and Islands
Enterprise from the Scottish Executive.
Caithness and North Sutherland Childrens Choir and Karens Ballet School
performers of the Caithness and North Sutherland Children's Choir and
Karen's Ballet School Show 2005 were putting in the final rehearsal on
Sunday. The show is at Pennyland School, Thurso on 14 March 6.30pm.
The North Railway Line - A New Section To
Bring Together Ideas For Improvements
We all know the problems of the long journey to the far north by rail.
A beautiful journey for tourists and visitors by highly impractical for
the residents in the far north particularly in Caithness. A trip
that takes over four hours by train and nearly half that by car is
unlikely to get regular users moving to rail. Campaigners have been
trying for many years to persuade government to improve the route, speed
up the trains and generally put the infrastructure in place for a modern
transport system. the failure to add a rail bridge at the Dornoch
Firth needs addressing but also the Lairg loop that takes the train away
into Sutherland. These and other problems will be looked at as the
new section builds. We kick it off with two items. First James
Henderson's article printed recently in the Northern Times
For Speeding Up The Railway In The North and Second
proposal for a Strategic Assessment Study of the Far North Railway
by Corus - railway specialists. The Friends of the Far North Line
will be contributing more information on this subject over coming months.
It is well past time that a the Far North Line was modernised and made fit
for the 21st Century.
USA Has Similar Problems As UK With Nuclear Waste
Scientists say removing all radioactive waste from defense sites
impractical Seattle Post Intelligencer
Dounreay Decommissioning In Jeopardy - Grampian TV
13 March 2005
Severe Weather Warning For The Far North - Met Office
Winds are likely to reach severe gale force in places. Across Orkney and
Shetland, snow may turn to rain or sleet Sunday night with winds
decreasing, although across Caithness and Sutherland, further periods of
snow are expected with considerable drifting. In areas affected, driving
conditions will become extremely dangerous and the public are advised not
to venture outdoors unless really necessary.
Science Festival Gets Going - John Thurso MP Looked In
The Science Festival got going today at Wick High School. John
Thurso MP looked in and stayed for one of the Urrgh Shows (Chemistry with
plenty of catalysts and fast yucky results). All the primary
schools in Caithness will have children looking in either at Wick High or
when it moves over to Thurso High. There were plenty of hands on
experiments to try out from checking out your knowledge of electricity,
magnetism or anatomy and much more. This is science with FUN but the
principles are all hard facts and a great way for young folk to learn
about what is around them and make them think. In addition during
the week there are maths talks at the schools designed to show that you
can get a lot out of this subject and show enjoyable the subject can be.
Now where's that chemistry set..............
Funding Ideas For Your Group
Performing Arts for children. Making Films £40,000 for three lucky people
if you can make a short film for children aged 6 - 13. Also a new
fund - The fund is now open for application and grants can be awarded to
organisations run by and for women and organisations which seek to support
and empower women. Watch those applications deadlines.
Science O3 Festival 2005 -
Today From 11.00am - Shows at 12.00pm - 1.00pm and 2.00pm
its the third Science 03 Festival once again. Starting with a hands
on Exhibition at Wick High School on Sunday 13 March and running from
11.00am - 3.00pm. Just drop in anytime. The Urrgghh Show
starts at 12.00pm, 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Snacks are available. So
kids if you have any science questions here is the chance to ask them and
try out some of the equipment demonstrating a few principles. Try a
quiz or a puzzle. The Urrgghh Show appears at Wick high school again
on Tuesday and Thurso High School on Wednesday when Dr Martin Hendry will
deliver a lecture entitled "Did men land on the Moon?" The Science
03 Festival is sponsored by K P Technology Ltd,
Wick and UKAEA, RW NUKEM, Rolls Royce, Society of Chemical Industry.
UKAEA STATEMENT ON HISTORICAL PARTICLE FINDS
There has been extensive media interest at a local, Scottish and UK
level in historical practices at Dounreay following allegations that the
discovery of a second metallic particle at Sandside Beach in 1984 was
covered up by the then management. A former employee, Mr Herbie
Lyall, supported by the land-owner at Sandside, has alleged that a large
particle found by he and two colleagues on the beach at Sandside Bay was
not reported. Any suggestion that he had confused similar particles found
on the foreshore at Dounreay would be untrue because Mr Lyall was
“emphatic” he had never been allowed access to monitor the foreshore at
UKAEA QUESTIONS MOTIVES OF
THOSE WHO PUT PUBLICITY BEFORE PUBLIC SAFETY
UKAEA is aware of a number of allegations being made about historical
practices at Dounreay. The latest of these involves a third party
who has been hawking claims around a number of newspapers regarding the
whereabouts of a radioactive source reported missing at Dounreay in 1989.
At the time, the then site management appealed publicly for information
about this source and carried out extensive searches, on-site and
off-site. The disappearance of the source was reported by the media in
media report is a blatant reheat of an old story published in
the1980s. It beggars belief that, 16 years later, the Sunday Herald has
chosen to present this as "news", or that an anonymous third party who
claims to have information regarding the whereabouts of this item
approached newspapers rather than the Scottish Environment Protection
Agency, the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety
Executive, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority or UKAEA.
12 March 2005
West Caithness SWRI Bulb Show 2005
Another fantastic show of bulbs in Thurso today showed that Caithness
homes are full of colour and perfume. The Lord Lieutenant Ann Dunnet
presented the cups and prizes. All that colour and tea or coffee
with a superb range of home baked cakes and biscuits. How do
you get bulbs flowering at this time of year. Ask the SWRI ladies -
experts in getting them to flower for the day of the show each year.
East End Boys Club Gets A
The well known Wick boys football club now has anew web site up and
running. A link has been place on the East Boys Club Page on this
site and in the
sites page There are now so many Caithness web sites we have
added al link on our front page to help you find the one you are looking
for. Just look down on the bottom left of this page.
Sites are also linked via that page and on dedicated page in our
Business Index. If you have a web site about any aspect of Caithness
life or for a local group you can have it listed by emailing
Businesses can merely complete a
submission form with amended details including the web site
East End Boys Club Pages will remain on the Caithness.org web
site and we will continue to add photographs sent in. Copies of the
Caithness.org web site will eventually be placed in the Archives of the
local library and Wick Heritage for posterity.
Wick High 1965 Reunion Planning Gets Underway
Is this your year at Wick High School.
list is now in place of names of folk who were in the year.
Get in touch with the organisers if you might be interested or want to be
kept posted on the details. The Reunion will be held on 30 July 2005
in Mackays Hotel, Wick
Battle Of The Bands Rolls Again For Ard Rock
Thursday 17 March 7.30pm Wick High School
The Caithness Drug & Alcohol Forum is sponsoring the Battle of the Bands
in Wick High School on Thursday 17th March 2005, concert starts starting
at 7.30pm. - stalls will be up before then. As part of drug
awareness CDAF will set up stalls in the Crush Hall. This will
include information on drug and alcohol; interactive games and displays.
There will be a quiz you can enter with substantial prizes.
FAR NORTH MSP CALLS
FOR MORE CREATIVE THINKING TO IMPROVE RURAL DENTAL SERVICES
North MSP Jamie Stone has called for more creative thinking from political
quarters to address the problems with NHS dental services in rural areas.
Speaking in a debate on dentistry in the Scottish Parliament, he suggested
that the NHS look to the example of the armed forces and consider
sponsoring dental students through their training, in return for an agreed
number of years service to the NHS once qualified. Commenting on the
matter, Mr Stone said: " I believe that in dentistry we could emulate what
the armed forces do. They pay students a salary while they are at
university on condition that they sign up to the colours for five years.
Telford St, Wick - Development Wins Award for Outstanding
Performance & Quality
Telford St Development Lower Pulteneytown, won the Award for Outstanding
Performance and Quality in Development on the Ground. The awards are
sponsored by the Scottish Executive and the Royal Town Planning
Institution. This is a tremendous achievement and reflects the level of
community involvement in the whole project from the workings of the Wick
Project to the involvement of the Wick Youth club. The judges comments
were, "We visited Lower Pulteneytown and were extremely impressed with the
design quality of this project".
BUSINESSES WARNED TO BE READY FOR WASTE
Digital Links International, a not for
profit organisation that aims to improve the
lives of people in the developing world by
providing them with access to refurbished
computer equipment, is urging businesses to
be prepared for a new EU Directive that
carries harsh penalties for non-compliance.
WEEE is the European Union Directive on
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
It states that companies must no longer
simply dispose of obsolete, redundant and
surplus electrical equipment in landfill.
Any products, such as PCs, monitors and
laptops, sold after 13 August 2005 will be
affected by the new legislation.
UKAEA Hits Back On
Rehashed Old News Story
UKAEA is aware that a number of allegations connected with Dounreay have
suddenly been raised in the Scottish and English media. All relate to
events dating from the 1980s or much earlier. Many were covered widely in
the media at that time. Others have proved impossible to substantiate,
either from site records or the memory of people who worked at Dounreay at
the time. Whatever the motivation behind this spate of old news
stories, it cannot be right to raise public fears about safety at the site
today. UKAEA regrets any practices in the past which failed to meet the
safety standards of the time, but the public should be clear that they are
absolutely not a reflection of current practice.
Peruvian Entertainer Edwardo Sanchez Visited Hillhead & South Schools
Wick schools enjoyed a visit by a Peruvian entertainer this week.
Eduardo Sanchez, who performs under his name "Eduardo" entertained
pupils at Wick Hillhead School and South School with a performance which
included mime, agility contortions, balloon model making and juggling.
The pictures show Eduardo and pupils at Hillhead.
Focus On Fun - Caithness Floral Art Club
Floral Art Club began its 2005 programme on Thursday when Kate Kerr, a
National Demonstrator, from Dumfries gave a demonstration called "Focus on
Fun". Her contemporary floral designs used a variety of flowers, colours
and foliages in each arrangement. Whether a novice or experienced flower
arranger, everyone spent a most enjoyable evening watching Kate work and
listening to her entertaining stories.
Floral Art Club Index
11 March 2005
North School, Wick March Newsletter
months newsletter from North School, Wick with some photographs of the new
library now being used by children from nursery to primary seven.
Primary Seven class are off to Edinburgh shortly and have a packed
schedule including Dynamic Earth, the new Parliament building, Coatbridge
Leisure Pool, New Lanark Heritage Village, Edinburgh Castle, a Dinosaur
Exhibition in the Chambers’ Street Museum, the Edinburgh Crystal Factory,
Insect World, Edinburgh Zoo and Deep Sea World. And in between all that
having a game of bowling, taking part in a ghost walk and visiting the
cinema. Phew..... back to Wick for a rest. Enjoy the trip
Hypnotic Show Comes To Caithness - Tickets Selling Fast
Knight Comedy Hypnotic Show
Saturday 19 March 2005
Wick Dounreay Club
Doors open 8.30pm
Members and guests all welcome
10 March 2005
Surfin Caithness Competition
Surf Shop and Thurso Surf School are holding a surf competition scheduled for
the 26th and 27th March 2005. The location is at the Thurso Harbour wall.
If the competition is cancelled due to conditions then it will be
forwarded onto the following weekend. Thurso is gaining
a reputation as one of the best surfing
places in the UK.
Pulteneytown Academy School, Wick - Extra
This extra newsletter gives details of
the Spring Fayre at the school on Wednesday
23 March and arrangements for children on
that day. Also some changes to school meals
VOLUNTEERS GET PLANTING AT DUNNET FOREST
energetic bunch of volunteers turned Dunnet
Forest into a busy work site last Saturday
morning. Members of the Caithness
Countryside Volunteers (CCV) planted, staked
and guarded a range of broadleaf trees in
small open areas in the forest. The
event was sponsored by Community Service
Volunteers (CSV) Action Earth 2005
(supported by Scottish Natural Heritage) and
led by Jon Hollingdale from the
Dunnet Forestry Trust.
Lybster Fire Unit To Be On Grampian News
"North Tonight" On Thursday 10 March
Fire Action Group Lybster
The videos of main stories on North Tonight
usually feature on their web site.
9 March 2005
WANTED - 2 NEW NON-EXECUTIVE MEMBERS TO
HIGHLAND NHS BOARD
The Chairman of NHS
Highland – Garry Coutts - is encouraging
Highlanders from the West, North and South,
to come forward to play their part in the
NHS in the Highlands. The Scottish Executive
are about to advertise for the posts of two
additional Non-Executive Members for NHS
Highland, following successful lobbying by
Mr Coutts. He said: "I am delighted
that the Minister has agreed to create
another two non-executive members for NHS
Highland, to ensure that the unique
geography of the area we serve is fully
covered. Although Non-executives do not
represent a particular area, it is helpful
to have Board members who understand the
real issues facing people throughout the
Highlands." "Just now we don’t have
any members from Skye and Lochalsh,
Sutherland, or Badenoch and Strathspey.
Although we do have members who live in
Lochaber and Caithness, they are appointed
because of other positions they hold, so I
would particularly want to encourage people
from all these areas to come forward.
Largely we are also white, middle-aged, and
able-bodied, so would be keen to recruit
members who can bring a different
perspective to our discussions."
North Action Group Still Fighting For Maternity Services as Unit Sees
18th Mothers Day
On the first anniversary of
Mother's Day March the North Action Group were delighted that consultant
led maternity & gynaecology services are still being provided in Caithness
on a 24hr basis as they have been for many years.
Masters The Music
new mastering engineering business based in Wick is hitting all the right
notes since opening at the start of the year.
Norwick Mastering was
set up by David Shearer who spent over 12 years as a mastering engineer
with Grampian Records Ltd. Prior to that he spent six years as a
professional musician, working in recording studios in Northern and
Southern Ireland, Nashville Tennessee, England and Scotland.
Mastering engineering is the process of taking an audio recording and
turning it into a production master by putting the final professional
polish to the mix, and bringing out its full potential. It takes the
recording up to a commercial standard, using very high quality specialist
equipment, providing a final production CD ready to replicate, enabling
the recording to compete more effectively with other commercially produced
KERBSIDE RECYCLING COMING TO CAITHNESS
The Highland Council is gearing up to launch a new kerbside
collection of paper, cans and garden waste in Caithness which will make it
much easier for 8,000 households in Thurso, Wick and Scrabster to recycle
their household waste from their own front door. Two
new vehicles have been purchased to allow collections on a fortnightly
basis. One week, homes will receive a collection of garden waste and the
following week a collection of paper and cans. Each household will be
supplied with an additional brown wheelie bin for their garden waste and a
blue box for their paper and cans. The normal refuse collection will be
National No Smoking Day Today
No sermons - just a few links that
More Thurso Streets
Caithness Family History Society - Talk
By Margaret Viscountess Thurso
Thurso Miller Academy Arts Room
Wednesday 9 March 7.00pm.
Lady Thurso will give a talk on "My
Robertson Family Tree". All Welcome.
Caithness Family History Web Site
8 March 2005
Lybster Gala 2005
Will run from Saturday the 2nd - 9th of July 2005 a week
later than normal.
Is Your Gala, Games, Show for this year
in the section yet. Have you posted it to the
Calendar for maximum FREE publicity
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" to all three then you'll find forthcoming
seminars most beneficial. A Two Day course in Wick.
Seminars supported by CASE to help artists build your confidence,
set fees, cost and price work, market and promote, design your brochure,
form workable agreements, understand copyright and help you to maintain a
professional profile. More
Return To Shebster
Heading out from Thurso and past Westfield lies Shebster. Featuring
in this group of photos is the derelict Reay Free Church built in 1844.
Farming country with some recent forestry and the threat depending on your
point of view of at least two wind farms in the area. The district
was once much more heavily populated with the church once having over 700
attenders. As you can see from the roads driving is a joy as cars
are few and far between.
Shore Lane, Wick - Work Moving On Steadily
work to widen and upgrade the road at Shore Lane, Wick is progressing day
by day. Several parts of of Wick are currently being upgraded
- Bank Row near the heritage museum is getting new a Caithness flagstone
pavement. shortly work will commence on rebuilding the Black Stairs
and shore Road should start very soon.
Caithness Youth Forum are presenting "T Total" Caithness’ answer to the –
Sunday 17th April 2005 at the Assembly Rooms, Wick.
There are 3 categories - 1. Bands - 2. Individual Performers - 3.
Entrants should be aged between 14 & 20. There is an overall prize
for the winner of £250 in vouchers of choice and £100 voucher for each
category winner! If you are in a band, are solo singers, dancers,
comedian or even play the accordion or fiddle etc etc we want to hear from
you! You can pick up an application form from the Community Learning
Offices in Thurso or Wick, the reception of the High School in both Thurso
& Wick or from the College. Or phone Angela Alexander or Diane Gibson on
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES - 14TH MARCH 2005.
Ranger Walks Are FREE And Great Way To See The Caithness Countryside And
picture was taken on Sunday 6 March on the Ranger led walk from Staxigoe
to Keiss. The walks are organised throughout the year but there are
many more in the summer months than the winter. The rangers research
their walks and can point out not only interesting aspects on wildlife and
plant life but also can give some information on some of the history or
archaeology along the way. Walks vary in distance, time and
difficulty but all details are usually advertised or can be checked by a
quick call to the ranger office. Visitors to the county are very
welcome to go along on these walks and all of the walking groups in the
area welcome new faces for one or more walks.
"Horizon" Art And Craft Work Exhibition Now Running At St Fergus Gallery
All the art and craft work in the exhibition currently running in the St
Fergus gallery is by people based in or connected with Caithness.
Much of it is for sale and several works have already been purchased.
The work is of an extremely high standard and the sheer variety will leave
you in no doubt about the quality being produced in Caithness these days.
The organisers had a very difficult set of choices to make as much had to
be left out of this exhibition due to lack of space. Take a look
while it lasts until 26 March.
Workshops in Wick High School
Saturday 16th April 2005 -
Evening Concert In MacKay’s Hotel Wick at 8pm
Tutors - Duncan Chisholm – Fiddle - Wolfstone / Session A9 -
Ruby Rendall – Groupwork - Ruby Rendall Band -
Kevin Henderson – Fiddle - Fiddlers Bid -
Iain MacFarlane – Fiddle - Blazin Fiddles - -Louise MacKenzie – fiddle - Feis Tutor
David Bowen – Accordion - Inverness Band Leader -
Brian McAlpine – Groupwork - Session A9 -
More Details from
Gordon Gunn's Earlier Workshops have been very successful
Caithness Careers Convention In Thurso On Wednesday 6.00 - 8.30pm
The Careers Convention offers people of all ages comprehensive guidance on
careers, training and education. More than fifty organisations/businesses:
including universities, colleges, training providers and employers will be
at the event, organised by Careers Scotland in Thurso.
7 March 2005
Caithness Cultural Trust
Let Them Know If You Would Be Interested In Renting Space
The Caithness Cultural Trust was formed from a cross section of the
community to turn this atmospheric old building, originally part of Thomas
Telford’s harbour development in Pulteneytown, Wick, Caithness, into a
multi-functional arts centre.
Socialists Select Luke Ivory As Candidate For North
Ivory is the Scottish Socialist Party candidate for Caithness Sutherland
and Easter Ross in the coming Westminster elections. Mr Ivory has
strongly supported the retention of the consultant led maternity services
at Caithness General, community ownership of various publicly owned assets
and suggested that even certain businesses should go into public ownership.
join condemnation of Dounreay privatisation proposal Plans to
introduce privatisation at Dounreay were this week condemned by the
Scottish Socialists for risking the safety of workers in order to save
more money, as revealed by local trade unionists at the plant.
Election Candidates Announced So Far
Angus Ross (Con) Karen Shirron (SNP) Alan Jamieson (Lab) Luke Ivory (SSP)
John Thurso (Lib Dem) Gordon Campbell (Ind)
Thurso Scottish Country Dance Club Offers Chance To Learn Ready For Annual
Thurso Scottish Country Dance Club will be holding their Annual Dance for
members and friends on Saturday 9th April in the Royal British
Legion Hall, Thurso. They would be delighted if any country dancers - or
perhaps "lapsed" country dancers - from the east of the county could join
them. They'd be very welcome. The detailed programme can be seen
HERE Rehearsals of the dances are about to begin. For more information phone
Everyone Will Have Chance To Vote SSP - say Highlands and Islands
The Scottish Socialist Party this week announced that they will
contest every seat in the Highlands and Islands in the forthcoming General
Election. The party's Regional Council, consisting of delegates from
branches across the region, confirmed the decision this Sunday at a
planning meeting held in Inverness. The party will contest the election in
the Moray, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Ross, Skye and
Lochaber, the Western Isles, Argyll & Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and
Easter Ross, and Orkney and Shetland. Candidates are in place in six out
of seven of the seats with Orkney and Shetland expected to announce their
candidate in the next couple of weeks.
NHS24 Understaffed And Underperforming
MSP for the Highlands and Islands Rob Gibson says that the Scottish
Executive review of NHS 24 will have to be extremely detailed and changes
made if lives are not to be put at risk. His comments
come after news of a petition from Killin is being lodged in Parliament
and Fort William GP and councillor Michael Foxley has shown very poor slow
service from the NHS 24 phone lines. Michael Foxley,
Highland Council vice-convener and a doctor based in Lochaber, said the
health of people living in remote areas was under threat because the
controversial out-of-hours telephone service was not coping with the
volume of calls being made.
New Section For Caithness Army Cadets Groups
new section brining together the pages of the separate Army Cadet groups
in Caithness will make it easier to find the sections. A new photo
gallery has been set up as a place to group cadet photos and the first few
are in to let everyone see what this youth sector gets up to.
Dounreay Under Fire All Over The Press As Particles Story Goes
Here are just a few of the items on the web on this topic
Demand for Dounreay to face 'cowboy bosses' probe
Ex-safety officer at Dounreay claims cover-up
'Regret' over Dounreay Radioactive Discharge
The Mercury - South Africa
Radio active waste washed into sea in Britain: report:
New Kerala - India
Nuclear waste 'dumped'
Gulf Daily News
Reckless nuclear Plant dumps Waste on beaches - The Sunday Times
Contaminated stone found on beach 15 miles from nuclear plant -
Dounreay waste claims dismissed
Demand for Dounreay to face 'cowboy bosses' probe - Scotsman
Many eyes have turned on Dounreay following the SEPA report to the
procurator fiscals office last month as in this
6 March 2005
Hillhead School, Wick - March Newsletter
with the Hillhead school March newsletter is photo of the winners of the
Chinese bookmark competition which was part of the highly successful
Chinese week at the school. Featured in this months newsletter are
items on the new plasma screen in the dining room showing things that have
been happening in the school. It was also used during the Chinese
meal one day to show an amusing Chinese film with sketches and music.
The Book Fair, Tsunami fund raising results , Bag Packing and the
forthcoming Spring Fair all get a mention along with other topics.
In addition the
next newsletter for March
in the Home From Hillhead reading
project is also out. this programme is designed to encourage parents
to read with their children and the newsletter has lot of suggestions for
parents. Included in this months newsletter are some of the younger
Hillhead School Main Index
Youth Concert In Wick Showcases High Standards Of Music Around The
The youth concert on Saturday night organised by Wick Accordion and Fiddle
Club showed the amazingly high standards that young folk are reaching
musically in the far north. The show featured two groups from the
National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School
- "Dolly Mixtures" and "Shenanigans". They were indeed excellent
with one of them already having produced their first CD which was on sale.
Local musical talent was no less amazing with the show kicked off by the "Occasionals"
who often play with the club. This talented young bunch based in
Wick has all the foot tapping needed to get the applause going easily.
"North Highland Juvenile Pipe Band" based in Wick made their first
appearance since the death of their instructor Bobby Coghill. They
were an amazing testament to his work dealing professionally with a range
of tunes. If you had not seen them you would have been hard put to
distinguish their sound from many excellent highly experienced pipe bands.
Take a look next time they have an outing and you will be pleasantly
surprised at the high standard. "North School Choir" from Wick also
showed they had been practicing hard and showed they will be a force to be
reckoned with at the Music Festival in June. For variety "The Violet
Leitch School of Dancing" had four young dancers showing Highland Dancing.
This was a thoroughly good show and if they hold another don't miss it.
Thurso Cemetery Extension Well Underway
5 March 2005
Borrowston Wind Farm Proposal Rejected On
Protestors against the Wind Farm proposals of CRE energy owned by
Scottish Power were jubilant last yesterday as the news was released
that Bill Paterson the Scottish Inquiry reporter had rejected the
appeal by the company against the decision in September 2003 of Highland Council not to allow the project to build the 10 wind turbines at Borrowston near Dounreay.
Local objectors who had formed the Caithness Windfarm Information
Forum were delighted. Their initial battle had been won when
Highland Council had rejected the scheme after many local residents
had objected. The victory had been short lived as the company
had then appealed against the decision. Local people had then
formed an action group and raised the money to hire a QC to fight
their case at the appeal.
Renting A House Or A Room - Advertise With
Ads cost £10 without a photo and £15 with a
photo. Your ad stays on until the
property is let. No repeat fees.
Compare this price to anything else locally
check how many folk see the web site
If they are looking for property they
probably start here.
More Work Vehicles for The Gallery
4 March 2005
Latest Newsletter From Pulteneytown Academy
Reminder that enrolment for the nursery
class for children born between 01.03.01 –
28.02.02 will be held Mon, Tues and Wed 7 -
9 March from 9.30 a.m. – 12 noon.
Maureen MacMillan MSP Supports New Bill to
'Call Time' on Binge Drinking
new Licensing Bill has been introduced to
the Scottish Parliament designed to tackle
binge drinking and give communities more of
say on the granting of alcohol licences.
Maureen Macmillan MSP is backing the Bill,
which also sets a requirement for all
licensees to operate on a 'no-proof,
no-sale' basis to stop under age drinking.
Welcoming the publication of the Bill Mrs
Macmillan said, "I am delighted that this
Bill has been introduced to Parliament.
These are the first major changes to
Scotland's licensing laws for over 25 years
and it is critical that we respond to the
needs of our local communities and tackle
the antisocial behaviour that is often
associated with alcohol.
Westfield lies just a couple of miles out
from Thurso on the way to Reay
Royal Navy Engineering Students Visit
recently played host to a group of Royal
Navy Officers who were visiting NRTE Vulcan
as part of their training course based at
HMS Sultan, Gosport. HMS Sultan is the
Defence College of Electro and Mechanical
Engineering, and its primary function is to
supply the RN with engineering officers and
ratings of the highest quality. During
their half-day visit to Dounreay they were
given a guided tour of the site and around
PFR where they were shown the on-going
decommissioning work and its record breaking
sodium disposal plant.
Latest Newsletter From Mount Pleasant
Primary School - Thurso
4 March 2005
HIE's Biggest Public Consultation Exercise
A huge public consultation exercise to help
determine the future activities of Highlands
and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is drawing to a
close. Since January the economic and
community development agency has been
seeking the views of its staff,
stakeholders, partner organisations,
businesses, communities and individuals as
part of the process of identifying its
strategic priorities for the coming years.
Market and public opinion research agency
MORI, which was commissioned by HIE to
conduct the consultation, is close to its
target of obtaining the views of nearly
2,000 residents, 1,200 businesses and 100
community and voluntary organisations.
Have Your Say Here.
Information Notice for Visitors to Dunnet Bay
The following notice is being erected this afternoon at Dunnet Beach
A small item of radioactive material has been detected on the beach in this
bay during an ongoing survey being carried out on behalf of the UKAEA. The
stone-like item has been removed for detailed analysis. Monitoring of
this beach will continue until sometime during week commencing 14th March
(weather permitting). The public is advised not to remove sand or other
materials from the beach until this survey is
Strategy For Scotland
If You are Involved In Tourism Complete the Online Form
The Scottish Executive has now embarked on a Refresh of the National Tourism
Strategy and as part of that exercise Scottish Tourism Forum (STF) have been
approached to gather industry views and comment on the strategy that drives
the way in which Scotland is promoted. Just to remind you STF are the
nationally recognised independent trade body for Scotland.
Engineering & Technical Services Building Comleted
new building for JGC Engineering & Technical Services now has its cladding
completely on. The large building will shortly be ready for work
inside. Caithness can now has one of the most modern engineering test
facilities in Scotland.
No Excuse for Domestic Abuse -
Wellbeing Alliance Raises Domestic Abuse Awareness
In Highland last year 1417 domestic abuse incidents came to the
attention of the police – that is almost four each day. The
Highland Wellbeing Alliance campaign to raise awareness about the
unacceptability of such shocking statistics picked up momentum again this
week. The second poster will be published and distributed to coincide with
International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. This date, commemorated by
the United Nations (and a national holiday in many countries), is the story
of ordinary women as makers of history; it is embedded in the centuries old
struggle of women to participate in society on an equal parallel with men.
Walk At Bettyhill - 19 March
The BBC are looking for volunteers to take part in a walk on Saturday 19
March 2005 at 10.00am, from Anchanlochy Quarry on the Skelpick Road to the
pier in Bettyhill, Sutherland. The idea is to commemorate the journey
taken by the people of Strathnaver from various parts of the valley to the
sea during the Clearances of the early 19th Century. They will be
filming along the route and also talking to some of the
walkers. All walkers will be asked to make a donation or they can be
sponsored the money raised will be used equally between the Strathnaver
Museum which commemorates the Clearances and the project to replace the
Mackay County Stone on Drumholiston which was destroyed by vandals. Sponsor
forms can be obtained from Jim A Johnston Farr High School Headteacher or
the Strathnaver Museum. The BBC is keen to get as many people as
possible to attend, and there are no restrictions on where you come from or
whether you linked to the Clearances in any way. There will be refreshments
provided at the end of the walk.
Skerray To Slettel Walk 13 March
3 March 2005
More Thurso Places - Miller Terrace
Marie Curie Cancer Daffodil Day - Saturday 5 March in Wick and Thurso
Bill will be doing the annual Daffodil collection in the Coop and
Somerfields. We are a bit short of collectors this year so if anyone
can spare a couple of hours give Bill A phone on 01955 604648. Thurso
are also looking for more collectors so again if you can spare some time on
Saturday get in touch or contact Elma on
01463 238328 or 07771 963 623 or
Initiative At the Edge - South East Caithness Meeting 1 March
The latest meeting of the recently formed Initiative At The Edge Committee
is moving swiftly to get the organisation established with a constitution,
office and a staff member. The organisation looks to be off to a
vigorous start and are keeping the momentum going with regular meetings.
The committee also agreed that all meetings will be open to the public and
the next meeting will be on 22 March in the Village Hall, Dunbeath.
2 March 2005
Burnett Place, Thurso - A Closer Look
1 March 2005
February 2005 - Another Record
Breaking Month -
Hits 8,106,416 Visitors 136,984
Daily Average Hits 289,513
The totals are down compared to January
but February only has 28 days so for
comparison you have to look at the daily
rates. The daily number of visitors was up.
Visitors to Caithness.org in 2005 have
already passed a quarter of a million
standing at 283,683. For comparison
with last year Feb 2004 visitors
were 121,317. In addition to local traffic
visitors came from 121 countries. The most
popular search terms before arriving at Caithness.org is still
variations on phrases including the word
The Message Board again broke
records itself with 96 of its 1517
registered users being online at the same
time on 7 February. The boards which
include items for sale have over 17,000
separate messages showing. If you have
question about Caithness you might be surprised how fast the answers come
back on the boards from the collective brain. But it is the debates,
arguments or tips and hints about almost anything that seem to be most
popular. Thanks again to everyone who dropped in or who sent in photos
and information for the pages.
Chris Moyles DJ From BBC Radio 1 Will Start In Caithness For Red Nose Day
well as touring the country and collecting prizes, he is going to be
offering ourselves to do anything you want! The team turn up at
your school to DJ at your disco, open your new shop,
or even come and serve in your canteen - anything...
all you need to do is offer a sum of money for him to turn up and perform.
Check out the Radio 1 web site for more details.