Unites To Defend Nursery At Local School
The people of Thrumster rallied round to the
village hall in greater than usual numbers
to hear Councillor Bill Mowat promise to
fight any moves to close the local nursery
for the two years he had on the council if
that should be necessary. the audience
breathed sigh of relief when area manger for
education culture and leisure Graham Nicol
said that today it had been announced that
nothing would happen for at least a year and
that full consultations would be undertaken
with parents before any changes to the
service were made. Whilst parents were
glad to hear this they were determined to
keep the pressure up and would be keeping
their newly formed group in existence to
monitor the situation over coming months.
Jubilant - Full Consultation With Parents
Before Any Action
large group of parents , children and
supporters met in the Market Square in Wick
and march from the council offices to the
education offices in Rhind House today to
make there feelings known about any
possibility of closing nurseries in
Caithness. After a while an official
came out to announce that a decision had
been notified after local intervention that
no decisions would be taken without full
parent consultation which was unlikely to be
until well into next year. The Keiss
and Thrumster nurseries were specifically
mentioned (these being the ones principally
concerned as being on council premises) but
no others. A briefing meeting is to be
held in Inverness on Friday and is not open
to the public as had been previously
thought. The reason for this is that
this will be the first chance that
councillors have had to hear about the
Caithness Golf Week
runs this year from 1st to 5th August
Lybster Golf Club
Wick Golf Club
Thurso Golf Club
Reay Golf Club
Thurso Bay - Smell The Fresh Air
look at Thurso Bay in the sunshine and what you cannot see the wonderful
fresh sea air off the Pentland Firth as the "Hamnavoe" ferry heads for
Scrabster. A breeze was coming in from the Pentland firth as the
ferry Hamnavoe headed in to Scrabster from the Orkney Islands.
Take a look round the bay in this set of photos and and think why the
vikings thought this area was a good place to settle in a thousand years
ago and why many nowadays think likewise. The new waste water treatment
pumps will soon have the water back to a cracking standard for all those
surfers now heading to the area every year.
MCGRIGOR WELCOMES NEW CROFTING SCHEME BUT WARNS
AGAINST HIDDEN COSTS
MSP Jamie McGrigor has given a cautious welcome to news of a
replacement for the Livestock Improvement Scheme (LIS) which ended last
year. The Conservative MSP said it appeared that the Scottish
Executive had listened to the pleas of the crofting community, but he
warned against possible hidden costs which might be put onto crofters.
Mr McGrigor secured a debate in the Scottish Parliament in 2004 on the
subject because of concerns over how the end of the scheme would effect
cattle-keeping in Scotland's crofting communities. In the debate, he
accused the Scottish Executive of hiding their real reasons for ending
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Laidhay Croft Museum Fundraiser - Clothes
From 1800 - 1900 Plus Cheese & Wine & Music
10 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Here is unique chance to see clothes from
1800 to 1900 worn as they would have been.
A unique collection of clothes from that
period has been donated by a ladies family
who originate from Scottag, Watten.
The family moved away from Caithness many
years ago but the clothes have remained in
the family and they have now been donated to
Laidhay croft museum. This unique show
will be accompanied by music - singing and
clarsach with cheese and wine in one of the
older houses in the county Latheronwheel
House by kind permission of the current
owners. Tickets are £10 and must be
purchased in advance from Elizabeth Cameron
Tel 01593 731244. So why not step back
nearly 200 years to see the clothes of the
period with musical entertainment. Compere
for the evening will be Margaret Viscountess
Thurso. Numbers are limited so act fast.
Attraction - The Pilot House Made It On To
the cheeky ploy of the offer to twin with
the Empire State Building - the smallest to
the largest tourist attraction. A quick look
inside and around the Pilot House at the
opening. Compliments of North Tonight
Some problems with
recipe for Scots’ health care
- Letter In The Herald
Letter from John
Sinclair, consultant surgeon, 7 Bridgegait,
Milngavie on Prof Kerrs report on the NHS
and mentioning NHS 24 and Caithness
“Excellent Funding Opportunity For The
The Highland 2007 Community Programme is an
excellent opportunity for small Caithness
groups and charities to fund projects that
will take place in 2007, or that take place
in 2005 and 2006 with a 2007 finale. A local
Highland 2007 Management Group has already
been set up to consider applications and now
welcomes applications for projects from all
walks of Caithness life: arts, sport,
heritage, science, environment and language.
There is room on the application to indicate
a request for Revenue funding (projects and
events) or Capital funding (building
Looking For A Job? - Check Out The
Latest Ones in the Jobs Section
There are lots of job opportunities in
Caithness at the moment. Our jobs
section has just a few of them from
engineering , teaching, social work, hotel
work and more. More jobs coming later
Teaching Jobs Thurso and Wick
Food Support Worker
Clerk Of Works
Active Schools Co-ordinator (Primary)
Temp Part-time Learning Support Auxiliary
Site Construction Manager- Wick
Teacher Of Technical Subjects
Teacher Of Physical Education
Teacher Modern Languages (French)
Teacher Of Mathematics
30 May 2005
360˚ Views Of Caithness
is something to let you look around some of
the harbours in Caithness. Thanks to
Stuart Rollinson of Northern Imaging at
Scarkskerry for supplying the all
round views of the harbours. You
browser will need to be able to view java
applets to view the all round pictures.
You can move the photos back and forward and
zoom in and out or just let it mover round
on its own
Keiss Nursery Supporters Lobby Caithness
Area Councillors At Thurso Town Hall Meeting
Keiss Nursery supporters group comprising
parents, children and other people from the
local community turned out in numbers today
to lobby councillors and make sure they knew
how they felt about the need for a local
nursery in Keiss. Councillors met with
the group in the main hall at Thurso town
hall and heard convenor David Flear say that
nothing had been decided yet and that
councillors from all over Highland were to
attend briefing on Friday at the council
chambers in Inverness. the Keiss
parents were joined by folk from Thrumster
and Dunnet who feel their nursery/play
groups are under threat in any review where
low numbers of children might be looked at
Wick High School Rugby - Another New Web
Tom Richard who has set up this web site
would like to add photos and information
about teams from the past. If anyone has any
items they can email them to
If you would like them on Caithness.org at
the same time email them to
Site added to the
Caithness Sites Listing
Caithness Agricultural Society - Caithness
Another new web site to let you have more
details on the annual agricultural show that
hsi year is at Riverside Wick on 16 July
163rd Caithness County Show 2004
County Show 2003
Caithness Sites Listing
Thrumster Nursery - Public Meeting
7.00pm Thrumster Hall
Parents and community members at Thrumster
are holding a meeting to discuss the future
of the nursery.
29 May 2005
Ae Pilot Hoose - Isabel Salmon
Pilot Hoose, id stan's in Week
Choost abeen ae Brae
Ids been wir famous landmark
For many a long long day
Sent in By Frieda Murray
North Airports Predict Growth in Coming
Almost 82,500 passengers travelled via
the 10 airports operated by Highlands and
Islands Airports Limited in April 2005,
representing a 1% drop on April 2004’s
total. The airports at Barra,
Benbecula, Stornoway, Tiree and Wick all
recorded passenger growth in the month.
The 10 airports handled 7,484 aircraft
movements, nearly 18% more than in April
NORTH MSP's DELIGHT
WITH MINISTER'S RESPONSE TO QUESTION ON PSO'S FOR HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Maureen Macmillan has questioned
Transport Minister Nicol Stephen in the Scottish Parliament over the use
of Public Service Obligations in the Highlands and Islands...... This is
very good news for communities such as Orkney, Shetland and Wick. The
routes will be 'bundled' prior to tendering and fares are likely to be
cut by about a third. This will result in greater passenger usage,
boosting the income available for re-investing."
Trinkie Volunteers Clean Out Pool for 2005
volunteers came and did a very efficient job at the Trinkie outdoor
swimming pool today. they cleared out the debris and used a high
pressure jet to wash away the weed and growth from the winter and spring.
Next Sunday they will finish the job by applying the whitewash to make the
pool nice and clean for the summer bathers this year. Anyone who
would like to assist with the paint job is asked to go along at 9.30am.
The team expect to complete the job by about 12.30pm. Well
done to the volunteers for another great job.
North Action Group Supporters Badges Going Well
of the North Action Group fighting to retain consultant led maternity
services once again took to the streets in Caithness today. Members
of the group that has now been inexistence for over 18 months are
determined not to slacken off in their campaign to keep 24/7 cover at the
maternity unit in Caithness General Hospital. The new supporters
lapel badge reflects this in its heart shape with 24/7 and the initials of
Caithness General Hospital. The first 2000 badges are well on their
way to being a sell out and consideration is being given to reordering
almost immediately. Funds have continued to arrive from all over the
county to the treasurer Thurso councillor Tom Jackson. chairman
George Bruce took a turn on the stall today with committee member Lynne
Duncan and her daughter. the cover price of 50p was almost
immaterial as many people handed over sums well in excess of the cover
price with comments such as " I'm expecting a new grandchild" being
commonplace today. Folk were often buying several badges for friends
and relatives and that is why reordering will have to be done very soon.
Wick Rotary Club Book Sale Success
Rotary Club of Wick held a fund raising book sale on Friday and Saturday.
Thanks are sent out to the many donors of books, videos and CD's that
eventually counted in the thousands. Funds raised will go to help
local MS sufferers. The books that remained at the end of the two
day sale held in Bridge Street church Hall are to be split between the
charity shops in Wick where they will bee used to continue the good work
of those concerns.
Continental Market At Wick Wet And Cold But Folk Arrived From Far And Wide
weather was not kind to the market folk from all over Europe over the past
four days but folk still made their way to the stalls selling a wide range
of goods from rugs, pottery, plants, and a wide range of food and drink.
German beers and French wine have not lost any of their attractions.
Small pancakes served hot were very popular with a big queue on Sunday.
Pultenytown People's Project Showcase Day
Pulteneytown People's Project held an information day at Back Bridge
Street Club, Wick on Saturday. Coffee and face painting were just a
couple of things on offer while the main reason for the day was to
highlight the varied projects to which the group are now committed.
This community group has expanded fast in the house turned into offices
supplied by Highland Council at Murchison Street. From that base it
now runs several projects such as MAASK the after school club, A Breakfast
Club for children who have to leave home early in the morning, a ladies
group and a very important Housing Support project for young people
between 16 and 25 all over Caithness. The group are also looking
forward for their community in developing a community centre an ambitious
£2million project and to help the wider area of Wick through the Rosebank
Park group looking to develop new sports facilities in the town and
improve the whole of the Rosebank Park for locals and visitors to Wick.
The PPP in Wick like Ormlie group in Thurso are showing once again that if
you give local people the right chances they can deliver outstanding
results for themselves.
Parents Set The Pace To Save Local Nursery
with children at Keiss nursery have moved swiftly to combat the threat
that the Keiss nursery might be closed down as part of a review of
nurseries and play groups in Highland. Although the matter has not
as yet been discussed by councillors at either area level or at the main
council the discussions at the Joint Committee For Children and Young
People a committee combining a range of sectors involved with children but
mainly the council and NHS have come to the attention of the parents.
A briefing for council members was in place for Friday 3 June at the
council chambers in Inverness. This is the first chance councillors
will have to discuss the issue. A group of parents hope to meet with
local councillors on Monday at the area committee meeting in
Thurso to let them know how they feel about the current threat to nursery
Martin O'Neill applauded for appeal over 'antiquated' scanner
Scotland On Sunday
With the debate over the scanner for Caithness General still ongoing this
item today makes interesting reading - " The consequences for
patients are potentially catastrophic. Speed and accuracy are essential in
combating the cancer menace"...."As well as giving faster and more
accurate diagnosis, modern machines minimise the need for extra tests such
as cystoscopy, which involves sticking a tube into the bladder, and allow
for better targeting of radiotherapy."......"the newer ones will allow us
a much more detailed image of the tumours, meaning we can make a much
better diagnosis much more quickly."......
27 May 2005
Playbox Play Group, Wick - Sponsored Toddle To See The Ducks
Prepares Biggest Contracts For Many Years
£100M PROJECT TO TREAT AND REDUCE HIGHEST HAZARD ON THE DOUNREAY SITE
UKAEA today set out its plans to make safe for future generations one
of the most hazardous legacies of the fast reactor experiment at Dounreay.
Following public participation in the options, UKAEA has confirmed its
intention to solidify liquid waste from the reprocessing of fast reactor
fuel using cement instead of glass. Almost half the radioactive waste
hazard at Dounreay is concentrated in this liquor and its conversion to a
form suitable for long-term storage or disposal as solid
intermediate-level waste is one of the highest priorities of the site
restoration plan. The waste will be transferred from underground storage
tanks to a new plant where it will be mixed with cement and set inside
500-litre drums that can be stored safely above-ground pending a national
policy for the long-term management of intermediate-level waste.
Trinkie Cleanup This Sunday From 8.00am
If you would like to help with the annual Trinkie Clean Up then turn up
with a shovel. Other equipment will be provided.
needed on Wednesday 1st June 2005
Volunteering Highland in conjunction with the Highland Councils Roads
and Community Works dept and senior pupils from Wick High school, are
undertaking an environmental project this Wednesday 1st June from
10AM.-5PM. It has been identified as in need of upgrade particularly
during winter months when the path becomes waterlogged. As part of
Volunteers Week Catherine Patterson of Volunteering Highland has organised
a tidy-up of the path located directly parallel and to the rear of the
caravan site Wick from the railway tunnel ending at Riverside Drive.
Hope” As part of Highland Wild Encounters - Saturday 4th June - Highland
Climb to the summit of Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro. See plants and
wildlife associated with mountain habitats. Allow 7 hours approx.
Reasonable level of fitness required. For further details and booking, tel:
01847821531 or 01641 521884
Mary Scanlon Asks If Caithness General Will Gain New
Following the publication of Professor David Kerr's National Framework
for Service Change in the NHS in Scotland: Building a Better Health
Service Fit for the Future, Highland MSP Mary Scanlon asked the Health
Minister to confirm that the Belford, Oban and Caithness hospitals, as
well as the three island hospitals, will be designated rural general
hospitals, or will alternatively have to meet some set of criteria.
The Minister did not confirm the status of these hospitals in future,
saying that the framework does not determine what should happen in every
community. Mary commented; "It is crucial that these facilities are
designated as rural general hospitals providing care services to a
community, in order to ensure that they remain open, and ensure that NHS
care and treatment is provided as locally as possible." The North of
Scotland Planning Group will lead in agreeing a list of core services for
rural general hospitals to include emergency medical care, local routine
elective care and care for chronic illness. Mary continued; "No
mention is made of maternity services but I hope that where appropriate,
and particularly in Caithness, these services will be maintained."
Scanlon Challenges Figures On Hospital Waiting Times
NHS Highland Median waiting time for both Inpatients and Outpatients has
risen to the highest levels since 2001, according to NHS Scotland figures
released yesterday. The Scottish Health Statistics for Acute
Activity, Waiting Times and Waiting Lists show that the median wait for
Inpatients and day cases discharge has risen to 54 days in the last
quarter ending in March 2005. This figure represented an increase of 11
days on the previous quarter's figure, and was the highest total since
Sutherland - Set In A Wonderful Place Overlooking The Kyle Of Tongue
small primary school in North Sutherland in the village of Tongue. A
colourful school with fantastic countryside and views in every direction.
Stand in the grounds of the school and see the mountains to the left,
Castle Varrich ahead and the
Kyle of Tongue to the right. Many schools in the
Highlands of Scotland have beautiful countryside around them but few are
as lucky as Tongue primary to have deer countryside and fabulous beaches
within minutes from the front door. We look forward to seeing much
more of Tongue school on the web site in coming months.
26 May 2005
Mother's Castle of Mey Trust opening hours 2005
Opening hours for the Castle and Gardens of Mey have been changed for 2005
and are as follows:
From Monday, 2nd May 2005 to Thursday, 28th July and from Wednesday
10th August to Thursday 29th September. The Castle and gardens are open
from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm every day except Friday when they are closed.
Also closed from 29th July to 9th August inclusive.
Proposed Breast Care Support Group
Meeting 9 June 10.45am Pentland Hotel, Thurso
Have you had or been diagnosed with Breast Cancer? A group of ladies
are trying to set up a support group in Caithness. If you are interested
come along to the initial meeting for more information and listen to the
speakers. For more information contacts are - Jean Dunnet 01847
893765 - Louise Shakespeare 01955 880397 - Freda Blagdon 01847 892496
Boat Pullers Raise Cash For Life
Boats And MacMillan Cancer Relief
The Applecross Boat
pulling team have completed a boat pull every year for the past 3 years,
check their website,
Applecrossboatpull, this year they are pulling the boat from Brora to
Wick and are donating the money collected between Wick and Portree RNLI
lifeboats and the Macmillan cancer relief.
Don't forget to support a local event on Saturday !! Wick North
School Annual May Fair
Sat 28th May at 2 pm. at the school. There is also a Pet Show starting
at 1:30 , which is being run by the School 's Pupil Council. The
fair has all the usual stalls run by parents and teachers, plus stalls
run by some of the pupils. There will be face painting and a Bouncy
Castle. Tea and baking will be served in the School Canteen.
Do You Need Out Of School
Hours Child Minding In Thurso? - Then Check Out TREATS
TREATS provides a pick-up service for children of local schools and
during term holidays schedule educational and fun activities for the
children. To many parents they are key to their continued
availability for work and provide a much needed service in the local
area. Term time opening hours are 3pm – 5:30pm Monday-Friday.
Holiday opening hours are 7:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday.
NUMBERS ON HIGHLAND WAITING
LIST CONTINUE TO FALL
NHS Highland is continuing to reduce the number of people on NHS
Waiting Lists. The publication today by the Scottish Executive of
National figures on waiting times, showed that the number of people
waiting over six months - on the waiting list for admission in Highland
- has now fallen by almost 76%, from 360 at the end of March 2004 to 87
at 31st March 2005. Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Maureen
Macmillan has welcomed the latest waiting time figures released by NHS
Network Announces Results For 2004 - 05
The economy of the Highlands and Islands is continuing to improve, with
unemployment showing a steady downward trend while population levels are
rising. That was the message today (Thursday 26 May) from William
Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Announcing the
agency's results for the year from April 2004 to March 2005, Mr Roe said
that, despite setbacks, the area's economy was in good health and there
were strong grounds to be optimistic about the future. "If you
look at key indicators of prosperity, things like unemployment levels
and population growth, the Highlands and Islands as a whole is
continuing to punch above its weight and out-perform other parts of
Scotland," said Mr Roe.
"KERR REPORT GREAT
OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGHLAND" - NHS Highland
A National report into the future of the NHS is "just what the
doctor ordered" according NHS Highland chairman Garry Coutts.
Welcoming Professor David Kerr's report he explained, "This report is
exactly the shot in the arm we were hoping for. It gives the strongest
possible endorsement for keeping health services as local as possible.
It challenges the view that to get good health care everything should be
centralised into huge hospitals in our major cities and maps out a
bright future for GP's, nurses, other health professionals and local
hospitals. I hope everyone in the Highlands from patients to surgeons
and district nurses to hospital porters can get behind this vision for
the future and help us make sure it is delivered".
Media Comment On Kerr Report On Scottish Health
North Tonight Grampian TV
A Vision For the NHS - The Herald
Centralised hospital services trend set to be reversed -
Report reveals NHS overhaul plans - BBC
Wick Harbour Trust - End Of An Era - A New Dawn
Begins On 1 July
On Tuesday the Scottish Executive signed the revision order that
effectively brings to an end Wiick Harbour Trust as it has been since
1879. A new constitution will now take effect from 1 July and the
Trust will be renamed the Wick Harbour Authority. Board members
will be appointed by a panel that has been set up and advertisements
will be published shortly asking for people with certain skills to apply
to be board members. The trustees have had a long and arduous task
in reaching the new constitution and revision order but they hope it
will herald a new future for the harbour opening the way for new plans
Wick Harbour Trust Web Site
25 May 2005
North Action Group Launch Supporters Badge
Action Group have produced a supporters badge to both promote the
ongoing campaign for maternity services in Caithness General Hospital
and to help raise funds for the campaign. Badges will be on sale in
various shops and at the Continental Market on Saturday and Sunday in
Wick. Local groups are continuing to send in donations and
fundraising will continue as it is planned to prepare more leaflets
setting out the latest position to every household in Caithness and
North Action Group Welcomes Caithness
General Obstericians Offer To Stay On
At their meeting on Tuesday evening members
of the North Action Group Committee were
pleased to hear that all three locum
consultants in the maternity department at
Caithness General Hospital now had contracts
until the end of September 2005.
Gibson comments on
Highlands and Islands MSP Rob Gibson has commented on the
publication on the Kerr Report. Mr Gibson said..... "Long
suffering staff in remote and rural areas have known for years that
there is a need for a specilised faculty for professional support. The
final report of RARRAI (published last year) confirmed this. I wonder
whether the minister agrees with Professor Kerr's proposals on page 43
of his report for a 'virtual school for rural health care' and how long
will it be until such a school is opened." Mr Gibson
continued..."It is frustrating that given the amount of evidence
collected and the amount of consultation that went on in preparation of
this report that we will have to wait until the Autumn to debate on this
report . The people of Scotland deserve to have these issues debated as
soon as possible I see no reason why we should have to wait."
The Kerr Report On Scottish Health Services
Watch A video about the Report
The Full Report
National Framework For Service Change
Maternity section from the report (on Caithness.org for ease of
reference as the whole report ina Pdf file may take along time to
download unless you are using broadband)
Latest Unemployment Figures Show Downward Trend Continues in Highland
Unemployment in the HIE area also fell during the month, falling 9.7%
from 6,780 to 6,128 claimants. As with Great Britain & Scotland, the
figure is lower than the same period last year, a decrease of 14.5%
(1,037 claimants). Over the year to April 2005, unemployment
decreased in 19 Travel To Work Areas, and was static in the remaining 1
– Keith & Buckie. Wick had the greatest decrease over the month,
falling 1% from from 5% to 4%. On long term unemployed Caithness
and Sutherland remains static whereas two LECS increased and seven
others decreased. Despite some bad news recently unemployment in
Caithness and Sutherland appears to be still following a downward trend
even if only marginally. It remains to be seen how the Norfrost
announcement of redundancies will affect the May figures.
Caithness And Sutherland Enterprise , Highland Council and other
agencies are running advice clinics this week to advise those affected
of possibilities in employment, training and business start-up.
Extra flight Wick To
Aberdeen But Wick To Inverness Axed
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited welcomed Eastern Airways'
decision to add an additional weekday flight to its Aberdeen-Wick
service and introduce a larger aircraft to its Birmingham and Manchester
services from Inverness. From Tuesday 7 June the regional airline
will operate four return flights a day between Caithness and Aberdeen
and introduce a larger Jetstream 41 aircraft on some of its cross-border
Inverness flights. Meanwhile the Wick Inverness flight introduced
last year is being axed due to lack of demand.
Inverness College Financial Shortfall
Reacting to today's announcement that Inverness College is looking to
reduce its staff by thirteen, Mary Scanlon MSP has commented; "This is
the third time in ten years that staff at Inverness College has been
offered voluntary redundancy, yet the financial deficit continues. "It
is of concern that the priority for redundancy will go to staff in the
School of Forestry, Hospitality and Tourism, given that forestry is one
of the main industries in the Highlands along with tourism. "A
reduction in academic staff reduces potential income generation, and
will sadly lead to a reduction in training and education opportunities
for people of all ages in the Inverness area."
Gibson Calls For
Infrastructure Revolution On The Far North Rail Line
Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has questioned what First
Scotrail will do to back calls for an infrastructure revolution on the
Far north rail line. At the Rail Passenger Committee meeting in
Dingwall last night he welcomed news that Highlands and Islands
Enterprise, HITRANS and Highland rail partnership are to fund the
Highland part of the engineering study into Scottish railways
commissioned by the Scottish Executive by Arup Consultants. The
announcement came during the evening question time at the last statutory
rail passenger committee meeting in Dingwall which ended on Tuesday.
Photos Found On Stroma - Who Are They? Do You Know?
island of Stroma off the Caithness coast can still throw up a few surprises.
Catherine Byrne found these photos on the island. Can anyone help
identify the people from the baby who may be Agnes Elizabeth or Uncle George
to the much older photo of a man in a suit with waistcoat to the family
picnic outing. email
email@example.com if you can help.
24 May 2005
Northern Puffins and Plants Evening Walk - Thursday 26th May 7.00pm
Pass this busy puffinry and follow a stretch of coastal grassland clothed in
specialised plants ending in Sandside bay. Drivers returned to start. Meet
at layby,7pm, Caithness/ Sutherland border ( NC921 654). Walk lasts approx 3
23 May 2005
Halkirk Young Farmers OPEN STOCK JUDGING & SLAVE AUCTION
Thurso Auction Market - Wednesday 25th May - 7.30pm
Try your hand at stock judging or treat yourself to a slave! For more
information contact Ellen on 07849 191178.
HomeAid Goes From Strength To Strength
held their AGM last Friday evening at the Pentland hotel. Reporting
another highly successful year the outgoing chairwoman Donnett Calder was
able to report substantial progress and continuing success for the
organisation that helps low income people with furniture and appliances and
manages to encompass recycling in its work. The numbers are impressive
- 427 referrals for assistance - Delivered 3035 essential items to those in
need in 733 deliveries - 1379 households in Caithness donated items -
collected 4249 items - redistributed 71% of items. Their effort have
been recognised by funders and the group are currently awaiting the
completion of new completely renovated premises in the former McKenzie's
furniture shop in Prince's Street. Fund raised to buy and renovate the
property extend only to the ground floor. The group are still pushing
on with their efforts to secure money to fit out the upper floor.
Funders include Transforming Waste Scotland, Community Land Unit, CASE,
Highland Council and Community Economic Development. in addition the
group carry out many fund raising activities. Tribute was paid to the
volunteers, trainees and committee members for their work over the year.
So remember HomeAid if you are getting rid of unwanted items in Caithness.
Continental Market In Wick Extends To Four Days This Year
26 - Sunday 29 May
Following the huge success of the Continental Market in Wick last year
the market will once again set up in Market Square, Wick from Thursday to
Sunday. People flocked to the market last year to try out many new
products especially in the food lines from several European countries.
And it was not just Wickers who were there. People arrived from all
over Sutherland as well as Caithness. Orkney folk were also in
evidence as a number made a day of it. Despite the first day being
blasted out by high winds the other two days were extremely busy. So
much so that this time round they are making it four days. So whether
it is French wine or Belgian pancakes, unusual rugs or any one of many other
stalls why not make a trip to Wick during the event. If you are coming
for the day check out
Wick Heritage Museum open Mon - Sat.
TOP SAFETY AWARD FOR UKAEA AND
UKAEA as a whole and the UKAEA Dounreay site have both been awarded the
prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Medal
for best practice in health and safety for five years running. This is the
second year that both have received this coveted award, reflecting the
importance placed on continually improving safety practices across UKAEA.
Twister At Murkle On Sunday
to Ronald Gunn from Thurso for sending these photos of the unusual twister
seen by many people near Murkle on Sunday. for more on the twister go
Scrabster Weather station web site for more photos of the event
or add your comments to the
thread on the Message Board.
If you are looking for more outdoor activities and at the same time finding
out more about our wildlife then check out the events on here until 5 June.
Several are in Caithness.
Caithness Coast - Creatures and Castles - Wednesday 25 May 7.00pm
Mowat Room, Assembly Rooms, Wick
An illustrated talk on wildlife found around castles sites on the
Caithness coast. Learn about the amazing wealth of special wildlife
including puffins, whales & Scottish Primrose. the event is FREE.
More information from Marina Swanson, Highland Ranger 01955 607758
The Final Chapter - 1976 - 2003
A History Of The London Caithness Association 1856 - 2003
This section is the work of Isobel Stanmore and completed by Edward Reeve
before shortly his death. Bill Fernie met Edward and his wife
Janet on a couple of occasions following the start of the section for
the London Caithness on the web site. Edward Reeves
dedication to completing the work of many years by Nancy Roloff is testament
to the affection that members had for the association. The history is a
fascinating glimpse of what happened to some people who left Caithness and
similar to many other Scottish places set up associations to get together
for entertainment and for many years offer help and support to people who
had hit on hard times when arriving in London.
Main Index To The History
22 May 2005
Save Our Spuds By Mike Clark
varieties of potato are one of Mike's passions and here he extols the
qualities of Highland Burgundy Reds and Shetland Blacks. Why not try
some in the garden and add a splash of colour to your dinners next winter.
Gardening With Attitude Index
Coutts denies hospital claim -
The maternity issues continue to roll on in Caithness. Gary Coutts
chairman of NHS Highland is shortly to come to Caithness to speak to the
Maternity Action Team and North Action Group to try to iron out some areas
of difficulty and to try to ensure the process of finding a solution to the
maternity question stays on track.
Nordkap Boat - You Can Win This Boat In Crossroads Raffle
boat was built by Mr Bob Thorne (Thurso) and was donated to Crossroads
Caithness Care Attendant Scheme in appreciation of the care and support he
and Mrs Thorne received from the Scheme. In order to raise funds to enable
Crossroads Caithness to provide more care hours in the community, Crossroads
are running a raffle for this boat (£1 ticket) - draw to take place on
Saturday 11 June 2005. Tickets can be purchased from the Crossroads
Caithness office down at Scrabster - telephone number 01847 895483.
The boat was on display at the model boat show in Thurso on Saturday.
Robert More Son Of A Pilot Reopens The Pilot House
Saturday 21 May Robert More - son of George More a former pilot at wick
declared the Pilot House open again. Robert's father Willie More had
been a pilot at Wick and used the Pilot House while waiting on boats to
require assistance to come into port. George More and others
in his family had been fishermen for many years and was glad to have the
opportunity whilst still in his forties to become a pilot and be able to
stay at home and no longer have to be away for several months with the
fishing fleet following the herring around the coast. The Pilot
House reopening is due to the driving force of Iain Sutherland former
chairman of the Wick society and who in association with
"Freends" have steadily moved from one project after another
- Trinkie & North Baths - to name but two.
21 May 2005
Administrators seek buyer for freezer firm - Norfrost - TV Report
From North Tonight Grampian TV
Watch the TV report - available in various formats.
Pentland Model Boat Club - 2005 Show
successful model boat show was held in the British Legion Club, Thurso on
Saturday. The standard was as high as ever with many new models on
show and making the selections of winners difficult for the judges.
Walk To Castle Varrich
the main street in Tongue you can take walk to Castle Varrich where you can
get magnificent views of the surrounding countryside including the Kyle of
Tongue. The building is thought to be 16th century but the site may
have much earlier associations dating back to Norse times. and the bishops
of Caithness in medieval times. It takes about one hour or perhaps one
and a half hours depending on your walking pace to get to the castle
Reopening Of The Pilot
house, Wick - Or How To Run A Tourist Office On A Shoe String
The Pilot house will formally be opened to the public on Saturday 21
May 2005 at 2.00pm to 5.00pm and marks a return to use after many years.
There will be a small ceremony at which tea will be served and to begin
with it will open every Saturday afternoon in the summer and every day
during Gala Week. As suitable volunteers become available the
building will be open more often. It will contain a small exhibition
of piloting in Wick for 150 years, and the custodians are looking for copies
of photographs showing the pilots carrying out their duties. Get along
and take a look at a small project being done on sheer volunteering and
donations without grants and the dedication of Iain Sutherland and "Freends"
What Have They Done? - Well everything - removed grafitti - repainted
and repaired - removed old weathercock and had new one made - added new
steel shutters to protect windows - prepared materials for exhibition.
Well done to all concerned. A small project but a another sign that
there is life in the place yet.
20 May 2005
Sutherland museum and this time one at the heart of the clearances.
Here in Mackay country you can find the history and the consequences of the
clearances. This museum has the clearances as a main topic but covers
crofting and has a room dedicated to the clan Mackay and its many
connections around the world. Head out from Thurso along the north
coast taking in the great coastal views and beaches and call in on the way
Linda Ferguson and Tony Sewart Got Married
26 February 2005, Linda Ferguson (whose parents Peter and Christine live at
Broubster Cottage, Shebster) married Tony Sewart in Kitley House near
Plymouth. Linda moved to Plymouth 5 years ago and is a Senior Nuclear Safety
Engineer in Devonport Dockyard. Tony is a site manager with a demolition
firm. A dance was held in the Park Hotel, Thurso last month.
Help Wick Rotary Help Caithness MS Sufferers - Donate Books, Videos and CD's
On Friday and Saturday, 27/28th May, 2005, Wick Rotary Club will be
organising a massive sale at the Wick Bridge Street Church Hall to raise
cash for Caithness folk struck down with MS. Everyone can help by
donating books, CD's Vidoes or computer games. Drop them into
Georgesons, Solicitors, 22 Bridge Street, Wick or 19 Traill Street, Thurso,
Reids the Chemists in High Street, Wick and MacGregors, Vets, Airport
Industrial Estate, Wick. We all have a few books we have read, CD's we
have played for the last time and videos we will never watch again.
Turn them into help for MS sufferers by sending them along to the sale.
19 May 2005
Brora Museum Open For The Summer
little museum is tucked away but worth a look. It is free to get in
although you can make a donation. Plenty on the coal mine,
brickworks and Hunters woollen Mill as well as local family history.
there is a children's activity area. If you have not been before it is
well worth a look. Open May - September and sign posted from the
Spare A Couple Of Hours To Whitewash the Trinkie?
Sunday 22nd May [and for the next three weekends] Friends of the Trinkie are
busy whitewashing the Trinkie outdoor swimming pool. The project is being
completed over a period of time to enable the whitewash to dry and this is
of course related to the tides. Volunteers are asked to wear old warm
clothing, equipment and materials are provided. If anyone is interested in
supporting this worthwhile project please contact Patty Coghill on 01955
602456 she will be able to advise on future details.
Friends Of The Trinkie And The North Baths
Continue To Trade As Administrators Brought In
The business was established in 1972 and is based in Thurso. Norfrost is a
white goods manufacturer and also has divisions which operate in the haulage
and engineering sectors. The administrators have taken the decision to close
the haulage and engineering divisions and, along with redundancies to bring
the manufacturing division's workforce into line with current work levels,
this has resulted in the immediate loss of 74 jobs. The company therefore
now employs 87 people.
Northern Knights Warhammer Club
Another club joins the pages of Caithness.org If you like to
play fantasy war games and get involved in all the detail then perhaps this
is the club for you.
Caithness Classic Motorcycle Club Programme For 2005
By Terry Pratchett
Thurso Player's latest amateur production is on tonight
and Friday night The show starts at
7:30pm and tickets are £6.00 and £4.00 conc. (OAP's and School Age
Children). Tickets can be booked via Betty Bradstreet on 01847-892019.
`Fishy Tales` Broubster Forest 7-9.30pm Monday 23rd
The writer and angler Lesley Crawford will join the ranger to explain the
life cycle of the trout and other fresh water animals that inhabit the
lochs. We will also have the chance to see divers, harriers and Buzzards.
Meet forest entrance Broubster (ND025613) Dress for the weather Contact
COUNCIL TO APPROACH SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE TO SUSPEND
RIGHT TO BUY COUNCIL HOMES IN HIGHLAND
Members of The Highland Council's Housing and Social Work Committee on
18 May 2005 agreed to take action to ease the shortage of affordable housing
in many parts of the Highlands. They agreed to seek permission from the
Scottish Executive to designate parts of Highland as "pressured area status"
thus suspending the Right to Buy for 5 years of council tenants who have new
tenancies which were started on or after 30th September, 2002. Designation
of pressured area status helps to ensure that social rented housing
continues to be available in areas where housing supply does not meet need
and where the Right to Buy could otherwise lead to serious shortages.
Caithness & Sutherland are not included in these proposals.
18 May 2005
People First And Thurso High Pupils Launch Anti Bullying Video
of the Caithness branch of People First the group for people with learning
difficulties and pupils from Thurso High school launched their anit
bullying video "Say No To Bullying" at Skinandi's In Thurso on Wednesday
evening. Members of the group relayed the message about bullying and
its effects via the video they have been making over three months.
Copies will be circulated to schools across Highland to get the message
out about how devastating calling names and bullying generally can be for
people with learning difficulties both young and old.
17 May 2005
Development Roadshow 2005 - YOUR Views Are Wanted
Thurso Town Hall - Thursday 9 June 4.00 - 6.00pm
The Scottish Executive is now preparing the Scottish Sustainable
Development Strategy, which will sit alongside equivalent Strategies for
Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Building on the 2004 roadshow, the
Executive have once again identified a key role for the SSDF in
stimulating public debate and presenting evidence to those responsible for
preparing the strategy. The 2005 roadshow will visit 10 locations and will
form a crucial part of the wider public, private and voluntary sector
activity towards the formulation of the Scottish Strategy.
The Scottish Executive has been tasked to prepare a Scottish Sustainable
Development Strategy, which will contribute to the shared challenge which
sustainable development presents, setting its own priorities around the
shared themes of: - * Sustainable Production and Consumption -
Climate Change and Energy - Natural Resource Protection and
Environmental Enhancement - Sustainable Communities
The Scottish Executive is seeking views on: What are the critical
things that need to happen in Scotland to deliver a sustainable future? -
What contribution can you make to deliver them? - What help do you
need from others?
E Rock Concert - Waterfront Wick 27 May
Tide, Boss Hogg and Kowalski are all lined up for E Rock Concert on 27 May
at the Waterfront in Wick. Tickets can be purchased in advance from
the music shops in Thurso or Wick or you can take your chances at the door
on the night. NOTE The concert is for 18 and overs only. Proof of
age may be required for entry
16 May 2005
Walk for Alison"
Alison died at the age of 45 in November 2003 as a result of breast
cancer. During her four and a half year illness she had hoped to hold an
event to raise funds for breast cancer research. Unfortunately time to do
so was denied her. One of her great loves was country music, especially
with an Irish flavour. A local company, Top Country Holidays, are
holding a country music short break in Letterkenny, County Donegal in May
2005. Alison's widower, George, and her sister, Dorothy, have pledged to
walk the 400 miles form Letterkenny back to Thurso. George and Dorothy
have started their "Walk the Walk for Alison" on Saturday. We are
currently receiving daily photo and text updates by mobile phone and will
be updating the Interactive Route Map, Daily Diary and Web Cam report on
www.walkforalison.co.uk , on a daily basis.
Concrete Blocks From Wick Radio Station Masts Reused For Coastal
case anyone had not noticed the huge radio masts at Wick were taken down a
few months ago. The harbourmaster got his head together with a local
contractor and rather than dumping the huge blocks they have used them to
shore up and area coming in for potential damage due to wave action.
Just shows everything can be reused if you put your mind to it. Wick
Radio station had been in Wick since the First World War and is no more
but some what eerily you can still hear the call sign still being put out
in morse code
So You Wanted To Get Into Alternative Energy But Thought You Could Not
Head for Wick High School at 6.45pm on Tuesday 17 May To See If
you can get a 50% grant. Caithness Renewable energy Forum might be
the answer to reducing your energy costs. They are putting together
a package and if enough folk come forward they may be able to get a
substantial deal with a company installing systems in private homes and
combine that with grants currently available of up to 50%. This has
to be worth a look to see what is on offer before the grants run out.
Solar Heating and Photovoltaic systems are what it is all about.
Caithness Bikers Rally 2005
annual bikers rally set off round the county from Lybster on Sunday.
Taking in John O'Groats and a few other popular places and a spot of lunch
on the way round. Ah the open roads of Caithness must be one of the
best places to ride around in.
Caithness Army Cadets Field Exercise and Camp At Rumster Forest
spring is always a busy time for the Army Cadets. During the run up to
their summer camp they take part in events as varied as shooting matches,
sports meetings, D of E expeditions and cadet skills competitions.
This weekend they have just completed company camping and a fieldcraft
exercise at Rumster Forest. Thirty seven cadets and nine adults took part.
Activity was split into three grades by age and experience. The fair
weather helped make it a success.
Army Cadet Force Index
Church Bargain Book Sale Raised £174
The sale at St John's Church Moray Street, Wick on Saturday raised the
excellent sum of £174 for church funds. Thanks from the organisers to all
who went along and bought books. For those of you looking for second
Hand Books, videos etc there will be
Another Book Sale for charity by Rotary Club of Wick at the end of
15 May 2005
Bill Johns Tribute CD and DVD
to Aid Local Charities
family of the late Bill Johns who died recently are putting together some
of the recordings that Bill made. The Johns family have had a CD put
together of Bill playing some of his favourite tunes (solo) and are
planning on selling them for £3 each, and in the near future they hope to
do a DVD of the Bill Johns Band playing in the Lounge at the Royal British
Legion Thurso and The Leisure Centre (Grove Lounge) which will be on sale
for £5. The proceeds from these sales will all go to Local Charities which
Bill would have been very proud of, as he gave of his time free of charge
on many occasions for lots of local organisations.
Summer Is Coming - Why Not Get Out In Caithness & Sutherland And See
summer is coming and if you need a reason to get out walking in the far
north here are some ideas of what you might be lucky to see. the
varied countryside covers many different places from Mountains to coastal
and bogs to beaches. So take your pick when you come north and see
what is on offer. Many empty beaches and long quiet roads.
Leave all that traffic behind and head to the far north this summer.
Inspired By Artists - Latest From Caithness Floral Art Club
Buchan from Crieff gave the Caithness Floral Art Club a demonstration
entitled Inspired by Artists. The Dutch Masters, Garden Designers,
Modern seascape artist John Lowrie Morrison, Monet’s garden at Giverny,
Floral Artists and Beatrix Potter were those she chose to illustrate.
Anne encouraged members to advance their arranging skills by trying
newer trends in Floral Art.
Blackstairs Progress - Only A Few More Stones To Go
Photos from the past couple of days show good progress is still
being made on the rebuilding of the Blackstairs. Looking down on the
stairs rather than from below shows how near the colouring actually is
once the dust and weather begin to make an impact. The older set of
stairs discovered a few days ago are rapidly disappearing once again.
Hospital chiefs attacked over hygiene checks
Hospitals in NHS Highland, Orkney and Shetland failed to meet the
essential criteria of having a policy on hand
safety ‘failures’ at Dounreay - Sunday Herald
Herald Reporter used the Freedom Of Information act to obtain details from
Revealed: list of sites to take nuclear waste - Sunday Times
seems to be an awful lot of revealing going on today. However this relates
toa list compiled in 1989 of sites to store nuclear waste now to be made
public. Only Dounreay and Sellafield were made public at the time for fear
of affecting property prices in the other areas on the list. The
list is being revealed now as part of a process to consult the public on
long term storage issues. The list will be published shortly and is
not as the headline says revealed just yet.
14 May 2005
Caithness.org Arts Index
latest addition to the web site is a new Arts Index for everything
connected to arts and music in Caithness. This new section has been
built in collaboration with Caithness Arts using information recently
collected for the printed guide. Shortly we will begin to transfer
all of the existing contact details for any artist, band and so on to the
new section. Many of the existing pages such as the poetry and other
information will gradually be transferred across. Any one connected
with arts or music can as usual get a free page by completing the
Later we will begin to add photographs to the pages and we hope as many
people as possible will email us an image for their page either of
themselves or one that best represents their work. Art and Music
stories and features can be submitted via the new
submission page for
news items. Before submitting any details make sure you are
not already on the site in the old or new pages. The new section has
its own unique domain name
All you need to remember is arts.caithness.org and no www.
Caithness Walking Festival - First Walk Was Sent Off By Wick Pipe Band
Caithness Walking Festival started today at Dwarwick Pier with Wick Pipe
Band sending the walkers on their way after a few words from Councillor
John Green. The festival runs until 22 May with range of walks of
varying degrees of difficulty
13 May 2005
Caithness Walking Festival 14 - 22 May
If you want to get out in the fresh air and learn more about Caithness
then why not join one of the walks during the coming days. All walks
have local experts leading and you might find out a lot along the way
about the area. Walks vary in length and difficulty. With the
weather improving it looks set for an interesting walking week.
BARGAIN BOOKS ON SATURDAY 14 May
St John's Church Hall, Moray Street, Wick = 10.00am - 4.00pm
A sale of hundreds of used books in good condition. All proceeds go
to St. John's church funds, towards work associated with their 150th
anniversary year. A spokesman said "We will have every spare table
covered with books - children's books, adult paperback novels, factual
works on many subjects, and all are in pretty good condition. The prices
are very low - all less than a pound - to help us sell as many as possible
in the one day." Anyone who wants to donate extra books for the sale
can bring them along to the hall on Friday evening 7-8 pm.
Wick and District Darts League Presentation Night
Saturday 14 May 8.00pm - Seaview Hotel, John O'Groats
Annual presentation of prizes - Mens and Ladies singles competition £100
prizes. Followed by a disco.
Free bus from Francis Street, Wick - 7.00pm bus will start at Smiddy
Inn Thrumster and call at Keiss on the way to John O'Groats. A
highlight of the darts year and a great night out.
The Wedding Of Tracy
Banks and Willie Miller
added to our wedding pages are a few photos of from the wedding of Tracy
Banks and Willie Miller. The wedding took place in Paphos,
Cyprius and dance was held in the Wigh Inn, Thurso. Tracy and Willie
who both now live in Aberdeen, Tracy works for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as
a midwife and Willie as a joiner.They both belong to Caithness, Tracy of
Rowena, John O Groats, and Willie of Mansefield Cottages Canisbay.
Follow the link on the page to many more photos on the web site of Susan
Mackenzie, JohnO'Groats. If you would like photos of your wedding on
Caithness.org just email them to
firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a link to any other web site where they
can be found.
CHANGES TO MULTI-MEMBER WARDS FROM 2007
Caithness Multi-member Wards To Be Thurso 3 - Wick 3 - Landward
The Highland Council has asked the Local Government Boundary Commission
for Scotland to reconsider the proposed boundaries for local government
electoral divisions at the next local government election in 2007.
To accommodate the introduction of Proportional Representation and
multi-member wards, using the Single Transferable Vote, the Commission has
advised the Council it has redrawn the Council map to create 23
multi-member wards, distributing the 80 elected members into 12
three-member and 11 four-member wards. With only minor amendments, the
Council accepted the configuration of wards in Caithness, where there
would be two three-member wards and one four-member ward, and in
Sutherland, where there would be two three-member wards.
12 May 2005
South School - May Newsletter
Hillhead School, Wick - Spring Fair
Dounreay Ups Safety In
Case Of Earthquake -
DFR Seismic Modification
the construction of the renowned Dounreay dome back in the 1950's, there
was no requirement to make the giant sphere capable of withstanding an
earthquake. But fifty years later, this unusual necessity has earned the
Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) facility its first key milestone under the
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Modern standards for nuclear
establishments now require ‘quake-proofing’ for all new and existing
safety-related equipment and plant. This is tricky for facilities such as
the DFR Nak Disposal Plant, which is a mixture of both old and new plant
and is also contained inside the DFR sphere. The sphere itself has been
computer modelled and proven to withstand the once-in-ten-thousand years
chance of an earthquake. However, the plant contained within it needed a
more detailed assessment.
Blackstairs Discovery - Another Older Set Of Stairs Found Beneath The
photos of the Blackstairs progress over the past few days and the
revelation that the Blackstairs were not the first set of steps. As
the Stairs were being removed in the top right section another set of
steps was discovered underneath. It looks as though the town fathers
of an earlier era decided to upgrade the Blackstairs from a narrow set
about 5 feet wide to what we came to see as a wide set of stairs.
It makes sense that as Pulteneytown grew to the bustling herring port that
many folk would have been tramping up and down these steps and they
decided to widen them to what we know. so this is not the first time
the steps have been upgraded. Did they have the same arguments back
then about keeping them as they were. We don't think so.
Pulteneytown and Wick was modernising to accommodate the industrial
fishing scene of the day and heading forwards making improvements to the
area. The current regeneration of Lower Pulteneytown is at least
partly in a similar vein.
Caithness Junior Pipe Band - New Web Site
Another new Caithness web site for the lists. Bookmark it or find it
later in the Caithness,org
Pipe Band Pages or the Caithness
business web sites listing.
Any Other New Caithness Web Sites For Listing?
If you have a Caithness web site
let us know and we will add it to our growing lists. If you are
looking for a local business web site they are listed in the
Local Business Web Sites. If you are not yet familiar with
the web site and need to find something try the
or our separate
Business Index Site Map. We also have a
Sports Site Map.
Joining these handy lists shortly will be a new Caithness Arts Site Map as
a guide to new section now under construction. If you still cannot
find the item or page you are looking for remember to use the newly
installed Google search engine that now appears on most pages of the site
mainly at the bottom of the page. The Google search engine is
configure to search this web site. The one in the business Index
searches only for business entries. There are still some pages where
the new search feature is not installed and we will be updating those
pages in coming weeks.
11 May 2005
Hotel Lybster Just Misses Top Award Online
Portland Hotel Lybster want to thank everyone who voted for them in the
Scottish Hotel Of the Year Awards recently. The hotel was 1st runner
up in their category. They were pipped at the post by the Inn at Lathones
by St. Andrews. The Portland Hotel proves that the public
will support well run and comfortable places. To come second in a
national poll is excellent and reflects well on what is on offer in
Lybster. Well done to the Portland and better luck next year.
Royal Seat Of Approval Awarded
When George Linekar retired from Dounreay at the end of April his
colleagues presented him with a chair, or more correctly, a very special
chair! In the late fifties, the late Queen Mother visited the site, and to
ensure she had her customary post-lunch nap a club-style lounge chair was
specially acquired. Since then it has adorned a number of manager’s
offices. Having looked after the chair for the last number of years, it
was felt that both George and chair should remain together in retirement.
George, a metallurgist, commenced at Dounreay in 1965, and since then has
held a number of senior posts on site.
HIGHLAND LEADS THE WAY IN PUBLICISING INSPECTION REPORTS
The Highland Council has responded to public demand by placing all
hygiene and health and safety inspection reports on its worldwide web
site. Although other Councils may follow, it is believed that the
Council is the first local authority in the UK to place this information
on the internet. Recently, requests have been made for copies of
food hygiene inspection reports in respect of all school kitchens and
several individual restaurants/hotels etc. On each occasion, this
information has had to be retrieved from records and forwarded to the
applicant. In order to make the information freely available in the
future, the first food safety and health and safety inspection reports
were posted on the Council's website.
First Reports Published for
- Caithness Establishments -
Sutherland Establishments -
Wind Farm Battles Increase Across the Country
Anti Wind Farm
Lobby Grows As 900 Objections Received For Dunmaglas Wind Farm Plan
The Highland Council has received more than 900 objections to a
proposed 36-turbine wind farm at Dunmaglass, near Strathnairn, and
objections are still being received, despite the expiry of the objection
period. To be treated as ~timeous~, objections had to be with the Council
by 18 April, and 843 were received by this date. A further 77 ~non timeous~
objections have been received by the Council since then, and are still
arriving in the Council's mailbag.
While On the other side......
AND SCOTTISHPOWER TEAM UP TO BUILD WINDFARM
The Co-operative Group and ScottishPower are teaming up to build a
16MW windfarm at Coldham in Cambridgeshire, which will provide enough
green energy to power almost 10,000 homes. The £17 million joint
venture is a major first for both organisations - the Co-op's first ever
windfarm and ScottishPower's first renewable energy project south of the
border. Scottish Power aims to invest over £1 Billion in Wind Farms.
Clydesdale Bank To Close 60 Branches In Scotland -
Caithness Branches Not Named So Far
Clydesdale Bank which has branches in Thurso and Wick has announced plans
to close 60 branches in Scotland.
North Tonight Grampian TV Report TV Report Available
BBC On Clydesdale Closures
14 Branches have been selected in the first tranch with others to follow
in the next 18 months. The bank is selecting branches for closure
where there is a local post office that can be used.
UKAEA TO SEEK
ADDITIONAL WASTE STORAGE SPACE AT DOUNREAY
proposing to build additional storage space at Dounreay for solid
low-level radioactive waste pending the availability of a new disposal
facility at the site. Extensive consultation carried out by UKAEA
recently identified the construction of a new disposal facility at
Dounreay as the Best Practicable Environmental Option for managing
low-level waste from the site clean-up. With any new disposal
facility unlikely to be available until 2011 at the earliest, and current
storage space due to reach capacity in 2006, UKAEA is seeking agreement
from regulators and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to extend the
existing store. Dounreay Index
Forget The Sale in Your Local Hall To Raise Funds Try The Web Like
Caithness Junior Pipe Band Take To Ebay For Fund Raising
Caithness Junior Pipe Band are taking their fund raising to the global
market rather than the local hall. Here is an interesting try out by
Caithness Junior Pipe Band to raise funds to pay for their trip
to take part in Pipefest 2005 in Edinburgh on August
21. The hope is to break the world record for a massed pipe band, which
presently stands at 8,800, and involves pipers and drummers from all over
the world. Good Luck in raising the cash and representing Caithness
Caithness Junior Pipe Band
10 May 2005
A Miller Academy Photo From 1960 Gets Nearer To Having All The Names
Names lists continue to be sent in for old school photos from time to
time. Here another addition brings the listing nearer to completion
with only two left to go.
Energy Show & Conference
In case you missed it the Renewables energy show in Aberdeen takes place
on 25/26 May. Looks like everyone and there granny is going to be
there showing how renewable energy systems are fast becoming big business
in Scotland. We note Aberdeen is calling itself Energy City for this
conference. Maybe Wick will become the "Energy Toon" with our
photovoltaic roofs and Heat and Power plant soon to begin development.
HIGHLAND WILD ENCOUNTERS
Now in its fourth year, Highland Wild Encounters - a wildlife watching
festival - provides a very special opportunity to view some of northern
Scotland's unique wildlife. Due to its success the organisers have doubled
the length of the event to over two weeks, from 21st May to 5th June,
2005. Knowledgeable guides from The Highland Council Countryside Rangers,
RSPB, and Scottish Natural Heritage will lead walks, minibus tours and
boat trips to enable participants to get close to some rare and very
Check the What's On For Caithness Events
Fast Reactor Development Programme - A Brief History
item telling the story of Dounreay but this time concentrating on the fast
breeder reactor programme. More photographs courtesy of UKAEA show
some interesting features and one of the tight squeeze as the reactor
crosses the Forss Bridge. The photos have all been added to the
Early Photos Gallery
First 50 Years
Past Present Future
UKAEA Dounreay Web
Now Included In Gala Section
Following a request we have added Bettyhill Gala to the Galas/Shows
section. We hope to include photos of the gala this year for the
first time on the web site. Including the Bettyhill Gala is no
problem but it would be helpful if anyone taking digital photos of the
gala this year was able to send in photos for the pages. This may be
the start of a new Bettyhill section and we will look at any other
requests by groups or organisations in the Bettyhill area to have pages of
information added to the web site. We have been thinking about this
for some time as some of you may have noted from the inclusion of a
growing number of
Wick Girls Pipe Band Reunion
The Wick Girls Pipe Band will have a reunion on
Friday 17 June 2005 at 7.30pm in the Seaforth Club, Wick.
Interest in the reunion is already high and anyone wishing to should get in touch as soon as possible to assist the
organisers in making arrangements. It is intended to install
a memorial plaque opposite the Parish church - possibly on
the Saturday morning following. There will be photos on
display on the night. If you know of anyone who was in the
band please let them know about the reunion and tell them to get
in touch with the organisers.
Wick Girls Pipe Band Photo Section
9 May 2005
Search On Caithness.org Now Using Google
We have now installed the Google search facility on the pages of
Caithness.org. Most pages have it at the foot of the page so if you
are stuck after checking the Site Map try the search engine to find things
on the site. The Business Index has its own separate Google search.
Storage Solution of Morning And After School Club Run By Pulteneytown
and After School Klub (MAASK) run by Pultneytown Peoples Project now have
the solution to their storage problem. The club which is based at South
School, Wick received the donation of a storage container from UKAEA
Dounreay to store their outdoor equipment. Katrina MacNab, PultneytownPeoples
Project said "Pultneytown People's Project is very grateful to UKAEA for
donating the storage container. This has allowed MAASK to buy new
equipment for the children which has had a positive impact at the club
with the children enjoying learning and joining in new activities."
Children and staff of MAASK are pictured here outside their store with
Katrina MacNab (2nd right) and Lynn Stewart (right) of Pultneytown Peoples
New Covenant Players At North School, Wick
“Ship a Hoy” As part of Highland Wild Encounters
Sunday 22nd May - The John O Groats Ferry will take us to Hoy to meet the
RSPB warden who will show us part of this amazing island and its birds.
Good chances of seeing cetacean and seals from the boat. Meet John O
Groat`s ferry Terminal. Exact Time will be revealed on booking.
Booking essential tel 01847 821531 Cost £25.00 per person. Trip
organised by Highland Ranger service.
BOOKSTART IN SCOTLAND DAY
To celebrate the announcement of a further 3 years of funding for
Bookstart in Scotland from the Scottish Executive Education Department,
Bookstart will hold the first ever "Bookstart in Scotland Day" on
Thursday 19th May 2005.
Please note: Both Caithness events will take place on Wednesday May
* Thurso - Thurso Library from 2:00pm - 2:45pm. Stories and more for
pre-school age children.
* Wick - Wick Library from 10:30am - 11:30pm. Stories and more for
pre-school age children.
ARE YOU STRESSED IN THE WORKPLACE?
ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE WORKSHOP
In Wick – Friday June 10th to Sunday June 12th
To be held in Community Learning Centre, Ackergill St.,Wick
Dounreay Visit For Canisbay School
Playgroup and Canisbay Primary School P2 had their school outing on
Wednesday 4th May at Dounreay's Visitor Centre. The highlight of the
children's trip was to meet the Civil Nuclear Constabulary's dog and sit
in the police vehicles. Marie Mackay, Dounreay Communications said "This
is the first of many nursery and school visits to the Visitor Centre
this year. UKAEA Dounreay are delighted to host these trips for the
local schools and playgroups. The children always leave with big
smiles on their faces."
If The Gods Are Good - The
Epic Sacrifice Of HMS Jervis Bay
is the enthralling and, at times, harrowing account of one of the greatest
and most heroic naval battles of World War II. On 28th October
1940 HMS Jervis Bay, an ancient cargo ship armed with a small number of
obsolete guns, set out to escort 37 freighters and tankers across the
North Sea. Unexpectedly discovered by the Admiral Scheer,
one of Germany’s most feared pocket battleships, the Jervis Bay captain
immediately dispersed convoy HX84 to hide in the twilight of a rising
winter storm. Outgunned and with no hope of survival, Captain Fegen and
over 190 of the 256 Jervis Bay crew nevertheless then sacrificed
themselves as they took the battle to the enemy in a one-sided duel with
the Admiral Scheer, as they fought to secure the safe passage of the ships
in their charge. This was one of the worst times of the war for
Caithness and particularly Wick as 9 of the 18 local men were killed.
This is the paperback edition now out.
Composters For Sale In Caithness Are A
Highland Council is supporting International Compost Awareness Week which
runs from and to help more people compost at home, the Council are
providing compost bins in Caithness at a reduced price of £5. The 'Compost Converter' bins,
which are 330 litres and made from recycled plastic, come with a 20 year
manufacturers guarantee. Composting is easy to do at home and is
full of benefits for you and the environment. Not only will you be able to
reduce the amount of waste you throw away each week, you will be able to
produce your own nutrient rich compost which will also save you money.
Duke Of Edinburgh Award - Do you hold an
The Co-ordinating committee in Caithness
are really keen to establish a record of
everyone in the county who has achieved a
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The scheme has
now been running for almost 50 years and in
2006 will celebrate its 50th
birthday. If you participated in the Duke
of Edinburgh’s Award, have an Award, Bronze,
Silver or Gold and would be interested in
taking part in an event to celebrate this
milestone and meet up with other Award
holders in Caithness please do get in
contact, we would really like to hear from
you. Please phone Diane Gibson or
Brian Lavery on 01955 605423, write to The
Community Learning Office, Ackergill Street,
Wick, KW1 4DT or e-mail
Entertainment At Lyth Arts Centre In May
Lyth Arts Centre continues to keep up a high
standard of varied entertainment with plays
and music of various kinds. This month
you can hear Scottish music, Jazz and
Classical Guitar. The recently
refurbished centre with its new lounge bar
makes an excellent evening. If you
have not been out there for a while make the
effort to go and you will be pleasantly
surprised at the changes.
Pulteneytown Academy School - May Newsletter
Volunteering Highland - More Volunteer
Opportunities In Caithness
8 May 2005
Improvements At Newtonhill Woodland
bout of improvement works at Newtonhill Community Woodland, Wick
has recently been completed by The Highland Council's Planning and
Development Service. The
woodland has gone from strength to strength over the last few
years. Last year the Highland Council under took major
improvement works at the old local 'dump' by upgrading the paths
to 'All Ability' standard, providing flagstone furniture and a
wildlife interpretive trail. "Anyone with an interest in the
woodland who would like to join the community group should come
along to the AGM on 18th May 7pm at MacKay's hotel, Wick."
Radio Remedy Gets A Page
Believe it or not there are still groups in
Caithness that have not yet had a page set
up on the web site. Radio Remedy has
been around for many years and still runs
the Radio Station at the Caithness General
Hospital. Volunteers do all the work
and many DJ's have started in Hospital Radio
Stations. So if you are interested in
helping the station get in touch with them.
And if your group has not yet got page on
the web site let us know and we will set one
Sea Angling Competitions For 2005 From
Caithness Sea Angling Association
Plenty of competitions this year for keen
sea anglers in Caithness.
Boys Brigade, Wick - Appeal To Ex Members To
Help Restart The Group
Hillhead School Wick - Newsletters
May 2005 Newsletter
April 2005 Newsletter
Tucked Away In Lybster - The Grave Of
The Founder Of Lybster Village - General
away out of site is the grave of General
Patrick Sinclair regarded as the founder of
Lybster village. The grave is sited on
what was his own land as he wished. A
path leads to the grave site where stone was
erected by his ancestors in 1936.
7 May 2005
Fund Raising For Bank Row Memorial Garden
fundraising evening comprising of entertainment and displays of
memorabilia from the war was held at the Pulteneytown church in Argyle
Square. Elsie Cormack explained how they had started and where the project
stands with an expected start date of May 2006. Elsie Cormack's two
sisters were killed in the bombing of Bank Row. The memorial garden
is in Bank Row once a bustling part of
Pulteneytown busy with shops and small
businesses since the herring days. It
is located in the central part of the
regeneration project of Lower Pulteneytown
that has already seen the renovation of
Telford Street and next to the
Black Stairs currently being
rebuilt. The Displays are open at the
church in Argyle Square today where tea and
coffee will be on sale in the new cafe.
Community Memorial Garden Index
Memories Of The Bank Row Bombing
6 May 2005
Accounts error blows £3m hole in Highland
health board budget
The error relates to double counting of
income from Health Boards in England for
treating tourists to the area.
Caithness Witnessing The End Of Lybster Fire
Marshall Bowman On Behalf Of Community
Council Praises Convenor David Flear's Last
Ditch Attempt To Allow The Local Unit To
Continue Saving Lives In Fires
I fear this may be the last
communication on the fire issue as the
morale is rock bottom in the local crew and
they are seeing no light at the end of the
tunnel. The Community Council at the meeting
of 5/5/05 publicly expressed its full
sympathy with their sentiments but would
like them to try to continue to serve the
community in the much diminished and
downgraded role in the hope that in a year's
time things might pick up if the retained
station plans for Dunbeath don't fully
materialise and that the promised RTA
vehicle is put on
Fire Action Group Main Index
Caithness Hospital Radio station based in
Caithness General, Wick is holding a series
of Open Evenings from Monday 16th to
Friday 20th May inclusive and 7 - 10pm.
The station is run completely by volunteers
and Radio Remedy is looking for more
volunteers to allow us to return to
broadcasting seven days a week. Why
not come and look round the studio and see
if you could be the next Terry Wogan/Jimmy
Saville (How's about that then guys and
gals?) Our Open Evenings are open to
potential volunteers aged 16 and over and so
if you would like to find out more why not
pop in and find out more? Free training will
be provided to all successful applicants.
Interested? Come along to any of the open
evenings at around 7pm (or by prior
arrangement at a different time) to the
General Hospital reception area and you will
be met and taken along to the studio.
For further information or to arrange to be
met at reception at a time other than 7pm
please contact Jean McLennan at
MS Group New Committee Members Following AGM
Dunnet Beach Clean
the beach clean set for Saturday 7 May has
had to be cancelled. Rangers apologise
for the short notice.
All Three Highland Constituency Election
All three Highland seats are now Liberal
John Thurso Wins
Easily With Over 50% Of The Vote In
Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross
Thurso (Lib Dem) 13957
Alan Jamieson (Lab) 5789
Karen Shirron (SNP) 3686
Angus Ross (Con) 2835
Gordon Campbell (Ind) 848
Luke Ivory (SSP) 548
Majority in 2005 -
Majority in 2001 - 2744
John Thurso - Lib Dem - 9041
Michael Meighan Lab - 6297
John Macadam - SNP - 5273
Robbie Rowantree - Con - 3513
Karn Mabon - SSP - 544
Gordon Campbell - Independent - 199
4 May 2005
Tide Turning On
Swimming Pool Guidance
Update on meeting on the 5th April 2005 with
Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State and 16
representatives of swimming organisations.
The meeting established that the Health and
Safety Executive guidance on health and
safety in swimming pools is the only
guidance that pool operators need to use by
law. This guidance will cover them in event
of an accident in their pool provided they
have carried out a risk assessment. The ISRM
went on record at the meeting stating that
their guidance was based only on anecdotal
evidence provided by their members and was
not based on any analysis of drowning trends
or statistics. The Right to Swim Campaign
requested that Professor Jo Sibert attend
the meeting as he is an independent
researcher into childhood drowning.
Have You Made Your Mind Up Yet
Westminster Election 2005?
Angus Ross -
Scottish Conservative Party - Karen Shirron Scottish
National Party - Luke Ivory
Scottish Socialist Party -
John Thurso -
Scottish Lib Dems - Alan Jamieson -
Scottish Labour - Gordon Campbell -
Polls Open 7.00am - 10.00pm Thursday 5
Eve Of Poll Hustings Tonight 4 May 7.00pm -
Wick Old Parish Church and Thurso High
School. Three candidates will
begin speaking at each venue and then travel
across to the other town. the
candidates will leave after their first
speech and head for the other venue.
This is your last chance to hear all of the
candidates talk about their policies.
Who will be the MP for the next term for
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross?
3 May 2005
A Look Round Lybster Harbour
Musical Evening With Display Of Flowers and
In aid of the
Pulteney Memorial Garden - Tickets from Lorna Bruce 01955
604121 - Polteny News, Dempster Street, Wick - Corner Newsagents, Bridge
Street, Wick £4. the display will also be open on Saturday 7 May
with refreshments available.
Wick Area On The Outskirts Of Wick Is Changing As New Houses Spread Out
Beach Clean - Dunnet - Saturday 7th May 10.30 am
starting from both ends of the beach.
Everyone loves a day at the beach, but Dunnet beach doesn’t look so good
at the moment after stormy seas have dumped our litter on its shores.
So please come along and help us tidy up. Its good exercise, fresh air
and the reward is to see Dunnet Sands as beautiful as it should be.
Plus C.S.V. are providing us with sandwiches!! Gloves and bags
Caithness & Sutherland
A link page added to the
A - Z to
bring together pages and links about the Peatlands of Caithness and
Sutherland about which there is growing interest.
Tom Bryan & Scotia Review invite you to The Maple
& The Thistle
Mill Theatre, Thurso - Tuesday 3 May - 7.30 - 10pm - £3 (£2
a night of music, poetry & song from Canada & Caithness - Featuring
visiting Canadian poets Gary Geddes & Paul Sutherland - support from
local Scotia Review Poets& an open invitation to contribute from the
City's summer makeover will put Portobello
streets ahead - Scotsman
More Caithness flagstone heads for Edinburgh
2 May 2005
North Primary School Summer Term Newsletter
Glamis Road, Wick
Upper Lybster Heading Into Lybster
Passing Through Dingwall - Click Click Click
A few clicks do not do Dingwall justice and when time allows many more
clicks will be added.
Highland Views On Caithness.org
1 May 2005
Blackstairs, Wick Latest - Platform Step Now In View
CAITHNESS ARTS AGM MONDAY 9th MAY 7.30pm THURSO
CLUB Janet Street, Thurso
CAITHNESS ARTS is keen to attract new members. Whether you're a
practising artist, have a general interest in and love of the arts - or
even if you're plain curious - go along and find out what they get up
to. The group has regular newsletter with a What's On section.
They are actively pursuing an Arts Strategy for Caithness and planning
an Arts Week in August. Meanwhile here at Caithness.org we
are working on a completely new Arts section in co-operation with
Caithness Arts. We hope it will make it easier to find the contact
details for anyone in the arts and music fields in Caithness. Once
the new section is up and running let us know if you want an entry in
this FREE section. All existing entries in the recently published
Arts directory will be included as well as any listed on Caithness.org
The new section will have arts and music news stories coming in at the
top and out at the bottom similar to this page.
Dunnet Beach At Sunset On Saturday Evening
Moar took a stroll along the beautiful Dunnet Beach on Saturday evening
and caught the sun going down over Dunnet Bay. We have taken this
opportunity to begin a tidy up of the Dunnet pages. Formerly we
had two Dunnet sections and now these are being combined into one to
make life easier for you and us.
poverty history for far North' - Gibson
'A small but significant step to reducing Distance Poverty' was how SNP
MSP for the Highlands and Islands Rob Gibson greeted news that the
Scottish Executive has commission engineering firm ARUP to conduct a
Scottish rail planning assessment, opening the possibility that
improvements to the far North Line will be looked into. Mr Gibson
received the response from Transport Minister Nicol Stephen during a
question regarding the far North Line on Thursday in Parliament.