Missing Councillor In Asda Controversy Responds
One of the missing councillors who was away on holiday and was not
available for the planning meeting that decided on the Asda planning
application has entered a posting on the message board to set the record
straight regarding her absence and to make some suggestions to the
public who may be wondering what they might do.
responses in Missing Councillors thread
Of Caithness.org Merchandise
For some time we have
been receiving requests from the Orgers (folk who inhabit our Message
Boards) to create some gear that they might have to show their
connection to Caithness and /or the web site. A few items are now
available and more will be added shortly. To kick the whole thing off we
are running a design competition -
details inside with the winners to be decided by an online poll
on the message board at the end of July.
ABSL Helps NASA Return To The Moon
ABSL has been
selected by NASA to provide batteries to power its Lunar Reconnaissance
(LRO) spacecraft. This spacecraft will be launched in 2008 and will
survey the moon looking for new landing sites that can be used to set-up
bases on the moon that will be used for further exploration of the solar
system. The contract to supply the batteries is worth $1.7m. ABSL
has a long-standing record of success of supplying components to NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). In March 2006, a Pegasus rocket
launched the three NASA Space Technology 5 spacecraft that were powered
by ABSL Lithium-ion batteries. ABSL has also delivered batteries for the
THEMIS spacecraft, due to be launched later this year, and is currently
designing the batteries for NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO)
Petition Still climbing As Total Reaches 2332 At 6.00pm
Links To all the Asda Talk etc on
The Asda Debate
Departing Thrumster P7 Pupils Present School With
staff and pupils at Thrumster School were delighted to receive the gift
of a bench for the playground from Rebecca Mackay and Craig Oag who will
be moving on to Wick High School on return to school in August.
Thrumster School Index
At the 2006 AGM
Owen Pugh was able to report another successful year for Crossroads
Caithness in 2005 - 2006. Whilst funding was always a problem they
have been fortunate in receiving various grants and attracted a
repayment from the Inland Revenue due to the good work of their staff in
making back claim under Gift Aid. The office bearers were all
re-elected for another year on the committee but they are always looking
for new committee members and if anyone is interested in the work they
should contact the coordinator Susan Mileham.
Crossroads (Caithness) Annual Report 2004
- 05 (Word Doc)
Council Agrees to Examine Extending Parking Charges
The Highland Council agreed on Thursday to proceed with car parking
surveys during this summer at eight locations in the Highlands to
establish if the introduction of car parking charges will help with
traffic management. The Council voted 35 votes to 27 to support a motion
by Cllr Charlie King, Chairman of the TEC Services Committee, that the
Council should examine the feasibility of charging in Alness, Dingwall,
Fort Augustus, Kyle, Nairn, Thurso and Wick. By undertaking a car
parking survey this summer a comprehensive analysis could be made of the
situation. Should traffic management problems by identified a detailed
assessment would then be carried out. However, if no traffic management
issues were found, no further action would be taken. The unsuccessful
amendment, by Cllr Andy Anderson, proposed that a survey be carried out
in Kyle only, as it was readily accepted that the community required a
traffic management system. The arguments by councillors from the
outlying area councillors was mainly on the grounds that the surveys
would waste resources. Caithness councillors said that there was
no traffic management issue that required fixing by introducing charges.
New Asda Page To Bring It All
Together - The Asda Debate
As the debate rages on we have been asked to make it easier to find all
the information, Message Board threads and the Asda Support Petition and
so we have created this link page where we will update any new aspects
or news we find on the topic. A new link can be found on the left hand
column on this page.
Asda Petition Still Climbing with total Standing at 2262 at 11.00am
The lead story in today's John O'Groat Journal - "Silent Majority" in
favour of Asda" following Thurso community council meeting.
Bob Earnshaw the vice-chairman expressed his views following the meeting
where there was only one dissenting voice with the majority of the
committee reiterating the views of the public expressed in many places
already. Mr Earnshaw is quoted in the JOG today saying "While I
can understand the objections from the immediate residents, I feel the
council through the area planning committee has failed to grasp an
opportunity. As with most planning application of this nature what
is rarely heard is the silent majority who overwhelmingly support this
plan" Read today's "Groat" for the full story.
Heritage Museum Launch Their Own Web Site - www.wickheritage.org
new web site covers many aspects of the Wick Heritage Museum and is
intended to grow over the years. No doubt we will be highlighting new
sections and updates as they are added. Well done folks on another
great addition to putting Caithness on the digital map.
Wick Heritage Museum on Caithness.org
Canisbay Show On Saturday 1 July
The Canisbay Show will be on tomorrow at the Show Park in Canisbay.
The crowning of the Queen will be at 1.00pm. We have record entries in
the cattle, sheep and poultry. Attractions include American Truck,
Caithness Junior Pipe Band, Karate demonstration, Dog Agility
Demonstration, Tug O'War, Sheep Shearing Competition and JCB Handling
Competition which is the only one of it kind in the north. All the usual
indoor competitions. There will also be a pets corner which includes
pigs, goats, pet lambs and miniature Shetland ponies. The Canisbay Show
is the first one of the year in the north of Scotland.
Wick Pipe Band Week Stretches To To Nine Days 1 - 9 July
Check out Wick Pipe Band web site for the details of the events coming
over the next week or see our
What's On section highlighted daily on this page.
29 June 2006
Asda Support Petition Stands At 2172 at 10.00pm
Several threads on the Message Board continue to attract entries.
Tulloch Joins Asda Row - Press and Journal
Councillors Submitted A Notice Of Amendment On The Asda Issue
Today In Inverness
Councillors Alastair Macdonald, Bill Fernie, David Flear and John
Green from Caithness were today joined by Councillors from other areas
in signing the application for a Notice Of Amendment to the planning
application for outline planning permission which was turned down on
Monday 26 June in Thurso. The four other councillors who signed the
notice of amendment were
Bill Fulton and
Billy Barclay. The purpose of the Notice of Amendment
is to have the decision reversed at the full planning committee in
Inverness on 16 August.
Convenor David Flear Suffers Dislocated Shoulder In A Fall At
Council Meeting Today
Daid Flear the council for Caithness Central suffered a dislocated
shoulder and a gash above one eye in an accidental fall today at the
council chamber in Inverness. Councillor Bill Fernie who
accompanied the David to Raigmore Hospital by ambulance said "David has
had a nasty fall and his shoulder has been put back into place by the
medical staff at the hospital. He has had x-rays to check that it
is back in place properly. He will be back home this evening to
Halkirk driven back by councillor Alistair Macdonald whilst councillor
Roger Saxon took his car back home."
Try A Walk At Armadale Bay Today With The Highland Rangers
Thursday 29th June. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Armadale Bay area
to see the varied range of flowering plants and seashore wildlife. We
will make our way to the ‘dragon’s lair’ to see if he is awake and
roaring. Meet at Armadale community hall (NC 786644) at 2pm. Allow 2.5-3
Council Beyond 2007 - Potentially Reduce Staff By Up to 540
Highland Councillors will be asked on Thursday to consider a
far-reaching report from Chief Executive Arthur McCourt which recommends
changes in management arrangements and staffing numbers to meet the
challenges created by the introduction of 22 multi-member wards from
May, next year, together with budget restraints, potential housing stock
transfer and job evaluation. Mr McCourt's report recommends the Council
should set a target of reducing management by 20% (40 posts) and
staffing by 5% (500 jobs) before March 2009; reduce the number of
Council departments ~ from nine to six - and deliver services in future
at multi-member ward level.
Councillors will debate this matter and a full agenda today
See the Agenda The financial pressures facing the
council can be gleaned from the
Budget Working Group Paper
Revenue Budget Paper forecasts a further £20m of savings
required for 2007/2008
Community Ownership Programme Progress relating to the stock
transfer of council housing.
Chief Executives Proposed Changes For Council Services
Highland Council Response to the Strategy On Scotland with an Aging
Population to Scottish Executive
Local Code of Corporate Governance These an other papers
ion the agenda will be debated today at the Highland Council meeting in
SCRABSTER MISSION PERMANENT
EXHIBITION NOW OPEN
A PERMANENT exhibition entitled Scrabster: Then and Now has been
officially opened at Scrabster mission by superintendent Murray Campbell.
The fascinating exhibition features hundreds of photos encapsulating the
history and present day-to-day life at the busy whitefish port. A smaller
version of the exhibition was previously held on a temporary basis in 2004
but, due to popular demand, it has been expanded and made a permanent
fixture at the mission.
Lottery Funding For New Highland Archive Centre
The Highland Council has warmly welcomed the £4.3 million grant awarded
by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the £10.2 million cost of a new
Archive Centre which will house the archival heritage of the Highlands.
A site has been chosen at the Bught, Inverness, adjacent to the
all-weather pitch, and the Floral Hall. Councillor Andy Anderson,
Chairman of The Highland Council's Education Culture and Sport
Committee, said: "This announcement is of major importance to the
Highlands of Scotland. Our archives are of world significance and now we
will be able to showcase them in one brand new state of the art
building. "The Archive Centre will be part of The Highland Council's
celebration of Highland 2007, when Scotland will celebrate our culture.
The intention is to start building during 2007, and to open in 2009, the
Year of Highland Homecoming. The centre will form the "hub" in the
Council's hub and spokes strategy for the provision of its Archive
Service. Smaller area archive centres will be developed as spokes. One
spoke is already established in
another is currently being developed in Lochaber."
28 June 2006
Asda Petition Still Climbing - 1850 at 11.15pm
Caithness County Netball Winners
county Netball final was played at Pulteneytown Academy School between
Wick Hillhead Primary and Halkirk Primary. Hillhead won the County Cup
with a winning score of 15 - 12. The photo shows the
winning team with their coaches.
Silver Darlings Day At Lybster
MacMillan Walk at Wick Raised £1718.92
for our annual walk which we held on the 16th May. The organisers
are really delighted with this amount considering the weather on the
night and would like to thank all who walked and contributed so
BBC Runs Item on Hoax Names In Asda Petition
The BBC item on the petition has been changed to reflect that it is link
from Caithness.org and not our petition running on the Asda planning
application. The organiser of the petition is removing any hoax
names as they are found - including John Thurso and Caithness
Petition Passes 1550 Sign Ups
The Asda Petition continues to attract more signatures.
Halkirk Heritage and Vintage Motor
Society - Summer
Saturday 1st July 2006 - Ross Institute, Halkirk
Grand Opening By John Thurso MP 2.00pm -
Open To The Public 3.00pm - 5.00pm
The exhibition will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm &
7.00pm - 9.00pm and on Saturdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
On show will be vintage vehicles, the story of Halkirk's Gerston whisky,
The Skinnet Stone and you will be able to see the Ross Institute bedspread
with 950 signatures.
Labour Candidate Opens Up Blog Web Site - Blogging in Caithness,
Sutherland and Easter Ross
McKendrick, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Caithness,
Sutherland and Easter Ross has launched a blog to help connect with as
many residents of the far north as possible. He particularly hopes to
reach out to more young voters. His first blog deals with the world cup
and local sports facilities, where he reveals he supported England
against Ecuador, but will not do so against Portugal this Saturday. He
is asking local people to contact him on-line and start a discussion
about what further sports facilities are needed in their local
communities. Caithness.org wonders if he has thought about what
might hit him with the current and other controversies. Sign up
for blogging and go get him Orgers...........
Pulteneytown People's Project - Fun Day - Saturday 1 July 2006 1.00pm
It has come to the time of year again when Pulteneytown People’s Project
hold their annual Fun Day at the South School. This year it is to take
place on 1st July at 1pm in the park at the South School. This is our
annual fundraiser where all the community come together and have a good
day out. Activities on the day will
include Highland dancers, local bands playing, old fashioned races, face
painting, football competition…..5 a-side kids come along and enter your
team, trampoline, raffle stall, bottle stall, baking stall and a plant
stall where you can come along and exchange a plant or buy a plant for
50p, barbecue, tea, coffee, home baking, hot dogs.
27 June 2006
Petition Signatures Soar To Over 1200 in 24 Hours
Signatures have poured onto the Asda support petition all day. The
message board is brimming with supporters comments and
the main thread are now over 5200 again in less than 24 hours - a
new record on the web site.
Asda Story On Press and Journal Web Site By Ian Grant
Readers can add their own comments on this story by going to the bottom of
the page. Another chance to let Scotland know how Caithness
residents feel about this.
Online Petition To Support Asda Application Rockets on the Petition Web
As at 11.10am today the numbers signing the online petition is
rocketing. 350 folk have signed and numbers are growing by
the minute to make this one of the fastest ever petitions seen in the far
north. Since last night when this all got going over 2600
people have checked out
on the Message Board where overwhelming support and disgust at the
decision is being expressed. This is one of the fastest ever growing
threads on Caithness.org as it only began last night.
Dive bids to solve wreck mystery - BBC
The Caithness diving Club are to assist Archaeologist Simon Davidson, of
Nottingham University in the examination V81, which was at the Battle of
Jutland in 1916, was raised in 1937 after foundering off the Caithness
coast 85 years ago.
ASDA Online petition reaches 100 at 12.15am On Tuesday
Who Voted For Or Against ASDA Outline Planning Application?
As there folk still asking who voted which way on the ASDA application at the planning committee in Thurso here it is again -
Voted Against the Application -
Thurso West - Roger Saxon
Thurso Central - Donald Mackay
Thurso East - Tom Jackson
Wick Councillor - Graeme Smith (also used his casting vote against the
Voted To Accept the Planning Officers Recommendation To ACCEPT the
Wick West - Bill Fernie
Caithness Central - David Flear
Caithness North East - John Green
Caithness North West - Alistair MacDonald
Two Councillors Were Unavailable
Pulteneytown - Katrina MacNab
Caithness South East - William Mowat
The way the vote went
The vote was split 4 for and 4 against and chairman Councillor Graham
Smith used his casting vote against the application. The paper with
the proposals can be found
26 June 2006
AA John O'Groats To Landsend Historical Vehicle Challenge
caught up with the group of AA men driving a range of AA vehicles from
John O'Groats to Landsend to raise money for the Great Ormond Street
Children's Hospital. The men are driving 250 miles a day from 24th to 29th
June. They are taking a few days of their annual holidays to make
the trip and were in great spirits when we met them at Dunbeath. If
you would like to make donation to their cause go to
Caithness.org donated in cash on the spot.
Support Grows as Online Petition Numbers Overtake Objectors Numbers In An
The 72 objections to the Asda store outline planning application have been
outnumbered in an hour of the online petition going up. As at
11.10pm the online petition had reached 76 and is climbing steadily.
Caithness ASDA Supporters Have Started Online Petition Asking ASDA To
Disappointment at today's decision to refuse the outline planning
application for an Asda Store has prompted folk who want it to set up a
petition to ask ASDA to appeal the decision. Signatures are already
going in and the
ongoing on the Message Board. There were 39 signatures as at
10.23pm. Over 40 comments are already entered with people mainly
expressing their disappointment at today's decision. As stated below
the councillors were split and chairman Graham Smith used his casting vote
to reject the application. Two councillors Katrina MacNab and Bill
Mowat - were unavailable for today's meeting.
McAllan's Shop In Wick To Be New Tourist Information Centre
Clothing shop McAllan's is to be the latest tourist information centre at
Wick. The shop will provide space for information and staff will be
trained to deal with questions from visitors. the new service will
start on 24th July
Asda Plan For Thurso Thrown Out - BBC
Renewable Energy Forum
Wednesday 28 June 7.15pm - Wick High School
Invites you to come and hear about RENEWABLE ENERGY
A presentation on renewables in Orkney, a discussion about Caithness
projects and a showing of the recent prize winning Wick High School film
‘Energy in Caithness 2055’ - All Welcome
Dounreay Director Sets Out Benefits Of Programme Acceleration
A workforce that can safely deliver the decommissioning and demolition of
Britain's fast reactor experiment at Dounreay is a workforce that will be
in demand worldwide for its skills. This is the message delivered today by
Norman Harrison, director of UKAEA Dounreay, in a new publication setting
out the benefits of accelerated clean-up of the site and the efforts being
made to find alternative employment for staff whose jobs presently depend
on this work........
The paper issued by Norman Harrison is entitled
Delivering For The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Mentioned in the paper by Norman Harrison is -
A Strategy For Caithness and North Sutherland
The document has been issued to all households in the area covered by the
Socio Economic Strategy Group chaired by John Thurso MP. The publics
views are being asked for in this document.
Spittal Hill Wind Farm Public Exhibition
Wednesday 28 June - 2.30pm - 8.00pm - Watten Hall
the developer has set up web site with information about the project - See
Spittal Hill Wind Farm
Wind Farms etc
Date Approaches For Thurso High 1978
Thurso High School 1st Year 1978 Reunion - Park Hotel Thurso 29 July 2006
More details inside
Councillors Turn Down Outline Planning For Asda In Thurso
Councillors were split down the middle at the planning committee today
in Thurso when they rejected the application for outline planning
permission for a supermarket and a hotel and an amenity project and
pavilion for the community. All three Thurso councillors - Roger
Saxon, Tom Jackson and Donny Mackay voted against the proposal along with
Wick councillor Graham Smith who also used his casting vote to vote down
the application. Councillors Bill Fernie, David Flear, Alistair
MacDonald and John Green voted for the proposal. The planning
officer had recommended accepting the application. The paper with
the proposals can be found
HERE There were 72 letters of objection and one letter of
25 June 2006
Caithness Young Folk Attend Highland Youth Voice Weekend In Skye
folk from Caithness met up with others from across the Highlands for
weekend at the Sabhal Mor Ostaig - the Gaelic College on Skye. Bill
Fernie councillor for Wick West was among other councillors, officials and
others from a variety of organisations who make up the Joint Committee on
Children And Young People for Highland council and the NHS Highland.
The committee meeting was held on Friday morning and then a few of the
members met with Highland Youth Voice in the afternoon. To see what
the Joint Committee was discussing
Go Here To see what Highland Youth Voice is all about
The young folk were joined by a delegation of young people from Norway
who had visited Aberdeen and Inverness before heading to Skye for the
Kay Gunn Retires From Watten School
Gunn the head teacher from Watten primary school retired last week and was
surprised to find the children and other staff had organised a farewell
party. The evening was full of songs, poems and presentations.
Parents and friends had also gathered to say a fond farewell to Kay who
has been at the school for ten years and head teacher for the last three.
Musical talent was on show and Addie Harper and Gordon Gunn were on hand
to play tunes with the children to make the evening a lively affair
Watten Primary School Index
Caithness Schools & Education Index
Thurso Town Improvements - Strongman Competition
Postponed -26 June
Gala is 5 - 13 August and is bigger than ever. But not content to
wait until then the Gala Committee have organised a strongman competition
for 8 July starting at 12 Noon at the Ellen Bridge Car Park.
the Strongman competition has had to be postponed due to
Beware of the wolfman - The Independent
This story is about the owner of the estates plans to bring back wild
animals such as wolves into the
to help revive the areas tourism as he says the Ardgay area is dying.
Lybster Gala 2006 - 50th Gala
61 - 72
73 - 84
85 - 96
97 - 100
24 June 2006
Lybster Gala 2006
1 - 12
13 - 24
25 - 36
37 - 48
49 - 60
22 June 2006
Photo sent by Adam Macdonald.
If anyone knows names from this or any other photos send details to
Main Schooldays Index
Balmore Animal Welfare Centre Open Day
Open Day and Scrufts Dog Show is to be held this Saturday 24th June
at Balmore Animal Welfare Centre. 1.30pm - 4.00pm. Registration
for the Dog Show is on the day and it costs £2 for unlimited entries.
There will be various stalls and tombolas and a tea tent. There wil also
be a demonstration by Kanmere Dog Training. Go along and support
the Scottish SPCA. the centre is on the road to Reay before you reach
21 June 2006
Crossflame Youth Choir From Hickory, North Carolina At Wick Old Parish
Crossflame Youth Choir from Hickory North Carolina sang at Wick Old
Parish church on mid-summers day when the sun does not set in Caithness.
the young folk in the choir preformed magnificently in this series of
concerts around Scotland. Last night they were in Inverness and
tomorrow night they are in Dornoch. Their musical director Ron
Sinclair has visited Caithness twice before following up his roots -
once with his father and again with his wife. and so the
connections continue and he has introduce anther 70 folk to the land of
his ancestors and a few others of the choir and their party. A
warm welcome awaited them at Wick Old Parish where the audience gladly
joined in the choruses and tunes when invited by Ron. The evening
built up in tempo ending with lively gospel songs at the end. A
bit of sight seeing at Noss and Girnigoe before the group head off to
Dornoch Cathedral for their next concert. Good Luck for the rest
of your trip folks and come back soon.
20 June 2006
Halkirk Pupils Visit To Dounreay Visitor Centre
Primary School recently enjoyed a visit to Dounreay's Visitor Centre.
The children were given the opportunity to meet the Civil Nuclear
Constabulary's police dog.
Halkirk Primary School Index
Dunnet Kids Are Ready For Mr Boom's Visit - Kids Get Dressed Up As
Spacemen or Aliens
Tickets Still Available For Dunnet and Thurso Shows
kids from Dunnet are ready for the visit of Mr Boom and hs very popular
show beaming down to Caithness from the moon on 24 and 25 June - Thurso
and Dunnet. The visit has been organised by the committee of
Dunnet Playgroup to raise funds. Tickets are available from
Jacqueline on 01847 851841 or Claire on 01847 851454. Ticket are
£3 for each venue and shows start at 2.00pm. Mr Boom originates from
Caithness and he makes regular trips back whenever he can during his
extremely busy schedule touring his one man show.
A great show for the kids with Mr Boom's non-stop flow of jokes, songs
and activities so get your tickets before the weekend. If it's
raining - no problem as it will be dry with Mr Boom
Children are encouraged to come along dressed as Spacemen or aliens.
The ticket price includes a party bag. So get along and enjoy
yourselves at the Mr boom concerts and help the Dunnet Play Group head
towards their target of adding a play garden to the new premises at
Wick Lifeboat Harbour Evening
Latest Video On TV.Caithness.org
latest clips are from the Wick Lifeboat Harbour Evening held on Friday
16th June. This latest one includes the Wick Pipe Band, part of
the raft race and two of the majorettes one of which has a large dancing
lifeboat man who joined in.
Photos from Wick Lifeboat Harbour Evening
Galas Shows &
Games Coming Over the Next Few Weeks
South School, Wick - June Newsletter
South School Index
Thrumster PTA Walk for School Funds
Last Friday evening Thrumster PTA held sponsored walk and barbecue to
raise funds for the school. The barbecue was moved into the
village hall due to the wet weather but everyone managed the walk around
to Thurmster House and back.
Thrumster School Index
19 June 2006
Thurso Lifeboat Tows Hebridean Warrior Back To Scrabster
lifeboat "The Taylors" was called out about noon today to go to the aid
of a small vessel "Hebridean Warrior " who suffered engine failure.
The boats returned about 2.30pm.
Lifeboat web site
For more photos of the Thurso lifeboat and Hebridean Warrior over at
Scrabster Weather Station
Caithness Horizons Hosts Stakeholders Workshop
Caithness Horizons recently held a stakeholder workshop to bring
together all its funders, partners and local stakeholders. Paul Cariss,
Caithness Horizons Chairman, welcomed everyone to the event and thanked
them for their support so far and gave a presentation outlining the
projects progress to-date. Paul's introduction was followed by a
presentation by Bill McPherson, of MkW Design Partnership, on the
detailed design plans.
Yet Another 1962 Miller Photo
sent by Lex Ward whose wife Irene Webster is in the photo. Is this
the final 1962 photo? If not send them in.
Miller Schooldays Photos
Schooldays Photo Index
Presto - Safeway - Morrison - Somerfield - Wick Reunion
5 August 2006 - Francis Street Club
This reunion is for anyone who worked at the store in Wick under any of
its different owners. Get in touch with the organisers as son as
possible to help with arrangements etc. A section is running on
message board for questions, comments, stories about former
times at the store. A photo section will be in place shortly and
you can email photos for inclusion to
email@example.com or take
photos along on the night or send them to Linda Mackay at the store in
Wick for display.
Emigrants Statue At Helmsdale
Emigrants Stature at Helmsdale is well worth a look if you are in the
area. It is situated on the A9 at Helmsdale. A story in the
Scotsman explains why this statue was made and not the one planned for
the top of the hill along with centre dedicated to the clans people who
were forced to emigrate. Six flags at the site show the countries
where the people who were forced out went to.
How it was to have been
Memorial Is abandoned - Scotsman
18 June 2006
Scottish Jobs Go In Salmon Farming
Figures released by the Scottish Executive on 15th June disclose that
1,500 production and processing jobs have been lost in salmon farming in
Scotland since 2002 following the dominance of the industry by
foreign-owned companies. SFPG chairman Bruce Sandison wrote to
First Minister Jack McConnell in May asking if the Scottish Executive
(SE) had adjusted its assessment of job numbers supported by the
industry in line with recent failures and amalgamations of farms in the
West Highlands and Islands.
Lybster Gala Programme
Sat 24 June - Monday 3 July
Day - 24 June at
Latest Birds Seen In
swallow This extreme rarity in Caithness (second record) was seen by
most of the patrons of the Castle of Mey Arms in Mey for a short time
around 2pm. It's finder was a visitor who also happens to be the Bird
Recorder for Tanzania where it's a regular garden bird for him!
Latest photos include a Marsh Harrier, Wood Sandpiper and a Barn Owl
Caithness Bird News Main Index
Caithness Bird Watching Photographic Compeitition
Show - 8 July 2006
The Latheron Agricultural Show committee has appointed its first lady
chairman in their history. Maureen Coghill, East Clyth becomes the
first woman to hold the position of chair. plans for this years
show are well in hand. A 200 club is open for new members to help
support the annual show. A Highland dancing competition will take
entries on the day. All the usual events including times horse
jumping - see inside for more details.
More Halkirk Gala Photos From Folk Who Were There
Caithness Motor Show At Halkirk - Day Two Sunday18 June
the Caithness motor Show organised by Thurso Rotary Club carries on with
day two today at the Riding Centre at Halkirk. Apart from all the
new vehicles including the latest Ford Transit van by Wm Dunnet Ltd.
There is huge range of new vehicles on show. A number of vintage
vehicles are on show and the police are on hand showing you what happens
when you are breathalised.
Halkirk Gala Night
Halkirk Gala 13 - 24
25 - 36
37 - 48
49 - 60
Halkirk Gala 61 - 72
Halkirk Gala - 73 - 84
85 - 96
97 - 100
17 June 2006
Netball Team Wind West Side Of County Competition
Netball Team won the netball league for the West Side of the county.
They beat Miller Academy 13 - 8 in the final game. They play
Hillhead in the County Final in Wick On Monday 19 June 2006.
RIDDLE OF SKELETON IN ATTIC - Daily Record
Skeletal remains of a baby thought to be over 100 years old have been
found in the roof of a house in Lybster.
Wick Lifeboat Harbour Evening
Head For Halkirk Today
Its a busy weekend in Halkirk.
The Halkirk Gala continues with a coffee morning and the
Children's Art exhibitions. Today and Sunday sees the Caithness
Motor Show at the Indoor Riding Centre. Tonight the crowning of
the gala queen and music from the Caithness Big Band and Wick Pipe Band
and the parade of decorated floats. Why not make a day of it and
head to the motor show, have lunch in Halkirk. Take a nice walk
along the river if the weather improves, have tea and then the
gala in the evening.
16 June 2006
Flame Youth Choir At Wick Old Parish Church
7.30pm Wednesday 21 June
Cross Flame Youth Choir from North Carolina will be at the Wick Old
Parish church with an evening of sacred music from Celtic anthems to
American Gospel. Musicians will also play a range of instruments.
The event is Free and there will be a collection for charities.
The choir will be at various venues in Scotland including the Methodist
church in Inverness
Wick Lifeboat Harbour Evening Tonight
From 6.30 pm all the usual stalls will be open. Bouncy Castle,
Pipe band and lost more including the Raft Race.
Water Tower For Sale By Auction
A chance for
someone to become the owner of this massive structure on the skyline of
Caithness. The water tower commands fantastic views across the
county and over Sinclairs Bay was owned by Scottish Water and is no
longer used. SVA Property Auctions are putting it under the hammer
in Glasgow on 28 June at 2.00pm at Quality Central Hotel. Check
web site for full details. Many other properties across
Scotland at the same auction including a house in Orkney.
See the Water Tower in the distance from Stroupster
Winners Of Yarrows Heritage Trust Competition
of Yarrows Heritage Trust were in Thrumster Primary School to present
prizes to the pupils who had entered their competition. Pupils were
asked to create a picture of the area around the Old Station at
Thrumster as they would like to see it. The children's pictures have
been used to support the Trust's grant application for improving the Old
Station at Thrumster. Prizes were presented to winners in the P1-3,
P4-5 and P6-7 categories by Jamie Stone, MSP. P1-3 First -
Stewart Atkins Second - Ben Miller 4-5 First- Gary Bremner
Second - Grant Anderson P6-7 First - Rebecca Mackay Second-
Emma Taylor. Highly commended prizes went to Craig Gill, Andrew Mackay,
Tom Taylor, Caitlin Harvey and Lynn Sinclair.
Three New Obstetricians Accept Posts At Caithness General Hospital
North Action Group (NAG) was pleased to hear this week that three
obstetricians who were offered posts at the maternity unit of Caithness
General Hospital have accepted the offers of employment following
interviews. Members of North Action Group said they would remain as
group until staff had been appointed after their opposition to
downgrading of the unit which began in 2003. The group plan to
hold meeting in the early Autumn to decide how to wind up the group and
deal with the remaining campaign funds which flowed in non stop
throughout the campaign from groups, businesses and individuals in
Caithness and beyond. This was the third time that the health
authorities had attempted to convince people in the north that the unit
should be downgraded and each time the campaigns were bigger than the
15 June 2006
Trinkie Clean Up
Sunny weather on Sunday meant that work got underway on the annual
Trinkie Clean-up. The sign was once again, re-painted by Alex Patterson
and other volunteers began the huge task of power cleaning the slimy
green weeds before painting could take place. The glorious weather meant
that there were many families at the Trinkie in eager anticipation of a
nice swim. The committee’s funds are exhausted for this year after
paying for the large repair of the wall in the ‘deep end’ which required
immediate attention. Because the cleaning process is dependant on the
tides, plans for this year are to raise funds to enable the group to
purchase their own power cleaning equipment which will mean they can
clean the area with more flexibility.
Has The Time Come To
Decide On The Old Brewery Once And For All?
Company Wants Publics Views On Old Brewery Site At Manson's Lane,
a follow on from the affordable housing project O'Brien Construction Ltd
designed at Manson's Lane, they are hoping to develop the Old Brewery
Building into a further six social housing units. The Old Brewery is a
category B listed building, built around 1798 in traditional Caithness
flagstone rubble, which has been derelict and disused for many years.
Unfortunately the building's listed status may well render their
proposed project unviable making it likely that the building will remain
as it is for the foreseeable future. Current estimates indicate that to
restore the existing building with an internal steel support frame would
cost in the region of £1.2 million, whereas to demolish and
sympathetically rebuild it, utilising the original character and
appearance of the building would cost 50% less at £600K and could easily
be accommodated within Scottish Executive funding benchmarks.
Residents of Thurso read on and contact O'Brien Construction with your
First Aid Kits Donated To Thurso Junior Swifts Football Club
On behalf of Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, UKAEA/AMEC/CH2MHILL have
donated three first aid kits to Thurso Junior Swifts Football Club. The
football club is run on a voluntary basis, with 100 children ranging
from five to fifteen year olds currently training with the club. Coach
Sandy Christie is pictured here receiving the first aid kits from
UKAEA's Marie Mackay during their training session at Miller Academy
Primary School on
Tuesday evening. Looking on are the children of the under seven and
under nine age group and coach Alan Murray.
MANPOWER STAFF, THURSO, CHECK OUT HEALTH
The staff of the Manpower site in Thurso were given the opportunity of a
free Health & Fitness Check at their workplace over the past two weeks. A
Health Mobile Unit was on site (courtesy of Healthy Highland Men) and
manned by Jean Macleod, Development Worker, HHM & Margaret Bremner,
Scotland’s Health at Work (SHAW) Adviser for Caithness & Sutherland.
14 June 2006
Hamish Budge From Hoy, Caithness Wins John Napier Memorial Drafts
man Hamish Budge, Hoy won the John Napier Memorial Drafts Tournament
held this year at The Commercial Hotel, Halkirk. The tournament was set
up after John Napier left small legacy to buy a draft board every two
years for the winner of the competition which is held in different place
in Scotland each time. Competitors for this years competition came from
Aberdeen, Orkney, Stonehaven and Rosehearty as well as Caithness.
There was some impromtu Scottish music from Addie Harper and others
adding to the atmosphere in the bar for those watching the World Cup.
By Robbie MacDonald
13 June 2006
Thurso Woman Wants To Set
Up Forum For Parents With Disabled Children
Recently in the press over her dispute with Highland Council regarding The
Learning Support received for her five year old son with Cerebral Palsy,
Allison Howie from Thurso is looking to connect with Caithness parents,
carers and relatives of children with a disability to put together a
Rescue - Alzheimer Scotland Sponsored Walk Sat 17 June
Anyone interested in taking part in a sponsored walk for Assynt Mountain
Rescuer and Alzheimers Scotland should get on to applying right away.
This year they will be going up Ben Hope. See inside for full
Children's Races At Halkirk Gala - The Movie
We are just getting
started and using a normal digital camera. If anyone has higher
quality sequences of any of Halkirk Gala or the galas coming up just send
us DVD and we will see if we can get it loaded up so everyone can see it.
Halkirk Gala Index
Galas - Shows -
Other Videos In
12 June 2006
An Enchanted Birthday - June 2006
Caithness Floral Art Club celebrated its 37th birthday with a
demonstration by Rosalind Walker from Driffield. Her title Enchantment
gave her plenty of scope to indulge in delightful flower combinations
that were enhanced by her choice of containers. She brought with her
some of the newer varieties of roses available from florists and a
lovely selection of Hostas from her own garden. After completing her
arrangements Rosalind cut the birthday cake that was then enjoyed by all
Caithness Floral Art Club
invited to comment on Council Performance
The Highland Council is writing to 9,000 residents this week inviting
them to have their say on Council services. Chosen randomly, the residents
will receive a Performance Survey questionnaire asking their views on
their contact with the Council and satisfaction with services and inviting
their comments on how best the Council can serve their local communities.
The survey is conducted every year and the information received is used to
plan improvements to service delivery.
Halkirk Gala Five-a-side Football
Yesterday's Five-side tournament at Halkirk Gala was played in brilliant
warm sunshine. Following on from the races the kids were still full
of go and the mixed boys and girls teams were randomly selected.
Saturday's Book Sale in Wick
The book sale at St. John's church hall, Pulteneytown, Wick, on Saturday
brought in £108.70 for the church's building fund, and a plant sale held
outside the church hall raised another £35 for the same fund. The church
would like to offer their thanks to all who either helped with the sale or
purchased books and plants. There is likely to be another booksale in
about six month's time, so donations of books will still be accepted, to
be held for that. Contact Gordon Johnson (01955-603103) or e-mail
HOUSING NEEDS AND SOLUTIONS INFORMATION DAY
Dunbeath Community Centre - Tuesday 13th June Open from 2pm - 5pm
and 6pm - 8pm
Lybster Community Centre - Wednesday 21st June Open from 2pm - 5pm
and 6pm - 8pm
The day will provide an excellent opportunity for the whole community to
find out about the grant funding, benefit and other assistance available
to tackle a wide range of housing issues, including insulation,
adaptations and repairs to existing houses as well as the opportunities
potentially available to access new but affordable housing options. With
the range of agencies represented and available for one to one chats this
is too good an opportunity to miss. Highland Council Housing
Service, Highland Council Grants Department, Pentland Housing, Care and
Repair Service, Handyman Service, Highland Council Benefits section,
Highland Council Energy Efficiency Advice Service, Highland Small
Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) - Organised by
East Caithness Development Group
Appeal to help
fund castle visitor centre - Herald
11 June 2006
Children's Races At Halkirk Gala
Halkirk Gala Index
Caithness Volunteer Award Reception For Volunteer Week 2006
celebrate National Volunteer Week 2006 Volunteering Highland Caithness
hosted a Volunteer Award Ceremony in Wick Town Hall on Tuesday 6th June
attended by representatives of the voluntary sector and family members. MV
Youth Volunteering certificates were presented by Councillor Bill Fernie
to 11 young people from around Caithness. A total of 6 Bronze, 3 silver
and 2 gold certificates were gained by young people volunteering.
Additionally, Mr David Steven was in attendance to receive an Employer
Supported Volunteering Award which was presented to D Steven & Son haulage
contractors by Catherine Patterson Development Officer for Volunteering
Highland. This award was presented to Mr Steven in recognition for his
company’s outstanding contribution to the voluntary sector in Caithness.
10 June 2006
Its Butterfly Time In Caithness
season has finally warmed up and butterflies and moths are plentiful.
Ranger Mary Legg has found plenty to see in her outings. She has
sent this photo of Painted Ladies she has found so far at Holborn Head,
Loch of Mey and John O'Groats. Painted Ladies are migrants so watch
out for them if you are out and about in the countryside at the moment.
Hillhead Dramatised Song Groups Winners and Runners Up In The Music
Halkirk Gala Now in Full Swing
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
21, 23 and 24 June At Thurso High School - 7.30pm each night
Here is chance o see one of the most famous West end musicals
performed by the pupils of Thurso High. A spectacularly colourful show it
is definitely one for the whole family. Tickets are available from the
school or at MacBeaths Jewellers, Thurso and Polteney News, Wick
Caithness Mentions Somewhere Today
Attention all GeoDrillers! - Geodrilling International Online
Dounreay could shut 10 years early - North Tonight - Scottish
Television (Formerly Grampian TV)
9 June 2006
Book Sale Bargains At St. John's Church Wick
Saturday 10 June - Opens 10.00am
Caithness booklovers and those readers who just love a bargain have a
treat in store, so put the details in your diary. St. John's
episcopal church is holding a sale of good-condition second-hand books in
the St. John's church hall, Moray St., Pulteneytown, Wick on Saturday 10th
June, with the sale open from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. Books will include
novels of all kinds (hardback and paperback), factual works, children's
books, and a few books in large print. Prices will be 20p for children's
books; 30p. for paperback novels (50p for hardbacks); and 50p for most of
the factual works. There will be a few top quality books at £1.00.
All income from the book sale will go to St. John's church funds, to help
with maintenance and repair.
Mount Pleasant School At The Music Festival Today
Music Festival reached it final day today. Here we see Mount
Pleasant Primaries 1 - 3 the winners of The Flo Dixie Cup after performing
their song - The Magic Tree
Hillhead School Wins Wick Town Netball Cup
School won the 'Wick Town Cup' in the primary school netball league for
the East side of the county. In the final game Hillhead beat Pulteneytown
Academy 18 - 9. Hillhead will now play the winning team from the
West side of the county in the county final.
Football Festival - Lets All Go
7th July - 11.30 am at Farr High School, Bettyhill - 7 Aside with max 10
in squad - ages between 7-14 - £10 per team entry to cover costs -Trophies
and medals. Why not have day out on the North coast and go and
support this wee footy fest. Details of the event, who to contact
etc etc now on the Message Board.
MSP Expenses and Allowances
Well here it all is in glorious techni detail if you have time to browse
through the 15,000 pages of the new section of the Scottish Parliament web
site. And before you ask here is the link to the
Highland Councillors expenses for last year 2004 - 05 set out
on er..... one page as Pdf file.
newspaper has a shot handy overview today of the MSP figures.
8 June 2006
Progress On New Houses At Harrowhill, Wick
The 28 new homes being built for Pentland Housing Association are moving
on and here are a few photos to show you the latest position.
Cycle thro' time at Camster
The first joint meeting of Caithness Critters and Young Archaeology Club
took place on Saturday 27th May when the youngsters "Cycled Thro' Time"
along the Camster Cycle trail. The Neolithic Camster
Cairns were explored in detail before the keen kids cycled 8km along the
forest track at Camster completing a time line. Marina Swanson, Highland Council's Caithness East
Ranger, said: "There were certainly four seasons in one day, with a heavy
drenching followed by a bitter hail shower. This didn't dampen the
children's spirits as they raced to the end and enjoyed many of the muddy
pools on the way."
Latest Newsletter From Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, Wick
Scotrail Reintroduces Cycle Vans For Inverness Wick Route
Cyclists wishing to travel by train between Inverness and Wick this
summer will be able to do so even more easily - thanks to two dedicated
cycle vans which will carry their bikes by road. First ScotRail is
reintroducing the vans from Sunday 11 June 2006. They will be available
throughout the summer until 22 September and carry up to 13 bicycles
each. The vans will travel by road and accompany selected services
between the two stations.
End Of May And Into June Sightings
Whinchat and a Sanderling are among latest photos by Nigel Fairney
forwarded by Julian Smith in his latest report on bird sightings.
The last few days of May and into June are included in this update.
St Johns Pool
Bird Watching Forum
Castletown Landfill Site, Caithness - Update - 8 June 2006
of The Highland Council have confirmed that, to date, levels of gas
measured at the ex-landfill site at Castletown do not constitute a risk
to neighbouring premises. Over the last two months works have been
carried out to allow the measurement of methane and carbon dioxide
within the former landfill and establish whether these gases are present
at the southern boundary of
the site. As a further precautionary measure, tests will be carried out
over the next four months to establish that gas generation in the
landfill is not influenced by seasonal weather conditions. Once this
work is completed a further risk assessment will be carried out.
NORTH MSP BACKS CARERS WEEK EXHIBITION IN
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Maureen Macmillan is supporting a
photographic exhibition, located in the garden lobby area of the
Scottish Parliament in connection with Carers Week (Monday 12th - Friday
16th June). Next weeks exhibition is being held by the Highlands Carers
Project, which is a member of the
Care Forum and the
Princess Royal Trust
for Carers network.
Live To Die Society via
latest additions to TV.Caithness.Org are Live To Die Society
based in Caithness and they have a web site
where you can hear more and find out about the group.
MSP QUESTIONS HIGHLAND AUTISM SUPPORT FOR
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Maureen Macmillan has raised the
issue of the level of support available for Highland pupils who suffer
from autism. Mrs Macmillan said, "I have been contacted by
constituents who are concerned about the number of Advisory Autism
Outreach Officers available to support pupils with autism in the
Highland Council area.
Important Flow Country - Scotland's Latest National Nature Reserve
A large area of internationally important peatland in Caithness and
Sutherland is set to become Scotland's latest National Nature Reserve.
The main Board of Scottish Natural Heritage has agreed that land at
Forsinard and Dorrery, owned and managed for wildlife and people by RSPB,
be declared as The Flows National Nature Reserve (NNR).
Pentland Firth Item On The Web
World Cup Football clash with Volvo avoided - Sail World
This item today on the Sail World web site warns of the perils awaiting
the Volvo Yacht race competitors as they head for the Pentland Firth
today as organisers alter things to avoid a clash with the World Cup
football getting close to Kick-off.
7 June 2006
Earlier Caithness Music Festivals
2003 No 2004 Fest due To Elections
Caithness Music Festival - More Inside - All
photos taken are now up
More Photos From Caithness Music Festival
Caithness Music Festival 2006
Sought for New Book About the Ryrie Family in Australia
RYRIES: AN AUSTRALIAN PIONEER FAMILY by JOHN EDWARDS
is at an advanced stage of preparation and will be published by Norrong
Press later this year or in early 2007. It will be a quality production
with about 80 illustrations including a dozen in colour. Although
written from an Australian perspective, it will be of interest to
members of the Ryrie family and history buffs around the world. It will
be a limited edition and therefore subscribers are sought to raise the
money necessary for printing.
A Break From Tradition For Halkirk YFC
an Open Stock Judging being held as part of the 60th Anniversary
celebrations, Halkirk YFC broke with tradition and held a Mock Auction
and Slave Auction on Wednesday 31st May. The event was held in Thurso
Auction Market. The Mock Auction comprised 42 items ranging from a box
of washing powder, fencing materials and bag of lambs milk to a Texel
Tup and details of agricultural property. Competitors had to value each
item. Points were awarded depending how close they were while zero
points were awarded outwith certain price ranges. A number of items were supplied by Allan's
of Gillock, Charles Angus, R B Flett and W & A Geddes, while the
livestock came from Messrs Campbell, Todholes. The official adjudicator
was Iain Thomson while auctioneer was Phillip Coghill.
Halkirk's 60th Anniversary year gets off to
a great start
Halkirk YFC began their 60th Anniversary celebrations with a Quiz and
Social evening in the Ross Institute, Halkirk. With a total of 17 teams
taking part the night was a great success. Question masters for the
evening, Mr James Campbell and Mr John Bremner kept the evening moving
along smoothly as Halkirk's very own "Ant and Dec". The eventual winners
of the quiz were "He's behind you", comprising Karen Oliphant, Mrs Anne
Oliphant and Neil Henderson. Runners-up spot was taken by the "Wooden
Tops", Alan Hewitson, Dorothy Binnie, Jessie Allan and Robert Budge.
Halkirk retain team trophy as Barnetson is top Individual
Caithness District Young Farmers held their Summer Stock judging
competition on 20th May 2006. Dairy Cattle were judged at Messrs
Ronaldson, Westerseat, with Sheep at Mr & Mrs Bruce Swanson, East Murkle
and Beef Cattle at Messrs Gunn, Carsgoe. The official judges for the day
were Mr Morris Ronaldson, Westerseat and Mr Don Budge, Brae-Edge. Halkirk
retained the Spillers Cup for best team ...Full
7 June 06
Forss boys make it two in a row
A team from Forss YFC have won the Caithness District Agri Skills
Competition for the second year in a row. The event was held at West
Greenland Farm by kind permission of the Mackay Family who also
presented a new trophy for the competition. Five teams took part in
events such as Fence repair, Hydraulic hose connection, Knapsack
calibration, Sheep pen erection and dismantling and a Safety quiz. The
winning team are pictured receiving the new trophy for the event from Mr
Andrew Mackay, they are l/r John Swanson, Kevin Ross (Team Captain) and
Graeme Mackay. Bower teams were 2nd equal, the A team were James
Barnetson, Helen Ryrie and Michael Sutherland, with B team consisting of
William Barnetson, Neil Brims and John MacAulay.
6 June 2006
Caithness Scouts New Web Site
Caithness Scouts have launched a new web site for the county. The
site covers all of the groups in the county. Consequently we have
closed all of our scout sections and will keep a link to the new web
site. We will still run stories and pictures of scout events that
come our way. Good Luck with the new site guys.
Selections North Highlands Meats Focus Of Sainsbury's Training Day
as they say is not being allowed to grow under the feet of Mey
Selections. The brand launched with the support of Prince Charles
as part of his three pronged push to bring a new focus on development in
tourism, the built environment and farming is picking up the pace.
Local farmer Danny miller was once again in London meeting the team
tasked with increasing the profile. Over 50 Sainsbury's senior
counter staff, buyers and food technologists heard Justin James, the
company's category manager for meat, say that the supermarket group was
fully committed to promoting the brand. "Mey Selections is the
best of the best. As a major retailer, it is exclusive to Sainsbury's
and we are full square behind it.
Pulteneytown Parent And Toddlers Sponsored Walk
5 June 2006
TV.Caithness.Org - Another Drive By - Thrumster To Wick Retail Park
drive by in our new film clips section. This time From Thrumster
to the new Retail Park at Wick. If you have favourite Caithness
drive why not get the digital camera into action and send us the clip -
any length and we will get it on the web to add to the growing clips of
Caithness. Why not put the clips on the web yourself at
www.video.google.com and let
us know the URL to link to. You can put as many clips as you want
on. Film clips can be anything - your family , an event, a play, a
band. Old or new we will be interested to link to it if there is
Caithness connection. Families abroad or in other parts of the
UK why not put one up and say hello back to Caithness. There are
plenty of possibilities now we are up and running
New Air Connections
Opening up at Wick
Caithness travellers now have access to new onward travel
connections by air following enhancements to Wick Airport's summer
timetable. BA franchise partner Loganair has reinstated the
airport's popular Kirkwall service and is also offering an onward
connection to Glasgow via Kirkwall. Loganair also operates a Wick -
Edinburgh service. Passengers using Eastern Airways' Aberdeen
service can now access onward flights with the airline from Aberdeen to
Norwich, Teesside, Nottingham East Midlands, Humberside, Leeds Bradford,
Bristol, Southampton and Stornoway. The introduction of the Scottish
Executive's Air Discount Scheme at the end of May is also providing more
affordable access to Scottish domestic flights for local residents.
New Donkey At Latheronwheel Was Quite A Surprise
Meet Ivan, aged just 8 hours with mother Mavis enjoying the view from the
Latheronwheel field of Heehaw Donkeys. Proud mum Mavis was one of 6 jenny
donkeys recently bought and transported from the Russian Ukraine border.
Little Ivan, all grey and fluffy stands at 30 inches.
Roundabout way to aid A96 badgers - BBC
Golfer Krystle Caithness Beats International Field - Scotsman
Fifer Krystle Caithness, 17, struck a blow for the standing of women's
amateur golf in Scotland by beating an international field to win the St
Rule Trophy over 54 holes of the New and Old Courses, St Andrews at the
4 June 2006
A fun Whist
night can be had at Auckengill Hall on Wednesday 21st June at 7.30pm.
Mark the calendar and go along to support the Lifeboats
NHS pays £1,250 for one nurse's shift - Scotland On Sunday
Old Thurso Film Show
By Alan McIvor For Thurso Gala
McIvor will be putting on a show on the 23rd June in aid of Thurso
Town Improvements Association who are busy putting the final touches to
their arrangements for the oncoming gala. Events included will be Gala
Crowing, Procession, Vikings, Family Funday, Beach Extravaganza, Large &
Live Music Festival plus many other events (see
www.thurso.org ) This is the fourth
show Alan has done for the organisation and he says that he has now done
over 70 since he started out several years ago. He said "I wanted to take
a good break from doing shows as it was taking up a large amount of time,
so this will be the first public show I have done for a year."
Waybaggers 2006 - 2007 Programme
new walking programme for the Caithness Waybaggers groups is now out.
The first outing is on 18 June to Morven. 15 kilometres and great
chance to head up to one of the few high places in Caithness. the
group always welcome new folk so if you are interested in seeing some
great countryside and getting out in the fresh air why not join them on
some of their walks.
A few earlier walks.
TV.Caithness.org - Another Test
from Riverside Carpark to Trinkie / Old Man Carpark.
Coming Soon: Thrumster to Wick Retail Park.
workers in danger: 20,000 attacked last year -
3 June 2006
Sutherlands From Watten and their Descendants
Here is the link to a family of Sutherlands and their descendants who
originated from Catchery, Watten. the book is updated regularly with new
entries and shows just how the people of Caithness have made their mark
elsewhere. A fascinating insight into this particular family history
mirrored throughout Scotland. the latest update is a contribution of
aerial photos from our own local flier Alan Moar. Well worth a look
even if you are not a Sutherland. Many other names appear as you
click through the pages. Well done to William (Bill) Sutherland and
the many other contributors to this piece of work.
If you have questions or information to share about your Caithness Family
History why not head for our
Forum Many people in Caithness have information about their
families that may relate to your wherever you are in the world. If
in Caithness check out the
North Highland Archive in Wick for old records and information.
The archive is located in the Wick library and has its own staff to
Clare Miller and Stephen Muir Married In Florence
at Badia Fiesolana, Florence, were Stephen Muir and Clare Miller. Clare is
the daughter of Alan and Liz Miller, of Fairfield, Ackergill. Stephen is
the son of Campbell and Pauline Muir, Barrhead, Glasgow.
If you would like to share your wedding photos send them to
2 June 2006
House Or Flat To Rent In Caithness? - Over 60 Are Here Right Now
Over 300 Ads
In Vehicles For Sale Section
The number of ads in the
Vehicles For Sale section continues to grow from both private sales and
from two of the main car dealers in Caithness - Richards Garage and
William Dunnet. Add to that commercial vehicles and, Caravans and spares
and the section may well have something of interest. Photos can be
added and the ads can be left on for many weeks at no extra cost.
Individual ads are FREE whilst dealers pay one off annual charge to enter
as many vehicles as they wish. Visitors to the Boards are growing all the
time so placing an ad is well worth considering.
Photos From Recent Dances Held By Thurso Scottish Country Dance Club
Thurso Scottish Country Dance Club season has come to an end once more.
If anyone interested in this fun way to keep fit and meet people it starts
again in October.
No Excuses As
Speed Camera Warnings Issued
Northern Safety Camera Partnership have announced their camera
sites for the week beginning 5th June so everyone should be well aware of
the need to watch their speed on the roads. Five cameras are on the A9
plus one at Hempriggs near Wick on the A99. See the full list for
all of the notified locations for next week.
Congratulations To Hillhead
Primary School Wick
Hillhead Primary School, Wick Wins ICT Learning Award In Glasgow
Highland Successes at Scottish Education Awards
"What a day for Highland education!" This was the reaction of The Highland
Council's Convener Alison Magee on learning of four successes at the
annual Scottish Education Awards held in Glasgow today (Friday 2 June
2006). The Council won the local authority award of the year -
Making a Difference - for its partnership working with NHS Highland in
securing health promoting school status for every school in Highland.
Raigmore Primary School, Inverness, picked up the Healthy Living Award,
and Hillhead Primary School, Wick, won the ICT Learning Award.
We launch a new video section on the web site today and start with a
test drive around a few streets in Wick and two news videos from
Hillhead Primary school. Hillhead Primary School, Wick are today
in Glasgow at the education awards after being short listed in the ICT
category. Well done kids and now everyone can see some of your
work online. If anyone has any film of Caithness let us know and
we will see if it can be added to the web site.
Hillhead Primary School At ICT In Education Awards At Hilton Hotel,
Hillhead Primary School, Wick has won a place in the short leet of the ICT in
Education category of the 2006 Scottish Education Awards. Their
successful entry (one of 3 in the ICT in Learning section) was based on
the excellent news programmes produced by Mr Henderson's Primary 7
pupils this session. This event, which in previous years has been
attended by top Scottish politicians and celebrities, is being sponsored
the Daily Record. The ceremony which is being held in the Hilton
Hotel in Glasgow on Friday, 2nd June will be broadcast live on the Fred MacAuley programme on BBC Radio Scotland from 9.30 - 11am.
3 pupils, (Rachael Steven, Anna Falconer, and Matthew Thain) have been
chosen to attend with their teacher Mr Henderson, Head teacher Mr Budge
and staff member Mrs Camilla Elder.. Lets wish them well!
Tune in to the Fred Macaulay And Co Show or listen live online
HERE from 9.30am - 11.am. If you miss the show you can
still go in and Listen Again for up to one week after.
Scottish Education Awards -2006 - Full List of Finalists -
Hillhead, Wick in the ICT Section
1 June 2006
Wick Anchor Boys
here are the Anchor Boys who are part of the Boys Brigade reformed last
year in Wick.
Boys Brigade, Wick
Nathan Warmack Has Arrived In Scotland
Nathan Warmack who fought and won to change his school's dress code
policy has arrived in Scotland on a trip arranged by Stephanie Abrams a
well-known personality in the travel promotion business in the US.
Reports will be added daily to her web site as she has come over to see
how he gets on as he and his family travel to some famous castles and
places around the country.
Stephanie Abrams Web Site
Caithness.org joined in to encourage people to sign up to the
web site and numbers soared as word went round the world about
the kilt ban at Jackson High. Finally the school board changed the
dress code and Nathan was rewarded with donations helping to get his
full highland dress. The story continues as Stephanie Abrams well
known American travel guru has organised a free trip for his family to
come to Scotland. They are here for nine days and we hope they
have great time. Cheers Nathan and family.
Latest Newsletter From Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, Wick
Lots of interesting items in this months school newsletter from the
music festival, walking/road safety BBQ, Dance training and even helping
to collect 8800 old bras to assist in a a fund raiser for Raigmore
Cancer Department. The Bras to be strung all the way from Brora to
Golspie. Bras are being collected by Karen MacLeod at Newton wing
of the Timbury Unit on the outskirts of Wick. Why not drop of you
own bags of old bras to join in. Should make for some interesting
photos on the web site if we are down that way. If enough are
collected maybe they will keep the line heading to the Ord.
Funding Ideas For Charitable Groups - The Money Is Out There - Get
Another batch of funding ideas offering funding for a wide range of
target groups from young people to alcohol related and much more.
As always deadlines are approaching and for some the dates are very
soon. for others you have a few weeks and ins one or two months to
get your application. Potentially there are some big funds
available if you have project needing funded.
Secures Transport And Accommodation Package
Highland 2007 is growing within the business community as a
further three organisations become official partners to the year
Scotland celebrates Highland culture.
The three, Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, Highlands and Islands
Airports Limited and First Scotrail are each contributing a substantial
package of in-kind promotional support. This will enable Highland 2007
to enhance the range and quality of its promotional activities to reach
thousands more people with the message that the Highlands is a great
place to live and to visit. Several Caithness and Sutherland
organisations are receiving funding for
events in 2007.
Smashed Again On Caithness.org In May
:14,364,083 Visitors : 675,929
Page Views : 3,786,994
Daily Average Hits : 429,291
Visitors : 22,336 Page Views : 123,641
Jan - May ( 5 Months) Caithness.org
Hits 68,233,482 Visitors 3,352,392
Page Views 17,177,103
Following a dip in visitors in April
(partly due to the shorter month) May romped
ahead to new all time highs. To
compare with last year May 2005 had 335,782 visitors.
With over double the number of visitors compared to last year
Caithness.org looks as if the year may pass 8 million visitors for the
12 months in 2006. Once again thanks to our many
contributors and to everyone who look in.
Wick Players Open Evening Celebrated New Premises
Player's chairman Drew MacLeod welcomed everyone to the open evening to
celebrate the move into the premises at Moray Street after many years of
working with only a small storage space. The new place provides
workshops, rehearsal space, wardrobe space, small meeting rooms and lots
of storage. Central heating has been installed making it an
excellent facility for the group.
Appoints New North East Beef Specialist
A new beef
specialist, Ian Pritchard, is due to join Scottish Agricultural College
(SAC) at its Thainstone Office, near Inverurie, on 13 June. This new
post has been established by SAC to further strengthen its services to
beef farmers in the north and north-east of Scotland. The move also
reinforces SAC's commitment to farmers in the area.
DELIGHTED AT TOTAL TAIL DOCKING BAN IN SCOTLAND
Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, is delighted that the
Scottish Parliament has passed the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland)
Bill with a total ban on tail docking, for both working dogs and cosmetic
purposes. Under the new legislation it will also be an offence to take a
dog from Scotland to be tail-docked in another country.
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