Thurso High School’s 50th Anniversary - 1958 – 2008 This
year Thurso High School marks its 50th Anniversary with a weekend of
celebrations in November. At 1.30pm on Friday 7th November 2008 the
school will be opening it’s doors to past pupils, teachers, and indeed
anyone who may have attended, or have an interest in the school's history.
Visitors will be given a guided tour of the school. Please join us to see
the school in 2008 as a living, thriving, forward looking community. On
the evening of Saturday 8th November 2008 a Gala Dinner Dance in the
school hall is planned. There will be ample opportunity provided on
both occasions to reminisce and browse through memorabilia reflecting the
school’s varied and vital role in all aspects of local life since 1958.
Two Sets Of Floral Arrangements from Caithness Floral Art Club -
September and October
Gems With Stems - October 2008 Ada
Paul from Ayr made her first visit to Caithness for the October meeting
of the Caithness Floral Art Club. Six very stylish arrangements were
made to illustrate her title Gems with Stems. Her enthusiasm for flower
arranging was obvious as was her eye for colour and form as shown by the
different textures and colour combinations she used.
Flowers and Ferlies - September 2008 Sandra
Halkett from Llanbryde made six lovely contemporary floral arrangements
at the September meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club. Her
definition of ferlie as a marvel, a curiosity or an unexpected chance
find gave her inspiration for each design.
Caithness Farm Hits Big Prices At Record Charolais Bull Sale At Perth
Charolais bulls met a solid trade peaking at 38,000gns in Perth on
Thursday 23 October, with a new UK all beef breeds average of £5,564
established for 108 lots traded. Those figures represented the highest
number of bulls of any breed coming under the hammer sold during the
week’s autumn multi-breed sales.....Two entries went to 10,000gns. First to go was the Caithness Campbell, a
19 month old Inverlochy Resolve son and out of Cargriff Salsa purchased in
a private deal as a heifer. Campbell was bred by Daniel and Margaret
Campbell, who run a 45 cow herd at Occumster, Lybster and achieved their
first five figure bull in more than 25 years of breeding pedigree
Charolais. He was knocked down sold to J Innes and Sons, Huntley, Aberdeen
Fancy Dress Pub Crawl In Thurso - Saturday 1st November Starts
In Comm Bar, Thurso At 8.00pm The pub crawl is being organised to raise funds for the Thurso
Christmas Lights. Thurso Town Improvements say - "We have based the pub
crawl around the Seven Deadly Sins and are asking each bar to illustrate
one of the sins. We have suggested they do this by dressing the bar
and or staff appropriately, should they wish to support the event. We will
be arranging some fun activities throughout the night to involve the
participants and to make the night a wee bit more exciting. These games
and comps will all be based around the seven deadly sins. It will be lots
of fun, and good job there will be drink on offer cause some of the
activities require some dutch courage! People can get together with
friends and family and come as a team or individually. There will be a
prize for best dressed and also a "booby" prize for the 'least
imaginative' dressed. Halloween weekend is always a hit. However, recently
people have been complaining that there is nothing to go out for.
Hopefully arranging this will give people something to do and help us to
raise the much needed money for the TTIA. It will be great to get the
whole community involved, and give them a chance to give something back to
the hard work that the TTIA members put in throughout the year. We hope to
see you all on the 1st in your best creepy costume....remember there is a
prize up for grabs"
Arion Choir Tribute Concert
The Arion Choir based in Wick was formed in 1958 and built a formidable
reputation for successful singing. Now the reformed group will have
announced "The Arion Choir Concert", a tribute to the late Mrs Aline
C. Mowat who founded the original choir on the 8th of November at 7.30pm, Assembly rooms, Wick. Tickets on
sale at Poltney News, Dempster Street, Wick, priced at £5. All monies
raised to local charities. More about
Following on from last years successful Caithness/Malawi Global Xchange
programme, myself and seventeen other enthusiastic young people recently
arrived in Caithness to begin a new volunteering exchange programme, which
this year is between Caithness and Chittagong in Bangladesh..............The
group are looking for possible projects to work on......
INDIEPRENEUR...08-09 HIE currently has two contracts available for new, recent or
forthcoming business starts in the Creative Industries. The contracts are
seeking people to work on the delivery of a range of Creative Industries
events, one with an emphasis on music and the other with an emphasis on
screen and broadcasting. The contracts will run from Nov 2008 until the
end of Nov 2009. Final value of contracts will be defined by availability
Help RNLI and Other Rescue Organisations By
Responding To A Consultation Urgently A thread running in our forum has been brought to our attention to
give it wider publicity. Currently Ofcom are running a consultation
that ends on 30 October 2008. The threat to RNLI and others is
contained in new charges being proposed for Radio usage under the name of
spectrum pricing to the Maritime and Aeronautical sectors"
This means that organisations - businesses and charities may incur hefty
charges. A campaign is running to try to get either an exemption or
a 100% reduction in the charges for RNLI and other charitable groups.
What Can You Do? It is easy to do something and will take you
only minutes online - First - Go to the Ofcom consultation on
spectrum pricing to the Maritime and Aeronautical sectorsand
then respond specifically to Question 6 and make it clear you do not wish
charges to apply to RNLI and other charitable groups involved in
life-saving. That might include other groups who use Radio bands
for contact during rescues.
Second sign the RNLI petition at the Downing Street web site
Third if after signing at the two sites you would like to share your
thoughts then add a comment in our forum or read what others have said Radio charges may force lifeboat stations to close - Telegraph Remember there are legitimate reasons why the government is
considering the new charges for businesses and they are asking if
exemptions should be applied to charities such as RNLI.
Make Sure You Tell Ofcom by RespondingIf you want to
help RNLI and other groups avoid these charges donate a couple of minutes
and sign the Downing Street Petition and add a comment to the Ofcom
consultation web site.
RNLI web site
not shouting about this but we all should for them.......
Some of the Caithness Councillors visited the oil rig site near Lybster
Caithness Petroleum is drilling. Hopes are high that oil
will be struck any day now. Exceptionally hard rock from the
Devonian Period (Caithness Flagstone) had hampered drilling and drill bits
at £25,000 a time were being chewed up. Despite that round the clock
working had kept up the momentum and it was expected to hit the oil any
day now. The site currently employs around 30 people including
geologists, foremen and roustabouts and a paleontologist checking samples
from the end of the drilling checking to identify the microscopic plants
and animal remains fossilised in the material coming back with the MUD and
help tell them when they are almost on the oil. The site is costing
around £50,000 a day to operate. A second field may also be drilled
for if this one comes in. It is thought to be the only land-based
drilling rig in Scotland making it much cheaper to run than a sea based
Off-grid data centre powered by tidal energy planned for Scotland
- Guardian Morgan Stanley scheme sidesteps major barrier to renewables – the long
wait for connection to the national grid........The data centre will
be located in Scotland's Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney
Islands from the Scottish mainland, and has huge potential tidal energy
resources. The data centre would require about 150 megawatt hours of
power, equivalent to that needed to power a city the size of Bristol........They
say the first series of turbines would be operational in 2011. The
project's estimated cost is between £250m-£300m...........Morgan Stanley
is aiming to attract customers such as Google, who have fast growing
computing capacity needs. Google would not comment specifically on
discussions with Morgan Stanley, but said it is actively exploring options
to power its data centres with renewable energy.
Learning To Play A Brass Instrument? - Take A Look At This Web Site
This website is designed as a place to practice! You will find info about
how to read music, take interactive theory quizzes and play-along with
backing tracks plus much more. In the playalong section you will find
sections for Trumpet, Cornet, Tenor Horn, French Horn, Trombone,
Euphonium, Baritone and Tuba with backing tracks and MP3 accompaniments.
Melvich Gaelic Choir
In Winning Streak At
Còisir Ghàidhlig Mhealabhaich (Melvich Galeich Choir) were in fine form
picking up trophies on Thursday
The Lorn Shield and £100 (An Comunn Gàidhealach) The Mrs Catherine C MacDonald Silver Baton to the conductor Raymond Bremner 1st in The Aline MacKenzie Memorial Trophy Also won The John Young Memorial Baton for the conductor.
The Melvich Gaelic Choir also won The Sandy Heron Cup for the
highest marks in Music in for classes A300, A305 and A306. Also won The Evelyn Huckbody Memorial Trophy for the highest marks
Well done to all members of the choir -
See them in
action on BBC Iplayer shortly - Thursday Show At End
Many members of the
Gaelic Choir are also on the committee helping to organise the
Caithness MOD 2010
Estimates now suggest that the Falkirk MOD will bring almost £2million
into the Falkirk economy over the ten days it is on for.
Falkirk MOD ProgrammeFalkirk MOD
2008 Residents 'amazed' by flood of Gaels - Falkirk Herald.
Over 80% of Falkirk Herald Readers want the MOD to return Poll
on Falkirk Herald web site.
Choirs and other contestants began booking beds in Thurso for 2010 last
year when the announcement was made to ensure they get the most central
locations. All forms of accommodation often for miles around can be booked
up for competitors including choirs and their friends and relatives as
well as people going to see the competitions. There is also a large
fringe of events and entertainment surrounding the MOD both during the day
and in the evenings and at weekends including ceilidhs and musical events.
There are also literary events and a running Gaelic book sale and much
much more. Estimates put visitor rates at up to 10,000 for some MODS.
Accommodation not only in Thurso is likely to be booked for the Caithness
2010 MOD as the Piping competitions may take place in Wick. The
event is not just a massive series of competitions (1500 children entered
this years competitions not to mention the adult ones) It is also a
huge social event and as it always runs in the Autumn school holidays many
entrants and families treat it as second holiday. Hotels,
restaurants, bars and many other businesses usually see a huge rise in
trade for MOD at time of year when other visitors may be thin on the
ground. The Caithness MOD 2010 committee have to raise money to help
fund the event and have been fund raising since last year. Highland
Council also helps fund the event as does
An Comunn Gàidhealach (The Highland Association) The MOD
also attracts many private companies as sponsors.
Main Fundraiser For 2008 For Wick Branch Of
MacMillan Cancer Support
The Wick Branch of Macmillan Cancer Support are holding a Prize Bingo in
the Francis Street Club, Wick on Friday 24 October 2008 at 7.30pm.
There will be a bottle stall, baking stall, raffles and great bingo
prizes. All proceeds go towards supporting the Macmillan Nurse, the carers
and the services they provide throughout the county. If anyone wishes to
donate baking or bottles please contact either Kay Oswald or June Pollard
at Caithness General Hospital or Jennifer Gunn at Wick Service Point.
Starring in 'Mobile' Touring In The North Next Week. Dave
Anderson well known for his role as the bank manger in the TV comedy
series 'City Lights' delivers a show full of humour and one liners. Shows
are in Latheron Village Hall, Carnegie Hall Clashmore, Ackergill Tower,
Skerray Village Hall and the Ross Instite Halkirk.
This touring show is being organised by A partnership of Grey Coast
Theatre and North Highland Connections. All shows start at 7.30 and
tickets are £7/£5
Chamber Of Commerce Reinvigorated With £150,000
The Caithness Chamber of Commerce has been reinvigorated thanks to a cash
injection from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The funding will be
supporting a new Chamber which now plans to appoint a Chief Executive to
lead the Chamber forward to ensure a single voice for the Caithness
business community and bring individual groups together under one umbrella
organisation. Following an options study, funded by the Nuclear
Decommissioning Authority and HIE, which considered a range of possible
options the Chamber members submitted a funding business case to HIE which
has now been approved. The funding package is for £150,000 over a three
Philip Todd From Thurso High Wins At Royal National MOD
Philip Todd from Thurso High School won the Traditional 16 - 18 class
selecting a song of his own choice.
He appeared on BBC last night and
the programme can be seen again on the BBC IPlayer If you
have not used the IPlayer before you may have to install some free
software. The MOD highlights are on each day at 2.15pm (Previous
Days programme) and 11.30pm (That Days) on BBC One (Scotland) Falkirk MOD
Partnership Bus Passenger Survey
A survey of over 300 bus users in Caithness was carried out during this
Caithness Partnership in conjunction with Stagecoach and showed
that Caithness people felt the service could be improved with more
frequent buses and better timetabling, better access to vehicles for less
physically able people and more services in the rural areas of the county.
Members of the Caithness Partnership are to have meeting on 31 October
with representatives from Stagecoach at which they will outline concerns
expressed by members of the public following recent changes to the
Caithness Businesses - Make Sure You Know About New Contracts In The
New Contract Advertising Portal - Public Contracts Scotland
The Scottish Government launched a new on-line contract advertising
portal, Public Contracts Scotland on 1st October 2008. This free service
will be available to all Scottish public sector organisations and will be
used as a one-stop-shop to publish contract opportunities. The Highland
Council is fully committed to the use of this website to publish contract
notices. As from 1st October the Highland Council is using this website to
publish future contract opportunities that require advertisement. Get your
business registered to ensure you get email notifications of all new
contracts your business might be interested in.
Celtic Supporters Club - Bus Information
The next buses are:-
versus Hibs (League) on 25/10/08 - 3.00pm kick-off. Bus leaving Wick
Safeways @ 05:00 and Thurso Skinandis @ 05:30.
versus Manchester United (Champions League) on 05/11/08 - 7.45pm kick-off.
Bus leaving Wick Safeways @ 09:00 and Thurso Skinandis @ 09:30.
Senior = £30 and Junior = £20.
Contact, Stevie King = firstname.lastname@example.org
Official website - http://ebigh.com/1888
A young team from Wick took part in the Toughest Young Fire Crew Games at
Liverpool on the 24th August. Wick fire station trained the
youngsters over a 9 week course in many roles of fire fighting which
included, building dams with salvage sheets and ladders, running hoses,
erecting ladders, breathing apparatus etc. Basic first aid with the
Wick Ambulance Service and a visit to Wick Airport Fire service were all
part of the experience they gained. The Wick fire station runs the course
for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme which is for High School Pupils and
have done so for 12 years. The dedicated help from all involved to run
the course was appreciated.
Highland and Islands Airports’
Latest Results Show 2% Passenger Growth The
total number of passengers using airports in the Highlands and Islands has
increased by 2% in the past six months compared to the previous year,
according to the latest figures published. Passenger throughput for the 10
airports in the region operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
was 711,905 for the six months to the end of September. Total aircraft
movements for the airports in the same period increased by 3.8% to 58,191.
Wick airport passenger numbers were
14,593 for September 13.3% higher than September 2007.
Big Green Challenge - a talking point for teenagers in the Highlands and
Islands An innovative project by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is
helping pupils across Scotland to gain a better understanding and
awareness of renewable energy. More than 120 S1 & S3 students from 25
schools across the Highlands and Islands are putting their talking skills
to the test in The Big Green Challenge debating competition. They have
been working alongside local mentors to research both sides of the
renewables debate. The first rounds of the competition are taking place
throughout October, with pupils from schools in the Western Isles and
Shetland to Tiree and Arran participating in live debates. The Big Green Challenge Web Site
Another Blog For Sunday
The Lava Lamp - A Brief History
What's the Caithness Connection here - Only that a Mr Dunnet seems to have
been the original inspiration for this piece of scientific art.
Friends Of North Highland Connections Includes
news of a new play for the northern drama scene. The popular actor and
entertainer, Dave Anderson, will feature in five performances of a new
one-man piece, 'Mobile', written by Anderson and David Maclennan.
Medico At Wick Radio GKR - Another from the 1960's
Wick HarbourFest HomeComing 2009 - REVIVAL OF THE WICK HERRING QUEEN
Wick HarbourFest Committee, organisers of last year’s very successful
HarbourFest’07, have announced that they will be arranging another
community event in 2009 which will further develop interest in the
maritime and fishing heritage of Caithness. The festival will feature the
return to Telford’s harbour of a heritage fishing fleet and a re-enactment
of the Herring Queen Festival and crowning, last held in Wick in 1953. The
celebration will tie in with the national Scotland Homecoming 2009
programme and the organisers hope that many ex pat Caithnessians will
return home to join in the celebrations.
Kerbside Recycling Collections for Rural Areas in Caithness
The Highland Council has invested in a new vehicle and crew to expand the
recycling routes in the far north. Caithness will be the first area in the
Highlands to receive the Council's new kerbside recycling collection for
rural areas. Householders in Caithness who are not already part of the
blue box scheme will shortly be receiving a blue lidded wheelie bin for
their recycling. The bin, which will be collected every 4 weeks, is for
mixed recyclable material - paper, cardboard, food and drink cans and
Feis Air An Or - Newsletter October 2008
EXCITING CONCERT AND MASTER CLASS OPPORTUNITY!
The Rachel Walker Band IN CONCERT - Strathy Hall - Tuesday 28th October at
Singing, Fiddle, Guitar, Whistle, Bagpipes - Tuition 4.00 - 6.00pm Fèis workshop in Bettyhill School with the following tutors
Saturday 8th November 10am -1pm
Saturday 22nd November Joint fundraising Ceilidh Dance from Fèis air an Oir and the Thurso
Strathy Hall at 7.30pm - Bring all your friends and relations to support
Workshops at 3.00pm Don't miss the final Fèis of the year with surprise special guest!!
Saturday 6th December 10am -1pm
Feis workshop in Bettyhill School with tutors.
of Caithness & Sutherland 2008 Wednesday
8th October 2008 - Mackays Hotel, Wick
Scotland Food & Drink in association with Highlands & Islands Enterprise
is delighted to promote the 2008 Taste of Caithness and Sutherland
exhibition on Wednesday 8th October at Mackays Hotel, Wick. This
exhibition will showcase the finest produce from this beautiful region.
The event is open to food related businesses as well as the general
public. Food related businesses interested in sourcing produce and
discovering more about the outstanding produce from the region are invited
from 10.00 - 14.00pm. It is also open to the general public from 14.00pm -
16.00pm, please come along to discover the quality food and drink
producers from the Caithness & Sutherland region.
Ever Rising Heating Costs? - Get Along To Caithness Energy Advice Events
Micro Renewable Events At Thurso and Wick
Caithness Energy Advice is holding 2 micro-renewable events in October.
Several approved micro-renewable installers from all over Scotland with
display equipment which will include air and ground source heat pumps,
solar panels, solar PV, biomass, thermal storage, micro wind and
micro-hydro systems. Find out more about these technologies for heating
home and office. As well as the installers, we hope to have
representatives from bodies who will give advice on grants, planning
requirements and increasing insulation measures. Wednesday 8th October - 12 NOON - 6.00pm - The New Weigh Inn, Thurso
Thursday 9th October - 12 NOON - 6.00pm - Mackays Hotel, Wick
7 October 2008
The 2009 Neil
Gunn Writing Competition Is Launched Highland
school children and adults from across the Highlands and beyond are being
asked to get creative and put pen to paper for the launch of the 2009 Neil
Gunn Writing Competition. Organised by The Highland Council and the Neil
Gunn Trust, this premier writing competition, originally launched in 1988
to encourage creative writing, is now one of the most prestigious events
in the Scottish literary scene. Held every two years, it is the only
writing competition in Scotland for all age groups which is promoted by a
Prizes are being increased for the 2009 competition -
Adult Prose..........1st prize £500, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100
Adult Poetry.........1st prize £500, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100
Secondary (S4-6)..1st prize £100, 2nd prize £60, 3rd prize £40
Primary (P5-7).......1st prize £50, 2nd prize £30, 3rd prize £20
One entrant will be judged the overall winner and awarded a residential
week at Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre, which is situated near Inverness.
Drug Users Warning As Death Toll Rises
NORTHERN Constabulary and the Procurator Fiscal are currently
investigating five deaths in the Inverness area, which occurred during
September 2008, and which may be drug related.
The Critical Incident Group is being convened, with representatives of
Northern Constabulary, the Procurator Fiscal Service and NHS Highland, to
look at the circumstances of each death, pending full information being
provided by way of pathological and toxicological evidence.
Public Meeting To Discus Wind Farr Applications For Spittall Hill
Britannia Hall, Dunnet - Monday 6th October at 7.30pm
A public meeting chaired by Mr Niall Smith of Caithness Voluntary Group
has been arranged for 7.30pm on 6th October 2008 in the Britannia Hall in
Dunnet. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the local community on the
proposed windfarms at Spittal Hill and Durran Mains, allow debate, record
whether the community supports or opposes the developments, and advise the
appropriate Planning authorities accordingly.
books about Mary-Ann's Cottage by Crossroads and Castletown Primary
Schools Local artist Joanne B Kaar has been assisting pupils at Crossroads and
Castletown produce 12 books about Mary Ann's Cottage. Pupils researched
info and drew artefacts at the cottage, then back in the classroom they
worked on the illustrations. They then became authors and wrote the words.
Next she e-mailed them the book layouts for them to proof read before they
were printed and finally they cut and folded the A3 layouts to make a
series of truly magical 8 page books.
Just fantastic! To see the full book layouts and what's inside, visit her
The project was funded by the two primary Schools, the Highland Councils
cultural Co-ordinator and the Caithness Landward discretionary fund.
Caithness County Snooker Singles League
Anyone wishing to take part in the Caithness County Snooker Singles
Should please contact Derek Johnston on 07907 755777 or by
Names and entry fee of £15 should be in no later than Friday 17th of