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Christmas In Caithness 2010

Wick Street Party
THE countdown has begun to Wick's biggest party-the annual street celebration to bring in the New Year.  The warm-up starts at 10.30pm in the capable hands of the Chicken Pickers band and their performance will feature piping spots from the ever-popular Harvey brothers, Andrew and Craig.  This year, hot fare such as sausage rolls, pies and soup will help keep the cold at bay although the weather forecast is promising.  Also on sale, is a variety of glow novelties and a collection will be taken to help finance next year's party.  Try and make use of the wheelie bins for your rubbish as it will greatly assist members of the organising committee in tidying up after the celebrations.

Thurso Street Party
Thurso Street Party 2010 for Hogmanay

Wick New Year Web Cam - No Web Cam Due To Camera Not Working
Paul tried his best but the camera which was working ceased to function and another high quality cam is not available.

Apologies For Loss Of the Forum
There is apparently a bandwidth problem.   We hope to have this fixed later today.

Thurso and Wick Hogmanay Street Parties All Ready To Go
As 2010 ticks to a close Caithness has two big street parties all prepared with live music and fun to welcome in 2011.  See Thurso or Wick

Latest New Feature On Caithness.org Forum - Embed Videos In Your Posts
The new and upgraded Caithness.org forum now also includes the possibility for you to inlcude video in your posts.  You can either upload your video to Youtube or Flickr or any other provider and then place the correct code in your posting to have the video right there for all to see.  The applications are endless - put your band video in the music section, your bird film in the bird watching section, your sports video or any other topic in the appropriate place to share with the Caithness.org community.  Alternatively you may want to embed a video already on the web say for example to highlight your comments about a film in the film section.
A sample video and instructions on how to get your video on the forum are now in the Testing Ground
A couple of other sample videos are in the Music Section and the General Section
Businesses In Caithness And Sutherland - We can now add video to your business page if you have one that highlights features of your business - THIS IS FREE OF CHARGE so why not use it if you are able to get a short clip made.  See this Business Page - Castle Of Mey
Just tell us where your video is uploaded to and we will add it to your Business page FREE

Police highlight phone call prize scams - North Division
Police in North Division are warning that unscrupulous individuals are operating a telephone scam in the Caithness and Sutherland areas.  This follows a report that a local man has lost a four figure sum by responding to such a call.
Car Exploded Into Flames At Tesco Wick Today
Car Exploded Into Flames At Tesco Wick
A car exploded into flames from the engine at Tesco, Wick today.  The fire brigade from Wick Fire station attended and rescued a dog from the burning vehicle.  The car suffered extreme fired damage and ignited a car next to it which was also severely damaged.  A third vehicle nearby - a flat bed truck was also damaged.  The cause of the fire has not yet been announced.  Discussion on this topic in the forum

Crossroads 1953 - 54
Crossroads School 1953 - 54

Photo sent by David Farquhar, Houston, Texas, USA
Crossroads School Old Photos Index - for more Crossroads school photos
School Days Index - For many photos of other Caithness schools classes
The Old Crossroads School
More Old Caithness School Buildings

The Full Winter Scene at The Wick River
Winter at the Wick River December 2010

Thanks to Trevor Anderson for this photo.  For a really good look View Full Size Here

More Winter In Caithness
Wick War Memorial In Snow A Tree In A Wick Garden Showing Winter Is Here

THE Wick war memorial statue, representing peace and victory, seems to be escaping the brunt of the freezing conditions that encased the background trees. A bumper fir in a Wick garden is a rare 'tree-t'  for passers-by, in the winter frost.  A 'little' on the large side for the house, though, and, anyway, you would need an awful lot of lights.  Many more winter in Caithness photos can be seen in the Photography section of the Forum.
Other Photos
A Walk On Dunnet Beach On Boxing Day
A Picture A Day From Jamie Buchanan - Head to the end to see winter Caithness
Blog - Home In The Highlands - A few photos with musings on the weather and more
Other Caithness Bloggers
Joanne B Kaare For anyone curious about working with paper - it's surprising where it leads.

Boxing Day Thaw At Wick River
Boxing Day 2010 Thaw At Wick River
Wick river reflects that speed of the Boxing Day thaw that set in, in Caithness after the trouble-some wintry spell.

Weatherwatch: Global warming is evident in Scotland - Guardian
Article about how butterflies may point to warming as they extend their habitat north
Other species moving north are the comma, which has made great advances from the border regions, and the speckled wood. This seems to have moved up the coastlines rather than inland and has been seen in a nature reserve close to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland.

Caithness.org Forum - Upgrades In Progress
Our Forum/Message boards are currently being updated so please bear with us as we make the changes.  Everything is now working but you will find that some of the controols and buttons have changed or moved.  Additional features may also become available as the upgrade progresses. All the usual sections are still there.   The upgrade commenced last night and will continue for a while as the additional safety, security and other new features are added.  The final look of the forums may not yet be in place and further changes may be expected as the new look is refined in coming hours and days.  We hope you will all continue to find the forums useful and interesting.   We are currently discussing even more additional features to further enhance the Caithness.org forum experience.  Thanks for all your support in the past and we hope that as we upgrade Caithness.org will copntinue to offer free services to you all in 2011.   Early in the new year you will find Noel Donaldson's new column Doanalson's Diary beginning to have articles and snippets about Caithness life added.  Noel is keen to hear from anyone with he said, " Feel free to drop me a line or an e-mail with any items or photos you feel would be of interest, and of course, that applies to the folks at home."  Noel's contact details are as follows; Noel Donaldson, 11 Ackergill Crescent, Wick, KW1 4DU and the e-mail address is Nwicker60@aol.com

Three rescued after crab boat runs aground off Caithness - Press & Journal
Wick Registrars On The Move
Noel Donaldson reports - 
THE Wick registrars office where births, deaths and marriages have been recorded, for several decades, is on the move...back to its original home in the Market Square.
The transfer was revealed at this month's meeting of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council, by area manager, David Sutherland after councillors had heard a letter from registrar, Margaret Woods, and her assistant, Jennifer Gunn. They expressed concern about the implications of the move from the town hall, round the corner to Highland Council's service point, enabling them to take on other general duties when not engaged in their registry responsibilities, which, said the ward manager, tended to be "sporadic".........

Half A Million Pound For Dounreay Paint Job - The Sun
NUCLEAR bosses were last night blasted for the "ludicrous" decision to spend half a million pounds repainting Dounreay's "golfball" dome - even though it is to be demolished............
Christmas In Caithness 2010
MD QUILTS GOES TO CAITHNESS HORIZONS
Mod Quilts Go To Caithness Horizons

Caithness Horizons has become the proud owner of the set of three quilts commissioned to mark the Royal National Md 2010.  The Kross Kounty Quilters', a group of seven quilters based in Caithness, created the original design as a backdrop to capturing a pictorial representation of the Caithness land and seascape to celebrate the Md coming to Caithness.  As a lasting legacy of the Md, the local organising committee donated the exquisite collection of quilts to Caithness Horizons.
Choral strike the right note with the spirit of Christmas
Carol Concert At Wick St Fergus Church Carol Concert At Wick St Fegus Church
THE true spirit of Christmas shone brightly at St Fergus Church, on Tuesday night, as Wick Choral Society raised the rafters with their carol concert. Despite a smaller than expected audience, and a setback with the non-appearance of the Caithness orchestra, from Thurso, due to the stormy weather, the show went on.  Patrons responded to an appeal from conductor, Don Renwick, that they would have to play a bigger part by filling the gap and singing more of the carol programme than had been planned, and, at one point, a handful of the folk in the pews, joined the choral for the demanding Hallelujah Chorus................Noel Donaldson

Caithness Heat And Power Identifies Preferred Bidder
Ignis Energy Ltd has been invited by The Highland Council to be its Preferred Bidder to take over the district heating scheme - Caithness Heat and Power Ltd. The Board of Caithness Heat and Power Ltd (CHAP) has written to 260 householders who receive their heat and hot water through CHAP informing them of  plans to work with the Council and Ignis aiming to agree a contract by 31 March 2011.

Crossroads School Nativity Play - Due to weather change of date/time/venue.
Crossroads School Nativity Play Wed 22nd Dec @ 1.30pm in the school (weather permitting).  Silver collection at the door.  Raffle & childrens crafts for sale.  The nativity will be followed by the Christmas assembly, then refreshments.

Thurso Street Party 2010 - For Hogmanay
Thurso Street Party 2010 for Hogmanay


Entry Level Crofting Induction Course
A 10 week part-time evening course.  Commencing JANUARY 2011  In Caithness

COLUMN COMEBACK FOR NOEL - - - "Doanalsin's Diary"

Hi there, folks...just a few lines to let you know that in 2011 be doing an occasional column for the "org" in the New Year.  As many of you will know, I took early retirement from the Groat and Courier earlier in the year, following some health problems.  These have been resolved and I am taking the advice of those who say, you should keep the mind active, and doing some freelance work.  Some of you have said you have missed my musings.  It's the first time I have written at any length on the web which will enable me to reach Caithness exiles scattered throughout the world.   I used to receive mail from some of you, for my previous column and would hope to hear from you again.  Feel free to drop me a line or an e-mail with any items or photos you feel would be of interest, and of course, that applies to the folks at home.  My contact details are as follows; Noel Donaldson, 11 Ackergill Crescent, Wick, KW1 4DU and the e-mail address is Nwicker60@aol.com  Those details will be repeated at the end of each column.  I look forward to getting back into the saddle, and, it just remains for me to wish you all, a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.......Noel Donaldson
Note - Noel Donaldson,s new column will feature in the Forum/Message Board under the name "Doanalsin's Diary".  Noel will be able to add new items to the column at any time.
Christmas Shoppers Out In Force At The Original Factory Shop In Wick
The Original Factory Shop - wickShopper in The Original Factory Shop, Wick


See What's On At St John's Church , Moray Street, Wick In the Run Up To Christmas
Whats On At St John's church Moray Street this Christmas

For All other events on in December go To the What's On section

A Football Stocking Filler
Pittodrie's Silent Assassin

A Highland journalist with strong Caithness roots has written a book about his boyhood footballing hero.
Donald Wilson, who works for the Highland News in Inverness has published a book about Davy Johnston, who played for Aberdeen for three seasons during Eddie Turnbull's reign as manager between 1966 and 1969............

Met Office Weather Warning - Freezing Temps Heavy Snow
Tuesday 14th December 2010 and Wednesday 15th December
Frost in places overnight and during mornings both in air and on roads, with the continued low level icy road hazard - due to continued snowmelt which refreezes at night, which probably continues to be a factor over parts of eastern England and over Scotland, though gritting should be effective with this. A little rain in parts of the east too could lead to icy surfaces, this potentially turning to light sleet or snow for instance over SE England on Tuesday and Wednesday, though no significant settling is expected.
Thursday 16th December 2010 to Monday 20th December
We continue to monitor an area of very cold air coming out of the Canadian Arctic today and across Greenland tomorrow. Given the lead time, there remains an unusually strong consensus from the forecast models for this to come south across the UK on Thursday, preceded by a band of rain. This may turn to sleet and snow as it clears and poses a widespread black ice risk for Thursday morning across Scotland and a tricky situation for gritters. It will quickly give way to frequent snow showers in strong to gale force winds spreading south through Thursday. Heavy snow showers are expected to affect the northern halves of Scotland and northern Ireland, parts of Wales and southwest England as well as eastern coastal counties of Scotland and England.
More Snow Forecast By Tugmistress - Our local Forecaster
Get Ready She Is Usually Right


More winter Scenes From Caithness
Argyle Square In WinterBrabsterdorran In the Snow

Narnia In Dunnet Forest - 3 New Photos in the Snow From Dunnet
Narnia In Dunnet Forest
Thanks to Annette Ward for photos from Dunnet

More Winter Scenes Added To Gallery - Thurso
Thurso River Looking WestSt Peters Church, ThursoCatholic Church In Thurso

Thanks to Karen Steven for this latest batch

To Cheer You All Up In This Freezing Weather and Reminder Of Summer
A Highland Council Roundabout Planted With Wild Flowers Last Summer
Wild Flowers Planted on a Highland council roundabout in summer 2010

For the full effect try View Full Size HERE
Are you cheered up - more winter photos coming soon - don't be too dperessed  - they are nice also.

Little Nippers Play Group Enrolments For Next Year - WICK FAMILY CENTRE
Little Nippers Playgroup in Bank Row, Wick are now enrolling for January - July 2011.  We are holding a "Come and Play Day" on Wednesday 15th December from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm for those who are interested in enrolling their child next year.

Become A Philly Local Hero and Represent Your Region
Ed Baines Philly

December 2010: TV chef Ed Baines is on the hunt for cooking enthusiasts to become a "Local Philly Hero" - you could represent your region by creating your own recipe for Philadelphia, the UK's number one cream cheese. If you are chosen to be one of Philly's ten local heroes you could feature in Philadelphia TV ads, billboard posters,  the Philly website and even on pack... and the chance of a cash reward of 1,000 makes it an even tastier proposition.......more.........

Another chance To See Thurso Panto If You Could Not Get Tickets Before
Thurso Panto - Due To Bad Weather A Cancellation Many Seats Open  - Over 80
Wednesday 8th December - Come Along - Nows Your Chance

Thurso Panto 2010 is Pinocchio
Tickets have now become available for the Wednesday night's performance (8 December) of the Thurso Players pantomime "Pinocchio" due to a cancellation of a block booking.  If you wish tickets, please come to the Thurso High School tomorrow night when seats will be allocated.  Please come early if you want one of the tickets now available -   suggested time 7.00pm   Those with tickets already can just come along as per the normal time.   If you live in the Thurso area here is another chance to see the Panto and it will help save them possibly losing out due to lost ticket sales.
More Winter In Caithness
From A Garden In DunnetFrom A Garden In Dunnet - Ben loyal and Ben Hope in the Distance

Mick Barnett took these photos from his garden in Dunnet.  Mick said,"We live in Dunnet and they are views taken from our front garden looking over the dunes and the bay. The one with the mountains in the background shows the bay with Ben Loyal and Ben Hope in the background.  All the pictures were taken using my Canon 450D DSLR camera with a 90 - 300 mm zoom lens."
Winter In Caithness - Send In Your Photo For This Gallery To bill@caithness.org
Winter Scene At WickWinter Scenes At wickWinter Brings Out Sledges At Wick

For many more Caithness Winter scenes head over to the Photography Section in the Forum.  Why not add some of your own to the section and share you local snowy scenes. 

Shelligoe Archery Fun Shoot Raised 350 For Children In Need
At Shelligoe Archery we raised money for Children in Need by doing a Fun Shoot and getting sponsored for how many Golds we got. I would like to thank everyone who took part and those who sponsored us.
Congratulations to our winners…..    Junior member Michael Crowe and Lynda Hitchcock our Adult member.
I would like to remind you that Shelligoe Archery is available for Lessons, Fun Shoots,  Have-a-Go’s and also that Vouchers are a great gift this time of year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year
From Shelligoe Archery. Thanks again to all who helped raise this fantastic amount.

Car Crash Generation - Exhibition At Caithness Horizons - Open 7 Days Every Week
Ciahness Horizons Exhibition - Car Crash Generation


Winter In Caithness - Send In Your Photo For This Gallery To bill@caithness.org
Winter Scene At WickWinter Scenes At wickWinter Brings Out Sledges At Wick

For many more Caithness Winter scenes head over to the Photography Section in the Forum.  Why not add some of your own to the section and share you local snowy scenes. 

Shelligoe Archery Fun Shoot Raised 350 For Children In Need
At Shelligoe Archery we raised money for Children in Need by doing a Fun Shoot and getting sponsored for how many Golds we got. I would like to thank everyone who took part and those who sponsored us.
Congratulations to our winners…..    Junior member Michael Crowe and Lynda Hitchcock our Adult member.
I would like to remind you that Shelligoe Archery is available for Lessons, Fun Shoots,  Have-a-Go’s and also that Vouchers are a great gift this time of year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year
From Shelligoe Archery. Thanks again to all who helped raise this fantastic amount.

Car Crash Generation - Exhibition At Caithness Horizons - Open 7 Days Every Week
Ciahness Horizons Exhibition - Car Crash Generation


Argyle Square, Wick - Christmas Fun Day
Argyle Square Christmas Fun DayArgyle Square Christmas Fun DayArgyle Square Christmas Fun Day

A CRISP, sunny, seasonal afternoon, gave the Wick Argyle Square Improvements Association perfect weather for their annual Christmas fun day, on Saturday, and, with a variety of stalls, there was something for all ages. The Wick RBLS Pipe Band got the afternoon off to a piping hot start and the stallholders and other fundraising member, some in fancy dress, did brisk business. Predictably, that man of the moment, Santa Claus, had no lack of young visitors to his grotto. The Pulteney Bell Ringers helped to get everyone into the festive spirit with their special brand of instrumental music. The all-female group is keen to recruit some male members so, if their music "ap-peels" to you, give one of their members a "ring". - Noel Donaldson

Burst Pipes Advice - Prevention And Be Prepared
Note Plumbers Telephone Numbers Now


Christmas Shopping At Caithness Horizons
Pop In and Get Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
Caithness Horizons Christmas Shopping


Salvation Army Band Plays Christmas Carols At Teso Wick
Salvation Army Play Christmas Carols At Tesco Wick

County Salvation Army band members provided some seasonal songs and tunes for shoppers at the Wick Tesco store on Saturday.






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