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Zip Slide At Wick Riverside

The Zip slide for Clic Sargent Cancer had plenty of support on Saturday.  One of the participants Paul Canop raised a fantastic total and he said, "I would like to thank everyone for their kindnes and for their sponsors and kind messages of support i had a really good day and thanks again to everyone for their suport total made was £808.11  

Camps Factor Karaoke Competition For Wick Gala

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WALK - Houstry to Conachreag - Sunday 18th July 10.30 am
A half day walk through the peatlands of south east Caithness to this rarely visited hill. Great views and a spectacular rock face. Take lunch. No dogs. Meet Latheron Hall to pool cars.  Adults �3, kids �2
Neil MacLeod 01847 821531 Seadrift Visitor Centre, Dunnet.
Organised by the highland Council Ranger Service

Society of Caithness Artists - handing in day -
Saturday 31st July  2010
10 am - 2 pm - Location: Thurso High School
Handing in day for Society of Caithness Artists. - Max 5 works per artist. Framed with hanging hooks.

Noel Donaldson On The 2010 Wick Gala
LOCAL journalist Noel Donaldson has been getting a flavour of this year's Wick gala 2010, from its programme.  WICK's annual gala, which gets underway shortly, promises to be one of the best ever.  Traditionally, the festivities will gather pace with the climax to the opening day, on Saturday July 24, the crowning of Queen Angela Gray taking place in the Royal burgh's Market Square. Her coronation takes place at 7pm, and accompanying her, will be her attendants, India Morrow and Lauren Green, her court, Kaitlin Gunn, Kerry Plowman, Abigail Duncan and Kirstin Gunn.  The Herald is Aidan Sutherland. This year's guest speaker needs no introduction.  Miss Anne Dunnett, the Lord Lieutenant of Caithness, is a "Weeker" 'boarn' and bred, and will doubtless set the scene for a flying start to the festivities. Master of Ceremonies, too, is a kenspeckle figure, Eric Farquhar.

Caithness 2010 Gala/Shows Photos -
Disability Pursuits
5th June - 25th July

Latheron Show  -  Canisbay Show  -  Halkirk  -  Castletown  -  Lybster
Earlier years gala photos back to 2001

Latheron Show 2010 -  To View All Photos From the Start Go HERE
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Class of 65 - 45th Anniversary Reunion
Did you start Wick High School in 1965? If you did then we would like to meet up with you in the Seaforth Club, Wick, on Saturday 31st July at 7.30 pm. We have entertainment by way of a 60's disco and a 2-course buffet provided by Wicker's World. Tickets can be had from Turners Shop on High Street, Wick, for �20. Any enquires or tickets by post, please telephone Mary on Wick 605920. We look forward to seeing you there.
Caithness Reunions Section   Check the Reunions Forum for lots of other local reunions and contacts

Caithness Coast Cruise - Tuesday 20th July 2pm
Join the Highland ranger & Seacoast to explore the Caithness Cliffs from another angle.  Get close up & personal with the wildlife. Booking essential, start time may change depending on weather. Waterproof clothing provided. Meet Seacoast portacabin, Wick harbour.
CHARGE �16 PER ADULT - Cruise duration – 1 hour
More information or to book, please contact Marina Swanson on 01955 607758 or e-mail
If you cannot make the trip then maybe you would like to see some of the Caithness Coast in photos HERE from this trip arranged in 2008 by Caithness Field Club.  If you would still like a trip to see the Caithness Coast on any other date contact Caithness Seacoast for the East Coast or North Highland Marine Adventures for the north coast.

NHS Highland - West of Caithness - Service Redesign - Open Session
NHS Highland is holding an open session on - Thursday 15th July 2010 At the Caithness Horizons Education Room - 3:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.  Members of the public are invited to come along.  You will have the opportunity to meet with the local management team to discuss and ask any questions about the redesign.

Keiss Mini Gala To Be Held 20th - 22nd August - Note a week later
The Keiss Mini Gala Committee have decided to move their gala weekend to avoid a clash with the big music festival planned for Saturday 14th August at Wick.  B Fest Music Festival will be held at Wick Riverside.  It is a 1 day outdoor festival on the banks of Wick River.

Latheron Show 2010
To View Latheron Show Photos From the Start Go HERE

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Caithness County Show - 16th & 17th July - This year the county show is at Scrabster Farm

Latheron Show 2010  To View Latheron Show Photos From the Start Go HERE
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Thurso Stalls & Sales Tables Opportunity
An opportunity for anyone to sell at this event during Thurso Gala week.  Get in touch with Thurso Town Improvements to book your stall or table position for only �5 for the day.



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Crossroads Caithness Annual Raffle
Crossroads Caring Scotland - Caithness are running their Annual Raffle, to be drawn 1st October 2010.
Prizes include: - £200 (Dounreay Communities Fund) - £50 (Thurso Fire Brigade) - 2 vouchers for "Kaithness Clays" skeet range at Forss (KC Mackay) - Silver Bracelet (Aurora) - Voucher for Le Bistro, Thurso - Bottle Laphroaig Whisky - 2 vouchers for Harpsdale Fishery - Food Hamper from Mackay’s Grocer, Thurso - plus many others.   Tickets are on sale at £1 each. Please contact the office at Scrabster on 01847 895483.  All monies raised will be used to provide respite to Carers in the local community.  Tickets are available from various shops

Highland Residents Beware Of Free Home Alarm Offers

Highland Council Trading Standards are warning all residents to be on their guard when answering 'cold-call' telephone sales calls offering a 'free home fire and security survey', if they agree to a home visit by sales staff. This warning follows on from previous warnings by Trading Standards as a result of firms continuing to target elderly and vulnerable consumers in the Highland area. Consumers are advised, to shop around for a home/fire safety alarm system, locally, before agreeing to a home visit. Previously firms have promised 'free installation' or a 'free alarm' as incentives for allowing sales staff to visit them at home, to carry out a survey. However, more recently, consumers have contacted Highland Trading Standards, with their concerns stating that they are now being offered a 'free home security and fire safety survey visit' to see if their home is eligible for a 'free alarm system'.

Whoops XIV - A story set in!
Saturday 10th July In Caithness Horizons - Performances begin at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00
Tickets are limited so anyone wanting to see the performance should phone Caithness Horizons on 01847 896508. Tickets are free but donations will be gratefully accepted on the day. Whoops is Thurso Players Annual Theatre workshops and performance aimed at showcasing the theatre skills of their junior members. There are 30 participants aged from 8 - 18 and 10 adult volunteers who dedicate a week of their summer to helping the Junior members put on their show. Whoops has been running for 14 years and is usually held in the Mill theatre but due to Extension work taking place during the summer Caithness Horizons have kindly Partnered with the Thurso Players for a week to give them a surrogate venue. This has created many new challenges for the theatre group as they are used to a more traditional stage setting and are excited with the prospect of performing in the museum surroundings which have inspired many of the scripts.  Larger Photo HERE (Click view full size)

More Photos From Lybster Gala 2010 - To See Them All Start HERE
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Bettyhill Bumblebee Identification Walk - Friday 9th July 6pm
Join Bob Dawson of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the countryside ranger to take a look at our local bumblebees around the Bettyhill area. We will show you how to identify the different species found and hopefully we shall see the very rare great yellow bumblebee. We will safely catch some examples and show you the distinguishing features to look for to help you identify them yourselves in the future.
Meet at the café car park by the bridge to the Strathnaver Museum (by the TIC) in Bettyhill, north Sutherland at 6pm. Very weather dependent so please ring if unsure. Adult £3, child/concessions £2  01641 521884
Note  - Photo shows the Great Yellow Bumblebee and although rare in the UK can be found on our north coast in Caithness and Sutherland.

Residents and Day Attenders go on-line At Bayview, Thurso
Residents and Day Attenders from Bayview House in Thurso can now go on-line to keep in touch with families and friends. B.T connections have provided funding for a laptop and internet access for the Care Home residents while the Dounreay Communities Fund donated £250 towards a laptop and broadband connection for Day Attenders of The Highland Council run facility. Shona Munro, from Citizens Online has been visiting Bayview House Day Centre weekly to work on a one to one basis with attenders, to enable them to send emails and research information. Shona hopes to role out this training to residents over the coming months.

Caithness Befriending Partnership - A New Group Aiming To Help
A new partnership of Laurandy Day Care Centre in Wick, Caithness Community Care Forum and Highland Volunteering Centre in Wick have created anew partnership and attracted funding to look at the issues of people who are isolated in their own homes particularly as they get older and may be in receipt of Care at Home.  Initially the extent of the problem in Caithness will be assessed by the employment of a self- employed consultant or facilitator who will then make a report to the group on what requires to be done in the area to improve the lives of the individuals concerned.  The work will last for three months and more details can be found in the jobs section HERE

Highland Council Information On Seagulls and What You Can Do If They Are A Problem

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The Hen night won a second prize - Well done ladies for your impromptu entry to the Gala before heading of to Thurso for your big night out.  And for you folk looking in from out of the county - the answer is yes you probably will see folk dressed up on any weekend in summer in Caithness.

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Volunteers - Thurso Gala Parade 7 August 2010
Volunteers needed - marshall the parade - the job is to help keep the parade moving and ensure that all participants and spectators have an enjoyable experience. Time commitment 6pm - 8.30pm and you will be fully briefed beforehand. If you are unable to help at this event but would still like to help out then there are lots of other events during the week where we could use some help, eg selling raffle tickets, distributing refreshments, etc.
If you are willing to help with this years Gala please contact Doreen Macleod 01847 896103 or e-mail

Two Galas Today In Caithness
Castletown Gala - Processions Etc Starts 6.30pm

Lybster Gala -  - Various Events All Day - Note New Start Time For Crowning 5.30pm
Yes its a busy day in Caithness today with things to see and do all over the county.  Wick Pipe Band Week starts today at 7.30pm in the Market Square.  Plenty of other events including music - check the full Whats On

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