Summer Activities Programme For Highland
The eagerly awaited Highland Council summer activities programme for
children in the Highlands is now online for parents, carers and
children to make their choices from the wide range of events running
throughout July and August. Organised by the Council’s Education,
Culture and Sport Service, the summer events programme offers a diverse
range of holiday leisure opportunities across the Highlands and is
available for viewing at www.highlandeventsandfestivals.com
From Thurso to Ardnamurchan and Portree to Nairn there is something for
everyone, from art and wildlife to swimming and trampolining there is
an activity to suit every interest.
Robert Dick Walk -
Caithness Horizons, Thurso - Sat 28th May - Meet 10.00am
Whatever the weather this Saturday, Caithness Horizons in Thurso
invites visitors and locals alike to sign up for their ‘Robert Dick
Walk’ part of the Caithness & Sutherland Walking Festival programme.
The walk will begin at Caithness Horizons, the new museum and
exhibition space in Thurso, Caithness. After a short introduction
to life and work of Robert Dick, nineteenth century baker and
self-taught natural historian, it’s down to Thurso seafront, to
consider the natural environment that inspired Robert Dick to begin his
significant botanical and geological collections. The walk will
follow the Thurso River, pausing to see Robert Dick's house, and hear
how his dedication earned him the respect of leading scientists of the
day, yet ended in economic ruin. Finally the walk will move up
the tree-lined Mall and across the river to Thurso cemetery, to visit
Robert Dick's memorial monument. Participants can end the walk
there, or walk back down the river with the guide to have a closer look
at the Robert Dick Collection.
The walk is free, and is likely to take at least two hours. Most
of it is over level ground, although the are stone steps to climb at
the end, from the river up to the cemetery. FREE EVENT - For
Information & to book: 01847 896 508 - firstname.lastname@example.org Walking Festival
More Events Friday 27th May -
Piano Recital at Ackergill Tower -
Starts 6.30pm £8 (Dinner optional extra £50 - concert included. Saturday 28th May
- Ceilidh 7.30pm - 11.30pm Norseman Hotel not as previosly
advertised Mackays Hotel Wednesday 25th May
7.00pm - A Cultural Crossroads - - A Talk by Celia Macdougall
Norseman Hotel, Wick Tuesday 24th May
7.00pm Ender Northern Skies - A talk by Dan Mackay Wednesday 25th May
Wick 8.00pm Pipe Band Conceert - Pipe Band Hall Friday 27th - Monday 31st
May Latheron Art Exhibition - £3
22 May 2011
Caithness Wind Turbine Drop-in Sessions
Two drop-in sessions for those interested in developing small-scale or
single wind turbine projects in Caithness are being run by Scottish
Natural Heritage and charity Community Energy Scotland. The
sessions in Halkirk will see staff on-hand to provide advice on
potential impacts on nature and landscapes and the feasibility of
individual projects. The events will be held over two days at the
Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk, on Wednesday 25 May and Wednesday 1 June
from 11am to 7pm.
Mary Ann's opens Wednesday 1 June and will be staying open thereafter
for the season until the end of September. Open 2.00 - 4.30 pm daily.
Volunteer guides always needed - just come along.
Check Out Laidhay Croft
Another fascinating place to see how life was many years ago just north
of Dunbeath. They are holding their very popular annual auction
sale on 28th May at 12.30pm in the Lybster Community Centre.
16 May 2011
A Car-sharing Club For Caithness? - -
Pentland Energy Advice is holding a public meeting about its proposed
expansion into car clubs. PEA is keen to gauge the level of
public support to put in place a pool of cars for our community.
Working with environmental charity, Carplus, it is envisaged that the
Caithness Community Car Club would be a not for profit company,
providing a pool of cars that would encourage people to give up second
and even main cars in favour or a shared car. Carplus operates
the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland programme with funding from
Transport Scotland. It aims to reduce Co2 emissions from transport as
well as improving access to services.Caithness.org Says - "This Has To
Be Worth Looking At"
The hunt for Scotland's best nature pictures is on,
as part of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) contest to celebrate
Scottish Biodiversity Week. The fifth annual Nature Photography
Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers.
First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with a professional photographer;
second prize is a Olympus E-450 Digital SLR camera; and third prize is
a Panasonic Lumix F245 Digital Camera and a Hama Star tripod.
This free contest celebrates Scottish Biodiversity Week, which runs
from 21 to 29 May. For more information on the week's activities
throughout Scotland, see www.snh.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.
14 May 2011
Heat and Power To Be Wound Up The
242 households in Wick which receive their heat and hot water from
Caithness Heat and Power (CHaP) have been told that attempts by The
Highland Council to find a private operator to take over the district
heating system have been unsuccessful and that the Council will now
work with residents to reinstate domestic heating systems in
their homes. In a letter hand delivered to their homes earlier
today (Friday), CHaP Company Secretary, Michelle Morris,
Assistant Chief Executive of The Highland Council, advised households
that the Council and the directors of CHAP have been striving over a
long period to find an operator from the private sector to take over
the district heating system..... Community Heating Scheme In Wick
Wound Up - BBC