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Community Council Nomination Deadline Looms 
Candidates
considering serving on their local Community Council for the next four years are being reminded that the nomination deadline for election is only one week away.   To be able to stand for election, candidates must return their nomination forms to The Highland Council by 4 pm on Tuesday 4 October.   For the first time, the elections for all 153 Highland Community Councils are being held at the same time.
Help Get 6000 For a Local Group In Caithness By Voting Online
Royal Bank of Scotland is offering sums of 6000 to three projects in each community force area.  The Caithness projects we know so far looking for you vote s are
Caithness and Sutherland Women's Aid
CASWA
is a charity offering information, temporary accommodation, practical & emotional support to women, children & young people who have experienced/experiencing Domestic Abuse and/or Violence Against Women
Home Start Caithness
Home-Start Caithness
works with families who are going through a period of stress - e.g. post-natal depression, illness, mental health problems, isolation, or struggling with parenting.
Ormlie Job Club
Ormlie Job Club exists to encourage and assist members of the local community who are struggling to gain work or move onto further education. It encourages cohesion, communication, new intitiatives and a sustainable path for long term employment.
Thurso Youth FC
Redevelopment
of waste land to create a home ground for our club and other local groups in Caithness to use. Creating 3 - 4 football pitches, a community sports hub and a street football arena for the general public to use as they wish.

PRE-CHRISTMAS FAYRE – BOOK A STALL NOW
SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER, 1030 hrs – 1400 hrs  HALKIRK PRIMARY SHOOL
Halkirk School Parent Council is to hold a Pre-Christmas Fayre’ on Saturday 19th November in the school.  We would like to invite local arts, crafts, produces and catalogue based products to come along and sell their products.  The cost for a table will be 5.00.  The Parent Council will be serving Tea and coffee throughout the day as well as having a baking, bottle and ‘Bric a Brac’ stall.  To book please contact;    Deborah on 01847 831 917,  space will be limited; closing date for booking a table will be Friday 30th September.   
A Quick Tour Of Caithness
A Timelapse of Caithness,Scotland from Barry Stewart on Vimeo.
Find Out More About Your Co-operative
Find Out More About Your Co-op

Members' Event (Good for Everyone) & Wine-Tasting,
Caithness Horizons, Old Town Hall, High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ
Tuesday 11th October 2011, 6pm to 9pm
This
is an exciting time for the Co-operative, with expansion due to the Somerfield acquisition, a new main office being built in Manchester and due to open in 2012, and a new Ethical Operating Plan (2011-13), which contains commitments to "Keeping Communities Thriving", "Inspiring Young People", "Protecting the Environment" and "Tackling Global Poverty".  Join us for an exclusive free member event.  Anyone, who is a Co-op Member or wishes to become one, is welcome to come along.

Police Highlight Telephone Scam
Residents across the Force area are being warned by Police of a telephone scam, which has surfaced in the Dornoch area.  Random residents within the Highland town have been contacted by a bogus company called 'Toucan Claims'.  The caller claims that the householder's credit card has been used fraudulently and then requests information from the credit card.  The caller also provides the individual with a false name and contact number.  Police advise members of the public that they should not provide any sensitive information over the phone to unknown individuals.  These individuals can be very convincing and if anyone has any doubts, contact your Bank and/or Police with the details of the call.

BEBE Vox Great Hit In Caithness
BeBe Vox
took Caithness by storm  (12th to 16th Sept 2011) with her singing and dancing performances to just under 1000 people at concerts in Thurso and Wick. During the week she had performed in primary school assemblies for over 1500 pupils at Miller Academy, Mount Pleasant, Pennyland, Castletown, Hillhead, Pulteneytown Academy, Wick North, Wick South and Keiss. Singer Chip Kendall also performed at assemblies in Halkirk and Lybster primary schools to over 200 pupils.
BeBe had been invited north by Christians from various different churches and denominations who were working together to promote Christian children’s clubs and youth work in Caithness.
BeBe received a tremendous response to her pop style of singing and dancing from pupils and staff at every school with everyone enthusiastically joining in. BeBe was fantastic at engaging with the pupils by telling short stories about herself on the important issues of life.
BeBe’s Thurso concert at St Peter’s & St Andrew’s church had an estimated 500 attend. It was a very passionate and professional performance that was enjoyed by both children and parents. BeBe was joined on stage by singer Chip Kendall and dancers Georgia Pennell and Lucy-Jayne Wells. Chip brought a message of ‘Hope’ towards the end of the concert and advertised the local Christian Sunday schools and youth clubs and groups in the area. After the last song BeBe and Chip were mobbed by young autograph hunters for about 45 minutes. They had to go outside the front of the church building to sign autographs due to the huge crowd around them.
The Wick concert in Pulteneytown Parish Church was anotther great night with about 400 in attendance.
BeBe and her team thoroughly enjoyed their week in Caithness and made many friends in the far north. It is hoped that she might make a return visit sometime next year. BeBe Vox works for Manchester based ‘Innervation Trust’, which works with schools all over the UK using popular music to present the Christian faith in a relevant way to young people.

Volunteer Adviser needed for People First-Caithness

People First is an independent self-advocacy  voluntary organisation which aims to support adults with learning difficulties.  Could you help this group continue? As a volunteer your role would be to:
         Work with the members on issues and goals it has identified
         help the members with meetings
         Support the members to develop a way forward
The group meets in Thurso and would like to have weekly meetings. However, a flexible approach and timescale could be worked out in the initial stages.  If you have a few hours to spare and feel you have good communication skills, could you help this community group?  For more information contact Catherine Patterson, Caithness Voluntary group.        Tel 01955 605002   email  volunteering@cvg.org.uk

Scorries' cup overfloweth in their Scottish tournament opener at Harmsworth Park
Academy 9 hot....Coldstream 1 cold
Wick Academy V Coldstream Wick Academy V Coldstream Wick Academy V Coldstream Wick Academy V Coldstream

Report By Noel Donaldson
WICK - Macadie 23, Allan 31, Weir 54 pen, 78, 82, Shearer 61, Cunningham 66, 69,76
COLDSTREAM - Allan 37
IF there was any doubt at half-time about Academy’s progress to the second round of the Scottish Cup, then it was well and truly extinguished in the second period. A couple of hat-tricks and a single goal sealed Coldstream’s fate and must have made that 300-mile trudge back home, seem like a John O’ Groats to Land’s End marathon........more
Edwardian Concert At Castletown - Friday 23 September at 7.30pm
Following the discovery of an original handbill advertising a Castletown village concert at the turn of the previous century, Castletown Heritage Society hopes to recreate the atmosphere of an Edwardian concert featuring local acts and performers.  Produced in association with North Highland Connections we are delighted to have secured the services of Professor Chris Underwood, Head of Vocal Studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Professor Underwood will deliver a week of training and coaching to assist performers in preparation for what will undoubtedly be an interesting and entertaining evening.

Willow Artist In Inverness And Thurso
Exhibition by leading willow artist to tour Highland galleries
AN Exhibition entitled "Spirit of Air" and featuring large scale suspended and wall based willow works by leading artist Lizzie Farey is currently on display at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery before visiting the Swanson Gallery in Thurso. This solo exhibition, entitled "Spirit of the Air" celebrates the new creative direction of one of Scotland's highest profile practitioners.

Wild Flower Seed Collection Training At Dunnet
Expert advice on collecting wild seeds - Training day at wildlife centre a success
Seed Collection Training At dunnet
MEMBERS of the Caithness Biodiversity Group and Caithness Countryside Volunteers recently learned about the best techniques to collect and store wild flower seeds. A training day was held on Saturday 10 September at Highland Council Planning and Development Service’s wildlife centre at Dunnet Bay, Seadrift, and the volunteers were trained by Giles Laverack and Fiona Guest from Scotia Seeds.
The Local Biodiversity Group decided to organise a wildflower seed collection training event to encourage people to collect wildflower seed from local sources. This in turn will assist with several biodiversity projects currently running in the county such as the Great Yellow Bumble Bee, road verge and the seed bank projects.  Photo

Caithnesss Business Section Today
Caithness Petroleum Latest
New 8 billion growth plan for marine industries
Tourism Campaign - Highland Autumn & Winter
Minister sets out a mutual future for the Post Office

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Caithness to feature in archaeology festival

Missing person development

NHS Highland issue...

Surprise yourself

Police appeal following thefts


Photos From Wick Academy's Amazing Result Against Fort William
Academy V Fort William 8 - 1 Academy V Fort William 8 - 1
Report and Photos - Noel Donaldson
Wick Academy....8........Ft William.....1
(Ac. scorers, Cunningham 2, (4 and 20 mins) Gunn (22min) Weir (44min); Allan (54 and 86), Steven (76min), and McAddie (80min)
WICK ACADEMY demolished Ft William 8-1 and recorded a little bit of history by equalling the team’s best home goal total in a single game, since they joined the Highland League.
The Scorries opened their account on the rain-soaked pitch, in the fourth minute with a well-taken Stevie Cunningham and apart from a Fort penalty leveller not long afterwards, it was downhill all the way.  It was 4-1 at the interval and Academy piled on the pressure and the goals in the second period.  Some might say that the Fort were a bit of a push-over but you won’t find Academy fans dwelling on that, just savouring that ever-so-good-feeling of success.  Ground staff and volunteers with "sweepers" a hoover, and a suction roller, made a Herculean effort to clear water from the pitch, in time for the kick-off.

Kent Duchaine Returns To Mackays Hotel, Wick
Kent Duchaine at Mackays Hotel
www.kentduchaine.com

Women's Leadership Programme
Women's Leadership Programme
Dornoch rail group quiz on far north line - BBC
Dornoch Rail Link Action Group to complete the survey

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Avoid admin errors farmers

Tobacco traders must register

Fit's in 'e Groat 'e day?


Car Boot and Fun Day CANCELLED
Unfortunately CASST have had to cancel the event which was to be helkd at Castletown today.

BEBE Vox Concerts -
Two Concerts This Week For Primary School Children and Families  - FREE

BEBE Vox Concerts
WATCH A  VIDEO HERE

Historic Landscape Of Caithness  - A Talk By Allan Kilpatrick - Wed 12th October
Historic Landscape Of Caithness - A Talk
John O'Groats - Still The Place To Find The Famous Groatie Buckies
Walk from John O'Groats Walk from John O'Groats Walk From John O'Groats Walk From John O'Groats

Walk From John O'Groats - Sea, Sand and Shells


Second Short Video At Groats Beach
Far North Rail Users Survey By Donnoch Rail Link Action Group
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CQ879P9
Take a few minutes to fill in this survey - it takes about two minutes. Check out www.dorlag.co.uk to see what they do in their campaign.  This is an electronic rail users' survey to help ascertain how much local and commercial support there is for major improvements like the Dornoch Rail Link for the Inverness - Thurso/ Wick railway line, particularly in the light of ongoing developments.   Mark Norton for DORLAG said, "The results of this will then help us lobby for upgrades to our railway line more effectively with a high level of meaningful support. These results will also help the local regeneration partnership and transport organisations, including the Caithness Transport Forum and the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, determine ongoing and future transport priorities for the Far North in light of significant developments here."

Isleford Crew Remembered
Iselford Crew Remembered  Isleford Remembered Isleford Remembered
The "Isleford" was a merchant ship requisitioned in World War Two to carry munitions and supplies.  The vessel was lost near Wick in terrible conditions and the lifeboat could not be launched.  A plaque donated by  Caithness Stone Industries was unveiled after a parade.  All the names of the crew were read out. 

Singing Master Class - Open To All - FREE
An important strand of North Highland Connections' work is in promoting cultural and educational residencies around the region. Currently NHC is promoting a series of 12 such activities at various centres. These are promoted in collaboration with local volunteer groups and schools, with financial support from a Highland LEADER award, matched by private foundation funding.  The next residency will be based at Castletown Heritage Centre, near Thurso. Titled 'Singing for All', it begins on Tuesday, 20th September.....

Dounreay Nuclear Site Rocks Added To Nottingham Archive - BBC
Rock samples taken from a nuclear site were first checked for radioactive contamination before being added to a national collection held in Nottingham. Six hundred boxes of stone have been sent from Dounreay in Caithness to the British Geological Survey's (BGS) national rocks repository.

Football Fun Festival - Sunday 11th September - "The Dammies", Thurso
Football Fun Festival


Photography In The Caithness.org Forum
The photography section in the forum has been around for a few years now and the photographs seem to get better and better.  Recent additions include -
Ackergill
Dirlot Castle
New York
There hundreds of section and thousands of photos contributed by the forum members.  In addition two very large section of old photos from Wick and Thurso are very popular with visitors to the forum

"Paper Wrappers & Herbarium Sheets"
An exhibition by Joanne B. Kaar at Caithness Horizons from 13th September until 11th December 2011
Paper Wrappers & Herbarium Sheets - An Exhibition at Caithness Horizons
Local artist Joanne B. Kaar has been working with the curator of Caithness Horizons over the last few years to help document, photograph and digitise the botanical specimens and paper wrappers contained within the Robert Dick Herbarium. Together they selected 60 of the herbarium specimens, which Joanne has printed onto her own handmade papers. All 60 are on display at Caithness Horizons.

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Noel Donaldson writes Doanalsin's Dairy

Fit's in 'e' Groat 'is week?

Farm Apprenticeships to bridge the generation gap

Natural Retreats Begins Transfoprmation of John O'Groats
Natural Retreats Starts Work At John O'Groats

A TASTE OF MEY RECIPE BOOK (ATOM)
A truly special and unique hard back recipe book containing many interesting anecdotes has been launched by the Castle of Mey and should be available in a few days time.
The book is described on the back cover as "A unique Royal ragout" flavoured with marvellous photographs, to be dipped into, treasured and, above all, used. With more than 200 full-colour pages of favourite recipes and personal memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from Her friends, members of Her Household, present-day employees of the Castle, and Patrons and Friends of the Castle of Mey.' Cost of the book is 20 and will be on sale in the shop at the Castle, from the 12th September on.  It can also be ordered through the website - www.castleofmey.or.ok
CAITHNESS FIELD CLUB WINTER PROGRAMME 2011/12
Caithness Field Club's winter programme is underway.  The club offers arange of outings and lectures to members and non-members.  For a few pounds a year you can join and receive the excellent annual bulletin with articles on many aspects of Caithness history archaeology, natural history and much more.
Christmas Bazaar To Replace Fun Day In Wick - Book A Stall NOW
Christmas Lights
Christmas LightsChristmas Lights
Two extremely cold winters have made the Christmas Lights committee in Wick rethink what they do each year.  Doreen Turner for the group said, "We are having a change this year for our fun day and are holding a Christmas Bazaar in the Assembly Rooms, Wick on Saturday 26th November 2011 from 12 to 4.
We all froze last year hence the reason for trying something different.  We still have  to make arrangements for switching on the lights but we are working on this!!"
To Book A Stall -  Contact 07818418232 (Corrected telephone number)
 Closing date for booking stalls 30th September 2011.
Wick Marina Is A Great Success - Only A Few Berths Left
Wick Harbour Wick Harbour Wick Harbour
Anyone thinking about renting a berth at Wick Marina should get their skates on as it is filling up faster than predicted.  The Wick Marina has been a huge success transforming not only the look of the harbour but also changing the finances of the once struggling Harbour Trust reborn as Wick Harbour Authority.  The only question now is "Will the Wick Marina need to be expanded in the near future?"  Well done to all involved in the transformation." 

Stimulate Your Brain With Evening Classes At North Highland College
Gain Qualifications or study for enjoyment and to meet new people.  Try something new.
Evening Classes at North Highland College
Places still available in the following classes
Counselling - Stained Glass - Jewellery Making - Geology - Digital Photography
Italian - Computing - Art & Crafts - Basic DIY - Emergency First Aid - Welding
Higher Maths, English and Biology
Classes start next week and anyone interested in attending, or receiving an evening class brochure, should contact Fiona or Mandy on 01847 889250 or email info@northhighland.ac.uk
 
Wick Primary Schools Consultations
Public Meetings
Wick High School, at 7pm on 6 September - Hillhead and North Primary Schools
Assembly Rooms, Wick at 7pm on 13 September - Pulteneytown Academy and South Primary Schools
All the documents relating to the consultations are on the Highland Council web site at the above link.  Therer is also a discussion forum on the council web site.  Comments can be forwarded in writing or by email. All comments received will be summarised and made available to Elected Members who will consider this Consultation Report at the Education Culture & Sport Committee on 10 November 2011.  Councillor Bill Fernie, chairman of the Education, Culture and Sport committee will chair both meetings in Wick.

CASST Fund Raising Events
Fun Day for CASST Silent Auction for CASST

Drugs seized following search of fishing vessel in Orkney
Northern Constabulary report that Police have recovered suspected Class A drugs with an estimated street value of 2000 following an intelligence led search of a Lerwick registered vessel at Kirwall Harbour at the weekend.  Officers searched the boat on 3 September and inquiries into the incident are ongoing at this time.

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Poignant voyage to Trident scene

Additional cases from Friday's Sheriff Court sitting

ICAN Caithness awards

Something for you to chew on

NHS explain unusual symptoms

NHS Highland want to raise awareness about suicide


Caithness Amateur Athletic Club  Wick to Thurso Charity Sponsored Relay
Caithness amateur Athletic Club - Wick to Thurso Sponsored Relay
The Wick to Thurso road relay race started way back, but has been running in its present form since 2002. The race is currently organised and marshalled by the CAAC committee, coaches, family and friends and normally takes place annually in September. The event is non-profit making and all proceeds from the race are donated by CAAC to local charitable organisations - last year the record sum of just over 10,000 was raised; split equally between the North Highland Cancer Information & Support Centre and the Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS).  Johnson Controls have kindly provided sponsorship to the event over the last few years and provide the essential lead, roving and sweep vehicles required to provide safety cover, as well as radio communication equipment.  This year's event is being staged on Sunday the 25th of September and all proceeds will be donated to The Caithness Branch of the MS Society Scotland and Thurso High School Resourced Base for Children with Severe and Profound Learning Difficulties.  More and entry details......

How does one like one's eggs? Daily Mail
Charles reveals Queen Mother's top dish with Tabasco, prawns and a dash of anchovy sauce.......
During the Queen Mother’s extraordinarily long life, it was a mainstay of royal wedding feasts and many a Highland picnic at her beloved Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness.

Community Centre In Wick Moving Fast
Community Centre for Pulteneytown Peoples Project
PPP staff had a guided tour of the new 3.4 million Community Centre being built on Huddart Street, Wick on August 30. The Community Centre is looking magnificent now that most of the scaffolding has come down. The only section still with any scaffolding erected is the main entrance. The final windows are to be being installed in the PPP staff office in the coming weeks, but even with these minor tasks still to perform the Centre looks very impressive and inviting.  Inside the building some decorating is already going ahead with the walls of the children’s play area painted a colourful green and yellow. The interior of the multi-purpose hall is looking very fresh and modern while the youth common room has some of the walls painted a cool blue.  Construction is still currently ahead of schedule, with the building expected to be completed in February 2012.  See inside


Pulteneytown People's Project Newsletter Items
New Carnegie Groups
PULTENEYTOWN People's Project Carnegie programme will be running brand new groups for students attending Thurso and Wick High Schools.  Pupils from Wick High School started their programme on August 23, closely followed by the Thurso pupils who started on August 25. The program will run until the October holidays, giving the students involved help and support in finding and maintaining employment.  Carnegie is a programme which seeks to provide both a theoretical and practical course tailor suited to young people of school age who are potential school leavers. Through Carnegie young adults are better prepared for starting work.  Both groups will be studying SQA Employability and Steps to Work where the units focus on preparing for employment, building their employability skills, responsibilities of employment and dealing with work
situations. Additionally the students will be taking the Road Safety Awareness SQA in order to help them pass their driving theory tests.
Job Club Sports Leadership Course
IF you\u2019re looking for employment then PPP can help with its free Job Club, offering you help, support and advice on finding your perfect occupation.   Running every Friday from 10am to 5pm, the Job Club can be found at 45 Murchison Street, Wick. From 10-1pm a morning drop-in takes place where people can freely search for jobs,  work on their CV, or browse the job sections of the newspapers.   From 2-4pm you can book a half-hour session with a member of staff who can help you with any job related issue from interview techniques to creating the perfect CV. These half-hour meetings are your perfect chance to get one-to-one support and the best way to get the answers which you need.   The last hour of the day will be free computer time, giving the opportunity to work on what you\u2019ve been discussing in your half-hour meeting or simply use the Internet to search and apply for jobs. For more information on the Job Club or to book your half-hour session, please call the PPP offices on 01955 606950.
First Aid Course
CUTS, scrapes and breaks are no bother to the people of Wick after a group participated in Pulteneytown People\u2019s Project's Emergency First Aid at Work Course.  The group of nine attended the event at Wick Youth Club on August 4 where they spent the day learning various different ways of preventing and treating injuries and illnesses at work. Tutored by PPP staff member Vince Walker, the Health and Safety Executive approved course taught the ins-and-outs of health and safety regulations, management of an incident, treatment of unconscious casualties, choking, seizures, bleeding, shock, resuscitation and priorities of
first aid.  Life-size dummies were laid out to put all the theory into practice while miles of bandages were used to teach best methods of supporting strains, pains and breaks.  All who attended said the course was informative, interesting and valuable towards future employment and their CV.  Further Emergency First Aid at Work Courses are provisionally planned for October 5 and October 29 which will give new groups the opportunity to learn these valuable skills. The course costs \u00a3115 or \u00a340 if you are currently
receiving benefits, both of which can be paid for through ILA (Individual Learning Account) if the person is registered. Anyone wishing to register their interest in attending can contact PPP on 01955 606950.

I'm The Real Life Indiana Jones - The Sun
Ashley Cowie
Ex Wicker Ashley Cowie's career as author, adventurer, historian and now TV star seems to be on an ever upwards curve.  Ashley has recently been appearing in a hit TV series Legend Quest in the USA and an article appeared in the Sun on Saturday.  Ashley has also produced
another book "The Super Star - America's Royal Secret" available as a download from his web site www.ashleycowie.com
Ashley Cowies latest book

Reiss Beach  - Great Walk Even On A Dull Saturday
Reiss Beach - the Steps near the golf course Reiss Beach Looking To Ackergill Tower Reiss Beach - Beach Art Reiss Beach - Long Sandy round Sinclair Bay
Reiss Beach is just a short distance from Wick runs from Ackergill to Keiss round the edge of Sinclair Bay. Sometimes you might be lucky to see dolphins. At low tide the boiler of the Aberdeens trawler Jean Stevens can still be seen just off the beach. It ran ashore in a snow storm in 1958. Skirting the bay are a range of different whales and dolphins at various times of year.  On Monday work will begin on improving the access to the beach.
Video of Reiss Beach


Achvarasdal Bat Walk - Reay - Friday 9th September - 8pm
Bat Flying
Celebrate the year of the Bat with a Bat Walk around Achvarasdal woodland. Use Bat detectors to find and learn more about the local midge munchers.  Meet at Car Park just outside entrance to forest (please do not park in private driveway)  Weather dependent - Bring a torch!
3/2 concession. Contact Jenny on 01847 821531 for details.
Keiss Primary Get Prizes From New Community Benefit Fund
Keiss Primary School winners of the Logo Competition for the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund
A new company has been established to distribute 4m funding from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for community projects in the Dounreay travel to work area.  The Community Benefit Fund has been provided in association with the construction of a low level waste facility soon to be built at Dounreay.  Caithness and North Sutherland Fund Ltd, was established with assistance from the Dounreay Stakeholder Group.  Seven directors have been appointed to run the company: 3 Highland Councillors; Cllr David Flear, Cllr John Rosie and Cllr Robbie Rowantree who cover the whole of the geographic Dounreay Travel to Work Area, and also 4 Appointed Directors with expertise in community and economic development; Koreen MacDougall, John Henderson, Shona Munro and Frances Gunn........... The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund directors invited primary school children in the community to design a logo which symbolises the fund's core purpose and mission.  Catriona, a P7 pupil at Keiss Primary School was chosen as the winner as the directors thought her design encompassed the fund's mission........
Larger Photo HERE - Just click on view full size here

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Fit's in 'e' Groat 'is week?

Cases from today's sheriff court session

Over the Ord 4

Over the Ord 5

Wick Family Centre - Pre-School Child Care
If you have a pre-schooler and you are looking for additional child care then look no further!  Wick Family Centre have places available for 2 1/2 - 4 year olds to attend our fun-filled, safe and stimulating wrap-around child care service.  At WFC, we understand that it can sometimes be difficult to find reliable child care for your child before they are of school age so we aim to provide this service Monday - Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm.
Anyone can use this service, even if you want to go and get your hair done or have lunch with friends, we cater to everyone's needs.  For more information or if you would like to book a place, please call us on 01955 606065 or alternatively you can e-mail us at wickfamilycentre@mail.com.  We are situated in Bank Row, Wick.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Sea Watching Presentation - Thursday 8th September 6-7.30pm
Killer Whale Minke
Enjoy a digital slideshow presentation by the ranger all about the whales, dolphins and porpoise to be seen here in our far north waters. Learn how to identify the different species and how/where to look for them for yourselves. - Seadrift Visitor Centre, Dunnet Bay. ND 219706 - Adults 3, concession 2

Reiss Beach - Improvements to Beach Access
As Caithness Volunteers Combine With Scottish Southern Energy Employees
Please note that from 6th September 2011 there will be disruption to the main public access onto Reiss Beach.  The current steps onto the beach from the car park are due to undergo improvements which will result in disruption of access.  This work will be the result of a voluntary project between the Volunteer Centre at Caithness Voluntary Group, Scottish Southern Energy.  Scottish Southern Energy employees will volunteer their time and skills to improve the beach as part of their ‘Community at Heart Program’
Reiss Beach Photos

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Custody cases from Wick Sheriff Court today

Highland councillors back anti-obesity campaign

Council wants wide consultation on spent fuel transport

it's in 'e Coorier, e' day


Electric Ceilidh T11 - Tongue Hotel, Sutherland
Electric Celidh T11 - Tongue Hotel 23 - 25 September 2011

Another great music festival for the north takes place 23rd - 25th September at Tongue, Sutherland

Science In Society - Talks Presented by Prof Martin Hendry
Caithness Astronomy Group Talks


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