Bower Busy Bees Environmental Project The Busy Bees completed
a willow bower as part of an environmental project. The final stage of
the project was planted by the Highland Council Countryside Rangers and
now forms part of the children's outdoor play area. At this time of
year, the willow is dormant but during the growing season it will
produce grean leaves and new stems which will create a living growing
structure. The bower received funding through the Caithness
Environmental fund suported by Highland Leader 2007-2013 and Scottish
Naturasl Heritage. This funding stream also provided garden seating and
a bird feeding station. We would like to thank everyone involvedin
helping in brining this project to fruition including Caithness
Partnership, Highland Council community payback and the Highland
Council countryside rangers.
A Few Scenes In Springtime From Noel Donaldson
Caithness Firm Beats Hollywood To Ocean Depths Oscar-winning
film director James Cameron is rightly celebrating his successful
voyage to the bottom of the sea this week... but a Caithness
engineering firm got there first. This
is because cameras built in Wick by world leading specialist underwater
manufacturer Kongsberg Maritime Ltd were capturing images in the
world's deepest place, the Mariana Trench, well before Hollywood.
"Our job involves
developing high tech underwater equipment which is deployed across the
world in some of the most challenging of terrains. We supplied cameras
four years ago to clients working in this exciting location in the
western Pacific," said Bill Baxter, KML's manager at the Wick factory.
Wick Academy 1 Cove Rangers 1 Reporter - Noel Donaldson
Goal scorers were Davie Allen for Wick Academy and the equaliser for Cove was from substitute Ryan Scott.
Wick Academy 1.......Cove Rangers....1....(h.t. 1-0)
A GOAL gift late in the game, saved Cove Rangers’ blushes.
It came in the 84th minute when optimistic Academy’s fans were starting
to think their team might be adding the visitors to a handful of
notable scalps they have taken this season. During a spell of
feverish defending, the Wick keeper came out to block a strike by
Johston Scott who was quick to capitalise on the rebound and an open
net. I fancy the roar from a knot of his fans in front of the
south stand was more one of relief than celebration. After a
dour, first-half slog in which both defences excelled, spectators might
have been resigning themselves to a no-scoring outcome. It was
going to take an exceptional piece of play to break the stalemate and
it came in the 64th minute when Academy’s Richard Macadie, delivered a
perfect, aerial, ball to David Allan on the right, who rounded it
off with a clinical finish from an acute angle. Cove,
conscious what was now at stake, redoubled their efforts in the now,
foggy Harmsworth Park and put the Wick defence, under pressure
culminating in Scott’s face-saving equaliser. Despite his
manager, Kevin Tindal, playing down the importance of the game in his
pre-match preview, the points dropped, might come home to haunt him in
the last lap of the title race. If Academy can give a serious,
second place-in-the-table title contender, a fright, then, with a
series of home games, bar one, in prospect, they could greatly improve
their current 10th position. Bring on Inverurie Locos!
Web Sites, Facebook, Twitter and more... Phew, what a long
week! We've just finished checking every web site link contained
within the Caithness Business Index. On top of that, we've added links
to every Caithness Business Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube
video we could find on those web sites.
19 March 2012
Many New Events Listed in Caithness.org What's On
Get Your Event In Now For Maximum Coverage Events can be added even
for dates months or years in the future gaining your event massive free
coverage. Many visitors look at the What's On when planning trips
to the county so the sooner an event is listed the more chance it
willbe seen and be useful to visitors. Posters Add Colour To Your Event A poster can add to your free advertising on
Caithness.org and we have a poster section for these. All we need
is jpeg file of the poster - Note - Word Docs are not compatible with
the set up. If its in a Pdf we can usually sort it out.
Jpegs allow us to add it faster and we are often short of time so it
may be missed unless sent in plenty of time in advance. Poster
will be added free of charge and may be shown in other sections such as
the Arts section if it is a closely related topic.
Sculpture Trail To Comemorate Lost Caithness Beaches
artist Gavin Lockhart has been commissioned to undertake the next stage
of public art at John O'Groats, with a series of works celebrating the
dramatic and changing coastline of Caithness. Following a public
meeting last year on the future artistic shape of John O'Groats,
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) sought professional artists to
transform the coast around the village. Titled
"Path", Gavin's concept is to create permanent artworks along the
coastal paths at John O'Groats. These will be designed to create a
reminder of the beaches that used to dominate the coast - before much
of the sand was removed for the war effort during World War Two. Sand
from the once-famous 2.5 mile long beach was used as a soil improver on
fields due to its high shell content as part of the "Dig for Victory"
The Gillie Mor - A Celebration in Caithness of Folk Culture - 29th-31st March
Folk phenomenon Dick Gaughan's presence in this year's programme may help audiences understand how the festival got its name.
Margaret Bennett returns to Thurso this year with 'Highland Exodus' a
talk and slide presentation about Highland emigrants to Canada during
the Potato Famine of the nineteenth century.
Essie Stewart knows well the bi-lingual nature of Highland
folklore. Known throughout the Highlands as a traditional
storyteller from Sutherland - one of the last 'Summer Walkers' of the
Sharing a song and story session with Essie Stewart, Nancy Nicolson is now Edinburgh-based.
Fellow Caithness countrymen George Gunn and Kevin Williamson could not
be accused of using stealth to subdue audiences, although they share
the ability to charm as well as shock.
Kevin Williamson will deliver his one-man hit show from last year's Edinburgh Festival 'Robert Burns: Not in My Name',
Three days packed with events - check out the programme.
Climate Change Talks - Find Out More At Two Lectures - FREE
"Is the climate really changing and is it important?" - Tuesday 13th March 2012, 17:30 Prof John McClatchey - Environmental Research Institute - Castle Street, Thurso, KW14 7JD
"The impact of climate change on Antarctic invertebrates" - Thursday 15th March 2012, 17:30 Dr Cath Waller - University of Hull -
Centre for Energy and Environment, North Highland College, Ormlie Road, Thurso KW14 7EE
Caithness U3A Starts Again On Thursday 8th March
After a winter break (unnecessary as it turned out!), Caithness U3A
recommences its regular meetings in Thurso West Church on Thursday 8th
March at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Ronnie Johnstone who will
give a talk on ethics entitled “Why bother to be good? The others have
more fun.” There will be a small exhibition of crafts made from
recycled materials, along with ideas for new groups in addition to
those already established – Book Group, Local History, Philosophy,
French and Italian.
Refreshments will be available and new members are always welcome.
Folks are urged to come along and catch up with old friends and meet
some new ones.
4 March 2012
New Teen Scene In Thurso
Every Friday Evening From 10th March upport community
initiatives over its lifetime. The proposed wind farm of up to 26
turbines would have a generating capacity of around 78 megawatts (MW),
enough to power around 43,600 homes - equivalent to 43% of Highland
households. With an associated community benefit package worth up
to £5,000 per MW, the project could generate an annual windfall of
around £390,000 each year for the local community over its 25-year
lifespan. For more information see www.limekilnwindfarm.co.uk
The company is holding community open days at Reay Village Hall on
Thursday 8th March, from 2pm to 8pm, and Friday 9th March, from 12pm to