News Archive - December 2014
31 December 2014Wick Street Party Web Cam Will Go Live at 10.30pm
Once again the street party will take place at the car park at riverside due to the ongoing works at Market Square. You wil hear the music as you approach the area. If you know of anyother web cams for Caithness parties let us know.
A few earlier parties
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Fast Look At e' Last Groat of 'e Year
29 December 2014Police appeal for information following report of assault in Thurso
Parents get cyber-savvy in 2015
Impact Of Welfare Reforms On Households To Be Examined
28 December 2014A Frosty Walk Along Wick River
A few took a bracing, post-festive, walk round Wick's frosty Riverside, today, and one of the dogs that went walkies decided to take the temperature of the water....but not for long.
27 December 2014Some Thoughts on Castle Varrich, Tongue. (by George Watson)
This article appeared in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin for 2013. Perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Kyle of Tongue this small tower was described in 1791 as, "a structure so antient, that there is no consistent tradition concerning it"i. Subsequent years have had little to add, forcing visitors to speculate on its origin and history. Those searching for information are restricted to a few sentences in the Statistical Accounts, and the remains of the building itself. A plan of the building, published by MacGibbon and Ross in 1889 ii, shows a doorway in the south wall of the upper floor, but this is contradicted in the attached notes, which correctly place the doorway in the east wall. Earlier Articles From Caithness Field Club Bulletins Castles
25 December 2014Rabbits At Ellens Geo, Ulbster
Rabbits at Ellens Geo near Ulbster. If you would like to add your rabbit photos to this gallery email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Christmas To Everyone From Caithness.org
24 December 2014A Few Items From 'e Groat - Early This Week
No Hiding for Those with History of Violence Says Rhoda Grant MSP
Highland and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant is backing the roll out of an anti-domestic abuse scheme across Scotland following a trial period that was piloted in Aberdeen and Ayrshire in November this year. The Police Scotland "Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme" which allows for men and woman to request information on whether their partner has a history of domestic violence has already received 15 applications in the trial areas and is being tested in Scotland following the introduction of the scheme in England and Wales following the murder of Clare Wood in Salford in 2009 by her ex-partner who has a previous record of domestic violence and abuse.
Caithness and Sutherland Women's Aid
Action to create better conditions for freshwater pearl mussels
Work to create better conditions for internationally important freshwater pearl mussels in an area of significant decline is underway. It follows recent survey work at the River Spey that detected a 50% decline in the freshwater pearl mussel population. This disappointing downward trend has been attributed to water quality, the plant water crowfoot, fluctuating water levels, and wildlife crime.
A new joint initiative urging voluntary restraint on large scale culls of mountain hares has been launched
The move by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) should, along with several other measures, help ensure that future management is sustainable. Ron Macdonald, SNH's director of policy and advice, said: "We are asking estates for restraint on large-scale culls of mountain hares which could jeopardise the conservation status of mountain hares.
Life-saving project gets go-ahead for another year
An event that equips Highland primary 7 pupils with potentially life-saving skills will again take place in 2015. Members of The Highland Council's Community Safety, Public Engagement and Equalities Committee have given their backing to the "Safe Highlanders" partnership project which, in 2014, took place at Cameron Barracks Inverness and also at Portree and Wick.
Back to school in 2015 with free school meals
The Highland Council is advising all parents and carers of Primary 1 to 3 children in the Highland area that they will be entitled to receive free school meals from Monday 5 January 2015.
Rabbits In Caithness
A couple of pictures of rabbits relaxing in the sunshine at the Coop store in Wick. Have you any pictures of rabbits wild or pets that you would like to add over the Chrismtas period. Send your photos by email to email@example.com to add to the gallery. If you have even more on web page or facebook send the links to add to your photo on our gallery.
23 December 2014Talks to be held over Caithness General consultant shortages - BBC
The Highland health board said it was looking at new models for the service that would allow it to continue on a more sustainable basis. Meeting of Health Board and local politicians on 6th January in Wick.
Hillhead Primary School Creates Unique 2015 Calendar
Keiss School Christmas Concert
Prices at the Pump - Why Are They Falling and Will This Continue?
22 December 2014Council welcomes work of Highland Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership
How Others See Us - 269 Sunken Turbines To Make Scotland Home To World’s Largest Tidal Farm
Financial close for Wick Campus puts project full steam ahead
University of the Highlands and Islands launches its first accelerated degree
More Music Lessons Of High Standard Could Be Delivered By Video Conferencing To Schools
Keep pressure on council over school cuts proposals, councillors told - Press & Journal
Police appeal for information following damage to lorry in Castletown
Police appeal for information following damage to premises in Wick
Police Appeal for Information - Car damaged - Thurso
21 December 2014New photo contest celebrates Scotland's urban deer
To celebrate one of Scotland's most renowned and beloved animals, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has launched a free photo contest - Scotland’s first Urban Deer Photography Competition. More and more deer are moving into urban areas, as new green spaces and woodlands are created in the Central Belt and in towns and cities across the country. This means many more people in Scotland are enjoying seeing wild deer – and have the chance to take some stunning pictures.
20 December 2014HIE Buys Pelamis But Jobs Go - re NEWS
Atlantis Resources Makes First MeyGen Facility Drawdown
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Good news for Caithness as this weeks newsletter from Eann Sinclair shows the Meygen project getting closer to starting. Check out the very interesting film issued in January about the project.
19 December 2014Fit's in 'e Groat
15 December 2014Wick Ward Forum tonight is cancelled
The Wick Ward Forum which was due to take place in Wick Town Hall at 7pm tonight has been cancelled on the advice of the police due to the weather forecast. There is currently a yellow warning in place for snow and ice for the North Highlands. A new date for the event will be arranged early next year.
14 December 2014Here We Go Again - 10 Years Ago This Banner Was Flown By North Action Group
2004 Maternity Fight - 2014 Surgical Cover Fight Begins
Re-instate and continue to maintain 24 hour emergency surgery services at Caithness General Hospital Wick
Free Meeting Room For Community Groups At Tesco Wick
Cold In Caithness - Snow In The East On Saturday
The cold weather let a few children get out to make snowman in their garden in Wick. If you have any other photos of the snow email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in this gallery.
Caithness Archaeology: Aspects of Prehistory Hardcover – 31 Mar 2015
This long awaited book on Caithness Archaeology is coming out in March 2015. If you would like to be notified when it is available go to our local publishers in Caithness - Whittles Publishing.
If you are quick you can still order Caithness and other titles from them in time for Christmas at at www.whittlespublishing.com/
13 December 2014Christmas Tree Festival 2014
The Christmas Tree Festival at Wick St Fergus church gave voluntary groups the chance to place a tree and display someof their information.
12 December 2014Latest Pictures in the Artists Gallery From Robin Cookson
Fit's in 'e Groat
Thurso recycling point at Lidl closed
People in Thurso are being advised by The Highland Council that the recycling banks at Thurso Lidl have been removed until February 2015 due to lack of space in the car park during the store’s renovations.
More Toys For Caithness FM Christmas Appeal
Dounreay Employees Charity Fund donated over £500 worth of toys and gifts to this year's Caithness FM Toy Appeal. In addition a selection of hand knitted toys were donated by Mrs Gladys Leith. The toys and gifts are distributed to children and teenagers in Caithness.
Dounreay, Caithness Horizons, Caithness FM and Tesco Wick are all collection points for the toy appeal up until 20th December. All gifts should be unwrapped to let volunteers select suiable gifts for each child.
11 December 2014DOUNREAY FUND's CHAIRMAN HIGHLIGHTS GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITIES
Since its launch in 2011, the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has awarded almost £1m to seventy five community projects and this performance is set to continue....The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund also held its latest grant assessment round which awarded £7,337 to the Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG) towards its Telecom and IT Refurbishment Project.
If You Are In Inverness With Kids 12th - 14th December
Winter Wonderland adds WOW factor. A number of new attractions will take place in Whin Park, Inverness this weekend (Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014) at The Highland Council's Winter Wonderland event. Traditionally one of the highlights of the year for youngsters from all around Inverness and the surrounding area; this year's Wonderland has been expanded to feature a number of inflatables for families to enjoy; including the first ever opportunity for folk to climb inside giant WOW balls and attempt to walk across the park’s famous boating lake.
Highland Council Distance Learning Course to Become a Primary School Teacher
Tidal wave causes damage to Thurso riverside wall
Lightning striking Scotland's most northerly mainland point at Dunnet Head yesterday
Lightning Storm captured from Thurso beach looking over to Dunnet Head. Film by Ann Livingstone.
St Fergus Gallery, Wick - Christmas Craft Market
Saturday 13th 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Noel tunes up for a festive fundraiser
Coffee and carols session at the Norseman Hotel on Saturday - 10.00 - Noon.
10 December 2014WANTED - Accredited Testing Company - Concrete Cube Testing Work
Cube testing will be required from February 2015 to December 2016 approximately. Collection may be required where a collection fee can be agreed from a fixed point close to Thurso on the A9.
North Councillors give support to Countryside Ranger Service
'Caithness House' chosen as name for new Wick Offices
With staff due to move into the new council offices in Wick in March next year, one of the items on the Area Committee today was to agree a name for the building which will house 140 members of staff. Local Councillors, keen to have a new name to encompass both the refurbished original listed building at Market Place and to reflect the new works to incorporate the adjoining building at Stafford Place put forward the suggestion of Caithness House which was unanimously agreed by the Committee.
Fit's in 'e Courier
Police in Wick appeal for information following serious assault
9 December 2014Weather Warnings Until Thursday - Trains Cancelled - School Closures Possible
Caithness Orchestra Carol Concert - Thurso - Sunday 21st December
See Santa At Dunnet Forest On Saturday 13th December
Check December Whats On For Many Christmas Events in Caithness
No bags in Blue Bins To Improve Recycling
NDA Launches Consultation On New 3 Year plan
7 December 2014Still Time To Advertise Your Christmas Events In Our What's On
Reactor control room moves to a new home
6 December 2014More Photos From The New Wick High School Construction Site
5 December 2014Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Stranded Marine Animals - Who To Call
Board Members Needed - Pentland Housing Association
Pentland Housing Association is a key provider of social rented housing in the County of Caithness, but in combination with its two subsidiaries, Pentland Community Enterprises and Pentland Energy Advice, it has a wider remit to support and invest in local regeneration, and help sustain local communities.
4 December 2014
Several Vacancies Added To the Forum at 4.15pm
New Wick High School Construction Site Today
Caithness FM Annual Toy Appeal
Our focus, your priorities for community safety say Police and Fire Services
NHS Highland board members furious with scathing audit - Press & Journal
The Crucible - Live From The Old Vic Theatre at Thurso Cinema
The Old Vic's five-star, sold-out production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible directed by YaŽl Farber and starring Richard Two performances available at Thurso cinema.
What's On At Thurso Cinema From Friday 5th December
If you live in Thurso Remember to save money for Christmas Cards and Use the Scout Post
See the item inside telling you where you can post your cards and how to pay. Save money and help the Thurso scouts.
3 December 2014Invite for Businesses Interested In Tourism in Caithness and Sutherland
New Funding Opportunities for Groups and Individuals Added To The Community Pages
2 December 2014Sinbad - Wick Players Pantomime
2nd to friday 5th Dec curtains up at 7:30 and Saturday 6th Matinee curtains up at 2:30. Tickets available from The Flower Patch, River Street, Wick or at the door £6 flat seating and £8 Tiered seating. Loads of fun laughter and audience participation also find us on Facebook as Wick Players. Sinbad and his crew are setting sail out of Wick Harbour!!
Wick & District Pool League - Rockwater Shield Second Leg
More Jobs in Caithness Added To Our Forum at 4.10pm Today
New Noss Primary School, Wick - Animation
An animation has been created to show how the new Noss Primary school in Wick will look. The new school is expected to open in 2015.
Latest Photos HERE
Construction Site Photo Gallery From The Start
Several New Jobs - Added at 7.00am Today
Employers can advertise their vacancies completely free of charge in the forum that now receives a very high viewing level. Ads also flow out into Caithness.org Facebook and Twitter for even more coverage.
1 December 2014Thurso Christmas Cards Can Be Delivered for Just 20 pence to Thurso Addresses
Thurso Scouts Local Christmas Post Delivery For 20p
Help Thurso Scouts by getting the scouts in Thurso to deliver local cards. See the full item on how to do it.
New Council offices In Wick - Latest Photos
Work progresses inside and out at the new council offices in Wick with eveing and weekend working to ensure the time scale is met.
Police appeal for information following theft of farm item from a property in Roster, Lybster
Police appeal for information following damage to property in Wick
Are you ready for winter asks Highland Council?
The Highland Council is supporting the Scottish Government's Ready Scotland Campaign and urges people in the Highlands to take some time to get ready for winter and all kinds of severe weather.