News Archive - March 2014

Appeal for information following a report of an assault on Shore Lane, Wick

Gospel Meetings                  Kids Bible Club
Gospel Bible Class for kids 

Win a Brilliant Historic Break for two to Orkney  - FREE Competition
Broch of Gurness
VisitScotland and Current Archaeology are offering you the chance to win this fantastic prize for 2 people, including ferry travel to Orkney with NorthLink Ferries, 5 nights’ accommodation in a 4-star renovated mill, free entry to historic sites, and a personal day-tour with your own expert guide. Whether you are visiting Orkney for the first time or making a return trip, what better year to visit than 2014, the Year of Homecoming.

Information On The Gull Problems In Urban Areas
Seagull Informartion

Yes it is almost the time again when many people have problems with gulls.  There are a few things you can do and some you cannot.  If you do some of the things mentioned then you might save yourself another seaosn of nuisance. Since egg laying will be going on soon take your actions now.

Rock Armour At Wick Harbour Is Strengthened Ready For More Storms
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Scottish government made funding available to many east coast ports following the storms of the last couple of years and work has been ongoing at different places.  Wick like many places felt the impact of the ferocious waves pounding relentlessly on the walls causing damage.  Ports in the Highlands - Wick, Balintore, Lybster and Portmahomack - and north east of Scotland - Peterhead and Lossiemouth - are receiving the bulk of the money, as well as Dunbar.   Many other small harbours have also received funding from local government and Scotish government.  2012  2013

Gills Harbour Works Repair Storm Damage
Gills Harbour Repairs
Works have been going on at the Inner Basin of Gills Harbour, on the North coast of Caithness, during the past few weeks. The project, which is being undertaken mostly using large back-hoe excavators, is mainly aimed at removing boulders and loose jagged rocks from the Basin's sea-floor. Those became scattered on the seabed there as a result of the exceptional sea-storms of the winter of 2012/13 and caused obstructions to the small fleet of registered creel-boats based at Gills.   Photo Gallery - including a Northern Diver looking on

Nairn 'two' good for determined Scorries - Wick Academy 1 Nairn County 2
Reporter Noel Donaldson
Despite the celebrations after Craig Shearer opens Academy's account with a well-taken strike the Scorries effort ended in only that goal with Nairn winning 2 - 1.
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BAR a couple of near goal-scoring opportunities, one at each end, it looked as if the match was destined to be a dour slog until Wick broke the deadlock just before the break. Craig Shearer's long range rocket gave Nairn keeper Callum Donaldson no chance and set the home side up with an advantageous lead which brought the game to life.
PHOTO GALLERY    Wick Academy Web Site    Nairn County Web Site

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Latest news on the Caithness economy.
Fit's in 'e Groat 'is Week
Take look at Noel Donaldson's selection of items from the local paper.

Thurso Book Club - First meeting
Thursdo Book Club
29th March 11.00am - Noon
Blue door Cafe, Thurso Caravan Site.

Seafoods in Schools
Thurso High Workshop. Inviting all parents, guardians and siblings to a community event.
on Tuesday 1st April from 4.30 - 6.30pm at Thurso High.
Roof Materials For New Council Offices
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 From the Start

The Scorries rise to derby challenge but fall victim to penalty decider
Wick Academy 0 Brora 1
Wick Academy......0......Brora Rangers.......1   Reporter Noel Donaldson 
IF BRORA had come over the Ord expecting to inflict numerical damage on Academy then they were greatly mistaken. The Scorries stuck to their task, last night, and had it not been for a late, disputed, penalty in favour of the Reds, a draw would have been a fair result in this eagerly-awaited derby return clash. If, is the biggest word in the football parlance...if an early Craig Shearer strike had found its mark....if a Davie Allan effort had stretched the Cattach net, things the outcome might have been different.   PHOTO GALLERY
Year of Ancient ancestors Programme at a Glance
The festival will run at Caithness Horizons in May to October.

Notice of Pre-Planning Application Community Consultation Event for proposals by JOG 2 Ltd

Check out New Job Ads  Posted Today

Fit's in 'e Courier 'e Day
A few items from this weeks Caithness Courier

Rare LS Lowry painting of Thurso sells for 842,000 - Herald Scotland
A RARE PAINTING showing musicians in the "higgledy piggledy" streets of a Caithness town by LS Lowry sold at auction last night for 842,000. Street Musicians depicts Lowry's trademark matchstick figures and dogs in Shore Street, Thurso.

New Shop Brightens Up Wick Town Centre
New Keystore shop in Bridge StreerTHE last of the D.E. Shoes sign that has advertised one of Wick's oldest shops, certainly to have spent its life in the same location, disappears. Nostalgia won't help breathe new life into the town centre but a new business will. As the new, brightly-coloured, livery displays, the Key Store will be opening for business shortly in Bridge Street and will hopefully bring with it the hope of better retail times to come.

Caithness District Partnership - Health & Social Work - Open To The Public Friday 28th March 10.30am
Now At Games Room 2 , Assembly Rooms Wick
Note change of venue and new start time. This is due to the inclusion of an item on the maternity unit at Caithness General in case of increased interest by members of the public.    Information about the Caithness District Partnership

Berriedale Braes A9 Improvement Exhibition 2nd April 2014
Berriedale Braes Exhibition 2nd April 2014
Transport Scotland are holding a public exhibition for the A9 Improvement at Berriedale Braes. The exhibition will take place between 12 and 7pm on the 2nd of April 2014 at Berriedale Church. A number of information boards will be on display, providing details of progress to date, and representatives from Transport Scotland and the design consultants will be on hand to answer any questions.
   A few views of Berriedale

Several Engineering Vacancies With EESL
Workshop Foreman, QC Inspector/NDT technician, Mechanical Fitter, Pipefitter/fabricator, Coded Welder
Other Job Vacancies

Lybster Harbour Deepened Recently
Deepening Lybster Harbour Deepening Lybster Harbour

Fred Morrison Concert Sold Out

Work Begins To Move On The Site Of New Primary School North Of The River
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Hazels and Yoles - Walk and Talk - Sunday 30th March
Hazels and Yoles
'Hazels & Yoles' - A Walk with Stories & Poems by Essie Stewart & George Gunn On the first day of British Summertime, join Essie Stewart and George Gunn on a leisurely walk in Dunbeath, punctuated with poems, stories and the odd bit of folk history. Starting at Dunbeath harbour, we'll walk up the river to the Broch, and then on to where the hazel trees of Neil Gunn's 'Highland River' fame cast their nuts for the salmon of wisdom. Essie will explain how her traveller family cut and prepared hazel boughs for their bough tent during their 'summer walks'. Writer George Gunn's work taps into the timelessness of Caithness's unique natural environment, drawing it and the history of the highlands into global perspective. Where does Dunbeath fit into that? Come and find out!

Wick Harbour Wall Repairs Ongoing
Wick Harbour Wall Repairs
the winter storms of the last two years took their toll on many east coast harbours and repairs have been going on ever since.  Wick harbour wall is under repai forr the past couple of weeks and is ongoing.  
Photos - Storm December 2013  January 2014
Film Clips -  December 2012   19 January 2014

More dates for your diary at Castlehill
Castlehill Heritage
Just to let you know what is going on in the near future at the Castlehill Centre, Castletown. We have our final talk in the present series on Tuesday 15th April at 7:30pm in the Castlehill Centre. The talk is titled "Caithness History and How to exploit it" and will be given by Professor Donna Heddle. It should be a very good final talk of the series. Also, on Wednesday 23rd April at 7:30pm in the Castlehill Centre, we will be having our Annual General Meeting. The guest speaker will be Catherine Paterson who will be speaking about "Family History Research".

Fast Look at 'e Groat
A few items from the local paper. Lyth Arts Centre Kicks Off 38th Season Of Live Performances
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April sees Lyth Arts Centre Start its 38th season of drama, music and other work across the arts spectrum. In Caithness this is the place to see works of the highest quality presented in small and cosy theatre with the trimmings of cafe and bar. Becoming a member helps with the running costs and gives access to reductions on tickets. There are a breathtaking number of difficulties in running a theatre in the far north of Scotland wtih a small rural population to draw on for support. Amazingly Lyth Arts have provided a unique service in Caithness to its small audience and offer opportunities to see performances often only available at much bigger venues. To take the most advantage of what will be on offer take out a membership for only 20 or 30 for two people at the same address. Tickets for shows are usually about 12 but members gain a 2 discount. Members are also invited to the annual members evening which this year wil be held on 30th June.

Family Fun Day At The Caithness Science Festival 2014
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Today At The Caithness Science Festival 2014 
Family Fun Day                                                                   Bumblebees
Family Fun Day Caithness Science Festival 2014            Bumblebees at Caithness Science Festival 2014       
Caithness Science Festival Web Site
More success for success in Dundee teaches Street & Breakdance, for both Boys & Girls from the age of 3 and up to adult. Classes are fun based whilst getting funky & learning the biggest dance craze around. We also run Competitive classes and Private lessons for anyone who wants to take it further and compete around the Scottish/world Street dance circuits. *NEW* tricks class is now running with kids learning Basic to advanced Gymnastic Style flips with the Breakdance style, This class is open to anyone who just want to flip around.. Street dance is everywhere on TV shows, TV adverts & music videos which shows how big it really is around the world.

Forestry Commission Scotland is to create a new 'starter-farm' in Caithness - FARMINGUK
"Achnamoine could be a great opportunity for someone eager to start farming livestock and integrate this with some woodland too."  In Autumn, applications will be posted on Forestry Commission Scotland's website with adverts appearing in the farming and national press.

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Highland Council signs up to be an Earth Hour star
Earth Hour
The Highland Council has once again been awarded Super Local Authority status by WWF for its commitment to Earth Hour. At 8.30pm on Saturday 29 March the people of Highland will join hundreds of millions across the globe in switching off their lights for 60 minutes in a graphic demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change. When the lights switch off, it’s our planet’s time to shine. The Council has participated in Earth Hour each year since it began in 2008.

Queen Mother’s fridge going strong after 60 years at Castle of Mey - Scotsman

New 1 coin announced
New One Pound coin by 2017
A new 1 coin which will be the most secure coin in circulation in the world has been announced by the government. The new coin will have the same shape as the 12-sided three pence piece or ‘threepenny bit’. The current 1 coin has been in circulation for over thirty years - much longer than the normal life cycle of a modern British coin. Its technology is no longer suitable for a coin of its value, leaving it vulnerable to ever more sophisticated counterfeiters. The government will consult on the new coin in detail, focusing on the impacts on business, and expects to introduce it in 2017.

Do You Want To Enter The flower Show at Caithness County Show In 2014? - See The Schedule
There is still time to plan your entry for the Flower Show at the county show this year.  See the 2013 entries

Great Comets Of The Last 50 Years
Cometsof the Past 50 Years
A great chance to hear from an expert in comets that traverse the heavens.  Head over to Castlehill Heritage Centre at Castletown on Friday 28th March at 7.00pm.  Having discovered an incredible 82 comets and 474 asteroids Robert McNaught is the ideal person to talk about the great comets of recent times. Come along and hear stories of discovery and what made these comets so memorable and spectacular for those who saw them.

JULIE Gets Set For Stoke-On-Trent Work Experience
Julie withers heads for Stoke-On-Trent
A North Highland College UHI student has embarked on a once in a lifetime work placement with Youth Enterprise CIC, a not-for-profit organisation founded in Stoke-on-Trent, which aims to raise the aspirations of young people across the UK. Julie Withers (21) from Thurso is studying on the Certificate in Business and Accounting Principles course, working towards her Higher Business qualification. Students undertaking the course are required to carry out a work experience placement and Julie has gone the extra mile to arrange the ambitious placement.

Regional FutureChef Winner Meganne Heads to Nationals with Course Tutor
Meganne Heads To chef finals
SVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery Student Meganne Shearer is to travel to London for the national finals of the Future Chef competition. North Highland College student chef Meganne will compete against eleven other regional finalists of the Future Chef competition in London. Meganne and her course tutor Shirley Duffy and mentor for the competition will travel with her and a parent to compete at Westminster Kingsway College on the 24th March 2014.

Caithness Science Festival Opening Event
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Camps2 Win League and Cup Final And Take The Rockwater Shield
Camps2 win the Rockwater Shield for 2014
Camps Bar "2" have completed the league & cup double after defeating The Francis Street Club 6-4 in this seasons Rockwater Shield Final. Danny Innes and Ryan Carter got the final underway and both played some great pool, but it was Carter who edged it after escaping two snookers to give the Camps side an early lead. Ricky Hernandez and Michael Mackay helped put the club side 2-1 ahead, before a great display from Alec Thomson leveled the final at 2-2. Brian Munro and Graham Harper have played some great pool this season, and continued their form as they helped the Francis St Club take a 4-2 lead, and two frames away from victory.

Caithness Science Festival Starts Today
Launch event at Pultneytown Academy School Tonight at 6.30pm.
Face to Face With Your Ancestors - Wednesday 7.30pm Mackays hotel.
Family Fun Day  - Saturday 22nd March - Assembly rooms
Bumblebees - Saturday 22nd  March 11.00am  - Assembly rooms.
Caithness Science Festival Web site

Springtime Is Here Despite The Rain Still Showing Up Every Day
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Several New Jobs Added at Noon Today
Latest Progress At New Wick Council Offices
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From the start HERE

Crofters Photo Competition 2014
Registers of Scotland are inviting crofters and their families throughout Scotland to take part in a ‘click your croft’ photography competition. The competition, run in association with the Scottish Crofting Federation and the Crofting Commission, aims to find out more about what this traditional way of life means to crofters in 2014 and offers crofters the chance to win a Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR camera and accessories.

John O'Groats, Thurso and Wick Included In Queen's Baton Relay
Highland villages, towns and local communities will have the chance to be part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

New Funding Opportunities Added To The Community Section
Several new funding opportunities have today been added to the community section.  The funding opportunities include arts, crafts, breakfast clubs, public spaces, sports facilities, alleviation of poverty for women and children and socially based digital technology.

School Meals Prices To Increase In Highland
Pupils, parents and carers are being informed that the price of school meals will increase in Highland primary and secondary schools from Tuesday 22 April 2014 when pupils return from the Easter holidays and the new spring-summer menu starts. The price of a primary school two course traditional lunch will increase to 1.95 and for secondary schools to 2.15.
Heavy Lift Pad Construction Underway At Wick Harbour
Heavylift Pad Contruction underway at Wick harbour
Wick Harbour Authority is making progress with its plans to create a heavy-lift facility on the commercial quay at Wick harbour, with contractors Gunns Lybster Ltd having now begun the work. The project, and its associated dredging works, was supported by CNSRP partners HIE and NDA respectively and is the first of several proposed phases of work to position the harbour as a key player in the energy sector, with the current focus being on potential to benefit from the development of Offshore Wind in the Moray Firth.

History of Brough Harbour Goes Digital
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The Brough Archive, created from photographs, artefacts and memories from the local community, was initially collected by members of Brough Bay Association, all volunteers, as part of a project to renovate the Brough Harbour in 2011. They have since continued to update the digital archive, and last week launched an new database at Castlehill Heritage Centre where the public can view it. As well as hundreds of photographs, the archive includes stories from Danny Begg, many of which will make you smile. Did you know there was a ‘Wolf in Brough’‘ ?

Project Engineers and Nurses Wanted - See Jobs Section

Police appeal following lost medication in Wick

Fits in 'e Groat 'e Day
Snippets from the local paper in today's edition.

Enterprising Equine Students Success
Puissance competiton
HND Equine Students from The North Highland College UHI hosted the first ever indoor Puissance in Caithness last weekend. The ‘Jumping Extravaganza’ consisted of a Jumping Derby in the morning with a mixture of 10 showjumps and working hunter jumps. The afternoon saw riders of all levels compete - jumping over the puissance wall at the colleges newly built Land-based Centre of Excellence at Dale Farm, Halkirk. The student group organised the event as part of their Managing and Event class and had to use their entrepreneurial skills to raise a large sum of money in order for the event to run.

Caithness Features In Visit Scotland Campaign
Highlands’ ‘Brilliant Moments’ in UK VisitScotland tourism campaign' Brilliant moments in the Highlands are being promoted in VisitScotland’s latest UK tourism campaign.

Council agrees plans to review customer services
The Highland Council has agreed plans to implement a review of Customer Services. The Council has agreed to spend 68,500 from the Strategic Change and Development Fund to enhance the Council’s web site so that the public can conduct more transactions online and the Service Centre, which handles phone queries from customers. This is to recognise the growing trend of customer contact by telephone and online. It also agreed that for 15 months a cross-group Customer Services Board of 10 Members be established with full delegated powers

Council to increase spending on adult care services
Highland Councillors has agreed to dedicate significant additional funding for services to older people and the vulnerable. The Council has agreed an extra 13.5 million over the next three financial years for NHS Highland to deliver adult care services on its behalf.

Council unanimously backs reducing the voting age
The Highland Council has unanimously supported reducing the minimum age for voting in all elections to 16. The Council is also backing Highland Youth Voice’s “Votes[AT]16” campaign which calls for 16 and 17 year olds to get the vote.

Highland Carbon CLEVER vision and action plan approved
An action plan and vision of what a low carbon Highlands would be like by 2025 was welcomed by members of The Highland Council.

'e Courier This Week
Young Highland Musicians Shine On Stage
Young Highland Musicians
Over 300 young musicians from across the Highlands took part in the Highland Young Musicians Concerts Festival on Saturday (8 March 2014) in Eden Court’s Empire Theatre. Opening the Festival, the Highland Regional Youth Orchestra conducted by Jean-Claude Picard (Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra), gave stunning performances of excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen Suites and Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. Jean-Claude’s subtle control of the orchestra enabled the performance to sound incredibly musical, secure, assured and confident.  Photo Gallery

Camps2 Win Wick and District Pool League Divison One
Winner of Wick divison one pool league 2014
Bruce Honeyman's Camps2 side have won the Wick & District Pool League division one championship for an eighth time, and their fifth in succession. The Camps Bar side secured the victory they required against Blackstairs to win the closest title race in the pool leagues history. The champions were two frames away from letting the title slip through their fingers, as they trailed a highly motivated Blackstairs team 4-2 after the singles. An outstanding clearance from Ryan Carter in frame seven, and great tactical play from Martin Hill and Alec Thomson in frame eight helped the Camps side level the match at 4-4.
Norlin Playgroup Want Parents Ideas
Norlin Playgroup has recently created a survey to advise people of what services Norlin are considering providing to the pre-school children in Wick and the surrounding areas. Norlin are considering providing various activities for children who are pre-school age. We are looking into providing a breakfast club for children enrolled at Norlin and also the provision of 'Kidz' Time' which would cover all kinds of messy play, story and song times, outdoor exploration (weather permitting) and lots of other activities at times to suit parents and possibly some weekend and holiday provision as well.

Call for young talented musicians
Audition day for young musicians in Highland
All talented young musicians attending Highland Council schools are currently being invited to apply for membership of one of the Highland Young Musicians eight regional music groups which are run as an extension to the work of the Council’s Instrumental Tuition Service. These Groups continue to perform at the highest level and are in growing demand for performances in addition to those planned in their annual rehearsal and performance calendar. Membership for all the Groups is by audition and invitation after the annual Audition Day and members are drawn from all areas of Highland. The Audition Day, which usually sees over 300 young musicians applying for places, is a vital part of the process which ensures that whilst maximum participation is encouraged, high musical standards are also maintained. This years event will be held in Inverness on Saturday 22 March and applications need to be returned by Friday 14 March.
North Highland College Students Are Sporting Success
North Highland College Students gain awards
Two Gamekeeping Modern Apprentice’s from the North Highland College UHI have been collecting numerous awards for their commitment to country sports and learning. Duncan Seaton (19) and Greg Sinclair (19) are both studying their SVQ Level 2 in Game and Wildlife Management at the college on a block release basis, spending the rest of their time working on Highland estates. Duncan Seaton was named Lantra Scotland’s prestigious Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2013 and fellow NHC student Greg Sinclair was runner up for this award. Duncan and Greg along with their families and tutors attended Lantra Scotland’s prestigious Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2013.

National Juniper Day! 15 March 2014
One of Scotland’s most culturally significant species, Juniper has been lost from a quarter of areas where it was previously found. Take part in National Juniper Day to help record the health of juniper in the hills of Scotland.  Plantlife Scotland are offering a few bottle of gin to the first people to complete the survey forms.  In Caithness the Caithness Field Club has traced many juniper trees to check on how the plant is surviving in the far north.  The survey carried out in 2007 gave details of plants at  Ravenshill, Hill of Forss.

Wick Academy 1 Clachnacuddin 1
Wick Academy 1 Clachnacuddin 1 - 8 March 2014
Macadie's classic free kick gives Wick a share of the spoils
A COUPLE of set pieces and a handful of chances that didn't bear fruit, plus an irritating wind, combined to make the game a dour affair for the optimistic fans who turned out at Harmsworth Park, yesterday. Clach playing down field in the first period, took the lead through a Gordon Morrison penalty in the 32nd minute but the advantage was short-lived. Wick got a free kick, at the other end, a couple of minutes later and a superb strike by Man of the Match Richard Macadie, levelled things. Both sides rang the changes as the game progressed but the substitutions failed to make the difference and all-in-all, a draw was probably a fair result.   Photo Gallery

Caithness Science Festival 2014
Launch Event                                                                       Face To Face With Your  Ancestors  
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Family Fun Day                                                                   Bumblebees
Family Fun Day Caithness Science Festival 2014            Bumblebees at Caithness Science Festival 2014       
Caithness Science Festival Web Site         Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 8 March 2014 - Rare & Minority breeds of Poultry & Livestock
Toulouse Goose Sale of Poultry Dingwall 8 March 2014
Sold 34 cattle, 2 horses, 2 Llamas, 2 goats, 118 sheep, 554 lots of poultry, eggs and poultry equipment at their poultry, rare & traditional breeds of livestock sale.
Poultry leading prices per section Large Fowl: 3 Wheaten Maran pullets, 120; 8 Silver Laced Wyandotte chicks, and trio Barnevelder 110; 3 Barred Plymouth Rock pullets, and pair Scots Grey, 100. Ducks: Trio Black Indian Runner, and Trio Miniature Silver Appleyards, 100; Pair of Cayuga, 90; Pair Cayuga, 85. Call ducks: Pair Apricot and Trio Chocolate, 100; 2 Chocolate, 80; Pair Silver, 70. Bantams: Trio Poland, 110; Trio Black Orpington, 100; Quartet Black Orpington, Trio Black Orpington, and 3 Silver Spangled Hamburg pullets, 90. Pigeons: Pair White Garden Fantail, 28; 4 White Garden, 22; 4 White Garden, 18. Quail: 10 Japanese Coturnix, 55; 10 Japanese Coturnix, 50; 5 Japanese (twice), 30. Geese: 1 Toulouse, 75; Trio Embden, 38; 2 Embden females, 35...............
New care home fire safety guide - Making Scotland’s care homes even safer
Important new guidance aimed at reducing the risk of fire in Scotland’s care homes was launched on Friday 7th March 2014. The revised information is designed to assist care home owners and staff to fulfil their fire safety duties.
10 things you may not know about peat
Frozen Ponds in The Peatlands
Around 60 delegates from across the UK gathered in Thurso this week for the “Research on Peatlands – Looking Forward” conference hosted by the Environmental Research Institute. The welcome address was given by Rob Gibson MSP, who highlighted opportunities for the Peatlands from a new 15M Scottish Government fund.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Music Art Ploughing Craft Shinty Bulbs  - Check The What's On Saturday

Pop Up Shop Saturday 8th March at Former Graham Begg's Shop

Reported theft of electricity cable
Police in Caithness received a report of theft between 1000 and 1400 hours on Wednesday 05 March 2014, from the Scottish and Southern Energy windfarm site at Bettyhill.

Hairdresser Wanted for Thurso Shop
See all the vacancies HERE

Night Of The Northern Lights
Another great timelapse showing the Northern Lightsin Caithness by Maciej Winiarczyk

Mount Pleasant Nursery Open Day
Thursday 13th March 2014 fro 1pm to 2pm.

Managing Your Money At PPP
For anyone it can be a daunting task to work out what the best deals are online.  Shortly at Pultneytown People's Project a couple of evenings might just save you money.  Two sessions to help you beat the financial problems.
Money Spinners - Getting the Best Deals On-Line Monday 10th March 7.00pm
Want help with a preventative debt approach rather than dealing with actual debt.
Money Spinners - Getting the Best Deals On-Line Monday 17th March 7.00pm
Want help with switching energy providers or Better deals on Car/House/Life Insurances. Then this session is for you.

Fit's in 'e Groat - an' e' Coorier
No time to read the papers - a few of the items from the local papers from Noel Donaldson

Thurso welcomes launch of new online survey on delivery charges
Local MP John Thurso has welcomed the launch of a new online survey from Citizens Advice Scotland on unfair delivery charges. The survey is the first of its kind assessing the impact of high delivery charges on businesses in rural parts of Scotland - having previously targeted individual consumers only.

Childhood Today by Persil
While adults might name the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer and Machu Picchu as the Wonders of the World; new research commissioned by Persil reveals exactly what makes the children of Scotland wide-eyed with amazement, as “LEGOLAND”, “Safari” and the “Harry Potter World” are named in the top Seven Wonders of the World by six to eleven year olds.   Six short films havebeen produced using the EyeView camera created specifically for the Persil Kids Today Project to capture modern childhood through the eyes of a child. The films were also shot using a filming team with extensive experience of such projects.

New investment in Caithness battery power
HIE has supported the smooth change-over for new investors at AGM Batteries and ABSL Power Solutions, which were previously owned by US-based multinational Enersys Inc.

SEA – Arty fundraiser for Brough Bay Association and Castletown Heritage Society
Postcard fundraiser for Brough Bay Association
We’re off of a brilliant start, with all our 170 MDF blank postcard size pieces of wood handed out or collected by locals from Caithness Horizons, St Fergus Art Gallery and Castlehill Heritage Centre in the first couple of weeks! We’re delighted with everyone’s enthusiasm to join in. Now they are getting arty and inspired by the SEA, wonderful artwork has started to be returned and I’ve been adding images to the blog as it arrives. There is quite a variety of styles. There is still plenty of time to get involved, but the sooner artwork is made and returned, the longer it will be admired on the fundraiser blog.

Housing benefit will be sanctioned
Part-time workers judged to be doing too little to find full-time work face having their benefit for housing costs sanctioned by the government for the first time under universal credit.
Highland employers help 16 to 19 year olds begin employment
HIGHLAND’S employers are among those backing a national work-based qualification to help young people secure employment. Companies across Scotland are offering work placements and assessing young people to help them achieve an SQA approved ‘Certificate of Work Readiness’. Employer demand for the qualification is high, as recent figures show that more than 1000 businesses across Scotland have shown their support by providing placements.

Speakers School Council Awards
Speaker Awards For SchoolsHas your school council got a project it’s really proud of? Then don’t miss out on the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2014. Tell us about a school council project that has made a difference in your school or community for a chance to visit Parliament and meet the Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons. It doesn’t matter whether your project is big or small, as long as it’s made a positive change.

Free lecture to show how archaeology can support future sustainability
Jane Downes Archaeology Lecture
A free lecture in Inverness next month will explore how archaeology can play a part in supporting environmental sustainability. Professor Jane Downes will argue that looking at how people interacted with their environments in the past can give us valuable insights into how we can influence our environments in the future. Professor Downes is head of archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands and director of Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology. The lecture marks the fact she was made a Professor by the university last year and is part of the organisation’s public lecture series.

Divers to probe suspected explosives found in Wick Bay - BBC
Royal Navy divers have been brought in to deal with suspected unexploded ordnance in the sea on the north side of Wick Bay in Caithness.
Next Steps for Postcode Campaign Confirmed
North MSP, Rhoda Grant has met with the Chair of Thurso Community Council, Bob Earnshaw at the Pentland Hotel last Friday (28th February) to discuss how best to support the campaign to establish a new postcode for Caithness and Sutherland. Chairman Bob Earnshaw, Cllr Roger Saxon and Rhoda Grant MSP agreed that the campaign should be carried forward and that Mr Earnshaw would raise the issue at the next meeting of the Association of Caithness Community Councils, which is due to take place on Tuesday 4th March.

Connect To Your Courage - Women Can Break The Barriers
Course for women to get back to work
This workshop is designed to identify and break through these barriers. Tutor - Diane Nicholson Lunch is provided free of charge.

Wick & District Pool League - Week 13
Wick and District Pool League
The top three teams in Wick & District Pool League's Division One all recorded victories on Monday night, and are all in with a chance of winning the title with only one match remaining.

Careers Event In Tain Offers Opportunities At Skibo Castle
Careers Opportunities at Skibo Castle Event In Duthac Centre, Tain
Skibo Careers Fair - Duthac Centre, Tain - 12th March
It is the opportunity to forge a career somewhere unique. Skills Development Scotland, the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland, is holding an exciting careers event in Duthac Centre, Tain. The Skibo Careers Fair is an opportunity to learn about the employment opportunities available at the Carnegie Club, Skibo Castle, one of the world’s finest private, residential clubs. The Careers Fair, which takes place on March 12th, is open for students and schools from 10am until 1.30pm. Others can visit from 2.30 until 6pm.  
Carnegie Club Web Site
Scientific spotlight shines on Flow Country
Scientists from across the UK will converge in Caithness this week to discuss the latest findings in peatland research. Organised by North Highland College UHI’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), the ‘Research in the Flow Country’ conference has attracted over sixty attendees. The four-day event will highlight the latest research on the role of peatlands, including their part in regulating carbon and freshwater and their value to biodiversity. Covering about 4,000 Km2, the Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland is believed to be the largest area of blanket bog in the world. Its diverse habitats support a wide range of globally significant wetland and moorland species. The conference, which takes place from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 March in Thurso, will include a field visit to the RSPB reserve at Forsinard so delegates can see peatland restoration in action.

Remote Delivery Costs - Small Business Survey
For the past three years the Scottish CAB Service has been campaigning against unfair delivery charges for online deliveries. Citizens Advice Scotland’s report ‘The Postcode Penalty’ analysed over 3,000 customer complaints and over 500 online companies, uncovering a ‘postcode penalty’ that sees some Scots having to pay an average of nearly 19 extra when buying goods online.......  Citizens Advice Scotland is keen to hear the views and experiences of small businesses who have encountered surcharges for deliveries based on location.  Go to the survey to give your business views.

Beware energy saving offers that demand upfront fees
but don’t be put off the Green Deal, says Trading Standards

Trading Standards officers with The Highland Council are warning consumers to be wary of paying upfront fees to companies claiming to be offering services connected with the Government’s “Green Deal” scheme. Problems with one particular company have highlighted the dangers of upfront fees. Sales representatives calling from Green Deal Rewards Ltd, based in Airdrie, carried out unsolicited marketing telephone calls to unsuspecting Highland householders. Sales staff from the company claimed that householders were entitled to funding for “free government home improvements” under the government’s ‘Green Deal’ scheme. A number of Highland consumers agreed to pay out a fee of 149.99 in advance, in order to obtain a survey on their home and an “Energy Performance Certificate” (or EPC). The North householders were then promised that an appointment would be made to carry out a ‘survey’. However, Trading Standards officers have since discovered that some consumers never received a visit from the company and other consumers, where a ‘survey’ had been carried on their home, are still waiting for their ‘EPC’.

Council consults on Social Enterprise Strategy for the Highlands
`Social Enterprise’ is an increasingly fundamental part of what makes the Highland tick and The Highland Council is looking for input to its strategy.  A draft Social Enterprise Strategy for the Highlands covering the years 2014-2017 has been published for consultation by the Council and all interested parties are being asked to take part and help shape the future of this sector.
World Day Of Prayer - 7th March - Call To Get Involved
A letter from St Joachim's church in Wick invited member of other churches to help organise the day of prayer in Caithness.
After 50 years a church of their own
Church Of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Open A New Church In Thurso

New Church For Latter Day SaintsNew Church for Latter Day Saints In Caithness
Finally, the ‘faraway dream’ has come true, as membership has gradually grown from just a few people to over forty. Last Autumn, the president of the branch, Graham Winkle, signed a long-term lease for a building in the Thurso Business Park, just across from the BT building. To celebrate the official opening of the building, area church officials will be coming from Edinburgh in April, and the branch will host an open house on April 26 for community members to come and tour the new locationPHOTO GALLERY

New Children's Home In Wick Making Good Progress
New Childrens Home 1 March 2014New Childrens Home 1 March 2014New Childrens Home 1 March 2014  See from the START

Yes Caithness Public Meeting
Yes Caithness Scottish Independence Campaign
The YES campaign in the independence referendum debate is coming to Caithness. A public meeting is to be held at the Weigh Inn, Thurso on Friday 7th March at 7.00pm. SNP Councillor Gail Ross said, "We welcome undecided voters to come for discussion as well." Speakers will include - Rob Gibson MSP Nancy Nicolson Christine Gunn Magnus Davidson

Residential Volunteering Internship - Forest to Bog Restoration Project (RSPB)
Minimum commitment: 5 days a week. 9am to 5.15pm   Duration: 3 months   Period: Between June and September.

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