News Archive - November 2014
30 November 2014What's On at Caithness Horizons: December 2014
29 November 2014Financial watchdogs to grill north health board about financial failings - Press & Journal
Wick Leads On Wearable Technology Innovations
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
27 November 2014Highland Council has saved over £476k and cut carbon emissions through reduced business mileage
Councillors and council staff have cut business travel mileage greatly over the past 4 years.
Smith Commission Full Report on Devovling More Powers To Scotland
Scotland 'should set own income tax', says Smith Commission - BBC
26 November 2014Highlands MSP warns about giving a pet as a Christmas present
25 November 2014Wick & District Pool League - Rockwater Shield
Indian Restaurant In Wick Under New Ownership
Police in Thurso appeal for information following theft of bike
24 November 2014Drivers reminded of new lower drink drive limit
Highland Council removes reduction in school week from immediate proposals
The SNP/LibDem/Labour Administration of Highland council today announced that, having listened to the concerns of the public regarding proposals to reduce the primary school week, they have decided to remove the proposal from year 1 (2015/16), to allow further work on the detail and to minimise any impact on schools.
23 November 2014Thurso's Fun Day and Christmas Lights Switch On 6th December
Turriff-ic tail-ender terminates Academy's record run
22 November 2014New Council Offices By Night
Lights can be seen in the new council offices as darkeness falls earlier and earlier in Caithness.
21 November 2014Fit's in 'e Groat
And even earlier this week in 'e Coorier
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
19 November 2014Dance From The Heart
Elise Lyall School Of Dance once again presents a great show in Assembly rooms, Wick on 21st and 22nd November.
18 November 2014Halkirk Village Council Drama Club - 'Alice the Musical'
New Noss Primary School, Wick - Latest Photos
Wick and District Pool League - Week 5 Results
Police appeal for information following damage to property in Wick
Police in Thurso appeal for information following damage to work vehicle
Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan events coming to Halkirk, Wick and Tongue
People living and working in Caithness and Sutherland are being encouraged to help influence a new Local Development Plan for the area known as CaSPlan. Upcoming events include:
· Halkirk on 25 November at the Ross Institute, Bridge Street;
· Wick on 26 November at the Town Hall, Bridge Street;
· Tongue on 27 November at the Village Hall, Kirkiboll.
At each event there will be a drop-in session between 2pm and 5.30pm and a round table discussion which starts at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both parts of the event.
Caithness Band 'Neon Walz' Starting UK Tour in Cumbria
They recently played on BBC live
Deveronvale 0 Wick Academy 1
For the second week running Deveronvale features on SHFLtv due to the Keith v Lossiemouth game being called off. Wick Academy made the five hour trip to defend their 14-game unbeaten run and had the ball in the net after four minutes through Lukasz Geruzel, however the far-side linesman ruled it off-side. Deveronvale’s new signing, Stuart Leslie, also had the ball in the net after 13minutes but the near-side linesman raised his flag for off-side. Darren McConnachie and his opposite number in the visitng goal, James More, kept the scoreline at 0-0 with some superb goal-keeping. The second half saw chances for each team to open the scoring and when Davie Allan chased a long-ball, the on-coming goal-keeper, Darren McConnachie, was fortunate to receive a yellow-card for barging into Allan. On the 80th minute Craig Simpson received his second yellow-card resulting in an early bath. McConnachie and Allan were the centre of focus again with referee David Sim awarding a penalty to Wick Academy for McConnachie’s foul on Allan in the box. Richard Macadie stepped up and slotted home the penalty on the 84th minute securing the points for Wick Academy. Interviews by Brian Barclay with Gordon Connelly (Mgr of Wick Academy), Ally MacLeod (Mgr of Deveronvale), players Davie Allan of Wick Academy and Man of the Match Darren McConnachie of Deveronvale. Full round-up of results and league table follows.
17 November 2014Countdown to lower drink drive limit
New Council Offices - Latest Photos
Police in Caithness appeal for information following death of sheep near Lybster
Melvich Gaelic Choir - Celebration Ceilidh
16 November 2014Wings Over Wick - Still Circling The Planet
Recently received from Sara Bourgoin who has identified a relative one of the men in an old photo in the section "Those Who Did Not Return". Her great uncle Gordon Strutt is in the photo at the bottom of the page and she discovered it by a reference to it on Facebook.
Edinburgh Festival Hit Comes to the Mill Theatre, Thurso - 23 November
What People Said About 'Waves'
Fire - Thistle Park, Wick
15 November 2014Still Time To Get Your Chriistmas Event Added To Our FREE 'What's On' Calendar
Lots of Christmas events are still being added to our what's On calendar so get yours in soon - it's FREE.
To add an event just use the Submission form and remember you can add a poster or photo to brighten it up.
14 November 2014Red bag found at retail park Wick
A forum member has found the bag at the wick Retail park and is attempting to contact the owner to return it.
Fit's in 'e Groat 'e Day
Police appeal for information regarding a report of a man behaving suspiciously in the Thurso area
Latest News From Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Nice Film About Local Bakers - Reid's Of Caithness
Council reinforces commitment to tackle bullying behaviour in Highland schools
The Highland Council is to enhance its policy on anti-bullying in schools after members of the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee (12 November 2014) agreed to introduce a new ‘Positive Relationships and Bullying Prevention Policy, Guidance and Toolkit' to all Highland schools.
Thurso Scouts Local Christmas Post Delivery For 20p
Thurso Scouts wil this year resurrect the Christmas post fund-raiser and help local people save some cash by delivering local cards for only 20 pence. Boxes will be placed at various locations in Thurso from 1st December so remember just place all your cards in a large envelope with full address and postcodes. Please remember it's Thurso only.
'Where the White Stops' - Pre- Christmas Family Outing
Antler Theatre are touring to Melvich Village Hall after successful tours to the Edinburgh Fringe and elsewhere. Come see 'Where the White Stops' - for adults, but suitable for 8+ year olds - check the video to see if your under 8 will like it. An ideal pre-Christmas Christmas family outing.
Caithness Horizons Christmas Market Hits Success As Stalls Take Up Was Fast
The demand for stalls on 6th December at the Caithness Horizons this year was so fast they have all been taken in double quick time. There may still be opportunities for craft and other businesses as a range of Christmas events are still accepting names for tables and stalls. Wick Christmas Fair this year is being held at wick High School on 29th November so if you are quick you might be lucky to get a space.
Other Christmas Events
Latheron Christmas Craft Show - 22nd Novermber
Christmas Coffee Evening - 21st November
Wick Christmas Fair - 29th November
Murkle Chirstmas Craft Fair - 29th November
Mey Market Christmas Special - 30th November
Christmas Fun Day At Northlands Glass - 30 November
KWK9 Dog Rescue Christmas Fayre and Coffee Evening - 27 November
Keiss Christmas Fayre Coffee Evening - 27 November
Santa's Wonderland and Christmas Frenzy Castletown - 30 November
Thurso Cinema Christmas Fayre - 30 November
Girl Guiding Christmas Shopping Event - 23 November
For more Christmas events check the What's On in November and December
13 November 2014High Life Highland Challenge Returns due to Demand
The 6 week "MOVE IT TO LOSE IT" Christmas Challenge begins this week with first weigh in's taking place at all participating High Life Highland leisure centres. The campaign encourages everyone in the community to get active in the run-up to the festive season. There is no need to worry if you have not exercised for some time. The challenge is accessible for all and the leisure team will support MOVE IT TO LOSE IT participants, providing motivation, backed up by professional advice and support, to improve health and lose weight in a fun environment.
High Life Highland Libraries Win Quality Award
The work of High Life Highland libraries has been recognised at The Highland Council Quality Awards for delivering the best used and most cost-effective library service in Scotland.
End Of Year Rally Report
Bill Hamilton reports on his end of year Rallying. The final rally of the 2014 Scottish Rally Tarmac Championship, the Kingdom Stages was held at Crail Airfield near St Andrews in Fife on November 1st. Competing in Class 3 was Bill Hamilton and new co-driver Matt Fletcher in the Hamilton Optimum Training Opel Kadett.
Police in Thurso appeal for information following damage to property
12 November 2014Police in Wick appeal for information following damage to property
Garden waste kerbside collections stopping for winter
As winter approaches householders are reminded that Garden Waste Collections will cease for a period of 3 months from the end of November. There will be no brown bin collections in December, January or February. The final collection day of 2014 will be Friday 28th November and collections will begin again on Monday 2nd March 2015.
11 November 2014Research reveals value of Gaelic to businesses and communities in Scotland
Rannsachadh a' sealltainn luach na Gàidhlig do ghnothachasan is choimhearsnachdan ann an Alba
Damen Delivers Tug for Scrabster Harbour
Wick & District Pool League - Week 4 - Results
Santa's Little Helpers At St Fergus Gallery, Wick
ANDRITZ to supply tidal current turbines to MeyGen
Council helps businesses to bid for public sector contracts
North businesses are being invited by The Highland Council's Procurement team and Business Partners to join them at Mackay's Hotel, Wick on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 November to find out about new opportunities in public sector business. This is a free advice and information event aims to help interested businesses bid for public contracts, whether they have worked with the Council before or never considered public sector contracts.
10 November 2014Police in Thurso appeal for information following theft of mountain bike
Theft seen On CCTV.
Remembrance Caithness 2014
9 November 2014Ross parents revolt over plans to cut teaching time in primaries - Ross-shire Journal
A ROSS-SHIRE parent power revolt is looming over fears primary pupils will be left trailing behind their counterparts under cost-cutting plans to trim half-an-hour from teaching time in schools. A teacher has voiced concerns that the cumulative effect of the measures over seven years of primary school education would be the equivalent of axing three entire terms of schooling.
A PLAN to shorten the school day for Highland youngsters, has been attacked by a Caithness mother.
The plan has been suggested by Highland Council as part of budget cuts of £64 million over four years.
Jobs and Schools On Block in Highland council Cuts - Lochaber News
Highland Council Budget Consultation
The Highland council Budget consultation for the public to input to the process closes on 16th November.
Budget Blog Budget Consultation Document
Independent panel to consider school closures
Candidates are being sought for a new independent panel to make final decisions on school closure proposals called in by Ministers.
8 November 2014Fit's in 'e Groat
Progress At New Wick High School
A few photos to show progress as groundworks get well underway at the new Wick high school.
Sheltering From The Storm At Keiss
SAFE in port, one of the boats secure at Keiss Habour from a storm-lashed Sinclair Bay.
See more of Keiss
7 November 2014Thurso Heritage Calendar 2015
Thurso Heritage have produced a great calandar for 2015. Taking old Thurso photos and adding colour. This may be the calendar you keep long after 2015 is past.
6 November 2014World War One Wick
An exhibition of memories and information about how World War One affected people from the Wick area.
NHS Highland Offers Attractive Package For GP's To Come To Thurso
Extra blue bin recycling could save £70k
The addition of new materials to the blue bin will be introduced next year and could save around £70,000.
World's largest tidal array development wins prestigious international Award
Last night, the 398MW MeyGen project was awarded the first ever 'Navigator Award' at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), in recognition of the project's significant contribution to the global marine renewable industry. The highly prestigious Award was awarded to the MeyGen Project, which is 86 percent owned by Atlantis Resources, at the International Conference on Ocean Energy, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Police appeal for information following damage to vehicle in Thurso
Dornoch's disabled toilet hit by thoughtless firework vandals
Police in Thurso appeal for information following damage to vehicles
NHS Highland bosses accused of ‘gross misconduct’ over finances - Press & Journal
NHS Highland bosses have been accused of "gross misconduct" over their handling of the authority's financial troubles.
Scottish government audit committee webcast online. The Full Public audit committee meeting can be viewed online HERE A meeting of the Health And Social Care is being held today and papers can be viewed HERE The meetings are webcast live or for later viewing HERE
NHS Highland's management criticised for keeping members in the dark - BBC
5 November 2014Jim conquers Africa's highest peak ...after triple heart by-pass
Caithness Heart Support Group, started at 7.30pm Tea coffee and shortbread will be served at a charge of £3 which will include a free raffle ticket.
Food Fair - Saturday 15th November
A special event featuring an amazing selection of delicious baking, cheeses, pork, smoked products, fish, speciality cakes, breads, summer fruits, honey, eggs and similar, on display and available to purchase from high quality local suppliers.
IT'S HANDS UP FOR VOLUNTEER TRUSTEES
4 November 2014Several New Vacancies Just Added To Our Jobs Section at 5.50pm
New report shows encouraging signs for seabirds in Scotland
Joint fire and police investigation to take place after fire at a property in Thurso
Light In The North - Neil M Gunn
Writer George Gunn with Jennifer Ross on Clarsach at the Salmon Bothy, Dunbeath Harbour on Saturday afternoon on 8th November.
3 November 2014Missing!!!! small ginger male dog - Can You Help?
From Watten Area
First World War Wick Sailor Still Remembered In Wales
Frieda Murray has contacted us to say she found a graveyard in Wales and still visits the grave of James Smith from Wick to lay a poppy each year. The body of James was found washed ashore in the Bristol Channel after his ship was torpedoed in the First World War.
HMS Vulcan, Caithness Recruiting Police Trainees and Transferees
49 ways to help your wildlife - Views sought on New Plan to help Highland Biodiversity
Police appeal for information following damage to property in Thurso
Adoption Week 3 - 9th November
Foster Carers Wanted In Highland
Intensive Foster Carers Wanted To Become Self Employed In Highland
Have your say on Highland school meals
Pupils, parents and carers are being asked to make their views known on Highland Council's schools meals service. The Council's Care and Learning Service are carrying out an online survey to gather the views of primary and secondary pupils who eat school meals and parents that pay for the meals. In January 2015 free school meals will be provided to all Primary 1 - 3 pupils. Information from the survey results will also help to indicate ways that the Council can help cater for new pupils who may start to have school meals.
Police in Caithness appeal for information following reported theft in Brough
Police anxious to trace missing girl Danya MacKay from Thurso - update - Person now traced.
2 November 2014Hunting For Lost Crafts - Skye Weavers - See It At St Fergus Gallery, Wick
Hunting For Lost Crafts - Allison Weightman - Ceramicist - See It At St Fergus Gallery, Wick
New Noss Primary School, Wick - Latest Photo
Police Looking For Information On Padlock Removal at Rosehall Windfarm, Sutherland
The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry At Helmsdale
Currently On Show At The Community Centre In Helmsdale Until 9th November
Hunting For Lost Crafts - Fly Tyer - Ronald Sutherland, Helmsdale
1 November 2014Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Hunting For Lost Crafts - Exhibition At St Fergus Gallery, Wick
High Life Highland would like to invite you and your friends to visit the new exhibition Hunting for Lost Crafts which will be with us at the St Fergus Gallery from 1st November -6th December 2014. It is an exhibition of crafts and historical objects connected with the pursuits of hunting, shooting and fishing in the Highlands illustrating how historic techniques and materials have been transformed by contemporary makers - including fly-tying, taxidermy and trophy fish carving. Artists involved in this exhibition are Lizzie Farey, Nora Fok, Dalziel + Scullion, Patricia Niemann, Kate MccGwire, Shauna Richardson, Angus Ross, Roger Brookes, Skye Weavers, Laura West, Allison Weightman and Lucy Woodley.
Below are some short films made in connection with the exhibition.
Hunting For lost Crafts - Patricia Niemann - Jeweller, Wellbeck Estate, Caithness
Hunting For Lost Crafts - Falconry At Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland
Hunting for Lost Crafts - Michael Wigan, Borrobol Estate, Sutherland - See It At St Fergus Gallery, Wick