Thrumster House ran a
fund-raiser Snowdrop day with proceeds going to Yarrows
Heritage Trust. A cold blustery day did not affect
the tens of thousands of snowdrops that are in full flower at the
moment. But after being fortified with a bowl of soup, scones
and tea a bracing walk around the grounds showed that the snowdrops
planted decades ago are in good health. Some of the trees
could be seen lying on the ground after the big storm a few weeks ago
and work to clear them continues. A few beech trees perhaps
150 years old had finally succumbed to a Caithness blast.Soon the
daffodils wil be out there also.
Captains Galley, Scrabster and
Cotswold Cafe were recipients of the Sustainable Restaurant of the year
Two very different restaurants, 700 miles apart, but who share the same
outstanding commitment to sustainability, have been named joint winners
of the Sustainable Restaurant of the Year award in London on 23rd
Daylesford, which operates three organic cafes in the Cotswolds and
Kensington, and The Captain's Galley, Britain's most northerly mainland
restaurant that strictly serves seafood in season, received their
awards from Raymond Blanc, President of the Sustainable Restaurant
Forget the blustery weather and
pop down to Thrumsrter house for tea and cakes and take look at the
huge numbersof snowdrops around the gardens. Thrusmter house
has big collection of many varieties of snowdrops.
the day go to the local charity Yarrows
venue specialist, AmaZing Venues is celebrating its latest win at the
Scottish Wedding Awards 2015 where Ackergill Tower was awarded Wedding
Venue of the Year North East.
Now in its third year, The Scottish Wedding Awards is very much a
celebration of local businesses. Winners are a true reflection of
quality and customer service as chosen by members of the general
"We are absolutely delighted to have won this award. We provide
something a little different for couples who truly want a fairy-tale or
dramatic setting for their special day and our teams work hard to
ensure that the wedding of newlyweds' dreams is a reality," said
Suzanne Taylor, managing director of AmaZing Venues.
of Ackergill Tower - Photos, plans etc
Pearson At "Committted To Art" Exhibition The Exhibition
"Committed to Art" will run from Wednesday 4th March until Saturday
28th March. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10am-5pm.
exhibition by members of the committee of the Society of Caithness
At Caithness Horizons, Old Town Hall, Thurso KW14 8JA
2015 sees the Society celebrate 80 years of annual exhibitions in
July/August of each year making it one of the oldest Societies of its
kind in Scotland. The Society is managed by a committee comprising of
practising local artists. These are both professional and amateurs
demonstrating a wide diversity of media in two and three dimensional
aged 16 -29 are invited to apply for a 10 week course led by
SSE and being delivered in conjunction with Energy and Utility Skills
and the North Highland College UHI. The successful students will spend
three weeks at the North Highland College UHI, where they will complete
certificates in work readiness as well as a workshop and hand tool
safety course. Students will spend two weeks at the SSE's training
centre in Perth where they will work on their personal awareness, team
working and communication skills whilst completing certificates in
health and safety, working at heights and confined spaces. The final
five weeks will be spent on a work placement with SSE or a
With only two games remaining
in the Wick & District Pool League, the division two title race
is hotting up with four teams still in with a chance of finishing in
top spot. An inspired captains performance by Graham Harper played a
key part in the Francis Street Clubs 9-3 win over top side Queens on
Monday night. Wins from Stewart Steven, Brian Munro and Michael Innes
helped the club side go 3-0 ahead, before a fantastic clearance by Jim
Bain pulled one back for the Queens.
The PDA in Supporting Adult
Literacies Learning at SCQF level 6 is intended for individuals who
wish to assist with tutoring adults in numeracy and literacy.
This qualification is available through our Adult Learning Team. It has
been designed to be delivered with a learner-centred, participative and
THE Highland Council Digital
First Programme aims to greatly increase access to online services,
enabling at least 40% of transactions to be carried out online by April
2017. The programme will also deliver £1.3 million in savings over four
Digital First means that online services should be simple, convenient
and well signposted so that customers choose digital as a first choice.
With the emergence of tablet and smartphone technology and its
increasing prevalence, there is an expectation that more public
services will be accessible online, so that people can choose when and
where they can access services at their convenience.
AN excellent range of
one-bedroom and studio flats with affordable rents are available now at
Caberfeidh Court in Wick. Cairn Housing Association has 36 high quality
properties that are available exclusively to people over 50 years of
age. As it is situated off the main road on the outskirts of town, this
peaceful development is surrounded by a large private garden.
For people who enjoy gardening they can join in with the planting and
maintenance of the garden with help from Caberfeidh's gardener. There
is also ample private parking with fantastic views over the North Sea
and surrounding coastline. This first class accommodation consists of
both studio and one-bedroom flats which are ideal for anyone wanting to
downsize from larger homes, enabling them to be free from any worries
of losing out financially as a result of the "bedroom tax".
A six month review of the
Highland Council website, which was launched in 2014, reveals high
satisfaction levels amongst Highland residents. The majority of people
visit the website to access services or to find information on Council
meetings. The website has approximately 800,000 views each month, with
the most popular pages including planning, bin calendars and job
vacancies, with seasonal trending towards school enrolment, recycling
and winter maintenance.
As garden waste bin collections
resume on 2 March residents are being urged to check their brown bins
carefully for any contamination before they put them out for their
Householders are reminded that plastic bags or any other plastic,
glass, soil, stones and rubble must not be included and any
contaminated bins will be rejected.
The garden waste bin is for grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, twigs and
small branches, flowers, plants and weeds only. Notifiable weeds such
as ragwort and Japanese knotweed, animal waste material and kitchen
waste should not be included.
Following a successful meeting
with the Lord Lyon and The Flag Institute with local community and
Highland Council representatives, a competition for the design of a new
flag for Caithness is launched today.
Caithness Civic Leader, Councillor Gail Ross said: "This is a great
chance for people to get creative and design an eye catching flag that
will become the public symbol for Caithness. The flag will raise
recognition and awareness of the area nation-wide, express the pride in
our local community and celebrate the heritage and culture of our
corner of the country. I really look forward to seeing the entries and
seeing the winning design flying from a flagpole later this year."
A competition pack giving full details on how to enter and useful
information from the Flag Institute including guidelines and examples
of good design has been produced and is available
Photographer Wins Top Media Award
who lives in Caithness has won a top media award for his photography.
Maciej said "SWNS Press Photo of The Year 2014 Award for my picture of
the Aurora, Milky Way and Volcanic Glow taken on Iceland last October
and I've received my trophy few days ago."
Artist Into The Galleries - Elaine Rapson-Grant A few of Elaine's
wildlife pictures are displayed here. Elaine Rapson-Grant is an
internationally selling artist. She has collectors throughout the UK,
Canada, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Spain,
Italy, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, S. & N. Ireland, Wales,
Isle of Wight. She is a Committee Member of the Society of Caithness
Artists and exhibits regularly at their Summer exhibition held in
Thurso, Caithness during July August.
If you would like to buy pictures from any of the artists
contact them directly via our Arts
Index or their web sites.To have your pictures included
FREE get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennyland Kids Star In Aldi Advert At School and Scrabster
chairs for Thurso medical practice
Dr Anna Seborova tests one of
three, padded, phlebotomy chairs presented to Thurso and Halkirk
medical practice, by Caithness Heart Support Group. In addition, a
mobile drip stand and an emergency first aid/responder bag were handed
It's been almost a year and a
since Scottish Water launched its national campaign to urge customers
to ‘help keep the water cycle running’ and put an end to the high
number of blockages caused by people putting the wrong things down
their sinks and toilets.
The Scottish Highlands are renowned for their scenic beauty and yet
some of the region’s towns and villages have revealed themselves to be
harbouring something not so beautiful below their streets and houses.
Approximately 37,000 blockages in Scotland’s drains and sewer network
were attended by Scottish Water last year and approximately 80 per cent
are caused by people putting the wrong things down their sinks and
19 February 2015
For Tennis Say Thrumster Kids
Thrumster school is sure to be
hitting aces with all new tennis equipment and nets. Children from
Thrumster Primary are celebrating a successful application to the
Bilbster wind farm fund for tennis equipment. They can be seen pictured
with their newly purchased rackets and nets enabling them to practice
tennis during playtime and after school. Who knows we may have the
future Andy Murray in our midst.
The Business Services
Co-ordinator of HomeStart Caithness, Rosemary Smith, has been one of 5
people shortlisted (out of 155 nominations) for a place in the
prestigious charity "Trailblazer of the Year Award" run by Guardian
Rosemary has been involved with Home-Start Caithness since 2010 and
initially became involved as a home-visiting volunteer. In November
2011, Rosemary was elected to the Board of Trustees as Volunteer
Representative and then in October 2013, was appointed as Chairperson. VOTE
Personal Empowerment Programme
(PEP) students with their cheque to Yorkhill Charity
The students raised £214.94 over the Christmas period through activity
books and Christmas decorations. The PEP course aims to help students
develop skills which can help them progress onto a vocational course at
College or into employment.
Study explores if and
how living in a rural area affects the way people take part in the
shaping of their communities. Do some people have less opportunities or
less say in the life and work of their community than others? I want to
ask people if they feel they ‘belong' or ‘don't belong’ to their
community and whether this matters to them or not. Who says what ‘goes’
or what ‘matters’ in Wick, John O’ Groats and surrounding areas, and
does anyone or any groups of people feel that they are excluded from
having that say?
The North Highland College UHI
is delighted to announce that they have been awarded with the Buttle UK
Quality Mark. The award will allow the College to further enhance its
support to young people with a care background. North Highland College
UHI is now one of a number of academic partners within the University
of the Highlands and Islands to be awarded the mark.
The Buttle UK Quality Mark requires educational institutions to
demonstrate that they have a robust strategy in place to ensure that
students from a care background can access a package of support, be it
pastoral, educational or financial.
Is Best! Pass It On! - That
is the message for ‘Pass It On Week' that this year takes place from
7th to 15th March. ‘Pass It On Week' is a national event to promote
greater reuse, whether that be through, swapping, sharing, up-cycling,
or buying second hand. The Highland Council is supporting the campaign
and is encouraging as many organisations and individuals as possible to
hold an event.
Pass it on Week is organised by Zero Waste Scotland as a way to
encourage more re-use of items and to tackle the huge amount of
re-usable items that are sent to landfill each year in Scotland.
Keeping assets in circulation and avoiding waste directly supports the
Council's Carbon CLEVER aim of a carbon neutral Inverness in a low
carbon Highlands by 2025.
Farm Fund has Positive Impact on Local Community
The Tannach and District
Community Fund is making a lasting impact in the area it serves. In its
first year of operation the fund awarded over £25K to eight local
Thrumster Primary School Parent Council was one of the beneficiaries
which received funding to purchase equipment to enhance the outdoor
play area, including seating, play bins, outdoor chalkboards and
& District Pool League - Rockwater Shield Rockwater
Shield Semi Finals 1st Leg
Bayview1 and The
Francis Street club recorded important 1st leg wins in the semi finals
of the 2014/15 Rockwater Shield. Graham Harper's Francis St Club side
looked for the win away to Queens Hotel that would help in their quest
to make the cup final for a second year in a row.
A new online survey has been
launched to explore the changing aspirations of young people and their
attitudes to the Highlands and Islands.
The researchers aim to find out what people aged 15-30 think about
education, jobs, quality of life and cost of living in the region.
Five pairs of three-day tickets to the sold-out Belladrum Tartan Heart
Festival in August are available to be won by those taking part in the
Rush.dance kids have just
competed at maximum street dance championships in Dundee, The
competition was held in the Caird hall in Dundee.
Again this year the competition was massive with around 40 kids in each
sections and it being our first run out for 2015. It was a
big challenge for us and reflecting again on how well we have done as a
dance school its fantastic with our U10 Advanced kids topping the first
3 places which is just fantastic. Advanced level is the Top
level at street dance competitions and with Rebecca Miller winning her
section two years on the run showng that there is a lot of talent in
Pentland Ferries is all set to
buy the former Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Saturn.
The move has been confirmed by the owners of the ship, Caledonian
Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)..
The Saturn was launched in 1977 at the Ailsa Shipyard in Troon and
entered service the following year. She ceased use from the CMAL fleet
in September 2011 and has been laid up at Rosneath since.
The vessel is being be sold to Pentland Ferries for freight work and
working with the renewable energy sector around Orkney and the Pentland
Design Company 'North Design' Launches New Web Site
Whether you are looking for a
new corporate identity, a professional annual report, stand out
exhibitions, contemporary web design, noticeable newspaper ads,
eye-catching posters or quality packaging, North Design is the right
choice for all your creative needs.
17 February 2015
Investment Roadshows Promote Funding Opportunity Highland
Cultural Strategic Board
(HCSB) has secured investment funding from Creative Scotland and The
Highland Council to support the implementation of its cultural strategy
‘Highland Culture- take pride, take part'.
The ‘Growing Audiences' strand of the Strategy has been identified as a
priority for support and HCSB are seeking proposals from arts
organisation partners to achieve the ‘growing audiences’ objectives in
the Highland Council area.
thanked for their involvement in recent CaSPlan consultation The consultation on the
and Sutherland Local Development Plan Main Issues Report (CaSPlan MIR)
drew to a close on Friday 6 February 2015 after 14 weeks which saw
members of the public take part in a series of drop in sessions and
evening workshops held around the plan area.
15 February 2015
Two Different Artists Living In Caithness Added To The Artists Galleries
Jana Embury and Herminia
Bernal have exhibitied
in many places around the world and locally. Whilst working in different
media both have diverse range of work to their names.
Herminia Bernal has
a great web site
showing the variety of her photography and now living in Caithness is
taking advantage of the great seascapes. Jana
Emburey also has a web
showing some of her works and the places it has gone. It is
suprising they can sell their work and they have both agreed to add to
the growing Caithness artists galleries in coming months.
Wick Academy 4 Huntly 0
Reporter - Noel Donaldson
FOOTBALL came home to Harmsworth Park on Saturday and supporters,
thirsting for the return after a match famine, couldn't have been more
delighted. There was no love lost between the sides as the Scorries
disposed of opponents Huntly with no less that four goals without
reply, to leap-frog into third place in the Highland League table.Photo
Rhoda Grant MSP signs up as a
member of HI-Scot Isles Credit Union, the financial co-operative which
serves the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Based in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, HI-Scot has been serving the
Western Isles of Scotland since 2006. In 2010, the organisation
extended its reach to cover the Highlands and Islands and now serves an
area larger than Belgium.
HI-Scot offers its members a range of savings and loan products and, as
the Credit Union is a member run and owned co-operative, all money is
used for the benefit of its members - not for the benefit of external
The Highland Council has been
trialling new technological means of repairing and maintaining roads,
according to a report into the Roads Innovation Fund by the Director of
Community Services. Techniques to be used for the repair of potholes
include use of "Jetpatcher" equipment, a process by which a high
velocity air stream is used to clear any debris in the pothole and also
to lay and compact new asphalt, filling it. Highland Council has been
working with three contractors and Moray Council to trial this system.
"Coding, idea generation,
marketing, you name it, we've got it," says 15-year-old Caitlyn Taylor,
exuding a confidence that belies her age. Caitlyn is one of the newest
– and youngest – faces of the UK's booming tech scene, hailing from
just about as far north as you can get on mainland Britain.
Caitlyn and her Wick High School teammates, Meghan Lyon and Katie Gunn
from Caithness, Scotland, were brought to London by Apps for Good, a
program that trains young students to design Smartphone and tablet
RAIL JOURNEYS FALL BY AT 6% IN 2013/14 Highland MSP, Rhoda
Grant who has spearheaded the campaign for improvements to the far
north line is highlighting figures from the Office of Rail Regulation
(ORR) that have recorded a 6% fall in the usage of rail stations in
Caithness in 2013-14. Meanwhile, figures from the ORR revealed that
nationally across the UK rail journeys had risen by 5%.
Candidate Backs John O'Groat Journal SOS Campaign
Scottish Labour Candidate Backs
John O'Groat Journal SOS Campaign John Erskine, the Scottish Labour
candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross gave his backing to
the John O'Groat Journal SOS (Save Our Surgeons) campaign over the
weekend whilst campaigning in Caithness. Commenting Mr Erskine
said,"Speaking to local people in Wick and Thurso on the doorstep, the
future of Caithness General was one of the top issues that is raised
with me time and time again.
Funding Project In Arran - Great Idea - Could It Work In
as Arran Community Land Initiative www.arranland.org/
goes crowdfunding for farmland project. This looks like a winning
project giving the opportunity for many people to get involved using
the power of the internet and crowd funding which is growing all over