News Archive - January 2015
January 2015Top 50 Signs Of A Mum
Home Heating Oil Prices May Be Dropping But Thieves Still Targeting It In The North
Police Scotland issues warning and security advice following reported thefts of heating oil across the north
The Highland Line: donations to NHS Highland keep growing - David Ross Blog in The Herald
Wick Rotary Looking For Two Young People For Fun Excitement and Leadership Awards
Hi-Scot Credit Union Has Another Successful Year The Hi-Scot Credit Union that covers Highland, Orkney and the Western Isles recently held its annual general meeting and the chairman who like all the directors is an unpaid volunteer was able to announce increased membership and a rise in the savings of its members. The amount of loans also continues to rise due to the excellent lending terms for members but the Hi-Scot Credit Union now has a very good amount of capital available for new borrowers. With more people joining credit unions each year the increased publicity from government and churches has helped push membership higher than ever for this members only based savings and lending organisation. It is owned by members with all profits going back into the pot for members benefits and to pay dividends to members once a year. Worth checking out it you are thinking to save or borrow. A very small staff runs it all with an unpaid board of volunteer directors - no fees to directors. Money is safe covered by the Financial Services Guarantee. Check it out.
30 January 2015Police in Wick appeal for information following vehicle fire
29 January 2015Another Drug Dealer Caught As Police Keep Increasing Activity
Do We Still Need The Committee On Radio Active Waste Watchdog?
A review of the committee that provides independent advice to the UK Government on the long-term management of radioactive waste has been announced. It is the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), part of the government's commitment to ensuring non-departmental public bodies "continue to have regular independent challenge". The CoRWM also provides independent scrutiny on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's proposals and programmes for geological disposal, storage and long-term management solution for nuclear waste in the UK. Stakeholders are being invited to comment on the future of this committee. CoRWM Web site
28 January 201522 year-old man charged with serious assault following incident in Wick
Wind Turbine Blades Move Slowly Through Wick
TRAFFIC was held up for a short time to allow these wind turbine blades to negotiate the roundabout at the foot of Cliff Road, Wick, today, and as you can see it was a case of easy-does-it.
27 January 2015Met Office Predicts Snow In The North For Wednesday
Frequent snow showers, some heavy, giving slight to moderate falls, even on low ground away form the west coast. Strong to gale westerly winds, causing drifting on high ground. Maximum Temperature 5C.
PLAY AND LEARNING INTO PRACTICE - Six Day Course
Pilot of choice based lettings to be launched in Caithness
Vikings Venture On Board for Up Helly Aa - Watch It Live Today
Caithness Junior Orchestra - new members welcome!
Rehearsal 2nd February 2015
Joint Ward Forum - Thurso, Wick, Landward Caithness - 10th February Open To The Public
Updates from Police and Fire - If you want to find out more go along and ask questions.
26 January 2015New venue for this week's Caithness District Partnership Meeting - Open To The Public
The scheduled Caithness District Partnership will still take place on Friday 30 January 2015 in Thurso but people should be aware that the venue and start time have been changed from what was originally promoted. The Partnership meeting will now take place at 10.30am in the Pentland Hotel, Princes Street, Thurso. Issues to be discussed will include updates on Caithness General Hospital and the Children's Care Partnership.
23 January 2015Marine Mammal Medic Course - Wick 25 April
The course is a full day's session, usually with 20-30 delegates. The course fee is £90 - this includes your first year’s supporter’s fee and third party insurance while on a rescue.
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
22 January 2015Three Cheers As Faster Broadband Launched in Caithness
Next generation fibre broadband is available now to the first customers in Wick and Thurso
Caithness District Partnership - meeting 30th January to include update on Caithness General Hospital
The Caithness District Partnership meets 4 times a year and has no budget. It is a meeting point for health, social work, third sector and the public to hear about issues and get updates and for discusion of topics raised by all parties. New topics require to be submited in advance of the meeting and forms are available for this.
21 January 2015New Noss Primary School
Latest photos of the Noss primary school construction project showing the damaged corner dismantled awaiting a rebuild.
CAITHNESS ARTIST Selected for national exhibition of outstanding graduates
Gills Sees Work Begin On Tidal Electricity Scheme
Apprentice Designer, Mechanical Nuvia Limited - another apprentice opportunity in our Jobs Section
See the full jobs listing HERE
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Wick & District Pool League - Week 9
Your World War One Ancestors - Course Starts 28th January
20 January 2015Repairs to Pipes at Service Bridge, Wick
JGC and Dounreay Looking To Recruit Engineering Apprentices
This could be the start of a great career so get applying.
Highland Homecoming Quilt at St Fergus Gallery, Wick Until Saturday
St Fergus Gallery and High Life Highland would like to invite you to view the beautiful Highland Homecoming Quilt 2014 at our gallery from 10th - 24th January 2015. If you cannot make it to the gallery by 24th January you can check some of the details and names of the contributors to the quilt in our photo gallery - see link above. Some are from Caithness but there are names from all over Highland.
To see close ups of the patches go HERE. Remebr to get an even larger image you can right click on the image and open it in a new tab or window. Then click on it to enlarge again.
Last Days To See Abstract Artist Fred Pollock Picture
If you have time up until Saturday you can still see some pictures from the Highland council collection. Take in the Fred Pollock picture seen here but much better in full size in the St Fergus Gallery, Wick until Saturday 24th January 2014.
Social Media Workshops for Local Food and Drink Businesses
19 January 2015Loch Seaforth The New Ferry For Western Isles Visits Scrabster
Still Time To Sign Up For New Spanish Courses - starting February 2015 Thurso College
If Spanish is not what you are looking for then check out all the courses on offer at North Highland college by peeking at the lot HERE Why not fill in a winter night with some learning or activity.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Starts in Wick - Tuesday 20 January
FREE classes Informal Open to all levels - Beginner to Advanced Practise speaking, reading, writing and listening.
Class starting Tuesday 20 January 2015 6.30-8pm
Rhind House, West Banks Avenue, Wick.
Calling Parents Of North School Pupils
Are you interested in getting online?
Do you want to feel more confident using your laptop or tablet?
Would you like to learn how to help your child with their school project, access various services or just send an email?
Billion Pound Cable To Link Caithness And Moray
Wind Farm Cash Making a Lasting Difference to Local Community
16 January 2015Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Would you like to support adult learners in your community?
Wick & District Pool League - Rockwater Shield Quarter Finals
15 January 2015Senior citizens celebrate at their exclusive party in Wick
'e Courier in Two Minutes
Pentland Gale - Painting by Jane MacRae
This painting by artist Jane MacRae is currently on show at the exhibition at Caithness Horizons in Thurso. Our artists gallery is open to any artist producing pictures of Caithness or other subjects either resident here or elsewhere.
Artists Gallery Index
14 January 2015Snowy Caithness
12 January 201558° North - A Modern Pilgrimage around the Globe
Police appeal for information following break-in to premises in Thurso
Fire On Keiss School Bus To Wick High
Everyone got off safely.
11 January 2015Highland Schools Update
Damage At Wick High But Will Open On Monday
Canisbay Roof Damage - Power Off - School may open Tuesday or Wednesday
Brora Primary - Roof Damaged - May Open Tuesday
New Noss Primary Construction Site Has Wind Damage
The new Noss primary construction site sustained some damage to one corner with the high winds of the last few days. The damage is not thought to be major but some of the framework has been pushed over but will not cause much delay at this stage.
10 January 2015Latest From The Power Company
Continuing Problems In The North
Multi-agency partners issue further advice following prevailing severe weather
AVAAZ Will Carry The Names Of All Who Sign the Petition in the March In Paris On Sunday
Stormy Weather Causing Lots of Damage Across Caithness
Warnings For Bad Weather and Power Cuts Continue Today - BBC
9 January 2015Wind Speeds Increasing - View it on this interactive Globe
Click on any spot to see the wind speed
North Of Scotland Power Cuts
Some people will now have power off overnight according to the web site.
See all the areas affected HERE
Met Office Issues Yelow Alert For Snow & Ice
Update on severe weather across Highlands and Islands
Second Blast of Severe Weather On The Way for Saturday - See Met Office page
The Highland Council responds to the impact of severe weather
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
New Thurso Hotel and Public Park Plan - Projects 60 jobs, 600,000 Guests and £25m into Local Economy
Raymond Taylor from Thurso is currently looking for support for his proposal for a new hotel to be included in the local plan currently being drawn up by Highland council. You can comment on the survey link inside or contact Raymond direct via his email address on the page.
Discuss the idea in the forum HERE
Storm Damage Showcases Importance of Dangerous and Defective Buildings Legislation
8 January 2015Water Polo in Wick - Would You Like To Take Part In This Fast Paced Water Sport?
Water Polo In UK Watch A Beginners Guide To Water Polo
More Schools Now Added To Closed List for Friday - 8.00pm
Several Caithness schools now added to the closure list for Friday.
Multi-agency partners issue severe weather warning
Following reports of an amber weather alert (be prepared) for the Highlands, the Western Isles and Orkney along with a yellow weather alert (be aware) for Shetland, the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership (HILRP), is seeking to remind the public to be vigilant of severe gales and storm force winds, with gusts in excess of 100mph which are expected to occur from 22:00 hours on Thursday 08 January 2015 until 10:00 hours on Friday (09 January 2015).
Fast Look at 'e Courier
Wick & District Pool League - Week 8 Results
Raw TV Storm Project - Calling Any Film Makers - Anyone Can Do It Bad Weather Coming Thursday Night
TV company Raw are currently making a documentary for Channel 4 about extreme winter weather and they need your help. They want to get a complete picture of the way that storms, snow, ice, rain, high winds and big waves can affect life for ordinary Britons - and so are asking members of the public to document the way in which bad winter weather affects their daily lives. Weather Warning At Met Office for the North Risk of gusts over 100mph
The public should be prepared for the potential for disruption to transport as well as power supplies and the possibility of structural damage. Very large waves may also lead to dangerous conditions along some coasts. A second storm will hit on Friday night into Saturday.
7 January 2015Many New Jobs Just Added To The Forum
Notice to Mariners - Maritime Safety Information
Imminent survey works to be conducted in the Inner Sound by Leask Marine Ltd of Kirkwall's multi-cat C-Salvor. Note the two locations; one off Ness of Quoys and one at the seabed lease site held by MeyGen Ltd, for tidal turbines, between Gills Bay & Stroma. Work shall be undertaken by: Leask Marine Limited Tel No. 01856 874 725 Mob No. 07966 228 830 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff praised as Council toilets receive top awards
Cleaning staff responsible for looking after The Highland Council's Care and Learning services' toilets are been praised after scooping 7 national category awards, and 2 major national awards in the annual Loo of the Year Awards. With 20 facilities receiving platinum certificates and a further 23 gold, the Council has also been awarded a Champions League Standards of Excellence Certificate.
6 January 2015Former Depute Head Teacher of Thurso High School In Honours List
Wick High School Campus Latest Photos
5 January 2015Rhoda Grant MSP Forces Answers From NHS Highland About Deaths On Delayed Discharge List
97 Patient Deaths on Delayed Discharge Lists in NHS Highland Since 2012. Figures revealed by NHS Highland to Rhoda Grant MSP, the Shadow Minister for Sport, Health Improvement & Mental Health, following a freedom of information request show that nearly 100 patients have died whilst on delayed discharge lists.
A Look Round Scrabster to Start 2015
From time to time we take look around various places in the county.
Here is the Scrabster look for 5 January 2014 Earlier 2012 2005 Pier opened 2003
Black Prince At Scrabster 26 May 2007
Noronna 18 June 2007
Scrabster Hill repair work October 2007
MV Pharos 26 July 2007
Still time to comment on CaSPlan Main Issues Report
Communities are being reminded that the consultation on the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan) Main Issues Report continues, with any comments needing to be received by The Highland Council no later than 12 noon on Thursday 29 January 2015.
NHS Highland Must Reveal Number of Patients Dying Each Year On Delayed Discharge Lists
Time to enrol children for school
4 January 2015Lidl, Thurso To Reopen Larger Store On 26th February
3 January 2015Vessel overturned off Wick - Cemfjord
Lifeboats from Stromness, Scrabster, Longhope and Wick were still searching. Last Position on Vessel Finder
Report in Independent
Man Fell Into Harboured Vessel At Scrabster Harbour
Moray Geology: Past, Present, Future
Elgin Museum presents Moray Geology: Past, Present, Future
A conference on the history of Elgin Museum, its fossils and the geology of the Moray area. Sat 21st- Sun 22nd March 2015.
2 January 2015More Evening Courses In 2015 At North Highland College, Thurso
Why not fill up those winter nights with an interesting or useful course of study.
The topics are many and varied.
Leisure - Languages - Business, Admin and Accounting
Health and Social Care - Engineering
Check out the brochure and application form
1 January 2015More Wick Hogmanay Photos Added To The Gallery
Hogmanay Street Party Welcomed 2015
WICK gave 2015 a warm welcome with band Penny Lane helping the year off to a fantastic start for the revellers who crowded into the Kirk Lane venue.
Happy New Year From Caithness.org
We wish you all have a great 2015.