News Archive - June


The Musical Map Of Caithness Takes You On A Tour
Musical Map Of CaithnessThe ‘Musical Map of Caithness' is the brand new CD & project produced by local musician Gordon Gunn and other musical talents from across Scotland with the North Highland Initiative (NHI). The musical map has been created in order to enhance the current visitor experience to Caithness while also raising awareness of the Caithness culture, history, nature and landscapes of the area through Celtic instrumental sounds. The CD, which contains 12 songs and 12 narratives, highlights through the music tourist attractions that visitors to the area should visit, including the Castle of Mey, Caithness Horizons and Dunbeath Heritage Museum.       iTunes
Thurso Gala 2015
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Thurso Gala Programme

See earlier years galas HERE

Canisbay Show 2015
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Community Index & News Fit's in 'e Groat
Take quick look at some items from the local paper.
Wick Harbour Day 2015
Wick Harbour ~Day 2015Wick Harbour Day 2015THE rain held off for most of the afternoon to make this year's Wick harbour day a success. Crowds flocking to the quayside found plenty to entertain them in the programme compiled by the organisers Wick Lifeboat committee, both on land and on the water, as you can see from our photos. Visiting yachts added to the spectacle.     Community News and Index
Choose The Caithness Flag
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The shortlisting panel have agreed that four designs can go forward to a public vote. The four designs have ideas extracted from more than one entry. All entries who have contributed to the design will be credited after the results have been declared. It should also be noted that designs may be subject to further alterations by the Lord Lyon. Voting can be made by completing the form or by e-mail.
Get involved with Shinty Coaching

Prize Bingo Fundraiser for Staxigoe Play Park
Bingo fundraiser for Staxigoe Play Park

Lots of prizes

Enterprise Engineering Services Gains Prestigious Welding Accreditation

Midsummer Music For Women's Aid
A nostalgic selection of popular songs presented by Martin Treacher (Skibo Castle's resident musical entertainer) and Scottish folk music performed by the acclaimed Sutherland Duo, Mhairi Mackinnon (fiddle) & Heather Shelley (keyboard) Carnegie Hall, Clashmore, Dornoch Sunday 21st June - 7pm till 9pm. Refreshments included at interval Admission Free Donations to Caithness and Sutherland Women's Aid at door.
Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (BOWL) - See Plans At Wick RNLI Open Day 20th June

Entries Being Accepted For George Bruce Young Entrepreneur Of the Year Award

Have your say on Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan

Caithness Heart Support Group Presents More Medical Equipment
Caithness Heart Support Group hand over more equipent.CAITHNESS Heart Support Group handed over the latest items of medical equipment it has funded. Wick medical centre's Riverview Practice received an ECG machine and the Pearson practice, a blood pressure monitor and a pulse oximeter.

Students make contribution to gaelic playgroup
Students make contribution to gaelic playgroupStudents on the Employment Programme into Construction (EPIC) course at North Highland College UHI have recently designed, built and installed a shed for the Gaelic playgroup based at Mount Pleasant School. As part of their enterprise unit ‘identifying a need in the community' the students reached out to numerous organisations for a project that they could help with and following discussions with the playgroup, the students collectively decided this would be a great project to work on.
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

Police Looking For Stolen Cement Mixer
Halkirk Gala 2015 - All Photos now In
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See many earlier years Galas HERE

Halkirk Gala 2015 - Fancy Dress
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Wick High School - Latest Progress
Wick High School construction progress at 12 June 2015The latest photo of progress at the new Wick High school campus that includes the new primary school, library, swmming pool and community facilities.  The photo was take from the top floor of Pultneytown Primary school which will be demolished once the new school is ready.

Council promotes welfare, benefits and money advice
On Wednesday 10th June 2015 The Highland Council held a facebook chat giving lots of information and advice on what people can do to ensure they are receiving the correct benefits and tax credits, as well as giving handy tips on how to manage budgets and avoid getting into debt. Staff from the Council's Income Maximisation and Money Advice teams spent two hours on facebook answering questions on benefits, welfare, money advice and personal budgeting. Last year, the Benefit Maximisation team increased people's income by just under 4million and during the same period 1,330 people with a total of nearly 6 million of debt were helped by the council's Money Advice team.

New Administration agreed to lead Highland Council
New Indepndent Administration of Highland council at 11 June 2015A special meeting of the Council was held this morning to form a new Administration and elect a Leader and senior officer bearers. It was agreed that a Minority Administration of the Independent Group would lead the Council with Cllr Margaret Davidson as elected Leader. The Convener of the Council will be Cllr Isobel McCallum.
The following Strategic Committee Chairs were appointed:
Chair of Resources Committee: Cllr Bill Fernie
Chair of Education, Children and Adult Services Committee: Cllr Drew Millar
Chair of Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee and Planning Review Body: Cllr Audrey Sinclair
Chair of Community Services Committee: Cllr Allan Henderson
                                 Business News

Blas 2015 flying high over milestones
Blass Festival 2015Milestones and memories will be the hallmark of the 11th Blas festival launched in Inverness today and which will take place at venues across the Highlands and Argyll between 4 and 12 September. Now entering its second decade as one of Scotland's leading music festivals, Blas 2015 has assembled a stellar line-up of some of the best musicians and singers to celebrate Highland culture.
                 Arts News

Highland's premier musicians compete

Gills Bay overhead line - Public information event

Events In Thurso and Mey.
Thurso Swimming Pool Contract Awarded For Major Upgrade
High Life Highland has today announced that the contract to provide new improved facilities at Thurso Swimming Pool has been awarded to local contractor O'Brien Construction Ltd. The project jointly funded by The Highland Council and sportscotland will see a total investment of 2.7M in the facility providing a new gym/fitness suite, a new dance studio, steam room , sauna, new changing village and replacement of the roof.

Around The Very Top: A Cultural End
An item has appeared on the Guildford Dragon web site by Martin Giles who has been cycling with his son Tom.  The link takes you to his latest extract about the John O'Groats to Wick section of his trip.  You can read all of his articles about his trip HERE
Short listing takes place for Caithness Flag Competition
The competition to design a flag for Caithness attracted 327 entries and on Friday (5 June) the judging panel met in Wick Town Hall to draw up a short-list. The winning flag will be announced after a public vote.

Opening of Edge Dance Studio in Thurso
Edge Dance Studio Opening In Thurso
Opening on 13th June, Thurso's first ever dance studio. On the day of opening up the studio for looking around, sign up to classes and to see what’s going on. Taster Sessions and Demonstrations.

Calling all Art and Craft folk. - Art & Craft Exhibition, August 2015
Calling Arts and Crafts People
Only 10 weeks 'til the annual Art & Craft Exhibition, in aid of raising awarness for Give Blood and Funds for Caithness General Hospital, Blood Laboratory. If you have any kind of hand made arts or crafts and would like to enter them into the exhibition, please do call or email for an entry form.


Give Blood - Thurso 16th and 17th June
Give blood at British Legion, Thurso 16th and 17th june 2015

NHS Highland Public Meeting About Changes To Caithness Health Services
Read the hard hitting editorial in the John O'Groat Journal newspaper from Friday then think about going to the public meeting in Pentland hotel on Tuesday 9th June at 7.00pm.    Community Index
Highland Councillors Expenses Published for 2014 - 2015

Move On With Summer Employability Programme At North Highland College
Summer Employment Programme at North Highland college
The North Highland College UHI summer employability programme was run last year for the first time and proved very successful, with every candidate finding a positive destination, either in an apprenticeship, employment or education. This year the programme will also include construction skills as well as engineering.

Photography Workshop
Photography workshop with Ken CrossanSunday 14th June 11.00am - 2.00pm
Be dazzled by a beautiful slide show by local photographer Ken Crossan on Caithness wildflowers. Learn some tricks of the trade and put them into action during an outdoor practical session in the Coronation meadow at Dunnet links.

Wick and District Summer Pool League Week 2

Assault In Thurso - Police Seek Witnesses

Highland Alcohol & Drug Partnership
Highland Drug and Alcohol Partnership Survey

Open Day At Cracking Eggs On Sunday 7th June

Wick Councilor Gail Ross Announces Her Bid To Be Nominated By SNP For MSP
Gail ros announces bid for nomination by SNP to represent the north counties of Caithness Sutherland and Ross as MSP at the Scottish Parliament in the May election of 2016Wick councillor Gail Ross has announced her bid to be nominated by the Scottish National Party to represent Caithness, Sutherland and Ross following Rob Gibson who will stand down from next May. There will be other nominations up for selection and no doubt some seasoned campaigners for the SNP among them. But Gail is no slouch at campaigning. Apart from her tireless efforts for Wick and Caithness she has been attending many SNP meetings and made a speech to the full SNP conference in November 2014. Working for Rob Gibson in his office fielding many requests for help in recent years she is well versed in how things work in local and national government. She will put up a formidable campaign not only for nomination but ultimately to win the seat to represent the area at Holyrood.
Explore The Back Of Beyond - Munsary Peatlands
Munsary Peatlands, CaithnessExplore The Back of Beyond! Munsary Peatlands nr Achavanich, Caithness. Friday 12th June 10.30am - 3pm. Take a walk out to the Back of Beyond where you'll find miles of untracked moorland, speckled with bog pools - the dubh lochans. Species such as bogbean, sundews and bog-cotton grow among the colourful mounds and hollows of the sphagnum mosses, which flourish in a rainbow of burgundy to orange to bright green. This is Plantlife's Munsary Peatlands Nature Reserve where the reserve manager and the Highland Council Countryside Ranger will lead a 10km (6mile) walk along a farm track to the edge of the wild peatlands beyond, and back again.
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