News Archive - May 2015


Play Park at Riverside Wick Now Open
New Wick Play Park
Noel Donaldson snapped a few photos at the new play park at Riverside, Wick  that officially opened on Friday 29th May.

Police Appeal For Information Regarding Damage To Car On Bridge Street, Wick

Use of mini-motos and quad bikes on the moors at Thurso
Police Scotland have received a number of reports of the use of mini-moto’s, motor cycles and quad bikes on the moors at Thurso and other location throughout Caithness.
Caithness Heart Support Group Praised At 2015 AGM
Caithness Heart Support Group AGM 2015CAITHNESS Heart Support Group was praised for its role in advising people on the lifestyle changes which could pre-empt heart attacks, as well as supporting them, before and after their operations. The warm tribute, paid at the group's AGM, came from the county's Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnett. Miss Dunnett said that some of the group's members were well-placed to relate to heart attacks and operations and went on to highlight the importance of heading off problems.

Dangleberries Back At Ynot
Dangleberries at Ynot 6 June 2015

6th June 2015

Trip To Hoy - Sunday 31st May - Book Soon
Trip To Hoy - 31st May 2015Book now for a trip to Hoy directly from the mainland. Spend the day on a unique island in the Orkneys.

A few places still left.

Killer Whales Around The Caithness Coast
Killer whales on the Caithness coast
Thanks to Karen Munro for great photos of the killer whales that have recently been seen around the Caithness coast.

Halkirk Gala Week Starts 7th June

IS the scorrie's traditional diet of town titbits and leftover takeaways set to change?
Seagull Fishes for Salmon on the Wick RiverThat's the question posed after this gull was snapped on a rock below Wick town bridge, by Noel Donaldson on Saturday. He thought it was odd to find a scorrie sitting in the middle of the river and trained his camera on it. At first the gull starred down into the water, as he was scanning the river bed, then launched forward into the river, surfacing with what appeared to be a salmon smolt.

Head Teacher Recruitment Crisis in Highland - 20 Head Teachers Wanted
Far reaching strategies for improving the success rate of Head Teacher recruitment in the Highlands are being devised by The Highland Council. Members of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee have taken part in local workshops with Education staff to consider strategies to address the current challenges facing the recruitment of Head Teachers in the region.
Great Whale Photos Yesterday
The past few weeks have seen great chances to see whales in the Pentland firth.  Caithness Sea Watching has some great new photos from yesterday on their Facebook page.

Highland Council faces financial black hole over turbines - Press & Journal
Landward councillor Matthew Reiss had the backing of his fellow independent councillors when he put forward a motion to the full Highland council on Thursday last week.

Calling Schools and Community Groups To look At Room 13
Recently Wick councilor Bill Fernie had the opportunity to hear about Room 13 an organisation offering to help groups do arts and learning in a slightly different way taking a more business like approach. So here some information and web site to look at.
Caithness Classic Motorcycle Club Rally 2015
Caithness Classic Motor Cycle Rally 2015 Began at LybsterCaithness Classic Motor Cycle Club 2015 rally from Lybster
Caithness Transport Index
Rock Rose gin still at Dunnet Bay DistilleryRock Rose Gin, a Scottish craft gin that hails from the most Northerly distillery in mainland Britain, is making waves in the drinks industry, gaining a plethora of awards in the UK and beyond. The gin, which is hand-distilled at the Dunnet Bay Distillery in Caithness, features botanicals that are hand foraged from local cliffs and forests to create a gin with a unique flavour profile. The exceptional taste of the gin, which is flavourful and fresh, zesty but berryful, has just been recognised with a Bronze medal at the world-renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the largest and most influential spirits competition in America.

Protecting cliff-nesting raptors in Scotland
Protecting cliff nesting raptorsClimbers and conservationists are working together to safeguard some of Scotland's birds of prey from accidental disturbance. Cliff nesting raptors - such as golden eagles and peregrines - are very vulnerable to disturbance, especially when starting nesting activity. As most Scottish golden eagles and virtually all peregrines nest on rocky crags, they are not easily disturbed. But there have been a number of incidents when rock climbers have inadvertently disturbed nesting raptors during climbs. This may lead to nests being abandoned, eggs failing, and even chicks falling from the nest.

Caithness Horizons Museum in Thurso achieves full accreditation
Full accreditation for Caithness Horizons in ThursoCaithness Horizons in Thurso has secured Museum Accreditation for the next three years. The award is made by Museums Galleries Scotland and Arts Council England under the 2011 Museum Accreditation Standard. Caithness Horizons houses a permanent collection that tells the story of the county of Caithness from 416 million years ago to the present day including the Picts, the Vikings, and the history of the Dounreay Nuclear Research Establishment. The Museum Accreditation Standard sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK.

World Class Inverness Campus opened
Inverness Campus opened.Multi-million pound investment will transform Highlands and Islands economy. A new world class facility which has the potential to support up to 1,300 jobs on site and create 940 new jobs across the Highlands and Islands over the next five years has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Inverness Campus developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is one of Scotland's most innovative infrastructure projects, aimed at boosting the country's enterprise credentials. It will bring business, research and educational organisations together on the 215-acre site to support collaboration, knowledge transfer and build on the progress the area has already made in securing highly skilled jobs in recent years.

Ready Steady Work Courses Back For The Summer
Ready Steady Work 2015Dates are announced for the 2015 Ready Steady Work courses. Are you a pupil who will be in 4th, 5th or 6th year in 2015/16? If university is not for you, but you're unsure what path to take and where to start.....this course could be for you. DSRL are holding two course during the summer holidays to help you find employment across all sectors, eg retail, tourism, construction and engineering.

Fit's in 'e Groat
If You Go Down To Dunnet Woods Today
Dunnet Bear
You might be in for a big surprise as The Dunnet Forest Bear has come out of hibernation. Over the last few years Dunnet forestry Trust has been transforming the forest making it more interesting and renewing planting to make it more interesting and increase the biodiversity. With many paths for walks and cycling this is a gem on that sparkles more and more each year. Increasing bird life is becoming more and more visible as the renewal continues.

When did You Last See A Live Show? - Check Out The Arts Section
And there is more in the What's On

Hidden Landscapes: LiDAR survey of a multi-period landscape in Caithness
From Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2014.

Disturbance at Barons Well, Wick - Police Call for Information

Gills Harbour Spring, 2015 - Gearing Up
Ferry PentalinaCommunity-owned Gills Harbour is the most Northerly seaport on the British mainland, lying on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, just off the A 836 road, only four miles West of John O'Groats. The spring of 2015 has seen some significant developments locally, both in sea-transport and marine electricity, that bode well for the future of the little port on the inland 'apex' of Gills Bay; it belongs to the 600 people living along the North coast. of Canisbay, Caithness.

Two vessels make their debut visits to Gills Harbour
Lodesman arrives at gills Harbour 10 May 2015Two vessels made their debut visits to Gills Harbour on the morning of Sunday, May 10th, 2015. The mini-ships Uskmoor and Lodesman sailed across the Pentland Firth from Orkney to conduct operations in the Inner Sound of the narrow, tide-swept, channel separating Caithness from the isles. Just 36 hours earlier, an official 'Notice to Mariners' was issued by Glasgow-based survey company Partrac Ltd.

Caithness Model Boat Show 2015
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Congratulations to Paul Monaghan SNP On Winning Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross
Paul Monaghan SNP - new memberof parliament for Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross
Paul William Monaghan has been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency at the UK Parliamentary election on 7 May 2015.
John Robert Erskine - Scottish Labour Party 3,061
Alastair Robert Graham - Scottish Conservative and Unionist 2,326
Paul William Monaghan - Scottish National Party (SNP) 15,831
Ann Therese Murray - UK Independence Party (UKIP) 981
John Archibald Sinclair Thurso - Scottish Liberal Democrats 11,987

Wick Darts youth event

Free Youth Music Workshop to Coincide With Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Show
Music workshopCaithness Gigs, Pibrochs & Poppies and Music Plus are delighted to present a youth music workshop in ‘e Shed (off Naver Road, KW14 7QA) in Thurso in the afternoon of Sunday 17th May. Coinciding with their concert at Y-not in the evening, the workshop will feature Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, with their guitarist Ali Hutton. Described as "two stupendous young musicians" by Mojo, and "ridiculously talented" by the Herald newspaper, this duo have fast become one of the most talked about combinations on the circuit......Thanks to the incredible generosity of Pibrochs & Poppies and Music Plus, participation (including a meal and concert ticket for Y-not) is absolutely free - spaces are, however, limited and are open to young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 (inclusive).

Your vote matters tomorrow
Postal voters who have missed the post are reminded that they can hand both their General Election and by-election postal ballot papers in to any of the Highland polling stations up until 10pm tomorrow.
Volunteers work in woodlands at Castle Mey
Volunteers work in forest at Castle of MeyMembers of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers took refuge from the bitter winds on Sunday (3rd May) by working within the walled woodland garden of the Castle of Mey. The volunteers assisted head gardener and fellow Caithness Countryside Volunteer, Andrew Glaister, with weeding of the Giant Yellow Tibetan Cowslip, Primula Florindae. The plant was first collected in 1924 by Frank Kingdon-Ward and named after his wife Florind. It is native to southeastern Tibet and does very well growing in the shade of mature trees at the Castle of Mey.   Photos
New Play Park At Riverside, Wick  - Opens on Sunday 10th May at 2.00pm
New Play Park at Riverside, WickPlay Park WickWick Gala committee have done a great job gathering the funds for the new play park at riverside, Wick.  The playpark is to be opened at a ceremony on Sunday 10th March at 2.00pm

Credit unions provide affordable loans
You can help spread the word ort even join your local credit union.  Links in the item to more information for borrowers and savers.  Remember credit unions are membership organisations run for members with unpaid directors and very few paid staff.  With APR for borrowers often about 12 - 13% compared to huge rates currently being advertised by some places on TV.  Savers get a good annual dividend - better than rates on many bank accounts.  Savers join to help your community and borrowers get smart and save yourself from high charges.  There are many benefits to joining your local credit union.  And as they have almost no money to advertise please share on Facebook.
NHS Highland Publishes Newsletter On Possible Future Of Servises At Caithness General
More surgeons will be located in Raigmore rarther than Caithness General and rotate to the hospital as required.  Do you think this major change requires a public consultation as set out on the Scottish Health council web site?

Replica Fishing Yawl On Show As Waterlines Opens At Lybster
Waterlines opened 1 May 2015Waterlines Heritage Centre opened on 1 May 2015 for its summer season. It will be open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. The replica of the 19th century fishing yawl which was built in the workshop at Waterlines by John Cameron, a local boat builder, is now housed in a new boat shed...The workshop now houses a new exhibition describing the activities in Lybster Village over the past 100 years which complements the existing exhibition on the history of Lybster Harbour and its natural environment. Waterlines Heritage Centre, which also provides a unique coffee shop on the shore of the North Sea at Lybster Harbour, was opened in 2002......

Check your polling station location before you go to vote

Make sure you know how to have your say on 7 May
Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the UK Parliamentary general election taking place on Thursday 7 May. 
Fit's in 'e Groat
Noel Donaldson grabs a few items and shortens them for all you busy readers.

Presenter Fern Britton Starts Fundraiser From John O'Groats
Fern Britton began her quest ot raise 57,000 by cycling 57 miles per day for the charity run by Professor Robert Winston looking to find out more about and possibly prevent so many miscarriages.     Community Section

New Noss Primary School - Latest Photos
New Noss Primary school 1 May 2015The Stakeholder group keeping track of the schools projects in Wick were told that Noss Primary school is now several months behind schedule and the expected opening date is now pushed back to Easter 2016.  Weather problems including a prolonged wet period and a big gale causing lots of damage along with the necessity to change a main sub contractor supplying panels has added months to the deadline.   Photos from the start HERE

Wick High School Construction - Latest Photos
Wick High School construction 1 May 2015
Wick High stakeholders group were informed on Monday that the construction of the school is running on schedule.

 Photos from the start HERE

Caithness Features on BBC programme 'Landward' at 7.30pm Tonight
Euan visits the uninhabited island of Stroma, Sarah tries to catch a glimpse of an orca and Dougie looks at efforts to harness the power of the tides to generate electricity.   If you miss the programme you can catch it on BBC iPlayer later.

Highland communities get Spring cleaning
Across the Highlands, schools and community groups are turning out to Spring Clean their local environmental. Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) is encouraging groups all over Scotland to organise events, particularly during April and May, and register them on their website.    Community Index
MAD street dance Ultimate championships
Mad Dance 2015 kids came out on top at the massive Scottish street dance competition - MAD STREET DANCE in Motherwell The competition is the 2nd biggest in Scotland with all the very best street dancers competing.

   Arts Index

Entries invited from tourist businesses for the Scottish Thistle Awards
Lots of categories and nominations can be from a business or anyone recommending them.

May Day Holiday Arrangments For Highland Council
May Day Highland Council 2015

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