News Archive - April 2016


Rushdance At The UDO Championships in Lancashire
Rushdance at UDO Championships in Blackpool
Reflecting on the weekend, this competition was massive with some solo section with over 100 dancers all competing for top places. Due to the size a quarter final or semi-final place was a big results for our kids. Once again the kids of push their talent and placed in the finals which is fantastic for us teachers Willie, Rebecca and Lauren Miller. More of our kids have now qualified for the world championships later in the year, which this is the big one in the street dance with over 34 countries coming to Glasgow to compete to be the best of the best.

Caithness and Sutherland farmers call for control of ravens - BBC

Halkirk Primary School Litter Picking To Tidy Up
Halkirk Primary Litter picking

Melvich Primary Clear Up In Bad Weather
Melvich Primary school Litter picking

Ship a Hoy - Day Trip
This is your only opportunity to sail directly to the Orkney Island of Hoy from the Scottish mainland on the passenger ferry from John O'Groats. Join either the countryside Ranger walking out to the famous ‘Old Man' sea stack or enjoy a slightly more strenuous guided walk through the valleys by Ward Hill on route to Rackwick Bay.
Latest Newsletter From Noss Primary School, Wick

Final call for Your Cash Your Caithness applications
Local groups in Caithness are reminded that the closing date for Your Cash Your Caithness applications is drawing near and to be in with a chance of receiving a share of 30,000 forms need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 6 May.
Caithness Model Club 2016 Show
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Records were broken for the numbers of models on show and for the numbers of people coming along to view the amazing collections that had come from both Caithness and many other parts of the country. The Model Show has now purchased its own tables so no longer needs to make a round trip to Dornoch to borrow them.  The Caithness model club also made some donations to local charities.  It llooks like next year will be another success with bookings by modellers for tables already in great demand.  The club meets once month in the Norseman Hotel where the show was held. The meetings are mainly in winter and begin in September.  Earlier years shows on the Model Club page
Independent candidate standing in Highlands and Islands constituency  
James Stockan
People in the Highlands and Islands will be able to vote for an independent candidate with their second vote in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections for the first time since 2003. James Stockan, an Independent Orkney Islands Councillor of over 13 years, launched his campaign at the end of March 2016 and is now on a tour around the region covering as much ground as he can before the election. Local authorities in the Highlands and Islands region are made up by a majority of Independent councillors but there are not currently any elected Independent MSPs from this region.
North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival
North Coast 500 Wild Life Festival 28th May - 5th June 2016
The HC rangers are organising a wildlife festival. The North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival runs from 28th of May - 5th of June 2016 and has been created to bring the best of the outdoors straight to the North Coast 500 travellers and others at locations across the route.   Click through to find out more and book places on events you like.

Discrete HIV Testing In Caithness
3rd May 2016 - Evening - Appointments being taken from now.

Caithness And Sutherland Ranger Events 2016 Now Listed and Linked on the left Column

The Rangers wil not be producing a brochure this year due to council cut backs.  They will rely instead on their web site and any posters and links form other web sites, Facebook etc.  We have made links to both Caithness Rangers and Sutherland Rangers directly from this page in the left hand column in case you are searching for them.  Events may also appear in our Whatson section but you can check their own web site also.
Highland Council Trading Standards - Non-domestic rates reduction scams warning
The Highland Councils Finance Service raised concerns when they began to receive calls from Highland businesses about receiving unsolicited marketing letters. Some local businesses had received letters suggesting that they could receive a large reduction in non-domestic rates and in some instances that a back dated refund of this charge could be available by submitting an appeal. The letter included that the services provided would attract a fee.
Scottish Tarmac Championship 2016
Billy Hamilton at Scottish Tarmac championships 2016
Out of the 75 cars entered only 2 came from Caithness, James Campbell in his Peugeot 106S16 and Billy Hamilton in his Opel Kadett 2000.

Over 70 Job Vacancies Currently In Our Forum
Record numbers of vacancies in Caithness are being advertised in our jobs pages.  3 pages are currently showing a wide variety of positions across the county and into Sutherland.  Employers can advertise free of charge and its easy to place ads once you register to join the forum.  New jobs going in almost every day recently.
Towheads Travelling Through Wick
Subsea 7 move Towheads From Wick to Wester
Subsea 7 will be moving the final two towheads for the Premier Catcher project from Wick Harbour to Wester Site over the next few days. It is planned that the first towhead will travel the route through town just after 9.00am on Thursday 7 April 2016 , with the remaining towhead following on Sunday 10th April 2016 - exact timing will depend on how the Police direct proceedings.

New Noss Prmary School, Wick - Aerial Photo
New Noss Pruimary school from above
The new Noss Primary school in Wick opens soon and shortly after the demoltion of the old school will begin.

John O’Groats named one of Scotland’s ‘coolest’ holiday destinations 
- Scotsman
It has long been derided as one of Scotland’s biggest eyesores and was labelled the most dismal part of the country only six years ago. But John O’Groats, the long-standing let-down for visitors to the UK’s most northerly destination, is now set to bask in the limelight of a remarkable turnaround.  Nomadic Boulders Sculpture at John O'Groats

Academy stage comeback to secure a well-earned draw 
Wick Academy 2 Brora Rangers 2
Wick Academy 2 Brora Rangers 2 at Harmsowrth Park - 2 April 2016
THE Scorries reversed a two-goal deficit, to grab a share of the spoils in a gutsy second half comeback. Apart from displaying a never-say-die commitment, the draw demonstrated that Academy are closing the gap on their derby rivals, no small achievement when you consider Dudgeon Parks quality and expensive outfit. Wick got off to the worst possible start, however in front of a near-thousand crowd, Dale Gillespie netting for Brora in the early stages. Academy withstood a lot of pressure and some nervous goalkeeping and poor passing, gave their fans a few more anxious moments.   Photo Gallery
Highland nominations for Scottish Parliamentary Election 2016
A total of 13 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 5 May 2016 in the three Scottish Parliamentary local constituencies for Highland. Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency has attracted 4 candidates; Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency, 5 candidates; and Inverness and Nairn constituency, 4 candidates.

New Noss Primary completed
he new 15.4million Noss Primary School has reached a vital milestone with the practical completion of the facility. Replacing the existing North and Hillhead Primary Schools in Wick, work on the 4,620 sq m facility commenced in late 2014 and has been delivered by hub North Scotland on behalf of The Highland Council. The main contractor for the project was Morrison Construction. With construction of the new school building now complete, work is set to begin on the demolition of the existing school, completion of landscaping works alongside the formation of the adjacent Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) pitch.

Talk About Wick Smolt Tracking Project
The talk will be on Thursday the 7th of April 2016 at 19:30 in the Pulteneytown People's Project, Wick, KW1 5BA.