News Archive - February 2016


Will Robots Outlast us? -Thurso High Debate
Thurso High School teams will debate the motion: "This House believes the rise of autonomous societies will benefit our society"   Pentland Hotel, Thurso -  Wednesday 2nd March

Wick Academy 2 Lossiemouth 1
Wick Academy 2 Lossiemouth 1 - 27th February 2016
Macadie makes the difference in late kick-off tussle

THIS was a hard-earned win for Academy after some uncertainty over whether the game would proceed. Puzzled fans, queuing at Harmsworth Parks main gate in perfect match play weather, were rewarded for the late kick-off (3.30pm) when an early breakaway caught Lossie cold. With the game only seconds old, Marc Macregor had no difficulty in finishing things off from close in, from a right side cross.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

In 'e Groat         In 'e Courier
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Caithness And North Sutherland Partnership Update
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Caithness International Science Festival 2016 - Programme Ready For March

Highland Council's leader warns some services could end - BBC
'There will be many things we can simply no longer do!' - council leader - Ross-shire Journal

Highland Opportunity Ltd to wind up
The Board of Highland Opportunity Ltd (HOL) has agreed to commence the wind up of HOL and its subsidiaries and to transfer some of its services to The Highland Council.

Business Support and Mentoring Programme

Caithness and North Sutherland Partnership Latest Update
Leah Francetti Is Labour Candidate For Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Leah Franchetti -Labour canidate for May 2016 election Caithness Sutherland and Ross
Leah Franchetti has been selected by Caithness, Sutherland Ross Labour to contest the upcoming Scottish elections. Ms Franchetti was selected by an overwhelming majority at a members meeting of the local Labour Party in Brora. Raised in Sutherland, Ms Franchetti grew on a small croft in Helmsdale and attended Golspie High School. A former primary school teacher, she currently works for the Educational Institute of Scotland as an Area Officer.  Speaking after her selection, Ms Franchetti said: "I am delighted to have been chosen to fight for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross in the upcoming election and I look forward to discussing my plans for the area with local people."
Operation Snowdrop 1955
Operation Snowdrop 1955HMS Glory took part in Operation Snowdrop in 1955
This article was submitted by the author Brian Hawkins who is a retired BBC engineer and published the article in the magazine of retired BBC pensioners in February 2016. - Prospero.  As the year 2015 came to an end, we read and heard that it was likely to have been one of the warmest on record. Brian Hawkins looks back over 60 years to a year which started out as one of the coldest, and to his involvement in Operation Snowdrop whilst he was serving in the Royal Navy on his National Service engagement.

A Walk Round Wick Harbour On A Cold Sunday Afternoon
Wick Harbour 7 February 2016
The hole ripped out of the harbour wall by tthe recent storm has now been repaired.  The harbour was very quiet on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon.  The harbour is slowly changing and there may be big changes ahead so a few photos may not go amiss for future reference.  The boat yard was recently demolished and the space is now available for redevelopment.  Not far away the Wick swimming pool will later this year be consigned to history when the new one opens over at the new Wick High school.
Jobs And How To Get Them Fair At Assembly Rooms, Wick - Saturday 6 February - 10.00am - 2.00pm
(Saturday 6th February) sees the annual Jobs and How to Get Them event, developed again by a group of agencies and organisations and managed by Caithness Chamber of Commerce. The event is being held between 10am and 2pm at Wick Assembly Rooms and is expected to feature more than 40 companies and support organisations in a range of sectors (energy, hospitality, uniformed services etc). More on the event at
RSPB Scotland Buys Nature Reserve At Dunnet Head

Dunbeath Village Shop Break-in - Police Appeal For Information