News Archive - October 2016


23 October 2016
 Bed Push By CHAT - Caithness Area Health Team
Bed Push by CHAT
A bed push organised by CHAT today was run from Dunbar Hospital in Thurso to Caithness General Hospital in Wick. The group are campaigning to keep services at high level and lessen the need for trips to Inverness.  Hundreds ofpeople were at the old Caithness Glass factory to welcome the walkers and accomopany them on march to the hospital led by pipers from Wick Pipe Band.

North And West Caithness Ploughing Association - 27th Ploughing Match
North and West Caithness Ploughing Association - 27th Ploughing Match 15th October 2016
Bill Fernie headed over to Quoys of Reiss Farm near Wick today and was one of the very few specators due to the very wet weather.  Organisers say they could not change the date easily as competitors had travelled form Orkney and as far south as Kessock for the competitions.

Looking for a 2017 Calendar - The Groat One Looks Good

Time for the Scottish Government to take action to bring about rural prosperity
Interesting letter in the Herald online takes up the issue of who would be best to look after land.

Venture North's Latest Film Shows An Autumn Theme  - Pack Your Bags And Head North

Venture North Discovery: Autumn from Venture North on Vimeo.

The Summer Film From Venture North Here - In Case You Missed It  - Some Great Shots
The Winter Film - also worth watching

Hotels In Caithness - - Hotels In Sutherland - - Bed & Breakfast Caithness - - Bed & Breakfast Sutherland

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update

Beatrice Wind Farm

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm from SSE Plc on Vimeo.

Hi-Scot Credit Union Celebrates 10 Years
Hi-Scot Credit Union Celebrates 10 Years
HI-Scot Credit Union celebrated its 10th Birthday on Wednesday 12 October 2016. Since HI-Scot first opened its doors in late 2016, it has provided loan and savings products to its members. Despite an extremely challenging economic environment for much of its life, including the worst recession in living memory, HI-Scot has continued to grow and now serves over 2,600 active members across the Highlands and Islands. Councillor Bill Fernie who is also a volunteer director of Hi-Scot got a few councillors between meetings to have piece of cake. He said, "Growth of membership has been steady in Highland and I hope the new online services will boost that number and make known the advantages of saving or borrowing from a credit union like ours where all profits go back into members services. Reaching the 10 year milestone proves we can run things and I am sure we will continue to add value for our members and hopefully many new members in coming years."
Go Along To The North And West Ploughing Competition
North and West Ploughing Competiton - 15 October 201615 October 2016
The North & West Ploughing Association are holding their annual ploughing match on Saturday at Quoys of Reiss Farm. Good Go along and see how it is done by local experts.  A good family day out.

Board Positions at Northlands Creative Glass
Northalnds Creative Glass Board Members Wanted
North Lands Creative Glass are interested in hearing from arts and business professionals with skills and experience that reflect the interests of the organisation to join our existing board team. You will be committed to the principles of good governance and will be enthusiastic about our key aims.

Highland Council asks are you ready for winter?
Gritter Fleet
Have you got a winter kit in your car? Are you prepared for all eventualities? Are you looking out for elderly neighbours? Do you know how to find out and what to do if your school is closed? I urge folks to be prepared and be ready for winter so that you are not caught out." Within its winter roads maintenance budget of 5.22 million for 2016/17, the Council is ready to salt - according to its policy - the 6,744km of roads for which the Council has responsibility. Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.
Academy unable to conjure up mid-week magic
Wick Academy 0 Fraserburgh 1
Wick Academy 0 Fraserburgh 1 -
Reporter Noel Donaldson
ACADEMY supporters' hopes were doubtless high that the miracle mid-week comeback by their team against Forres Mechanics, would be the catalyst to getting to grips with their home results jinx. In the event, the encounter with a well-marshalled Broch outfit was something of an anti-climax, Academy unable to replicate anything close to that scintillating 5-3 performance - underlining their inherent lack of consistency and failing to secure a draw even, in a game that was no classic. With title challengers Cove Rangers away, being Wick's next hurdle, local fans could be pardoned for viewing it with some trepidation not to mention the home encounter with league table supremos, Buckie Thistle, the following week. Will Academy blow hot or cold?     Photo Gallery

More Vehicles In Caithness
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Many more vehicles added to our Caithness Transport Gallery.    Or from the Start HERE
Some of the earlier photos are of vehicles no longer workingin the county.  If anyone would like their own vehicles added to the galleries just email them to
Thurso litter busters
Mont Plesant pupils beach clean
Thurso Beach in Caithness had virtually every little piece of litter removed yesterday (Wednesday 5 October 2016) thanks to the hard work of pupils from Mount Pleasant Primary School. The Keep Scotland Beautiful registered beach clean was undertaken by the Primary 4 and 5 classes and the P4 Gaelic medium class. The children were ably assisted by their class teachers Mrs Firth and Mr Harper and also pupil support assistants Mrs Wares and Miss Duncan.
Big Photo to add to albums
Several New Jobs Added Today
A range of positions have been addedto our Jobs/Vacancies section.

Highland Countryside Rangers gear up for extra events in October
Ranger Walks in October 2016
The Rangers are planning a series of exciting events such as guided walks and children's activities throughout the Highlands. "There is something here for everyone" says Eilidh-Ann Phillips, Senior Ranger for South Highlands. You might fancy exploring the archaeology of Clava Cairns or Yarrows, the clip top trail at Dunnet Head or the deeper mysteries of the Bone caves in Assynt, or maybe you want to take the family investigating the rockpools at Portskerra or hear the Roaring Reds on Skye or Glen Laggan. There are over 30 events to choose from, rounding off with a Halloween event in Glen Nevis on Tues 1st November at 6pm.

Art Exhibitions and Classes In Wick and Thurso
Half Light     
Half Light

Made Thurso

Basics Of Sashiko Stitching
Sashiko Stitching

A Little Bit Of Summer

A Little Bit Of Summer

Made - Artist Talk on Friday 7th October 2016, 6-8pm

Learn the basics of Sashiko stitching - Saturday 8th October 2016 10.30am - 12.30pm
 Wick Academy 2 Deveronvale 2
Wick Academy 2 Deveronvale 2 - 1st October 2016
Reporter Noel Donaldson
  A LATE goal, ruled offside, prevented Academy taking all three points and hopefully sparking some home wins. Given the effort put in by the two sides, though, a draw was probably a fair result. The Scorries got off to the best of starts, Sam Mackay putting down a marker in the opening minutes with a well-aimed ground shot past the advancing 'vale keeper. What appeared to be an own goal put the visitors on level terms.   Photo Gallery

Waste contract signals Dounreay's community commitment
Waste Shaft At Dounreay
Amec Foster Wheeluker has been awarded a contract to design and build a new effluent treatment plant at Dounreay. The agreement signals a landmark move for the Caithness site as the first to incorporate socio-economic commitments following the introduction of a new procurement policy earlier this year. Head of Commercial, Stephen Adamson, said: "As a major employer in the area we take our responsibility to support the future of our community seriously. New guidelines, introduced earlier this year, ensure that our biggest suppliers think about how they can help contribute and we are delighted with the way the supply chain, including Amec Foster Wheeler, has responded."
Caithness Field Club 2016/17 Programme

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update

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