News Archive - August 2017

Marymas Fayre 2017
Marymas Fayre 2017Marymas Fayre 2017

Reay and District Gardening Club 40th Horticultural Show 2017
Reay and District Gardening Club 40th Horticultural Show 2017Reay and Disrtict Gardening Club 40th Horticultural show 2017Reay and district Gardening Club 40th Horticultural Show 2017

Do You Want An Experience? - Try A Bat Night At Castle Of Mey
Bats at Castle of Mey
Try something different in September. Check out the bats at Castle of Mey. The rangers will take you out and show you around the places where bats hang out at the castle.

Wizard of Oz By Thurso Players
Wizard of Oz
Thurso Players are perfoming the Wizard of Oz for 4 nights from Wednesday 6th September at Thurso High School.  Tickets are on sale from McBeaths Jewellers in Thurso or you can phone to book them.  A rare chance to see live performance of this well loved musical and a great family night out.

NOSCA Nippers - Updated Information
NOSCA Nippers information - at Wick Family Centre

Disruption to Highland Council School Transport - Update
Highland Council is reassuring all pupils, parents and carers this morning (23 August) that all school transport routes have been covered in Caithness and East Ross following the loss of the contractor Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd. who ceased trading last night (22 August). Bill Alexander, Highland Council's Director of Care and Learning said: "This is wonderful work by our Transport colleagues and partners who swiftly managed to get replacement services up and running for this morning." The Council warns however, that there may still be some gaps on public service routes. Link to new timetable on the page inside.
Disruption to Highland Council School Transport
Parents and carers of pupils using Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd coaches for Thurso, Wick, Dornoch, Golspie and Invergordon High Schools and some of their associated Primaries are warned for possible disruption to transport arrangements from tomorrow morning Wednesday 23 August 2017. Highland Council has been notified that its school transport contractor Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd has ceased trading as of this evening (Tuesday 22 August 2017).
Updates will be posted on the council’s school closure website tomorrow morning (Wednesday 23 August) from 7am onwards.

Important Transport Changes - Killimster Moss - Reiss To Casteltown
B876 Temporary Closure
As recently reported, the B876 between Castletown and Reiss will be closed for three weeks from 28 August 2017 to enable urgent repair works to be carried out. This will result in changes to the X99 and 81 services, along with the 276 / 277 / 281 services to Dounreay)

Last Postbus Reaches The End Of The Road - The Scotsman
The final trip of a post bus in Scotland took place on Saturday 19 August 2017 on the route between Lairg and Tongue in Sutherland.

All The Stations Pair Arrive At Wick After 104 Days
"All The Stations" pair Geoff Marshall and Vikki Pipe -19 August 2017
Bill Fernie went to meet Geoff Marshall and Vickie Pipe on Saturday 19th August 2017 as they arrived at the final station - Wick after 104 days in their quest to visit all of the railway stations in Britain.  Bill gave them a small Caithness flag to celebrate their final station - number 2563 - Wow.  They have videos all along their route and kept up an endless stream of photos and contacts on social media. The bouncy enthusiastic pair have carried their selfie cameras all the time and constantly made short film clips to be edited into very professionally edited films for their Youtube Channel - All The Stations.  A great record of what the stations and indeed the railways are like  in 2017 and well worth dippiing in to see their little films.  They are still editng the final ones so keep watching. 
Photos at Wick
Vickie Pipe - Harry Potter Locations in London
  Geoff Marshall - Secrets of The Underground
Jame Stone interviewed for light hearted politics programme
Meet the MPs is an ambitious online series which will introduce the colourful new personalities who have recently joined Westminster's green benches following June's General Election. Each episode features a quick-fire Q&A with an MP from the 2017 intake. Why is this different? In short, it is the questions that they weren't expecting (we weren't always expecting the answers that came back either). The episodes are fun and informal while also revealing more about the new voices in the Commons.
Telephone Box At Reay - Photos Taken Before It Finally Disappears
Telephone at Reay is no moreTelephone at Reay has gone
The phone at Reay telephonebox has gone and at some point the actual box may be removed so a few photos for future reference to add to those taken 15 years ago in 2002.  More telephones  are going and BT has proposed now to take out half the remaining boxes.

Our Story - Dounreay - BBC Radio Scotland 1.30pm Today
Or catch it later on iplayer

Dounreay's Oldest Reactor To Be Demolished
DMTR to be demolished
It is 60 years this weekend since the first criticality was achieved in Scotland using a test rig at Dounreay. Now the decommissioning team responsible for the site is marking that milestone by taking a major step towards demolishing the oldest reactor that remains at the former fast reactor research centre. Companies are being invited to bid for a contract to demolish the iconic Dounreay Materials Test Reactor (DMTR) which became Scotland's first operational reactor in 1958. DMTR, which was built with steelwork weighing in at almost 600 tonnes and stands on foundations more than 25 metres in diameter, tested the effects of irradiation on metals and was the only reactor on the site to use heavy water instead of liquid metal as a coolant.

Scotland's Baby Box available nationwide
Baby Boxes Launched
All babies in Scotland due from today 15 August 2017 will be gifted a box full of essential items aimed at tackling inequality and promoting health. The boxes are a strong signal of the Scottish Government's determination that every child, regardless of their circumstances should get the best start in life. Each Baby Box contains a large number of items which are not only practical but designed to help tackle inequality and improve health. The box itself also doubles up as a safe sleep space, awarded British Safety standard accreditation as a crib for domestic use.
Ravenskald Writers Workshop - Book Your Place Now
GEORGE GUNN 12th September 2017 - 17th April 2018 Tuesday Evenings 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Join poet and playwright George Gunn on your personal creative journey from the poem, through the short story to the formal destination of the stage play. In these 16 workshops we will look at how poetry generates story. From that beginning you will explore the requirements of short narrative fiction. From the short story, you will move on to the demands of public storytelling which is the business of the theatre. Ravenskald is a new venture. The group will develop creativity through interaction, constructive criticism and mutual support. All you need is the desire to dream, to create, to write.

Sandside - New Photos
Sandside, Caithness - August 2017Sandside, Caithness - August 2017
Hard to beleive but it is almost 17 years since we took the last set of photos of Sandside in November 2000

Wick Swimming Pool Timetable Starts Today
School summer holidays end this week and the new timetable has started so check your swimming times before you head over to the pool.  Get a High Life Card - -Save 10% at Castle & Gardens of Mey with High Life Highland

Thurso Swimming Pool Timetable Starts Today
Check the times for swimming before you go.     Get a High Life Card- Regular user make great savings

New Probationer Teachers For All Parts Of Highland
New probationer teachers for Highland August 2017
One hundred and forty two probationer teachers who are on the Teacher Induction Scheme and a few probationer teachers on the Flexible Route were recently welcomed to the Highlands.  Of the 142 probationers on the Teacher Induction Scheme, 58 have been allocated to secondary schools and 84 to primary schools in the Highlands.

Bats At Thrumster Woodland - Evening Walk
Bat night at Thrumster Woods

Gold Panning With The Rangers - You Never Know What You Will Find
Gold Panning At Helmsdale
The gravels and sediments of the Kildonan Burn are salted with small concentrations of gold in the form of tiny granular flecks, and the very occasional little nuggets sometimes combined with quartz. The Helmsdale river valley offers a sheltered and pleasant route to the banks of the Kildonan Burn, signposted as Baile-An-0r, the Gaelic translation of Town of gold.

Reay - A New Photo Set Of The Village Taken On Saturday
Reay Village Hall - 12 August 2017The Shop at ReayChurch at Reay

See photos of Reay from 15 to 17 years ago HERE

A few Old Reay School class photos HERE
Highland Council Assurance On Concerns About Wick Campus
Assurances on Wick Campus by Highland councilHighland Council has written to the Wick Stakeholder Group, Wick High School Parent Council and Newton Park Primary School Parent Council to provide a statement of assurance regarding the new Wick Campus facility.  The Campus is a fantastic facility and a tremendous asset for the Community. We believe that all stakeholders can now look forward confidently and with pride in one of the best public facilities in the Highlands. The Council looks forward to welcoming pupils back for the start of the new school year.