News Archive - January 2017
23 January 2017English For Speakers Of Other Languages - Informal - All Levels
Open Day Thurso Classes In Wick
Free English classes. Check it out and find out more.
22 January 2017Many a Mac maks a muckle - Wick Academy 1 Nairn County 5
WICK Academy's rich vein of success ran out on Saturday but few fans would have anticipated the result being a rout. County were worthy winners netting five times to Academy one, the club's worse defeat since 2014. Nairn's lowly position in the league table - thirteenth- make such the defeat even harder to bear. Wick seemed to have no answer to the incisive attacks of their opponents whose Mac. clan members were on song and it was only Stephen Anderson's second-half goal which avoided a whitewash. The Scorries, who looked far from the consistently dangerous side that took six league scalps on the trot, were rocked by Nairn's opener in 10 minutes, Jack MacLean delivering the first of his match double. Photo Gallery
21 January 2017New Car Tax Rates From 1st April - You can save by buying before then
From 1 April 2017, the UK's car tax system - also known as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - is due to change. Will you end up paying more for your next car? If you are seriously thinking about buying a new car in 2017 then perhaps you should check this out as you might save hundreds of pounds if you buy before the new rates for emissions apply. Check out the links in this item inside.
19 January 2017See The Challenges Of Balancing The Council Budget With The Budget Simulator
Now you can have a go at settting a cut down version of the Highland Council budget and see the consequences of your decidions at the end if you balance it. There are no easy decisions in reducing budgets but all councillors have a duty to make it balance. Have a go.................................................
Council Tax changes in 2017/2018
From 1 April 2017 the Scottish Government is changing the basis on which properties are assessed for Council Tax and this will increase the charge for Council Tax properties that are banded E to H. The Highland Council has no discretion in this matter and must apply these increases to the Council Tax charges from 1 April 2017. Households living in properties in Bands A-D are not affected by these increases.
18 January 2017Clydedale Bank In Thurso To Close
The Clydesdale and Yorkshire banking group (CYBG) is closing 79 branches with the loss of 400 jobs. The Thurso Branch will close on 23rd May 2017.
More Snow In Caithness Photos
Thanks to Derek Bremner and Noel Donaldson for more snowy Caithness photos added to the gallery today. You can share your snow pics by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Surfing At Thurso
The waves are still good in winter a can be seen in this short film from Ian Battrick over on the website Carve. You can see the waves from inside captured on his board cam.
14 January 2017Snow In Caithness
Plenty of snow in Caithness from last night. A few photos from around March Road, Wick. If you would like to share any more wintry photos email them to email@example.com for inclusionin the section.
12 January 2017Potential Funding For Projects
Are you looking for support to fund a community project in Caithness? Highland LEADER Programme has funding of £497,080 to allocate to projects in the area, and will be hosting information sessions in Wick and Thurso on 24th & 25th January respectively.
Midwife-led baby unit at Wick by end of month - BBC
Preparations are being made to change the operation of maternity services at Caithness General in Wick earlier than previously planned. NHS Highland said a midwife-led community maternity unit (CMU) is to be in place at the hospital at the end of this month. Announcement by NHS Highland
11 January 2017Making journeys easier for those in most need
HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, has introduced a quick and easy way for those with a disability to get help when using public transport, particularly buses. They have widely circulated a new Thistle Assistance Card which the holder can use to advise the bus driver/public transport operator of any special help that is required.
10 January 2017Halkirk Ceilidh Dancers 11 January - Cancelled Due To Severe Weather Forecast
Met Office Forecast For Highland
Wednesday: Very windy, cold day with frequent showers. Showers turning increasing to snow on high ground, then to lower levels later. Gales, severe in places, with blizzard conditions on high ground.
4 January 2017Disrespect Or Prank
THE war memorial in the royal burgh of Wick has been disrespected by vandals It would probably have taken two of them, one standing on the other's shoulders to reach the top of the statue's base and place the traffic cone on the top of the head. It will certainly require a ladder or a long pole to remove it. Does it echo the humour of Glasgow where the Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington is frequently photographed with a traffic cone no matter how often it is removed.
4 January 2017A beginner’s guide to surfing in winter in Scotland - Scotsman
While Thurso may be busier than other parts of Scotland, Christopherson suggests it's worth braving the crowds - which will be smaller in winter....................
3 January 2017Watten Hogmanay Party
River Wick Walk - 3 January 2017
2 January 2017Beginners Running Groups - Thurso and Wick
Starting Monday 9th January 2017. 6.00pm at Thurso Squash club or Wick Swimming Pool Cafe.