News Archive - January February March 2019
Many  previous items are archived in the Community, Arts, Sports and Business sections

New Leisure Link Partnership secures free access for Highlife members across four areas of Scotland
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High Life Highland today announced a new partnership with four other areas of Scotland that will see highlife members able to access free use of leisure facilities outside the Highland region for the first time since the low cost access card was introduced over 15 years ago. The scheme, involving four other areas will be known as the "Leisure Link Partnership". Believed to be the first of its type in Scotland, highlife members will now be able to access gym, public swimming and fitness classes at leisure facilities across, Moray, Orkney, The Western Isles and Argyll and Bute at no extra cost.
First Newton Room In The UK Is Officially Opened In Thurso
Newton Room in Thurso opened
The first Norwegian style learning centre in the UK was officially opened in Thurso today Monday 25th March 2019. Newton Rooms are designed to inspire more young people to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and encourage them to study these subjects in school and beyond. The centre at North Highland College UHI in Thurso is the first of a network of Newton Rooms being created in the Highland region by the Science Skills Academy, a partnership project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with £3m from the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.

Dunnet Forestry Trust Bids To Take Ownership Of The Forest
Dunnet Forestry Trust bids to take ownership of the forest
Dunnet Forestry Trust has launched a proposal to take ownership of Dunnet Forest on behalf of the community. Currently the forest is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage and leased to the Trust. As a Scottish Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee the Trust is eligible to apply to the Scottish Land Fund for financial assistance towards purchase the of the forest. The Trustees believe that there will never be a better opportunity for transfer to community ownership.

Caithness Orchestra Spring Concerts
Caithness Orchestra Spring Concerts 2019
The Caithness Orchestra bring you the chance to hear somce Czech music you may not hear too often these days.

Pulteney Centre, Wick - Saturday 30th March, 2.30pm

Mount Pleasant School, Thurso - Wednesday 3rd April, 7.30pm

Great chance to let chldren attend a live classical concert from local musicians.  Adults £5  children accompanied by adults FREE.
A Look Around The Caithness Science Festival 2019 Fun Day
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Mapping Thurso - Asking the Community What Needs to Be Improved
Mapping Thurso - Community consultationThurso Development Officer, Joan Lawrie has been running a series of community consultation since taking up post with Caithness Voluntary Group under the Scottish Government funded Aspiring Communities programme in January. Joan has been speaking to users of Ormlie Community Association, Caithness Citizen's Advice Bureau, Thurso Community Cafe and speaking to various groups existing in the town. The key aim of the project is to consult with those in our communities who are experiencing inequality and return this information to the Caithness Community Planning Partnership in order to empower the community in shaping our area from identified priority needs.

Major Jobs Boost For Wick - Applications Open Now For Up To 39 Positions
(38 Full-time, 1 part-time)
Restore Digital is a leading independent provider of document scanning, content input, content capture, business process automation solutions, and professional consultancy services. Our customers trust us with their time critical, business critical and highly sensitive data. We have helped NHS Trusts, Central Government, Fire & Rescue, Ambulance Services, Social Care, Nuclear and Police Authorities begin their digital transformation journey and save £millions while protecting against risk. We also offer the largest scanning capacity in Europe.

Administrators  - 25 Posts - Salary £18525

Team Leaders - 5 Posts - Salary £21500

Porters - 4 Posts Salary - £16500

HGV Drivers - 4 Posts - Salary  £27,000

Part Time SHEQ Advisor (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality)  21 Hours Flexible over 5  days -
Salary  £28,000 - £30,000

Old St Peters Kirk - Graveyard Survey
Old St Peters Graveyard Survey
Old St. Peter's Kirk Preservation Association and Historic Environment Scotland are teaming up to hold a two day workshop on how to survey and formally record the graveyard and gravestones. They will also be demonstrating techniques to help decipher faint inscriptions on the gravestones. A great opportunity for any photography or family history enthusiasts!

                   Old St Peters Kirk Photos

Techfest in Caithness for Science Festival
TechFest is in Caithness this week (March 19 - 23) to show primary school pupils how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills can be used to build space rockets and solve investigations. All part of Caithness International Science Festival. Pupils from Reay, Melvich, Tongue, Pennyland, Cannisbay, Bower, Keiss, Crossroads, Noss, Castletown, Farr, Miller, Dunbeath, Lybster and Thrumster Primary Schools will be able to take part in TechFest workshops throughout the week....       Science Festival Events List
Breakfast Clubs Grants from Kellogs
Kellogg's is doubling the number of grants it offers to school breakfast clubs across the UK. The scheme will help to provide breakfast to more than 600 schools in the communities that need them the most. Since 1998, the Kellogg's Breakfast Clubs programme has supported over 3,000 breakfast clubs by providing training, grants and more than 70 million bowls of cereal.

Hetty Munro's War Diaries by Elizabeth Rintoul - July 1942 - February 1943
Another extract from Hetty Munro diaries first published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2010.  Links have been made to earlier extracts.      
Wings Over Wick
  Various Caithness History Items   Caithness Castles   Community Index
History of Cabrelli‘s Cafe at the Camps in Wick by Lyndall Leet
Hiisotryof Cabrellis Cafe, Wick - Closed January 2003
Early in the 20th century, Italian-owned cafes, ice cream parlours and chip shops spread through- out Scotland, run by enterprising immigrants, who saw Scotland as a land of opportunity, at a time when work was scarce in their own country. One family member would come over to Scotland to work here and were then joined by their brothers and sisters. In the case of Cabrelli's this has now reached the third and fourth generations, who now work in the professions so this business, as happened to so many others, has closed down.
This article was first published in the 2010 Bulletin of Caithness Field Club.  Further articles from the bulletins willbe published in coming weeks.  See the list of articles publish to date on HERE
Wick Play Parks Meeting - Community Taking Control - Are You In?
Playpark meeting
All users of play parks in Wick are invited to a meeting to discuss setting up groups to assist with maintenance and improvement of play parks in Wick.

30th March 2019.
10.30am to -12.00noon.
Mowat Room, Assembly Rooms, Wick

                    Community Index

Boost For Computing Lessons In Schools
Boost For computing lessons for teachers
Teachers from nearly 70 per cent of Scottish schools have signed up for BT tech literacy programme. A programme to help teachers bring computer science to life in the classroom has already reached nearly 70 per cent of Scotland's primary schools, according to new figures. Latest numbers show that teachers from 69 per cent of primary schools in Scotland - a total of more than 6,700 teachers so far - have registered to use the BT-sponsored Barefoot Computing programme, which offers free, classroom-ready teaching resources.                  Community Index
Play Talk Read Bus Coming To Thurso and Wick
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The Play Talk Read bus is coming to Thurso and Wick. "The Play, Talk, Read campaign highlights how the first few years represent a golden opportunity for us to give our children the best possible start in life. "Simply by playing, talking and reading with our children more often we can make a real difference to their development. "Improving the life chances of all our children is a key priority for this government. By the age of three a child's brain is three-quarters of its adult size, with 50 per cent of language skills already developed, making the need to get the early years right beyond debate.   Community Index
Introducing: Why Invest In Nature? A Short Film Competition
Film competition
Young filmmakers with a passion for nature are being sought for our new competition that aims to encourage businesses to see the benefits of the natural world. We have joined forces with the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital (SFNC) to help promote why businesses should care for and invest in nature. Rebecka Bergh, who is helping to organise the competition, explains all. Businesses depend on nature for resources like timber or water supplies. They also benefit from a range of services provided by nature, such as pollination of crops and nutrient cycling in soils, or healthy environments for people to live in or visit.

CNS FUND awards maximum funding for MS Therapy Centre Refurbishment
MS Thereapy Centre Awarded £30,000 for Refurbishment
A Caithness MS support charity has been awarded £30,000, the maximum award, by the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund. The MS Therapy Centre Wick was given the money to help refurbish its premises in Braehead and create a new community wellbeing hub. The therapy centre is used by people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and other medical conditions that benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Treasurer of the MS Therapy Centre Wick, Janet Farrington said, ‘'We have been based at our current premises for over 25 years and the building needs a major refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards. After successfully negotiating an asset transfer with Highland Council last year, we are working hard to raise money for the refurbishment.

Tourism Familiarisation Event
Tourism Familiarisation Event
The Flow Country
Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland

When: Friday 15 March, 1pm - 3 pm
Where: Field Centre, RSPB Forsinard Flows

Future of Fisheries in Scotland
Futureof Fisheries in Scotland
National discussion paper launched in Orkney. Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has launched a national discussion paper setting out the Scottish Government's vision for the future of fisheries. Mr Ewing is meeting with representatives from the local fishing community in Kirkwall, Orkney, on Monday in the first of a series of similar meetings across Scotland, which will allow individuals, businesses and communities involved in fishing to have their say in what a new strategy for fisheries management should look like.

Commercial Vehicles in Caithness From 2018 - Catching up with photos from last year
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Vintage Tractors 2018 Now Added To The Transport Section
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  Transport Photos Index

Caithness International Science Festival 2019 Programme
Caithness Internationla Science Festival 2019 Programme of events
Another Science Festival  4th March - 23rd March packed fullof events and the huge fun day.  With visits to all primary schools it is the biggest community organised event that contributes to schools and the public at large.

   Community Index

Family Fun Night Walk and Activities At Dunnet Beach
Family Fun and Activities Night Walk at Dunnet Beach - Friday 1st March 2019

    For other events check the Whatson Calendar

Caithness Astronomy Group Moon Watch Observing Sessions
Moon watch in Thurso and Wick
Weather permitting there will be the opportunity to drop by and view the Moon through Caithness Astronomy Group telescopes at Thurso Riverside and Wick High School on the evening of Saturday 16th February. 7.00 - 8.00pm.

Families in Caithness to benefit from Police and Parentline Partnership
Perentline partnership to help families in Caithness
Caithness families will get greater access to support thanks to a new partnership between Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division and Children 1st's Parentline service. Local police officers responding to incidents involving children are letting their families know about the ongoing support that Parentline offers via phone, email, text and online webchat.  In December officers in Wick received briefings from Children 1st's Parentline team about the service and the support it provides. As well as telling families about the service, officers are also giving out postcards and other information about how to contact Parentline, if families choose to do so.
Pastimes From Past Times At Castletown Heritage Museum
Pastimes from Past Times

Thurso Community Fridge  - Donation page set up
There are currently 32 Community Fridges across the UK and their numbers are growing. A Community Fridge is open to all and it's key aim is to minimise food waste in a community. Did you know that in the UK it is estimated every household throws away £700-£800 worth of food? That's just households, the levels of food waste from Supermarkets and Businesses is much higher. So imagine...that cheese you bought that you thought you would eat but ended up throwing away, those rolls from the Bakery that are still perfect to eat but they can't put out the next day, that over order on yogurt at the Supermarket - all going to the bin. Unless, there is another solution! Pop it into the Thurso Community Fridge for someone else to get use from.
Your Cash Your Caithness - Everyone Wins - Big Surprise For Everyone
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On Saturday 26th January 2019 the Your Cash Your Caithness event was held in front of packed auditorium at the Pulteney Centre in Wick. Once again 22 Caithness community groups made presentations with questions from the audience about their many and varied projects listed below. What was evident from the 5th event to disburse some funding with a public vote was the huge variety and commitment of the people who run groups in the county.  See inside for the surprise of the day.
Noss Primary Children Tell About The Books They Are Reading
Noss Primary school, Wick tell us about the books they like

The children at Noss Primary school in Wick will tell us about the books they like over the next few weeks.
Check their web site for further updates in coming weeks.

If you buy books for children and grand children this might be a very useful guide.

Burns Night Shortbread Biscuits - 5 Recipes
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To celebrate Burns Night on Friday 25th January, Scottish Blend, a brew specially blended for Scottish water, have teamed up with independent Scottish Bakery, ‘Pinnies and Poppy Seeds' to create five special shortbread flavours.
Yummy Recipes - Haggis Spice - Raspberry & Oat - Irn-Bru Cracked Black Pepper - Crowdie Scottish Tablet Shortbread
22 Groups In Running For Your Cash Your Caithness - You can go along and vote Saturday
The pubic in Caithness have the chance to decide who gets the cash by voting after hearing short presentations by all of the groups. Presentations are only 5 minutes with some questions after. 22 projects now have a chance to put their idea to the public vote. There is £10,000.00 on offer with applications received totalling £21,075.00.
Your Cash Your Caithness - £10,000 To Be Distributed By Public Vote on 26th January 2019
Following the initial application process 22 projects now have a chance to put their idea to the public vote. There is £10,000.00 on offer with applications received totalling £21,075.00. The participatory budgeting event will take place in the Pulteneytown Peoples Project, Pulteneytown Centre, Huddart Street, Wick, KW1 5BA with registration from 9.30 am and will start at 10.00 am until around about 1.30 pm on Saturday 26th January 2019.
There are two cyber security events being held in Caithness
Events organised by Highlands and Islands enterprise - Book Now.
Cyber security is an ever increasing issue, whether it is for us as individuals, part of a Community group or running a business. Highlands & Islands Enterprise digital team are coming up to both Wick and Thurso on the 27th and putting on a Cyber Sense event which will last an hour, it is fun and free so please take the opportunity to book on an event near you.  See links to Thurso and Wick events inside.

Have Your Say On Thurso Flood Protection Study
Thurso Flooding January 2005
The Highland Council has invited people in Thurso to attend a public exhibition highlighting proposals for flood prevention measures along the River Thurso. The Council is currently developing a Flood Protection Study (FPS) for the River to identify solutions that will alleviate the risk of flooding. An exhibition on Tuesday 22 January from 2pm - 7pm at the Pentland Hotel ballroom, Princess Street, Thurso, KW14 7AA .
       See photos from the flooding in Thurso and other parts of Caithness January 2005

Beatrice offshore wind community fund open for applications
The Beatrice offshore wind community fund is again open for application from 14th January 2019. The closing date for applications is noon on 25 April 2019. In this round, the overall fund is worth £400,000. With the total fund worth £2,000,000 over the five-year life of the fund. You can apply for funding from £10,000 up to a maximum of £50,000.
Moray Offshore West Windfarm Returns To North Planning Committee
Moray West Wind Farm
On 22nd January 2019 the Moray West wind Farm planning application returns to the North Planning committee but merely fro some slight changes to the location of some turbines to lessen the impact on certain views.

Scrabster Harbour Prepares For Further Major Developments
Scrabster Harbour prepares for major new developments
Scrabster Habour Trust have launched their tendering process for new works at the St Ola pier, dredging, water supplies and other works.  The mutli million pounds project will further develop the harbour and add to the works of the last 10 years which have seen improvements to income and continue the expansion of jobs in the area.

NDA Draft Business Plan 2019 - 2022 - A Chance To Make Comments
NDA Draft Busines Plan 2019 - 2022
The consultation is open until  4th February 2019.  

Planned expenditure for 2019/20 at Dounreay  is £185 million.

County Lines drug networks in Scotland - Be Alert
County Lines Drugs Campaign
Crimestoppers charity launches campaign to appeal for help in tackling County Lines drug networks. The charity Crimestoppers is on 14th January 2019 launching a campaign to highlight the pain and suffering that criminals from English cities are inflicting on vulnerable people in Scotland's rural and coastal towns. The campaign aims to raise awareness of County Lines, which is when criminals from major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham are expanding their drug networks to other areas, bringing with it serious criminal behaviour such as violence, exploitation and abuse. The term County Lines refers to the use of a single telephone number to order drugs, operated from outside the local area.

Caithness Voluntary Groups Awarded £183,296 To Combat Poverty
Caithness grousp awarded £83296 to combat poverty
Caithness Voluntary Group, in partnership with Pulteneytown People's Project and Thurso Community Development Trust have been awarded 183,296 to employ the four full-time development workers and a part-time co-ordinator. The 12-month project will employ, a community development worker for Wick will be employed by PPP and based at the Pulteney Centre, as will a childcare development worker. The development worker for Thurso will be based at Ormlie Centre and a rural development officer will work from the CVG offices in Wick.

A9 Berriedale Braes Milestone As Contract Awarded
Berridale Braes road contract awarded
It has been many years coming and the late ex councillor Billy Mowat would have a wry smile as he brought the topic up at every opportunity in Highland council. Transport Scotland has today announced that R J MacLeod Ltd has been awarded the construction contract as part of the £9.6 million project to deliver improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend on the A9.   Map showing road now and improvements

Potential World Heritage Site in the Flow Country
Potential world Heritgae site at Caithness and Sutherland Flow Country
A World Heritage Site in Caithness and Sutherland? The Flow Country currently sits on the UK's tentative list for World Heritage Site inscription, in recognition of its world-class blanket bog habitat and unique assemblages of bird species. A Working Group has been established to put forward The Flow Country's nomination to the UK Government, who will decide if the nomination can proceed to UNESCO. If The Flow Country becomes a World Heritage Site, it will join The Great Barrier Reef and The Serengeti as one of the most important natural sites in the world. UNESCO's World Heritage Site status is considered the most prestigious of all heritage accolades, making it the Michelin Star of the heritage world!
Wick Shops 10 Years Ago - Spot The Changes
In 10 years a few businesses have disappeared from the streets.

Wick Harbour Walkabout
Wick Harbour 8 January 2019 - North StarWick Harbour 8 January 2019A walk around Wick harbour yesterday showed a higher number of boats than usual probably due to the bad weather out at sea and the end of the holiday period.  The buildings being completely change on the front of the harbour are advancing at a steady rate with many new jobs scheduled to be located there later this year.  Meanwhile the new piers for work boats show the huge difference at the habour area.  Wick harbour has been turned around in a way no one though possible 10 years ago.  Servicing the  turbines in the Moray Firth will provide work for many years to come.  The old slipway has long gone.
Wick Harbour a few years back  Even Earlier  Pontoons Arrival in 2007  Dredging In 2008  Stormy in 2011
PFR Reactor Jacket 1968  Harbourfest 2007   Film of December 2012 Storm  North Pier Repairsin November 2002
In September 2006 many of the building parts for Tesco were delivered at Wick Harbour

Semichem To Partner With Scottish SPCA Caithness Rescue AND Rehoming Centre
Moira from Semichem Thurso visited Scottish SPCA's Caithness re-homing centre to see how funding will make a difference.
Semichem and Scotmid Co-operative has partnered with Scottish SPCA as their charity of the year to raise £300,000 to support education programme in schools across the country. Semichem Thurso and Wick will team up with Scottish SPCA Caithness rescue and rehoming centre each month Semichem stores in Thurso and Wick will support Scottish SPCA in educating the next generation of animal lovers over the coming year and are encouraging the local community to take action.

Happy New Year To Everyone from

May your 2019 be a good one.