Caithness Field Club
Chairman - Geoff Leet Tel: 01847 89
CAITHNESS FIELD CLUB PROGRAMME 2012-2013
Monday 10 September – Malcolm Caithness has agreed to another visit to Castle Sinclair. We meet at the Castle car park 2.30pm.
Sunday 30 September – Geoff to lead a walk for Archaeology Fortnight .Leaving Wick 9.30am, Thurso 9.15am meeting Dunbeath Harbour 10.00am. From there – a drive to Houstry stopping to visit a stone circle, a broch, a wag and a sad graveyard
Thursday 4 October – Peter Wright – author of “Ribbon of Wildness “ will tell us about his adventures walking from the Borders to Duncansby Head – Pentland Hotel 7.30pm.
Thursday 11 October – Dr Oram of Stirling University is to give a talk – about War, Famine and Pestilence – Environment ,History in 14th Century Scotland – Pentland Hotel Thurso 7.30pm.
Sunday 28 October – A walk – hopefully - to see salmon spawning at Braemore! Leaving Wick and Thurso train stations 10.00am meeting at the telephone box Braemore 10.45am.
Saturday 10 November – Annual Dinner at MacKay’s Hotel Wick.- 7 for7.30pm. We have Graham Dunnet for After Dinner Speaker – price £27 including gratuities. Book with Marion - 01847 892999
Thursday 6 December - Alistair Jack will talk to us in the Assembly Rooms Wick 7.30pm – subject – Rescuing whales, dolphins and other marine creatures.
Thursday 17 January 2013 – Muriel Murray will speak to us about “Relics Re-told” – showing us artefacts presented to the Heritage Centre and the stories behind them – Pentland Hotel 7.30pm
Tuesday 12 February – George Bethune will speak to us in Wick Assembly Rooms – 7.30pm about “The Duke of Kent’s crash “– total research and construction of a very human story.
Sunday 24 February – A winter walk led by Jack Barnaby – a circular walk around Olrig – leaving Wick at10 am and Thurso 10.15am meeting at Olrig cemetery 10.30am
Thursday 14 March – Ken Butler has offered us an illustrated talk “Wild Flowers of the Northern Highlands” – Pentland Hotel 7.30pm.
Tuesday 9 April – Annual General Meeting at the Castletown Hotel – 7.30pm. followed by a presentation of photographs taken during the year. There will be a small charge for supper.
Friday 26 – Monday 29 April( note April not May) – Club weekend to Nethy Bridge. Hotel-Terms £42.50 each –no single room supplement – Geoff and Calum to lead a day each.
Book with Marion 01847 892999 – I said I would confirm numbers by Christmas.
We hope to have a Coach Trip in May which will be advertised later.
NON-MEMBERS ARE WELCOME. WE MEET AT THE TRAIN STATION CAR PARKS IN WICK AND THURSO. ARRIVE WEARING BOOTS AND SUITABLE CLOTHING WITH A PACKED LUNCH. EVERYONE COMES AT THEIR OWN RISK.
CAITHNESS FIELD CLUB WINTER PROGRAMME 2011/12
Monday 5 September 2011 – A talk by Professor Trewin of Aberdeen – “Fossil fish of the Old Red Sandstone” – Pentland Hotel 7.30pm. Also Professor Trewin will lead a walk in Achanarras Quarry starting 10 00am – we all have an invitation.
Monday 19 September 2011 – Malcolm Caithness will host a visit to Castle Sinclair meeting at the Castle car park 2.30pm.
Sunday 9 October 2011 – Archaeology month walk led by Geoff Leet – a four mile hike over rough ground seeing brochs, hut circles, a dummy airfield and Ulbster mausoleum. Cars leave wick and Thurso train stations 10.00am meeting Yarrows car park 10.30am.
Tuesday 11 October 2011 – Field Club Members and friends are invited to a Co-operative Fair Trade Wine tasting at Caithness Horizons –6.30-8.30pm.Please bring your membership card!
Sunday 23 October 2011 – Looking for deer at Langwell – led by Jack Barnaby. Leave Wick and Thurso train stations 10.15am meeting at Langwell garden car park 11.00am.
Saturday 12 November 2011 – Annual Dinner at the Ulbster Arms Halkirk - £25 including gratuity. 7 for 7.30pm - Book with Marion (892999)
Wednesday 21 December 2011 – An expedition to view the solstice at both Dorrery and Watten. Leaving Wick at 11.15am and Thurso 11.30am meeting just before Dorrery Lodge where the road forks at 12.00noon. Geoff Leet to lead – we last did this in 2007!
Thursday 12 January 2012 – A talk by “Ralph” – “ A journey along the coast – Durness to John o’Groats with lovely views and music at Thurso’s Pentland Hotel 7.30pm.
Thursday 2 February 2012 – George Bethune will speak to us on “Dunbeath Castle through the ages” at the Pentland Hotel Thurso 7.30pm.
Tuesday 21 February 2012 – Dan MacKay’s Illustrated Talk “Under a Northern Sky” will be at the Assembly Rooms Wick 7.30pm.
Thursday 1 March 2012 - Ken Butler will show slides on “Nature Photography” at the Pentland Hotel
Monday 12 March 2012 – Geoff Bates illustrated talk will be about “Birds” but we don’t have a title just yet. – Pentland Hotel Thurso 7.30pm.
Tuesday 17 April 2012 – A.G.M. at the Castletown Hotel. 7.30pm – a small charge for refreshments.
Sunday 22 April 2012– Normally a coach trip but this year – a motorcade! Details later.
NON-MEMBERS ARE WELCOME. WE MEET AT THE TRAIN STATION CAR PARKS IN WICK
AND THURSO. ARRIVE WEARING BOOTS AND SUITABLE CLOTHING WITH A PACKED
LUNCH. EVERYONE COMES AT THEIR OWN RISK.
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The Caithness Field Club has members from all over Caithness with many different backgrounds and interests. Many of the members are keenly interested in Local History, Archaeology, Geography, Natural History, Palaeontology and other topics. The Members lead walks and are available to answer questions on the many outings organised throughout the year. In the winter months indoor activities include lectures, talks, slide shows on a wide range of topics.
The Caithness Field Club has been publishing bulletins since 1973 with articles covering many aspects of Caithness/Scottish history, geography, wildlife and many other subjects. Click here for the Bulletins Index.
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