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Trinkathon A Big Hit As Sun Shines On In Caithness

Sunday 23rd July 2006 was successful day for organisers of Annual Trinkathon, warm weather ensured a very good turnout and £531 was raised towards future maintenance and equipment. David Hall representing the Royal Mail was on hand to present the North Bath Cup [won this year by the Trinkie team] this cup was generously donated by the Royal Mail.

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Pro Nuclear Group To See Prime Minister Tony Blair On Wednesday 12 July
A group of people representing many workers in the nuclear industry will present Prime Minister Tony Blair with a petition and letters in support of the retaining the nuclear option for the production of electricity in the UK.  John Deighan UKAEA Dounreay will be one of four delegates to meet the Prime Minister.  The others are Stuart McGhie British Energy, John L Rogerson Chapelcross, Howard D Rooms BNFL. John Deighan UKAEA Dounreay will also deliver a letter from the Thurso and Wick Trade Union Council. A further letter from the Chamber of Commerce will also be handed over to the Prime minister.

Mey Hall Sponsored Cycle Raises £1700 For New Hall Project
Mey hall committee held a sponsored cycle on Sunday when twenty four cyclists took part and raised around £1,700.  The sponsored cycle is one of many fund raising events the hall committee are running in their bid to get enough for new hall.  They were recently awarded  a grant from the Big lottery along with Keiss Hall.  However they still require to raise half the money from other sources.
Mey Hall Committee also recently launched a new web site www.meyhall.co.uk

Labour Party Announces List Candidates For Highlands and Islands In 2007 Election
Following the Scottish Executive Committee meeting of the Scottish Labour Party, the full ordered list ranking for the Highlands and Islands has been published. Peter Peacock currently education minister and Rhoda Grant formerly an MSP (1999 - 2003) are the numbers one and two on the list for Highlands and Islands - 1. Peter Peacock - 2. Rhoda Grant - 3. David Stewart - 4. Christine Conniff - 5. Michael Macmillan - 6. Dawn Graham - 7. Simon Harrison.  2007 Elections Index Scottish Council elections and Scottish Parliament election will be held on the same day.  All of the counts will for the first time be held in Inverness meaning no counts in Wick due to the introduction of electronic counting machines. The results of the council elections may not be completed until the second day after the elections as the Scottish Parliament count will be done first.

March Of The Highlanders At Thurso
A couple of weeks ago the Highlanders 4th Battalion marched through a number of Highland towns.  Here at Thurso Ross Mackay managed to get on board an armoured vehicle. The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, can trace their roots back to five Regiments raised in the late 18th century, including The Duke of Albany’s Own, The Ross-shire Buffs, and of course The 92nd Gordon Highlanders. Over the last 200 years, the Army has evolved to reflect the ever-changing military environment.  The reorganisation of the Army saw the creation of The Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and The Gordon Highlanders while the draw-down of the Empire through the late 1950s saw the formation of The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) in 1961, and “Options for Change” saw the creation of The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) in 1994. Throughout this long history, The Highlanders have amassed numerous battle honours and been deployed all over the world. Most recently operations have included tours of Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq and exercises in Kenya, Belize, Canada and Norway. The Royal Regiment of Scotland was created on 28 March 2006, with the The  Highlanders now forming the 4th Battalion in a structure designed to most effectively respond to the needs of the country and soldier alike. Many historic elements remain, however, including the distinctive blue hackle of the Highlanders, the recruiting area, and the name. The Highlanders are now based in Fallingbostel, Germany, as part of the 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats) and have re-rolled to use the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle which will be on display at the Freedom ceremony. The Warrior is fitted with some of the Army’s most modern equipment and provided firepower, protection and mobility for the Battalion on their recent deployment to Basrah and Al Amarah in Southern Iraq. It was used for numerous duties including the training and mentoring of the fledgling Iraq security forces.

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Goes Mobile
NHS Highland’s Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme has gone mobile, benefiting the 7500 diabetes patients in Highland who need to be screened.  Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the working age population, and everyone with diabetes is at risk of developing this condition, which fortunately can usually be successfully treatable if detected early when at an asymptomatic stage. NHS Highland now has two dedicated digital retinal cameras used for diabetic retinopathy screening. One is based in the Diabetes Retinal Screening Centre at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, and the other in a fully equipped self contained mobile unit which will be travelling widely to other outlying areas throughout Highland. The Diabetic Retinopathy Mobile Unit  was at Wick On 7 July 2006.

Bands At The Dammies

10 Bands in an all day concert Noon - 10.00pm at the Dammies in Thurso.

Dunnet Forest Link Path
A new multiuser path link has been created by the Environment Section of The Highland Council Planning and Development Service to link Dunnet Village, Dunnet Pavilion and Dunnet Forest in Caithness. The new path is wide enough to cater for walkers, buggies and pushchairs, cyclists and horse riders allowing for both visitors and locals to use the various facilities of the beach, the village and the forest whilst avoiding walking on the road or road verge. There have been a number of other benefits from the scheme. Sight lines have been improved for drivers exiting the Dunnet Pavilion car park and holiday makers using the Dunnet Bay Caravan site now have safer access between the beach and forest, providing options for outside activities in most weathers.

Public to be Consulted over Proposed Taxi Increases
The Highland Council is to ask the public for their views on plans to increase taxi fares later in the year. The public have until Friday 4 August to make representations, which will be considered by the Transport, Environmental and Community Services Committee on Thursday 17 August. The proposed date for implementation of the increased fares is Monday 4 September.

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