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30 June 03
Golf Challenge Round Caithness
On 1 July 2003 up to
12 men will attempt to do what we believe has never before been attempted
, i.e. to play all four Caithness golf courses in one day. This will be a
sponsored golf challenge with funds raised going towards providing
suitable transport for the Neurological Group's Wick group which meets in
Wick Youth Club.
Tee-off time at Reay is 4.30am(!) with Thurso around 7.30am, followed
later in the day by Lybster (2 round played here) and lastly Wick. If you
see any of the guys on the course, or in the bar in Wick afterwards,
please feel free to drop a donation into the golf bags! Your support will
be much appreciated!
30 June 03
HOW TO GET STARTED IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS
Anyone thinking about a career in the music business will have the
chance to find out how to get started at a series of Highlands and Islands
workshops tied in with the upcoming Proclaimers tour.
Unlike TV shows like Popstars or Fame Academy, the 'Get Into Music'
workshops have been designed to be just as relevant to those interested in
working behind the scenes - in recording, production or distribution for
example - as they are for budding performers.
New Play Park, Bignold Park, Wick Opens Sunday 6 July 2.00pm
park will be officially opened on Sunday, 6th of July and Wick
Play Areas Community Group are holding a fun day from 2pm and
want to invite everyone along to help us celebrate the opening.
As well as all the new equipment there will be a bouncy castle,
music, beat the goalie, stalls, hot dogs etc etc with all
proceeds going into the development of the park.
The Nold Poster to print and display
A Red Admiral Butterfly Snapped today In a Caithness Garden
Stewart took this picture of a red admiral butterfly in his
neighbours garden today. There are quite a range of
moths and Butterflies in the county. If anyone else has
managed to take any pictures we would be happy to start a new
section to contain them and build a record of them.
Details of location and names would be helpful. If any
rare ones are sent in we will omit the location.
excavate overlay At Battle Moss, Thrumster On Sunday
of glass blocks were laid out along the lines of stone rows at
Battlemoss, Loch of Yarrows and in three circles shown by a
recent geophysics survey. In August archaeological
excavations will take place - the first of any stone rows
in Caithness. The art side of this unique project
continues at Dunbeath on Wednesday at Dunbeath when
the glass blocks will be built beneath Chapel Hill. 2 July 10.00am-12.00pm; 1.00-3.00pm;
3.30-5.00pm; 5.30-7.00pm glass installation -
Chapel Hill, Dunbeath Heritage Trail, Dunbeath,
29 June 03
Lybster Gala 2003 Pictures
29 June 03
Canisbay Show 2003 Pictures
RABBIT TEST RESULTS SENT TO FOOD
UKAEA Dounreay today has sent to the Scottish Environment Protection
Agency and the Food Standards Agency the findings of laboratory tests
carried out on rabbit faeces found in an area of the site historically
used for the burial of low-level waste.
27 June 03
Donation from Dounreay Employees Charity Fund to Corssroads Caring for
"Crossroads Caring for Carers Caithness are a small charity providing
respite care services to carers in Caithness. The Dounreay Employees
Charity Fund recently donated £300 towards the charity for upgrading their
software on their computer systems. Pictured presenting the cheque to
Maggie Page, (centre) Co-ordinator of Crossroads are Rob Roy, Chairman of
the DECF and Marie Mackay, Secretary of the DECF."
THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL GAMES FESTIVAL
August 11th to 18th 2003
The Future of Entertainment is
Edinburgh International Games
Festival’s ‘Go Play Games’ event to offer visitors a unique opportunity to
enjoy hands-on experience of the best of contemporary gaming.
Visitors to Edinburgh’s Royal Museum during the month of August will find
themselves in the unlikely position of being asked to touch the exhibits,
as the world-famous visitor attraction throws open its doors to the ‘Go
Play Games’ exhibition.
25 June 03
Mount Pleasant Caithness Netball Champions
Pleasant Primary School won the netball title with a 6-5 victory over
Pulteneytown Academy at Castletown
25 June 03
Castletown Primary Caithness Football Champions
Primary School won the football title for the first time ever with a 2-0
victory over Pulteneytown Academy at Pulteneytown
25 June 03
Caithness Cub Camp At Olrig
Last weekend the first ever Caithness Cub Camp was held at Olrig, by
Castletown. There were 50 cubs from 1st Dunnet Bay, Reay, 1st Thurso, 2nd
Thurso and 1st Wick packs. The cubs were mixed into 4 teams for the
activity bases over the weekend.
UKAEA COMMITTED TO
BEING SUPPLIER OF CHOICE TO NDA
Draft Nuclear Sites and Radioactive Substances Bill
UKAEA is determined to be the chosen
supplier of choice to the new Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for
the management of its former nuclear research sites............
25 May 03
CASE May Report
Unemployment, Grants Training etc for May in Caithness and Sutherland
24 June 03
CAITHNESS ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRUST
advertising, an open competition and interviewing a number of high quality
applicants the Board of Caithness Archaeological Trust is delighted to
announce that Dr Andrew Heald has been appointed as Archaeological
Development Officer to the Trust. Andy Heald, who was Director on
behalf of the National Museums for Scotland and University of Edinburgh of
last year’s excavations of the broch at Everley,
said, “This is a great opportunity to work with the people of Caithness to
promote their amazingly diverse, but little known heritage, which is of
the highest quality.
24 June 03
RESULTS ARE IN FOR BIGGEST EVER
HIGHLAND VISITOR SURVEY
Results from the biggest ever visitor survey in the Highlands and
Moray will be unveiled in detail at a series of presentations across the
area over the coming weeks. Almost 5000 visitors were interviewed
over 12 months as part of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise-led project
to give tourism businesses and industry planners an insight into visitor
profiles, transport arrangements, spending patterns and accommodation
needs as well as visitor satisfaction levels.
24 June 03
Caithness-based dental technician has plenty to smile about after being
awarded a grant to start his own business. Qualified dental technician, Allan Young
has been awarded a financial package from Caithness and Sutherland
Enterprise (CASE) via the HIE-Starts programme. HIE-Starts is a
Network-wide initiative designed to help new businesses by providing a
regular income for the first twelve months of trading, usually the most
difficult time for fledgling businesses. Allan is setting up his new business -
AKL Dental Laboratory - at The Bridges Dental Clinic in Wick, where he has
leased a room from dental surgeon Neil Erridge. He initially plans to
concentrate on denture work
from The Bridges Clinic but could eventually provide his services to
clinics in the wider community, as well as offering a denture repair
service direct to the public.
24 June 03
Glenmorangie Drams It Up For Charity
How Many Caithness Charities Could Benefit
Glenmorangie plc is setting an example to employers across
Scotland by signing up to Payroll Giving to boost their commitment to good
causes and the community. They, along with The Giving Campaign - a
National initiative to boost charitable giving in the UK, are urging more
local employers to follow suit.
Achvarasdal Home Future Under
By Church Of Scotland
10 homes including Achvarasdal in Caithness will
close unless quick solutions are found to the problems they face. To that
end, the Board will continue to work closely with local authorities over
the coming weeks in order to try to save these homes. However, should no
solution be found within the next three months, these homes will close by
the end of the current financial year.................................
Caithness Canine Club 2003 Open Dog Show
The 2003 Caithness Canine Open Dog Show was well attended
although entries were down on last year due another show
elsewhere. The club had recruited Albert Wight a well
known show judge who recently judged the Best In Show category
at Crufts in London. Mr Wight worked hard from 9.30am
working through various classes including Gundogs - working -
pastoral -hounds - utility and finally Best In show. Mrs Betty
Flavell also well known in the judging circuit was also there to
deliver her expertise in Toys/Terriers and other varieties.
Caithness Canine Club runs a range of classes for dog owners...
22 June 03
More Trinkie Pictures From Mike Brunton
John Thurso MP Officially Opened Homeaid Centre
Homeaid the charity serving Caithness and Sutherland by
recycling furniture and household goods had its centre
officially opened by John Thurso MP who praised the organisation
for its success in preventing so much going to landfill and
providing a source of furniture and other goods for people on
low incomes. A number of councillors had also turned out
with Caithness Convenor David Flear helping John Thurso try out
the stocks ready for fund raising at the county show in July.
21 June 03
Trinkie Midsummer Barbecue A Big Hit
Ian Sutherland and his Trinkie Volunteers brought off a very
successful barbecue fundraiser to make some cash to repair Wick's outdoor
swimming pool. This famous landmark was once again ringing with fun and
games and kids swimming in the newly painted pool. Well done to all
19 June 03
"Sustainable Forestry, Biodiversity and Biomass"
The Highland Council will host a one-day seminar:
Wednesday 25 June 2003 9.00am - 4.30 pm in the Portland Arms Hotel,
Expert speakers have been invited from Forward Scotland, Highland
Birchwoods, Nordic Enterprise Trust, AMEC, Integrated Energy Utilities
Limited, SVS Composting, Forest Enterprise, British Geological Survey, the
North Highland Leader+ Partnership. They will share their knowledge
on the new technologies and business potential identified for sustainable
forestry/biodiversity and biomass utilizing industries and processes.
The Seminar is open to organisations/agencies involved with economic
development, small businesses, local forestry groups, community woodland
groups, community organisations, land owners, farmers and crofters.
Please note strictly bookings only.
CAITHNESS YOUNGSTERS WIN TRIP TO
FUSION RESEARCH CENTRE
scientists from a Caithness school have made a flying visit to the centre
of pioneering fusion research at Culham in Oxfordshire. Stuart
Campbell (14) from Wick High School travelled with a friend and teacher to
the UKAEA site after winning the top prize in a competition during the
Caithness Science Festival. The competition was designed to inspire and
encourage youngsters to consider the relevance and impact of science on
everyday life, and to consider science and engineering as a career.
Patient Involvement – NHS debate
Rob Gibson MSP
The National Health Service is correctly
identified as a key indicator of how a civilised society is working. It is
the most cherished service our nation possesses as it gives all citizens a
right of access for treatment at the point of need. In European and World
terms those countries with such integrated health services show stronger
social mobility and less extremes of wealth and poverty. Yet welfare
provision has to be participative. It isn’t a sales counter, take it or
leave it. That’s why we in the SNP are so frustrated with New Labour and
its Lib Dem partners for the six year delays in setting patient
consultation and involvement in a workable framework for this age. Why has
it taken over fifty years to reach this stage?
18 June 03
Scrabster Pier From The Air
18 June 03
Rhind House Store In Wick Gutted By Fire
About 2000 hrs on Tuesday 17 June 2003 , three units of the Fire Brigade
attended a fire within an outbuilding adjacent to Rhind House, Education
Department, West Banks Avenue ,Wick. The building is used as a storeroom for the Education
Department and was extensively damaged as a result of the fire.
18 June 03
Wick School Kids Plant Flowers In
A few children from each of the four Wick primary schools were out
planting up the tubs in Wick despite the blustery wet weather.
The tubs are supplied by the Wick Flower Baskets committee and were first
put out last summer in the town centre.
18 June 03
FOR WINNING WRITER
The Gaelic writer Angus Peter Campbell has been appointed to the
prestigious Iain Crichton Smith Writing Fellowship which is funded by The
Highland Council, the Scottish Arts Council, Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise
and Ross and Cromarty Enterprise. Mr Campbell, who is originally
from South Uist, but now lives in Sleat on the Isle of Skye takes over the
post from the previous writing fellow, Kevin MacNeil.
Gaelic Links & News
17 June 03
HIE PLEDGES £500,000 EXTRA
HELP FOR BROADBAND UPGRADES
Up to 1,300 businesses and community groups across the Highlands and
Islands are in line to share £500,000 worth of grants to help them upgrade
to broadband telecommunications. The area's development agency,
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is making the funding available to
accelerate the take-up of broadband services in the region.
17 June 03
IT Firm Helps Highland Businesses Save £10,000
Leading Scottish IT consultancy, Escape, will next month show businesses
Highlands and Islands how they could shave
almost £10,000 off their IT and internet bills by using new ADSL internet
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT BRINGS WINDFALL FOR CAITHNESS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Health services in the far north have picked up a near
£8,000 windfall from the decommissioning of Dounreay. The money was collected from
companies and individuals working on the construction of new office
accommodation and donated to the Bignold Wing at Caithness General
Hospital in Wick for the purchase of equipment.
15 June 03
Halkirk Gala Pictures
HIGHLAND HEATWAVE LASTS
SEVENTY-TWO MILLION YEARS
Inverness Museum The ‘Age of Fishes’ until the 8th August The
opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm. Admission is free.
Inverness might have felt a little warm over the last few days, but during
the Devonian Period the Highlands lay in the middle of a sandy desert as
hot as North Africa is today! 400 million years ago Britain lay on
the edge of a large desert continent close to the equator. Fast flowing
streams running down from the Highland mountains, then taller than the
Himalayas, fed huge river systems and enormous lochs, some of which
stretched from Inverness to the Orkneys. Such an environment was
ideal for fishes, which is why the Devonian Period is also known as ‘THE
AGE OF FISHES’.
Thurso Boy Gets Biggest Trout
12 year old, Scott Mackenzie, of 8 Shebster Court, Thurso caught last night (Wednesday 11th June) on the
Thurso River, at the pool in front of the Royal British Legion.
It weighed in at just over 2.5lbs and it is believed to be one of the
biggest trout to be caught in the Legion Pool........
Tatties With Attitude
the most commonly used vegetable in the UK get a second look in
your garden.. Mike Clark is well on with his own trials
aimed at getting the crop in early and with bags of flavour.
Do you just buy "Spuds" or can you remember when tatties had
their own taste and
Halkirk Gala -
Busy Friday Night and Saturday 13
Lots of fun at Halkirk as the gala week races on.
why not go along and join in the fun tonight or tomorrow.
Saturday night has the crowning ceremony with entertainment from
the "Big Band" and Thurso Pipe Band
A New Web Site 13 June
Homeaid the local group recycling furniture for folk who
need it have a new web site. If you are disposing of any
household goods that are still basically in good condition give
them call and they will uplift the items. If they cannot
use something they may renovate it and sell it to raise funds..
HIGHLAND COUNCIL INTRODUCES
A SCOTTISH FIRST IN WASTE RECYCLING
The introduction of Highland Council’s new state of the
art “Kerbsider” waste recycling vehicle is not only the first of
its kind on the streets of Inverness and Badenoch & Strathspey
it is, claims the Council’s Transport, Environmental and
Community Services, the first in operation in Scotland. As
part of the Council’s commitment to reach the Scottish
Executive’s National Waste Plan 25% recycling targets by 2006,
householders on pilot routes in Inverness and the Aviemore and
Boat of Garten areas of Badenoch & Strathspey are being invited
to participate in the “Kerbsider” pilot scheme.
The Caithness and Sutherland Vintage Vehicle Club
The Caithness and Sutherland Vintage Vehicle Club held their first run on
Sunday. Leaving from the harbour at Thurso at 2.30 and
travelling to Georgemas then to Smerral and round by Houstry and Inver to
a stop at Laidhay Museum. The final part of the run was to the Portland Arms in
Lybster for a meal. Fortunately the weather stayed dry and everyone made it
RESIDENTS URGED TO
HELP CONCIL PLAN BETTER DELIVERY OF SERVICES
This week 7,000 individuals throughout the Highlands,
chosen at random from the edited electoral roll, will be asked
to help the council plan for better delivery of services in the
region. They will be receiving copies of The Highland
Council’s ‘Performance Survey 2003’, which invites them to
complete and return a questionnaire on Council
SELECT COMMITTEE RECOGNISES IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
The Highland Council has established a Gaelic Select
Committee to recognise the significance of current developments
to promote a Gaelic Language Bill and to reflect the importance
which the Council attaches to Gaelic matters. Elected
Chairman of the Select Committee is Councillor Hamish Fraser,
Skye Central, who is Depute Chairman of the Education Culture
and Sport Committee, with responsibility for Gaelic.
10 June 03
IMPACT OF PROPOSED INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY NURSERY STAFF
Fifty one nursery classes across Highland will be affected by
industrial action being taken on Wednesday 11th and Thursday12th by
nursery auxiliaries and assistants.
The Highland Council has been advised that 61 nursery assistants and 48
auxiliaries intend taking industrial action, which will result in 1,200
pupils losing a pre-school session on these days.
Classes affected on both days are:-
Caithness: Hillhead, Mount Pleasant, North and Pennyland Nurseries.
Sutherland: Bonar Bridge, Bonar Bridge Gaelic Medium, Brora, Dornoch,
Gledfield, Helmsdale, Melvich, and Rosehall Nurseries.
10 June 03
East End V Swifts
9 June 03
Isabella Fortuna Back In The Water
44 foot long Fifie built in Arbroath in 1890, restored in Wick lifeboat
shed in 1998 and now back in the water after more work.
Caithness Field Club On Isabella Fortuna
9 June 03
Toil - Images Of Working Life & Joan Eardley
Two Exhibitions In One
Gallery, Wick - Until 14 June
St Fergus Gallery Index
9 June 03
Young Kids Visit Dounreay
Playgroup and Ormlie Pre-School during their recent visit to the Dounreay
Thurso West Ladies Choir At The Caithness
8 June 03
Halkirk Gala Races
8 June 03
Artsmith Exhibition, Private View Night Is A Huge Success
The first night of
the Artsmith 'moving images' exhibition in the Swanson Gallery Thurso, was
widely acclaimed as a resounding success. The appreciative audience was
treated to a selection of strong and colourful paintings as well as a
sensitive and moving multi-media display which brought the whole show to
At Swanson Gallery Until 28 June
High School Reunion 1977 8
Mandy Scudder (nee Miller) has set
another reunion rolling. The date is set for 21 August 2004 in Mackays
Hotel. Send in your old school photos for the new section in the run up
to the date. If you would like to send in a story about your school days
we will add it to the section. Keep up with old friends in the
Message Board Reunion page set going by
Dunnet Gets Own Tourist Information Point
Dunnet got its own Tourist Information
Point when a group gathered for the official opening in the old Dunnet
Tearooms. On a very sunny evening Bill Fernie cut the tape to declare the
Information Point open during a cheese and wine party. The centre will
have a wide range of leaflets on Dunnet and Caithness.
Lybster PTA Hit The Sponsored Walk As St Trinian
The Lybster PTA were on their sponsored walk to raise
money for school funds on Saturday. They are walking from Wick to Lybster
and were stopping off for lunch at the Smiddy Inn at Thrumster.
7 June 03
77th Birthday For Ex Castletown Woman In Australia
5 June 03
HIAL Managing Director Addresses UK
Aviation Industry on Regulatory Burden
The need to strike a reasonable balance between regulatory control,
safety standards and airport operations was highlighted at the prestigious
Aviation Club of the UK in London today (5 June 2003). Bob
Macleod, managing director of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
addressed the gathering of leading aviation industry figures on the
subject of amelioration and compared the regulatory approach in the UK to
other countries where regional airports are more cost effective to
NEW SKILLS OFFERED TO LOCAL FIRMS
Businesses across the Highlands and Islands are being offered extra help
this summer to carry out short-term projects which could produce lasting
benefits. The Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP) matches
skilled undergraduates with a wide range of businesses to address a
specific need within each company. Students taking part in the programme
are skilled in a variety of disciplines, from marketing and product
development to IT and accountancy. Each placement lasts for eight weeks,
beginning in July 2003. This is the first year that the scheme has been
available throughout the Highlands and Islands. Applications to
participate in the scheme are being taken now.
4 June 03
SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY BIOMASS
AND BIODIVERSITY SEMINAR, CAITHNESS
25 JUNE 2003
The Highland Council will host a one day seminar "Sustainable Forestry
Biomass and Biodiversity" on Wednesday 25 June at the Portland Arms Hotel,
Expert speakers have been invited from
Forward Scotland, Highland Birchwoods, Nordic Enterprise Trust, AMEC,
Integrated Energy Utilities Limited, SVS Composting, Forest Enterprise,
National Farmers Union, British Geological Survey, Highlands & Islands
Enterprise, and the North Highland Leader+ Partnership.
4 March 03
The Great Glen Challenge By Canoe
Several of the Rolls Royce Employees on the Vulcan site are shortly to
undertake the Great Glen Challenge, a marathon 65-mile paddle in canoes
from Inverness to Fort William through the Great Glen. The paddlers hope
to raise several thousand pounds and local firms are being asked to
sponsor the marathon. All monies raised will be split evenly between three
local charities, the Thurso based Monday Club which aids local handicapped
people, the Epilepsy Partnership in Caithness & Sutherland and the
Caithness General Hospital League of Friends....................
4 June 03
HI-TECH TREE HOUSE SET TO ATTRACT GLOBAL ATTENTION
No one ever had a tree
house like this as a child - larger than your average wooden house with
all the latest hi-tech equipment! However, at Ackergill Tower near Wick
they have just that. The finishing touches to
the Tree House, situated in the grounds of Ackergill Tower, are now
complete and the facility looks set to attract even more business to the
area from across the globe.
3 June 03
Caithness Music Festival 2003
1 June 03
The Round Britain Experience -
2500 Mile Yacht Training Course
Wick harbour today was the 38 foot yacht with a crew on
an experience of a lifetime, the
chance to circumnavigate the British Isles whilst learning all
the skills of yacht cruising. Participants are learning
all the skills needed to become skilled and qualified yachtsmen.
1 June 03
CO-OP SUPPORT FOR NEW WICK PLAYGROUND
Co-op community dividend Fund has contributed £2000 towards the
cost of the new playground being created at the Bignold Park,
wick by the Wick Play Areas Community Group. David
Richard-Jones Caithness member of the Co-op Northern Area
committee presented a cheque for the £2000 donation to Allan
Tait, Chairman of the Play Areas Group................
1 June 03
Drugs Training For Teachers
Artsmith At Swanson Gallery