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Caithness News Bulletins May 2005

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Boat Pullers Raise Cash For Life boats
The Applecross Boat pulling team have completed a boat pull every year for the past 3 years, check their website, Applecrossboatpull, this year they are pulling the boat from Brora to Wick and are donating the money collected between Wick and Portree RNLI lifeboats and the Macmillan cancer relief.

HIE Network Announces Results For 2004 - 05
The economy of the Highlands and Islands is continuing to improve, with unemployment showing a steady downward trend while population levels are rising.  That was the message today (Thursday 26 May) from William Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  Announcing the agency's results for the year from April 2004 to March 2005, Mr Roe said that, despite setbacks, the area's economy was in good health and there were strong grounds to be optimistic about the future.  "If you look at key indicators of prosperity, things like unemployment levels and population growth, the Highlands and Islands as a whole is continuing to punch above its weight and out-perform other parts of Scotland," said Mr Roe.

Bill Johns Tribute CD and DVD to Aid Local Charities
The family of the late Bill Johns who died recently are putting together some of the recordings that Bill made.  The Johns family have had a CD put together of Bill playing some of his favourite tunes (solo) and are planning on selling them for 3 each, and in the near future they hope to do a DVD of the Bill Johns Band playing in the Lounge at the Royal British Legion Thurso and The Leisure Centre (Grove Lounge) which will be on sale for 5. The proceeds from these sales will all go to Local Charities which Bill would have been very proud of, as he gave of his time free of charge on many occasions for lots of local organisations.


The Highland Council has asked the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland to reconsider the proposed boundaries for local government electoral divisions at the next local government election in 2007.  To accommodate the introduction of Proportional Representation and multi-member wards, using the Single Transferable Vote, the Commission has advised the Council it has redrawn the Council map to create 23 multi-member wards, distributing the 80 elected members into 12 three-member and 11 four-member wards. With only minor amendments, the Council accepted the configuration of wards in Caithness, where there would be two three-member wards and one four-member ward, and in Sutherland, where there would be two three-member wards.


The Highland Council has responded to public demand by placing all hygiene and health and safety inspection reports on its worldwide web site.  Although other Councils may follow, it is believed that the Council is the first local authority in the UK to place this information on the internet.  Recently, requests have been made for copies of food hygiene inspection reports in respect of all school kitchens and several individual restaurants/hotels etc. On each occasion, this information has had to be retrieved from records and forwarded to the applicant. In order to make the information freely available in the future, the first food safety and health and safety inspection reports were posted on the Council's website.

Storage Solution of Morning And After School Club Run By Pulteneytown People's Project
Morning and After School Klub (MAASK) run by Pultneytown Peoples Project now have the solution to their storage problem. The club which is based at South School, Wick received the donation of a storage container from UKAEA Dounreay to store their outdoor equipment. Katrina MacNab, PultneytownPeoples Project said "Pultneytown People's Project is very grateful to UKAEA for donating the storage container. This has allowed MAASK to buy new equipment for the children which has had a positive impact at the club with the children enjoying learning and joining in new activities."  Children and staff of MAASK are pictured here outside their store with Katrina MacNab (2nd right) and Lynn Stewart (right) of Pultneytown Peoples Project.

To celebrate the announcement of a further 3 years of funding for Bookstart in Scotland from the Scottish Executive Education Department, Bookstart will hold the first ever "Bookstart in Scotland Day"  on Thursday 19th May 2005.
Please note: Both Caithness events will take place on Wednesday May 18th, 2005.
* Thurso - Thurso Library from 2:00pm - 2:45pm. Stories and more for pre-school age children.
* Wick - Wick Library from 10:30am - 11:30pm. Stories and more for pre-school age children.


In Wick Friday June 10th to Sunday June 12th
To be held in Community Learning Centre, Ackergill St.,Wick

Composters For Sale In Caithness Are A Bargain
The Highland Council is supporting International Compost Awareness Week which runs from and to help more people compost at home, the Council are providing compost bins in Caithness at a reduced price of 5.  The 'Compost Converter' bins (photo), which are 330 litres and made from recycled plastic, come with a 20 year manufacturers guarantee.  Composting is easy to do at home and is full of benefits for you and the environment. Not only will you be able to reduce the amount of waste you throw away each week, you will be able to produce your own nutrient rich compost which will also save you money.

Fund Raising For Bank Row Memorial Garden
A fundraising evening comprising of entertainment and displays of memorabilia from the war was held at the Pulteneytown church in Argyle Square. Elsie Cormack explained how they had started and where the project stands with an expected start date of May 2006.  Elsie Cormack's two sisters were killed in the bombing of Bank Row.  The memorial garden is in Bank Row once a bustling part of Pulteneytown busy with shops and small businesses since the herring days.  It is located in the central part of the regeneration project of Lower Pulteneytown that has already seen the renovation of Telford Street and next to the Black Stairs currently being rebuilt.  The Displays are open at the church in Argyle Square today where tea and coffee will be on sale in the new cafe.
Community Memorial Garden Index     Memories Of The Bank Row Bombing

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