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Do We Still Need The Committee On Radio Active Waste Watchdog?
A review of the committee that provides independent advice to the UK Government on the long-term management of radioactive waste has been announced. It is the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), part of the government's commitment to ensuring non-departmental public bodies "continue to have regular independent challenge". The CoRWM also provides independent scrutiny on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's proposals and programmes for geological disposal, storage and long-term management solution for nuclear waste in the UK.  Stakeholders are being invited to comment on the future of this committee.  CoRWM Web site
22 year-old man charged with serious assault following incident in Wick

Wind Turbine Blades Move Slowly Through Wick
Wind Turbine blades snaking through Wick 27 January 2015
TRAFFIC was held up for a short time to allow these wind turbine blades to negotiate the roundabout at the foot of Cliff Road, Wick, today, and as you can see it was a case of easy-does-it.




Met Office Predicts Snow In The North For Wednesday
Frequent snow showers, some heavy, giving slight to moderate falls, even on low ground away form the west coast. Strong to gale westerly winds, causing drifting on high ground. Maximum Temperature 5C.

PLAY AND LEARNING INTO PRACTICE - Six Day Course
Are you a newly appointed member of staff or an existing member of an EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE team seeking to increase or refresh your knowledge and practical skills prior to commencing a formal qualification to meet SSSC requirements? This practical six day training course delivered by CALA and HiMATS provides learners with an introduction to the value of play and learning. The course has the SQA NC unit "Child Development and Health" embedded within it, therefore is an ideal introduction to study for those beginning to work towards a relevant qualification.  Application Form HERE

Pilot of choice based lettings to be launched in Caithness
Choice based lettingNext Wednesday (4 February 2015) the four housing partners of the Highland Housing Register in Caithness will be hosting special sessions in Wick and Thurso to let people know about an exciting new way of allocating some of its properties, giving applicants much more choice about the housing they will be offered. For a period from 16 February 2015 onwards, vacancies will be advertised to promote choice. Instead of waiting to receive an offer of housing, applicants will be able to choose which properties they are considered for by responding to an advert.

Vikings Venture On Board for Up Helly Aa - Watch It Live Today
Up Helly AANorthLink Ferries' iconic Viking, Magnus, was brought to life today (Tuesday, 27 January) during celebrations at Shetland's world-renowned fire festival Up Helly Aa. Acting as King Magnus the Good, 13-year-old Lewis Harkness led 15 members of the Junior Jarl Squad on board the MV Hjaltland followed by over 100 members of family and friends to enjoy a lunch hosted by NorthLink Ferries. NorthLink Ferries is also a proud sponsor of this year’s Up Helly Aa webcam which provides visitors to the NorthLink website the chance to enjoy the festivities. To watch the event unfold visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk/uphellyaa

Caithness Junior Orchestra - new members welcome!
Join Caithness Junior OrchestraThe Caithness Junior Orchestra was created last September to give an opportunity to all young musicians aged 8 and over to make music together. The orchestra now has 24 junior members from 10 different schools across Caithness and north Sutherland. The weekly rehearsals are a great chance for the children to make new musical friends. We're currently working towards our next performance which will be an afternoon concert at the beginning of April, and we're also planning to perform at the Music Festival in June, so now is the ideal time to join in the fun.
Rehearsal 2nd February 2015

Joint Ward Forum - Thurso, Wick, Landward Caithness - 10th February Open To The Public
Updates from Police and Fire - If you want to find out more go along and ask questions.
New venue for this week's Caithness District Partnership Meeting - Open To The Public
The scheduled Caithness District Partnership will still take place on Friday 30 January 2015 in Thurso but people should be aware that the venue and start time have been changed from what was originally promoted. The Partnership meeting will now take place at 10.30am in the Pentland Hotel, Princes Street, Thurso.  Issues to be discussed will include updates on Caithness General Hospital and the Children's Care Partnership.
Marine Mammal Medic Course - Wick 25 April
The course is a full day's session, usually with 20-30 delegates. The course fee is 90 - this includes your first year’s supporter’s fee and third party insurance while on a rescue.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Three Cheers As Faster Broadband Launched in Caithness
Next generation fibre broadband is available now to the first customers in Wick and Thurso
A Thurso broadband cabinet at Thurso ready for roll outMore than 6,000 homes and businesses in the two Caithness towns are able to order fibre based broadband now, with speeds of up to 80 mbps, delivered through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project. Services will be available to another 700 plus premises soon, as cabinets currently in the final stages of activation in Wick go live. (In the old Bignold Hospital and Louisburgh St areas of the town.) This is just the start for the North which will see roll-out continue in the towns and across a number of new areas of Caithness in 2015.

Caithness District Partnership - meeting 30th January to include update on Caithness General Hospital
The Caithness District Partnership meetings are open to the public and this is probably the first opportunity for you to hear first hand the latest position on the hospital services and what is happening on redesign and out of hours services that have been so much in the news recently due to staffing problems.  Also on the agenda is a presentation from Bill Alexander, director of Care and Learning for highland Council on the way forward for District Partnerships that came out of the changes agreed for integration of health and social Work services 3 years ago. Also on the agenda is anothe important topic - Adult Social Care Initiatives - Joanna Macdonald, Director of Adult Social Care and Deborah Jones, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Highland.  Meetings of the Caithness District Partnership chaired by Bill Fernie are held 4 times a year and topic covered can include those suggested by members of the public.  Questions from the public are taken at the end of the meeting or following pesentations.  This meeting has some important issues being presented and this is an opportunity to get questions asked.   Changing Services     Still changing
The Caithness District Partnership meets 4 times a year and has no budget. It is a meeting point for health, social work, third sector and the public to hear about issues and get updates and for discusion of topics raised by all parties. New topics require to be submited in advance of the meeting and forms are available for this.

New Noss Primary School
Noss Primary School construction project 21 January 2015
Latest photos of the Noss primary school construction project showing the damaged corner dismantled awaiting a rebuild.  





CAITHNESS ARTIST Selected for national exhibition of outstanding graduates
Magi Sinclair selected for exhibition of outstanding graduatesWork by Magi Sinclair of Latheron, Caithness has been selected to appear in an exhibition of work by outstanding arts graduates in London. FBA Futures 2015 picks work by recent graduates from Degree and MA shows across the country. More than 40 Art Schools were visited by the selectors, who are all members of the Federation of British Artists and 18 students have been selected. ‘Forsinard Ebb and Flow' is one of two pieces which will be exhibited by Magi, from her charcoal studies of the Flow Country.

Gills Sees Work Begin On Tidal Electricity Scheme
C-Salvor at GillsThe 24 metre-long multi-cat vessel C-Salvor is paying her first 2015 operational visit to Gills Harbour this week. The little rectangular-shaped 145-tonne ship is using the Scottish mainland's most Northerly port for conducting diver-led survey operations for tidal electricity developers MeyGen Ltd at its Crown Estate lease site, 1 mile off the little port, and just offshore from its planned cable-landfall site at Ness of Quoys, that lies 1 mile along the Gills Bay coast east from the harbour. This is also the first operation being carried out for MeyGen Ltd by James Fisher Marine Services Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of James Fisher & Sons plc, a major group with its headquarters at Barrow-in-Furness, in NE England.

Apprentice Designer, Mechanical Nuvia Limited  - another apprentice opportunity in our Jobs Section
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Wick & District Pool League - Week 9
Week 9 2014/15 Season Wick and District Pool LeagueRetro1 put in the performance of the night to defeat Bayview1 7-5 in week 9 of the 201415 Wick & District Pool League season. In their debut season in division one, Retro1 remain undefeated and sit in third place in the league.




Your World War One Ancestors - Course Starts 28th January
North Highland Archive at Wick LibraryCome along and join the Caithness Archivist in the first of 4 weekly sessions and learn how to find out more about your Caithness World War One ancestors who fought in World War One, and the communities they left back home. The courses will feature online resources such as Ancestry.com, as well as the archives held in the Caithness Archives in Wick Library.

Repairs to Pipes at Service Bridge, Wick
Repairs to pipes at Service Bridge, Wick


JGC and Dounreay Looking To Recruit Engineering Apprentices
This could be the start of a great career so get applying.

Highland Homecoming Quilt at St Fergus Gallery, Wick Until Saturday
Highland Homecoming Quilt
St Fergus Gallery and High Life Highland would like to invite you to view the beautiful Highland Homecoming Quilt 2014 at our gallery from 10th - 24th January 2015. If you cannot make it to the gallery by 24th January you can check some of the details and names of the contributors to the quilt in our photo gallery - see link above. Some are from Caithness but there are names from all over Highland.
To see close ups of the patches go HERE.   Remebr to get an even larger image you can right click on the image and open it in a new tab or window.  Then click on it to enlarge again.

Last Days To See Abstract Artist Fred Pollock Picture
Fred Pollock picture
If you have time up until Saturday you can still see some pictures from the Highland council collection. Take in the Fred Pollock picture seen here but much better in full size in the St Fergus Gallery, Wick until Saturday 24th January 2014.




Social Media Workshops for Local Food and Drink Businesses
Early in February the first two in a series of workshops specifically for anyone working in the local food and drink sector will take place to highlight how social media can be best used to increase profit, support other local businesses and promote the area. The workshops follow on from the project The Highland Council ran last year across the Highlands to investigate the potential and appetite for developing an industry-led local food and drink network that could co-ordinate and drive future activities to support the local food and drink sector in the region. The sessions will feature case studies, provide lots of step by step practical advice on how to make Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn work better for businesses, networking opportunities and the chance to share best practice. The first workshop takes place on Monday 2nd February at the Duisdale House Hotel, Sleat, Isle of Skye and on Thursday 5 February Mackays Hotel in Wick will host the Caithness workshop. Both events are free and will run from 11am to 3pm.
Loch Seaforth The New Ferry For Western Isles Visits Scrabster
MV Loch Seaforth new ferry for Western Isles calls at ScrabsterThe MV Seaforth was in Scrabster on its way to the Western Isles today.  MV Loch Seaforth is the new Caledonian MacBrayne ferry being built for the Stornoway to Ullapool crossing. She was launched on 21 March 2014 and was delivered in early November 2014. She will replace the 1995-built MV Isle of Lewis as the main ferry on the route. A replacement vessel for the Stornoway-Ullapool route was announced by Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP on 8 June 2012. Two weeks later on 22 June, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited announced that the contract to construct had been signed with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft MBH and Co KG in Germany.

Still Time To Sign Up For New Spanish Courses - starting February 2015 Thurso College
If Spanish is not what you are looking for then check out all the courses on offer at North Highland college by peeking at the lot HERE   Why not fill in a winter night with some learning or activity.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Starts in Wick - Tuesday 20 January
Egnlsih Classes Start 20 January 2015 in Wick
FREE classes Informal Open to all levels - Beginner to Advanced Practise speaking, reading, writing and listening.

Class starting Tuesday 20 January 2015 6.30-8pm
Rhind House, West Banks Avenue, Wick.



Calling Parents Of North School Pupils
Online training for parents of North Scvhool parents in Wick
Are you interested in getting online?
Do you want to feel more confident using your laptop or tablet?
Would you like to learn how to help your child with their school project, access various services or just send an email?




Billion Pound Cable To Link Caithness And Moray
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission), a subsidiary of SSE plc, has confirmed that it will accept Ofgem's proposals for the funding of the new Caithness-Moray electricity transmission link at a cost of 1,118m. The project is now set to help support over 100 new energy careers across the north of Scotland, including via SSE’s industry-leading apprentice, trainee engineer and graduate programmes. In total, the subsea cable and associated work at sites located right around the Moray Firth will support over 600 jobs during construction.

Wind Farm Cash Making a Lasting Difference to Local Community
Local groups and charities are celebrating awards from the E.ON Camster Community Fund. The latest awards panel awarded over 65,000 in the first of two rounds in the fund's second year bringing the total invested in the area to over 200K since it opened in the summer of 2013, making a positive difference to the local community.  
New Community Index
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

Would you like to support adult learners in your community?
Become an adult numeracy and literacy tutor.


Wick & District Pool League - Rockwater Shield Quarter Finals
Rockwater Shield quarter finalsMartin Hill's fantastic performance on Monday night helped play a big part as his Crown1 side earned a 6-2 first leg victory over Blackstairs Lounge. The Crown side look to be big favourites to progress, requiring just three frames in the next leg to make it through to the Rockwater Shield semi finals. Hill made an outstanding 8-ball clearance in his singles, and would seal victory for his team with a 6-ball finish in his doubles game....................

Senior citizens celebrate at their exclusive party in Wick
Wick senior citizens party - January 2015Who said the festive party season was over?....not a band of Wick pensioners. They were again the guests of honour at their annual treat, its 51st anniversary, in the Assembly Rooms. Bad weather took its toll on the attendance which was down on the previous year, but those that braved the elements were rewarded with another memorable evening. The main hall was decked in bunting, balloons, Christmas crackers and after an excellent meal and refreshments, the Wick RBLS Pipe Band set the scene for the entertainment programme with a superb display.  40 Photos HERE

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Pentland Gale - Painting by Jane MacRae
Pantland Gale by Jane MacRae
This painting by artist Jane MacRae is currently on show at the exhibition at Caithness Horizons in Thurso.  Our artists gallery is open to any artist producing pictures of Caithness or other subjects either resident here or elsewhere.

Artists Gallery Index

Snowy Caithness
Snow in Caithness - January 2015Snow in Caithness - January 2015
58 North - A Modern Pilgrimage around the Globe

Police appeal for information following break-in to premises in Thurso

Fire On Keiss School Bus To Wick High
Fire on School bus Keiss to Wick High
Everyone got off safely.





Highland Schools Update
Damage At Wick High But Will Open On Monday
Canisbay Roof Damage - Power Off - School may open Tuesday or Wednesday
Brora Primary - Roof Damaged - May Open Tuesday

New Noss Primary Construction Site Has Wind Damage
New Noss Primary gets wind Damage
The new Noss primary construction site sustained some damage to one corner with the high winds of the last few days.   The damage is not thought to be major but some of the framework has been pushed over but will not cause much delay at this stage.






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