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Dance From The Heart
Dance From The HeartDance From The Heart
Elise Lyall School Of Dance once again presents a great show in Assembly rooms, Wick on 21st and 22nd November.

Halkirk Village Council Drama Club - 'Alice the Musical'

New Noss Primary School, Wick - Latest Photos
New Noss Primary School at Wick - 18 November 2014

Wick and District Pool League  - Week 5 Results

Police appeal for information following damage to property in Wick

Police in Thurso appeal for information following damage to work vehicle

Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan events coming to Halkirk, Wick and Tongue
People living and working in Caithness and Sutherland are being encouraged to help influence a new Local Development Plan for the area known as CaSPlan. Upcoming events include:
 · Halkirk on 25 November at the Ross Institute, Bridge Street;
 · Wick on 26 November at the Town Hall, Bridge Street;
·  Tongue on 27 November at the Village Hall, Kirkiboll.
At each event there will be a drop-in session between 2pm and 5.30pm and a round table discussion which starts at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both parts of the event.

Caithness Band 'Neon Walz' Starting UK Tour in Cumbria
They recently played on BBC live

Deveronvale 0 Wick Academy 1

For the second week running Deveronvale features on SHFLtv due to the Keith v Lossiemouth game being called off. Wick Academy made the five hour trip to defend their 14-game unbeaten run and had the ball in the net after four minutes through Lukasz Geruzel, however the far-side linesman ruled it off-side. Deveronvale’s new signing, Stuart Leslie, also had the ball in the net after 13minutes but the near-side linesman raised his flag for off-side. Darren McConnachie and his opposite number in the visitng goal, James More, kept the scoreline at 0-0 with some superb goal-keeping. The second half saw chances for each team to open the scoring and when Davie Allan chased a long-ball, the on-coming goal-keeper, Darren McConnachie, was fortunate to receive a yellow-card for barging into Allan. On the 80th minute Craig Simpson received his second yellow-card resulting in an early bath. McConnachie and Allan were the centre of focus again with referee David Sim awarding a penalty to Wick Academy for McConnachie’s foul on Allan in the box. Richard Macadie stepped up and slotted home the penalty on the 84th minute securing the points for Wick Academy. Interviews by Brian Barclay with Gordon Connelly (Mgr of Wick Academy), Ally MacLeod (Mgr of Deveronvale), players Davie Allan of Wick Academy and Man of the Match Darren McConnachie of Deveronvale. Full round-up of results and league table follows.
Countdown to lower drink drive limit
Campaign launched to highlight proposed change on 5 December 2015. A high-profile public information campaign to ensure Scotland is ready for a new lower drink drive limit has been launched at the start of Road Safety week. The Scottish Parliament will vote tomorrow (18 november 2014) on an order which will bring the reduced limit into effect on December 5. This would lower the blood alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood. Scottish Government is recommending zero alcohol to remain under the limit in its new advertising campaign.

New Council Offices - Latest Photos
New Council officesin Wick - 17 November 2014

Police in Caithness appeal for information following death of sheep near Lybster

Melvich Gaelic Choir - Celebration Ceilidh
Melvich Gaelic Choir Celebration CeilidhFollowing the success of the Melvich Gaelic Choir in this year's National Mod competitions they have organised a ceilidh to let everyone hear some of the successes live.  Other winners wil join them for an evening of great music.  Combined with solo artists and musicians it will be a lively evening.  So get along to Royal British Legion, Thurso on 29th November at 7.30pm.

Wings Over Wick - Still Circling The Planet
Recently received from Sara Bourgoin who has identified a relative one of the men in an old photo in the section "Those Who Did Not Return".   Her great uncle Gordon Strutt is in the photo at the bottom of the page and she discovered it by a reference to it on Facebook.

Edinburgh Festival Hit Comes to the Mill Theatre, Thurso - 23 November
Waves at Mill Theatre - 23 November 2014Waves tells the story of the unofficial history of the invention of the Butterfly stroke. It is a solo theatre work written and performed by Alice Mary Cooper. Combining new writing, highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and humour, Waves is the amazing tale of Elizabeth Moncello and how, growing up on Gabo Island in the 30's, she employed sea creatures to teach her how to swim. With the help of fish, penguins and amphibian friends, Liz, the daughter of immigrants, developed ‘the Dolphin,' known to the world as the Butterfly. A hit at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe where it was nominated for the Brighton Fringe Emerging Talent Award and programmed for the 2014 Imaginate Festival Delegates Programme, this enchanting tale promises to delight audiences young and old.

What People Said About 'Waves'

Fire - Thistle Park, Wick
Still Time To Get Your Chriistmas Event Added To Our FREE 'What's On' Calendar
Lots of Christmas events are still being added to our what's On calendar so get yours in soon - it's FREE.
To add an event just use the Submission form and remember you can add a poster or photo to brighten it up.

Red bag found at retail park wick
A forum member has found the bag at the wick Retail park and is attempting to contact the owner to return it.

Fit's in 'e Groat 'e Day

Police appeal for information regarding a report of a man behaving suspiciously in the Thurso area

Latest News From Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership

Nice Film About Local Bakers - Reid's Of Caithness

Council reinforces commitment to tackle bullying behaviour in Highland schools
The Highland Council is to enhance its policy on anti-bullying in schools after members of the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee (12 November 2014) agreed to introduce a new ‘Positive Relationships and Bullying Prevention Policy, Guidance and Toolkit' to all Highland schools.

Thurso Scouts Local Christmas Post Delivery For 20p
Thurso Scout Post
Thurso Scouts wil this year resurrect the Christmas post fund-raiser and help local people save some cash by delivering local cards for only 20 pence.  Boxes will be placed at various locations in Thurso from 1st December so remember just place all your cards in a large envelope with full address and postcodes.  Please remember it's Thurso only.

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'Where the White Stops' - Pre- Christmas Family Outing
Where The White Stops - Antler Theatre at Melvich Village Hall
Antler Theatre are touring to Melvich Village Hall after successful tours to the Edinburgh Fringe and elsewhere. Come see 'Where the White Stops' - for adults, but suitable for 8+ year olds - check the video to see if your under 8 will like it. An ideal pre-Christmas Christmas family outing.

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Caithness Horizons Christmas Market Hits Success As Stalls Take Up Was Fast
The demand for stalls on 6th December at the Caithness Horizons this year was so fast they have all been taken in double quick time. There may still be opportunities for craft and other businesses as a range of Christmas events are still accepting names for tables and stalls.  Wick Christmas Fair this year is being held at wick High School on 29th November so if you are quick you might be lucky to get a space.
Other Christmas Events
Latheron Christmas Craft Show - 22nd Novermber
Christmas Coffee Evening - 21st November
Wick Christmas Fair -
29th November
Murkle Chirstmas Craft Fair
29th November
Mey Market Christmas Special - 30th November
Christmas Fun Day At Northlands Glass -  30 November
KWK9 Dog Rescue Christmas Fayre and Coffee Evening - 27 November
Keiss Christmas Fayre Coffee Evening - 27 November
Santa's Wonderland and Christmas Frenzy Castletown - 30 November
Thurso Cinema Christmas Fayre - 30 November
Girl Guiding Christmas Shopping Event - 23 November
For more Christmas events check  the What's On in November and December
High Life Highland Challenge Returns due to Demand
Move it to lose it
The 6 week "MOVE IT TO LOSE IT" Christmas Challenge begins this week with first weigh in's taking place at all participating High Life Highland leisure centres. The campaign encourages everyone in the community to get active in the run-up to the festive season. There is no need to worry if you have not exercised for some time. The challenge is accessible for all and the leisure team will support MOVE IT TO LOSE IT participants, providing motivation, backed up by professional advice and support, to improve health and lose weight in a fun environment.

High Life Highland Libraries Win Quality Award
The work of High Life Highland libraries has been recognised at The Highland Council Quality Awards for delivering the best used and most cost-effective library service in Scotland.

End Of Year Rally Report
End of year Rally report
Bill Hamilton reports on his end of year Rallying. The final rally of the 2014 Scottish Rally Tarmac Championship, the Kingdom Stages was held at Crail Airfield near St Andrews in Fife on November 1st. Competing in Class 3 was Bill Hamilton and new co-driver Matt Fletcher in the Hamilton Optimum Training Opel Kadett.

Police in Thurso appeal for information following damage to property
Police in Wick appeal for information following damage to property

Garden waste kerbside collections stopping for winter
As winter approaches householders are reminded that Garden Waste Collections will cease for a period of 3 months from the end of November. There will be no brown bin collections in December, January or February. The final collection day of 2014 will be Friday 28th November and collections will begin again on Monday 2nd March 2015.

Research reveals value of Gaelic to businesses and communities in Scotland
Rannsachadh a' sealltainn luach na Gàidhlig do ghnothachasan is choimhearsnachdan ann an Alba

Damen Delivers Tug for Scrabster Harbour
Stan Tug for ScrabsterScrabster Harbour Trust (UK) has taken delivery of a new harbour tug / workboat, a Damen Stan Tug 1606. The vessel, named Highlanders, will replace its current workboat which was built in 1976. The new tug will undertake pilotage, towing, general harbour and maintenance duties.

Wick & District Pool League - Week 4 - Results

Santa's Little Helpers At St Fergus Gallery, Wick
Decorate St Fergus Gallery Snatas Little Helpers at St FergusSt Fergus Gallery will have a Christmas Craft Market on Saturday 13th December. To make the gallery as festive looking as possible for this event, children and adults are invited to come in anytime during the opening times to create pretty paper decorations. If you like, these can be made in your own home as well and brought to the gallery to be used to decorate it before 6th December.

ANDRITZ to supply tidal current turbines to MeyGen
Meygen TurbineANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order from MeyGen Ltd. to supply three 1.5-megawatt tidal current turbines to the planned tidal array in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, Scotland.

Council helps businesses to bid for public sector contracts
North businesses are being invited by The Highland Council's Procurement team and Business Partners to join them at Mackay's Hotel, Wick on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 November to find out about new opportunities in public sector business. This is a free advice and information event aims to help interested businesses bid for public contracts, whether they have worked with the Council before or never considered public sector contracts.
Police in Thurso appeal for information following theft of mountain bike
Theft seen On CCTV.

Remembrance Caithness 2014
Remembrance Caithness 2014

Ross parents revolt over plans to cut teaching time in primaries -
Ross-shire Journal
A ROSS-SHIRE parent power revolt is looming over fears primary pupils will be left trailing behind their counterparts under cost-cutting plans to trim half-an-hour from teaching time in schools. A teacher has voiced concerns that the cumulative effect of the measures over seven years of primary school education would be the equivalent of axing three entire terms of schooling.
A PLAN to shorten the school day for Highland youngsters, has been attacked by a Caithness mother.
The plan has been suggested by Highland Council as part of budget cuts of £64 million over four years.
Jobs and Schools On Block in Highland council Cuts - Lochaber News
Highland Council Budget Consultation
The Highland council Budget consultation for the public to input to the process closes on 16th November.  
Budget Blog        Budget Consultation Document

Independent panel to consider school closures
Candidates are being sought for a new independent panel to make final decisions on school closure proposals called in by Ministers. Fit's in 'e Groat

Progress At New Wick High School
Wick High School 3 November 2014
A few photos to show progress as groundworks get well underway at the new Wick high school.

Sheltering From The Storm At Keiss
WK28 Sheltering from the storm at Keiss in Sinclair Bay, Caithness
SAFE in port, one of the boats secure at Keiss Habour from a storm-lashed Sinclair Bay.

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Thurso Heritage Calendar 2015
Thurso Heritage Calendar 2015Thurso Heritage Calendar 2015
Thurso Heritage have produced a great calandar for 2015.  Taking old Thurso photos and adding colour.  This may be the calendar you keep long after 2015 is past.

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