1 October 2015
year and still new things to discover and enjoy about highland past
The twenty-second Highland
Archaeology Festival gets underway at the end of this week (Friday 2nd
October) with another packed programme of events across the Highlands.
The fortnight-long Festival, which is co-ordinated by The Highland
Council's Development and Infrastructure Service in partnership with
dozens of local event organiser across the Highland Council area and in
Moray, runs from Friday 2nd October to Sunday 18th October. This year
local people and visitors can choose from almost 70 walks, talks,
exhibitions and special activities covering the whole spectrum of
Highland archaeology from prehistoric burial cairns and roundhouses to
WWII remains and Commando training stories.
for Community Council nominations approaching
The deadline for submitting
nominations to stand for Community Councils is next Tuesday, 6 October
at 4pm. Anyone wishing to stand for a Community Council in Highland
must have their completed nomination form to the appropriate Ward
Manager by this date. Community Councils are voluntary organisations
that express the views and concerns of local people within their area
across a wide range of issues from new buildings and roads to local
services and facilities. They also have statutory duties and in some
areas receive Community Benefit money from windfarm projects which they
can reinvest in the community.
27 September 2015
strike forces cup replay
JUST when it look as if Academy
booked their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup, with a late
decider, than opponents Whitehill Welfare delivered a party spoiler
with an even later goal.
26 September 2015
And North Sutherland Partnership Update
Project - Autumn Newsletter
latest newsletter from Meygen highlights the activities already
underway in Caithness with progress being madeon several fronts
including delivery of the biggest amount of steel 4800 tonnes - three
times the weight of the Dounreay dome.
Haul of Trophies At Perth
Rush.dance have just competed
Central Scotland street dance championships in Perth, this is the first
Qualifier for next year's World street dance championships.
Thousands of dancers from all over Scotland came all hoping to make a
final and qualify for next year’s big one ‘the World championships’.
Emma Thain who is only
3 years old was Runner Up in the Under 6 competition
Well done to all the competitors.
25 September 2015
Lands Creative Glass Welcomes Equipment Donation From Dounreay
North Lands would like to say a
thank you to our regular lampworking tutor, Ian Pearson and Dounreay
Site Restoration Ltd for their kind donation of torches, lathes and
cutting and polishing equipment from the now retired nuclear facility.
Ian has worked tirelessly to make the donation possible and it has
taken him two years to process all the authorisation paperwork. But the
result; a fantastic array of torches and ancillary tools arrived a
couple of weeks ago with the promise of more to come.
24 September 2015
free school meals and early learning and childcare
The Scottish Government
will act to protect the rights of disadvantaged children to free school
meals and early learning and childcare after changes to welfare
being made by the UK Government, the
First Minister has announced. Following
changes to working tax credits and child tax credits around 22,000
pupils in Scotland between the ages of 3 to 15 would lose their
entitlement to free school meals, while around 2,000 2 year-olds who
would benefit most will become ineligible for both early learning and
childcare and a free school meal.
Universal entitlements for 3 and 4 year-olds to almost 16 hours a week
of early learning and childcare, and for P1-3 pupils to have free
school meals are unaffected by the changes.
However, the First Minister has pledged to safeguard the entitlements
of thousands of other children from lower income households by changing
the regulations in Scotland to ensure they remain eligible.
Lieutenant salutes Dounreay on 60 years of apprentices
The latest batch of Dounreay's
newly qualified skilled workers were encouraged to make the most of the
exciting opportunities and challenges ahead.
This year Dounreay's new recruits are the sixtieth group of apprentices
in a long line of young people joining the site's highly respected
apprenticeship scheme since 1955.
Dounreay is one of the few companies who have taken on apprentices
without a break for sixty years.
23 September 2015
Environment Forum launches new plan to help Nature and Wildlife
A new plan to help wildlife was
launched today (23 September) at the Highland Environment Forum's
September meeting in Inverness.
Highland Nature: The Biodiversity Action Plan will help target
resources to address 33 wildlife priorities which have been identified
under headings ranging from the sustainable management of habitats and
species, to taking biodiversity into account during building and
maintenance works, to delivering local projects, raising awareness,
tackling invasive non-native species and improving the management and
sharing of biological records.
Pupils from Hillhead Primary
school, Wick, took part in the national Marine Conservation Society's
Beachwatch project on Monday 21st September. The event, organised by
the Highland Council's Planning and Infrastructure countryside rangers,
launched the start of ‘Wick Waves', a week's long ‘sea’ themed events
taking place in Wick.
Pupils from Primary 6 at Hillhead School spent the morning collecting
and recording litter at the North Baths. The data will help Marine
Conservation Society identify the main sources of litter at the North
Baths shore area and keep the issue of the dangers of marine litter
high on the local agenda.
invited to find out how to restore War Memorials
The public are being invited to
3 events being held in in the Highlands to find out more about how to
obtain funding to repair and conserve local war memorials. The Highland
Council is supporting the War Memorials Trust who is holding the events
in Thurso, Inverness and Fort William on 5, 6 and 7 October
respectively. Each event runs from 7 - 9pm.
on changes to X99 service - Inverness to Thurso
Sustainability and Seafood with Jim Cowie
Friday 25th September 4.00 - 5.00pm
22 September 2015
To Raise Fund For Samaratins Caithness
If you like to dance, listen to
music or even both Why not come along
to Dancing Strictly in aid of Samaritans Caithness.
Our Afternoon Tea Dances will start in October on Friday afternoons
between 2pm and 4pm and will be held in the Norseman and Pentland
Hotels. Starting in the Norseman on 16th and the Pentland on 30th
October. All proceeds will go to Samaritans Caithness.
21 September 2015
Industries Festival For Caithness - The Skald
Caithness is gearing up to be
more creative with the launch of a brand new festival, the SKALD, which
opens its doors on Friday 02 October. The two day event has been
organised by a collaborative comprising Alistair Murray (Big Box),
Sophie Dunnett (North Highland College UHI), Rob Arthur and George
Gunn. Supported by a wider SKALD team project managed by Ann Thomson
they will be highlighting and showcasing the importance of the creative
sector to the local economy.
19 September 2015
Harbour Sees More Activity To Progress Energy Projects
On Friday 18th September 2015
the 24 metre-long rectangular steel multi-cat C-Chariot built in 2013
was to be seen loading a Data-fish buoy at Gills Harbour, Caithness.
exciting times for the Pentland Firth and there is more and more chance
to see unusual vessels as Gills is near to many of the potential sites
for underwater turbines.
18 September 2015
communities to invest in renewables
A new programme to help
communities and social enterprises to generate income by investing in
commercially owned renewable energy developments has been launched this
week, as part of Community Energy Fortnight.
Festival 21st - 26th September
Week of Free Events
Celebrating our deep connection to the sea with a range of talks and
activities running through the week.
Leaflet in Colour
Books - Part of the Wick Waves Festival
Book to get a place on this
unusual day and make some book covers.
Launches Good Causes Carrier Bag Funding
causes across Scotland are set to "bag" a funding boost of more than
£750,000 as The Co-operative launches its Local Fund to share the money
raised through carrier bag charges and sales in its food stores.
The community retailer is calling on local causes or community groups
in Scotland interested in “carrying” away a share of the Co-op Local
Fund to apply online by Wednesday, 7 October 2015.
Opportunity - Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund
Creative Scotland and
Young Scot have announced that the next deadline for applications to
the Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund is the 18th October 2015. The
Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund aims to support
young people aged 14-20 who need financial help in developing their
talent within the creative industry.
17 September 2015
in Wales Not Affected By Thurso Closure - News North Wales
cycling and walking to school for north pupils
Pupils at two Sutherland and
two Caithness primary schools are to
benefit from projects being delivered by The Highland Council through
the Scottish Government's Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS)
programme. Members of The Highland Council's Caithness and Sutherland
Area Committee have given their approval for £39,965 CWSS funding for
projects at Gledfield, Lochinver, Castletown and Canisbay Primaries.
sub-sea communications cables - ERI Lecture - Tuesday 22nd September
Prof David Meldrum, from SAMS,
will be presenting a talk about "Smart sub-sea communications cables:
An effort to better monitor climate change and improve disaster
extends helping hand to refugees
Hundreds of Scots have
pledged to help refugees fleeing persecution and conflict, the Minister
for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf, confirmed
of Yarrows to Whaligoe
- Saturday 3rd October, 11am- 2pm
This walk is part of the
Highland Archaology Festival 2nd - 18th October 2015.
See the full programme guide HERE
16 September 2015
Must Go On
Assembly Rooms- Friday 18th and Saturday 19th
£5 Adults - £3 Children and Concessions
- Proceeds To RNLI Lifeboats
Music-Monster, The Music Monsterettes and The Music Monsterlings,
accompanied by the Caithness Orchestra, present an evening of music and
entertainment. See how classic songs have been re-imagined to make two
brand new story lines.
For Act One, be transported to 1950s New York, and watch a group of
orphans finding their way into the hearts of New York's wealthiest
In Act Two, join the French Resistance as they prepare to fight against
the occupying forces, and watch as lives and loves get tangled up in
war and politics.
14 September 2015
Waves' - Local Sea Festival
The Highland Council's
Ranger Service, with funding and support from the Highland Seashore
Project, have come together with local community groups, organisations
and businesses in Wick to run a week of Seashore related events from
the 21st to the 26th September.
This week of free coastal festivities has been titled Wick Waves and
brings artfully together the exploration of the huge diversity of life
on the coast; the influence the coast has had on shaping Wick its self
and local art, books, food, music and sport. There is so much to be
appreciated from our Highland coasts and Wick boasts a huge amount of
coastal diversity from its wildlife to its heritage and culture.
Programme Leaflet HERE
Your Caithness - call for communities to apply for funding
Community and voluntary groups
across the north are invited to apply for funding to put their ideas
into action and bring benefits to their local communities. Caithness
Members of The Highland Council have set aside £30k from the Ward
Discretionary Budget to let the local community decide for themselves
which projects are needed in their area Whether you want to organise a
dance for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention
idea, a lunch club for older residents, a community art project, all
ideas, large and small are welcome.
13 September 2015
Poundland Store Opening on Saturday 19th September at 9.30am
A new Poundland store
will be opening at 9.30am Saturday 19th September 2015 in the premises
formerly occupied by CarpetRight
which closed recently
Time certainly passes
fast as it was in April
2006 that Homebase opened its doors in the same complex
. The store is situated at the
shopping comlex on South Road as you enter Wick on the A99.
Ten years go
- Looking back to construction in
Wick opened 27 November 2006
changing and many of our older photos on the web site show what used to
12 September 2015
Highland College - University Open Day
Transmission to seek views on site options for electrical switching
station in Caithness
and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Of Mey Bat Walk
16 September 8.00 - 9.30pm
They fly around in many parts
of the county in the dark and sometimes in the half light but do you
know much about them?
Use the countryside
Ranger's bat detectors to discover all about the flying midge munchers
found around the Castle of Mey at nightime. Wrap up warm and bring a
torch. All children must be accompanied.
Booking is essential!
10 September 2015
Lottery and Highland Council Funding to Support Digital Inclusion in
Highland Council is partnering with digital participation charity
Citizens Online and other local partners to identify and tackle digital
inclusion issues in the Highlands, supported by funding from the Big
Lottery Fund. The project will identify the barriers that Highland
residents are facing in accessing the internet. It will also map the
existing provision of digital skills training and support, and
facilitate a partnership to fill any gaps. The aim of the project is to
support the uptake of digital skills and services by creating a
sustainable and supportive partnership network.
chance to vote - 16 and 17 year olds register now for the Community
Council Elections 2015
Did you vote in last year's
independence referendum? Did it spark your interest in getting involved
in your local area?
16 and 17 year olds can represent their community by nominating
themselves to be local Community Councillors in the election this
autumn, as well as being eligible to vote in the Community Council
elections. This is your chance to help represent the views of your
community to the Highland Council and other public agencies.
społeczność potrzebuje - Społeczność Rady Wybory 2015
9 September 2015
community needs you - Community Council Elections 2015
Nominations are invited from
seeking election to all Community Councils across Highland this autumn.
This is your chance to help represent the views of your community to
the Highland Council and other public agencies. Community Councils are
voluntary organisations that act as a voice for their local area. They
express the views and concerns of local people within their area across
a wide range of issues from new buildings and roads to local services
and facilities. They also have statutory duties: by law, the Highland
Council must consult with Community Councils on planning and licensing
applications in their area.
8 September 2015
Caithness A Fourteen Community
of Caithness is part of Spirit of 2012's Glasgow Commonwealth Games
legacy programme Fourteen; instigated by Spirit's investment in the
Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK. 14
communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities
that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three
years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will
make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community.
Spirit of Caithness is the local name for the Fourteen programme in
Caithness. The programme will operate from January 2015 through to
Council responds to Syrian Refugee Crisis
A cross party meeting of Group
Leaders from The Highland Council has today met to discuss Highland
Council's initial response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
The Group Leaders also met with Bylthswood representatives to hear of
the work they are doing to support the Syrian Refugees.
The Highland Council has advised COSLA that it would be willing to play
its part in any government arranged Syrian Resettlement Scheme.
for the 2016 Be Your Best Rock Challenge and J Rock tour fast
6am on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 Senior Schools, Academies and Sixth
Form Colleges (6:30am for Junior and Primary Schools) registration will
open to take part in one of the region's most dazzling, high energy
performing arts competitions as the Rock Challenge® and J Rock™ tour
returns for 2016!
The 2016 Safer Highlands J Rock™ will take place on Wednesday 20th
April before the Safer Highlands Rock Challenge® on Thursday 21st
April. These events will provide the opportunity for local schools to
showcase their creativity, talent and imagination on the stage of Eden
HIV Testing In Wick 25 September
Waverley Care is Scotland's HIV
and Hepatitis C charity. They will be visiting Wick on 25 September
offering FREE HIV tests with results in 20 minutes. The test itself is
a finger prick test and it gives an accurate result in 20 minutes.
Testing is very discreet and confidential and if anyone would like to
book an appointment they should call Rory or Rachel on 01463 711585 or
7 September 2015
Archive At Wick - Construction Photos
The latest photos added to the
gallery were taken on 29th August 2015
. A lot of ground work
is going on although not much to see in the latest photos
6 September 2015
Wick High School - Latest Progress Photos
Walkers Celebrate 2nd Anniversary
Thurso Walking Group recently
celebrated their 2nd Anniversary with a hot drink and cake at St Peter
and the Holy Rood Thurso. The walking group, part of Step It Up
Highland, meet every Wednesday at 10.30am at Caithness Horizons. Walks
last about an hour with volunteer walk leaders organising different
routes around Thurso each week. The aim of the group is to encourage
local people to improve their health, socialise and have fun in a
supportive walking group.
Walk Wednesday 9th September
5 September 2015
Drug and Alcohol Forum AGM
9th September 2015 - 6.30
- Pentland hotel, Thurso
along and find out more about drug and alcohol problems in Caithness.
A full presentation by CREW 2000 on NPS ( Legal Highs)
presntation by HADP on work in Caithness and Sutherland
3 September 2015
Collecting For Bumblebees
PLANS Play Y-Not, Thurso
9.30pm - 1.00am
Hamish Napier (Back of The Moon, Man's Ruin) and fiddler Adam
Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Croft No. 5) join forces
in a daring project called ‘Nae Plans‘.
Following the release of an album that was strictly unrehearsed (the
pair barred any discussion about what material they would play or how
they would arrange it until the 'record' button was pressed), the duo
have been taking 'Nae Plans' on the road... They perform unplanned or
'off-the-cuff' gigs, showcasing the talent of two of Scotland's leading
traditional musicians. This daredevil approach to performance brings a
crucial part of Scotland's music culture, the informal session, to the
foreground and casts it in a fresh light, bringing its open-ended,
spontaneous nature onto the concert platform. The material ranges from
traditional songs and tunes, to contemporary numbers, to their own
compositions and improv. The live performances capture the duos raw
creativity and demonstrates their outstanding musical intuition.
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