31 March 2015
Lockheed Martin for design work on 400 MW tidal project in Pentland
Atlantis Resources selects Lockheed Martin for design work on 400 MW tidal project in Pentland Firth
Monarda update - campaign against bogus callers and
associated doorstep crime
As part of Operation Monarda,
Police Scotland's campaign against Bogus Callers and associated
Doorstep Crime, officers from Police Scotland, VOSA, SEPA and Highland
Council Trading Standards, carried out a high visibility operations in
both Inverness and Brora last week....... This operation saw a large
number of commercial vehicles being stopped and checked by officers
from the various agencies. The operation aimed to combat those in our
communities who use their employment/business activities to commit
offences. Such activity impacts on employees, legitimate businesses,
the environment and communities across the Highlands. During the
operation a number of offences were detected which including road
traffic offences, trading practices offences, environmental offences
and benefit fraud.
students attend UK's leading beauty event in London
Beauty Therapy students from
North Highland College UHI have recently returned from a trip to the
Professional Beauty Exhibition at the ExCel in London. With more than
800 brands, including Clarins, 3D Lipo, CACI, Dermalogica, CND and OPI
the exhibition houses all the different aspects of the beauty industry.
The students were able to be a part of the latest launches and see this
year's beauty trends first hand.
The students that attended the UK's leading beauty event were, Chloe
Anderson, Elly Jackson, Ashley Johnson, Emily Mahood, Courtney McIvor,
Katie Moar, Chloe Pritchard, Erin Sutherland, Lauren Wilson, Susan New,
Lorna Philip and Lynne Stewart along with beauty lecturers Caroline
MacDonald, Carey Youngson and Kirsty Scollay.
30 March 2015
sets out Dounreay clean-up tasks
Decommissioning Authority, the public body that owns Dounreay and funds
its clean up, has published its annual business plan, setting out key
tasks for the site licence company DSRL to deliver in the next 12
of trapped fuel elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor
The removal of trapped
fuel elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor moved a step closer with
the successful trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate.
Decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most
technically challenging projects in the NDA estate.
Sets Out SME Spending
Authority (NDA) estate has measured that over 21% of its spend is with
SMEs. This equates to over £330 million spent out of our total annual
supply chain spend of £1.7 billion.
Monaghan, SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and E
Ross To Meet Voters In Wick
Dr Paul Monaghan will
be in Wick at the Nethercliffe Hotel this Tuesday 31st March at 7pm.
is welcome to go along and meet him and hear what he has to say about
the election, the area and all the rest - Over to you.
to ages 3 to 14. Email or post photos of the entries to
Free Range Eggs Facebook page or email them to them.
week sets scene for vibrant creative industries
29 March 2015
Coastal Rowing Club Launch Second Skiff - Pulteney Lass
Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnet
performed the official naming ceremony and launched the second skiff
"Pulteney Lass" for Wick Coastal Rowing Club
. The first skiff "Spirit O'
Wick" was launched and named in July 2013
We can look
forward to seeing the two skiffs being raced regularly by the several
teams now formed within the club
. The members of the club have
put in hundreds of hours building and completing their second skiff
and even have another in their mind depending on how the club numbers
28 March 2015
CAB, Ormlie Community Association and Pulteneytown People's
Project Gain Funding
197 projects to tackle
across Scotland. Caithness CAB and Pulteneytown People's Project are
among the recipients of the grants. Caithness CAB gained the funding'
for Volunteer development and PPP for training and Ormlie Community
Association for Tackling Poverty & Promoting Social Inclusion.
Projects as diverse as money advice, healthy eating clubs and grow your
own gardens will receive funding to tackle poverty and inequalities.
Many new items in our Business Index
Check Out Whats On - over 500
up fast with a few items from 'e Groat
Assitant Wanted For 3 Weeks - No Experience Needed - check out our jobs
27 March 2015
10K and Mini Triathlon Now Open for Entries
Of Mey 10k open for entries
This 10k is a sellout
every year so be sure of your entry by getting it in soon.
25 March 2015
& Furious Double Bill At Thurso Cinema
and Furious 7 hits Thurso on Friday April 3rd, and we just can't wait,
so we're having a midnight Caithness Premiere on Thursday night!
We'll also have Fast & Furious 6 up on the big screen at 9pm
Fast 7 - you can watch the full Fast 6/7 Double Bill for just £9.90!
From 'e Courier
The Ground At The Wick Academy Nairn County Game Last Saturday
Shield Final 2015
Steve Atkins' Bayview1 side
have won the 2015 Rockwater Shield for a second time after a hard
fought victory over the Queens Hotel. The team from Lybster, having
previously won this knockout competition and having been strong
contenders in league Division One were most people's strong favourites
going in to the final against newly promoted Wick side Queens Hotel and
indeed ran out 6-1 winners.
Played in the Blackstairs Lounge, the match itself was, despite what
the final score would suggest, a close affair. Angus MacKay got the
Bayview off to a great start, taking advantage of opponent Jim Bain's
unfortunate in-off foul shot, by compiling a total clearance. Each of
the subsequent frames followed the same pattern where the Bayview's
strong start was pegged back by some dogged play from the Queens players.
Warning - Businesses Watch Out For Ringing The Changes Scam
Police are appealing
for information following a series of 'Ringing the Changes' scams which
took place at four local Post Offices across Inverness-shire and
Ross-shire on Tuesday 24th March 2015.
old look for Dingwall business as piece of High Street history is
With assistance of a Grant from
Historic Scotland, the Mackintosh Brothers have transformed their
Dingwall newsagent's premises back to its former Victorian glory and
the recent work is attracting very favourable comments from the local
community. No 4 High Street, Dingwall is one of a series of Victorian
shop premises at the West end of the High Street. The 1970's shop front
has been entirely replaced to bring it back to how it would have
appeared when it was first constructed around 1880.
Dingwall Photos Other
Joinery Ltd snaps up national trophy
Six-times World Snooker
Champion Steve Davis presents award.
Caithness and Inverness based window and door company Norscot Joinery
has won a prestigious national award for customer satisfaction!
Norscot's trophy comes from the respected trade organisation Network
VEKA, which polled nearly 16,000 households over the year, before
declaring Norscot the winner for Scotland.
24 March 2015
agreement between North Highland College and Dounreay Site
A NEW partnership
agreement has been signed to develop and deliver training required at
the Dounreay site during decommissioning work and help staff gain the
qualifications they need to transfer to other employment sectors as the
site closure progresses.
Businesses warned about "Data Control" Scam
Highland Council's Trading Standards team are warning local businesses
about a scam that is currently doing the rounds and is targeting small
businesses within the Highland area.
23 March 2015
The Road From Lairg To Scourie
day had very changeable weather on the road fromk Lairg to Scourie.
Sunshine, rain and even hailstones but it did not take
away from the great views and deserted road.
22 March 2015
League Cup semi final - Wick Academy 2 Nairn County 1-
Reporter Noel Donaldson
Nairn counts the cost after
I have a message for the Wick team heading for an historic encounter
with Cove in the Cup final...please don't leave it to the dying minutes
to find the net.
The jangling of the Scorrie nerves was almost tangible as the the clock
ticked all-too-quickly down at a packed Harmsworth Park, yesterday and
it looked as if their Highland League Cup dream was slipping away.
WHEN....up popped goal-getting regular, Steven Anderson, to dispel the
apprehensive mood and give the fans something to shout about and cling
to the hope, that, with extra time beckoning, perhaps, just maybe, it
wasn't all over yet.
Davie Allan didn't think so and decided to dispense with the extension
to the 90 minutes, as he grabbed, arguably, one of the most important
goals of his Academy career. Photo
21 March 2015
for Keiss War Memorial
Community Council is hoping that a sale of work will provide the
balance of funds needed to refurbish the local war memorial. The
commendable fundraiser is a table-top sale in the village hall from
11am - 2pm, Sunday 22 March 2015.
20 March 2015
and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Jobs Vacancies posted today At 4.00pm
in 'e Groat
............................and if you missed it 'e
19 March 2015
Archive Centre For Wick A Step Closer As Proposals Go To Council
month construction work boost - then 30 permanent jobs
regeneration of Wick will be given another boost if the planning
committee on 24th March 2015 as expected approve the building of a new
Archive Centre for Nuclear records in the UK. The Highland council
archive centre currently based at Wick library will also relocate to
the new building where it will occupy a small part of it.
The proposed building has a gross floor area of approximately
6,186sq.m. It is expected to hold between 20 and 30 million digital
records and circa 28,000 linear metres of paper and photographic
records primarily concerning the history, development and
decommissioning of the UK's civil nuclear industry since the 1940s.
CANDIDATE FOLLOWS NORTH COAST 500 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Last week John Erskine,
Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming general election, followed
the North Coast 500 as part of his election campaign. By following the
North Highland Initiative's latest tourism pull that showcases what the
North Highlands has to offer.
Mr Erskine travelled along the west coast of the constituency on his
way up to Thurso. Along the way he stopped in a number of the villages
on the route including Lochinver, Scourie, Durness, Tongue and
Bettyhill to talk with local people about his and Scottish Labour's
plan for Scotland. Mr Erskine also took the opportunity to meet with a
couple of local businesses to discuss the challenges they face in the
area as well as what advantages promoting the North Coast 500 as a key
tourist route can bring.
outdoors more engaging, says report
Teachers who bring their pupils
into the outdoors find it makes their learning more enjoyable,
challenging, active and collaborative according to a report published
today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
The study shows that outdoor learning in school and pre-schools has
increased since Curriculum for Excellence was introduced but that
further increases could be made. The survey of nursery, primary and
secondary schools looked at over 1000 outdoor lessons and compared
results from surveys in 2006 and 2014.
THE ICONIC LANDSCAPES OF SCOTLAND
The Celtic rainforest of the
west coast, the pinewoods of the Cairngorms and the machair of Harris
and Tiree - these are just three of the unique and varied habitats that
make Scottish landscapes so special. They are also three of Scotland's
Important Plant Areas (IPAs), botanically rich spaces and
internationally recognised for the quantity, quality and diversity of
the plant species growing there.
To highlight the significance of these places, and as part of their
25th anniversary celebrations, Plantlife Scotland has published a new
report, documenting what it is that makes Scotland's 47 IPAs so
important, the challenges they face, and what can be done to conserve
and protect them. Community Index
The Liveliest Fund-Raiser In Caithness This Year
If you like to dance then this
Sunday afternoon fundraiser will be for you. From time to
musicians in Caithness get together on a Sunday afternoon to play and
many go along to dance to the music. Why not have a nice
at the Park hotel with lunch then relax to the music or work off
the calories with Jive to Live music. For those who want to
learn or have forgotten the moves Steve will give an hour lesson before
it all kicks off.
18 March 2015
and Vomiting - Bignold Ward, Caithness General Hospital
For the second time in
less than a month Bignold Ward at Caithness General has ben closed
to new admissions
be duped by scam parcel postcards warns Highland Council Trading
Hour 28 March
The Highland Council is helping
to build a brighter future by supporting WWF's Earth Hour, a
spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world's
attention on our planet, and the need to protect it.
On 28th March, at 8.30pm, The Highland Council will be joining forces
with thousands of iconic landmarks globally, from The Sydney Harbour
Bridge to Times Square in New York, as they show their support. Earth
Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with
hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. In 2014,
a record-breaking 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities joined the
world’s biggest celebration for our planet.
Candidate For Westminster - Dr Paul Monaghan
SNP Candidate Dr Paul Monaghan
is up and running in his campaign for election in the north.
Here he gives a few details about what he is doing and what
he would like to see.
OF BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE MUST BE MAINTAINED
Candidate in the Far North, John Erskine, has slammed SNP plans from
Michael Matheson, the SNP Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice to
wind up the British Transport Police.
& District Pool League Division One Champions 2015 - Crown1
In Caithness head for an event at Dunnet Beach
17 March 2015
Young Farmers Club Kicking Off Anniversary Celebrations
Halkirk Young Farmers will turn
next year and following their recent AGM, current members are holding
an open meeting for all past members to discuss the programme of events
for the 2016 celebrations. The meeting is to be held in the Ross
Institute, Halkirk on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm.
group also elected the new office bearers for 2015
16 March 2015
Galley Restraurant In Scrabster Featured in Daily Mail Online Today
consulting on its Onshore Wind Energy Guidance
Members of the public are being
invited to take part in a consultation on the Council's Onshore Wind
Energy Supplementary Guidance which, when approved, will be used in the
consideration of planning applications for wind energy developments in
New national planning policies published in June 2014 changed how
Councils are required to plan for Onshore Wind Energy development and
Highland Council are therefore in the process of reviewing their
planning policies and guidance.
An initial consultation about what issues should be considered ran from
November 2014 - January 2015. This next stage in preparing the
Supplementary Guidance is to consult on the Main Issues for the review
of the Council's existing onshore wind energy guidance.
15 March 2015
Council Offices - Progress Photos
from the START
Way It Used To Be
With The Flow To Wick River
14 March 2015
A fast look at a few
items from the local papers in the past week.
scoops overall winner at LANTRA awards
and staff at the North
Highland College UHI are delighted after attending the annual LANTRA
awards ceremony last week in the Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Gamekeeping
modern apprentice Callum Low and NC Gamekeeping with Wildlife
Management student Mary Bowman both were both nominated for Game and
Wildlife Learner of the Year award. Callum was awarded Overall Winner,
Modern Apprentice of the Year and Game and Wildlife learner of the Year
and Mary, runner up Game and Wildlife Learner and CARAS award winner.
Callum has recently completed a modern apprenticeship Level 2 in
Gamekeeping at the North Highland College UHI whilst working at
Invermark estate in Angus.
High School Campus - Steel Begins To Go Up
Interactive Web Site Up And Running
A small charity has launched
Thurso Interactive, a new bespoke website devoted to the history of
Thurso and the surrounding area. Thurso Heritage Society who in
association with Online Projects, part of North Highland College
created a new website to showcase previously unseen collections of
and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
13 March 2015
wows 'em at derby clash
you want to display your soccer skills there's surely no better
platform than at Wick Academy's derby game with Brora Rangers, last
night. So thought this youngster who grabbed the chance while acting as
one of the mascots at the long-awaited home clash between the two
sides. Good ball control...can keep possession and run with the ball.
All the ingredients necessary to become a star player!
Oh Yes .....and Wick Academy against Brora Rangers
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12 March 2015
seeks views on new sites and issues suggested for CaSPlan
The Caithness and
Development Plan Main Issues Report (CaSPlan MIR) was published in
October 2014 as a discussion document that set out initial ideas for
what the plan needs to achieve for people and places in the area and
the Council's initial preferences for where new development might be
located. The consultation for the CaSPlan MIR finished on 6 February
2015. Through the consultation a small number of new sites and issues
were suggested to The Council. As these were not subject of
consultation in the MIR, The Council is now holding an additional 6
week period of consultation. This will run from 13 March to 24 April
On At Thurso Cinema From Friday 13th
11 March 2015
Science Festival 2015
2015 Festival will get off to a flying start with a busy evening of
shows, workshops and prizegiving at the Festival Launch at Pulteneytown
Academy School 6,30pm. Introductory addresses by Professor Iain Baikie,
Councillor Gail Ross and Lord-Lieutenant Anne Dunnett. This is where
the pupils that won the design competition will be awarded their prizes
were kindly donated by Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. There will be shows by
the science presenters who are visiting local schools during the week.
Family Fun Day
Firth Works Operations - Details For Mariners
Works schedule and purpose
Date/s: 20th March 2015 until 31st July 2015
Operations will take place during the date range at approximately 4
Inspection of horizontal drilling exit points along with minor remedial
work at drill exit holes.
Diving operations will be undertaken during slack water periods, out
with that time C-Salvor may deploy cameras suspended below the vessel.
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