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Volunteers work in woodlands at Castle Mey
Volunteers work in forest at Castle of Mey Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers took refuge from the bitter winds on Sunday (3rd May) by working within the walled woodland garden of the Castle of Mey. The volunteers assisted head gardener and fellow Caithness Countryside Volunteer, Andrew Glaister, with weeding of the Giant Yellow Tibetan Cowslip, Primula Florindae. The plant was first collected in 1924 by Frank Kingdon-Ward and named after his wife Florind. It is native to southeastern Tibet and does very well growing in the shade of mature trees at the Castle of Mey.   Photos
New Play Park At Riverside, Wick  - Opens on Sunday 10th May at 2.00pm
New Play Park at Riverside, WickPlay Park WickWick Gala committee have done a great job gathering the funds for the new play park at riverside, Wick.  The playpark is to be opened at a ceremony on Sunday 10th March at 2.00pm



Credit unions provide affordable loans
You can help spread the word ort even join your local credit union.  Links in the item to more information for borrowers and savers.  Remember credit unions are membership organisations run for members with unpaid directors and very few paid staff.  With APR for borrowers often about 12 - 13% compared to huge rates currently being advertised by some places on TV.  Savers get a good annual dividend - better than rates on many bank accounts.  Savers join to help your community and borrowers get smart and save yourself from high charges.  There are many benefits to joining your local credit union.  And as they have almost no money to advertise please share on Facebook.
NHS Highland Publishes Newsletter On Possible Future Of Servises At Caithness General
More surgeons will be located in Raigmore rarther than Caithness General and rotate to the hospital as required.  Do you think this major change requires a public consultation as set out on the Scottish Health council web site?

Replica Fishing Yawl On Show As Waterlines Opens At Lybster
Waterlines opened 1 May 2015Waterlines Heritage Centre opened on 1 May 2015 for its summer season. It will be open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. The replica of the 19th century fishing yawl which was built in the workshop at Waterlines by John Cameron, a local boat builder, is now housed in a new boat shed...The workshop now houses a new exhibition describing the activities in Lybster Village over the past 100 years which complements the existing exhibition on the history of Lybster Harbour and its natural environment. Waterlines Heritage Centre, which also provides a unique coffee shop on the shore of the North Sea at Lybster Harbour, was opened in 2002......

Check your polling station location before you go to vote

Make sure you know how to have your say on 7 May
Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the UK Parliamentary general election taking place on Thursday 7 May. 
Fit's in 'e Groat
Noel Donaldson grabs a few items and shortens them for all you busy readers.

Presenter Fern Britton Starts Fundraiser From John O'Groats
Fern Britton began her quest ot raise 57,000 by cycling 57 miles per day for the charity run by Professor Robert Winston looking to find out more about and possibly prevent so many miscarriages.     Community Section

New Noss Primary School - Latest Photos
New Noss Primary school 1 May 2015The Stakeholder group keeping track of the schools projects in Wick were told that Noss Primary school is now several months behind schedule and the expected opening date is now pushed back to Easter 2016.  Weather problems including a prolonged wet period and a big gale causing lots of damage along with the necessity to change a main sub contractor supplying panels has added months to the deadline.   Photos from the start HERE


Wick High School Construction - Latest Photos
Wick High School construction 1 May 2015
Wick High stakeholders group were informed on Monday that the construction of the school is running on schedule.


 Photos from the start HERE


Caithness Features on BBC programme 'Landward' at 7.30pm Tonight
Euan visits the uninhabited island of Stroma, Sarah tries to catch a glimpse of an orca and Dougie looks at efforts to harness the power of the tides to generate electricity.   If you miss the programme you can catch it on BBC iPlayer later.

Highland communities get Spring cleaning
Across the Highlands, schools and community groups are turning out to Spring Clean their local environmental. Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) is encouraging groups all over Scotland to organise events, particularly during April and May, and register them on their website.    Community Index
 
MAD street dance Ultimate championships
Mad Dance 2015
Rush.dance kids came out on top at the massive Scottish street dance competition - MAD STREET DANCE in Motherwell The competition is the 2nd biggest in Scotland with all the very best street dancers competing.

   Arts Index


Entries invited from tourist businesses for the Scottish Thistle Awards
Lots of categories and nominations can be from a business or anyone recommending them.

May Day Holiday Arrangments For Highland Council
May Day Highland Council 2015

Theft Of TV From Station Hotel, Thurso
Further to a previous press release in relation to theft of items from the Station Hotel, Princes Street, Thurso on the morning of Saturday 25th April 2015, it has since come to light that a black 32" flat screen TV has also been stolen from another room at the same hotel. This theft has occurred some time between 5.00pm on Friday 24th April 2015 and 8.00am on Saturday 25th April 2015.

Action and Colour As Springtime Arrives in Caithness
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Of course this being Caithness it has been snowing lightly in parts of the county today but it did not come to much.
Vandalism in Thurso

Thefts In Thurso - Have You Spotted Unattended Baggage?
Police in Thurso have arrested one male in relation to thefts in Thurso that occurred between 7.00 - 8.00 am on Saturday 25th April 2015. This male stole a number of items of baggage from a guest room in the Station Hotel, Thurso and then stole numerous grocery type items from the Co-op, Meadow Lane, Thurso.
UPDATE - Thanks from the Police as most items have been recovered with help from the public who got in touch today after the message was released.
Public finance plans of Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP leave much unanswered
With the deficit in 2014-15 still at 5% of national income all these parties have pledged to reduce it over the coming parliament. New research, published today by the IFS and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, analyses the public finance implications of these political parties' election manifesto commitments, and sets out the size and composition of the future fiscal tightening that each appears to be planning. None of these parties has provided anything like full details of their fiscal plans for each year of the coming parliament, leaving the electorate somewhat in the dark as to both the scale and composition of likely spending cuts and tax increases. In our analysis we have used the information provided in each manifesto, plus in some cases some necessary assumptions, to shed light on the four parties’ plans.
Duncraig Educational Trust Scheme - Open for Applications - Closing Date 29th May

Bfest Annual Pairs Championships 2015
Bfest Annual Pairs Champinships 2015Camps Bar "2" players Ryan Carter and Bruce Honeyman have won the Bfest Annual Pairs Championship for the third year in a row. The Blackstairs Lounge hosted the weekend event, where teams had to qualify from the group stages to make it through to the semi finals on the Sunday. In group A it was Hamish New and Darren Goodwill who would combine well to top their group and qualify in top spot.

Beach Clean And Basking Sharks At Dunnet
Beach Clean Dunnet - 18 April 2015On Saturday (18 April 2015) around 35 local residents and volunteers turned out in stunning sunshine to help The Highland Council's Countryside Rangers undertake the annual spring beach clean at Dunnet Bay, north Caithness. A huge amount of litter was collected completely filling the skip and the subsequent second large pile of rubbish required a second skip to remove it.


Petition To Install A Post Box Outside Tesco In Thurso
Petition to get post box at Tesco in Thurso.Join Mike Lunan in his bid to get a new post box at Tesco in Thurso. Tesco attracts a large number of customers every day. There is an ATM there, evidence that many customers find it useful. A new post box there would be convenient for all customers, some of whom do not have easy access to a post box where they live.   Click through to add your name to the online petition.



Postal voters urged to make their vote count  
A record number of Highland electors have applied to vote by post for the UK Parliamentary elections on Thursday 7 May. A total 32,151 electors across the three Highland constituencies of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey will be receiving their postal votes from tomorrow (Tuesday 21 April) onwards. This compares to 21,908 Highland applications for postal votes at the last General Election held in May 2010. - Last Day To Register To Vote
Caithness Model Club Show 2015
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See a few earlier Caithness Model Club shows HERE
To see some of the great model boats made in Caithness by members of Pentland Model Boat Club go HERE
For photos of many vehicles in Caithness both modern and vintage go HERE

Ackergill Street, Wick - Getting Ready for The New Noss Primary School
Ackergill Street, wick gets ready fro new one way system.Work is underway at Ackergill Street, Wick to bring in a one way system as part of the 'Safer Rutes to school' programme in preparation for the new noss Primary school currently under construction.  New 20 miles per hour speed limits are coming into force in various places.  Other one way streets wil also be following shortly.



Tempest Community Club
A group of like-minded people have got together for the social interaction of the community. The voluntary non-profit club will be primarily based at Cafe Tempest, Thurso Harbour where most of its events will be held. Thrumster Primary Easter egg hunt/Coffee morning eggxellent success!!
Easter Egg hunt and coffee morning at Thrumster School.
Thrumster primary opened its doors to allow parents, friends and family to attend a coffee morning to raise funds for a school trip to Orkney. Whilst the adults enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee and purchased from the many stalls set up, the children of all ages took part in an Easter egg hunt.


Improve Your Health - Visit The Pentland Hotel On Saturday 18th April 2015
Health Day organised by Caithness Heart support Group at Pentland hotel, Thurso on Saturday 18th April 2015CAITHNESS Heart Support Group is hosting a major awareness event aimed at helping people to maintain and improve their health. Arranged on a drop-in basis, at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso, it will feature six organisations, the Caithness Diabetes Group, Wick Wheezers, the community stroke services of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, North Highland Cancer Support, Befriending Caithness, and Caithness Deaf Centre. There will also be an opportunity to have your blood pressure checked. Another feature will be a life-saving demonstration by the local swimming pool staff.

Traffic arrangements in Inverness following Academy Street fire
Inverness Traffic arrangements following fire in Academy StreetFollowing the fire on Academy Street in Inverness the Multi Agency Response Team, which includes representatives from Police Scotland, The Highland Council, Inverness BID, Stagecoach, Structural Engineers and other partners has been put into effect. Structural information has been obtained which has confirmed that, due to its condition, the building the fire broke out in requires scaffolding to be erected around it to make it safe. In order to carry out this work Academy Street from Union Street to Margaret's Street will remain closed to all traffic and pedestrians until at least the start of next week.

Venture North Byte 2015 - One Day Conference - digital communication and social media marketing
North Byte conferenceScotland's Year of Food and Drink sets the context for one-day conference on blogs and social media marketing at Thurso's Pentland Hotel. Final preparations are set for ‘the venture north byte 2015: food, photography, and the blogosphere,' a one-day conference on how to use digital communication and social media marketing at the Pentland Hotel in Thurso on Sunday, 26 April.


Have you taken part in the Highland Third Sector Census yet?
Third Sector Interface Survey
Highland Third Sector Interface are working with CVG, CVS North and VGES on a census, to prove to others what people in Caithness & Sutherland already know - that volunteers, local and national charities, and all sorts of local organisations are central to our economy and society at every level.  We are calling on EVERYONE - from lunch clubs, Community Councils, Churches, sports clubs and brownies to social enterprises and large national charities - to fill out a census. It only takes a few minutes!

Rush.dance Win Big In Grangemouth Hip Hop
Rusah.dance winners at Grangemouth Hip Hop Competitions 12 April 2015
Rush.dance comp kids have just competed at MJN promotions Hip Hop competition in Grangemouth. As you can see in the picture the kids had an awesome time and also came home with a big haul of trophies after winning many sections on the day.




Highland League Cup Final - Cove Ranger 4 Wick Academy 0
Highland League cup final Cove Ranger 4 Wick Academy 0 - 11 April 2015
 GREAT EXPECTATIONS.....but this much-hyped cup encounter proved to be something of an anti-climax at Clach's neutral Grant Street Park, yesterday (Saturday 11 april 2015). Difficult to believe that only a week earlier, Academy held the Allan Parkers to a draw in the league. The Harmsworth Park Club will have been delighted with the massive support from the fans who descended on Inverness in their droves, from all the airts, to support their team - the total number only rivalled by the attendance at the derby games at home, against Brora.  Match Photo Gallery  Crowd Photos    
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Stories In this Weeks Courier an' Groat

First Class Flats At Affordable Rents In Wick
AN excellent range of one-bedroom and studio flats with affordable rents are available now at Caberfeidh Court in Wick. Cairn Housing Association has 36 high quality properties that are available exclusively to people over 50 years of age. As it is situated off the main road on the outskirts of town, this peaceful development is surrounded by a large private garden.

2015 Captains Cup Finalists - Wick and District Pool
Captains Cup 2015 - Wick PoolWIck & District Pool league's 2015 Captains Cup Finalists. One of the best Captains Cup finals in recent memory was won by Ryan Cook by six frames to four.





Over 600 Events and Dates Now Listed In The What's On
Many events are listed but we know there is much more happening in Caithness.  If your group is organising anything in the north then get it listed for maximum FREE publicity.  List your regular meetings, agm, dances, musical nights or if you run a business and have specil deal on offer on a certain date get it listed.  In addition to appearing and being updated dailyo opn many pages across the sites the What's On runs out every day to Facebook and Twitter for even more coverage.  Get your event listed today.  Just add it and we approve it usualy withing 24 hours.
Highland nominations for General Election 2015
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency
John Robert Erskine - Scottish Labour Party.
Alastair Robert Graham - Scottish Conservative and Unionist.
Paul William Monaghan - Scottish National Party (SNP).
Ann Therese Murray - UK Independence Party (UKIP).
John Archibald Sinclair Thurso - Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Inverness and Thurso band Gabbro picks up festival slot at CalMac Culture Music finals
GabbroA five-piece band, with members from both Inverness and Thurso, has taken one of CalMac Culture Music's hotly-contested festival slots. Founded earlier this year by fiddler and singer Rachel Campbell, Gabbro - named after a type of igneous rock found prominently in The Cuillins - will play at Inveraray's Bluebell Festival. CalMac Culture Music began last year and aims to find new and rising talent - the prize is a dream slot on one of a number of festival line-ups. .... As well as 24-year-old Rachel from Inverness, the band members are vocalist Kerrie Finlay, 33, and drummer Andrew Davidson, 29, also both from the Highlands’ capital, and guitarist and vocalist Andy Williamson, 25, and 30-year old bass guitarist Richard Moncur, both from Thurso.

Dunnet Beach Clean
Dunnet Beach Clean 18th April 2015

Lybster's Oil Boom Ends With Low Oil Prices

SNP Candidate Paul Monaghan To Speak In Thurso
SNP Candidate To Speak In Thurso 10th April 2015


SNP Candidate Paul Monaghan To Speak In Brora, Assynt and Golspie

Kylesku To Lairg A837
Kylesku to Lairg A 837This set of photos starts at the Kylesku hotel where the food is delicious and also makes a great base to explore the area in the west of Sutherland.  The A837 is a single track road and is very quiet outside the tourist season.




Wick Academy..1 Cove Rangers..1
Wiak Academy 1 Cove Rangers 1 - 4 April 2015
Reporter - Noel Donaldson One upmanship gives both teams an equal result. NEITHER side was able to claim a pre-cup-final morale-booster, leaving both clubs on an even footing for the big one, on Saturday. In any case, it might not have mattered that much had either club emerged the victors, the cup being a contest apart. Both teams had to contend with a soft pitch in a league game that won't rank as one of the most memorable at Harmsworth Park.     Photo Gallery

Come Dancing In Thurso Is Growing
Thurso Come Dancing GroupThurso Come Dancing joined the growing wave of interest in Ballroom and Latin dancing some time ago but with all the media attention many people have been reminded of the great chance to socialise in a club. There are many benefits to be had from dancing not least being the health and well-being side. But mainly it is the social and fun side and learning a new skill that more and more are finding to be easier than they thought with a little practice. The Thurso group have weekly sessions and separate sessions for beginners.   Photo Gallery

Speed Through 'e Groat Stories
Ackergill Tower to be sold - Delays in dental treatment - Upgrade for Caithness General Hospital - New jobs at Watten.
Drilling Has Started At The Meygen Site In Caithness
Atlantis turbine for Meygen site in CaithnessWork has commence on what may become one of the world's biggest tidal energy production sites in the Pentland Firth in Caithness. Atlantis Resources Ltd has commenced horizontal directional drilling operations at the MeyGen tidal site in Caithness. The drilling will create the bores for the cables which will connect the onshore site at Ness of Quoys with the four subsea turbines planned for the Phase 1A of the Meygen tidal project.


Taking a Bath, Posting a Letter, Visiting the Dentist or Taxing Your Car? It Will Now Cost You More
Zero inflation doesn't mean the cost of everyday bills are not going up. In fact, this week alone we are going to see a raft of hikes from water providers, council tax, car tax right down to the price of postage.
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First Scottish taxes in 300 years - New Scottish Tax Office - Revenue Scotland

Several New Jobs/Vacancies Added

Whats On Section Growing Fast With Easter Events - Is your event listed?
Afternoon tea, childrens and family events, walks and talks have boosted the total events to 599 today.  Will your take us over 600.  Make sure your event is listed as soon as possible to get maximum free coverage.  Remember the Caithness.org "Whats on" listing shows every day on many pages over Caithness.org and the business, arts and sports section.  Then they move out into Facebook and Twitter every day to remind everyone of an event.  
Get listed - It's FREE

Citizen Science In Scotland's Seas - The Seasearch Scheme  - Calling All Divers
Seaserch Taslk At Environmental Research Institute, Thurso 7 April 2015The talk will be TUESDAY 7th of April, at 17:30 at the Environmental Research Institute, Castle street, Thurso. Dr. Joanne Porter, from Heriot-Watt University, will be talking about "Citizen science in Scotland's seas at the Seasearch scheme". Seasearch is a project for volunteer sports divers who have an interest in what they're seeing under water, want to learn more and want to help protect the marine environment around the coasts of Britain and Ireland.

Family Easter Treasure Hunt
Family Easter Treasure Hunt
The rangers are organising a fun day for the family hunting for treasure in the form of all kinds of eggs. Head for Geiss Farm car park near Glengolly.





Ormlie Community  - Easter Programme
Ormlie Community - Easter Programme 2015

Check out the events for children and families at Ormlie from 13th - 16th April.


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