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Hidden Caithness Revealed On Speed Boat Trips From Wick
Spectacular boat trips with Caithness SeacoastThis short video wil show you some ofthe spectacular places you can see on a trip with Caithness Seacoast from Wick harbour every day.




Wick Gala 2016   - Over 500 Photos Now On

Wick Gala 2016
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If anyone wishes to add any special photos of the night then email them to bill@caithness.org to add to the gallery.

Turbines For Lochend Wind Farm Unloaded At Wick Harbour
Wind Turbines For Lochend Wind Farm at BarrockWind turbines for Lochend Wind Farm at Wick HarbourThe four turbines bound for Lochend Wind Farm at Barrock, Caithness have been unloaded at Wick Harbour awaiting transportation.  Lochend Wind Farm comprises 4 x 2300Kw Wind Turbines With A Height To Tip Of 99.5M, Height Hub Of 64M, Rotor Diameter Of 71M.


Wick Gala Starts Saturday 23 July - See the Programme

Super Hero Show Coming To Wick
Super Hero Show Coming To Wick 5th August 2016
The Pulteneytown People's Project is delighted that Central Superhero Events will be coming to the Pulteney Centre on Friday 5th of August 2016 with their Superhero Shows. Come along with your kids and meet the famous central superheroes Batman, Spider man, Captain American, Hulk, Iron Man and Transformer Bumblebee. Tickets From Pulteney Centre.



Important Milestone Reached In 1.1 billion Caithness-Moray project
The installation of four cable ducts through the rock beneath Noss Head, north of Wick, and almost 500 metres out to sea has been successfully completed as part of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission's (SHE Transmission's) 1.1 billion Caithness-Moray project.   More.........

Wick Gala Week - Full Programme
A week packed with events starting with a run on Saturday and the Gala night parade.  Throughout the week there are events for all ages and families so check it al out and get out and about in Wick..

Caithness County Show 2016 - Hundreds Of Photos of The 175th Show
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Kenneth Sutherland - President of the 175th Show

Flower Tent                                                 Horses                      Rabbits                     Poultry
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Great Lunch Tent     First Aid Crew          Wool                          Vintage Machinery  Motor Cycle Show
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Caithness Junior Pipe Band     Childrens Races    Fun Fair

Restored Thurso building to throw open its doors  - 30 Princes Street Saga Finally Over
30 Princes Street open for viewing 16 July 2016
The Highland Council is to throw open the doors of 30 Princes Street on the corner with St John Square in Thurso on Saturday 16th July 2016 to give members of the public, councillors and community councillors the chance to see how it has restored and brought back into use this iconic Category B listed building which sits a prime position within the conservation area of the town. Originally constructed in the early 1800s, over a period of time, lack of maintenance led to the demolition of the chimney head and the rear stair tower. The building became an eyesore and in order to save it, The Highland Council acquired the building by Compulsory Purchase.
Photos of the way it was in January 2013          See other old buildings in Caithness under threat

PIPE BAND WEEK DRAWS TO A DAMP CLOSE
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Wick's Pipe Band Week finished on a rather damp note on Saturday. Rain had threatened all day and finally came around teatime and continued relentlessly. Band Secretary, John Bogle said "At 6.45pm there was no let up in the rain so we made the decision to transfer our Fun Night, when the pipe band appears in fancy dress, to the Pipe Band Hall. It was such a horrible night that I thought we would be lucky if 20 people appeared at the hall, however they just kept coming and coming, we have 100 chairs in the hall and put every one out but still more folk came and were standing at both doors."                                    Photo Gallery                         Community Pages
Castletown Gala  - Another Photo Sent In
Castletown Gala 2016
Fiona Mackenzie sent in this photo of her grand daughter at Castletown Gala.  She said, "This is my 20 month old Grandaughter Alba Mackenzie who lives in Lossimouth she won first prize in the 0-5 age group as a fairy cake."   If anyone would like to add to any of our galas or show photo galleries just email them to bill@caithness.org


Latheron Show 2016
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The Latheron Show was held in Lybster  due to the soft ground at the usual venue.  The day was cold but the rain stayed away if only just but it did not put off the entries or people making Lybster busier than any day of the  year.
Great British Tennis Weekend In Thurso
Great British Tennis Weekend in Thurso
HIGHLIFE HIGHLAND AND THURSO SQUASH, TENNIS AND RACKETBALL CLUB INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND.
SATURDAY/ SUNDAY 16th and 17th JULY 2016 Olrig Street, Tennis Courts, Thurso
All the equipment necessary will be provide for you free of charge. Come along, take part and have some fun learning tennis skills through drills and games under the guidance of our local tennis coach, Carole Cameron, and tennis leaders.

93rd Latheron Show 2016  - Change of Venue
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Due to wet weather in recent days the Latheron Show has had to have a change of venues.  As last year the show will split between Lybster and Halkirk.  No entry fees will be charge but donations will be gratefully received as this will be the second year the show will make a loss.  Cattle and sheep judging wil take place behind the Portland Hotel, Lybster. Flower show wilbein the Lybster Hall.  Crafts will be at Lybster Golf Club while poultry wilbe judged  at the football pitch. Horse events will take place at Northfield Livery Stable at Halkirk.  A circus act Fire and Sparks will be in Lybster as well as the Animal Petting Zoo from Glasgow.  
MeyGen project energised at Ness of Quoys
Meygen at Ness of Quoys
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, is pleased to announce a major technical milestone for its flagship MeyGen project in northern Scotland. The MeyGen project is now connected to the 33kV Ness of Quoys distribution network following the successful installation of one of the longest underground 33kV power export cables in the UK by the network operator, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc ("SHEPD").
  MeyGen signs ground-breaking deal to combine wind and tidal power output

Free events in Caithness on Autism and Transitions - Wick
Autims Netowkr Scotland - Transitions events
Thursday 28th July 2016
As part of The Scottish Strategy for Autism, Autism Network Scotland and ARC Scotland have been funded to run this learning event. The evening session is for parents and carers of a young person making the transition from children's to adult's services. See further down the page for an event for practitioners.

Still Plenty Of Ranger Events In July - Check Them Out and Get Going
Ranger events in July 2016
Thereis always a huge variety of events organised by the Rangers in the north and other parts of Highland.  If you want to do something in July then click the poster link.   A longer list taking you up to September in the north can be found HERE
To see all the events in Highland from the Rangers go HERE
To see a events in Caithness from Rangers and many other groups go HERE
Don't forget all the summer activities for children and young people now going on HERE

Wick Gala 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk
Fun Run - Wick Gala
Saturday 23rd July 2016 - at 2pm.
Enter on the day.
Registration from 1.00pm to 1.45pm
At the boating shed, Riverside in Wick
Entry: 5k run 5, Fun run/walk 1
Under 8s must have adult supervision
National Parks 80th Anniversary - Free Organised Walks
National Parks 80 Years WalksOn Saturday 30th July campaigning organisation 38 Degrees and the charity Campaign for National Parks are celebrating our nation's most beautiful landscapes. They're hosting free organised walks and natural art workshops at every national park in Scotland, England and Wales. We're delighted to announce that Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park will be part of the celebrations!


Calling Charities Looking For Funding - See New Suggestions in The Community Section

Latheron Show - Saturday 9th July
Latheron Argicultural Society hold their annual show at West Clyth, Occumster, Caithness.

Sports Leadership Courses For Caithness
Sport Leadership Courses in Caithness
Effective leadership is an important quality for sports leaders to develop. By strengthening the understanding of key leadership concepts, coaches and other volunteers are able to make an even bigger contribution in their communities. This programme is an ideal opportunity for people actively engaged in voluntary or part-time paid roles in sport / leisure, to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills and explore the potential of social enterprise in sport. You will gain insight from expert tutors and speakers as well as other learner experiences.  The courses are fully funded.  See inside for details of the courses which start in September in Wick and Thurso.
Wave of optimism for Wick seaweed firm
Seaweed Expansion at Wick
The first batches of seaweed have been harvested and processed by a new food and drink business in Wick. New Wave Foods has invested 240,000 at its newly fitted out premises on the Wick Industrial Estate with support of 60,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The company turns wild-harvested seaweeds into edible products. A full-time harvesting and processing manager has already been recruited and two other new staff have been harvesting seaweed around the Caithness coast since April. Up to nine jobs will be created within three years. Plenty  Of Activities For Shildren and Young People In The North This Summer - Check Them Out
So many things to do this month for children and young people in al the main towns.  Once you have checked the leaflet link above go to our What's On for events for everyone througout July.

Castletown Gala 2016
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Castletown Gala 2016

As Bill Fernie was at Lybster Gala this year he could not take photos at Castletown.  James Annal has come to the rescue with his photos and Councillor Wilie Mackay who was on the stage has delivered them over to Bill Fernie who will upload them shortly.  email any other photos for Galas and shows to bill@caithness.org to add to the photo galleries.

Lybster Gala 2016
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New Wick High School - Councillor Bill Fernie Looks Inside at Progress
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Councilor Bill Fernie took a look around Wick High School on Saturday.  Work is going on 6 days a week to head for opening in October.
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Thurso Gala 2016
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Pulteneytown Academy Open Day For A Final look Round Before School Closes After The Summer
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Pultneytown Academy will soon be no more when it joins with South School under its new name of Newton Park and moves to a brand new school. An open day was held to allow anyone including former pupils to have final look around the old school before it gets demolished later this year to make way for a new playing field for the new school. Many photos were on display of former classes and we show some of them followed by a look around some of the classrooms as they are now.  
Highland votes Remain in EU referendum
The total number of votes cast in favour of Remain a member of the European Union was 70,308
The total number of votes cast in favour of Leave the European Union was 55,349
UK on brink of leaving EU - At 6.00am it looks certain UK Will leave the EU.

UK votes to leave in historic referendum
- BBC

Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
Scotland has voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38% - with all 32 council areas backing Remain.

Pound tumbles to lows not seen since 1985 - BBC
What will happen on the Irish border if Britain votes to leave the EU?

Sterling, stocks in free fall as UK votes for EU exit
- Reuters
Additional Support Needs Funding Levels To Be Maintained
The Highland Council has confirmed that it will sustain the current funding for Additional Support Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools for the new school year - 2016/17. While the Council has taken measures to address a 40m budget gap, it will not require to reduce the funding to schools for children with additional needs.
Engineering and Construction Employability Essentials
Engineering and construction training
Only a few places left on this free course.  Last year the people attending this course all obtained jobs afterleaving school.






Another floating wind turbine project planned for North Sea - Energy Voice

Fast Look at 'e Groat          Caithness Courier Headlines

EU debate/hustings in Mackays hotel, Wick - Sunday 19th June. 6:30 - 8:00pm

Lifeboat Day At Wick Harbour
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Wick Lifeboat Open Day At Wick Harbour - Saturday 11th June  - 1.30 - 5.00pm
The bunting is up and boats getting decorated so get along to Wick Harbour on Satruday afternoon and enjoy the activities.
Single Application Form deadline: one week to go
Deadline for Single Application form for crofter snd farmers
Farmers and crofters urged to get their SAF and BES applications in as soon as possible. With just one week to go until the deadline of midnight on Wednesday 15 June 2016, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is urging farmers and crofters not to leave it until the last minute to submit their Single Application Form - which is required to receive Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments - and their Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) claim, which also closes on 15 June 2016. As of Tuesday 7 June, 2016, 16,787 SAF applications have been submitted. This compares to 14,162 applications submitted with one week to go last year.  
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Another Quilt Workshop Due To High Demand
Quilt Workshop 25th June 2016
The quilting workshop in Wick on Friday this week was completely booked out on the first day it was advertised. Consequently another one has been arranged for Saturday 25th June, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Isobel McBay will teach how to do English paper piecing, a traditional form of patchwork. This workshop will be at the St Fergus Gallery, Wick. It will involve hand stitching and the kit will be supplied, although feel free to bring your own scissors if you wish. This course costs 8 per person.    Arts Section

Coming Soon In June
- Canibsay Show   Halkirk Gala Week and much more  Thurso Gala
Other Big Events Later - Halkirk Highland Games  Caithness County Show  Mey Highland Games
Check out the summer months June   July   August

Poppies - Weeping Window in Orkney
Poppies - Weeping Window Kirkwall
St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney is the first venue in Scotland to host Poppies: Weeping Window, installed on the Cathedral's west end. Many people from Caithness and further afield have taken the ferry over the sea to see the display. About 4500 poppies are taken from the huge display at the Tower of London. A cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, Poppies: Weeping Window was originally seen pouring from a high window to the ground below at the Tower of London as part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Orkney was the home of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet, and on 31 May 2016 Orkney will host the official commemoration for the Battle of Jutland, the largest and most decisive naval battle of the First World War which was fought at the cost of over 8,000 lives.    Photo Gallery      Community Index

High Schools Compete In Rocket Car Competition
Rocket Car Competion 2016
Over 140 pupils from Thurso High School, Wick High School, Golspie High School and Tain Royal Academy descended upon North Highland College UHI's ETEC building last week to take part in The Bloodhound Project Model Rocket Car Challenge. This is a global competition backed by Guinness World Records. North Highland College UHI Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Leader, Peter Hylton, visited the schools beforehand to give a presentation on the World Land Speed Record (WLSR) and various engineering approaches used on the cars that have broken the record. The schools then had two weeks to design and build their cars from materials provided by College with the help of the Energy Skills Partnership.

Summer Holiday Activities for Caithness, Sutherland and Across Highland
Summer Holiday Activities for Young People in Caithness Sutherland and across Highland
High Life Highland's 2016 summer activities programme is jam-packed with over 1100 fun things for children and young people to do across the Highlands. From swimming lessons to mini-olympics, from mountain biking to martial arts - you'll find a host of activities on offer to exercise, inspire and entertain.   Bookings for places begins on 18th June online or at any Highlife centre.
 For the next  few weeks the link wil be on the side-bar of this page to make it easy to find.


New Jetpatcher Set To Repair Potholes Faster On Highland Council Roads
New Jetpatcher for Highland RoadsThe Vice Chair of Highland Council's Community Services Cllr Richard Greene and Badenoch and Strathspey Ward Member Cllr Jaci Douglas recently viewed a Jetpatcher in operation at Grantown on Spey. Following trials with neighbouring Local Authorities the Council's Community Services Committee in February this year, approved the purchase of a Jetpatcher with 150,000 from the capital programme. Over a 10-year period the cost of purchase and in-house delivery will provide a saving against the contracted cost of jetpatching.  The Jet Patcher wil be in Caithness for 15 working days between 1st June and 21st June 2016 .
The 25 for 25 Collection - Quilt Exhibition
25 for 25Collection - Quilt Exhibition at St Fergus Gallery, Wick
St Fergus Gallery and High Life Highland would like to invite to a new quilt exhibition - The 25 for 25 Collection. This exhibition of 25 works by contemporary makers was intended to act as a snapshot of patchwork and quilting at the time of The Guilds 25th Anniversary. The range of techniques used in the works in the 25 for 25 Collection is very broad, as they are in the 90s collection, and include hand and machine piecing, hand and machine quilting, hand and machine embroidery and embellishment.

Musical Map Of Caithness Success Brings Second Run For 2016
Musical Map of Caithness - New batch made for 2016 due to success
The Musical Map of Caithness produced by local musician Gordon Gunn and friends in 2015 has proved a huge hit with locals and visitors. Gordon said, "We had a terrific response last summer and now we are restocked and gearing up for summer tourists so folk are are using it as their musical tour guide and from hotel responses some are staying the extra night due to the visitor attractions on the album and wanting to go and visit."


Puffin Watching Event Tonight Friday 3rd June - 7:30pm
Caithness is lucky to have puffin colonies but youneed to get to the right places to see them.  Tonight at 730pm a Ranger led walk will guide you to one place where you can get a great view and take some photos.
Enjoy an illustrated talk on 'An Introduction to Caithness Seabirds' with some coffee/tea & home baking before taking a short walk to view a puffin colony in the Dunbeath area.
To book Contact Marina on 07818 588256 or marina.swanson@highland.gov.uk
Meet At Laidhay tearoom at 7.30pm   - Coffee and Cake included in the price.
Choice Based Lettings extended throughout Caithness
Anyone who wants to rent a council or housing association house in Thurso now has greater choice. This is because homes are now being allocated through ‘Choice Based Lettings'. ‘Choice Based Lettings' is already in use across most of Caithness and due to its success the Highland Housing Register (HHR) partners are extending it to homes in Thurso. This way of letting council and housing association houses gives people a greater say over where they live and the houses they are offered.

Are you 4th 5th 6th Year And Want To Get Some Training? - Sign Up For Ready Steady Work
Ready Steady Work 2016
If you will be in 4th, 5th or 6th year in 2016/17 and you are unsure what path to take when you leave school then this course may be for you.   FREE - North Highland College from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July 2016.  Sign up now before places are all gone.  One week of your holidays and it might prove useful in the future.



This Sunday 6th June - Jazz At Mey Hall
Jazz at Mey Hall Sunday 6th June 2016
Jazz in the Village stars IAN MILLAR and DOMINIC SPENCER - saxophone, piano jazz duo. Based in Edinburgh, the duo has regularly and extensively toured Scotland. They have embarked on many rural tours, often bringing jazz for the first time to remote communities, performing in intimate settings. They have played in Northumberland, North and South Yorkshire, Cumbria, Bedfordshire and Shropshire making the occasional trip further south including a European trip to Brussels.


Caithness County Show 2016 - Deadlines For Entries
Caithness County Show
The 2016 Caithness County Show will be here before you know it. So anyone who still has an entry form waiting to go in or has not completed one yet should get their skates on. The deadlines for are - Schedule entries close on 3rd June 2016 and applications for trade stands and stand space in the Northern Quality Produce Marquee close on the 10th June 2016.



Councillor Bill Fernie welcomes Scotland Excels Living Wage boost
Living wage - Bill Fernie
Local Wick Councillor Bill Fernie has welcomed Scotland's centre for procurement expertise for local government, gaining Living Wage accreditation. Scotland Excel's accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation affirms the organisation's commitment to leading by example on the issue of fair pay.


Wick Beginners Running Sessions
Do you want to give running a try? Suitable for absolute beginners. 


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