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Over two hundred people enjoy Wick Waves sea festival
Wick Waves Festival 2015 Over two hundred people took part in the recent Wick Waves festival which was organised by The Highland Council's Countryside Rangers. This weeklong ‘sea' themed event took place around Wick Harbour with local clubs, charities and businesses putting on over 30 varied events, proving that ‘Wick Works Weel'.

Twenty-second year and still new things to discover and enjoy about highland past
Archaeology Festival Highland 2015The 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.    Community Index

Deadline 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.
Last-gasp strike forces cup replay
Wick Academy 2 Whitehill Welfare 2 - 26 September 2015
JUST when it look as if Academy had 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.

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Caithness And North Sutherland Partnership Update

Meygen Project - Autumn Newsletter - Pdf
The 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 haul of trophies in Perth CompetitionsEmma Thain at Perth Dance have just competed at UDO 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.
North Lands Creative Glass Welcomes Equipment Donation From Dounreay
Northland Creative GlassNorth Lands would like to say a huge 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.
Protecting 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.   Community Index

Lord Lieutenant salutes Dounreay on 60 years of apprentices
Apprentices - 60th batch - 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.

Highland Environment Forum launches new plan to help Nature and Wildlife
Biodiversity plan 2015A 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.

Wick Beachwatch 2015
Hillhead pupils at Wick beach cleanPupils 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.   Photo Gallery

Communities invited to find out how to restore War Memorials
War Memorials funding help
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.

    Community Index

Survey on changes to X99 service - Inverness to Thurso

Seasonality, Sustainability and Seafood with Jim Cowie
Seasonality, Sustainability and Seafood with Jim Cowie

Friday 25th September  4.00 - 5.00pm

Tea Dances 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.
Creative Industries Festival For Caithness - The Skald
Creative Industries Festival for Caithness - the SkaldCaithness is gearing up to be even 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.
Gills Harbour Sees More Activity To Progress Energy Projects
Multicat vessel C-Chariot at Gills Harbour 18 September 2015On 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. These are 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.

Help Syrian Refugees
Ssyria Refugees appeal

Help for 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.

Wick Waves Festival 21st - 26th September
Wick Waves Fest 2015
Week of Free Events Celebrating our deep connection to the sea with a range of talks and activities running through the week.    
     Full Leaflet in Colour

Beachcomber Books - Part of the Wick Waves Festival
Beachcomber books
Book to get a place on this unusual day and make some book covers.

CO-OP Launches Good Causes Carrier Bag Funding
Good 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.

Funding 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.
Cinema in Wales Not Affected By Thurso Closure - News North Wales

Safer 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.     Community Index

Smart sub-sea communications cables - ERI Lecture - Tuesday 22nd September
Subsea communicationsProf 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 warning".

Scotland 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 today.

Loch of Yarrows to Whaligoe - Saturday 3rd October, 11am- 2pm
Yarrows to Whaligoe
This walk is part of the Highland Archaology Festival 2nd - 18th October 2015.
See the full programme guide HERE

The Show Must Go On
The Show Must go On at Wick Assembly Rooms Friday 18th and Saturday 19th
Wick Assembly Rooms- Friday 18th and Saturday 19th
£5 Adults - £3 Children and Concessions  - Proceeds To RNLI Lifeboats
Caithness 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 ladies. 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.
Wick Waves' - Local Sea Festival
Wick Waves Festival 2015The Highland Council's Countryside 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.      Full Programme Leaflet HERE

Your Cash 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.
New Poundland Store Opening on Saturday 19th September at 9.30am
Former CarpetRight store soon to be Poundland at WickNew Poundland Store opening soon at Wick as at 12 September 2015A new Poundland store will be opening at 9.30am Saturday 19th September 2015 in the premises formerly occupied by CarpetRight which closed recently.  The store is situated at the shopping comlex on South Road as you enter Wick on the A99.
Time certainly passes fast as it was in April 2006 that Homebase opened its doors in the same complex.  
Ten years go
- Looking back to construction in 2005.

Tesco Wick opened 27 November 2006    Stores keep changing and many of our older photos on the web site show what used to be there.
North Highland College - University Open Day

SHE Transmission to seek views on site options for electrical switching station in Caithness

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

Castle Of Mey Bat Walk
Bat Walk at Castle of Mey - 16 September 2015Wednesday 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!
Big Lottery and Highland Council Funding to Support Digital Inclusion in the Highlands
The 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.

Your chance to vote - 16 and 17 year olds register now for the Community Council Elections 2015
Community Council Elections 2015Did 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.

Twoja społeczność potrzebuje - Społeczność Rady Wybory 2015
Your community needs you - Community Council Elections 2015
Communnity Council Elections 2015Nominations are invited from people 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.
Spirit of Caithness A Fourteen Community
Spirit 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 December 2017.    Community Index

Highland 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.

Entry day for the 2016 Be Your Best Rock Challenge and J Rock tour fast approaches!
Wick High 2015            Pennyland Primary 2015
Rock Challenge 2016Rock Challenge 2016 - PennylandFrom 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 Court Theatre.

Rapid HIV Testing In Wick 25 September
Rapid HIV Test - 25 September 2015 at WickWaverley 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 07860 703577.

Nuclear Archive At Wick  - Construction Photos
Nuclear Archive construction 29 august 2015The 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.

New Wick High School - Latest Progress Photos
Wick High School 29 August 2015Wick High 29 August 2015 School

Thurso Walkers Celebrate 2nd Anniversary
Thurso Walkers celbrate 2nd anniversaryThurso 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.    Next Walk Wednesday 9th September
Caithness Drug and Alcohol Forum AGM
9th September 2015 - 6.30 for 7.00pm - Pentland hotel, Thurso
Get along and find out more about drug and alcohol problems in Caithness.  A full presentation by CREW 2000 on NPS ( Legal Highs).  Also a presntation by HADP on work in Caithness and Sutherland.     Community Index
Seed Collecting For Bumblebees
seed collecting for Bees

NAE PLANS Play Y-Not, Thurso
Nae Plans play Ynot on 26 September 2015
26 September 2015  9.30pm - 1.00am £5
Pianist/vocalist 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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