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Highland Council pays respect to lives lost in Manchester - Miller Academy Creates A Cirlce Of Unity
Circle of Unity at Miller Academy
There was a 1 minute silence at 11am today at all Highland Council premises in tribute to the victims of the Manchester bomb attack. At the Council's headquarters on Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, staff joined Convener of The Highland Council, Cllr Bill Lobban and Members to observe the silence. Convener Lobban said: "As we gather here this morning, we do so to remember the families who have lost loved one and all those who have been injured by the horrific act of terror in Manchester.
Thurso High Sponsored Walk - Note For Drivers To Take Care
Thurso High School pupils are doing a sponsored walk on the morning of Wednesday 24 May 2017. Walkers will leave the school from 9.10am in staggered groups.
Inside The New Wick High School
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The new Wick High School is open and threw open its doors today for everyone to look around.
The Wick High School Build from the start.
General Election 2017 - Hustings In Thurso
Hustings Thurso

Paul Monaghan Public Meetings
Paul Monaghan Meetings

Your Chance To See Round The New Wick High School
Wick High
Wick High School are hosting an Open event for Public and Parents on Saturday 20th May from 10 am until 1 pm. Everyone will be most welcome to come and look round the New School.

Mallrd Duck - Photographer - Karen Munro at St Johns Pool, Dunnet
Set at St. John's Pool Bird Reserve near Dunnet Head. AS SEEN ON BBC LANDWARD 7.30 FRIDAY 19 MAY. Enjoy amazingly close views of a wide range of waterside birds - and find out more with expert guidance. Watch as terns, waders, ducks and gulls go through their breeding season activities.

The How UK Parliament Event Has Been Cancelled.

New Funding Opportunities For Groups and Local Charities Now In The Community Pages
Several opportunities for varying amounts of funding so let your committee know to have look.
Challenge to SNP and Tories in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from Labour
Olivia Bell - LabourCandidae for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in Wesminster election on 8th June
Scottish Labour's candidate for Westminster in Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross has laid down a a challenge to other candidates on health issues.  

See Olivia Bell's response to a request from Bill Fernie as chairman for CHAT

Other candidates are being requested for statements on Caithness health issues from CHAT. Paul Monaghan metwith CHAT on Saturday 13 May and a report wil come out shortly.  Jamie Stone for the Scottish Lib Dems ahs also agreed to met CHAT and send a statement.

CHAT Fund Raising - Mad Hatters Tea Party - Get Tickets from Eye Candy in Thurso and Wick
Please come along for a fun family day out! To answer a common question, we need to control numbers so this event is tickets only, and you can buy them from Eye Candy in Wick and in Thurso. All proceeds go to CHAT and will be used to help us in our campaigning and health improvement work.
New and Experienced Majorettes Wanted

This Foster Care Fortnight, could you help transform children's lives in Highland?
Highland Council Fostering and Adoption service is issuing a call for at least 20 more foster families in the Highland Council area to come forward and be assessed as Foster Care Fortnight 2017 begins across the UK.

More Funding Opportunities In the Community Pages
Several funding opportunities listed in the community pages with a wide range to choose from.  Does your group need funds and you match the sought after criteria to apply?  Check them out.

Booking Now For Dunbeath To Lybster Walk With The Rangers
Dunbeath To Lybster walk
Join us for a walk along the breath taking cliff tops of Caithness for the 3rd in our series of 7 ranger guided walks along the East Coast, following the John O'Groats Trail. There's a lot to see on this walk - two beautiful harbours, sea stacks and nesting seabirds, coastal flora and a ruined Norse keep.

Teaching Makes People - Chris Aitken, Wick High School
Chris Aitken - Computing Teacher, Wick High
The Scottish Government is firmly committed to maintaining teacher numbers, and are investing 88 million this year alone to recruit and retain teachers across the country. This is in addition to our work with GTC Scotland and universities to develop new ways to attract people into the profession, supported with 1 million from our Attainment Scotland Fund. Chris Aitken, Computing Science Teacher at Wick High School, recently joined the campaign and hopes to encourage locals to consider a teaching career.

Reids Of Caithness Crowned Scottish Baker Of The Year 2017
Reids of Caithness - Scottish Baker of the year 2017
Reids of Caithness has been named Scottish Baker of the Year 2017 at a glittering ceremony hosted by Scottish Bakers, the association that supports and promotes the interests of Scottish bakers across the country.

Caithness Beatrice Community Fund - Funding Events
Beatrice Fund - Funding Advice dates.
Projects in East Caithness are invited tocome to advice information days to see if they can make applications for funding from the Caithness Beatrce Fund.  Check if you are in one of five target areas then apply for a place at one of the events in May.

First Day at The New Wick High School
Wick High First DayPhotos on the new Wick High pages.

Visit Caithness and Play Brahms' 3rd Symphony
Visit Caithness and play Brahms 3rd Symphony

Newton Park Primary Opens At Wick Campus
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Children and teachers today march from the old Pulteneytown Academy primary school building to thenew Newpark Primary at the Wick campus which is now open.
Pipers to lead pupils back to school at new Wick Campus
Wick High Campus
Around 400 pupils and teachers attending Newton Park Primary school and Nursery at Wick Campus in Wick will walk to their new school on Wednesday 26 April setting off at 9am from the Old Pulteneytown Academy building. The procession of pupils in their new school uniforms will be led by Highland Bagpipers Alistair Miller and Chester Henry, a P7 pupil, along the new pedestrian access path and ramp down to the new building. Parents and carers have been invited to watch the procession as the children go into the playground and then into their new school.

Honours even in end-of-season encounter Wick Academy 2 Formartine United 2
Wick Academy 2 Formartine United 2Reporter Noel Donaldson
ACADEMY shook off their recent poor form to grab a well-earned share of the points on home turf against one of the Highland League's strongest sides, in the final of the season at Harmsworth Park, on Saturday. Quick- moving United monopolised the early play and were rewarded with a lucky Scott Ferries strike in the 10th minute which crept over the line after a deflection.    Photo Gallery
CHAT Visual Impact Day  - Video
Thanks to the John O'Groat Journal for the short video of the rally- see report n the Courier on Wednesday.
Press and Journal coverage on Monday will be worth reading also.

CHAT Visual Impact Day and Rally Sunday 23 April
CHAT - Caithness Health Action Team, Bignold Park, Wick 2.30pm Sunday 23rd April 2017
CHAT Facebook page
 So What is going to happen in Scotland on Maternity?
- See the report on Scottish government web site called  THE BEST START - a five year forward plan for maternity and neonatal Care in Scotland - 20 January 2017.
It is 130 pages long and seems to suggest that what is happening in Caithness will be happening all over Scotland in the next 5 year.  Everything seems very reasonable until you apply the geography test.  How can it work for far away rural places and is it what we want? - So far in Caithness without a public consultation the Obstetricians are leaving, beds removed and a huge number of women and are being sent to Raigmore or even further away.  What happened to continuity of care, seeing the same midewife and fathers involvement that the report speaks about.   Read the report and then ask how it affects places like Caithness, Sutherland and any far flung place in Scotland.  Exceptions need to be made and not just token groups to talk.
Dunnet Bay Distillers on the joys and challenges of running a remote business - The Telegraph
A really nice article about the business.
John O'Groats Shape The Future - Follow Up Event
John O'Groats Consultation - Follow Up Event

Once A Year Trip To Hoy With The Rangers
Hoy Trip
Ship a' Hoy Sunday 21st May 2017. 10.15am - 6pm 
This is your only opportunity to sail directly to the Orkney Island of Hoy from the Scottish mainland on the passenger ferry from John O'Groats. Join the countryside Rangers either walking out to the famous ‘Old Man' sea stack or enjoy a slightly more strenuous guided walk through the Glens of Kinnaird on route to Rackwick Bay.
46.00 per person (no concessions)

First Of A Fleet Of Work Boats At Wick Harbour
Rix Linx WorkBoat At Wick Harbour 17 April 2017
Today at Wick Harbour 'Rix Lynx'could be seen tied up. Wick Harbour is fast becoming a hive of activity with the work now well underway at the former Steven's yard.

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