5 May 2015
Volunteers work in woodlands at Castle 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
4 May 2015
Play Park At Riverside, Wick
- Opens on Sunday 10th May at 2.00pm
Wick Gala committee have done a
great job gathering the funds for the new play park at riverside, Wick
is to be opened at a ceremony on Sunday 10th March at 2.00pm
3 May 2015
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
get a good annual dividend - better than rates on many bank accounts.
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.
2 May 2015
Highland Publishes Newsletter On Possible Future Of Servises At
Fishing Yawl On Show As Waterlines Opens At Lybster
Waterlines 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......
your polling station location before you go to vote
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.
1 May 2015
in 'e Groat
Noel Donaldson grabs a
few items and shortens them for all you busy readers
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
Noss Primary School - Latest Photos
. Community Section
The 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
High School Construction - Latest Photos
. 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 stakeholders group
were informed on Monday that the construction of the school is running
Photos from the start HERE
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
If you miss the programme you can catch it on
communities get Spring cleaning
street dance Ultimate championships
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.
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.
invited from tourist businesses for the Scottish Thistle Awards
Lots of categories and
nominations can be from a business or anyone recommending them.
Day Holiday Arrangments For Highland Council
27 April 2015
Of TV From Station Hotel, Thurso
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.
26 April 2015
and Colour As Springtime Arrives in Caithness
Of course this being
Caithness it has been snowing lightly in parts of the county today but
it did not come to much.
25 April 2015
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,
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
23 April 2015
finance plans of Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and
SNP leave much unanswered
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.
22 April 2015
Educational Trust Scheme - Open for Applications - Closing Date 29th May
Annual Pairs Championships 2015
Camps 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.
20 April 2015
Clean And Basking Sharks At Dunnet
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.
To Install A Post Box Outside Tesco In Thurso
Join Mike Lunan in his bid to
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.
voters urged to make their vote count
Click through to add your name to the online
A record number of
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
19 April 2015
Model Club Show 2015
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
Street, Wick - Getting Ready for The New Noss Primary School
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.
A group of like-minded
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.
18 April 2015
Primary Easter egg hunt/Coffee morning eggxellent success!!
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.
17 April 2015
Your Health - Visit The Pentland Hotel On Saturday 18th April 2015
arrangements in Inverness following Academy Street fire
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.
Following 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
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.
North Byte 2015 - One Day Conference - digital communication
and social media marketing
Scotland'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.
16 April 2015
you taken part in the Highland Third Sector Census yet?
Third Sector Interface are working with CVG, CVS North and VGES on a
census, to prove to others what people in Caithness &
already know - that volunteers, local and national charities, and all
sorts of local organisations are central to our economy and society at
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!
13 April 2015
Win Big In Grangemouth Hip Hop
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.
12 April 2015
League Cup Final - Cove Ranger 4 Wick Academy 0
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.
Photo Gallery Crowd
To see larger images right click the image and open in a new tab or
10 April 2015
Stories In this Weeks Courier
Class Flats At Affordable Rents In Wick
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.
Captains Cup Finalists - Wick and District Pool
WIck & 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.
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
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.
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.
9 April 2015
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.
and Thurso band Gabbro picks up festival slot at CalMac
Culture Music finals
A 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.
6 April 2015
Oil Boom Ends With Low Oil Prices
Candidate Paul Monaghan To Speak In Thurso
Candidate Paul Monaghan To Speak In Brora, Assynt and Golspie
To Lairg A837
This 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.
5 April 2015
Academy..1 Cove Rangers..1
- 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.
4 April 2015
Dancing In Thurso Is Growing
Thurso 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
Through 'e Groat Stories
Ackergill Tower to be
sold - Delays in dental treatment
- Upgrade for Caithness General
New jobs at Watten.
3 April 2015
Has Started At The Meygen Site In Caithness
Work has commence on what may
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.
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.
1 April 2015
For Sale 15 Years
Archives Whats On
Scottish taxes in 300 years - New Scottish Tax Office - Revenue
New Jobs/Vacancies Added
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
as soon as possible to get maximum free coverage. Remember
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.
listed - It's FREE
Science In Scotland's Seas - The Seasearch Scheme
- Calling All Divers
The talk will be TUESDAY 7th of
April, at 17:30 at the Environmental Research Institute, Castle street,
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
Easter Treasure Hunt
The rangers are organising a
fun day for the family hunting for treasure in the form of all kinds of
Head for Geiss Farm car park near Glengolly.
- Easter Programme
Check out the events
for children and families at Ormlie from 13th - 16th April
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