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Huntly never really in the hunt at Harmsworth Park - Wick Academy 3 Huntly 0
Wick Academy 3 - Huntly 0 - 29 August 2015
Reporter Noel Donaldson
ACADEMY'S fluctuating fortunes took another turn, this time for the better, with a scintillating display that delighted their fans, desperate to see their team settle into a new season swing after an uncertain start. While the Scorries have yet to find the elusive match play quality of consistency, the performance highlighted what the team is capable of, though it would be tempting fate to suggest that their title challenge is well and truly back on track. Academy ran the show, particularly in the second period with a deadly combination of efficiency and flair, repeatedly scything through the hapless Huntly defence with apparent ease. Only some fine, and at times brilliant double stops, by keeper Fraser Hobday, kept their defeat down to respectable proportions.   Photo Gallery

Budding cooks invited to enter Young Highland Chef 2015
Young Highland Chef competitionBudding chefs are being given the chance to win work experience at one of the UK's top restaurants. Entries have now opened for Young Highland Chef 2015. The top prize for this year's competition is a week of work experience at Le Gavroche, the Roux family's two Michelin starred restaurant in London, and a cheque for £500. Young Highland Chef is an annual competition which invites people aged between 18 and 30 from around the Highlands and Islands to submit a three course menu on paper, before eight entrants are selected to prepare their creations at a live cook-off. Organised by North Highland College UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and Chez Roux Limited, the final takes place at the college's training restaurant, Burghfield House, in Dornoch.
Istart Challenge - New Competition For Entrepreneurial Youths
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The North Highland Regeneration Fund (NHRF) and North Highland College (NHC) are delighted to announce the launch of the iStart Challenge, a competition designed to encourage entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people in the area. The competition, which is aimed at young people aged 16-24 living in Caithness and North Sutherland, invites enterprising individuals or teams to come up with a great business idea to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize and support to develop their business. All applicants initially have to do is submit a form answering a few simple questions about their business idea. A panel of expert judges will then select the best applications to go forward to the next stage, inviting the shortlisted applicants to pitch their idea to the panel at the NHRF AGM on 2nd November at the Pentland Hotel in Thurso.

Green Isle and Lodesman At Gills Harbour
Green Isle and Lodesman at Gills Harbour carrying out work for the Meygen projectThe brand-new many-purpose mini-ship Green Isle is being accompanied on her mission off Canisbay by the survey vessel Lodesman, that has been a regular visitor to Gills Harbour this year.  The powerful rectangular-shaped steel craft is technically a Multi-cat 2712 with several special design features specified by Green Marine UK for her planned career at assisting in installing and recovering tidal and wave energy devices, seabed surveying, moving 'heavy-lift' barges and general towing operations.  Gills Harbour is seeing increasing activity as the Meygen project to place turbines on the seabed builds up.  When it’s all up and running, the 398-megawatt array has the potential to power 175,000 Scottish homes.    Gills Harbour Page
Race For Life 2015
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12 hours walking in the Race for Life Fund Raiser taking place in Thurso finishing at 6.00am on Sunday morning.
See more Relay For Life Photos at Angus Mackay photographer

What lies Beneath : Is Tidal Power the Next Big Wave? - Australian Ethical
This article from Australian Ethical sets out why they are investing in Meygen/Atlantis Resources.

Caithness HVDC Switching Station - Consultation Events
Caithness HVDC Switching - Consultation Events
Monday 14th September 1.30 - 6.30pm - Staxigoe Hall, Staxigoe
Tuesday 15th September 1.30 - 7.30pm - Mackays Hotel, Wick

Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Latest Update

Wick High computing success bucks national trends  - Presentation To Highland council
Wick High Present "apps for good"
The progress of ICT learning by pupils at Wick High School is bucking national trends as more girls at the school take part in the "Apps for Good" programme and teams of boys and girls from the school win UK competitions. Five pupils, Leanne Cormack, Megan Shearer, Konrad Szewczyk, Ellora James, John Sutherland and their Teacher, Chris Aitken impressed Members of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee with presentations about their experiences in developing Apps and participating in the "Apps for Good" final at London.
Watch the presentation HERE - Item 5 on the agenda of the committee.
Flashes & Bangs - The Exciting Side Of Chemistry
Flashes and Bangs - Chemistry TalkThurso High School. Tuesday 1st September 2015 - 7.00pm. A free talk organised by Caithness Astronomy Group. Chemistry staff from Aberdeen and Newcastle Universities are squeezing in an exciting public lecture whilst they are in Caithness to deliver Royal Society of Chemistry funded spectroscopy workshops for older pupils at the local high schools. The equipment being used at the schools workshops will be available for viewing at the public event also - something for budding CSIs to check out.

20 - 20 Vision "The Future of Astronomical Telescopes"
The Future of Astronomical Telescopes
Castlehill Heritgage Centre, Castletown - Wednesday 2nd September - 7.00pm
The public astronomy talk is by regular CAG visitor Professor Martin Hendry MBE - his talk is part of the series of local IYL events that have been held this year. Martin will also be visiting a couple of Wick schools whilst in the area, to enthuse interest in space and science in

New Improved Blue Bin Service Begins
More items in blue binsThe Highland Council's new improved recycling service begins next week. From 31st August residents can also put plastic pots, tubs and trays (excluding black plastic) into the blue recycling bin - in addition to cardboard food & drink cartons, aerosols and envelopes which were added in earlier in the summer. The new materials supplement the original four categories - paper, cardboard, tin cans and plastic bottles. Householders and business customers are asked to ensure that all items are clean, dry and loose with no plastic bags. Glass should continue to be taken to one of The Highland Council's network of glass Recycling Points.
Growing Pains - Running A Craft Business
Running a craft business workshop
Thursday 10 September, 12.45 -16.30
Caithness Horizons, Thurso
 Running a craft practice is addictive - there is always more to try, new ideas to explore and projects to develop. Growing your business allows you to confidently pursue these exciting new opportunities to strengthen your profile, expand your range of customers and generate healthy profits. But with so many things to juggle, where do you start? And once you have started how do you keep up momentum?

Prehistoric Festival in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Joseph Anderson's excavations at Yarrows
Archaeology FestivalThroughout summer 2015 a series of events have been taking place to mark the 150th anniversary of archaeologist Joseph Anderson's first excavations which took place here in Caithness in the Yarrows landscape. Anderson was, at the time, editor of the John o'Groat Journal (a post he held from 1860 to 1869), and a passionate archaeologist who was fascinated by the remarkable prehistoric remains in Caithness. His 1865 excavations, carried out with Robert Shearer, Factor of Thrumster Estate, laid the foundations for our understanding of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in the county and contributed significantly to the emerging study of Scottish Prehistory.
Saturday 29th August 10.00am - 4.00pm 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Mini-ship 'Green Isle' Begins Work In Pentland Firth
Geen IsleThe most modern vessel in the Far North of Scotland's 'marine renewables' fleet is conducting debut operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound this week. (commences 24.08.15). The brand-new many-purpose mini-ship Green Isle is being accompanied on her mission off Canisbay by the survey vessel Lodesman, that has been a regular visitor to Gills Harbour this year. The 27.7-metre long Green Isle was delivered 'in record time' earlier this summer to her owners Green Marine UK Ltd, of Stromness, Orkney from the Damen Shipyards, in the Netherlands.

Caithness Horizons Secures Funding For Viking Festival 2016
Viking FestivalNorthern Scotland despite its Viking heritage does not have a modern Viking Festival. However, Caithness Horizons Museum in Thurso is currently trying to secure the funding required to establish one, similar to, but unique from those that exist already. Caithness Horizons is delighted to announce that in order to develop the interpretative content of the Viking Festival, that the Museum will be working with renowned Viking experts based at the Centre for Nordic Studies, UHI in order to ensure that the Caithness Viking Festival meets the highest levels of scholarship.

Thurso Heritage Quiz In Aid Of Kaydenswish2walk Fund
Quiz nightThe quiz will be held next Thursday, 27th August, 7:30 start at the Royal British Legion Thurso, £10 per team – 4 person’s maximum. If anyone wishes to donate raffle prizes for the evening all is welcome. For more information and to donate to Kayden: Donate to Sarah's JustGiving page

Bower Gala 2015
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Back to school: 11 fascinating kid's dental health facts you really need to know
Facts on kids dental hygene
It may be the school holidays at the moment and we all remember those halcyon days of never ending summers but the new term is closer than you think. The constant reminders are everywhere with displays selling pristine white shirts and pencil cases taking pride of place in the nations supermarkets. For parents across Britain this may be comforting news, as around about now your children will have destroyed almost every part of your once tidy house. Countless toy parts will have been lost or broken and if you suffer the unparalleled pain of stepping on a building block again while hearing "I'm bored" repeated for the 526th time, you may just crack.

Summer Pool League Final
Wick and District Summer Pool League Champions 2015 Camps 1Suzanne Carter's Camps "1" have won the Wick & District Summer Pool League for the second year in a row after a 12-8 victory against Camps "2" in this years final. After a 7-4 first leg victory, Camps "1" needed five frames to win the title, and produced an outstanding performance to become the first team to win back to back summer league championships. The first frame of the second leg saw Camps "2" captain Bruce Honeyman play well to put his side 1-0 up, but David McGillivray battled hard to level the match at 1-1.    more

Childminders Qualification SVQ3
HiMATS have developed a programme of SVQ delivery specifically for Childminders. This qualification is tailored from the SVQ 3 Social Services Children and Young People at SCQF Level 7 qualification and is FREE subject to meeting funding requirements.   Community Index

Highland Doors Open Day 2015
Doors Open Day 2105The Highland Doors Open Days programme for 2015 has been launched, with a total of 47 North buildings - new and old - opening their doors in September this year to allow the public to see inside them and find out about their stories. Participating buildings will be opening in different Highland Council areas over the four weekends in September, with free admission to all venues and many offering special events and activities.
  Programme Booklet (Pdf)

Schools in Caithness urged to join up to protect UK's declining bee population
Male Great YellowThe Polli:Nation project - developed by the national school grounds charity, Learning through Landscapes (LTL)- will encourage school children and volunteers in 260 schools across the UK to transform their outdoor spaces into pollinator-friendly habitats. The three-year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will also reach out to communities and families that have an interest in getting involved. As from January 2016, each school involved will be supported by a Polli:Nation facilitator from LTL, enabling them to grow pollinator friendly plants and meadow areas, to develop areas that encourage habitats (such as bee houses, bug hotels, and bee-hives), whilst letting areas of the school grounds become wild. The project will also help schools and communities to learn more about reducing pesticides. In Caithness, schools will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice to conserve one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees, the great yellow bumblebee, linking to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s existing project in the county.
Kites at Seadrift
Kites at Seadrift Centre, Caithness
The breezy conditions at Dunnet Beach provided excellent flying conditions for the kites made during the children's countryside Ranger craft event at the Seadrift Centre in Caithness. Thirteen children from five families assembled their very own kites using plastic bags and garden canes in the Seadrift Centre then went out on the beach to fly them.

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Academy storm Fort with eight-goals blitz - Wick Academy 8 Fort William 1 - 15 August 2015
Wick Academy 8 Ft William 1 - Reporter Noel Donaldson
THE Fort must have been dying to hear the ref whistle time-up before Academy made a humiliating defeat even more embarrassing by taking their score into double figures. The Scorries put down a marker when Gary Manson open their account in no less that three minutes and Danny Mackay and Steven Anderson made it 3-0 before the break. The second period brought more misery for the visitors who had no answer to Academy's goal machine, churning out a further five, Steven Anderson clinching a hat-trick in the dying minutes after an Ian Maclennan strike gave the luckless Aberdeenshire side, a consolation crumb of comfort.   Photo Gallery

Local Crews Motor Rally Reports
Mach 1                            Solway Rally
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Would You Like To Support Adult Learners?
Support Adult Learners
A new course starts in September leading to a qualification.

FREE English Classes For Speakers Of Other Languages
Thurso                                                  Wick
Englsih Classes at Thurso              English classes at Wick
Starts Monday 17th August               Starts Tuesday 18th August
Lyth Arts Centre Puts On A Great Programme In September
The line up of performances in music and drama including comedy goes on at Lyth Arts Centre. Despite recently almost going under as their grant from Creative Scotland being under threat they have bounced back with a great programme including one double bill evening with buffet for you to pick and choose from.  After every Edinburgh festival a few performances make their way to Lyth so this is great chance to catch a great night out and get a flavour of the festival right here in Caithness and support a great little theatre.  Book early.
Black Is The Colour Of My Voice
Lyth Arts Centre Double Bill - JAZZ EXTEMPORE plus EVERY BRILLIANT THING  - Buffet - Go to one or all.

Nuclear Archive Photo Gallery
Nuclear Archive construction
As the new Nuclear Archive at Wick gets going we have started another gallery to bring photos of progressover the coming 18 months.

Gospel Tent  - Riverside Wick
Gospel Tent Riverside Wick

Caithness Horizons Museum welcomes half a million visitors
No Limits were half millionth visitors to Caithness HorizonsTuesday 11th August saw local group No Limits Caithness visit the Museum for a morning packed with Viking activities with Curator Joanne Howdle, or Thordis Eiríksdóttir as she is fondly known to local groups and schools. The group helped the Museum to hit the half million visitors mark and to celebrate they were presented with a special cake made in the Museum's cafe. The 2015 summer season has been excellent for the Museum, welcoming visitors from all over the world to experience all that Caithness has to offer. A passenger from the Saga Pearl 2 cruise ship who visited Caithness Horizons last weekend remarked that it was the best Museum that she had visited.

10,000 Caithness homes and businesses have access to new broadband networks
More than 10,000 homes and businesses in Caithness can now access next generation fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) roll-out. Work is to start during the next six months to make fibre broadband available to nearly 900 more premises in the far north as building work on the roll-out continues. In addition, following a re-modelling of the roll-out plans, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is confirming that the village of John O'Groats, which had been under evaluation, will see some fibre broadband installed in the 2016 programme.
Hidden Bronze Age Landscape at Castlehill Heritage Centre, Castletown
Bronze Age Weekend at Castlehill Heritage 15th and 16th August - FREE for all the familyJoin Melissa and Romain of the School of Ancient Crafts on 15th August as we explore how plants and herbs were used in the past. This workshop will include a spot of foraging as well as making soap with native herbs, using pot-boilers (hot stones) to heat milk and make a soft cheese, baking bread next to an open fire, and much more!
Join us again on Sunday 16th August to learn how to build a prehistoric oven in which we will bake fish and bread.

Free for the whole family. 
See poster for full details and to book.

David Stewart MSP Visits Gills Harbour
David Stewart MSP Visits Gills HarbourScotland's Shadow Minister for Transport Mr David Stewart, Labour MSP for the Highlands & Islands constituency, has made a fact-finding visit to community-owned Gills Harbour on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound. There he was shown around by three officers of Gills Harbour Ltd (GHL), the Canisbay company that owns and operates the Scottish Mainland's most Northerly port. The Shadow Minister promised 'to do anything that I can' to assist 'the people's port' that belongs to 600 electors in Canisbay, with its upgrading plans aimed at ensuring that it plays an integral role in key aspects of Pentland Firth tidal-stream electricity generation in the future.

Employability Fund Programme - Work Placement Scheme
Pulteneytown People’s Project is contracted to deliver The Employability Fund Programme for Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The purpose of the programme is to prepare people for employment or further training opportunities in their chosen work interest area, by supporting them to improve their knowledge and basic skills required for their chosen sector.  Next start date 31st August 2015 -
Open to anyone aged 16 or over who is unemployed.  Child care costs available.
Halkirk United Play Inverness Caley Thistle In North Of Scotland Cup
Tuesday 11th August.
Wick Girl Is Golden Dancer On Holiday
Rushdance girl Beth Mackay from Wick wins golden ticket in dance competition.Local girl uses dance skills learnt at and wins Golden ticket to perform main stage with her dance idols Diversity. Beth Mackay 12 years old (Wick). Beth Mackay went to Butlin's Holiday Camp, Skegness from July 24th to 31st. She was there for a granny (Sandra Jones) / grand-daughter holiday and had chosen this site because we had seen Diversity Dance Academies advertised on television earlier in the year.

Male Great Yellow BumblebeeThis August 21st is the start of Great Yellow Week in Caithness, a chance to search for one of Scotland's rarest bees and discover why bumblebees are so important. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is hosting events at The Park Hotel, Thurso, where the charity is encouraging volunteers from the area to get involved and help spot this rare bumblebee. The event will kick start on Friday 21st August with two bee identification training sessions run by Katy Malone (Conservation Officer Scotland) and Dr. Richard Comont (Data Monitoring Officer) before volunteers head out in small groups on the 22nd August to walk designated transects across the county.
From Caithness to the World  - Nuclear Archive Centre Construction Underway
Turf Cutting for new Nuclear Archive Centre near Wick airport.A ceremonial turf cutting ceremony marked the official start of building work on the new archive that will store nuclear records from across the UK. David Flear, chairman of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, dug into the ground at the Wick site where the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Nuclear Archive will start to take shape over the next 12 months. He welcomed the step forward saying: "The NDA Archive brings a lasting legacy to the area, and I am delighted it is progressing so well. The Dounreay Stakeholder Group has been involved with the NDA on this project for some time now and everything we hoped for appears to be taking shape."
Wick Academy 2 Nairn County 1 - Academy leave it late to break the deadlock
Wick Academy 2 Nairn County 1Reporter Noel Donaldson. WICK ACADEMY bounced back from their opening Clach wobble to get their league challenge back on track. However, it was a hard-earned victory in a game which saw both sides up for the points before a good crowd at rain-swept Harmsworth park, yesterday.

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Duke Of Rothesay Visits Annual Caithness  Art Exhibition
Duekl of Rothesay, Prince Charles visits Caithness Art ExhibitionThe duke of Rothesay visited the annual art exhibition from the society of Caithness Artists.  He was shown round by member Ian Pearson and met some of the members of the society.  
For more photos see photgrapher Angus Mackays web site.

Golspie Gala 2015
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Kids Seashore Art At Lybster
Seashore Art For Kids from Northlands Creative Glass at LybsterSeashore Art at Lybster for kids with Northlands Creative GlassThis past week kids have been learning how to make their own pigments from items found on the seashore and making their own creations.  The project by Northlands Creative Glass has been running  for the past few days at the harbour.  

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