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Will Robots Outlast us? -Thurso High Debate
Thurso High School teams will debate the motion: "This House believes the rise of autonomous societies will benefit our society"   Pentland Hotel, Thurso -  Wednesday 2nd March

Wick Academy 2 Lossiemouth 1
Wick Academy 2 Lossiemouth 1 - 27th February 2016
Macadie makes the difference in late kick-off tussle

THIS was a hard-earned win for Academy after some uncertainty over whether the game would proceed. Puzzled fans, queuing at Harmsworth Parks main gate in perfect match play weather, were rewarded for the late kick-off (3.30pm) when an early breakaway caught Lossie cold. With the game only seconds old, Marc Macregor had no difficulty in finishing things off from close in, from a right side cross.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

In 'e Groat         In 'e Courier
'e Groat This Week

Caithness And North Sutherland Partnership Update
'e Courier Snippets
Caithness International Science Festival 2016 - Programme Ready For March

Highland Council's leader warns some services could end - BBC
'There will be many things we can simply no longer do!' - council leader - Ross-shire Journal

Highland Opportunity Ltd to wind up
The Board of Highland Opportunity Ltd (HOL) has agreed to commence the wind up of HOL and its subsidiaries and to transfer some of its services to The Highland Council.

Business Support and Mentoring Programme

Caithness and North Sutherland Partnership Latest Update
Leah Francetti Is Labour Candidate For Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Leah Franchetti -Labour canidate for May 2016 election Caithness Sutherland and Ross
Leah Franchetti has been selected by Caithness, Sutherland Ross Labour to contest the upcoming Scottish elections. Ms Franchetti was selected by an overwhelming majority at a members meeting of the local Labour Party in Brora. Raised in Sutherland, Ms Franchetti grew on a small croft in Helmsdale and attended Golspie High School. A former primary school teacher, she currently works for the Educational Institute of Scotland as an Area Officer.  Speaking after her selection, Ms Franchetti said: "I am delighted to have been chosen to fight for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross in the upcoming election and I look forward to discussing my plans for the area with local people."
Operation Snowdrop 1955
Operation Snowdrop 1955HMS Glory took part in Operation Snowdrop in 1955
This article was submitted by the author Brian Hawkins who is a retired BBC engineer and published the article in the magazine of retired BBC pensioners in February 2016. - Prospero.  As the year 2015 came to an end, we read and heard that it was likely to have been one of the warmest on record. Brian Hawkins looks back over 60 years to a year which started out as one of the coldest, and to his involvement in Operation Snowdrop whilst he was serving in the Royal Navy on his National Service engagement.

A Walk Round Wick Harbour On A Cold Sunday Afternoon
Wick Harbour 7 February 2016
The hole ripped out of the harbour wall by tthe recent storm has now been repaired.  The harbour was very quiet on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon.  The harbour is slowly changing and there may be big changes ahead so a few photos may not go amiss for future reference.  The boat yard was recently demolished and the space is now available for redevelopment.  Not far away the Wick swimming pool will later this year be consigned to history when the new one opens over at the new Wick High school.
Jobs And How To Get Them Fair At Assembly Rooms, Wick - Saturday 6 February - 10.00am - 2.00pm
(Saturday 6th February) sees the annual Jobs and How to Get Them event, developed again by a group of agencies and organisations and managed by Caithness Chamber of Commerce. The event is being held between 10am and 2pm at Wick Assembly Rooms and is expected to feature more than 40 companies and support organisations in a range of sectors (energy, hospitality, uniformed services etc). More on the event at
RSPB Scotland Buys Nature Reserve At Dunnet Head

Dunbeath Village Shop Break-in - Police Appeal For Information

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

A Few Snippets From 'e Groat an 'e Courier

Possible Archery Club being set up
Rail Cancellations on Friday 29th January
Limited service withdrawals as rail network prepares for Storm Gertrude

A storm officially named Gertrude by the Met Office has been forecast to bring winds of up to 90mph as well as heavy rain, high tides, and snow to Scotland tomorrow. The severe winds and high tides are expected to hit the north and west of Scotland in particular. This is to advise that we will be withdrawing a limited number of train services as a safety precaution from the start of service tomorrow on routes likely to bear the brunt of the extreme weather.
Met Office Forecast for Friday - Severe Gales and Storm Force Winds
MSP speaks out over jobs blow for Wick

Up Hellya Live

Caithness Flag Launched
Caithness Flag - winning design
A nordic cross and galley symbolising ancient ties to the Vikings are part of the winning design of the flag for Caithness. Councillor Gail Ross, Civic Leader of The Highland Council in Caithness unfurled the new at a Flag Order of Ceremony held in Wick Town Hall today. Councillor Ross thanks the John O'Groat Journal who had set the ball rolling to get a flag for Caithness. The Lord Lyon King of Arms and Caithness Members of The Highland Council were piped in to the ceremony by bagpiper Cllr David Bremner. School children from local Primaries and Secondaries, businesses and Community Council representatives also attended the Order of Ceremony Philip Tibbetts, of the Flag Institute and Dr Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms both gave an address to the accompanied guests.

Vintage Car Rally - John O'Groats To Monte Carlo
It is 90 years isnce the run from John O'Groats to Monte Carlo was last tackled.  Today about 30 vintage cars will get checked over at Keiss garage between 2.00pm and 6.00pm.  Drivers and passengers will attend a local Burns supper then tomorrow set off at 8.00am at about one minute intervals.
Rothes routed as Scorries scoop six - Wick Academy 6 Rothes 1 - 23 January 2016Wick Academy 6 Rothes 1

Reporter - Noel Donaldson
THIS was Academy at their creative best and while it is never wise to tempt fate in cup contests, the result must leave them with the confidence they can progress in this league tournament. Rothes were powerless to counter the ever-increasing goal spate in the preliminary round, as Academys ruthless strike force ripped through their hapless defence, time and again.     PHOTO GALLERY

New Noss Primary School Construction - Latest Photos
New Noss Primary School Construction 24 January 2016

A Few Headlines From 'e Groat an 'e Courier

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
the Edge dance studio showcase is a massive success
Dancers at the Edge Studio, Thurso
The Edge Dance Studio in Thurso marked its 6 month opening with showcase performance at Mount Pleasant school on the 17th of December infront of a sell out crowd. Around 100 studio members, (kids from the age of 2 right up to adults) performed on the night, showcasing 11 different dance styles. A Prize Presentation followed the show in which each studio member was presented with a medal for their success over the past 6 months and winners were chosen from each weekly class. On the night the Top prize was the Edge Dance Studio Scholarship. The winner was Brooke Kay who now trains privately for free and gets the chance to represent the studio at major dancing events and competitions throughout Scotland.

Latest Photos From The New Wick High School Construction Site
Wick High School Construction - 17 January 2016Wick High School Construction - 17 January 2016


Visual of final look

See from the START
More Money Comes From Scottish Government After Successful Event
Following the successful Public Participation event when local people decided which groups should share 30,000 Scottish government has added to the funds for more events that Caithness councillors agreed to hold.  Scottish government has sent word that they wil give 20,000 to match funds given locally by the council.  Councillors decided to hold two events in May and November making a total of 60,000 available - 30,000 at each event.

Several New Funding Opportunities For Voluntary Groups
A few more deadlines for funding are now posted in the communcity section.
- projects that help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties and / or living in situations of deprivation.
- CashBack got Communities is a partnership of six national, volunteer-led youth organisations. These are the Scout Association; Girlguiding Scotland; Boys Brigade; Girls Brigade in Scotland; Clubs for Young People (Scotland); and Youth Scotland.
- offering groups of vulnerable or disadvantaged young people the opportunity to take part in activity holidays at youth hostels across Scotland.
- Learning Disabilities
- Lord Taverners Minibuses Grant Programme
- increase access to swimming
- projects that transform the lives of women
- 18,000 grant covers strategy, design and development to build an amazing website.

North Lands Creative Glass Appoints New Artistic Director
Jeffrey Sarmiento apponted new Artistic Director of North Lands Creative Glass
The Board of North Lands Creative Glass is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Sarmiento as Artistic Director from 1 October 2016. He will succeed Emma Woffenden on the completion of her inspiring three-year term of office, culminating in North Lands 20, the anniversary celebration of its first master class and conference in 1996. Dr Sarmiento is currently Reader in Glass at the University of Sunderland, where he was awarded a PhD in 2011. Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, he has worked internationally as a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark, a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass, and an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School.

You Can't Beat Scotland When It Comes To Tidal -
Energy Voice

Evening Classes at North Highland College UHI
Evening Classes At North Highland College UHI from January 2016
The North Highland College UHI evening classes and short courses are a great way for you to learn a new skill, turn a hobby into a money earner or even take the first step on the road to achieving a new qualification.  And, with ILA funding available, you might be able to learn a whole new skill without it even costing you a penny! Take advantage of the range of Professional Development Awards and HN units to improve your skills and expertise with the flexibility to study around your existing commitments.

Flooding Around Caithness Today

Thurso River Footage Today

Many flood problems today in Caithness were being tackled by Council teams and the Fire Service with assistance from Police.  Amongst the areas affected were the basement of North Primary school had water problems. The brae behind Simpsons Oils had small collapse.  The footage in the film shows many of the places but there were many others with large and small isues over the night and morning.
First Meeting of the new Caithness Committee -
Link to the agenda and papers
The first meeting of the newly set up Caithness committee of Highland council takes place on Wednesday 13th January 2016.  The responsbilities of the new committee are initially modest but expected to grow over time reversing the trend of all decision making being done in Inverness.

20,000 jobs may go in council axe as union fears 'austerity time bomb'
 - The National

A few headlines from 'e Groat
an 'e Courier       Doanalsin's Diary

Wick district heating operator sold for 4m
- Scotsman
The operator of a district heating scheme in Caithness that supplies the Pulteney Distillery is changing hands in a deal worth at least 4 million. Aim-quoted Ludgate Environmental Fund, which invests in “resource efficiency companies”, has agreed to sell Ignis Biomass to infrastructure investor and fund manager Equitix.

Caithness and North Sutherland Partnership Update -
Caithness Business Index
Northern Light Photos from Karen Munro - BBC

Caithness Northern Lights show ‘better than fireworks’  - Scotsman
Many of you wil have seen the the great photos and videos on Youtube by local man Maciej Winiarczyk and today some of his photos appear in the Scotsman newspaper.  See more on his Facebook Page

Police to hold a candidate briefing session in Wick
If you are interested in becoming a police office or special constable read on....

Dog Owners Urged To Get Their Animals Microchipped
From April, it will be compulsory for all dogs in Scotland to have a chip with their owners details registered and kept up to date in a database complying with certain conditions.
Storms Battered Wick Bay Again Today
Stormy Wick 4 January 2016Stormy Wick 4 January 2016Stormy Wick 4 January 2016

Police Seek Information Regarding Damage in Henrietta Street, Wick


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