31st December 2001
Picture of 2001
sun was out for a while today before a short burst of rain later in
the afternoon. Still very cold so the bonfire at Bignold Park
will be very welcome for those venturing out to see in the New Year
at one of Wick's traditional venues. No organised celebrations
this year at Market Square but no doubt a few will make their own
entertainment to see 2002 off to a good start.
Snowman And Bonfire
At Bignold Park
Mairi Nicolson's December Letter From Antarctic
Mairi managing to keep the cold at bay and managing to get out and
about at one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I told
Mairi we are in the middle of our own winter storms. But we do not
quite reach the temperatures she is experiencing even if it's
summer there right now.
Views From The
Bayview Hotel, Lybster
views on Sunday from the Bayview Hotel with the snow lying in all
had fairly heavy snow and most streets were impassable until
yesterday when the snowplough began to go round the village.
Unfortunately many vehicles are still trapped with snow piled up at
the roadside unless a lot of digging is undertaken. Nice
Forse Castle Area
Castle Area Plan showing exactly the type of defensive places and
positions chosen to build castles in the county and elsewhere.
There are now 12 Area Plans in various sections and they are grouped
on one Area
Plans Index Page
30th December 2001
Its Share Of Snow
in Caithness has had snow and tonight a little more has fallen
Steps In Snow
down a few steps today for a couple of pictures as we did not fancy
the headlong plunge after slipping from the top. If you missed
the entire gallery a few months ago you can see pictures of all the
steps if you
Winter Scenes From Paul Cannop
A set of views
of Thurso in the snow from Paul shows how widespread the snow is at
Snow In Wick
Keiss Castle Area
Area Plan For Keiss Castle showing exactly its precarious location
right on the edge of a small cliff and in danger one day of
collapsing into the sea an lost forever.
Mairi Nicolson - More Pictures From Antarctic
More pictures from Mairi who comes from Wick as she works through
Christmas at Rothera Base, Antarctic.
More Names For Wick High Commercial Class 1950
Grace Munday (nee Reid) who left Caithness 14
years ago has had her Dad, Tommy Reid look over the picture of this
class and he has come up with more names.
28th December 2001
Area Plan For
area plan is now in the Castle section. Our approach to
building all of the sections is now paying off and Robert Richmond
and Andrew Spratt continue to supply us with ever more
reconstructions, plans and pictures to go alongside material being
gleaned from Caithness Field Club Bulletins. Don't let that
stop anyone else getting in touch if you would like to contribute to
the castle section.
Start Here For Castle Section
Union Street Complete
final Union Street Pictures are now in and you can take a peek
through this opening to see behind Union Street and what many old
buildings in the town once looked like with their small courtyards
Chief Executive Highland Council Pay Rise
Mr Arthur McCourt, will receive
£111,240 from 1 April, next year and £119,768 from 1 April, 2003. His current
salary is £99,831
27th December 2001
Union Street, Wick
of Wick's streets with lots of pictures in and more to come
Bank Row, Wick
of the better known places in Bank Row is the Wick Heritage Centre.
The street is near to the harbour and was once a hive of activity
during the high points when Wick was a big fishing town. The
heritage Centre extends through several buildings and incorporates
original smoke house and curing yards at the rear. Many of the
buildings in the centre are deceiving as they hide courtyards many
of which are no longer accessible from the front.
Peter's & St Andrew's Church, Thurso Web Site
Another web site just notified to us and now
listed in our Caithness Web
Sites listing. Also linked on the
church page in the churches section. If your
organisation is in Caithness and has a web site you can have it
linked by sending us the web site address. Individuals with
web sites can also be linked. If your organisation is in
Caithness and does not have a web site why not use the pages of
Caithness.Org to publish your newsletter. Just email it to us
and we will do the rest for FREE. Send in your notices or
other information you want seen. Free to all voluntary groups
and charities in the county.
26th December 2001
Just A Few More Fun Sites
10 More Sites For a
Giggle Or Smile
we see Princes Street, Thurso at the corner of Davidson's Lane.
Homework Help Links
A general tidy up of this section and some new
links for Geography, chemistry and Biology.
Well its holiday time so here a re few of the
zany sites we are strolling round today. Plenty more on that
to come once we have had a few laughs ourselves. Check back
later for even more......
Joseph And Mary by James Begg
James (Jim) Begg from Keiss affectionately
known locally as "The Bandit" died in 1992 and amused many folk with
his witty poems. Here is another seasonal one that still
raises a laugh.
Style House, Grove
a run of Thurso shops with the Style House. Several shops are
tucked away like this one up stairs or in unexpected places in the
25th December 2001
Happy Christmas From Caithness.Org
Have a great day wherever you are and we hope
Santa was good to you all. Remember you can leave greetings on
the Message Board.
George Learns To Read
As George practically talks she thought it might be handy to let us
know exactly what she wants even though she does a pretty good job
already. Maybe she is planning to leave us little cat notes
telling us when to feed her or a "Do Not Disturb" sign.
24th December 2001
More Indexes From North
Highland Archives, Wick
Just scratching the surface of the items held
in the Archive at Wick
Papers Of Charles & William Bruce, Wick,
Field Club 1921 - 1933.
Getting On With South
Road Pictures - Next Batch
back to the start of South Road, Wick and on to the main pictures
all the way on into town over the next few days. bill's
screwed up face shows how bright it was a few days ago and fairly
warm - notice no coat, no waterproofs. More pics later.
Second Homes - Increases
In Council Tax Sought
There are 6,160 properties in Highland (6.2%) receiving 50% discount, which
results in a lost revenue of £150 million. Highland Council is urging the
Scottish Executive to reduce or abolish the discount and so increase
dramatically the amount they receive from second home owners.
Natural Heritage May Come To Highlands
The Highland Council will be asked on Thursday to set up a task force to
promote the Highlands as a location for the future headquarters of Scottish
Natural Heritage. Currently based in Edinburgh and Perth but the Highland
Council has a strong case as so much of the heritage they deal with is in the
More Views Of
More views of this Caithness Castle that lies on the cliffs near
Here if you want to go straight into the main castle
Names in For Wick High Commercial Class 1952
Names from John Rosie via Iris Whiting (nee Cormack in Australia.
Thanks to Iris and John who is in Caithness for your world-wide
putting of heads together.
23rd December 2001
Happy Christmas From
George has it about right. Make every day Christmas and there
is no hassle. Give presents all the time especially if its
minced turkey. Cat treats are OK one and a while but getting
the big folk to understand the difference between "miaow" - I
want fed and "miaow" - open the door or I will claw the
carpet before I get to the bathroom is quite enough to drive a cat
North Highland Archive - More Details
Sir John Pender (1816 -
Estate & Road
Viking Society For
Wick Post Office,
Norton Place - Part of
South Road , Wick
house in Norton Place, Wick. This forms part of South Road
leading into Wick
Board and Parish Council Records
The Act of the Scottish Parliament of 1579 laid down the general
arrangements for poor relief, which was followed for several
centuries. The Act itself was repealed only in 1906. One of the
provisions of this Act called on each Parish to make a list of its
own poor: those who had either been born in it, or who had acquired
"residence" by a stay of at least seven years - this was later
reduced to three years. This index shows the information on
Caithness held by North Highland Archive in Wick.
Castle Ground Plans In Colour
Robert Richmond has been busy preparing more colour area plans of Caithness
Castles to add to this fast growing section. The latest ones in are Dunbeath Castle,
Castle, Bucholie Castle,
Law Cases Book Number 1
North Highland Archive has huge amounts of information on the
northern counties. As part of the section the archivist are
preparing indexes of what they have. We are gradually adding
to this. Her in the law cases indexes you can get a flavour of
the types of cases going through the courts in Caithness in the
1700's. More of these law case lists will be added to the
section soon. The full cases are available in the archive in
Caithness - A Craft Survives
A Caithness Craft thought lost by James Dunster when he set out to
find the history of an unusual table has resulted in his not only
finding out about his table but his subsequent moving to Caithness.
Along the way in the past year he has written up his findings that
we now publish. He has found out that the firm of McIvor &
Allan Chip-carvers ceased in 1955 but that the art is not lost
and is carried on by a grandson of one of the apprentices of the
once famous firm in the county.
22nd December 2001
The first pictures of Dounreay Castle are now added to the section. This
castle is not open to the public as it is completely surrounded by the nuclear
plant at Dounreay.
Snow showers Today
Scottish News Updating &
Scottish Newspapers Links
This page has had its news feed redone to get
better coverage of the Scottish News. If you are looking for a
Scottish Newspaper then this is the place to help find it. The
page has continually updating links to Scottish news and the papers.
If you know another Scottish news site we have missed send it in.
21st December 2001
Wick Rotary Selects Bill
Fernie As Citizen Of The Year
Busby chairman of Wick Rotary Club presented Bill with an engraved
glass bowl to mark their award as Citizen of The Year. Wick
Rotary make the award each year to an individual they think has done
a lot for the county in the course of the year. The
presentation was made at a dinner in Mackay's Hotel.
New Front Page For 2002
In case you thought we were going to slow down
and you get a shock on 1 January 2002 we are letting you in on it
now. You will all have seen the new navigation bar appearing
at the top of this and many other sections. This is in advance
of the new page which will no longer have the indexing down the
sides as it is now. This is to allow us to put even more on
the page. The navigation bar can be extended almost
indefinitely and will eventually be found throughout the web sites.
If you have not started using the new navigation bar try it out
before the old indexing disappears.
picture and an article from Caithness Field Club Bulletin has now
been added to the castle section. More up to date pictures
showing the current state of the castle will be added shortly.
A Short History Of
The Caithness Field Club
This short article by Leslie Myatt in April 1988 sets out how the
Caithness Field Club began in its present form. The sentiments
ring as true today with the organisation being able to accept a wide
range of people who want to appreciate the countryside, its rich
history and much more. The sheer breadth of subject matter
contained in the articles we are now reproducing is in itself a
testament to the foresight of the founders who set it up. The
organisation and it Bulletin are still going and we are trying to
catch up with them. Caithness.org is once again grateful to
Janet Mackenzie for all her work in preparing the Bulletins for
publication on the web site. You do not need to be any kind of
expert to join but you will be surprised how much you know about the
county in two or three years after joining.
Orcadian Middle Old Red Sandstone
The rock on which Caithness sits is Old Red Sandstone. In this
article from April 1988 Jack Saxon outlines what may have caused it
to be the way it is and stretching over to Orkney as part of a great
Recently Qualified Massage Therapists
Bremner, Gillian MacManus and Elizabeth Mackay were recently
presented with their awards following gaining qualifications in
Swedish Massage. All three already hold certificates in Aromatherapy
and are pursuing other Alternative Therapies.
We Media who run web sites for people with
disabilities are offering a FREE download of a talking browser for
people with visual impairment. Pick up the link on our
for People with Sight Problems Page
Latest Royal Bank
is another picture of the Royal Bank Building in Wick. Using
it as the start of a new section for this well known street to draw
together many of the pictures of the street under other headings in
sections throughout the site.
picture taken yesterday of one of the small fishing boats still
using Wick harbour. Wick harbour is a shadow of its former
days mainly due to the fact that it is not on the list of designated
ports set by the EEC for landing certain species. ~The Wick Harbour
Trust is trying to change this.
Ai Redundant Poker
W T Lyall writing about an implement gradually
disappearing from many houses in Caithness as modern heating
replaces the solid fuel variety of coal and peat.
20th December 2001
Clachan, South Road,
a stroll down South Road, Wick. Gradually we will fill in
views of the whole length of South Road from the outskirts of Wick
to the Caithness General Hospital
Fertiliser Cargo In
large cargo of mixed fertiliser arrived from Russia today to be
unloaded at Wick harbour. Farms use the mainly nitrogen based
fertiliser to promote grass production for the animals in Caithness.
Coal Boat At Wick
still accounts for a good number of trips to Wick delivering coal
for many homes in the county. Even though most houses have
central heating fired by electricity, gas or oil many still have the
open coal fire that is used to give that added warmth at Christmas
time. Some fires burn peat as well as coal.
For Young People At Dounreay
Restoring the environment of Dounreay is set
to become a gateway for young people in the Highlands and Islands to
a career in one of Britain's newest and biggest businesses - the
decommissioning of nuclear sites.
E-Access Bulletin December
If you are blind or know someone who has a
visual impairment the newsletter from E-Access might be useful to
sign up for to get the latest news on how technology is advancing
and what is available. We reproduce it here on
Caithness.Org from time to time to help people find their web site
and sign up for their newsletter.
19th December 2001
Wick by Alan Smith
drawing by Wick man Alan Smith of the Camps area of Wick. The
area was thought to have been called Camps because a number of
religious 'independents' (probably soldiers) camped here.
The Story Keepers New
"The Gigantic Star" Sunday 23 December
Pulteneytown Parish Church, Wick
Castle - 15th Castle Reconstruction
is the 16th picture of Caithness castles - we have two for
Sinclair and Girnigoe. Other castles are yet to come with
information still being prepared for some of those already on the
site. In fact Caithness had so many castles we will be kept
going in this section well into 2002
Looking For More Christmas Fun
We have added a few more links to sites with Christmas jokes, games and other
things to pass a few minutes or more.
Can you write a6/8 Highland bagpipe march?.
Then check out this competition and you might win £500.
Kidney Dialysis Get Boost To Funds
A three Day Event For Fans of Manson Grant and
The Dynamos raised £1220 for one of the counties energetic new
charities aiming to help dialysis patients in the north. the
money was raised by a prize draw and the cheque handed over this
Weydale Post Office - No Takes So Far
It seems the days of people wanting to run a
rural post office are running out. Despite advertising Post
Office Counters have so far not managed to get any applications to
run the Small Post Office after the retiral of the last postmaster.
Local Caithness Artists Work
number of people in Caithness produce pictures using different styles and
some sell their work whilst others do it for fun and exhibit now and then.
In this new section we will feature some work. We start with a local
guy Alan Smith who has recently been having some success selling his
drawings of mainly local scenes.
Heritage Winter Newsletter
News on Exhibitions, Oldest ex Castletown person
103, beach cleans, flagstone trail latest years old.
18th December 2001
Education In The
Parish Of Reay Prior To 1870
At the time of the Brubster Clearances there were
only two permanent schools in the parish of Reay; the parochial school at
the west end of the village of Reay (NC 958645), built c. 1774, and an
Assembly school at Melvich which had been established in 1831 by the
Education Committee of the General Assembly, hence its name. Both schools
had a roll of about 90 pupils in the winter months but fell to below 30 in
the summer when older pupils were withdrawn to herd or help on the land.
Education Of A
In this short piece Roy Gunn shows how long it used
to take for a minister to gain his qualifications.
The Psalm Tune "Caithness"
One day in St. Giles in this century (twentieth) a
service was held. There, for the first time for many years were the
honours of Scotland and two of the psalm tunes sung were 'Caithness' and
'Dunfermline'. Was this expediency because of the opposite ends of the
kingdom, or was history looking over their shoulder?
Dunnet Bay SSSI
In this the third part of her
series in 1988 Kira Ward brought forward more information and some
intriguing thoughts:- "In
conflict with the idea of a straight forward advance of the sea into
the bay is the suggestion that the area is a raised beach (Mercer
1980-81). The siting of archaeological remains around the 10 m contour at
Dunnet and Sandside Bay has been suggested as an indicator of a higher
sea-level at some previous time".
An unusual kiln for Caithness still stands at Sandside. Built
by the Innes family who originated from Banffshire & Moray the shape
is different to the traditional bottle shaped kiln prevalent in
Caithness. This article for the Caithness Field Club Bulletin
by Elizabeth Beaton describes the buildings and their origins.
Drawings are by Geoff Leet who is chairman of the Caithness Field
Caithness Family History Society
This very active group have now established
their own new web site. The first sections are in place and no
doubt we will see it go from strength to strength in coming months.
Book mark the site for later visits and we will be making a variety
of links on Caithness.Org shortly to make it easy to find for later
Blizzard - Caithness Dialect Poem By Jenny Stewart
Till e fowk
traivaillin up on wur northern-most tracks,...
17th December 2001
Nurses & Doctors Get Pay
The recommendations from the independent pay review bodies for a 3.6 per cent
increase for hospital doctors and nurses in 2002-3. GPs will receive a 4.6 per
Caithness.Org "Site Of
The Week" The Mirror
Matt Kelly the Internet editor of The Mirror
newspaper selected Caithness.Org as his site of the week.
Simon Mayo then announced this in his Radio Five Live show and has
put the item on his
BBC web page.
William Sinclair (Robin)
Greetings From Down
Robin was born and brought up in Thurso - worked on Henderson's farm
Scrabster and left to join the RAF when he was 18 and later headed
out with his wife to Australia to work and bring up their family.
Have a great Christmas all of you in Australia.
Institute - Top Award
Research undertaken at by the Environmental Research Institute of North
Highland College, Thurso, has been awarded one of the top grades for excellence
in a report covering universities and other higher education institutions
throughout the UK.
16th December 2001
Scouts Salvation Army
of you may recall the Scout Reunion earlier this year and this was
one of the pictures we had gathered in. Today we received all
the information from George McKain, Thurso. The picture dates
from 1933/34 and all the names are now on the page. Thanks
Your Sports Pictures On
Its easy to get your sports group pictures on the web site. Send in details of
events in Caithness for free coverage and complete the
Submissions Page for Free entry in the
What's On. If you put out posters, send us a copy for
even greater FREE publicity. With over 50,000 visitors
a month you will not get a better offer. Get it in early for
longer coverage. And not just Sports - any event can get FREE
entries - just send your details in.
15th December 2001
First Interviews On Caithness.Org
Santa Interview On
Reindeer Keeper Interview On Caithness.Org
First sounds arrive on the web site so now you can hear us as well
as see us. Uses Windows Media. Donald Ross Interviews Santa
And Reindeer Helper.
Hundreds of Kids Saw Santa & His Reindeer
Santa & His
Reindeer Rode Into Wick Today
TV Links Page Upgraded With
14th December 2001
The number of unemployed in Caithness and Sutherland rose from 954 last month
to 1,014. The revised unemployment rates in the Sutherland, Wick and Thurso
‘Travel to Work Areas’ respectively are as follows (corresponding figures for
last month are shown in brackets) 7.1 % (6.5%), 7.0% (6.6%) and 3.4% (3.3%).
Over 1,000,000 hits in 13 Days This Month
Looks like the web site is heading for another
record as 186,217 pages viewed already this month. Average
daily visitors are 1805 so far this month. We will publish the full
years figures in early January and they are gonna be huge.
Thanks for keeping in touch with the web site.
Waybaggers Walk Dunnet Head
Waybaggers Walking Group proved that Caithness has some great
weather in December. This set of pictures shows what a
beautiful day they had for their outing round this part of
Caithness. Dunnet has a number of small lochs some which have
13th December 2001
Links Section Passes 30,000
Importance Of Gatwick Link To Inverness - Study
The latest report published today on the importance of the Gatwick link to
Inverness highlights the jobs that could be affected if the link was lost.
Given the use of Inverness for international travellers the inference must be
that there would be knock on affect on the rest of the Highlands if the link
Summary Of Report
of the lesser known castle sites in Caithness is on the island of
Stroma. Mestag castle is thought to have been built around the
same time as Buchollie Castle on the mainland. As few people
ever visit the island and the castle sits on a stack on the coast it
is not surprising that it is little known. We will now be
searching out the information to add to the section in coming days
and weeks. Robert Richmond has prepared this plan for
the web site.
Girl's Pipe Band
Whiting in Australia is keeping us busy with her pictures flowing
in. Here is another one showing the famous Wick Girl's Pipe
Band. Do any members of the band have any recollections of the
band they would like to send in?
Boating On Wick River 1950's or Early 60's We Think
picture from Iris Whiting (nee Cormack) in Australia. The
boats stopped being on the river in the late 70's when the wier was
opened up to try to get rid of the weed that was choking the river.
It was thought that the weed was due to run off fertilisers being
applied on farms and the slow moving water at the boating area
caused a build up. Over the years the question of having the
boats back in the river has always arisen from time to time.
But to date the money has never been found to build the necessary
construction to allow salmon to get up river and ensure the weed
problems do not return to choke that part of the river.
Herring Queen &
The forerunner to the Gala Queen was the Herring Queen and we are
beginning to get pictures sent in. If you have more of the old
Herring Queen send them in. Thanks to Iris Whiting (nee
Cormack) formerly Wick for sending these pictures from Australia.
Family History In Your Surname
Robert the Bruce's family was Norman, and can
be traced back to Brieux in Orne, France. In this short article
Gordon Johnson makes you think about your own surname and what it
might show about history.
12th December 2001
Web Sites Are 10 Years Old Today
The fastest communications tool ever and web
sites have only been going for 10 years today. Paul Kunz, who
happened to be visiting CERN from the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center (SLAC). After returning home, he installed
Berners-Lee's web server software at SLAC, and created a web page
that would allow physicists all over the world to query a database
of high-energy physics papers via the Internet.
Click here for loads of Internet History. Find it later in our
The Duck Decoy
The Victorian Duck Decoy at Ackergill Tower near the shore shows how
seriously they took shooting in the nineteenth century. An
extremely large circle of ground with drystane wall, surrounding an
island in the middle of two moats with shrubs and reeds to hide the
shooters from the birds.
Proposed DCD/Dyspraxia Support Group
It is proposed to set up a new
support group for Dyspraxia a condition that can often be left
undiagnosed and consequently lacking the correct support..
Jenny Mackay is asking if there is any one else who would like to
help set up a group for mutual support and information sharing.
Keeping Parents Informed of Winter Weather
A school information helpline
was launched in the Highlands this week to provide parents with a
more effective update on weather and travel arrangements over the
Caithness Kidney Dialysis Support Group
Information on this new group has now been
added to their new pages. Your group cab get their pages
upgraded and improved as soon as new information comes in. So use
the FREE pages and improve your groups coverage. You
send it we build it.
Lithuanian Visit To
delegation from Lithuania spent three days at Dounreay studying the
way the plant handles solid low-level waste (LLW) from its
decommissioning programme as the country gears up for the shutdown
of its only nuclear power plant.
A general upgrading of the Links section now
moves into the History Links.
American Civil War was
first out and we have now set up a new section for
Scottish History Links
reflecting the huge range of information available. More will
be added to this section.
Geminids In the Skies 7 - 16 December
Want to see a few meteors then we have had a few in the last couple
of clear nights in Caithness. Not as many as the Leonids last
month but Geminids
are still worth a look
11th December 2001
Band Early 1930's
Whiting (nee Cormack sends us this picture of the Wick Dance Band in
the early 1930's. Her father Bill Cormack was a member of the
North Golf Sector Drives
A new programme specifically designed for employees of golf courses,
accommodation providers and hospitality businesses who are in regular contact
with golfers to enable them to understand and appreciate both the sport and
needs of the players. As well as being a training programme on staff
awareness, it also acts as a guide for tourism businesses to customise their
facilities towards golf tourists.
Community Prize £1,750,000
The Seaboard Villages and Cromarty have been chosen to represent the Highlands
in a Scotland-wide competition, which has a prize valued at £1,750,000.
They are bidding to become Scotland's rural digital community and an award of
2,000 personal computers, with associated printers, and one year's free
internet access, as well as a gateway web site for the community.
Highland Council On Winter Roads
The Highland Council Convener David Green has urged the new Scottish Executive
Minister for Transport, Wendy Alexander, to restore the confidence of the
Highland travelling public in the trunk road winter maintenance service, which
he says is at an "all time low".
Medical Staffing at Caithness General Hospital
Another consultant resigns for family reasons but Trust has taken several steps
to cover the gaps. Midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists have
undertaken a neonatal life support course that has been specially adapted to
local needs. Locum cover is being used until the new appointments are
Back Of Caithness General Hospital
many ways the more interesting side of the local hospital as it has
a garden, sun lounge and overlooks the park and tennis courts.
Latest Funding News &
Links to all the latest fund raising news for
voluntary groups and charities.
10th December 2001
New Navigation Bar In Business
The new Caithness.Org navigation bar is now on
the Business Pages so don't worry if you think things have gone.
Just try the new bar that is beginning to appear in various places.
The new navigation bar is to assist in finding your way around
without continually having to find the index pages of various
sections. As it is extended throughout the sites you should
find it easier to get to what you are looking for. This is the
forerunner to other new changes and additions coming in the next few
weeks and months.
Thurso Street, Wick
Street runs into Thurso Road and is one route to the town of Thurso
on the other side of the county. The Rosebank Hotel used to be
in the street but was turned into houses after a fire a few years
Know Your Rights
Booklet For Young People
Northern Constabulary will launch a booklet aimed at letting young people know
where they stand on a variety of issues.
Police Posters To Target
Young Drivers At Christmas
17-29 age group contained
approximately 10% of all driving licence holders but frighteningly
account for over 30% of drink driving detections - a
disproportionately high percentage. The Crimestopper Phone number is
already hot with calls telling them about people driving and drinking. So
get a taxi this Christmas or start walking.
Power To Most Fragile Communities
Each of the eight communities that are part of the Initiative At The Edge
programme including North Sutherland are to receive £10,000 to address one of
the problems experienced in obtaining even small sums of money.
Cool Sites Links Updated
Most of our old ones have disappeared so here
is a mainly new batch.
Nuclear Fuel Returned To Germany By UKAEA
Unirradiated fuel elements, containing approximately 4.2 tonnes of nuclear
material, that have been stored at Dounreay since 1992 were returned to Germany
in a series of movements that finished today.
A Christmas Celebration
Sunday 16 December, 8.00pm
Salvation Army Hall, The Esplanade, Thurso -
The Band & Songsters, The Young People, The Timbrells
Collection in aid of Mount Pleasant Special Education Unit.
Santa's Grotto Castletown Drill Hall
14 & 15 December
Friday 14 - 6.00 - 8.00pm
Saturday 15 - 2.00 - 7.00pm
Tea, Coffee, Mince Pies, Shortbread, Photo With Santa
Castletown Playgroup & Toddlers - All Welcome
Christmas Carol Concert,
Tuesday 18 December 7.00pm Thrumster Hall
Community Singing, Items by bairns, Various Artistes, Refreshments
and guest star Santa
9th December 2001
Ormlie Estate's First Christmas Tree
Saturday 15 November 2001 at
Ormlie is to have its first community Christmas tree this year.
The tree lights will be switched on on at the new Ormlie
Centre, beside Marr Terrace. Music and pipes.
River Basks In Winter Sunshine
Angle Park, Wick
small street of houses in Wick is set back off the main Thurso Road.
Very near to the Coop Supermarket and yet out of site of it.
It still keeps the air of the countryside when it was built even
though it is in Wick
William (Bill) Cormack 1934
picture of Bill Cormack was sent in by his daughter Iris Whiting who
lives in Australia. She used to help her father in his shoe
shop in Victoria Place, Wick. This picture shows him in his
scout uniform near the old scout hall.
Commercial Class About 1950
picture sent in by Iris Whiting (nee Cormack) of her Commercial
class in second year about 1950. Plenty of names to be filled
in if any of you have the information to add to the picture.
8th December 2001
Santa's Grotto - Thurso
Go north and see Santa in his Grotto. May not be quite the
north pole but here in the UK Thurso is pretty near it. So any
evening or the next couple of weekends get out the huskies and
travel north to Caithness to see Santa, have a day out. A
welcome awaits in the far north. See ya.
Commercial Class 1952
thanks to Iris Whiting (nee Cormack) for sending this picture of
her Commercial class of Wick High in 1952. Her father Bill
Cormack had the shoe shop by the river and the family went to
Australia in 1953.
Santa's Grotto In
Saturday 8 December
The grotto from the Beyond 2000 group gets going and will be
on until 23 December. Saturdays and Sundays 2.00pm - 8.00pm Mon -
Fri 6.00 - 8.00pm - Barbecue and other stalls on Today.
A Caithness dialect Poem by Jenny Stewart
Additions To Links
Previous winners of the Nobel Peace Prize meet
today but one previous winner will not be there -
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
held under arrest in Burma.
7th December 2001
Of Lybster Win Kinbrace Contract
The Caithness firm John
Gunn & Sons Limited, Lybster has won the contract to construct a loading
bay to allow trees to be shipped by rail from Kinbrace. The Highland
Council has entered into an agreement with Forest Enterprise to permit the
timber from the 7,500 acres of maturing forests at Naver and Rimsdale to be
taken by road along the B871 from Syre to Kinbrace and to be transhipped to rail
at the new loading bank.
News Links - Alternative News Sites
There are many thousands of news sites offering news will all sorts of bias.
We have begun to add new links offering alternative views on many topics from
around the world. And as they say "don't believe all you read".
6th December 2001
Dounreay Backs Environmental Talks At ERI
series of free environmental talks at the environmental Research
Institute based in the former West Public Scholl got a boost with a
cheque for £1000 from Dounreay. The take take place on Friday
evenings and will continue as a regular feature for some time to
High Misses Cut For PPP Education Money
Wick High has missed out on being included in the Highland Council bid for
Private Public Partnership cash to upgrade schools.
Yarrows Archaeological Treasures Come Closer
The steering group meets tonight in what looks
like becoming one of the fastest moves into being of any new group
in Caithness. Yarrows Archaeological Trust has its next
meeting tonight in Thrumster School at 7.30pm. All interested
people welcome to attend.
New Dounreay Exhibition Centre Possible
A new exhibition centre could be opened off site.
Castletown Community Council Minutes Etc
Meeting 15 November,
2001 AGM and
Agenda for 13
5th December 2001
Council Tax Payments Easier
More ways to pay on different dates are to be introduced to make it easier to
pay Council Tax. On the other side of matters reminders and final notices
are to be combined to make enforcement action faster.
Tain is getting ready to switch on its new
CCTV cameras. The eight cameras are aimed at the town centre
where new high standard lighting will help in the use of the system
linked to the local police station. Coming to Thurso
soon if funding problems can be sorted out.
New Highland Harbours Management Team
The new team set up to take over management of
102 Highland Harbours and piers will be moving into renovated
accommodation in Lochinver that will be ready by the end of the
year. This team will not control harbours that have their own
trusts like Wick and Scrabster.
Harbours Debt Reduction
The amount of debt at harbours
managed by The Highland Council has been significantly reduced over
the past two years thanks to the introduction of new tighter
controls on debt.
New Drop Down Menu System
A new drop down menu is in place at the top of
the page. This is in advance of a new layout coming shortly.
Once everything is checked out the new set up will be rolled out
across the web site. Currently the new menu bar does not
operate in Netscape 6 but we are working on this.
View From Dunnet Kirk To House of the Northern Gate
Kirk has some great views and it is worth taking a look from the
back gate of the cemetery that surrounds the old Kirk.
Islands Open Exhibition Part Two
Fergus Gallery, Wick is featuring established contemporary artists
in the north. The work of over 30 artists is on view and a few
are from Caithness or have their roots here.- Runs Until 22 December
Under 15 County Badminton Championships
and pictures from the under 15 Caithness County Badminton
championships are now in the Sports Section. Any group can get
their details on the web site by emailing them to us. Let us
know about special events and we might come along to take pictures.
Broadhaven Near Wick
quiet place nowadays but once where a few pilots lived awaiting
another job taking sailing ships through the treacherous Pentland
Section Links Keep Growing
No matter what you are looking for a reference
section is a good place to try. The links section has it
listed under Reference,
latest addition is one called Atomica and it can look up all sorts
of things from the word meaning , antonyms, synonyms and all sorts
of related information and other languages - and its fast.
4th December 2001
Thurso High 1984
Reunion Full list of Names In
Lynn will shortly be sending out
information about the reunion in 2002. If your name is not on
the list or you do not receive anything in a few weeks get in touch
with Lynn. Send in any pictures of your year for the Reunion
More Castle Area Plans Now In
Keiss Christmas Fayre
- Santas Grotto
Sunday 16 December 12.00 - 4.00pm
Stalls etc. Book a stall for £5
Bird Walk Round Dunnet - Highland Ranger
Saturday 15 December 10.30am - Meet
Colour Plan Of Castle Gunn & Surrounding Area
Richmond has prepared some of the ground plans for the castles in
colour in order to make them clearer. The black and white
plans will remain in place. The first one in is Castle Gunn at
EEC countries are getting ready to change their currency to the
Euro. Although the UK is not entering the new set up immediately
with the rest the change will have significant effects for
businesses dealing with these countries and for anyone going on
trips. We have gathered a few web sites with information for
anyone looking to find out more.
Wordies by W T Lyall
Here is a poem in Caithness dialect about
Reduction In Travel Card Scheme Cost
The Highland Council has
reduced the price of its concessionary travel cards from £3 to
3rd December 2001
Christmas Trees - Increasingly From Caithness
Well - yes we do have plenty of trees shipping out of Caithness
these days. The treeless landscape of the north was never
wholly accurate. As these fine specimens of Christmas trees
waiting at Wick harbour show the planting of a few years ago is
being harvested in ever greater numbers. All comments to
"E Message Board" hint hint.
Thrumster Estate Archive Exhibition
North Highland Archive, Wick has an exhibition
on Thrumster estate, which is looking at the communities as well as
the land management itself. It is on until next Saturday, the normal
library opening hours of 10-6 Monday and Thursday, 10-8 Tuesday and
Friday, 10-1 Wednesday and Saturday.
2nd December 2001
Best Dressed Windows
Even More Thurso Fayre
Ai Christmas Stocking
Another in Caithness dialect from W T Lyall
who was in action again on drums at the Wick Pipe Band Coffee
morning on Saturday.
Thurso Town Centre
Thurso Fayre Pictures still to come and there is still plenty
happening next Saturday with various groups holding things
like Santa's Grottos to take the children to. And Pantomime season
in both Thurso and Wick is nearly here. Got your tickets yet.
They are always popular - book early.
Yarrows Trust Moving Swiftly Into Existence
Next Meeting Thursday 6 December
7.30 Thrumster School.
In just a few weeks the steering group have already got
to the constitution stage and hope to have it adopted at the next
Meeting next Thursday 6 December at 7:30 p.m. at Thrumster School, when we
shall decide formally to adopt what is agreed at that meeting. All welcome to
Children In Ormlie Get Special
Due to a very generous donation
the children in Ormlie, Thurso will have a special Christmas treat
to Wick to see Santa and his 6 reindeer on 15 December 2001.
On their return to Ormlie there is to be another special treat - ie
the first Community Christmas tree on the estate.
Ormlie Gets First Christmas Tree
A big thank you must go to Leslie MacLean, LMR who will be donating
the 10' tree, whilst the Highland Council Street Lighting team,
(Robbie Gunn and the boys) have been a tremendous help by supplying
an outside socket to the new Community building on the estate. A
big thank you to everybody for supporting the Ormlie project.
Harry Potter At Buttresses
were the downstairs folks in Harry Potter for the day. More
staff upstairs also carried on the move to wizards in a move to film
themes that might catch on with others in future years.
More Thurso Fayre
Under 13 Badminton County Championships
Pictures from the championships held on the
24th Nov now in the Sports Section.
Pipe Band Coffee Morning
unusual feature of the ever popular Pipe Band Coffee Mornings is the
non-stop entertainment. They get through a lot in 90 minutes.
Dancers, singers, pipe band, traditional Scottish dance band with
accordions, fiddle music and more and all with a cup of coffee
1st December 2001
Thurso Christmas Tree Lights
Thurso Gala Queen
managed to get a short dry spell to get the tree lit up today and
Santa made his rounds of the children who turned up to see the
ceremony. Certificates were presented tot he winners of the
best dressed shop windows.
First Thurso Fayre
Loch Watten Today
Christmas Whist Drive
1st Thurso Scout Hall, Riverside, Thurso
Lucky Spot Prizes, Tea, Home Baking
Boats And The Sea
are many pictures of boats and sea related activities and
information scattered through the web site. Here is another
new section that will begin to draw it all together. And here
is a new picture of
Southards in Wick Harbour to get it started. More boats
will be added along with sea and coastal links.
Thurso Fayre Day Today
Pictures later tonight and Sunday