First Ward Forum Meeting For Wick
The first Ward Forum for The Highland Council electoral ward of Wick will take place in the Norseman Hotel, Wick on Tuesday 11 September from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. The meeting will be held in public and there will be a 20 minute session at the close of the meeting for the public to ask questions. The aim of the forum is to provide an effective scrutiny of the way the Council provides services in the Wick Ward. The meeting will be attended by the three councillors who serve Wick, Councillors Bill Fernie (Chair), Katrina MacNab,and Graeme Smith - as well as representatives from community councils, the police and other partner agencies. Councillor Fernie said: ""I am looking forward to using the new council structures as a means for hearing from the public directly and hopefully forming a partnership not just with the public bodies but anyone in the area who wants to help us make things better.........

Doors Open Days Begin On Saturday 1 September
All over Scotland doors Open Days are happening in the next week or so.  Caithness has several places open on Saturday 8th September.  Take a look at the listings and check out a building  or venue near you.

Scorrie Scoop Jackpot Up Again To £1400 - Get Your Tickets To Support Wick Academy
No Jackpot winners in the latest Scorrie Scoop draw but three £10 winners including your lucky web master.  The three winners were - Morag McInnes, Barbara MacGregor and Bill Fernie.



Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks and David Cairns, MP, Minister of State at the Scotland Office will travel north to attend the Caithness Conference. The conference to be held on 14th September 2007 will identify the actions needed to grow existing or attract new business to the area to offset the impact of the reduction of jobs at Dounreay as the decommissioning progresses. Organised by Caithness Partnership, in association with the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, the morning session will focus on workshops specifically designed to discuss the six key themes of the Caithness and North Sutherland Socio Economic Strategy and identify the necessary actions to move forward.
REGENERATION   Caithness Partnership   Dounreay Stakeholder Group   Caithness Conference

Exhibition Of Photos - Bilbster Hall Saturday, 1 September 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Bilbster hall will be holding an exhibition of photos left to the Hall by Sonny Bain. There are more than 60 photos, covering a whole variety of school photos, club photos, some scenes and agricultural photos. The photos include Bilbster, Tannach, Stirkoke and Wick. The timescale goes from an 1890 photo of Wick cycle club, to photos from the 1980s. The photos came as a surprise to the Bilbster hall committee, and Sonny Bain had framed and prepared the photos recently. The exhibition will be open from 2 to 5pm, and tea will be served. Entry is free, and there will be a raffle.

MacMillan Cancer Support Fundraiser - At Wick Swimming Pool
Friday 7th Sept 07 from 4.30pm.  In conjunction with the schools annual Swimming Gala Introducing the Norma Smith Memorial Shield. Wet Sponge Throwing (at John and Chunky shackled in stocks), Raffles Toy Tombola, Bottle Stall Baking Stall, Hot dogs Tea, Cakes & Refreshments.

Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd Resume Sales After Restrictions Lifted
Dingwall & Highland Marts Limited held their first Prime sale since the restrictions on the movement of livestock were lifted following the Foot and Mouth outbreak in England. The firm had their firs sale of over 2000 lambs in Portree on Monday the 27th August 2007 and have rescheduled sales over the next fortnight as follows...................Also Dingwall Mart report from 28th August

Farming Index

A Talk On Fireworks And How to Deal With Your Dog On Or Before Bonfire Night
Labrador Rescue have arranged a talk on how to deal with dogs who are frightened of fireworks on and before bonfire night. The talk will be in the Assembly Rooms Wick from 7.00pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday 11 September. Admission is £3 to cover costs of the hall. No dogs please.

Doors Open Days In Caithness - 8 September
Check out the Caithness places open for all to see on Saturday 8 September.
Within Highland, Doors Open Days 2007 is locally co-ordinated by The Highland Council, Caithness Archaeological Trust and Inverness City Heritage Trust. Events will take place on three weekends in September allowing free access to participating buildings with the aim of encouraging people to enjoy a wide range of buildings, both old and modern in the Highlands.
For other parts of Scotland click HERE Check dates for other areas.

Young Drivers And Parents Of Young Drivers Really Really Need To Look At this Seriously
Young drivers urged to take up Pass Plus Scheme

An extra 295 young drivers will get the chance to take advanced driving instruction through the Highland Wellbeing Alliance's Pass Plus Scheme this year, thanks to a £40,000 funding boost from The Highland Council's Community Safety Unit. This extra 295 places bring the total of Pass Plus Scheme opportunities to 644 young people throughout the Highlands and gives them the added offer of cheaper motor insurance; improved driving skills; and more confidence if they successfully complete the scheme.
The Highland Wellbeing Alliance is encouraging more new drivers to take part in the Pass Plus Scheme because:
a driver aged 17-25 is six times more likely to be involved in an injury accident than a driver aged over 40;
the probability of having an accident is reduced by 1/3 after only one year's driving experience;

Scotia Review Open Mic Night - Tuesday 28th August 8.00pm at Comm Bar, Thurso
Go along with your GUITAR, FIDDLE, SPOONS or just your VOICE to SING, TELL A STORY or READ A POEM - or JUST GO & LISTEN.

Family Fun Day - Rabbit & Cavy Show At Scrabster Community Hall Saturday 1st September
On Saturday 1st September head over to Scrabster Community Hall for the Rabbit and Cavy show set up to be fun for all the family. Entries for the show should be in place by 9.30am with judging starting at 10.00am.  Entries need to be in by today for the show. Doors open to the public 2.00 - 4.00pm.  Donkey rides, Face Painting, Bottle Stall etc.


Budding entrepreneurs in the Highlands and Islands now have the chance to turn their business dreams into reality thanks to a 'Dragon's Den'-style competition. The competition, which is run in partnership with Inverness College UHI, UHI Millennium Institute, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, offers £2000 in cash prizes for winning entries, and all entrants will receive advice on how to take their business idea forward. Carol Langston, Business and Management Lecturer at Inverness College UHI, said: "We believe there are many people in the Highlands and Islands with interesting and innovative business ideas and we want to encourage them to follow them through. This competition is a friendlier version of the TV entrepreneurship programme, Dragon's Den - candidates don't need to submit a full business plan - all they have to do is fill in an application form with four straightforward questions.

Strongman Competition In Thurso

More Strongman Photos Here

Staxigoe Fun Day

Calder's History Of Caithness Postscript Now In
After a break of almost four years we are delighted to be able to add another section to Calder's 'History of Caithness' to the web site.  an it is thanks to a volunteer who has offered his services to complete the exercise.  Dave Taylor offered to help complete the book and there are many of you who will be grateful for his efforts in helping Bill Fernie to complete the book.  The Postscript runs to 14 pages in the real world whereas here we have it on one web page.  The Postscript is packed with information and a poem "The Battle Of Altimarlach" - we have featured this previously elsewhere.  The sections yet to be completed are large so there is yet more very interesting history to come with Pref. 2nd Edition, Publishers Preface, Memoir of Author, Notes To 2nd Edition, Miscellaneous and Caithness In 1887.  Thanks again to Dave Taylor for his generous offer and time in compiling the text for the web site. 
Calder's History Of Caithness Index

Wick Academy's Scorrie Scoop Jackpot Now At £1300
The Weekly draw set up to help Wick Academy increase its funds has got off to good start but no one has so far won the big prize and it is beginning to grow with this weeks prize standing at £1300.  So remember to get your tickets and support the local team.  All the profits will go to improving the team and ground upgrades and making sure that transport can be paid for to away games.  Places To Buy Tickets
Wick Academy Front Page

Council urges young people to apply for allowance
Young people staying on at Secondary schools in the Highlands are being urged by Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service "not to miss out" and to apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which could be worth up to £1,500 to each pupil. An EMA is a weekly payment of up to £30, paid directly to eligible young people who stay on in school after they reach statutory leaving age. Young people may also be eligible for two bonuses of £150 if they remain on their course and make the necessary progress with their learning.

Highland Council Supports National Campaign To Protect Children

Highland’s Child Protection Committee is supporting the national campaign to raise community awareness of child protection issues by mounting an awareness campaign this week. Highland’s public agencies are re-stating the importance of community vigilance for keeping children safe  and promoting a national child protection line that the public can use if they have any concerns about the safety of a child.  The freephone number is 0800 022 32 22. This service helps members of the public to sort out the most appropriate organisation to speak to when they have a concern about a child’s welfare or safety. It will also connect them to that organisation if they wish.

Staxigoe Fun Day - Saturday 25th 2.00pm
Staxigoe Hall Committee are holding a Funday on Sunday 25th August 2007 from 2pm at the Harbour, Staxigoe. A few highlights from the day are Balloon Race, Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Beat the Goalie - Get along and give them some support!

South East Caithness Development Group are delighted to announce that a project to supply and install new play equipment in Dunbeath Playing Field has been successfully completed. The group worked in partnership with the community council, the community centre, the Highland Council who installed and will maintain the equipment, and the Rural Development Small Award Fund who provided the funding to purchase the equipment.

Blas Festival Presents Flook and Anam At Thurso High
One of the highlights of this years Blas Festival is the fact that two renowned groups will be playing at Thurso High School on Tuesday 4th September. Tickets range from £5 for children/school pupils, £10 for Senior Citizens and £12 for adults. If web sites are anything to go by then these two groups have masses of mentions across the web not to mention their own web sites both official and at My Space for samples. On their own anyone one them could take to the stage. In a group setting Flook or Anam could run a concert on their own. Coming together in one evening of entertainment it will be a truly memorable night. Between them the members of these two groups have a truly awesome range of talents. Definitely not to be missed as the only Blas event in Caithness this year.

A Berry Business In Caithness Packs Local Flavour Into Cocktails
Berry Good is a new Caithness business that is focusing on producing quality fruit flavoured vodka. Using strawberries and raspberries which are infused with a top quality vodka produces a bright coloured drink that's bursting with berriness! Straight Strawberry and Really Raspberry are two flavours which are in production but the business hopes to expand its range of spirits and flavours in the future. No artificial flavours or colours are used in the production process - just real fruit. The fruit is supplied by established Caithness berry growers George and Patricia Sutherland at Halkirk. Only Scottish berries will be used in production and the majority of which will be sourced locally.

Strong Man 2007 Competition
Head for Ellan Bridge, Thurso on Saturday 25th August at 12.45pm to see the strongmen of Caithness tackle events such as Lorry Pull, Car Lift, Squat, Tyre Flip, Shoulder Press and Farmers Walk.  Plenty for the kids to do at the event.



Calling All Employers - FREE Employment Ads on
Its easier than ever to place job advertisements on the Internet.  But how many place with huge coverage are FREE.  More than you think but why look further than our job pages.  Currently the jobs on offer are listed below.  More and more local employers are saving money with FREE Job Ads.  Take it while its FREE is may not last for ever.

3 Peaks 24 Hour Challenge, Completed On 11th / 12th August 2007
For Meningitis Research Foundation
Ross Macaulay originally from Wick, his family, and his friends who participated in this 3 Peaks 24 Hour Challenge, sincerely thank all who have personally contributed to the event. Company / Organisation sponsorships also received from Baker Atlas, Jacobs Engineering, Morgan Vinci Contractors, William Mackay Precast, EMAT Technology, and Stonehaven & District Lions Club. Three Wick Men took part, Ross Macaulay, John Boyle and James Boyle, and broke 9 hours on the mountains section ( target time for this part is 13 hours ) Finances raised for Meningitis Research Foundation – over £5,000 and still counting. Donations can still be accepted at Macaulay, 17 March Road, Wick, KW1 5TY or via the web site set up for this event http://www/  Well Done Guys!!  At least a few Wickers are extremely fit.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise network 2007
The HIE network has decided to publish a simple narrative account of its activities in 2006-07 in advance of publishing its formal annual report and accounts. The report is perhaps a more readable account of what has happened over the preceding year. It takes the form of a series of short narratives about a range of topics from across the region. The story for Caithness and Sutherland is entitled 'Regeneration for the north'


Regeneration for the north
A structure to deliver a regeneration strategy is being overseen by an executive board comprising the chief executives of HIE and Highland Council and the director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Region 4. Following a period of public consultation on the strategy for Caithness and north Sutherland, a detailed action plan is being developed with the input of partner organisations.


Looking forward - Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise
HIE has just come through a period of extensive internal change, reshaping its structures to deliver a new set of strategic priorities. Yet Sandy is aware that serious challenges still need to be addressed by HIE and its partners. Here, he assesses the scale of some of these challenges and shows how HIE is continuing to adapt to meet the new opportunities of the 21st century.


Nuclear site workers plan strike - BBC News
Decommissioning at a nuclear site in Caithness looks set to be disrupted after union members among the workforce voted to strike next Wednesday.
Dounreay On
Dounreay Web Site
Dounreay Stakeholder Group



Jim Mather, Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Minister Met Local Business People
Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Jim Mather was in Caithness on 14 August 2007 to talk to local businesses and organisations about potential economic opportunities. He visited marine electronics manufacturer Kongsberg Maritime Ltd and SubSea 7 who manufacture pipeline bundles and are seeking to diversify into the renewables sector. He then had a working lunch with a range of business people at the Captain’s Galley in Scrabster.
Regeneration Caithness & North Sutherland

North Highlands Produce Showcased At Ackergill
A bountiful selection of the best of the North Highlands food and drink produce, brought together by HIE Caithness and Sutherland, was visited by HRH Prince Charles recently. Producers from throughout Caithness and Sutherland gathered together at Ackergill Tower near Wick to welcome national and local buyers. In 2005 His Royal Highness launched the North Highland Initiative to improve the economy and sustainability of the area by developing a new brand to sell the region's produce - Mey Selections.
Regeneration Caithness & North Sutherland

Missing Cat Now Found - 22 August 07
Missing Cat - Jack From Glengolly, Thurso - Have You Seen Him?
Jack has gone missing from Glengolly area outside Thurso. He is black - short-haired - VERY friendly - small white hairs on shoulder blades - no collar - he is 3 years old.He has been gone 2 weeks now.  He may be in the Halkirk, Janetstown, Glengolly, Calder areas.

Today At Caithness General Hospital - Open To The Public - Starts At 2.15pm Seminar Room
Do You Have Questions About The Health Service - Now's Your chance To Get Answers
Shona Robison MSP Minister for Public Health Come North Virtually
Public Invited To Take Part In Annual Review
For the first time members of the public are being given the opportunity to submit written questions about NHS services, which will be answered on the day by the Health Board Chair or the Minister. NHS Highland's performance will be reviewed in public during a visit by Shona Robison the Minister for Public Health on 21st August.  The minister will be in Inverness but a number of centres including Caithness General Hospital will have a video link to enable members of the public to ask questions.

Visitors From Milan Visit the New Seadrift Centre At Dunnet
The recently refurbished and renamed Seadrift Centre where the highland Rangers hang out at Dunnet is attracting more and more visitors.  This group of ladies from Milan, Italy were touring the north of Scotland and stopped in for look on another very wet and windy day.  the Seadrift Centre is within the building used by the Rangers and is the base for many of their activities including walks and talks.  The centre now has better facilities including a coffee machine so you can sip a hot drink while looking out of the panoramic window for dolphins or whales over Dunnet Sands using the binoculars provided.  Official Opening Day

Latest Newsletter From Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, Wick

Home Security - Check Yours
Have you had your home or business broken into?  If not are you just lucky or have you actually done something to protect your home or business.  Have you asked for the Crime Prevention officer at your local police station to check your premises and give you some advice?  Have you secured all windows when leaving home? Have you advised neighbours when you go on holiday?.  Do you report suspicious vehicles or persons near a neighbours house and would they do this for you?  In rural areas if you see a suspicious unmarked van or car why not note the registration details, colour of vehicle and the time you saw it in case this might help police solve a crime.  Now that so many folk have digital camera or phone why not take photo from a safe distance and keep it handy in case an incident is advertised.  Check out some web sites for advice on how to protect your home or business.  Tell the police about anything you see suspicious.  Don't hesitate as it is better to be wrong a few times than not pass on potentially useful sightings or information.

Learning English? Lets Talk - English Conversation Class
You can improve your English by attending conversational classes at Thurso Free Church Hall, Millbank Road, Thurso every Monday between 2.15 and 4.00pm.  The course is FREE Tel 01847 890322 for more details.
Its on today and every Monday except during school holidays.

Do You Play The Saxophone?  A Weekend At Lyth Arts Might Be worth Attending
Held in the stunning Lyth Arts Centre near Wick, Caithness, the Carole Sutherland Saxophone Course offers the opportunity for saxophonists of all ages and levels the chance to learn and perform with others in a supportive and relaxed environment. To attend the Course you don't have to be a whizz kid on the saxophone although some playing experience would be helpful!  The course from the evening of Friday 28th to Sunday early evening. The Course will begin on Friday 28th September at 8pm with a short recital given by Carole Sutherland (saxophone) and Laura Baxter (piano). The concert will be followed by drinks and a chance to meet other Course Participants.

HIE Explores Demand For Flights To Poland
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is to explore the potential demand for a new air service between Poland and Inverness. The online survey at will help HIE determine how many people would use the service and how often they would do so. While a significant number of Polish people are located in Inverness, they are also distributed across the wider Highlands and Islands around key manufacturing and tourism employers. The Polish community in the Highlands and Islands regularly take trips home, as well as friends and family coming over to visit them throughout the year. Equally many Scots from the Highlands and Islands are expressing growing interest in that part of Europe in relation to tourist visits as well as business expansion.

Witnesses Wanted For Acts Of Vandalism Over The Weekend
Heavy Goods Vehicle Window Smashed At Ormlie road, Thurso
Vandalism - Kennedy Terrace, Wick
Window Smashed At Vet's Surgery - Janet Street, Thurso

Bower Gala 2007

Dounreay Site Test Alarm - Tuesday 21st August
An audible test of the Dounreay Site Alert system will be carried out between the hours of 1500 and 1800 on Tuesday 21st August 2007. This notice is to inform the public that no action is required.
For further information please contact Eann Plowman on 01847 802204. 

A Gaelic Language Gathering  - Needs Bookings Soon To Avoid Cancellation

1 - 2 September 2007, MacPhail Centre, Ullapool
Tha mi dìreach airson fiosrachadh a chuir thugaibh mu dheidhinn Tional. Tha Tional a tachairt air 01/02 den t-Sultain Ann an Ulapul agus seo deagh chothrom a tha Ann feadhainn aig a bheil ùidh as a Ghàidhlig tighinn còmhla aig coinneamh. Tha sin air bileagan agus postairean a sgaoileadh air feadh Na dùthaich agus aig an am seo chan eil againn ach coignar a tha air formaichean a thilleadh.
I would just like to give you an update on our Tional event. Tional takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September in Ullapool, and is a fantastic opportunity for Gàidhlig learners of all levels to come together for a great weekend of activities all through the medium of Gàidhlig.
Book online at , email us at  or phone us for further information.

Rain Did Not Stop Play In Caithness
Lybster Lifeboat Day and Knotty Championships

Tug of war was won by Sinclair Bay as was the Knotty Championship (green bibs). Gunn's won for the ladies competition

Bat Night - Achvarasdal Woodland - Friday August 24th
Caithness Countryside Ranger led walk - Meet at entrance to woodland 8.30pm - Stout footwear and warm clothing. - Bring a torch. - Children under 16 must be accompanied. - Sorry no dogs. - Walk is weather permitting. - Donations welcome - Further information 01847 821531




Bower Gala On Saturday 18th August - Starts At 12 Noon
Dog Show 12 Noon - Pet show 2.00pm  Vintage Machinery - BBQ - Stalls - Children's Games - Bouncy Castle.  Sunday 19th - Treasure Hunt at 2.00pm.  Why not stop rushing around and relax at Bowers Wee Gala.

'Educating Rita' At Mill Theatre, Thurso - 23rd - 25th August 2007
Thurso Players take to the stage again later this month in what has been one of their busiest years for amateur productions. The latest offering, 'Educating Rita', directed by Iain MacDonald, is a play for two characters and is set entirely in a lecturer's office at a Liverpool University. The plot centres around Susan White (Donna Swanson), a married woman in her twenties working as a hairdresser who signs up for a course at the Open University because she is eager to learn. Susan has changed her name to Rita because 'Rubyfruit Jungle', by Rita Mae Brown, is her favourite book. Her husband urges her to have a baby and strongly opposes her decision to go to university. You can see 'Educating Rita' at Thurso's Mill Theatre from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th August at 8.00pm each evening. Tickets are priced at £7.00 & £5.00 and bookings can be made by calling 01847-896956.

Yet Another Scam - All Businesses Be Ready For This One - Don't Get Caught Out!
This one is highlighted on the message board by one of the members and all businesses need to look out and not get caught if they are tempted to think they should pay for sponsorship and not be talked into it. Thanks to Elenna for bringing this one back to everyone's attention.  We have highlighted this problem before HERE  Local schools and organisations are not asking for any firms to sponsor them in the ways suggested in this scam.  If a local firm wants to sponsor a local organisation they should deal directly with the group or school and not through any firm contacting them by phone or email on behalf of the group. Watch out for fake invoices or things that look like invoices but are not suggesting payments are now due.  Make sure all staff involved in settling invoices are aware that they may receive requests for payment for goods or services not asked for or requested by any means. Report any approaches to Trading Standards of Highland Council

The Scots are the most spontaneous group of people in the UK when it comes to picnicking. Nearly half (47%) will grab their picnic gear at the first sign of good weather - nearly 10% more than the national average. In a survey of the nation's picnic habits commissioned by British salad producers, eight out of ten people (82%) from Scotland say they picnic at least occasionally; and nearly a quarter (23%) say they like to picnic as often as they can.

The Caithness Ladies Club has been going for almost five years as at August 2007.  The club is not dating club but a group to make new friends and the chance to go out with other women and have some fun.  No fees and calendar of events is sent out monthly

Caithness & Sutherland Peatland Becomes New National Nature Reserve
The internationally important peatland of Caithness and Sutherland will join other national, natural treasures like St Kilda and Beinn Eighe when The Flows National Nature Reserve (NNR) is launched today by Highlands and Islands MSP Rob Gibson. At 11,373 hectares, Scotland's latest NNR is part of the single largest expanse of blanket bog in the world and is internationally recognised for its habitat quality and breeding bird populations. Other features of importance include wet heath, open waters, otter and many species of waders, waterfowl and birds of prey. The new NNR is located around 30 miles north of Helmsdale and extends across the peatlands into west Caithness and primarily comprises land within the former Forsinard and Dorrery Estates.  Biodiversity Index  Nature Index  RSPB Forsinard Flows
LIFE Peatlands Project

Volunteers needed for SAFE HIGHLANDERS event
Volunteer marshals are needed to support young people on 10th and 11th September 2007 .
The event is to be held in the Assembly Rooms Wick, volunteers needed between 9.30am - 12.00 Noon and 1.00pm - 3.00pm on both days. For more information contact Chris Connolly 01847 895782 or Catherine Patterson 01955 605002.  The aims of the scheme include - Becoming more aware of their personal safety - Make a contribution to reducing crime  - Avoid becoming victims of crime - Learn how to react to dangerous situations - Know the role of the emergency services - Learn how to become good citizens.

Staxigoe Fun day
Staxigoe Hall Committee are holding a Funday on Saturday 25th August 2007 from 2pm at the Harbour, Staxigoe. A few highlights from the day are Balloon Race, Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Beat the Goalie - Get along and give them some support!

St Kilda - A Short Film From Mike Russell MSP and the Scottish Executive Added Via Youtube
The new government is already doing things slightly differently and not least using YoutTube to get a range of messages out using video via the web.  A section on YouTube is devoted to the Scottish Executive where we found this wee film on St Kilda and have embedded it in the section with photos and other information about the islands. Mike Russell was recently in Caithness meeting the public who were offered the opportunity to put questions and get answers to a range of questions.

Money Stolen From Canisbay Post Offce
Police in Wick would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed or have any information relating to an incident whereby a quantity of money was taken from Canisbay Post Office. This is thought to have occurred between 2300 hours Wednesday 15th August and 0700 hours Friday 16th August.

Caithness Community Leisure and Sports Facilities
The future of Highland Council owned Community Leisure and Sports Facilities in Caithness is under review.
The Highland Council is providing the opportunity for discussion of the outline proposals. Arts and sports groups wishing to contribute views are invited to public meetings which are to be held at 7.00pm in Wick and Thurso High Schools, the dates of which are:
Wick High School on 20 August 2007
Thurso High School on 21 August 2007
These meetings are being held on behalf of The Highland Council
by JAS Consulting and COMPASS: TMRP Tel: 01463 798 805 Email:

Want To Work In A Theatre? - Many Jobs Now Being Offered At Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
It is not often that a new theatre opens and in case anyone in the north is interested in working in the Highlands biggest and newest theatre here is the information.  Closing Date 31 August 2007
Eden Court Web Site 

School Uniform Sweeps Through Wick High

Marymas Fair, Dunnet Saturday 25th August 1.00pm

15 August
Sweep Turns Up Very hungry and a bit ruffled so owner thinks he must have been trapped somewhere.
Missing Cat - Sweep
Missing from Forss area (Forss to Westfield Road) for over 2 weeks. Large male cat, black with a white bib, extremely friendly and loves being petted. Sweep is the right hand cat in the photo. A farm cat so may be trapped in a shed or outbuilding. He has a collar on in the picture but had lost it shortly before going missing.


129 New Teachers Arrive In Highland For Induction
A total of 129 probationer teachers start work in schools across the Highlands this week when pupils return to school following their summer break. 63 probationers have been allocated to secondary schools and 66 to primary schools – 19 in Caithness, 9 in Sutherland, 41 in Inverness, 23 in Ross and Cromarty, 12 in Nairn, 7 in Skye and Lochalsh, 15 in Lochaber, and 3 in Badenoch and Strathspey. Three of the primary probationers will be teaching in Gaelic Medium schools, and two secondary probationers have been allocated to teach Gaelic in high schools.

Next Meeting for the group is Tuesday 14th August 2007 in Lybster Bowling Hall at 7.30pm. 

Thurso Gala - 3k and 10k Runs

The Big Gig - Thurso 2007
The Big gig played over Friday Night and Saturday from 2.00pm till 11.45pm with long list of local bands.  Lots of photos are now on the Northern Imaging web site compliments of Stuart Rollinson.  The Big Gig is part of Thurso Gala



More Photos From Keiss Mini Gala 2007
Keiss Gala 109 - 120           121 - 132        133 - 144            145 - 156 

From The Sunday Papers
Monarch of the glen - Scotland On Sunday

21st Century Ferry For Pentland Firth Arriving In 2008
Spring 2008 will bring the arrival of the fastest ferry over the Pentland Firth. A new catamaran state of the art high speed ferry will whisk passengers from Gills terminal in Caithness over to Orkney. The new ferry using the latest technology and meeting the highest safety standards demanded by regulators and passengers will have the capability of moving at high speeds to take cars and passengers quickly back and forth across the Pentland Firth bringing Caithness and Orkney closer together. With a journey time of less than an hour in prospect even people who do not normally like sea crossings will find the level of comfort and the short trip not much of a problem. For those who enjoy sea travel the hi-speed trip will be both exciting and exhilarating.
Crossing the Pentland Firth at present with Pentland Ferries - Northlink Ferries - John O'Groat Ferry

Keiss Mini Gala 2007
Keiss Gala 73 - 84                         85 - 96                                 97 - 108

Keiss Gala 37 - 48                         49 - 60                                61- 72

Keiss Gala 1 - 12                         13 - 24                              25 - 36

Latest Update On Durran Mains Wind Farm
D P Energy Ireland Ltd has put information about the current status of its plans for a wind farm at Durran Mains onto its web site.  The proposal has undergone significant changes since the initial concepts were outlined in 2004. These changes have included a reduction in the scale of the development (from 32 to 13 turbines) and in the size of the individual turbines (from 100m to 91m).  The proposed site is about five miles from Thurso. the revised scheme will produce 20MW with smaller turbines of 1.3 – 1.5MW capacity each (and up to 91metres in height).

Local band Liquid Blue have made it through to the semi finals of 'The Ultimate Chill', a Nationwide wide contest for performers of original compositions. Competition was fierce, with over 70 submissions in total received from demo CDs and from the four regional heats held in Wick, Dundee, Haddington and Fort William throughout the summer. The Ultimate Chill is part of Pure Media UK an organisation founded in 2001, consisting of several strands bound together by the common ideals to empower young people to fulfil their potential as creative individuals and to encourage personal and community development through creativity. Andy Lainson, Production Manager described The Ultimate Chill Best Band Competition as "existing to provide fresh and untapped talent across Scotland a gateway into the music industry".
And you can hear them at the Big Gig tomorrow Saturday in Thurso
the Big Gig at the Dammies park in Thurso is on until 11.45pm and on Saturday non-stop music from a huge line-up of bands from 2.00pm until 11.45pm.



Orkney Show Is Ready To Go On Saturday
Fears that the Orkney and many other shows might be cancelled have been unfounded.  Like many other county shows the Orkney Show is one of the highlights of the year in the county. Despite the lack of farm animals cows, sheep and pigs etc there is still a huge amount to see.  Many Caithness folk and from elsewhere make it a day or weekend out and make the trip over the Pentland Firth.  Extra trips as usual and bookings can still be made at John O'Groats Ferry   Pentland Ferries is already fully booked for all ferries on Saturday.  Click here to see who will be at the Orkney Show

The Body Shop survey shows that teen attitudes are a time bomb to domestic violence
Research released today by The Body Shop, as part of their Stop Violence in the Home Campaign, reveals that the next generation will be as much at risk of domestic violence as today unless action is taken to educate young people on developing positive and respectful relationships. The research showed that 1 in 5 teens (21%) believe it's ok to tell a boyfriend or girlfriend what to do, with the figure rising to more than one in four (27%) in young men. A further 1 in 10 teens think saying sorry makes it ok after they've hurt or forced a partner to do something. A worrying statistic considering that on average, a woman will be assaulted by her partner or ex-partner 35 times before reporting it to the police...... Women's Aid run a website for children and young people, which aims to support and inform about domestic violence.
Links For Help
Caithness & Sutherland Womens Aid Outreach Service   Highland Domestic Abuse Forum   Childline
Rape and Abuse Line   Highland Council Domestic Abuse Help Information    Domestic Abuse Strategy

Safety Sign Stolen From Thurso Harbour
Police in Thurso are appealing for witnesses regarding an incident which happened between 1530 hours on Wednesday 8th August and 1300 hours Thursday 9th August 2007, at Thurso Harbour, Thurso when a safety warning sign was taken from the harbour. Any person with information please contact PC Simpson or Duty Officer at Thurso Police 01847893222. Information can also be left anonymously by using CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555111

Ormlie Community Association's AGM Tuesday 14th August  - 7.30pm
The Ormlie Community Centre AGM is being held on Tuesday 14 August 2007 at 7.30 pm in the Ormlie Centre, Henderson Street, Thurso. After the formal proceedings the children and young people from the Ormlie CPP are giving a short talk on the work that they have been involved in over the last year including the Step it Up project which involved podcasting. The Step it up programme was produced to support developmental work with young people in a youth work setting and is designed to chart their progress in social and emotional development. Another group of young people will speak about their fundraising efforts for various projects and causes.  Why not go along and see what some young people are getting up to in Thurso.

Regeneration  - A New Section On The Future Of Caithness & North Sutherland
A new section of website focusing on the regeneration efforts in Caithness and North Sutherland has been launched. This new section will reflect the ongoing work of the recently formed regeneration group led by an Executive Board that will oversee the delivery of a strategy and action plan.  Executive Board will be accountable for delivery of the strategy and comprises of - Highlands and Islands Enterprise - The Highland Council - Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Scottish Executive.  Beneath that a range of new bodies and staffing are being put in place.

Camp 165 Watten - Scotland’s Most Secretive POW Camp - By Valerie Campbell
Drawing on oral testimonies and other sources, the author has compiled a detailed, in-depth history of one of the most secretive prisoner of war camps in the United Kingdom. Situated in Watten, Caithness in the far north of Scotland, its links with the wider world such as Canada and Poland are illustrated and sets Watten’s place within European history. The camp held a number of SS officers including prominent prisoners such as Gunter d’Alquen, the journalist; Otto Kretschmer, the ‘Wolf of the Atlantic’; and Paul Werner Hoppe, former commandant of Stutthof Concentration Camp in Poland. The history of its inception and creation are described, as is the daily life of the prisoners. Although some were allowed out of the camp to work on local farms others, who were labelled as ‘black’, denoting their high-risk status, were not. Book Shop

Vandalised Cars In Various Parts of Thurso - Witnesses Wanted

Thurso High School - Extra Closure Day - Tuesday 14th August
Major refurbishment works in Thurso High School to up-grade the heating and ventilation system in the Extension building started in July and are proceeding very well. Both the ground floor and first floor rooms have had extensive works undertaken. The upper floor is being handed back to the school at the start of next week, while work will continue on the ground floor. The school will be closed to pupils on Tuesday 14th, as well as Monday 13th to allow staff to organise teaching resources in displacement rooms while the work continues on the ground floor classrooms. Pupils will return to school on Wednesday 15th August and those who register and are taught upstairs in the Extension building will be re-directed to other areas of the school.

Foot and Mouth Links
Foot & Mouth Reports and Updates At Farmers Weekly Interactive
Check Foot and Mouth Updates d At Scottish Executive Web site
Farming Index and News
Some Scottish abattoirs should be able to resume slaughtering animals on a strictly controlled basis from tomorrow (8 August 07.
DEFRA web site

Thurso Live Music Association Season Of Concerts 2007 - 08
If you enjoy classical music but do not have the chance to get to live performances you can catch a few by joining Thurso Live Music Association. The annual membership for the coming year is £40 and for that you get eight concerts making bargain price of only £5 per concert. Tickets at the door are either £7 or £8 with children and students only £1 and family tickets £12. Once again Thurso Live Music Association is pleased to welcome Scottish Opera-go-round to begin the season with a touring production of Rossini's Cinderella. Director Harry Fehr and a cast of seven young and talented singers, accompanied by Ian Ryan on piano, bring to life this touching story of the triumph of love over malice. A lively and vibrant comedy, this new production is set during the Regency period with all the style and elegance of Jane Austen's England. One of the most flamboyant of Rossini's operas.

Inverness Goes Car Free For One Day On 19 September 2007
Plans have been announced to help make Inverness a car free zone on 19 September 2007.  Organisers of Car Free Day 2007 'AlternativeNess' are putting the final touches to a range of travel options and incentives designed to encourage commuters to leave the car at home for the day. Inverness is the only Scottish city signed up to take part in the In Town, Without My Car initiative which is part of the annual European Mobility week.

Wick Sea Cadets Delighted At Trip To Leith On RFA Mounts Bay

A group of Sea Cadets from Wick were lucky enough to be given the chance to sail to Leith with the RAF Mounts Bay that anchored off Wick last week.  A few photos of their trip are now added to the previous photo gallery. Wick Sea Cadets Web Site

HomeStart Caithness Fun Afternoon Friday 10th August 2.00pm
Community Education Offices, Ackergill Street, Wick
Donkey Rides, Tea, coffee, and a buffet.  Raffle etc to raise funds.  Large garden with plenty of toys for young children so come along for fun afternoon.

Lybster Golf Club is to be host to the Caithness Golf Week on Thursday 9th August, with a walk-on Open Stableford, sponsored by JGC Engineering & Technical Services. The competition is open to men, ladies and juniors, with the tee open from 8am - 4pm, with the usual refreshments available

Old Front Pages
The Way Back Machine is recording us and millions of other web sites so if we go down you can always look back with nostalgia - until that one goes down.  Amazingly you can often drill down into the old versions of the web site and sometimes quite long way. Try any web site - even ones you know have gone and you might just find some remnants. Everything may not work but most of it is still on this site. The main thing is to see how the front page looked back then and we do not have exact copies of it but they do.

Flood Warnings At SEPA Web Site

Petty Theft And Vandalism Hits Wick and Thurso - Can Anyone Help Find The Culprits?
The seemingly endless run of petty crimes including vandalism carries on in Wick and Thurso as can be seen by a rash of reports today.  Only if the police can get some evidence or witnesses will this come to an end. Everyone should keep their eyes open for anyone acting suspiciously.

Thurso Gala - Its A Knockout
hurso Gala held an "Its A Knockout" competition yesterday.  Stuart Rollinson of Northern Imaging has posted hundreds of photos of the event  To see the photos click HERE

Thurso Gala Week Programme

Public Asked To Sign Petition To Reduce VAT on Energy Efficient Windows
The window and door Industry are lobbying the government to get the VAT on energy efficient windows reduced to 5% in-line with other energy efficient products.

Majority of Scots believe drivers should not be allowed to drink any alcohol

Five out of six Scots say that drinking any alcohol and then driving should be banned, according to a recent nationwide poll. In addition, almost two-thirds of Scots believe that all drivers stopped by the police for any offence should automatically be breathalysed. These results show that, despite a persistent minority that still drink and drive, the social stigma is stronger than ever and the majority of Scots find drinking and then driving totally unacceptable.

Wick Gala Fireworks
Colin Manson has posted photographs of last night's fireworks display in Wick. the fireworks were accompanied by music and most folk seem to agree the display was one of the best ever.

Comments about the fireworks on the Message Board


Mey Highland Games
Mey Games 1 - 12       13 - 24         25 - 36                                       37  39

Found Today On The Web - Brenden's big Procter adventure By glasscentralcanberra
This year's recipient of the Stephen Procter Fellowship, Brenden Scott French, put the lucre to fine use with an eight week residency at Northlands Creative Glass (situated in the small fishing village of Lybster on the North East coast ...

Thurso Gala 2007
Thurso Gala 145 - 149

Thurso Gala 97 - 108         109 - 120                   121 - 132                   133 - 144

Thurso Gala 49 - 60                 61 - 72                       73 - 84                       85 - 96

Thurso Gala 1 - 12      13 - 24                             25 - 36                       37 - 48

First Draw For Scorrie Scoop To Support Wick Academy Will Be Monday Night
Wick Academy's new Scorrie Scoop Weekly Draw tickets are now on sale in various outlets around Wick. This lottery will go to support our local football team and shows the determination of the current committee to make the club succeed.  It is not easy to run a football club in a rural area where gates can be low and expenses very high due to the need to pay for transport to away games.  Players must be determined and put in the training and travel but the club as whole needs the support of the whole community if it is to succeed. wishes the club every success with this new venture and encourages as many folk as possible to buy a ticket.  Good Luck to Wick Academy for the new football season.   Wick Academy Web Site Front Page

Music Music Music Tonight In Caithness
Town and County Club Wick has plenty on offer with "KW1", "Bryan Coghill" and "Press Play" while in Wetherspoons "Liquid Blue" start at 10.00pm while over at the Blackstairs Lounge the popular band "Jude" are playing. Skinandis in Thurso has the "Doors Tribute Band"

Wick Gala Ends with Bonfire, Fireworks and Kippers & Thurso Gala Begins Continental Market
Wick Gala Programme    Thurso Gala Programme

Thurso Gala starts today and Wick Gala comes to an end with the annual spectacular fireworks display.  It is possible to see events at both end of the county as the Fancy dress and floats in Thurso are early and the Wick Fireworks are later at 10.00pm with kippers on sale from 8.00pm.  Judging for foot walkers in Thurso begins at 5.45pm.  there are dances at both towns in Skinandis in Thurso and Back Bridge Street club for members in Wick.

Mey Highland Games Today From 1.30pm At Queen's Park, Mey
Chieftan of the games Prince Charles will be in attendance once again to see the events that include Heavy Field Events, Tug 0 war, Piping, Highland Dancing and Caithness Junior Pipe Band.

Foot And Mouth Outbreak in England Brings Animal Movement Ban in UK - BBC
Prime minister to return from holiday.
More details on the DEFRA web site  
About Foot and Mouth Disease At Defra web site FAQ's, Fact Sheets, what to do and not to do etc
What is Foot and Mouth Disease? See Wikipedia

Visitor Numbers Still Soaring In July 2007 As Records Continue To Be Broken
Visitors 1,220,572  Page Views 8,657,780  Hits 26,226,442
It seems unbelievable and yet the records are being broken by ever higher margins at the moment.
July 2006  stats were
Visitors 711,723  Page Views 5,276,654 Hits 19,814,053
Thanks once again to all our surfers and contributors.

Highland Council To Test Gas At Seater Landfill Site For Possible Energy Production
Don't Worry If You See Burning At Seater Next Week As Gas Is Flared Off
It may be born out of necessity to comply with regulations but Highland Council is taking a bold step in looking at the possibility of creating energy from gas that is created within the Seater landfill site. The Highland Council's Pollution Prevention Control Permit for operating the site requires that a gas management and flaring system is installed. Failure to comply with this condition will be a breach of the licence to operate the site.  However instead of merely burning off the gas it might be possible to use it to generate a small amount of power.

Minister tours nuclear complex - News & Star
Not Dounreay this time but Sellafield in this story from the Cumbrian newspaper.  Caithness needs to watch what is happening down there as well as up here.

Caithness Horizons is delighted to announce that after securing additional funding from its partners and HIE Caithness & Sutherland, Highland Council has awarded the contract for the main construction work to refurbish Thurso Town Hall to local firm O’Brien Construction Ltd. O’Brien’s expect to start work in the building early September.  The combined museum, visitor and community centre is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2008, during the off-peak tourist season. This will allow the company to concentrate on the range of community uses proposed for the new facility and to establish the flexible temporary exhibition areas for the use of local organisations and groups. Caithness Horizons Chairman Paul Cariss, welcomed the significant progress being made and said: “After a long period of preparation I’m pleased that the major building work will now commence and that a local business has acquired the work.

Wick High Second Reunion For This Group
A reunion last Friday evening went very well in Mackays hotel, Wick.  The classes from age 58 to 63.  The main organisers were Elsie Cardosi, Jay Tait, and Liz Shearer and a massive vote of thanks is sent to to them by the folk who were there for what was a wonderful night.

Photo of Demolished Premises In Last Night's Accident Near Lyth
Witnesses Sought To Vehicles Crash At Lyth Junction
About 1130hrs, Thurs 2nd August 2007, a two vehicle road traffic collision occurred on the B876 Reiss to Castletown road at the Lyth junction, involving a Ford Transit minibus and a Peugeot 205 motor car.....


Thurso Gala Week Starts On Saturday
Thurso Gala kicks off on Saturday and the continental market is feature this year.  The gala and crowning of the Gala Queen takes place as usual early on Saturday evening.  Plenty for the kids throughout the week

Wick Gala Today - Deal Or No Deal
A number of events are on today and a big crowd is expected at 7.00pm for DEAL/NO DEAL
Assembly Rooms Top Prize £200 Wine & Shortbread during Interval Raffle Adults £3 Children & OAP’s £2

Caithness Conference - Beyond Dounreay To Focus On The Future For Caithness
What is going to happen when Dounreay begins to reduce as a major employer in Caithness and North Sutherland both with direct employees and sub-contractors.  Quite bit has been going on but perhaps not too visible to the general public.  Below is one sign in a major conference to discuss the issues.  In addition will shortly launch a new section on the web site drawing together the strands that have already been set in motion and where we will add additional features covering the work of the partnership formed from the socio-economic strategy group of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Highland Council.

Energy Minister Confirms Conference Attendance
The Department of Energy, Business, and Regulatory Reform (DBRR) has confirmed that the Energy Minister, Rt Hon Malcolm Wicks MP, will attend the Caithness Conference – Beyond Dounreay, on Friday 14th of September. As Energy Minister Mr. Wicks is responsible for Dounreay and for the NDA which is currently in talks with DBRR over its budget for both decommissioning and socio-economic support.


Caithness Conference - Beyond Dounreay - Details
The conference is being organized by The Caithness Partnership and The Dounreay Stakeholder Group with help and support from HIE Caithness & Sutherland, North Highland College, and UKAEA. It will be held at North Highland College and will start at 9.30am. The organizing committee has put together a series of workshops from which delegates can choose followed by a full session to share feedback. The conference which will last all day has also attracted several specialist speakers to address specific regeneration issues. Invitations are being sent to all stakeholders and representatives of all interested groups and communities. In addition a number of places are being advertised to the general public and a full attendance is expected.

Witnesses Sought To Vehicles Crash At Lyth Junction
About 1130hrs, Thurs 2nd August 2007, a two vehicle road traffic collision occurred on the B876 Reiss to Castletown road at the Lyth junction, involving a Ford Transit minibus and a Peugeot 205 motor car.....

Braehead Fancy Dress At Assembly Rooms Wick
Braehead Fancy Dress 13 - 24    25 - 36                                          37 - 48

Braehead Fancy Dress 1 - 12

The story of North West Sutherland - told through music, song, poetry and visuals
North West Sutherland's heritage is encapsulated and showcased in Ùrachadh ('renewal' or 'refreshment'). A combination of stunning visuals and live performances from singers and musicians James Graham, James Ross (From Wick), Carol-Anne Mackay, Rhona Sutherland and Catriona MacLeod. The performance will take the audience on a journey through the area's past in an evocative way and at the conclusion offer them an Ùrachadh in the form of a dram of Clynelish Malt Whisky, local to Sutherland.  Travelling to varous venues in the north and playing at Dunbeath Heritage Centre on Tuesday 7th August at 8.00pm

Scans clear beaches of radiation - BBC

Wick Gala Highlights Tonight
6pm Kids Wheelbarrow Race - Airport - meet at old Caithness Glass Car Park entry 50p per wheelbarrow.
7pm Bed Race Adults - Meet at old Caithness Glass Car Park £1 per bed.

Wick Academy Football Club Launch Their Own Weekly Draw To Boost Funds - "Scorrie Scoop"
Running a small football club is not easy and with costs of transport rising over the past couple of years and improvements needed to the ground. Another way of boosting the coffers has been agreed.  The new weekly draw to be known as "Scorrie Scoop" has a jackpot prize of £1000.  If no one wins it then it will rise by £100 each wee and potentially the top prize could reach £7000. If enough folk get a regular ticket this would be a huge help to ensuring a bright future for the club. The first draw takes place on Monday 6th August and every following Monday. Tickets are available form any committee member or at the following shops -

  • John Malcolms Newsagents Kinnaird Street Wick
  • Harrold Brothers Butchers High Street Wick
  • J S Gunn Shoe Shop Bridge Street Wick
  • The Flower Patch River Street Wick
  • Ally Davis - The Shop - Girnigoe Street Wick                 Wick Academy Web Site Front Page

Halkirk Games 97 - 108          109 - 120                      121 - 132

Halkirk Games - 85 - 96




Another Years Decommissioning Progress At Dounreay
The annual report on progress to decommission the former experimental reactor site at Dounreay is published today by UKAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the safe clean-up and demolition of the site on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). It covers the 12-month period from 1st April 2006. The report outlines the key decommissioning achievements during the year as well as safety, environmental and financial indicators, and summarises the performance-based incentives that are used by the NDA to measure delivery and award fee. During the year, the site delivered £164 million worth of work for the sum of £146 million. Twenty-two buildings were demolished.................

New Transport Initiatives for SE Caithness
South East Caithness Development Group is happy to confirm that 2 transport initiatives have been approved by Highland Council and funding is in place to provide the services until 31st December 2011. As with all contracted services they are subject to survey and review. If there is no evidence of use then we would have to consider its provision. David Summers, Highland Council’s Transport Development Officer, said “I am very pleased that we have been able to support this service. The community has made a strong case for it and I hope it succeeds. ”The Rapsons evening services will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between Wick and Dunbeath. The services will start on Thursday 9th August 07.
The Dial-a-ride service operated by Caithness rural Transport in the Dunbeath area is also set to continue until December 2011.  But the big factor is that these services are subject to review and if they are not used may be withdrawn.

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