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14/12/2018
Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment
Opened for applications on 10 December 2018.   During First Ministers Questions on 13 December, the First Minister announced that more 4,000 claims had been submitted by the end of the first day.  
13/12/2018
Horsin Around in 2019Thumbnail for article : Horsin Around in 2019
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10/12/2018
Christmas Stalls, Santa, Umbrellas and LightsThumbnail for article : Christmas Stalls, Santa, Umbrellas and Lights
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10/12/2018
Christmas Tree Festival 2018Thumbnail for article : Christmas Tree Festival 2018
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9/12/2018
Heritage Calendar 2019 - Shades Of The PastThumbnail for article : Heritage Calendar 2019 - Shades Of The Past
Thurso Heritage Society launched its new annual charity calendar Shades of the Past, this time using the collection of archive images from Miss Hetty Munro.  The title comes from her popular book of the same name published in 1978.  
6/12/2018
Christmas Trees For Sale At Dunnet ForestThumbnail for article : Christmas Trees For Sale At Dunnet Forest
Apologies that this was not sent out earlier, the forest elves have been a bit lacksadaisical ! They are now on the naughty step and normal service is resuming.   We are selling trees again this year on Saturday 15th December, the price is still £3 per foot, and the types are the same: sitka - short prickly needles, and lodgepole - longer soft needles.  
6/12/2018
Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the YearThumbnail for article : Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the Year
A Highland Council employee, nominated by the tenants she works with, has scooped a national award.   Lorna Simpson from Wick has been a Tenant Participation Officer with The Highland Council for the past ten years, covering Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.  
4/12/2018
Dounreay Communities Fund
A reminder about this fund.   What will we fund? Dounreay Communities Fund will fund a wide range of projects and activities.  
4/12/2018
Peatlands Through TimeThumbnail for article : Peatlands Through Time
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4/12/2018
Charities - Don't be late! Submit your annual information to OSCR
Every charity registered in Scotland has to provide annual information by sending us a statement of accounts, a trustees' annual report and an external scrutiny report.  In addition to these legal requirements, we also ask charities to complete an online annual return.  
2/12/2018
Onshore wind-farms in Caithness: How can we evaluate economic benefit for the local community?Thumbnail for article : Onshore wind-farms in Caithness: How can we evaluate economic benefit for the local community?
The purpose of this research project is to investigate the development of wind-farms in the Caithness area from the community's perspective; surrounding economic growth.   This is a research project being conducted by Stephanie Remers at the University of Highlands and Islands.  
26/11/2018
Deadline for Your Cash Your Caithness applications - 2nd December 2018
Local groups in Caithness are reminded that the closing date for Your Cash Your Caithness applications is drawing near and to be in with a chance of receiving a share of £10,000, completed forms need to be received by 5.00pm on Sunday 2nd December 2018 Caithness Members of The Highland Council have set aside £10,000 from their Ward Discretionary Budget to let the local community decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area.  If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event in Pulteneytown Peoples Project, Wick on Saturday 26th January 2019.  
22/11/2018
Thurso Scouts Christmas Post 2018Thumbnail for article : Thurso Scouts Christmas Post 2018
This December 1st and 2nd Thurso Scout Troops are working together to deliver thousands of Christmas cards across Thurso.   Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, parents and leaders will be busy sorting, stamping and delivering cards raising much needed funds to help pay for trips and equipment.  
21/11/2018
Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment
Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment - applications open from 10 December 2018.   Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, announced in Parliament yesterday that applications for the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment will be accepted from Monday 10 December.  
21/11/2018
New Report Reveals Caithness And Sutherland Peatlands As Key Areas For Fighting Climate ChangeThumbnail for article : New Report Reveals Caithness And Sutherland Peatlands As Key Areas For Fighting Climate Change
YES, PLANTS CAN: NEW REPORT REVEALS PLANTS CAN ABSORB THE EMISSIONS OF EVERY VEHICLE IN THE UK New report by leading scientist warns the UK not to ignore the power of plants to fight climate change.   Scotland's Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands are home to the largest peat mass in the UK, with a very high proportions undisturbed ground, making it a key area for fighting climate change.  
21/11/2018
Muriel Spark books for every libraryThumbnail for article : Muriel Spark books for every library
Donation made as part of the author's centenary celebrations.   Every public library in Scotland will receive a complete collection of Muriel Spark novels, as part of an initiative announced by the First Minister.  
21/11/2018
Scotland Named the UK's Most Avid ReadersThumbnail for article : Scotland Named the UK's Most Avid Readers
It's Book Week Scotland! A celebration of the world of literature and the perfect time for Scotland to share and enjoy reading their favourites together! New research by popular tuition provider Explore Learning, which has centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, has revealed that Harry Potter and Paddington Bear are amongst them.  Both characters featured in their list of top ten fictional characters according to parents in Scotland.  
19/11/2018
Obituary on Dr Geo. Hines, the 'man who commissioned DFR Dounreay in 1962Thumbnail for article : Obituary on Dr Geo. Hines, the 'man who commissioned DFR Dounreay in 1962
Dr George Hines, born London 08 06 1936; died Cheltenham, Gloucester-shire 15 10 2018.  Nuclear engineer: A member of the small team that commissioned Dounreay's Fast Reactor by linking it to the UK's electrical National Grid in 1962.  
19/11/2018
Caithness Community Partnership - Meeting Wednesday 21st November 2018
The next Meeting of the Caithness Community Partnership Will take place on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at The Pentland Hotel, Thurso 2pm - 4pm Caithness Community Partnership is led by the five statutory bodies; Highlands and Island Enterprise, Police Scotland, Highland Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue Services and NHS Highland.  They work alongside other agencies organisations and local communities to deliver community planning for Caithness.  
19/11/2018
School award aims to prevent substance misuse in Highland
The Highland Council, and the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership launch their "Substance Aware School Award" this Alcohol Awareness Week 19th - 23rd November 2018.  The award aims to recognise and reward consistent, ongoing approaches to prevent substance use among young people across the Highlands.