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New photo contest celebrates Scotland's urban deerThumbnail for article : New photo contest celebrates Scotland's urban deer
To celebrate one of Scotland's most renowned and beloved animals, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has launched a free photo contest - Scotland’s first Urban Deer Photography Competition.   More and more deer are moving into urban areas, as new green spaces and woodlands are created in the Central Belt and in towns and cities across the country.  
Caithness Gets SnowThumbnail for article : Caithness Gets Snow
The snow finally came after a week of cold, and high winds as the weather bomb hit the country.   The west side was lashed with waves and after that the temperature dropped to give snow in the east of the county as in many other places in Scotland.  
Free Meeting Room For Community Groups At Tesco WickThumbnail for article : Free Meeting Room For Community Groups At Tesco Wick
Tesco in Wick are now offering a meeting room free of charge for one off or regular weekly meetings.   Part of their relaunch involves offering facilities to the community.  
Christmas Tree Festival At Wick St Fergus ChurchThumbnail for article : Christmas Tree Festival At Wick St Fergus Church
The Christmas Tree Festival held at Wick St Fergus church gave voluntary groups the chance to place a tree and display some of their information about the work they do.   May different ideas about how to make and decorate a tree can be seen.  
More Toys For The Caithness FM Toy AppealThumbnail for article : More Toys For The Caithness FM Toy Appeal
Dounreay Employees Charity Fund donated over £500 worth of toys and gifts to this year's Caithness FM Toy Appeal.   In addition a selection of hand knitted toys were donated by Mrs Gladys Leith.  
Tidal wave causes damage to Thurso riverside wallThumbnail for article : Tidal wave causes damage to Thurso riverside wall
A tidal wave, reportedly about 2 metres high, swept up Thurso river yesterday during high tide and the force tossed part of a concrete wall onto a road.   Fifteen metres or so of the four concrete block high wall next to the slipway at the Riverside car park was tossed into the air and landed on the access road causing sea water to flood through the breached wall onto the surface of the road.  
Noel tunes up for a festive fundraiserThumbnail for article : Noel tunes up for a festive fundraiser
What do the accordion, the coffee cup and a funny Christmas hat have in common? The answer is a coffee and carols session at the Norseman Hotel on Saturday, in aid of Caithness Heart Support Group.  I'll be playing the carols and other festive favourites from 10am-noon so if you fancy a cuppa and a 'bickie', why not have a break from your shopping and take the weight off your feet for a mere £2.  
St Fergus Gallery, Wick - Christmas Craft MarketThumbnail for article : St Fergus Gallery, Wick - Christmas Craft Market
St Fergus Gallery and High Life Highland would like to invite you to join us at our Christmas Craft Market on 13th December 2014, from 10am to 4pm.   The selected makers will showcase their beautifully hand crafted jewellery, objects made from wood, cashmere scarves, ceramics, textile crafts, felted objects, cards and Christmas decorations.  
Since its launch in 2011, the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has awarded almost £1m to seventy five community projects and this performance is set to continue.   Chairman John Henderson said "With the CNSFund running until 2023 and a number of other funding streams becoming available, this is a great time of opportunity for our communities to deliver significant improvements to the area.  
Police in Wick appeal for information following serious assault
Police in Wick are appealing for information following an assault that occured at around 0200 hours on Sunday 7th December 2014.   The assault occurred within the smoking area of the Waterfront Nightclub, Wick, during which a male victim sustained serious injury.  
Weather Warnings Until Thursday - Trains Cancelled - School Closures Possible
Police and partner agencies across the Highlands and Islands are reminding the public to be vigilant following yellow warning reports (be prepared) of severe gales and storm force winds with gusts of up to 60-70mph from 9pm on the evening of Tuesday 09 December 2014 through to 6am Thursday morning of 11 December 2014.  The winds are believed to be strong enough that there could be some structural damage associated with them, and they will also be accompanied by high seas which have the potential to cause wave overtopping.  
Stranded Marine Animals - Who To CallThumbnail for article : Stranded Marine Animals - Who To Call
BDMLR is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK.  In 2013 they celebrated their 25th anniversary..  
Board Members Needed - Pentland Housing Association
Meetings in Thurso.   Are you looking for an awarding way to use your talents? Can you help us provide even higher quality services to our tenants, and improve people's lives? Pentland Housing Association is a key provider of social rented housing in the County of Caithness, but in combination with its two subsidiaries, Pentland Community Enterprises and Pentland Energy Advice, it has a wider remit to support and invest in local regeneration, and help sustain local communities.  
Thurso Scouts Local Christmas Post Delivery For 20pThumbnail for article : Thurso Scouts Local Christmas Post Delivery For 20p
2nd Thurso Scout Group know its good to "Be Prepared" so they are getting ready well in advance for Christmas! Some older readers may remember Scout Christmas Post as the Group ran this with great success in the past.  Thanks to the help of Thurso High School technician Alistair Crawford, they are ready to help their community once again.  
Caithness FM Annual Toy AppealThumbnail for article : Caithness FM Annual Toy Appeal
Dounreay, Caithness Horizons, Caithness FM and Tesco Wick are all collection point for the toy appeal.   All donations greatly appreciated and will help local underprivileged children have a brighter Christmas..  
Our focus, your priorities for community safety say Police and Fire Services
Officers from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be attending Highland Council Ward Forum Meetings over the coming weeks.   Members of the public are encouraged to attend the local meetings and have their chance to comment on the priorities for community safety in their community.  
Disabled artists and arts organisations with a strong track record in their field can apply for funding from Unlimited to create and present new work, across all art forms.  The work may still be at a very early stage of conception, or have already undergone some research and development.  
UnLtd, the charity for Social Entrepreneurs, has announced that its "Fast Growth Accelerator" programme is open to applications.  The programme will award funding to 31 UK-based entrepreneurs with the best scalable solutions to social problems.  
Small one-off grants are available to local not-for-profit groups and organisations across Scotland to make small improvements to the local environment.   Maximum Value: £ 250  
Funding to Connect Children with the Arts: The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts is inviting applications from arts organisations that are interested in being part of their Start programme, and are looking to recruit 8-10 new partners for the 2015/16 academic year supporting each project for at least 3 years.   Start seeks to support cultural venues (e.g.