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30/9/2014
Highland Council takes enforcement action on dog fouling
The first two weeks of September saw Highland Council staff stepping up action on dog fouling in response to the Keep Scotland Beautiful annual ‘Ditch the Dirt' campaign.   During the fortnight Council employees were out and about talking to dog owners and other members of the public about dog fouling in Caithness, Ross-shire, Inverness and Lochaber.  
29/9/2014
What's On At Caithness Horizons in October 2014
What's On at Caithness Horizons: October 2014 Cafe Exhibitions Peter's Pals ARTIST ROOMS: Douglas Gordon workshop exhibition 8th September - 8th October 2014 Work produced by our Young Curators Club during an art workshop based on the ARTIST ROOMS: Douglas Gordon exhibition will be on display in the cafe and cafe corridor from 8th September.   The workshop was led by professional artist Lucy Harrison and took place over three afternoons in July.  
28/9/2014
Highland's new Youth ConvenerThumbnail for article : Highland's new Youth Convener
Shaun Finlayson from Avoch took up the role of Highland Youth Convener in September 2014.  This full time role, based at the High Life Highland office in Ardross Street, Inverness, is a bursary position running to the end of August 2015.  
26/9/2014
Local museums lead the way
Over the coming months staff and volunteers from museums across Highland and Moray will be taking part in a series of professional development workshops covering all aspects of collections management.  The diverse programme ranges from documentation, conservation, archaeological finds to making the most of retail opportunities and working with schools.  
26/9/2014
Highland Archaeology Festival Begins 27 September 2014Thumbnail for article : Highland Archaeology Festival Begins 27 September 2014
Caithness Events Saturday 4th October 2014 - 11.00am - 2.00pm Loch of Yarrows to Whaligoe A walk through history in classic Caithness landscape.   The route is peppered with archaeological sites spanning several thousands years: burial cairns, broch, a hill fort, and ending at Whaligoe Harbour.  
26/9/2014
Charity tree planting at The Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : Charity tree planting at The Highland Council
Russell Ball, a charity cyclist, stopped off in Inverness on Tuesday 25 September, as part of his 1,000-mile ride from Land's End to John O'Groats, to plant a tree in the grounds of The Highland Council’s headquarters in Inverness.  A copper beech tree was planted by Russell with support from The Highland Council’s Convener Jimmy Gray and the Development and Infrastructure Service’s Forestry team.  
25/9/2014
Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme TalkThumbnail for article : Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme Talk
Each year around 400 animals strand around our coast.  Dr Andrew Brownlow will give a evening talk all about the work and findings of the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS).  
24/9/2014
A Caithness family are urging people to give support to a fundraising eventThumbnail for article : A Caithness family are urging people to give support to a fundraising event
Both of Janet and Calum Macleod's sons are set to undergo life-saving bone marrow transplants.   Their two little boys - Arran (4) and Euan (6) - suffer from chronic granulomatous disorder (CDG) and have been helped by the Anthony Nolan Trust so have organised a ceilidh, auction and supper in Wick on September 27, to benefit the UK stem cell register.  
24/9/2014
Theft of scaffolding - Helmsdale
As part of ongoing enquiries Police are looking for any information regarding a reported theft of scaffolding equipment from the Helmsdale area.  The incident is believed to have occured between Monday 01 September and Friday 12 of September 2014.  
24/9/2014
Cnoc Morail Community Benefit and Ownership Working Group Meeting 12th November 2014
Cnoc Morail Community Benefit and Ownership Working Group Meeting 12th November 2014.   The Cnoc Morail Community Benefit and Ownership working group will have its first meeting on the 12th November 2014 at Watten Village Hall at 7.30pm.  
22/9/2014
Missing person - Wick
The missing person relating to this message early today has now been traced and is safe and well.   Police have thanks the public for their assistance..  
[Community Groups]18/9/2014
An Unusual Door Support (by Geoff Leet)Thumbnail for article : An Unusual Door Support (by Geoff Leet)
Published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No.  1 - April 2013 An Unusual Door Support (by Geoff Leet) At Nottingham Mains farm, close to the Doocot at the Wag of Forse (ND212355) is a barn, probably built as a piggery.  
[Community Groups]18/9/2014
The Battle of Altimarlach (by Malcolm, Earl of Caithness)
Published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No.  1 - April 2013 The Battle of Altimarlach (by Malcolm, Earl of Caithness) 2010 marked the 330th anniversary of the Battle of Altimarlach on 13th July 1680, near Wick, and as part of our International Clan Gathering that year, the Sinclairs visited the site of the battle to commemorate the event.  
[Community Groups]18/9/2014
Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No 1 April 2013Thumbnail for article : Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No 1 April 2013
© Copyright Caithness Field Club 2013 Your Committee Chairman: Geoff Leet Tel: 01847 89 6989 Secretary: Marion Owen, 9 Tormsdale Place Thurso Caithness KW14 8PZ Scotland Tel: 01847 89 2999 Treasurer: Elizabeth Rintoul Tel: 01955 60 2168 Editor: Ken Butler Tel: 01847 89 3549 e-mail: kbutler243[AT]mertensia.co.uk Committee Members: Calum McKenzie, Myra Wilson Jennifer Bruce Phillip Brown.   Cover picture: The windmill pump tower at Achscrabster Quarry.  
[Community Groups]18/9/2014
Hetty Munro's War Diaries (by Elizabeth Rintoul)
Published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No.  1 - April 2013 We have now reached the end of Hetty's diaries but the archive also contains a number of ‘loose' sheets of paper.  
[Community Groups]18/9/2014
Eyebrights Of The North by Ken ButlerThumbnail for article : Eyebrights Of The North by Ken Butler
Published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No.  1 - April 2013 Eyebrights of the North (by Ken Butler) Eyebrights - the Genus Euphrasia - have a reputation for being difficult to identify.  
[Community Groups]18/9/2014
Mr Clark, A Caithness Remittance Man (by George Watson)
Published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No.  1 - April 2013 Mr Clark, A Caithness Remittance Man (by George Watson) The John O'Groat Journal, March 2nd 1836, carried the following obituary:- "Died on 9th ultimo, at the house of Mr Sutherland of Bylbster parish of Watten in the County, Mr James Clark, generally believed to have been the husband of the late celebrated Mrs Mary Ann Clark remarkable for having acted such a conspicuous part during the trial of his Royal Highness the late Duke of York.  
[Community Groups]18/9/2014
Some Highlights of Natural History in 2012 (by Donald Omand and PaulCastle)
Published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol 8 No.  1 - April 2013 Caithness Bird Notes 2012 by Donald Omand Geese and Gulls were the highlight species of the first three months of 2012.  
17/9/2014
Police appeal for information following damage to a building at Thurso High School
Between 1900hrs on Tuesday 16 September and 0745hrs Wednesday 17 September 2014 a glass door panel at the rear of Thurso High School extension block was damaged.   Any persons with information relating to this incident are requested to contact Thurso Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 .  
17/9/2014
Big Band bash was Strictly for music lovers and dancersThumbnail for article : Big Band bash was Strictly for music lovers and dancers
Caithness Heart Support Group's Big Band Bash proved a hit with locals.   Patrons who turned up at the Norseman Hotel, on Saturday night were treated to a swinging programme of nostalgic numbers in melody and song for listening and dancing to.