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Attention All Candidates in The Council Elections
As in previous elections Bill Fernie will be publishing his information shortly as part of his campaign to get re-elected for Wick and Caithness East on the web site.   As in all the previous elections and in fairness to all candidates in Caithness he will publish information for every candidate who would like to have a page on the site - free of any charge.  
Get Help With Your Family History Search
After its winter break, Caithness Family History Society has restarted its "help" sessions for those who would like to research their family history, or need advice on how to continue.   If you are interested, go along to the CFHS office in Caithness Horizons, Old Town Hall, Thurso, between 2pm and 4pm on any Saturday afternoon or on the last Wednesday afternoon of any month.  
Universal vitamins for pregnant women rolled out from 1 April 2017
From 1 April 2017, all pregnant women in Scotland will receive free vitamins.   The move to provide universal access will improve parent and children's health and has widespread support among healthcare professionals.  
Change is Good - improvements to Tesco Bags of Help fundingThumbnail for article : Change is Good - improvements to Tesco Bags of Help funding
Do you think you know what Tesco Bags of Help funds? Read on as the Bags of Help team have been listening to applicants, customers and Tesco colleague feedback and we've made some immediate improvements: · Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community · Projects can be outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases · Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000 · Simpler online application process · Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply · You can apply again for a different project at any time To ensure that the programme is really local the number of projects funded every two months has been increased.  We still fund projects that improve or encourage the use of outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens.  
Rangers Events April To October 2017
Saturday April 01 2017; 10.30am - 2pm Local Lichens: Introduction to looking for Lichen's in the Dunbeath area An introduction to these fascinating organisms, a walk through Dunbeath strath and shore to look for lichen species, discuss their importance as indicator species.  3 mi/4.8km Meeting place given out on booking.  
More Tree Planting At Newtonhill near WickThumbnail for article : More Tree Planting At Newtonhill near Wick
A squad of volunteers turned upon Saturday 25th March 2017 to help with further tree planting.   Volunteers have put in thousands of hours to help develop the woodland.  
Public asked for sightings of rare hen harriersThumbnail for article : Public asked for sightings of rare hen harriers
After a successful call for hen harrier sightings last year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Heads Up for Harriers project are once more asking people to report sightings of this special bird.   Hen harriers remain one of Scotland's rarest and most spectacular birds of prey.  
More help for young mums
Family Nurse Partnership marks Mother's Day milestone.   More than 1,500 young mothers have graduated from a pioneering programme that provides them with support and regular home visits from a specially trained nurse.  
Scottish wildlife groups must unite to fight crimeThumbnail for article : Scottish wildlife groups must unite to fight crime
The "alarming distrust" between groups that tackle Scotland's worst wildlife crimes must come to an end, a Committee has warned today.   The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham today after scrutinising the Scottish Government's Wildlife Crime in Scotland 2015 Annual Report.  
Colin Campbell's Local Radio Show on TV, Vol.1Thumbnail for article : Colin Campbell's Local Radio Show on TV, Vol.1
What a great series for anyone from Caithness or if you can get your ear into the dialect then you will enjoy it.   Colin Campbell's great recordings are still available online for sale..  
Third Sector Interface Workshop - Book Now For 4th AprilThumbnail for article : Third Sector Interface Workshop - Book Now For 4th April
For information about the Third Sector Interface go to -  
Thanks To Eveyrone Who Helped Raise £4000 at Lybster Thrift Shop
We would like to say a huge heartfelt thankyou to everyone in making the Thrift Shop for the British Heart Foundation held in Lybster Free Church Hall a great success and most enjoyable week.   We are truly grateful and thankful to everyone for their generosity, kindness, time and effort.  
Noss Head Flying PastThumbnail for article : Noss Head Flying Past
Nosshead Lighthouse is now part of the Nosshead Estates offering a unique chance to stay in a place with unrivalled views over the cliffs.   This combined with the fact that it is fast becoming the world centre for information on the clan Sinclair - Clan Sinclair Study Centre In Caithness .  
Castle Sinclair - Girnigoe - A Film From The AirThumbnail for article : Castle Sinclair - Girnigoe  - A Film From The Air
The books basically tell us that this icon the County were two castles - one being the tower house built between 1476 and 1496 which was called Girnigoe and the other called Sinclair was built on land to the west in 1606 - and that they were partially destroyed by George Sinclair of Keiss who attacked it with cannon in either 1680 or 1690 (depending on the author) to oust John Campbell of Glenorchy to whom it had been given by George 6th Earl of Caithness in lieu of debts.  These ‘facts' have been embellished and embroidered over time by a number of different authors.  
Marine Renwable Energy - Farr High School With ERIThumbnail for article : Marine Renwable Energy - Farr High School With ERI
This article is from the ERI newsletter for Spring 2017.   Twenty S1 pupils at Farr High School, Bettyhill recently took part in a marine renewable energy activity run by Pat Kieran of DSRL and Daniel Johnston of ERI.  
High Street, Wick - Photos - How It Looks TodayThumbnail for article : High Street, Wick - Photos - How It Looks Today
The High Street in Wick like many places is always changing.   Shops come and go.  
Flow Country Photo and Poster Exhibition - Meet The ScientistsThumbnail for article : Flow Country Photo and Poster Exhibition - Meet The Scientists
On Wednesday the 22nd of March, the ERI will be hosting >50 researchers from around the UK and Ireland for the 4th edition of the Flow Country Research Conference.  As part of the conference, there will be a scientific poster session open to the public.  
Caithness Science Festival 2017 - The Fun Day PhotosThumbnail for article : Caithness Science Festival 2017 - The Fun Day Photos
The Caithness Science Festival had its annual showcase for many areas of science both in Caithness and from elsewhere with lots of experts to answer questions from people of all ages.   Lots of photos in the gallery..  
Pearls in Peril LIFE+ Nature ProjectThumbnail for article : Pearls in Peril LIFE+ Nature Project
This video highlights the work done by the Pearls in Peril LIFE + Nature project to help secure the future of the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel across Great Britain.  Visit for more information on the project..  
Rev. Alfred Coutts and Elders PhotoThumbnail for article : Rev. Alfred Coutts and Elders Photo
A very good photo has been sent to us by Graeme Lyall of the Reverend Alfred Coutts and the elders of the United Free Church, Bridge Street, Wick.   The photo was taken by Johnson Photographers.