A team of students has won the Scottish Championship in the Bloodhound Rocket Car Competition after qualifying in a heat held at North Highland College UHI, Thurso. The team of four girls, from Tain Royal Academy, set the fastest speed out of 32 teams from across the country at the Scottish Finals held at Perth College UHI. Molly Mackay, Mollie Lauritsen, Orla Young and Aimee Milne, were one of only two all-girl teams competing. They had spent the semester improving their understanding of engineering as it applies to automotive aerodynamics and power, and designing their car, under the guidance of their teachers, Iain Carlton and Tanya Marshall, and with support from engineering curriculum leader, Peter Hylton, at North Highland College UHI.
The list of contents for Scotland's Baby Box is now available online as registration for the nationwide roll out begins. All babies due on or after 15 August 2017 will receive a box of essential items to support parents and promote a fair and equal start for all children in Scotland.
The Wick Society's oral history section, Wick Voices, is generating a lot of interest in the community. The project was launched in 2016 with the aim of preserving local voices for posterity.
IN her valedictory address as Caithness Heart Support Group's patron, Anne Dunnett, paid tribute to the organisation's commitment, at their AGM, recently. The Lord Lieutenant, retiring from public life, later this month, said she had "never seen such a dedicated bunch of fundraisers who care so much for people that need help" and added: "It is a great team they have here, and I have been honoured to have been a small part of it." Miss Dunnett told an 'encouraging' turnout at the St Fergus Church Hall, that, thanks to advances in technology and good doctors and nurses, the chances of survival from heart attacks, had improved.
This month we mark Carer's Week, a chance to recognise and celebrate unpaid carers right across the UK. With an estimated 6.8 million carers known to be looking after a loved one in the UK alone, it's likely that as you're reading this letter, a carer is too.
Duncansby Head Seabird Walk Wednesday 14th June. 10am - 1pm.
Storm in a teacup, as new poll reveals how much sugar Brits are adding to tea and coffee - and why it could be spelling bad news for our teeth! www.nationalsmilemonth.org/ • Brits consume around four cups of tea and coffee per day with a one in seven adding at least two teaspoons of sugar to each mug. • An estimated 15 million adults in the UK are adding at least one teaspoon of sugar to their tea and coffee, making up almost half their advised daily sugar intake.
We are making our first round of awards to support transformational projects in Caithness, Sutherland and Moray from the £6m Beatrice Community Fund. The first round has seen an initial sum of £378,000 donated to 14 different projects across the north of Scotland.
A leading children's charity are seeking volunteer mentors across the Highlands to work with young people. The volunteers will be supported by a project Action for Children have just launched in Inverness and Ross shire - Caithness and Sutherland are next! Action for Children in the Highlands have begun delivering ‘Intandem', a needs led volunteer mentoring service funded by Inspiring Scotland, for young people aged 8-14 who face complicated and challenging situations. Intandem has been set up to support young people coming into, or leaving the care system, and provide a positive adult role model.
Find funders with this toolkit. Check the categories and then you can read the conditions and closing dates etc.
The Highland Council is urging all organisers of community fireworks events that they will need to get their public entertainment licence application submitted soon to the Council if they wish to have a licence in place for Bonfire Night. With only 5 months to 5th November, organisers of community fireworks events are urged to make early applications for public entertainment licences to ensure that they can be processed and granted in time for their events.
See poster for details of Day on of the Midsummer Madness weekend in Thurso..
Part of the Thurso's Midsummer Madness weekend..
See poster for full details..
Anne Leitch Dunnett, born 11.08.1932 John O'Groats, Caithness: died 24.04.2017, Wick, Caithness. Miller's daughter who compiled a lengthy 'reference book' for her home area, regarded as a role-model for Scottish social history.
John Hugh Dunnet, Justice of the Peace; born Seater, Canisbay, Caithness on 08.10.1933: died 23.05.2017, at Seater. Agricultural contractor & community political activist.
Are you 16 or 17 and looking for something different this summer? Become a Futureshaper! Climate change affects your future, so better come to grips with it! Spend a week with peers, having fun, gaining new skills and becoming Futureshapers: You will find out how you can make a difference in your area for the benefit of the local and the global things that matter! Meeting with like-minded others is also a great way to get new ideas and inspiration for things you would like to take on yourself. The week runs from 14 - 20 July 2017.
New research1 commissioned by the RNLI has revealed that six in ten people (61%) in Scotland would follow a potentially life-threatening instinct if they fell unexpectedly into water. The RNLI is now calling on the public to fight their instincts and remember one simple skill - floating - that could save lives from drowning.
Scottish gardeners can find out how to create a feline-friendly outdoor space thanks to Cats Protection's tips for green-fingered cat owners. The UK’s largest cat charity will be sharing its 2017 planting ideas when it attends Gardening Scotland at the Royal Highland Centre from 2-4 June.
There was a 1 minute silence at 11am today at all Highland Council premises in tribute to the victims of the Manchester bomb attack. At the Council's headquarters on Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, staff joined Convener of The Highland Council, Cllr Bill Lobban and Members to observe the silence.