Community Groups News
As well as the schools programme, this year there will be activities for the general public throughout the week, including: Public Launch Event: Pulteneytown Primary Academy School, Tuesday 17th March at 6.30pm Festival Patron Lord-Lieutenant for Caithness Anne Dunnett, along with Festival Chairman Professor Iain Baikie, will launch this year's Festival and present prizes to the winners of this year's Schools Design Competition which were kindly donated by Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. There will be performances by various presenters, along with "taster" workshops that were on offer to the school children throughout the festival week.
Observing and Imaging Eclipses Friday 13th March, Castlehill Heritage Centre at 7pm Talk by CAG, with demonstrations that will provide useful guidance prior to the significant solar eclipse on 20th March. Followed by an after dark observing session if weather permits.
Learn about the interesting objects in the constellation of Orion. 20th February 2015 7.00pm Castlehill Heritage Centre..
This article appeared in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin for 2013. Perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Kyle of Tongue this small tower was described in 1791 as, "a structure so antient, that there is no consistent tradition concerning it"i.
Friday 31st October, --- Caithness Astronomy Group talk and observation evening. "An Even Briefer History of Time".
© 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See photos for Thurso Gala 2014 at the link above..
If the kids are looking for things to do then take look at the Ormlie Summer Programme.
The success of the exhibition, which opened to a capacity audience of well over 100 people on the evening of Wednesday 2nd July at Castletown Heritage Centre, was down to the artistic talents and generosity of locals and others further afield. Businesses near and far also gave generously to support the event.
Lybster Gala 2014 - See Photo Gallery above..
Another good entry for the 2014 model boat show run each year by Pentland Model Boat Club. The winning entries in each of the categories chosen by the judges were - Warships - K80 - Ian Moore Search and Rescue - Taylors Thurso Life Boat - Ted Miller Fishing Boats - Thorsa - Ian Mackintosh Work Boats - Ballachylist - Dave Lambert Leisure Boats - Jet Stream - Ted Miller Sailing Boats - Grand Banks Schooner - Billy Mackintosh The overall winner was Ted Miller for his Taylors Thurso Lifeboat.
At Castletown Hotel Saturday 26th April 7pm Please come along and find out about the exciting developments we are making with our project to renovate Traill Hall as a community Centre. We also want to share with you our ideas about a number of community initiatives and events taking place now! .
Thurso Gala committee have announced the names of the 2014 gala court. Gala Queen: Eilidh Harper.
See photos from the 2014 Caithness Model Show in the gallery..