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18/6/2019
First Minister meets families at V&A DundeeThumbnail for article : First Minister meets families at V&A Dundee
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited V&A Dundee this week to celebrate over 10,000 people taking part in free family workshops since the museum opened.   The First Minister also met with Home-Start Dundee, a local charity which supports families with young children through a range of issues including post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems and bereavement.  
14/6/2019
Obituary on Jimmy Simpson, Laird of Stroma Born 5 April 1928 Died 2nd June 2019Thumbnail for article : Obituary on Jimmy Simpson, Laird of Stroma Born 5 April 1928 Died 2nd June 2019
James Mowat Simpson, born isle of Stroma 05.04.1928: died 02.06.2019 in Wick, Caithness.   Jimmy Simpson, the Laird of Stroma, died at the age of 91 on June 2nd, 2019 at the Town & County Hospital, in Wick, Caithness, after a lengthy illness.  
14/6/2019
School Age payment applications off to best startThumbnail for article : School Age payment applications off to best start
More than 14,000 applications for Best Start Grant have been received in a week, following the launch of the new School Age Payment.   Social Security Scotland uses a single application process for these payments so families can apply for a number of Best Start Grant Payments in one form.  
13/6/2019
Still questions to answer on transport of pregnant women from Caithness
Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is still pushing for more to be done for pregnant women in Caithness.   An MSP is renewing her call for a full risk assessment to be carried out on the methods of transporting pregnant women to hospital from Caithness to Inverness after receiving an edited version of an investigation into the birth of twin babies, born 50 miles apart.  
11/6/2019
Call for Parental Involvement and Engagement (PIE) in Census
Parents and carers with children attending a Highland school are being asked to participate in a Parental Involvement and Engagement (PIE) Census.   Through the census the Scottish Government is seeking to collate comparable data nationally based on a set of questions that all local authorities have been asked to share with families.  
10/6/2019
Caithness Depopulation and Centralisation - BBC Good Morning Scotland ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Caithness Depopulation and Centralisation - BBC Good Morning Scotland Programme
The Good Morning Scotland programme broadcast on Saturday 8th June 2019 picks upon the recent prediction for huge population decrease in Caithness and the north of Scotland that will happen in the next few years.   A few things that are wrong - Solutions?.  
Budding Engineers Crowdfunding to To Increase Children's Access to 3D Design and ArchitectureThumbnail for article : Budding Engineers Crowdfunding to To Increase Children's Access to 3D Design and Architecture
We are currently in the process of trying to raise enough money through crowdfunding for a 3D Community printer here in Caithness.  In addition we are also looking to purchase several Architectural Modelling Kits to introduce into Primary Education, some of these are available for children as young as 4 years.  
Ranger Events in June 2019Thumbnail for article : Ranger Events in June 2019
See the poster.   School's Out activities online now http://www.myhighlife.co.uk/sap/.  
4/6/2019
Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday.   This year's exciting theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.  
3/6/2019
Caithness Community Planning Partnership - 5.00pm Tuesday 4th June
5pm, Tuesday 4th June 2019.  Pulteney Centre, Wick.  
Have You Got The Skills To Assist The Caithness Broch Project Reach Its GoalsThumbnail for article : Have You Got The Skills To Assist The Caithness Broch Project Reach Its Goals
Wanted: Volunteers with project and contract management skills and enthusiasm to join management committee of the Caithness Broch Project.   Computer literacy a must, interest in archaeology and/or heritage an advantage.  
31/5/2019
HomeStart Caithness Team Raising Fund In the Kilt WalkThumbnail for article : HomeStart Caithness Team Raising Fund In the Kilt Walk
The staff team at HomeStart Caithness are taking part in the Kilt Walk in Aberdeen to raise fund for the group that assists families and young children.   Sunday 2nd June 2019.  
29/5/2019
Highland on track to meet ELC expansion requirements by 2020
The national expansion of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) hours will see entitlement for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds increased from 600 to 1,140 hours per year from August 2020.   Every setting in Highland is being considered and assessed in preparation for full roll out in August 2020.  
28/5/2019
The Lost Village of BadryrieThumbnail for article : The Lost Village of Badryrie
A walk with the Rangers to see the village.   See poster for details and how to book.  
23/5/2019
Music Lessons From Pentland Music, Thurso To Anywhere OnlineThumbnail for article : Music Lessons From Pentland Music, Thurso To Anywhere Online
If you want to learn the Ukulele but can't find a teacher then you can now get lessons online from Pentland Music in Thurso via your computer.   If you live locally its easy enough perhaps to go in for a lesson but if you live way out in the countryside or in another place far away you may want to take advantage of the live online lessons on offer.  
23/5/2019
Miller Academy 1962 Class PhotoThumbnail for article : Miller Academy 1962 Class Photo
Jim Christie has sent this latest addition to the 1962 centenary photos listing.   We already have photos number A to Y so this one is Z.  
23/5/2019
A Walk Around Thurso On A Dreich DayThumbnail for article : A Walk Around Thurso On A Dreich Day
Yesterday was a kind of damp drizzly day but not wet enough to stop going for a wander around Thurso.   See the photo gallery link above..  
14/5/2019
Car Parking Warning Notices But Be Assured MobiLe Traffic Officers Will Hit HarderThumbnail for article : Car Parking Warning Notices But Be Assured MobiLe Traffic Officers Will Hit Harder
Parking Enforcement is coming to a street near you With the Decriminalisation of Parking Enforcement, and establishment of the Highland Council Parking Services in 2016, the local authority has committed to the roll-out of enforcement activities across all population centres in Highland.   2016 saw delivery in Inverness and Fort William and all Off Street Car Parks.  
14/5/2019
Is Your Group Looking For Funding Then Go To The INFORMATION EVENTThumbnail for article : Is Your Group Looking For Funding Then Go To The INFORMATION EVENT
Wednesday 12th June, 10am-1.30pm.  Pulteney Centre, Wick.  
Thurso Grows
Thurso Grows is at the start of their fanatic new project in Thurso funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.  I just wanted to send you an email to give you some information as what we are trying to achieve and how you may like to get involved.