Community Groups News
Join CAG and guest speaker Dr Lyndsay Fletcher, a Solar Physicist based at the University of Glasgow for a weekend of events where you can: Learn about the Sun & how it generates "weather" in space that affects our planet. Find out how this stormy space weather can produce the magnificent diplays of Northern Lights we often see from Caithness.
Nursery children at Bower Busy Bees are thoroughly enjoying the recent revamp of their outdoor play area. The Highland Council Community Payback, under the management of Rodney Brass, painted the wooden fence, furniture and play equipment within the nursery garden ready for the children returning from the school holidays.
Members of the Pentland Model Boat Club based in Thurso were away to Coatbridge last weekend for the annual regatta of the Scottish Federation of Boat Clubs. The regatta this year was held in Summerlea Museum.
Thurso Gala 2013 - See photos link above..
Lybster Gala 2013 - See Photo Gallery above..
This article was first published in the Caithness Field club Bulletin 2011 (Bob Dawson is the Scottish Conservation Officer for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – Ed) Summary This was a very successful year, although the season was about two weeks later than last year. Many more people reported seeing, and are now more familiar with, the Great Yellow Bumblebee.
This article was first published in the Caithness Field Club bulletin 2011 The Little Bunting that was seen at the end of 2009 stayed at Ham throughout the winter, eventually leaving in early April after 110 days, which may well be a record for Britain. Another unusual winter visitor for Caithness was Great-Crested Grebe, with birds seen in January on Loch Watten (2), and a single bird in Thurso.
This article was first publishedin the Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2011 In May I was looking for the Celery-leaved Buttercup along the banks of the Wick River. It has been recorded from the tidal stretch between the supermarket car park and the Fairies Hillock.
See photos in the gallery for the 2013 Caithness model Show..
From Tricia Barnett (nee More) Churchill’s secret army granted parade with Cenotaph march past. Royal British Legion grants permission for Auxiliary Units and Special Duties Branch veterans to march past in November 2013 after British Resistance Archive campaign.
Caithness Science Festival 2013 has been another great success with more people than ever attending the Family Fun Day to end the week of events in schools throughout the county. The family fun day show-cased many scientific ideas and groups.
This article was first published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2011. Today there are few traces of the active missionary movement which once transcended parish and county boundaries to cater for a surprisingly large population in the moorland areas of Caithness.
First published in the Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2011 Vol 7 No7 The following extracts from the War Diary of the late Henrietta Munro of Thurso come from the North Highland Archive and are published with their permission. Earlier extracts were published in previous Field Club Bulletins – Vol 6 No 8 (2004), Vol 7 No 1 (2005), Vol 7 No 2 (2006), Vol 7 No 3 (2007), Vol 7 No 4 (2008), Vol 7 No 5 (2009) and Vol 7 No 6 (2010).
(by Andrew Guttridge) This article was first published in the Annual Bulletin of Caithness Field Club 2011. How the RAF gained and lost a naval big gun.
Public and Schools Solar Observing Activities 2012 During the International Year of Astronomy, Caithness Astronomy Group held numerous public and school events, engaging the local population with the varied science and technology associated with Space and Astronomy. Thanks to funding from the IoP in Scotland and the Dounreay Communities Fund in 2010, Caithness Astronomy Group (CAG) were able to purchase solar observing equipment that provided a new avenue for engaging with the local population that would complement our night time observing events.
Photos from North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing Match..
Pulteneytown People's Project have secured funding through the Highland Council to provide a unique opportunity to put five people through their SVQ level 2 or 3 in Playwork. The full cost of the year long course will be covered and childcare will be provided in the PPP creche/after school club, free of charge, if required.
Another well attended gala in Thurso. Thurso Gala is held every year at the beginning of August..
Caithness Pony Club run the Wick Gala Gymkhana each year..