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Ranger Wick Walks February 2019Thumbnail for article : Ranger Wick Walks February 2019
See poster for full details.   To see more about the John O'Groats Trail go to -  
Expanding access to free sanitary products - £4 million extra funding.
Further funding to increase the number of places where free sanitary products are available has been announced by Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.   Local authorities will now have more funding to widen the number and range of places free sanitary products are available locally, increasing the roll-out of the Scottish Government's world leading action and access beyond schools, colleges and universities.  
Your Cash Your Caithness - £10,000 To Be Distributed By Public Vote on 26th January 2019
Following the initial application process 22 projects now have a chance to put their idea to the public vote.  There is £10,000.00 on offer with applications received totalling £21,075.00.  
Children Excluded From School - Unlawful exclusions information
CHIP Plus have a page with some useful links on the topic of unlawful exclusions to assist parents.   Go to A good advice site for parent with children with special needs is at  
Funeral Expense Assistance
New benefit will increase eligibility by around 40%.   A new benefit providing help for people on low-incomes to meet the costs of a funeral is on course to be delivered by the Scottish Government through Social Security Scotland by summer 2019.  
£5m Funding Boost For Highlands & Islands Tourism - public, voluntary or third sectorsThumbnail for article : £5m Funding Boost For Highlands & Islands Tourism - public, voluntary or third sectors
A new multi-million pound fund to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands is open for applications now.   The £5 million Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, which is led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), will invest in projects that benefit the Highlands and Islands by improving the experience of visitors who come to discover and explore the region's nature and culture.  
Beatrice offshore wind community fund open for applications
The Beatrice offshore wind community fund is again open for application from 14th January 2019.   The closing date for applications is noon on 25 April 2019.  
Valentines MarketThumbnail for article : Valentines Market
Give the one you love something extra special this Valentine's.   Forget the usual commercialised stuff from the supermarket and buy a gift that shows how much you care.  
Caithness Voluntary Groups Awarded £183,296 To Combat PovertyThumbnail for article : Caithness Voluntary Groups Awarded £183,296 To Combat Poverty
Caithness Voluntary Group, in partnership with Pulteneytown People's Project and Thurso Community Development Trust have been awarded 183,296 to employ the four full-time development workers and a part-time co-ordinator.   The 12-month project will employ, a community development worker for Wick will be employed by PPP and based at the Pulteney Centre, as will a childcare development worker.  
County Lines drug networks in Scotland - Be AlertThumbnail for article : County Lines drug networks in Scotland  - Be Alert
Crimestoppers charity launches campaign to appeal for help in tackling County Lines drug networks.   The charity Crimestoppers is on 14th January 2019 launching a campaign to highlight the pain and suffering that criminals from English cities are inflicting on vulnerable people in Scotland's rural and coastal towns.  
Potential World Heritage Site in the Flow CountryThumbnail for article : Potential World Heritage Site in the Flow Country
A World Heritage Site in Caithness and Sutherland? The Flow Country currently sits on the UK's tentative list for World Heritage Site inscription, in recognition of its world-class blanket bog habitat and unique assemblages of bird species.  A Working Group has been established to put forward The Flow Country's nomination to the UK Government, who will decide if the nomination can proceed to UNESCO.  
Keiss beach clean - Sunday 13th January 2019Thumbnail for article : Keiss beach clean - Sunday 13th January 2019
If you feel the need for some active outdoor action, would like to enjoy the fresh area and make a difference to your local environment.......please join the volunteer effort on Sunday.   Come prepared for outdoor weather and wear stout footwear.  
Edinburgh Caithness Association Events Early 2019
If you are interested in attending an event contact the secretary - email below.   Thurs 17 Jan 2019 Lunch at The Devil's Cut West End Edinburgh Speaker - Eric Farquhar Two Course Lunch with Tea or Coffee at 12.30 p.m.  
Wick Harbour WalkaboutThumbnail for article : Wick Harbour Walkabout
A walk around Wick harbour yesterday showed a higher number of boats than usual probably due to the bad weather out at sea and the end of the holiday period.   The buildings being completely change on the front of the harbour are advancing at a steady rate with many new jobs scheduled to be located there later this year.  
Consultation on Charity Law
Increasing trust and transparency in the sector.   The consultation on charity law sets out options to change the current regulatory system in Scotland that would increase transparency, accountability and public trust in charities.  
Caithness Family History Society's first talk of 2019Thumbnail for article : Caithness Family History Society's first talk of 2019
Caithness Family History Society's first talk of the New Year will be in a new venue; Thurso Library.   The speaker will be Caitlin Morrison, a history teacher at Wick High School.  
Semichem To Partner With Scottish SPCA Caithness Rescue AND Rehoming CentreThumbnail for article : Semichem To Partner With Scottish SPCA Caithness Rescue AND Rehoming Centre
Semichem and Scotmid Co-operative has partnered with Scottish SPCA as their charity of the year to raise £300,000 to support education programme in schools across the country.   Semichem Thurso and Wick will team up with Scottish SPCA Caithness rescue and rehoming centre each month Semichem stores in Thurso and Wick will support Scottish SPCA in educating the next generation of animal lovers over the coming year and are encouraging the local community to take action.  
Caithness Access Panel Report
Caithness Access panel meets monthly In the Pulteney Centre in Wick on the last Wednesday of the month between 12 - 2pm.   We are all volunteers and have a membership of over 20 who attend and also through our petition over 200 supporters of the group's aims.  
Kidney Dialysis Shows Up Highland Patient Travel IssuesThumbnail for article : Kidney Dialysis Shows Up Highland Patient Travel Issues
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP Rhoda Grant was concerned to learn that five patients travel from Skye to Raigmore Hospital three times a week for kidney dialysis treatment.   When a patient's kidneys fail, dialysis treatment keeps the body in balance by removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body.  
Caithness Field Club Winter programme 2018 - 19
Thursday 29th November at 7:30pm: A talk by Roy Mackenzie on the Veteran's Tower, in the Smith Room at the Pulteney Centre, Huddart Street, Wick Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at 7:30pm in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso: A talk by Lydia Fensome on bygone bikes, illustrated by some in her own collection.   Saturday 9th February 2019: A walk, led by Joy and Tony, around Achvarasdal, to see the broch.