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Castletown Gala 2016 - PhotosThumbnail for article : Castletown Gala 2016 - Photos
The 2016 Castletown Gala took place in sunshine unlike Lybster where the downpour forced the early part of the event into the village hall..  
Pennyland Litter PickersThumbnail for article : Pennyland Litter Pickers
Recently Primary 2 and Primary 6 pupils of Pennyland Primary School in Thurso, buddied up to tackle a serious issue in their local environment - rubbish! Many of the children were shocked at the amount of litter they encountered.   In just 45 minutes 14 black sacks were filled with not only litter but many other items such as a large fluorescent light bulb and a royal mail box.  
Pulteneytown Academy Open Day - A Final Look RoundThumbnail for article : Pulteneytown Academy Open Day - A Final Look Round
Pulteneytown Academy will soon be no more when it joins with South School under its new name of Newton Park and moves to a brand new school.   An open day was held to allow anyone including former pupils to have final look around the old school before it gets demolished later this year to make way for a new playing field for the new school.  
Thurso Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Thurso Gala 2016
The crowds were out in force for Thurso Gala 2016 night on Saturday 25 June 2016.   The change of venue to the car park area seems to have been a good one with much wider space for all the activities.  
Additional Support Needs Funding Levels To Be Sustained
The Highland Council has confirmed that it will sustain the current funding for Additional Support Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools for the new school year - 2016/17.   While the Council has taken measures to address a £40m budget gap, it will not require to reduce the funding to schools for children with additional needs.  
224 projects benefit from equality funding
£20.3 million to tackle discrimination across Scotland.   224 projects will benefit from more than £20 million in funding to drive forward Scotland's equality agenda in 2016-17.  
Wick to host Caithness District Partnership - Friday, 24th June
On Friday, 24th June the Caithness District Partnership will meet in Wick and issues to be discussed will include updates on Child Care Mapping by the Children's Services Manager and on the Self-Managed Development Fund approvals.  A presentation will be made by Poppy Scotland on their Welfare Services and there will be an opportunity to hear from Michelle Johnstone the recently appointed NHS Highland Area Manager for Caithness and Sutherland.  
Lifeboat Day At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : Lifeboat Day At Wick Harbour
Lifeboat Day at Wick Harbour saw the usual big crowds to hear the pipe band, watch the dancing and buy from the many stalls.   This was the last lifeboat day before many changes happen around the harbour including the demolition of the fish market and removal of the lifeboat offices as new work to build new offices begin around August..  
Walk to help prevent heart diseaseThumbnail for article : Walk to help prevent heart disease
The British Heart Foundation is currently funding over £100 million of research into fighting heart and circulatory disease, which takes the lives of over 15,700 people in Scotland each year.   Research has shown that being physically inactive can increase your risk of heart disease and so we're calling on everyone in Scotland to put their best foot forward and sign up to Just Walk.  
Extra Quilting Workshop Due To High DemandThumbnail for article : Extra Quilting Workshop Due To High Demand
The quilting workshop in Wick on Friday this was completely booked out on the first day it was advertised.   Consequently another one has been arranged for Saturday 25th June, 10.30am - 12.30pm.  
Caithness at War - Week 197 Week 197: 07-13 June 1943
This is the latest in the long running series at.  Caithness Archive Centre.  
Have You Joined HighLife Highland Yet?Thumbnail for article : Have You Joined HighLife Highland Yet?
Check it all out at   High Life Highland is a charity registered in Scotland, formed on the 1st October 2011 by The Highland Council to develop and promote opportunities in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and well-being across 9 services throughout the whole of the Highlands, for both residents and visitors.  
Girnigoe Castle From AboveThumbnail for article : Girnigoe Castle From Above
Sinclair & Girnigoe Castle is located about 3 miles north of Wick on the east coast of Caithness in Scotland.  For more information visit Video produced by Maciej Winiarczyk Check out his Facebook page for more videos at Caithness Castles at  
KeepTurningLeft Season 8 Part 5 Findhorn, Cromarty, Helmsdale, Lybster WickThumbnail for article : KeepTurningLeft Season 8 Part 5 Findhorn, Cromarty, Helmsdale, Lybster Wick
From Youtube.  Self financing bloke - so punt a couple of quid if you like his films.  
Newsroom News Women urged to go for smear test inShare Women urged to go for smear test
Changes to cervical screening come into force.   Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood has urged women to take up their invitation for cervical screening as changes to the programme come into force.  
Better education for Type 1 diabetes
New technology to help management of condition.   Five companies have been shortlisted as part of a £500,000 competition to develop an innovative way to help people with Type 1 diabetes.  
Summer Holiday Activities - Caithness And SutherlandThumbnail for article : Summer Holiday Activities - Caithness And Sutherland
High Life Highland's 2016 summer activities programme is jam-packed with over 1100 fun things for children and young people to do across the Highlands.   From swimming lessons to mini-olympics, from mountain biking to martial arts - you'll find a host of activities on offer to exercise, inspire and entertain.  
Poppies: Weeping Window in OrkneyThumbnail for article : Poppies: Weeping Window in Orkney
Poppies: Weeping Window in Orkney BY PAUL CUMMINS ARTIST AND TOM PIPER DESIGNER St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney is the first venue in Scotland to host Poppies: Weeping Window, installed on the Cathedral's west end.   Many people from Caithness and further afield have taken the ferry over the sea to see the display.