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1/2/2013
Plight of the BumblebeeThumbnail for article : Plight of the Bumblebee
Last week David Stewart signed up to Scottish Environment LINK’s ‘Wildlife Proclamation’ to become a wildlife champion.  By signing up Mr Stewart is promising to work with the organisation to make Scotland and the Highlands and Islands a better place for wildlife.  
1/2/2013
New guide published to help communities manage funds
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has published a new guide providing advice to community organisations for managing funds generated from renewable energy projects.   As an economic development agency with a particular and unique remit to strengthen communities, HIE recognises the importance of this opportunity.  
31/1/2013
Celebrities call on Scotland to get Red Nose Day ready!Thumbnail for article : Celebrities call on Scotland to get Red Nose Day ready!
Today (Thursday 31st January) Comic Relief can exclusively reveal new details about this year’s Red Nose Day campaign, with information about this year’s Noses, T-shirt designs and the big night of TV released for the first time.   Jessie J, Stella McCartney, One Direction, the team currently battling the Zambezi and many more celebrities are all doing their bit for this year’s Red Nose Day and now it’s time for everyone in the UK to buy their Nose and get ready for a bumper Red Nose Day, in this its 25th year.  
31/1/2013
Donation from Castletown woman is pleasant suprise for heart support groupThumbnail for article : Donation from Castletown woman is pleasant suprise for heart support group
Caithness Heart Suport Group found itself on the receiving end of a surprise donation at their latest handover of medical equipment to the county’s hospital.   The group had just presented Caithness General with a new ECG machine when they were asked to accept a £100 gift by one of the nursing staff.  
30/1/2013
Lift-share scheme kicked into action by footballersThumbnail for article : Lift-share scheme kicked into action by footballers
Some of the biggest names in Highland football have teamed up with a local community group to help fans cut car use and beat traffic jams on the Kessock Bridge.   A new website http://highland.liftshare.com will help people get together to travel to work or to events such as shows and football matches.  
30/1/2013
More On Save The World's Bees Campaign by Avaaz
Dear friends, Bees around the world are dying off and Europe’s food watchdog just said certain pesticides are part of the problem.  We’ve got 24 hours before key meetings -- let’s get a 2-million-person swarm to save the bees.  
29/1/2013
Caithness Charrettes Launched - ThursoThumbnail for article : Caithness Charrettes Launched - Thurso
Last week saw the launch of major public events known as Charrettes which will give local people in Wick and Thurso the opportunity to shape the future of their towns.  Representatives from a wide range of groups with varied interests attended a launch event on Wednesday in Thurso and Thursday in Wick to find out how to get involved in the Charrette events which run from 21st – 27th February.  
29/1/2013
Save The World's Bees - Sign The AVAAZ PetitionThumbnail for article : Save The World's Bees - Sign The AVAAZ Petition
Bees around the world are dying off and Europe’s food watchdog just said certain pesticides are part of the problem.  We’ve got 48 hours before key meetings -- let’s get a 2-million-person swarm to save the bees.  
29/1/2013
Caithness Charrettes Launched - WickThumbnail for article : Caithness Charrettes Launched - Wick
Last week saw the launch of major public events known as Charrettes which will give local people in Wick and Thurso the opportunity to shape the future of their towns.  Representatives from a wide range of groups with varied interests attended a launch event on Wednesday in Thurso and Thursday in Wick to find out how to get involved in the Charrette events which run from 21st – 27th February.  
29/1/2013
Caithness At War - From The Highland ArchiveThumbnail for article : Caithness At War - From The Highland Archive
A great series being published regularly at the moment at the Highland Archive web site.   Week 22: 29 January-4 February 1940 29 January 1940 On 1 February the Winter War entered its final phase when Russian forces launched a major offensive against the Finnish forces defending the Karelian Isthmus, putting them under severe pressure.  
28/1/2013
Pulteneytown Academy Pupils Promote Glass Recycling CompetitionThumbnail for article : Pulteneytown Academy Pupils Promote Glass Recycling Competition
Households in Caithness are being encouraged to recycle their glass bottles and jars and be in with a chance of winning a £20 voucher for cinema tickets.   Pupils from Pulteneytown Academy Primary in Wick launched the competition which is promoting five £20 vouchers to be won, courtesy of The Thurso Cinema.  
26/1/2013
The Moorland Mission Churches of Caithness (by George Watson)
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.  
25/1/2013
“North Highland College” - New Session Of Evening Classes
Our new session of evening classes starts soon, we have classes in Vehicle Maintenance; Psychology; Computing; Cookery lessons from the House of Morven Working with Wood, Stained Glass and more.   Please click on the following link to take you to our new brochure : http://issuu.com/jackie_mack/docs/eveningclassbrochure2013 or phone us on 01847 889250.  
25/1/2013
Tackling fuel poverty
The energy sector and the UK Government must take immediate action to help Scots facing the hardship of fuel poverty, Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said today.   After a fuel poverty debate in Parliament, the Minister outlined six key demands she will raise at a joint fuel poverty summit with the UK Government which will take place tomorrow (January 23rd) in Edinburgh.  
25/1/2013
Beware Of The Ice
Police advise caution near frozen water after dog falls through ice.   Police are advising the public to be particularly cautious regarding frozen rivers and other water, following an incident in which a dog was rescued after falling through ice in Orkney.  
24/1/2013
Council Staff At Wick Moved to Temporary OfficesThumbnail for article : Council Staff At Wick Moved to Temporary Offices
The council staff are shown in these photos leaving their offices in Market Square, Wick and moving to their new home in Girnigoe Street where they will stay for nearly two years as the new offices in Market Square are built.   New offices have been needed for some years and now Highland council has begun the process as part of a series of major investments to regenerate Wick.  
24/1/2013
Scot of the Year 2012 - WinnerThumbnail for article : Scot of the Year 2012 - Winner
Martha Payne, writer of a fantastic blog on school dinners and fundraiser extraordinaire, is announced Scot of the Year 2012 by charity for Scots in London to celebrate Burns Day Martha Payne, a 10 year old schoolgirl from Argyll, has been announced Scot of the Year 2012 by ScotsCare, the charity for Scots in London.   Martha was on the list in recognition of her fantastic fundraising campaign to support schools in Malawi through her blog about school dinners, which has raised more than £120,000.  
22/1/2013
Highland Council Wants Your Ideas To Plan The Future For ThursoThumbnail for article : Highland Council Wants Your Ideas To Plan The Future For Thurso
Work on the new Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan will begin later this month.   As part of this the communities of Wick and Thurso will each have a unique opportunity to shape the future of their community and influence future development decisions in the area.  
22/1/2013
Highland Council Wants Your Ideas To Plan The Future For WickThumbnail for article : Highland Council Wants Your Ideas To Plan The Future For Wick
Work on the new Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan will begin later this month.   As part of this the communities of Wick and Thurso will each have a unique opportunity to shape the future of their community and influence future development decisions in the area.  
22/1/2013
English For Speakers Of Other Languages - Free Classes In Wick & Thurso
English for Speakers of Other Languages - New FREE classes in Wick at the Pulteney Centre every Tuesday 2-4pm.   The North Highland college are now offering ESOL classes in Wick.