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23/11/2012
Do any Of Your Ash Trees Have DiebackThumbnail for article : Do any Of Your Ash Trees Have Dieback
Steve Scott, Area Director for the Forestry Commission, shows how to spot the tell-tale signs of ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea), the disease currently threatening Britain's native ash trees.  Shot on location at Wayland Wood in Norfolk, courtesy of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  
23/11/2012
Snaring Legislation To Come Into Force
All snaring operators will need to undergo a training course and to use a unique identification number on their snares under new legislation.   The change in legislation applies to all snares and snaring operators who currently use snares as a means of pest and predator control including farmers, crofters, gamekeepers, and greenkeepers on golf courses.  
22/11/2012
Carr Gomm Recruiting In Caithness and Other AreasThumbnail for article : Carr Gomm Recruiting In Caithness and Other Areas
We are looking for Relief Support Assistants in the following localities: Skye & Lochalsh; Nairn, Ardersier, Badenoch & Strathspey; Inverness; Lochaber; Caithness; Mid and West Ross; East Ross.   Relief Support Assistant/ £6.95 per hour plus paid annual leave.  
22/11/2012
Minister to give evidence on ash dieback disease.
The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee will take evidence on the management of ash dieback disease in Scotland from the Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, at its meeting on Wednesday 28 November.   Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Rob Gibson MSP said, “Ash Dieback is a serious disease threatening ash trees in Scotland and the UK.  
22/11/2012
Focusing On Highland’s Most Disadvantaged Areas
Community and third sector organisations are being invited by The Highland Council to submit applications for the Council’s 2013 Deprived Area Fund.   Applications will be welcomed for projects that will help communities to develop activities aimed at improving quality of life and regenerating communities.  
18/11/2012
Old Buildings in Caithness - New Photo GalleryThumbnail for article : Old Buildings in Caithness - New Photo Gallery
There are a number of places that record old buildings in Scotland and we thought it would be a good idea to draw together them into a photo gallery here on Caithness.org.   Bill has begun to take photos of more old buildings to add to photos already on the site and to draw together some already in part of the site so they are easy to find in one place.  
18/11/2012
Bower Busy Bees Get Active With New Go-KartsThumbnail for article : Bower Busy Bees Get Active With New Go-Karts
All smiles as the Bower Busy Bees show off their new go-karts.  The go-karts were funded through MFR Cash for Kids and will encourage the youngsters to get active even in the poorer winter weather.  
17/11/2012
Road Safety Advice - Winter Conditions
Below are some important tips being offered by Police.   During the winter months, road conditions can be extremely difficult and dangerous.  
17/11/2012
Achieving a fairer deal for Internet shoppers
A campaign spearheaded by The Highland Council to win a fairer deal for consumers over delivery charges for goods bought on the internet.   This is especially for those living in remote communities, is continuing to produce beneficial outcomes for consumers.  
17/11/2012
Don’t Give Fire A Home This Winter
A map showing where house fires took place across Scotland over the last year has been unveiled at the launch of an annual fire safety campaign.   The ‘Scotland’s Hottest Postcodes’ map reveals that while the highest concentration of house fires in 2011-12 were centred around built-up areas such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, house fires affect homes throughout Scotland.  
17/11/2012
Salt supplies at maximum levels in readiness for winterThumbnail for article : Salt supplies at maximum levels in readiness for winter
Salt supplies in the Highlands are at maximum levels as The Highland Council prepares for the winter.  Stocks stand at 67,300 tonnes.  
17/11/2012
Waste management review
A review is to be made of The Highland Council’s waste management strategy to ensure the Council meets its new statutory requirements under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.   The new regulations and the Zero Waste Policy require the Council to.  
4/11/2012
Fire At Ormlie Industrial Estate - From The AirThumbnail for article : Fire At Ormlie Industrial Estate - From The Air
A fire that broke out at Ormlie Industrial Estate, Thurso, Caithness about midday on Saturday 3rd November 2012 was brought under control by firefighters from Thurso and Wick.   Four tenders were at the scene of the fire.  
3/11/2012
North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing MatchThumbnail for article : North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing Match
Photos from North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing Match..  
30/10/2012
New Community Section now under construction
Our new Community Section is now under construction.   We will be using this new section for all of the news and community groups that do not currently fit into our Business, Arts and Sports indexes.  
21/10/2012
Motor Cycle Funerals Firm Visits WickThumbnail for article : Motor Cycle Funerals Firm Visits Wick
A visit to Wick for an unusual hearse.   Ten years ago in 2002 Reverend Paul Sinclair founded Motorcycle Funerals Limited, Britain's first ever motorcycle hearse service.  
4/10/2012
Bill Sees Tiniest Geocache on Forth and Clyde Canal WalkThumbnail for article : Bill Sees Tiniest Geocache on Forth and Clyde Canal Walk
With Geocaching about to take off in Caithness and other northern places with the launch of the "Haggis Trail" of geocaches.   Over 1000 new caches have been hidden for people to find.  
3/10/2012
Restored Crane Was Once At Wick Harbour 1880 - 1925Thumbnail for article : Restored Crane Was Once At Wick Harbour 1880 - 1925
A hand-cranked crane built by Bowser and Cameron of Glasgow in 1859 has been restored and put back on display in Hopeman Harbour, Morayshire.  The crane was first used in preparing cargo at ports on the Clyde, and then in 1880 it was purchased by the Wick Harbour Board for use in the Herring fishing industry, before being moved to Hopeman Harbour around 1925.  
26/9/2012
Therapeutic Toolkit For Children And Young PeopleThumbnail for article : Therapeutic Toolkit For Children And Young People
A local organisation supporting children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse has received a funding boost thanks to players of a charity lottery.   Caithness & Sutherland Women’s Aid – Children & Young People’s Service was awarded £1,545,00 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.  
PPP Offer Five Places To Gain SVQ In Playwork - Is This Opportunity For You?
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.