On 8 April 2013 the Government introducd a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64. PIP is being introduced in stages.
Six drink drivers caught in the Highlands & Islands over the weekend. Six people were arrested for drink driving over the weekend across the Highlands and Islands Division of Police Scotland.
The Highland Council has provided information and advice to more than 600 Council house tenants affected by the reduction in their Housing Benefit due to the implementation of the Bedroom Tax. This new legislation from the UK Government, that came into effect from 1 April, means a deduction is being imposed on working age housing benefit claimants who live in council or housing association homes where it has been deemed that they are under occupying their home.
Plans to scale up NHS Highland’s ambitious quality improvement journey will be up for discussion at the board meeting on Tuesday 9th April. Board members will hear first hand about some of the quality improvement work to improve continence services.
Jewellery chain Ortak has gone into administration threatening 150 jobs. The company are still trading normally and have just launched an April promotion to tempt customers of their unique hand crafted items.
People across Scotland are being urged to seek assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, helping to reduce household energy bills. Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess today outlined that households can apply for financial assistance from the Scottish Government of up to £1,200 to pay for energy improvement measures such as cavity and loft insulation, double glazing, a new boiler or draft proofing.
A few photos of lambs recently born in East Caithness. .
Still very cold for this time of year but a few people ventured out in the sunshine at Dunnet forest and strolled along the beach..
This was one of the worst winters for many years but spectacular views of Scotland. In December 2009 the snow came - and overnight Scotland was transformed into a winter wonderland.
This short promotional film shows some of the highlights to be seen in Caithness. There is much more to see once you are on the ground..
The most northerly point of the journey made by Claude Friese-Greene in 'The Open Road' is John O'Groats, where an elderly gatekeeper shows the way up to the entrance of the famous John O'Groats Hotel. This extract comes from Claude Friese-Greene's 'The Open Road' - originally filmed in 1925/6 and now re-edited and digitally resto This extract comes from Claude Friese-Greene's 'The Open Road' - originally filmed in 1925/6 and now re-edited and digitally resto This extract comes from Claude Friese-Greene's 'The Open Road' - originally filmed in 1925/6 and now re-edited and digitally restored by the BFI National Archive.
1 - 7 April 1940 - Week 31 http://www.highlandarchives.org.uk/caithness-at-war.asp?id=32.
A nice little film from 2009 to show you some of Dunnet forest by bike..
This programme that was shown on STV in 2010 gives you a great view of Scotland in winter. If you have 45 minutes to spare you will see some of the most spectacular views of Scotland in winter..
Wick harbour like most of Caithness had a very sunny weekend. Still one of the coldest if fresh Easters we have had for many years.
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.
Stroma Visit - Saturday 10th August 2013 Last year we organised a visit to Stroma, prompted by interest from the Islands Book Trust, and readers of their book Stroma, published in 2010. Taking the abandoned island as its subject, the book features photos by Roddie Ritchie, with poetry by Caithness writer George Gunn.
We’re planning an ambitious programme of events to complement this Summer’s major exhibition in our Gallery. During May and June, Sutherland based artist Sue Jane Taylor will be joined by Caithness STEM Ambassadors to work with young people from Caithness and North Sutherland schools, exploring how current developments in renewable technology are making an impact locally as well as nationally and internationally.
The Wild North Wild Flower Europe Festival takes place this year in the Highlands in June and July 2013. Events in Caithness range from a photography competition and exhibition, Plantlife International’s ‘Patchwork Meadow’ exhibition, to talks, walks and workshops.
April Exhibition of paintings inspired by the Caithness landscape by local artist Tom Newton. 21st April—Peter’s Pals session on Museum Pests with fibre artist Joanne B Kaar.