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.
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.
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.
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.
Below are some important tips being offered by Police. During the winter months, road conditions can be extremely difficult and dangerous.
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.
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.
Salt supplies in the Highlands are at maximum levels as The Highland Council prepares for the winter. Stocks stand at 67,300 tonnes.
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.
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.
Photos from North And West Caithness Ploughing Association 23rd Annual Ploughing Match..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A successful karting day was held by Thurso Rotary Club when entrants from all ages brought their home-made karts to try out the downhill run at North Highland College. It seemed a fitting place to get the art of kart building going again as the run ended up at the new Engineering, Technology and Energy centre opened officially just over week ago by first minister Alex Salmond.
If you would like to see more of Caithness and find out some interesting things about the area then why not join the Field Club members on some of their outings. Over the months you will learn about flora and fauna, history, archaeology and all on short walks around the area.
Wick library like other Highland libraries runs reading programmes in the summertime. These fun reading programmes for children are very popular and this year over 100 children received a medal and certificate.