BETTYHILL pupil Hayley Blackman has won a prestigious essay competition run by a firm of Caithness solicitors. Open to all S4, S5 and S6 pupils in the county and North Sutherland, the competition, organised by Wick solicitors BBM, was aimed at encouraging local youngsters by fostering their writing skills.
Stornoway Black Pudding has been granted Protected Geographical Indicator status by the European Commission this morning (8th May 2013). The PGI status means that only black pudding produced in the town or parish of Stornoway on Lewis can be sold as Stornoway Black Pudding.
SCOTTISH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE LAUNCHES NEW INQUIRY INTO THE IMPACT OF THE BEDROOM TAX & OTHER CHANGES TO HOUSING BENEFIT IN SCOTLAND. In 2011, the UK’s Coalition Government launched a programme of welfare reform, including reform of the Housing Benefits system.
The Battle of Altimarlach - 13 July 1680 By Malcolm Caithness 2010 marked the 330th anniversary of the Battle of Altimarlach, near Wick, and as part of our International Clan Gathering that year, the Sinclairs visited the site of the battle to commemorate the event. An account of the battle can be found on the web at www.caithness.org/history/historyofcaithness/chapter11/index.htm and this is the story as we were told it.
Scottish families will save costs equivalent to around £700 per child, in funded early learning and childcare under proposals by the Scottish Government. Under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, children will be entitled to an additional 125 hours of early learning and childcare a year.
A national campaign has been launched to encourage people across Scotland to consider walking or cycling instead of taking short car journeys. The campaign carries the message ‘Not far? Leave the car’ and aims to highlight that making active travel choices for short journeys, rather than using the car, can make the environment cleaner and greener, improving people’s health and wellbeing.
A volunteer information day is being held by Caithness Voluntray Group on Thursday 9th May 2013 in Harpers Club, Back Bridge Street, Wick from 12.00 noon until 4.00pm. If you would like information about local groups where you can volunteer or offer services to your community then get along to see what is being done in the area.
The children of Thrumster Nursery took part in collecting shoe boxes for the Caithness shoe box appeal a few months ago. They managed to collect a grand total of sixteen boxes which will be distributed to the elderly in the county.
A few photos from a special evening session at Norlin Play Group, Wick..
To celebrate Scotland’s amazing wildlife and countryside during the Year of Natural Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is launching a free photo contest. As part of Scotland’s Nature Festival, SNH is encouraging Scots to enjoy nature by capturing their favourite natural places and wildlife.
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways of reducing the spread of infections such as norovirus and flu, according to Scotland’s Chief Medical and Chief Nursing Officer. Over this winter, there have been 35 deaths from flu and it is estimated that every year up to one quarter of the population may be affected by an episode of norovirus.
Tuesday14th May, 7 pm – 9 pm, North Highland Cancer Information and Support Centre, 5a High Street, Thurso. Do you live with lymphoedema? Do you know someone who does? The NHS Highland Lymphoedema Project is proud to launch a new group in Caithness for people who are living with lymphoedema.
By Gordon Johnson When it comes to deciding what books would be useful for researching your family history, the basic problem is that the original records are not in books which you can buy. All the original source materials are held in archives and libraries all over Scotland.
Bi-election 2nd May Letter from Barbara Watson Dear Voters, I am standing for Landward Caithness because I believe in building vibrant rural communities with employment and opportunities for young folk and appropriate services for older people. I would work to ensure support for local community groups and SMEs and promote diversification in land-based enterprise.
Tomorrow (Thursday 2 May 2013) voting begins in the Landward Caithness By-election with polling stations open their doors at 7am and remaining open for people to come and vote until 10pm. The electorate for the Ward is 8,546.
Thursday 2nd May - 5.15pm Dr Magnus Johnson, from the University of Hull’s Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences, will be giving a talk on some of his fascinating research on crustaceans. Magnus grew up in the Shetland Islands and comes from a family with a history of whaling, fishing and crofting.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise would like to increase the number of people registered on their skills register so they can spread the word on job opportunities in North Scotland. It will also help greatly to attract large companies to come and invest in the local area! Go on, inspire investment and get job opportunities - register here: http://www.hie.co.uk/skillsregister.
All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Scots aged between 10 and 17 years old are to be offered a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns said:“Scotland has an enviable reputation for the success of our childhood vaccination programme, with MMR uptake rates currently 97.1 per cent in children reaching the age of five, well above the WHO target of 95 per cent.
The Scottish Government is ahead of schedule in delivering its ambitious targets in community and local ownership of renewable energy projects, Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing has confirmed. The Scottish Government’s 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy has a target of generating 500 MW from community renewables by 2020.
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