Reading for pleasure is a favourite festive pastime for many Scottish people. Fifty-two per cent of Scots who took part in a recent poll said they intend to curl up with a book over the holidays.
A Christmas event for the entire family..
High Life Highland is delighted to invite you to Ďget the habit of a lifetimeí by taking part in our Commit to Change challenge. This brand new initiative builds on the success of our Move It To Lose It campaigns and offers people across Highland the opportunity get the habit of a lifetime by building exercise into their daily routine.
The first two successful applications from the Highlands to the Armed Forces Community Covenant have been awarded nearly £5,000 of funding for local community projects. At the end of October Public Sector Partners in the Highlands showed their joint commitment to the Armed Forces by signing an Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The Council offers the season's greetings to visitors to our web site. Our network of Service Points and administrative offices will be closed between 4 pm on Monday 24 December and 9 am Thursday 3 January 2013.
From us all at Caithness.org we wish you all a "Merry Christmas". Caithness.org is still evolving and new sections are under construction and its great that after 12 years the audience continues to grow.
Children at one of the smaller schools In Caithness recently held their annual Christmas concert to which friends and relatives were invited..
Christmas came early for a number of local organisations when they received cheques from from the Highland Council's Caithness Wards Discretionary Budgets. The cheques were presented by Caithness Members at a ceremony in Wick Town Hall on Monday 17th December 2012.
The Highland Council and NHS Highland are urging people to get a grip of wintry weather conditions by considering purchasing snow and ice grippers to attach to their footwear to help prevent injury from slips and falls. Highland Council has been giving assurance that salt supplies are sufficient, ready and being used to grit priority roads and footways within the resources available according to the Councilís gritting policy.
A section of the Keiss primary pupils, who treated teachers and guests to an action song renderting of the Twelve Days of Christmas, after their festive lunch, recently..
Officers from the Environmental Health Service at The Highland Council are keen to spread the Christmas food safety message this year so that everyone can enjoy their festive dinner without suffering food poisoning symptoms. It is estimated that around a million people suffer from food poisoning in the UK each year, but following some simple steps in the kitchen can help protect families and friends.
Recycling and refuse collection arrangements over the Christmas Holidays. With the 2012 festivities almost upon us, The Highland Council is advising households not to get snowed under with waste but to take advantage of all the recycling opportunities available over the Christmas holidays.
Scots are being urged to make sure moss in festive wreaths has been legally and ethically sourced this Christmas. In the past, large quantities of moss have been illegally harvested from the wild and sold for wreaths and hanging baskets.
As Christmas approaches, and presents lie under the tree, Scottish Water is reminding customers to be vigilant and follow our 3 Cís advice to help stop bogus callers. Bogus callers often prey on householders at this time of the year, including the vulnerable and elderly.
A burst pipe can cause serious damage to your homeís structure and electrical wiring. The following steps describe what you should do as soon as you discover a burst pipe: Turn off the main water supply stop cock Ė you should find this under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters your home Drain the system Ė turn on all your cold taps Turn off water heating systems Turn off the electrics Call a professional to repair the water damage Please also note: If water has been leaking through for some time and the ceilings are bulging Ė be careful, rooms may not be safe to enter.
The Highland Council is leading the way in Scotland in improving the quality of life for children in the early years, for older people, and for those struggling with deprivation. The Programme for the Highland Council includes the commitment to allocate £3million each year on measures aimed at preventing problems from developing and requiring spending at a later time.
The Highland Council and High Life Highland are seeking to recruit two Directors to the Board of High Life Highland who can provide strategic direction and governance to the company and expert advice and support to its management team. High Life Highland (HLH) is a charity registered in Scotland and a company, Limited by Guarantee, wholly owned by The Highland Council.
Scottish Canals urges everyone to take care whilst visiting the Scottish canals this Winter in particular whilst they are frozen over. No one should walk on frozen waters under any circumstances no matter how tempting this may be.
During a prolonged cold spell there may be an increased risk from fire due to the use of heaters, open fire and wood burning stoves which havenít been used recently or are not properly maintained. It is a busy time for the Fire Service with 5000 fires caused by faulty electric blankets and around 12000 chimney fires each year in the UK.
Householders reminded of recycling service for electrical items that have lost their spark With Christmas coming householders are being given a timely reminder that they can recycle all their old electrical items at their local recycling centre. Waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling (WEEE) has been available at all of the Councilís recycling centres since the start of 2010.