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Bags of Help Greenspace Funding Applications Now Open
Do you know a local greenspace that needs improving in Highland Council? Do you want to run activities in your greenspaces or parks? Local authorities, community groups and organisations can all apply for Tesco Bags of Help funding! Great news - the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications.  Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.  
Bat Hunt at ThrumsterThumbnail for article : Bat Hunt at Thrumster
Friday night on 2nd September 2016 gives you the chance to go out with an experienced ranger to find out about the bats that are all around us in Caithness..  
Caithness to the Cote DAzur - When the Monte Carlo Rally Started from John OGroatsThumbnail for article : Caithness to the Cote DAzur - When the Monte Carlo Rally Started from John OGroats
It is an often overlooked fact that the first British winner of the Monte in 1926 started from Caithness.  During the next 13 years, over 200 men and women took on the challenge of the non-stop journey from Scotland to Monte Carlo in the middle of winter.  
Womens State Pension Fight With WASPI - You Can Join
Following successful meetings in Wick and Thurso of the newly formed Caithness WASPI group, two more meetings have been planned for Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 6.30 pm in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso and Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 6.30 pm in the Norseman Hotel, Wick.   Both meetings will focus on the national WASPI Day of Action on Friday 16th September 2016 with a view to running some awareness raising events throughout the County.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Safe Highlander 2016
Over 270 local primary seven pupils across Caithness and North Sutherland will be looking forward to taking part in the forthcoming ‘Safe Highlander' event which is being coordinated by a local steering group on behalf of The Highland Council, Community Planning Partners and the many other organisations involved.   The popular annual event, which takes place this year on the 6th and 7th September, is designed to give the pupils a positive, interactive experience increasing their knowledge in community safety, health and crime prevention.  
Bower Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Bower Gala 2016
The 2016 Bower Gala was held on Saturday 20th August.   The weather had been very heavy rain in the night before but happily it cleared up by the afternoon.  
Dounreay sponsors employment courseThumbnail for article : Dounreay sponsors employment course
Seven students have successfully completed the Ready Steady Work course sponsored by Dounreay and North Highland College.   The course gives the students an opportunity to prepare themselves for employment by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to secure the job they want.  
Free helpline for students expecting SQA results
A free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents has opened today, ahead of SQA results day tomorrow.   Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a free helpline which will be open from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 August.  
Over 28,000 Scottish applicants placed in higher education through UCAS; up 5% on results day last year
28,300 Scottish applicants have been accepted to higher education so far this year; an increase of 1,300 people, up 5% compared to SQA results day in 2015.  Almost all of these (27,400) have been placed at a Scottish university or college.  
Highland SQA Results 2016
Young people across the Highlands have received their results by text, e-mail or post.   This is the first year that candidates were offered the full range of national qualifications from National 2 right through to Advanced Higher as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.  
North Highland College UHI Evening Classes 2016Thumbnail for article : North Highland College UHI Evening Classes 2016
North Highland College UHI's evening classes and short courses are a great way for you to learn a new skill, turn a hobby into a money earner or even take the first step on the road to achieving a new qualification With ILA funding available, you might be able to learn a whole new skill without it costing you a penny! From Digital Photography to Working With Wood, there's something for everyone.   Apply now by before your favourite class fills up! See the full prospectus at North Highland College is based in Thurso..  
Over a third forget of people in Scotland forget to say goodbye to loved ones
BHF Scotland survey finds that heart disease may leave many without a final goodbye.   New statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland reveal that nearly three-fifths of people in Scotland (59%) don't tell their partners they love them before leaving the house each morning and nearly a quarter (24%) don't usually kiss their loved ones goodbye.  
Old Wick High School Buffet Ball - The Last Dance
Wick High School Parent Council are preparing to hold a walk around and the Old High School and a last dance prior to the move to the new Campus in October..   On Friday the 9th of September 2016 from 6.30 pm on there will be an opportunity for members of the public to come along and have a look around for one last time prior to the schools closure.  
Caithness Girl Aims To Help Orphan Kids In Nepal
From Lois Gray, Castletown My daughter, Nicola Gray (17) is running the Glasgow half marathon, to raise money to volunteer in Nepal with GVI.   She has taken a gap year to help orphaned children there.  
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) - Meetings In Caithness
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is a national campaign group that fights the injustice done to women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) regarding the changes to their state pension age A recently formed Caithness WASPI group has been set up by Aileen Shanks (Thurso) and Lorna Simpson (Wick).   They are holding meetings in Wick and Thurso to raise awareness of the issue and would like to encourage women born in the 1950s to come along and hear what has been happening with the national WASPI campaign.  
Ice Cream, Cakes and a Very Long Walk- Quirky Title and a Nice ReadThumbnail for article : Ice Cream, Cakes and  a Very Long Walk- Quirky Title and a Nice Read
Peter Youngs book recently published "Ice Cream, Cakes and a Very Long Walk".   Peter walked from Land's End to John O'Groats over a period of 3 years and 7 months, covering 1,535 miles during 107 days of walking.  
Landrover Charity Convoy At John OGroatsThumbnail for article : Landrover Charity Convoy At John OGroats
Today saw probably the biggest ever convoy of Landrovers to make the trip from Landsend to John O'Groats.   All in the aid of three charities the crews have had a great time meeting each other.  
Over 270 Land Rovers Arriving at John OGroats at Noon On Sunday 31st JulyThumbnail for article : Over 270 Land Rovers Arriving at John OGroats at Noon On Sunday 31st July
Here it is! Lands end (Cornwall) to John O Groats (highland) In aid of (Air Ambulance - RNLI - UK Homes 4 Heroes) Admission is £20 per vehicle and all funds raised will go to the charities as mentioned above.  The convoy will run over 4 days to give people time to rest.  
Scary characters with something to crow aboutThumbnail for article : Scary characters with something to crow about
WORZEL Gummidge would doubtless have dismissed it as the last straw...scarecrows deserting their field posts to show themselves off in town..   Goodness knows what Aunt Sally would have said.  
Childrens Fancy Dress At Wick Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Childrens Fancy Dress At Wick Gala 2016
INTERMITTENT rain failed to dampen the imaginative enthusiasm of entrants at the fancy dress competition at Braehead - one of the most popular events in Wick Gala Week's packed programme..