Cognitive improvements to be included in Blue Badge scheme The disabled person's parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government. The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person's parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.
Scots are being urged to start their New Year's resolutions early and pledge to walk for 15 minutes a day, as the country takes steps towards becoming the world's first Daily Mile nation. Earlier this year the Scottish Government wrote to workplaces, schools, nurseries, colleges and universities encouraging people to walk, jog or run a mile every day - and has today published guidance for early learning and childcare services on how the Daily Mile can become an integral part of younger children's early learning and development.
Generous workers at Dounreay have pledged a staggering £10,000 to good causes in the run up to Christmas. Caithness Foodbank received a welcome boost this week when a cheque for £3,225 was handed over after donations were collected during the site's festive lunches.
Come along on Monday evening 18 December at 6.30pm for a short singing of carols led by the Rev John Nugent. Bring a bauble to hang on the tree.
The Highland Council's Environmental Health Service, working with Police Scotland, would like to remind all dog owners it is the owners' responsibility to ensure that their dogs are kept under control at all times and not causing alarm, or fear to any person or animal. The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 requires dog owners to ensure that their dogs cannot cause other people to be apprehensive that they that they themselves, or any other person, or animal might be harmed.
Great footage from Stevie Bruce..
Highland Council residents are being asked to remember to recycle as much waste as possible over the festive period. Christmas cards, paper wrapping paper, paper packaging, cardboard, paper, food tins, drinks cans, envelopes, food and drink cartons, aerosols and clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays can all be recycled in your blue bin.
The annual display of Christmas Trees at St Fergus church, Wick by community groups has grown to its largest yet. Several groups had people on hand to explain what their groups do and what a huge variety there was even though there are many more groups out there.
Over the last year, a growing momentum of change is perceived to be developing. New councillors have been appointed in Thurso and District Ward, Thurso Town Improvements Association have been leading on new events for the area and Pay It Forward Thurso has been recruiting volunteers for community led activities.
Two high school pupils have created an app designed to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors more often. Mari-Ann Ganson and Ellora James, who are both 17, created Envirocache for an apps competition.
Message From Thurso Players. Due to the weather/Health and Safety reasons, the Thurso High School is shut today which means that unfortunately tonight's performance of the Thurso Players pantomime has had to be cancelled.
GETTING some last-minute practice in, before Caithness Heart Support Group's coffee morning at the Norseman Hotel, Wick, tomorrow (December 2). The group's vice chairman, Noel Donaldson, will be playing a mix of festive favourites and carols.
Santa sleigh tour of Wick. Elves will be with our sleigh with treats for the kids and collection tins.
Next partnership meeting on Wednesday 6th December in Lybster Bowling Hall at 11am This meeting will have a series of workshops discussing the following topics that have been raised by the Lybster, Dunbeath and Berriedale Locality Plan: Employment & Training Transport & Connection Local Childcare Poor Internet & Phone reception Affordable Housing availability Other issues Web site - www.highlandcpp.org.uk/caithness-community-partnership.html.
Local groups in Caithness are reminded that the closing date for Your Cash Your Caithness applications is drawing near and to be in with a chance of receiving a share of £15,000 forms need to be received by 5.00pm on Sunday 3rd December Caithness Members of The Highland Council have set aside £15,000.00 from their Ward Discretionary Budget to let the local community decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event in Thurso High School on Saturday 27th January 2018.
A wall has collapsed at Wick harbour. the wall has suffered from the constant rain in recent days..
Workmen have been working to make the collapse at the children's playpark along the Wick river safe again..
Despite another atrocious day for weather in Caithness the decorated umbrellas parade and switch on of the Christmas Lights went ahead. Santa was kept busy chatting to kids in his hut in Market Square..