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27/8/2020
New Signs For John OGroat TrailThumbnail for article : New Signs For John OGroat Trail
The John o' Groats Brewery has provided signs to mark the start/finish of the John o' Groats Trail just outside the brewery location near the harbour in the village.   The John o' Groats Trail is a charitable project to develop a coastal trail in Caithness and Sutherland with additional links in Easter Ross to connect to Inverness, allowing a continuous trail walk to or from as far away as Land's End.  
27/8/2020
Thurso And Wick High School Students Gain For Local GroupsThumbnail for article : Thurso And Wick High School Students Gain For Local Groups
SCOTS YOUNGSTERS SECURE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND POVERTY EFFORTS.   Secondary students have raised vital funds and awareness for charities in their communities addressing a range of social issues.  
24/8/2020
Wick Map Streets For All Update: Exploring The Designs - Have Your Say On Draft Designs For High StreetThumbnail for article : Wick Map Streets For All Update: Exploring The Designs - Have Your Say On Draft Designs For High Street
From Sustrans.   In a series of engagement activities and events last year, the local community told us what changes they wanted to see in the High Street to make it attractive, accessible and welcoming to people, as well as highlighting Wick's cultural heritage.  
24/8/2020
SCVO Good Governance And Other EventsThumbnail for article : SCVO Good Governance And Other Events
SCVO are running "a new series of free Good Governance Webinars which will look at what trustees have learnt from the last few months, and how they can move forward to deliver their organisational mission, and stay true to their purpose and values." The coronavirus pandemic has transformed all our lives, and as we move to recovery, it's time for trustees to rethink and rebuild and steer their organisations through new challenges.  The future is uncertain, with reduced income, increased demand for services, and the need to safeguard beneficiaries, staff and volunteers.  
19/8/2020
Thurso Grows benefits from Caithness Community Payback
Thurso Grows recently took receipt of two picnic benches specifically designed for use by wheelchair users.   The benches were fully constructed by the Caithness Community Payback Team in their Wick workshop by clients who had been sentenced to carry out unpaid work by Wick Sheriff Court.  
14/8/2020
Tips For Avoiding Accidental Damage
Households are being reminded to be careful at home following a 46% increase in claims for accidental damage between March and June 2020.   Halifax Home Insurance received 1,318 claims for the risk in March compared to 1,920 in June.  
13/8/2020
School lets update
All Highland Council school lets will remain suspended to assist in the Government's goal in suppressing the coronavirus.  We will review this position in October and will reopen the lets booking process, in line with national Covid-19 guidance, when it is deemed safe to do so.  
12/8/2020
Caithness Voluntary Group Funding Update August 2020
Thanks to Yvonne at Caithness Voluntary Group for putting together a few funding suggestions that may be of interest to local groups.   Comic Relief Changemakers Fund The themes for this Fund are, Children Survive & Thrive, Gender Justice, Safe Place to Be - Homelessness, Safe Place to Be - Migration, Global Mental Health.  
12/8/2020
Wick Paths Group Return To Work On The Coghill Bridges - Saturday 15th AugustThumbnail for article : Wick Paths Group Return To Work On The Coghill Bridges - Saturday 15th August
Wick Paths Group will be returning to work on upgrading the Coghill Bridges at Wick Riverside this weekend - Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August and the bridge will be closed to the public both days to enable the work to proceed safely.   The group have already upgraded the smaller of the two bridges, this involved replacing rotten timbers and railing supports and laying a non slip fibreglass walking surface.  
12/8/2020
Save Up To £2,000 With Tax-free ChildcareThumbnail for article : Save Up To £2,000 With Tax-free Childcare
As schools return in Scotland, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working parents they could save up to £2,000 per child per year to pay towards after-school clubs and other childcare services.   Around 110,000 families in Scotland are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, which can cut thousands of pounds off childcare bills.  
8/8/2020
Competition - Scotland's Nature Agency Wants To Snap Up Your Coasts And Waters PhotosThumbnail for article : Competition - Scotland's Nature Agency Wants To Snap Up Your Coasts And Waters Photos
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on people to share their favourite photos of Scotland's rivers, coasts, seas, lochs and canals to feature in a celebratory calendar marking Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters (YCW).   While plans for the themed year, celebrating Scotland's unrivalled coasts and waters, have been affected by the coronavirus restrictions, many people have still been going outdoors and enjoying nature close to home.  
8/8/2020
Green Light To Peatlands Partnership To Apply To Unesco For World Heritage Site StatusThumbnail for article : Green Light To Peatlands Partnership To Apply To Unesco For World Heritage Site Status
The Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland.   The UK Government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has given its backing to The Peatlands Partnership's World Heritage Site Working Group to go ahead with developing the nomination of The Flow Country to UNESCO for World Heritage Site (WHS) status.  
6/8/2020
Green Health Packs to benefit environment and boost wellbeing across CaithnessThumbnail for article : Green Health Packs to benefit environment and boost wellbeing across Caithness
Green Health Packs have been bagged and are being distributed to community groups in a project that will bring environmental benefits across Caithness while also boosting people's wellbeing.   Caithness Voluntary Group has assembled 450 packs with help from volunteers and staff at Pulteneytown People's Project in Wick, while Caithness Rural Transport has helped get them distributed.  
5/8/2020
Police Scotland - BSL Coronavirus MessageThumbnail for article : Police Scotland - BSL Coronavirus Message
A message regarding coronavirus and hate crime signed in British Sign Language with open captions from Police Scotland..  
5/8/2020
Support For Working Families Affected By Coronavirus Given An Extra Boost
Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost today as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19.   Working parents or carers, who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic, will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020 Critical workers who may exceed the income threshold for the 2020-21 tax year, as a result of working more to play a vital role in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, will continue to receive support this tax year.  
5/8/2020
BRANSTON RACES AGAINST THE CLOCK IN A BID TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYSThumbnail for article : BRANSTON RACES AGAINST THE CLOCK IN A BID TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
PERTHSHIRE POTATO supplier Branston is planning to virtually travel around the world in 80 days to support its charity of the year Rachel House, which is run by Children's Hospices Across Scotland.   Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the spud supplier had to cancel its fundraising events this year including its big annual 100-mile sponsored cycle.  
4/8/2020
What uncertainty does the Covid-19 Outbreak bring to pregnant women?Thumbnail for article : What uncertainty does the Covid-19 Outbreak bring to pregnant women?
Even in normal circumstances, pregnancy can feel incredibly daunting.  Bringing new life into the world is an incredible experience but expecting mums can often feel anxious and unprepared.  
23/7/2020
Temporary Closure Of The Coghill Bridges In WickThumbnail for article : Temporary Closure Of The Coghill Bridges In Wick
Upgrading work is to be carried out on the Coghill Bridges.   Check the dates when the bridges will be closed..  
23/7/2020
Spotted At Scrabster Harbour Today - A Ship Flying The Union Jack Flag Upside DownThumbnail for article : Spotted At Scrabster Harbour Today - A Ship Flying The Union Jack Flag Upside Down
German registered chemical Tanker "Antares" alongside at Scrabster Harbour today.  The vessel is in theory committing "Lèse-Majeste" (to do wrong to majesty) by flying the Union Flag upside down.  
23/7/2020
Test And Protect: Self-isolate If Contacted By NHS ScotlandThumbnail for article : Test And Protect: Self-isolate If Contacted By NHS Scotland
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, NHS Scotland will get in touch and ask you to self-isolate for 14 days.   It's crucial that you do, to stop the virus spreading, and to protect each other and the progress we have made.