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Membership of Caithness Voluntary Group Free in 2021Thumbnail for article : Membership of Caithness Voluntary Group Free in 2021
Caithness Voluntary Group has been around for many years helping many groups and individuals with help and assistance on a range of projects and pointing the way to funding and many other sources of assistance.   In the past small membership fee was charged to join but this has now been waived.  
Greater Protection For Iconic Scottish Mountain HaresThumbnail for article : Greater Protection For Iconic Scottish Mountain Hares
New licensing regime to take effect from March.   Mountain hares in Scotland are to be given greater protection under regulations introduced to the Scottish Parliament today.  
Funding Opportunity Reminder From Caithness Voluntary Group
Beatrice Partnership Fund has reopened for the final time.  The fund supports projects that are based in the East Coast of Caithness and Sutherland plus the following Community Council areas in Rosshire, Edderton, Tain, Inver and Tarbat.  
Button Battery Safety CampaignThumbnail for article : Button Battery Safety Campaign
Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is again raising awareness of the potential hazards posed to children by button batteries, which have become commonplace in our homes.   Working with The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, the Child Accident Prevention Trust, and the British and Irish Portable Battery Association, OPSS has produced safety messages on how to keep children safe.  
Exciting new development needs local support - please!Thumbnail for article : Exciting new development needs local support - please!
St John's Pool Bird Reserve near Dunnet is a unique visitor attraction in the north of Scotland.   With over 200 bird species recorded since 1989, and the largest tern colony in Caithness, it is a spectacular summer experience for anyone interested in nature.  
Flea And Tick Invasion Over WinterThumbnail for article : Flea And Tick Invasion Over Winter
Billions of unwanted trick-or-treaters will be paying an unwelcome visit and hibernating in our centrally-heated homes over winter, experts have warned.   Warmer and wetter seasons have created ideal breeding grounds for fleas and ticks and resulted in a glut of creepy critters.  
If Not Now, When? The Social Renewal Advisory Board Report January 2021
Published today 21 Janury2021 - The Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Ministers to make proposals that can renew Scotland once we start to emerge from the pandemic.  The final report "If not now, when?", sets a course towards this future.  
Learning During Lockdown And Digital Inclusion Progress In HighlandThumbnail for article : Learning During Lockdown And Digital Inclusion Progress In Highland
The Council's ICT in Learning team have been working hard to continue to support our school communities as we deliver remote learning to all children and young people across Highland.   Chair of Education committee, Cllr John Finlayson said: "I want to thank all of our staff in Education who have worked incredibly hard to ensure that our school communities are receiving support and a quality education experience.  
Why Food Banks Must End
The ubiquity of the food bank in our communities and the teams of local volunteers on hand to distribute food parcels has been praised and condemned in equal measure.  Praised because it is an indicator of the kindness and compassion that the pandemic has revealed across the country.  
It's hard to imagine that anyone who spends time online doesn't rely on Wikipedia as the default source of information about anything.  Twenty years old last Friday, Wikipedia is remarkable for many reasons not least that in this era of social media behemoths driven by algorithms which seem almost designed to encourage bad behaviour, it has remained open source, not for profit, advertisement free and run by hundreds of thousands of volunteer editors.  
Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In HighlandThumbnail for article : Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In Highland
Enrolment for all ELC providers, including local authority nurseries, partner settings and commissioned childminders, will take place online this year.   Enrolment week for ELC places will take place on Monday 8 February to Friday 12 February 2021.  
Regulator Appoints Manager To Charity Wick Academy Development Fund As Part Of Decade-long Inquiry
The Scottish regulator has appointed a manager to take over a charity as part of a decade-long inquiry to ensure its trustees do not part with its property without consent.   The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator opened an inquiry into Wick Academy Development Fund in September 2010 after concerns were raised about its public benefit, and a failure to make use of its accumulated funds.  
Owner Of Ackergill Tower Donates £40,000 To Pulteney Centre
An American millionaire Dr Betsee Pekr has donated £40,000 to Pulteney Centre after opening the doors of her private residence to producers of the Netflix hit drama The Crown.   Dr Betsee Parker is an Episcopalian minister and philanthropist from Virginia, bought Ackergill Tower in early 2019 from Clarenco after it ceased trading.  
Wick High - Important Information For Online Learning Starting 11 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Wick High - Important Information For Online Learning Starting 11 January 2021
Wick High has issued the following information on the school web site.   Please see below important information regarding the arrangements for online learning to begin on Monday 11th January.  
Thurso High - Ready For Online Learning During LockdownThumbnail for article : Thurso High - Ready For Online Learning During Lockdown
Thurso High posted the following message yesterday on the school web site - 09:07 Yesterday : Lockdown January 2021.  Information about online learning has been emailed to all parents and sent to pupils via google classroom.  
Local doctor voices concern about delay of Covid-19 vaccines in county
An article published yesterday by the John O'Groat Journal gives the views of local GP Alison Brookes.   Her concerns cover that it looks possible that no vaccine may arrive in the county until 27th January.  
Letter To Parents of Children at Wick High
Please see below further guidance regarding the opening of the school to vulnerable children and the children of Key Workers for childcare this week Wednesday 6th January to Friday 8th January and for the beginning of online learning on Monday 11th January.   Parent/carers of vulnerable pupils have already been contacted inviting them to attend school from tomorrow, Wednesday 6th January.  
Retired Wick Surgeon Pradip Datta Publishes His MemoirsThumbnail for article : Retired Wick Surgeon Pradip Datta Publishes His Memoirs
Pradip Datta spent many years of his life working as consultant at Caithness General and his autobiography will be available soon.   The Naked Mountain Lands This is the unique story of an Indian surgeon, describing the challenges he faced, whilst achieving his life-long ambition of higher surgical qualifications in the UK.  
Scotland In Lockdown From Midnight Tonight - Stay Home
Urgent action to bring virus under control.   Mainland Scotland is to go into lockdown from midnight tonight with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes.  
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