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16/4/2013
New Photos Of Girnigoe Castle From Slightly AboveThumbnail for article : New Photos Of Girnigoe Castle From Slightly Above
We have just added some new photos taken from slightly above Sinclair Girnigoe Castle.   In 1643 George died, as he was predeceased by his son, Lord Berriedale and grandson, the Master of Berriedale, his title and debts passed to his great grandson also George 6th Earl of Caithness.  
16/4/2013
Record participation in higher education
Participation in higher education among young Scots has reached a record high according to figures released today by the Scottish Funding Council.   The report, which measures participation of initial entrants to higher education, also shows that Scottish participation remains higher than in England, and the participation of 16 to 19 year olds is also at a record high.  
16/4/2013
Play Talk and Read Bus Coming To CaithnessThumbnail for article : Play Talk and Read Bus Coming To Caithness
Play talk and read bus is coming to four venues in Caithness.   So why not take the little ones along and enjoy whats on offer.  
16/4/2013
Meet the Charity Regulator – Wick
Wednesday 1st May, 10.00am-12.15pm, Pulteney Centre Where you’ll have the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in charity regulation, and in areas such as equality and fundraising.   OSCR staff and Board Members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the issues that are important to your charity.  
15/4/2013
Chris Evans says 5-4-3-2-1 to FAB1 Million with Land’s End to John O’Groats ChallengeThumbnail for article : Chris Evans says 5-4-3-2-1 to FAB1 Million with Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge
Broadcaster and confirmed car nut Chris Evans today unveils plans for FAB1 Million, a year-long fundraising campaign with the aim of raising one million pounds for Breast Cancer Care using a bespoke pink Rolls-Royce Ghost a la Thunderbirds.   Host of The Radio 2 breakfast show and The One Show, Evans presses main engine start Thursday 18 April by leading a star-studded point-to-point drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats as FAB1 takes to the road for the first time.  
15/4/2013
An update on the npower renewables’ Caithness Conversation
Foundation Scotland conducted the “Caithness Conversation” on behalf of RWE npower renewables during Feb - April.  The consultation period has now closed.  
14/4/2013
Police in Highland and Islands Division take part in national roads week of actionThumbnail for article : Police in Highland and Islands Division take part in national roads week of action
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division take part in week of action on the roads in the area as part of a national enforcement campaign to deter and detect speeding and inappropriate drivers.   The campaign, which started today at 07:00 hours, is the first under Police Scotland as part of the commitment to making Scotland's road safer.  
14/4/2013
Grow your own - Scottish Government ConsultationThumbnail for article : Grow your own - Scottish Government Consultation
Plans to simplify and overhaul Scotland’s allotment rules were announced today.   Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has launched a consultation to consider the shape of future allotment legislation.  
14/4/2013
Helping People With Brain Injuries In Caithness
Headway Highland has a branch in Caithness that aims to help local people who have suffered a brain injury.   Headway Highland in Caithness March 2011 saw the opening of a local support group in the Caithness area as part of Headway Highland.  
14/4/2013
Get Ready To Retune TV Equipment In Caithness on 24th AprilThumbnail for article : Get Ready To Retune TV Equipment In Caithness on 24th April
Freeview viewers in Caithness will need to retune their TV equipment on 24 April as local airwaves are cleared for the roll-out of 4G mobile broadband.   Technical changes at the Rumster Forest transmitter group, affecting around 22,000 homes, will free up frequencies for the future introduction of 4G mobile services.  
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14/4/2013
Deadline looms for second round of Community Challenge Fund bidsThumbnail for article : Deadline looms for second round of Community Challenge Fund bids
Community groups are reminded that the deadline for submitting an expression of interest into the second round of The Highland Council’s Community Challenge Fund is 1 May.   35 groups submitted expressions of interest following the first round of bids on 1 February and six were selected to progress bids for a share of the £1 million set aside by the Council for community projects exploring new ways of delivering services at a local level.  
14/4/2013
Does Your Orgnaisation Need A Makeover?Thumbnail for article : Does Your Orgnaisation Need A Makeover?
One of Scotland’s largest third sector funders is looking for up to 15 organisations with the vision and desire to become Better By Design.The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is offering the chance to receive free, intensive, expert and bespoke support to those that want to undergo a service redesign.   BIG is working with Taylor Haig and the Young Foundation, experts in innovation, change and service design, to find up to 15 high potential organisations that are ready for the challenge and can see the potential through design, thinking to put users at the centre of their services, improve outcomes and make their organisations more innovative.  
14/4/2013
Project aims to bring empty homes back into use across Highland
Three areas in the Highlands are to pilot an initiative by The Highland Council to bring empty properties back into affordable housing use.   The Council’s Housing and Property Service is to initially target the Black Isle, Inverness Central and Nairn, as pilots which together provide a mix of rural and urban locations.  
13/4/2013
New Wick Council Offices - Work BeginsThumbnail for article : New Wick Council Offices - Work Begins
The rebuilding of Wick Council Offices has begun with safety fencing going up all round.   It wil be almost 18 months before staff move back to the new offices having left in January 2013 to relocate temporarily to Girnigoe street.  
12/4/2013
Springtime Today At Thrumster HouseThumbnail for article : Springtime Today At Thrumster House
A treasure hunt for the children, tea coffee and cake in the sunshine made for a relaxing afternoon at Thrusmter House.   The Daffodils were in short supply as the cold weather of the past few weeks has held everything back.  
12/4/2013
Caithness families enjoyed Easter fun with The RangersThumbnail for article : Caithness families enjoyed Easter fun with The Rangers
The Highland Council Ranger programme of events in Caithness kicked off with a family Treasure Hunt at Geise, near Glengolly on Easter Sunday.  More than 100 people turned up to take part in the treasure hunt and to enjoy the lovely walking trails at Geise.  
12/4/2013
National Play Strategy - Consultation with children and young people
The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up.   Making sure that children and young people are able to take up their right to play is an important part of this.  
11/4/2013
Caithness Wards Information From the 2011 Census Published Recently
Caithness Landward Population - 11355 Landward Caithness is one of our more sparsely populated Wards.  The population grew by 5.2% between 2005 and 2010, perhaps linked to decline in Thurso and Wick as evidence from house sales suggest a drift out of the towns and into the surrounding rural areas.  
11/4/2013
Oil Well Flaring Gas Near Lybster, Caithness Thumbnail for article : Oil Well Flaring Gas Near Lybster, Caithness
One of the few land based oil wells began production near Lybster, Caithness, Scotland.  The well is operated and owned by Caithness Petroleum.  
11/4/2013
Outreach Service For Blind Veterans
NEW OUTREACH SERVICE FOR BLIND VETERANS LAUNCHED IN ARGYLL AND BUTE AND HIGHLANDS.   A new outreach service to support blind and visually impaired veterans has been launched covering Argyll and Bute as well as the Highlands and Islands.