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5/9/2020
Highland Archives Launch Virtual Doors Open DaysThumbnail for article : Highland Archives Launch Virtual Doors Open Days
Each September "Doors Open Days" events take place across the country, giving the public behind-the-scenes access to some of Scotland's most fascinating buildings and organisations.   For High Life Highland’s Archive Service, which looks after historic Highland documents dating from the 1200s to the present day, Doors Open Day is an annual highlight which sees dozens of people visit to learn more about the work of the service and its fascinating collections.  
5/9/2020
Highland Archive Service Doors Open Day introduction - Lorna Steele, Community Engagement OfficerThumbnail for article : Highland Archive Service Doors Open Day introduction - Lorna Steele, Community Engagement Officer
The introduction to the 2020 Highland Archive Service Virtual Doors Open Day, in which a series of films will be broadcast featuring different staff throughout the weekend of 5/6 September 2020..  
5/9/2020
Doors Open Day interview with Jennifer Johnstone, Archivist, Highland Archive CentreThumbnail for article : Doors Open Day interview with Jennifer Johnstone, Archivist, Highland Archive Centre
As part of the Highland Archive Service's Virtual Doors Open Day event Community Engagement Officer, Lorna Steele, interviews various members of staff from across our four offices.   The events runs 5th and 6th September 2020..  
4/9/2020
Two New Turbines Proposed For Forss - Further ConsultationThumbnail for article : Two New Turbines Proposed For Forss - Further Consultation
Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Limited are continuing to explore the potential to add additional wind turbines to the existing 6 turbines at the Forss Business & Energy Park approximately 7km west of Scrabster on the north coast of Caithness.  We undertook an exhibition in July 2019 for a 5 turbine scheme and have since been reviewing the scheme.  
3/9/2020
£25m Sector Recovery Fund AnnouncedThumbnail for article : £25m Sector Recovery Fund Announced
Funding to help the voluntary sector thrive post-coronavirus has been announced as part of the Programme for Government.   A multi-million pound fund to help the voluntary sector thrive post-coronavirus has been announced.  
3/9/2020
Highland Archives launch Virtual Doors Open Days
Each September "Doors Open Days" events take place across the country, giving the public behind-the-scenes access to some of Scotland's most fascinating buildings and organisations.   For High Life Highland's Archive Service, which looks after historic Highland documents dating from the 1200s to the present day, Doors Open Day is an annual highlight which sees dozens of people visit to learn more about the work of the service and its fascinating collections.  
30/8/2020
Wick Harbour 28 August 2020Thumbnail for article : Wick Harbour 28 August 2020
A look around Wick Harbour on 28th August 2020.   See the Photo Gallery link above.  
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.