With the arrival of lower temperatures and snow across Scotland, Scottish Water is reminding householders and businesses to ensure that their properties are protected and prepared for the winter. Communities throughout the country are being urged to follow Scottish Water’s winter code.
The Highland Council has written to all community councils to let them know that assistance will be available to any communities who wish to help clear snow and ice from local footpaths. Following bad weather last winter a number of Community Councils approached the council to enquire about taking action in their own areas to clear snow and ice from footpaths as and when needed.
Nominations open for Scottish Education Awards 2013. The search has started for the Highlands’ brightest education stars as local people are called upon to nominate top teaching professionals and schools in the area for recognition at the Scottish Education Awards 2013.
Head of Northern Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit has expressed disappointment at the 13 drivers who chose to put their own and the lives of others at risk by drink driving despite numerous warnings. The 13 were detected by Police during week one of the 2012/13 ACPOS Festive Safety Campaign, which focuses primarily on drink and drug driving.
Shoppers were greeted today with a wide range of delightful Christmas songs by the members of the Caithness and North Sutherland Children's Choir. The songs ranged from Christmas Carols to popular songs from tv and film all with an appropriate seasonal theme.
With the onset of wintry conditions, The Highland Council has launched a new school closure page on its website to supplement its school closures telephone information service. School Closures Online is prominently featured on the home page of the Council’s web site www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosuresonline to advise parents and pupils if local schools have been closed due to adverse weather conditions.
Caithness and Sutherland nurseries celebrate awards for children’s communication. Staff from north Highland nurseries and playgroups have recently received awards for their organisations from I CAN the Early Talk Scheme run by the national charity for children with speech and language difficulties.
CAITHNESS sisters Seren Whyte 23 and Elise Whyte 21 have completed the LeJog Land’s End to John O’ Groats classic car reliability challenge, in their Mini Cooper. They were among the first arrivals to complete the popular route and met up, today, with other drivers who stopped off at Wick's former Haldanes car park where their cars were driven onto low-loaders for the return journey south.
The Highland Council awarded £24,000 to trial new project to prevent littering in the Highlands. A new project led by The Highland Council to prevent littering around 10 secondary schools in the Highlands is set to take place thanks to funding awarded by Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government-backed body set up to help Scotland reduce waste, recycle more, and use resources sustainably.
Take the kids to see Santa in his Grotto at Newtonhill Croft and pick up a real Christmas Tree..
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Police vow to use all resources at their disposal to catch drink drivers as Festive Safety campaign kicks off. Whilst senior officers support any plans to reduce the drink drive limit the message is that those who plan to get behind the wheel should not drink any alcohol at all.
A wee song about a Truck drivers thoughts on the road from Perth to Thurso, with poetic license of course. Words 4 and a half hours tae Thurso town 4 and a half hours tae Thurso.
Dim the lights - sip a dram or glass of sherry and lie back and relax to this video..
We are delighted to invite you all to the latest ERI seminar, this coming Thursday (6th December) at the Environmental Research Institute, Castle Street, at 5.15pm. Professor Phil Whitfield, from the UHI Centre for Health Studies, will be talking to us on the subject of “Weighing-Up Your Options: The Application of Mass Spectrometry in Biology and Medicine”.
KEISS primary school got into the festive spirit at its annual Christmas fayre which also attracted a big crowd and raised cash for school funds..
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund recently awarded its 4th round of grants for 2012. Six community groups were awarded funding totalling over £114k for community projects that help to improve the attractiveness of their area as a place to live, work and invest.
Northern Constabulary are conducting targeted speed check in the vicinity of each of the 29 secondary schools within the highland Council area. This activity is as a direct result of feedback that officers received at the recent Highland Youth Voice Conference at Badaguish.
Young people will be at the heart of the transition to the low carbon economy, Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said today. The minister said that the actions of today’s young people and the way this generation live their lives will have a huge bearing on Scotland’s ability to meet ambitious climate change targets of an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.
Scotland’s first ever national celebration of reading is happening this week. From 26 November until December 2, Book Week Scotland is encouraging everyone in the country, of all ages and with all interests, to embark or continue on a reading journey.