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Caithness Countryside Volunteers AGMThumbnail for article : Caithness Countryside Volunteers AGM
Sunday 12th March 10.30am St Johns Pool, near Dunnet.   The Caithness Countryside Volunteers is a small group of volunteers who meet once a month to undertake environmental projects around Caithness.  
Helmsdale to Berriedale Walk - 2 April 2017Thumbnail for article : Helmsdale to Berriedale Walk - 2 April 2017
Coast Series: Helmsdale to Berriedale 2nd April 2017.   Join us for a walk along the breathtaking clifftops of Sutherland and Caithness for the 1st in our series of 7 ranger guided walks along the East Coast, following the John O'Groats Trail.  
Rockpool Rummage, Ackergillshore - 19th March 2017Thumbnail for article : Rockpool Rummage, Ackergillshore - 19th March 2017
Discover life below the waves.   Search for weird and wonderful creatures including fierce meat eating predators.  
Boccia AfternoonThumbnail for article : Boccia Afternoon
A Boccia Afternoon in Wick April 1st.   Open to anyone with a long term condition as well as family members,friends and carers..  
Four Seasons Hair and Beauty Show 2017Thumbnail for article : Four Seasons Hair and Beauty Show 2017
Enjoy a night out and see the great work being done by Four Seasons students in the hair and beauty lines Get some ideas and tips..  
Citizen Science Event: Dunbeath Strath - calling all lichen lovers!Thumbnail for article : Citizen Science Event: Dunbeath Strath - calling all lichen lovers!
1st April 2017 10:30am-2:00pm.   Join Caithness Countryside Rangers for a morning of Citizen Science at Dunbeath Strath.  
Beatrice local Community Fund - Information Evenings
SSE would like to invite members of the public form the five community council areas below to attend an information event in their local community where they will learn more about the Beatrice local Community Fund.  They are also looking for volunteers form each community to join the decision making panel and a ballot will be held at each evet to appoint the community panel members.  
Improved safety measures for Miller Academy pupils
Member of the Caithness Area Committee have given the go-ahead to a project to improve the safety of pupils walking and cycling to and from Miller Academy in Thurso.   £20,000 will be spent creating a footpath and installing a barrier with linings on the ground to make the usage of the drop off area at the school safer for pupils.  
WASPI Continues The State Pension Fight For Women - Check This Out
The Caithness WASPI group are keen to reach out to more 1950s women who are unsure of when they will get their State Pension and how much they will receive.   They also want to update people on what's happening with the WASPI campaign which is very exciting! WASPI have raised over £100K to appoint top London law firm Bindmans to help challenge the Government on this important issue.  
Caithness Archive Moving Soon To New HomeThumbnail for article : Caithness Archive Moving Soon To New Home
The Caithness Archive will re-open in its new home on 14th February 2017.   Improved opening hours will make it more accessible..  
Theft - Wick Food Bank
Police in Wick are carrying out enquiries following a break-in and theft at the charity food bank on Lower Dunbar Street.   Between 4pm on Sunday 22nd January and 12:15pm yesterday (24th January) entry was forced to the premises and various food items removed.  
Review of Maternity and Neonatal services published
Recommendations on enhancing maternity and neonatal care.  Every woman will have continuity of care from a primary midwife, who will provide the majority of their antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care, as part of a new model of care for maternity services in Scotland.  
Community projects in Scotland are invited to enter an awards programme which could see them share a funding boost of £75,000 to make a real difference in their local area.   Now in their fifth year, the Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Awards 2017 is open for applications.  
Potential Funding For ProjectsThumbnail for article : Potential Funding For Projects
Are you looking for support to fund a community project in Caithness? Highland LEADER Programme has funding of £497,080 to allocate to projects in the area, and will be hosting information sessions in Wick and Thurso on 24th & 25th January respectively.   For more information and to book, contact Paula Betts on / 01463 702275.  
Now You Can Report Council Housing Repairs Online
Online Housing Repairs.   Are you a council tenant? Did you know you can now report routine housing repairs online through the Highland Council website? Visit for more information..  
We need your community's Heart Heroes
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland is asking locals to nominate their Heart Hero for our Heart Hero Awards 2017.   The four categories this year are: Inspiration award Fighting spirit award Young hero award Heart health professional award These awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution of our supporters, fundraisers, volunteers and partners who have made an exceptional contribution to our fight for every heartbeat.  
Launch of New FOI Tool
New online Freedom of Information (FOI) appeal service.   Requesters can use it to appeal if their requests are refused or they are unhappy with the way their requests were handled by public authorities.  
Making journeys easier for those in most needThumbnail for article : Making journeys easier for those in most need
HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, has introduced a quick and easy way for those with a disability to get help when using public transport, particularly buses.   They have widely circulated a new Thistle Assistance Card which the holder can use to advise the bus driver/public transport operator of any special help that is required.  
Disrespect Or PrankThumbnail for article : Disrespect Or Prank
THE war memorial in the royal burgh of Wick has been disrespected by vandals It would probably have taken two of them, one standing on the other's shoulders to reach the top of the statue's base and place the traffic cone on the top of the head.   It will certainly require a ladder or a long pole to remove it.  
A beginner's guide to surfing in winter in Scotland - ScotsmanThumbnail for article : A beginner's guide to surfing in winter in Scotland - Scotsman
While Thurso may be busier than other parts of Scotland, Christopherson suggests it's worth braving the crowds - which will be smaller in winter....................   Check out the full article HERE.