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Bower Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Bower Gala 2016
The 2016 Bower Gala was held on Saturday 20th August.   The weather had been very heavy rain in the night before but happily it cleared up by the afternoon.  
Dounreay sponsors employment courseThumbnail for article : Dounreay sponsors employment course
Seven students have successfully completed the Ready Steady Work course sponsored by Dounreay and North Highland College.   The course gives the students an opportunity to prepare themselves for employment by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to secure the job they want.  
Free helpline for students expecting SQA results
A free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents has opened today, ahead of SQA results day tomorrow.   Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a free helpline which will be open from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 August.  
Over 28,000 Scottish applicants placed in higher education through UCAS; up 5% on results day last year
28,300 Scottish applicants have been accepted to higher education so far this year; an increase of 1,300 people, up 5% compared to SQA results day in 2015.  Almost all of these (27,400) have been placed at a Scottish university or college.  
Highland SQA Results 2016
Young people across the Highlands have received their results by text, e-mail or post.   This is the first year that candidates were offered the full range of national qualifications from National 2 right through to Advanced Higher as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.  
North Highland College UHI Evening Classes 2016Thumbnail for article : North Highland College UHI Evening Classes 2016
North Highland College UHI's evening classes and short courses are a great way for you to learn a new skill, turn a hobby into a money earner or even take the first step on the road to achieving a new qualification With ILA funding available, you might be able to learn a whole new skill without it costing you a penny! From Digital Photography to Working With Wood, there's something for everyone.   Apply now by before your favourite class fills up! See the full prospectus at North Highland College is based in Thurso..  
Over a third forget of people in Scotland forget to say goodbye to loved ones
BHF Scotland survey finds that heart disease may leave many without a final goodbye.   New statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland reveal that nearly three-fifths of people in Scotland (59%) don't tell their partners they love them before leaving the house each morning and nearly a quarter (24%) don't usually kiss their loved ones goodbye.  
Old Wick High School Buffet Ball - The Last Dance
Wick High School Parent Council are preparing to hold a walk around and the Old High School and a last dance prior to the move to the new Campus in October..   On Friday the 9th of September 2016 from 6.30 pm on there will be an opportunity for members of the public to come along and have a look around for one last time prior to the schools closure.  
Caithness Girl Aims To Help Orphan Kids In Nepal
From Lois Gray, Castletown My daughter, Nicola Gray (17) is running the Glasgow half marathon, to raise money to volunteer in Nepal with GVI.   She has taken a gap year to help orphaned children there.  
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) - Meetings In Caithness
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is a national campaign group that fights the injustice done to women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) regarding the changes to their state pension age A recently formed Caithness WASPI group has been set up by Aileen Shanks (Thurso) and Lorna Simpson (Wick).   They are holding meetings in Wick and Thurso to raise awareness of the issue and would like to encourage women born in the 1950s to come along and hear what has been happening with the national WASPI campaign.  
Ice Cream, Cakes and a Very Long Walk- Quirky Title and a Nice ReadThumbnail for article : Ice Cream, Cakes and  a Very Long Walk- Quirky Title and a Nice Read
Peter Youngs book recently published "Ice Cream, Cakes and a Very Long Walk".   Peter walked from Land's End to John O'Groats over a period of 3 years and 7 months, covering 1,535 miles during 107 days of walking.  
Landrover Charity Convoy At John OGroatsThumbnail for article : Landrover Charity Convoy At John OGroats
Today saw probably the biggest ever convoy of Landrovers to make the trip from Landsend to John O'Groats.   All in the aid of three charities the crews have had a great time meeting each other.  
Over 270 Land Rovers Arriving at John OGroats at Noon On Sunday 31st JulyThumbnail for article : Over 270 Land Rovers Arriving at John OGroats at Noon On Sunday 31st July
Here it is! Lands end (Cornwall) to John O Groats (highland) In aid of (Air Ambulance - RNLI - UK Homes 4 Heroes) Admission is £20 per vehicle and all funds raised will go to the charities as mentioned above.  The convoy will run over 4 days to give people time to rest.  
Scary characters with something to crow aboutThumbnail for article : Scary characters with something to crow about
WORZEL Gummidge would doubtless have dismissed it as the last straw...scarecrows deserting their field posts to show themselves off in town..   Goodness knows what Aunt Sally would have said.  
Childrens Fancy Dress At Wick Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Childrens Fancy Dress At Wick Gala 2016
INTERMITTENT rain failed to dampen the imaginative enthusiasm of entrants at the fancy dress competition at Braehead - one of the most popular events in Wick Gala Week's packed programme..  
Hidden Caithness Revealed On Speed Boat Trips From WickThumbnail for article : Hidden Caithness Revealed On Speed Boat Trips From Wick
Caithness as we all know is surrounded on two sides by the sea.   Unless you take to the sea you will miss much of what is around us.  
Wick Gala 2016 - A Very Colourful GalaThumbnail for article : Wick Gala 2016 - A Very Colourful Gala
The weather cleared away the mist and the Wick Gala 2016 saw a great parade with amazing costumes.   See over 500 photo in the galery above.  
Self Righting Test For A Past Wick LifeboatThumbnail for article : Self Righting Test For A Past Wick Lifeboat
Princess Marina tested before it heads for Wick many years ago..  
Turbines For Lochend Wind Farm Unloaded At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : Turbines For Lochend Wind Farm Unloaded At Wick Harbour
The four turbines bound for Lochend Wind Farm at Barrock, Caithness have been unloaded at Wick Harbour awaiting transportation.   Lochend Wind Farm comprises 4 x 2300Kw Wind Turbines With A Height To Tip Of 99.5M, Height Hub Of 64M, Rotor Diameter Of 71M.  
Caithness County Show 2016 - ResultsThumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2016 - Results
Cattle Aberdeen-Angus: Champion - B and J Mackay, of Skitten, Wick, with Balmachie Roderick, a thee-year-old bull sired by Balmachie Benvorlick.  Beef Shorthorn: J Campbell and Co, of Todholes, Thurso, with Ballylinney Daisy, a 17-month-old daughter of Podehole Edward.