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8/9/2017
Save The Town and County Hospital in Caithness - Sign The Petition
The Town & County Hospital, Wick is under threat of closure.  This hospital offers 8 beds for frail, elderly and young disabled patients.  
8/9/2017
Kiltwalk Man Raising Money For HomeStart CaithnessThumbnail for article : Kiltwalk Man Raising Money For HomeStart Caithness
Robert Smith has signed up for the Kilt Walk in Edinburgh on September 17th to raise money in aid of Home-Start Caithness.   "I spent my childhood in Caithness and have decided to support their local branch of Home-Start.  
7/9/2017
The John O' Groats Mill - Open Weekend - 9th and 10th SeptemberThumbnail for article : The John O' Groats Mill - Open Weekend - 9th and 10th September
Everyone in our community is aware of the mill at Groats - we've all driven past it, some of us daily.  It's very much a local landmark.  
CHAT sends first batch of 1,000 protest postcards to First MinisterThumbnail for article : CHAT sends first batch of 1,000 protest postcards to First Minister
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) has gathered 2,410 postcards from members of the public protesting the centralisation of health services under NHS Highland.  The postcards carry the slogan ‘100 miles too far' in reference to the 100 mile journey patients frequently have to travel to receive basic care.  
7/9/2017
Motion to address acute mental health service concerns at Highland Council
The Highland Council has unanimously agreed a motion to hold a meeting to discuss concerns regarding the future of acute mental health services in the Highlands.   The motion which was signed by Councillor Richard Laird, Councillor Muriel Cockburn and Councillor Maxine Smith states:"Highland Mental Health Services - The Highland Council notes with concern recent restrictions on admissions to New Craigs Hospital following “extreme staffing pressures" and further notes concerning feedback at the provision of emergency psychiatric services in the Highlands.  
6/9/2017
Colin Campbell loaded on Youtube in February 2017Thumbnail for article : Colin Campbell loaded on Youtube in February 2017
For Colin Campbell fans - a recording you may not have seen before but still as funny as ever..  
5/9/2017
Wick Riverside Volunteers Making a Huge Difference - Want to Help?Thumbnail for article : Wick Riverside Volunteers Making a Huge Difference - Want to Help?
As communities in Highland and indeed Scotland get left to do more in their areas one group is showing the way.   Wick Riverside Volunteers have already changed the look of several areas around the riverside and you can see the before and after photos on their Facebook page Dorren Gow a volunteer with the group sent some photos from last weekend and said,"We were given lots of tar planings from Highland Council roads dept for improving the paths, and GMR Hendersons supplied equipment and manpower last weekend.  
5/9/2017
Mapping the Ecosystem Services of Noss Head and East Caithness Cliffs - Workshop
There are still a couple of places remaining for the ‘Mapping the Ecosystem Services of Noss Head and East Caithness Cliffs' participatory workshop at the Pulteney Centre in Wick on Thursday 7th September.   The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided.  
5/9/2017
Wick Trail Group Meeting 20th September 2017
As some of you might know the John O Groat trail is hoping to be officially opened next year.   The trail will pass through Wick and it was thought that this would be an opportunity to showcase the attractions of Wick for the visiting walkers, those driving the NC500 and others visiting the area.  
4/9/2017
Alexander 'Sandy' Manson born 1st August 1924 died 22nd August 2017Thumbnail for article : Alexander 'Sandy' Manson born 1st August 1924 died 22nd August 2017
Alexander 'Sandy' Manson, John O'Groats postmaster and Arctic Convoys veteran.   Born 01/08.1924, died 22.08.2017, both at John O'Groats, Caithness.  
4/9/2017
FANCY YOURSELF AS A BIT OF A SLEUTH? - Ashley Cowie Will Reveal New DiscoveriesThumbnail for article : FANCY YOURSELF AS A BIT OF A SLEUTH? - Ashley Cowie Will Reveal New Discoveries
Fancy yourself as a bit of a sleuth? Come and apply your skills at a unique historic investigaton and hear all about Ashley's latest Neolithic discovery in Caithness.   £17.00.  
2/9/2017
Royal British Legion Scotland Wick Canisbay & Latheron BranchThumbnail for article : Royal British Legion Scotland Wick Canisbay & Latheron Branch
Royal British legion Scotland Wick Canisbay and Latheron Branch, over the last year have had a very busy, rewarding and successful time.   The members saved from demolition and purchased The North Head Soldiers Memorial Tower in Wick at the start of the year, they have since secured grant funding to restore it back to its original 1909 condition.  
31/8/2017
Could you volunteer for Home-Start Caithness?
Could you volunteer for Home-Start Caithness? We are a family charity that works with young families who need a little extra support and friendship.  We need both men and women who have parenting experience to join our team of dedicated volunteers and befriend a family that needs just that little extra support.  
28/8/2017
School Lunch in Japan - It's Not Just About Eating!Thumbnail for article : School Lunch in Japan - It's Not Just About Eating!
An interesting look at School dinners in Japan..  
28/8/2017
Scotland: a Daily Mile NationThumbnail for article : Scotland: a Daily Mile Nation
All Scottish schools encouraged to take part.   The Scottish Government has written to schools, nurseries, colleges and universities urging them to help Scotland become the first Daily Mile Nation.  
27/8/2017
Marymas Fayre 2017Thumbnail for article : Marymas Fayre 2017
Maymas Fayre at Dunnet was held on 26 August 2017.   This modern reminder of Fayres of the past is the last that ran in Caithness and were huge events in the days before travel was easier.  
26/8/2017
Do You Want An Experience? - Try A Bat Night At Castle Of MeyThumbnail for article : Do You Want An Experience? - Try A Bat Night At Castle Of Mey
Try something different in September.  Check out the bats at Castle of Mey.  
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26/8/2017
Reay and District Gardening Club 40th Horticultural Show 2017Thumbnail for article : Reay and District Gardening Club 40th Horticultural Show 2017
See photos from the Reay Gardening Club annual show..  
25/8/2017
Triangle Of Care & Carers Rights With Kathleen Taylor
12 Sptermber 2017 at 6.30pm Cafe Tempest, Thurso Do you care for someone with dementia or mental health issues? Do you know your rights as an unpaid carer? Does your cared for person know their rights too? Kathleen Taylor (Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland) will be in Thurso to outline the Triangle of Care, Carers Rights, the work of the Welfare Commission and give a brief explanation about the difference between Power of Attorney and Guardianship.   This will be an informative and interesting event and one we would recommend to all carers in Caithness looking after someone with dementia or mental health issues.  
24/8/2017
New Care Model Not Yet Achieving Its Full PotentialThumbnail for article : New Care Model Not Yet Achieving Its Full Potential
New ways of offering people more choice and control over their social care can make a real difference but further work is needed to ensure everyone can benefit, says a report out today.   Since 2014 councils have been responsible for implementing Self-directed Support (SDS), which offers people more choices around their support and how it is managed.