Festival pitches are filling fast

25th April 2012 from Caithness Courier

Stall pitches for June’s Wick Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest are being snapped up - and organisers are asking exhibitors to lodge their applications as soon as they can to ensure their presence at the event. The HarbourFest pitch organiser, Liz Richard-Jones, said: “We’ve had a good response so far, including an…

Athlete Liz McColgan to run in world record attempt with Wick woman

23rd April 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A commonwealth gold medallist could well be handing the baton over to a Wick woman in a world record attempt taking place to raise money for Brain Tumour UK. Runner Liz McColgan has signed up to take part in RelayGB in May. Wick-born Carolyn Pierpont (33), who now lives in…

Wick novelist wins writers’ plaudits

20th April 2012

A Wick-based novelist whose debut book has been well received has picked up two awards in competitions held recently by the Scottish Association of Writers. Catherine Byrne, a founder member of local writing group Talking Volumes, received second prize for I’m A Big Girl Now in the flash fiction section…

Ignis set to power ahead

20th April 2012 from Press and Journal

The new private operator of Wick’s community heat and power network yesterday revealed its plans to extend beyond proving green-friendly energy to its customers. Ignis Energy Ltd also intends its wood-chip-fired plant to supply electricity to the National Grid. The Surrey-based firm has taken over from the ill-starred Community Heat…

Biggest and best Bfest

18th April 2012 from Caithness Courier

This year’s Bfest looks set to be the biggest yet with a new Friday night opening of the main stage. Returning to the Riverside on Friday, August 10, Wick’s music festival will now be spread over two days. Founder Ryan Cook said he was delighted to be welcoming back one…

New lease of life for three empty premises in Wick

18th April 2012 from Caithness Courier

Three former business premises in Wick are about to take on a new lease of life and give a boost to local retail trade in the town centre. Morag Mackenzie and her partner, Andy Bacon, who run Morags in High Street, are to take over Turner’s shop and the premises…

Three new schools set to open in 2015

13th April 2012 from Press and Journal

Three new schools planned for Wick are to open at the same time - if Highland councillors manage to keep to their amitious plans. Bill Fernie, chairman of the Highland Council’s education, culture and sport committee, said the authority was planning to design and build a new high school and…

One contract for new Wick schools

12th April 2012 from Press and Journal

All three new schools at Wick are to proceed as part of the same contract, Highland Council revealed yesterday. The town’s replacement secondary school and the two new primaries to replace the current four are being scheduled to open in August 2015. The council is close to finalising the funding…

Caithness maternity unit receives international recognition

10th April 2012 from NHS Highland

The Henderson Maternity Unit at Caithness General Hospital has been re-accredited as Baby Friendly, which means it is internationally recognised by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) as providing high quality support to mothers and babies. Staff at the Wick unit were originally presented with the prestigious Baby Friendly Award in…

Volunteers create woodland near Wick

10th April 2012 from Press and Journal

A new community woodland on the outskirts of Wick is taking shape after the sudden demise of its predecessor. Users of the former site at Newtonhill were stumped when Highland Council shut off all public access on safety grounds four years ago. That followed the discovery of pollution including asbestos…

Innovation Challenge Competition Unveiled

3rd April 2012

Caithness Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Babcock Dounreay Partnership, is pleased to announce the launch of The Innovation Challenge, an exciting competition designed to stimulate and develop entrepreneurial skills within Caithness and north Sutherland. A £10,000 investment will be awarded to new or existing…