Ranger event sights "beached" whale at Farr
Around twenty children joined Highland Council’s North Sutherland Countryside Ranger, Paul Castle yesterday (Wednesday 30th July, 2008) to build an eleven metre sand-sculpture of a minke whale at Farr Beach.
Recycling Fun Day At Hilton
Last week, children in Hilton were treated to a fun packed morning of recycling and composting activities by The Highland Council’s Waste Aware Team at the Hilton Community Centre.
Special Gala Performance To Celebrate Young Musicians
A musical gala showcase is to take place in Aviemore in November to commemorate 20 years of Regional Music Groups in the Highlands and past pupils of these Groups are being invited to get in touch so they too can join in the celebrations.
New Ward Manager For Tain and Easter Ross
The new Ward Manager for Tain and Easter Ross is Carol Elliot. Before starting her new post this week, Carol was employed as The Highland Council’s Tenant Participation Officer within the Housing and Property Service for over six years.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Welcomes Visitors
While the results of the consultation looking at potential new locations for Inverness Museum and Art Gallery are still to be presented to the City Committee, people are reminded that the existing museum on Castle Wynd is open, offering free admission and plenty for all ages to enjoy.
Inverness Leisure offer Chief Executive 5 minute MOT
The fitness team from Inverness Leisure, headed by Michael Rae spent some time over the last couple of weeks offering 5 minute health checks to staff and visitors at The Highland Council’s headquarters in Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.
Book of Condolences opened for Lord Russell-Johnston
The Highland Council has opened a book of condolences to mark the passing of long-serving Member of Parliament, Lord Russell-Johnston of Minginish, who died in Paris at the weekend aged 75.
Invergordon Road Closed To All Traffic
The Highland Council has closed Albany Road in Invergordon with immediate effect so emergency repairs can be carried out following vehicle impact. The closure will run until 1800hrs on Saturday 2nd August 2008 or until such time as the work to the railway bridge is complete.
MacDonald Brothers play Sunart Centre
One of Scotland’s most recognised bands of today and former X-Factor contenders, the MacDonald Brothers - Craig and Brian from Ayr - are to play at the Sunart Centre in Strontian on Friday 1st August at 7.30pm.
The BIG Gig - Local young songwriters create a BIG stir at The Sunart Centre
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that budding young songwriters from Ardnamurchan and Morvern will be performing brand new original songs as part of songwriting and music making project which has been supported by the Scottish Arts Council with an award of £25,826 from the Scottish Arts Council’s Youth Music Initiative.
Council appoints Licensing Standards Officer
With the introduction of the new Licensing (Scotland) Act, 2005, The Highland Council has appointed Ian Cox as Licensing Standards Officer for the InvernWith the introduction of the new Licensing (Scotland) Act, 2005, The Highland Council has appointed Ian Cox as Licensing Standards Officer for the Inverness, Badenoch, Strathspey and Nairn areas.ess, Badenoch, Strathspey and Nairn areas.
Inside Out! - The Victorian Market's Commission
As the Victorian Market public art project gathers momentum a strong shortlist of artists has emerged.
Highland roundabouts provide wildflower haven
A biodiversity experiment at Inverness roundabouts has proved a blooming success while saving The Highland Council money on grounds maintenance.
Ranger trip cruises the Caithness Coast
A group of ten people recently joined Highland Council’s East Caithness Countryside Ranger, Dieter Tuerlinckx on a Geo Explorer boat trip with William Munro of SeaCoast
Gairloch Youngsters Create Urban Artworks
Last week young people from Gairloch enjoyed a free 4 day Urban Art workshop led by French street artist Marc Delaye.
Council and Constabulary condemn theft of manhole covers
The Highland Council and Northern Constabulary have condemned an increase in theft of manhole covers and gully covers in the Invergordon and Alness area.
Groundwater monitoring Newtonhill Community Woodland
A further phase of environmental monitoring is to take place this week at Newtonhill Community Woodland, near Wick in Caithness.
Highland youngsters invited to go into the woods for a big surprise
Two Gruffalo Guided Walks are being organised in Highland woods by The Highland Council’s Countryside Rangers in association with Forestry Commission Scotland Rangers and Abriachan Forest Trust.
Highland's first sustainable school takes shape
The Highland Council has taken delivery of the first parts of a timber superstructure from Austria this week, which will form Highland’s first fully sustainable school.
Speed limits introduced at Ardnamurchan School
A full time 20 mph speed limit is being introduced on School Road, Strontian, at Ardnamurchan High School on Friday 18th July, 2008.
Inverness Highland Games preview
Thousands of visitors and locals are expected to converge on Bught Park Arena on the Banks of the River Ness to see The Inverness Highland Games this weekend.
Temporary road closure extended in Invergordon
The Highland Council will be extending the period of a temporary road closure which prohibits all vehicular traffic from using U4214 Shore Road and U4185 Clyde Street, Invergordon.
Fun Activity Week To Prepare New Pupils
A week of exciting activities has been planned during the summer holidays for P7 pupils who will be moving up to Dingwall Academy when the new school term begins in August.
Temporary Road Closures During Inverness Highland Games
From Friday 18 until Monday 21 July, temporary road closures will be in place in the city to ensure public safety before, during and after the Inverness Highland Games.
Successful Summer Play Scheme Keeps Black Isle Youngsters Busy
Despite the unpredictable weather, children living on the Black Isle have been busy making the most of their holidays by taking part in the summer play scheme which is running at the Black Isle Leisure Centre.
Caledonian Canal Ceilidh Trail – Cuairt Cèilidh a’ Chanàil Chaileannaich
Musicians and supporters gathered today (11th July, 2008) at Muirtown Basin Marina, Inverness., to promote the line up for the 7th Caledonian Canal Ceilidh Trail Band., which opens on Monday 14 July.
Council progresses the Mall Footbridge
The Highland Council’s Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee are making good progress with the replacement of the Mall footbridge over Thurso River, which was lost in the floods of October 2006.
Plastic Recycling – Council has it bottled!
The Highland Council ’has introduced facilities for plastic bottle recycling at a 9 of Recycling Centres throughout Highland. For the first time plastic bottles marked with either a 1 or a 2 in a small triangle can be recycled at the Centres in Wick, Thurso, Tain, Alness, Dingwall, Inverness, Nairn, Aviemore and Fort William.
Visiting Cape Breton Fiddlers Fill Town House With Music
Inverness Town House was ringing to the tune of fiddle music when 91 visiting musicians from Cape Breton in Nova Scotia took to the stage during an event to promote the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Highlands and their province in Canada.
Bellfield Park Serves up a Tennis Treat
Aspiring Andy Murrays will be given the chance to try out their tennis skills when Bellfield Park in Inverness hosts The Highland Council’s Active Mini Tennis Week from Monday 4th to Friday 8th August.
International artists queue up to work in Inverness Old Town
The Inverness Old Town Art team has been ‘overwhelmed and amazed’ by the response to their request for artists who would like to be considered to create a major new artwork for the Church Street elevation of the Ramada Hotel, Inverness.
Council And Businesses Work Together To Enhance Street Scene In City Centre
The Highland Council and the Business Improvement District Company are working together to address the need to make the best use of the enhanced street scene being created by Streetscape works.
New Highland Youth Convener sought
The search is on for a new convener to champion the cause of young people in the Highlands. Applicants for the position of Highland Youth Convener have until mid-day on Wednesday 30 July to register their interest in the 12-month position, which carries a bursary of £10,000.
Agencies Join Forces To Offer Business Advice
The Highland Council, Inverness BID Company, HIE, the Inverness Citizens Advice Bureau and the Inverness Chamber of Commerce have joined forces and brought together a team of professional advisers to offer practical, impartial and free advice during a special question and answer session in the Town House on Tuesday 8 July.
Help To Improve Highland Homes
Residents in the Highlands may be eligible for a council grant to help towards making improvements to their home so homeowners, tenants, crofters and landlords are being advised to check to see if they qualify for help.
Dingwall Streetscape Project Moves On To The Next Stage
As the result of a meeting between the Dingwall and Seaforth Ward Members and Planning Officials, the go ahead has been given for officers to start detailed design work for the Dingwall High Street Streetscape project.
Festival Theme for Inverness Youth Forum’s Showcase
The Inverness Youth Forum have announced details of the programme for their Summer Showcase event which will take place on Sunday 20th July at Bught Park as part of the Inverness Highland Games.
Crossroads school take first place in Schools Biodiversity Competition
Crossroads Primary School has won a biodiversity competition organised by The Highland Council Countryside Rangers in the Planning and Development Service. They beat off challenges from Bower, Mount Pleasant (Thurso), South Primary School (Wick); Thrumster and Watten.
Flying the Green Flag in Highland
Interest in the environment is flourishing in the Highlands, with 183 schools registered to the international award scheme, Eco-Schools. 23 schools have achieved the top award – the Green Flag - while 40 have silver awards, and 64 have bronze awards.
Penultimate Highland Schools PPP project is handed over
After more than a year of construction work, the new Kinlochleven Primary and High School have passed an independent building inspection and are now ready to welcome pupils at the start of the school session on Tuesday 19 August.
Highland 2007 Legacy Programme is Launched
The Highland Council has launched the Highland 2007 Legacy Programme, providing an annual fund of £500,000 in grants to build upon the success of Highland 2007.