Caithness Courier headlines for April 2, 2014

A RENEWED bid is being made to enable Wick Academy to benefit from a six-figure sum raised in its name which has been languishing in a bank account for almost a decade. The pot of over 100,000, is held by Wick Academy Development Fund -a secretative charity run by former officials of the Highland League club. Public concern about how the fund was being run, led to a probe by the charities regulator seven years ago, but it did not find any evidence of misconduct. The controversy has flared up again, following a letter written to the John O' Groat Journal by former Academy secretary and WADF offical, Andrew Carter. In it, he criticises the club for not being prepared to invest in new players and showing a lack of ambition.

A TEENAGER fears she may have to pay the price of giving up her dreams of becoming a commercial diver as she struggles to obtain funding to train on a course which would give her the qualifications needed to work in the industry. Jess Lawrence requires almost 14,000 to enable her to attend a Premium Industry Career Package Course at the Underwater Centre in Ft William. However, despite writing to a number of energy companies asking for sponsorship to attend the course, she has not received any support so far.


A FRESH look should be taken at Caithness General Hospital, in Wick, so it can meet the needs of local mothers-to-be. The plea was made by Highland Council's Caithness and Sutherland area committee convener, Deidre Mackay, and comes as efforts continbue to recruit a third permanent consultant obstetrician at the unit. It is run by two consultants and a locum, at present.


TWO nurses are appearling for help to raise the money needed to take them on a trip of a lifetime to help in a Sri Lankan orphanage. Wickers Kelly Irodenko,26 and Kirsty Coghill, 21, have nearly completed their three-year course in nursing and, before they set out on their careers, want to experience something a little bit different.


CAITHNESS Rugby Football Club are planning a mini-invasion of Cumbernauld as preparations get underway for their involvement in Scottish rugby's end-of-season club showpiece. Celebrations continued long into the night after Saturday's 22-17 win over Berwick at Millbank, which took the Greens through to the final of the RBS National Shield at Clyde FC's artificial pitch at Broadwood Stadium on April 19.


PEOPLE who need to attend a pain clinic at Caithness General Hospital in Wick have to wait up to 18 weeks for an appointment. The waiting time was divulged by NHS Highland's area manager Bob Silverwood at a meeting of the Caithness District Paarnership on Friday. He said the target is 18 weeks but the health authority "tries to work within that" although he is aware there can be delays. Mr Silverwood added that the pain clinic had become "a victim of its own success".


THE most northerly motocross club in Britain is appealing for someone to take on its secretary's role to prevent it having to wind up. Caithness Motocross Club, which races on the Ravenshill track near Thurso, has been operating for nearly 50 years and aims to promote the exciting off-road sport, to all ages. It has recently been struggling with a lack of volunteers and despite holding a successful AGM, which returned a full committee, the secretary has had to stand down due to family reasons, leaving the club's future in doubt.


CHRIS NOBLE was riding on a wave of success as he became the men's national champion for the fifth time at the Scottish Surfing Championships at the weekiend. The 39-year-old from Thurso, defended his title against 30 of the best surfers from Scotland at Thurso East and Brims Ness. The competition, held at Thurso East for the seventh successive year, got off to an early start at 6am on Saturday to make the most of surfing conditions as the waves were forecast to get smaller during the day.