52 Results for author: Ron Ireland

The Rudolph Hess Mystery – 10 April 2018

Retired headmaster and Strathaven Rotarian, Ian Valentine, related to us, in humorous fashion, the strange tale of Rudolph Hess and his mystery visit to Scotland in 1941. Ian began by identifying three key characters in Hess’s wartime life: Hess himself was born in Egypt in 1894 and, in 1914, joined the German army in ... More

Beach Clean Success

What a magnificent turnout and performance at the Big Rotary Beach Clean! This was the biggest one ever and included for the first time the beaches at Dowhill and Turnberry in addition to those at Newton, Doonfoot, Seafield, Bracken Bay, Dunure, Croy and Dipple. Congatulations to all who helped make this such a success. ... More

Photo Caption Fun Night – 27 March 2018

Using humorous and sometimes embarrassing photographs, our Secretary, Douglas Haddow conducted a fun night of naming captions for fifteen photographs. He divided his audience into four opposing teams whose spokespersons were Hugh Millar, Jim Nelson, Alistair Tyre and Colin Vooght. Consequently, they competed by creating ... More

Irene Howat – The Crackit Cup – 20 April 2018

Irene Howat, an Ayr woman, is a prolific writer of many different Christian biographies as well as multiple children’s books and biographies. At our last meeting Irene entertained us with a series of verses from her latest poetry publication – ‘The Crackit Cup’. The poems are crafted around a fictitious central ... More

Political Cartoons Through the Years – 13 March 2018

Ian McAnulla was the speaker at our Tuesday evening meeting. Political cartoons from the last 100 years were examined in detail. From their finer, clever messages to the blatant political statements, Ian made his audience analyse and appreciate the layers of information visible in each cartoon. He showed the subliminal ... More

“Never Again” – Remembering Srebrenica – 6 March 2018

Fifty years after the world said “Never Again” to the horrors of the Holocaust, genocide took place on European soil. John Corrigan, ex-police chief and head of counter-terrorism made a welcome return to the club to explain to us how the name “Srebrenica” has become synonymous with those dark days in July 1995 ... More

Carrick Academy put on a Good Show

It takes a brave and special person to stand up before their peers and deliver a speech with confidence. Just such a person is Robbie Paterson from Carrick Academy, who was ably supported by Chloe Cairns as the Chairperson and Scott Anderson as the Proposer ofthe Vote of Thanks at the 2018 District 1230 Final of the ... More

Wakey-Wakey !!!!!!! – Breakfast Gatherings Up and Running

President Craig last week hosted the first of the new Breakfast Gatherings at the Fox & Willow.  It proved a great success with 10 members enjoying an informal and chatty Breakfast with Juice, Bacon Rolls, Croissants and a choice of Teas & Coffees – All for just £5.00! How can you resist? This must be worth ... More

Our Neighbours in Romania – 27 February 2018

In August last year, Doug Wilson, in his capacity as officer (Lt.) in the 17th Ayr Boys’ Brigade company (Castlehill), was presented with a £200 cheque from the Treasure Chest fund. The money had assisted travel to Romania where representatives of the Brigade carried out work at an orphanage run by the Rhema Foundation. ... More

Dobbies Showcase Event – 24 February 2018

Our popular annual exhibition and recruitment event took place in the conservatory at Dobbies Garden Centre on Saturday morning. After a slowish start, interested folk began to drift in and there was quite a buzz through the core mid-morning period. The final visitor headcount was 61 which exceeded previous years. ... More