269 Results for author: Ron Ireland

Ian McAnulla – Political Cartoons

Ian McAnulla was the guest speaker at Ayr Rotary Club last Tuesday. Ian’s speciality is political cartoons and using many amusing slide examples he showed his interested and inquisitive audience the hidden meanings behind popular and cleverly framed drawings. He explained that more than just the lampooning of ... More

The Millenium Link & Falkirk Wheel

The club met last week at Ayrshire College’s Westerly Hotel where staff and students provided us with an excellent meal and waited on us with admirable attention to detail. The club was joined for the evening by a large turnout of ladies from the Ayr Inner Wheel and our guest speaker was George Ballinger, a chartered ... More

Crosshouse Children’s Fund

  Our guest speaker last week was Rebekah McGinn, fundraising manager for the Crosshouse Children’s Fund, delivering care for the children of Ayrshire and Arran. In her excellently delivered presentation, Rebekah explained that the charity’s mission is to improve the experience of those children attending ... More

Phil McAnespie – Honey Bee Communication

T The club was buzzing on Tuesday evening when our guest speaker was Phil McAnespie. Phil, a locally well-known and respected beekeeper, and past-president of the Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA), had previously talked to the club some years ago and had come along this time to explain to the members the amazing and ... More

An Evening at the Balgarth

This week the club's business meeting was held at the Balgarth Pines for the first time. The twenty six members gathered appreciatively in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the function room on what was a bitingly cold and frosty evening. The special general meeting and the follow-on business meeting was run efficien... More

Cycling Without Age Scotland – CHRISTINE BELL – 31 October ‘23

  Christine Bell was our guest speaker at last week’s meeting where she introduced the members to the global organisation Cycling Without Age, which offers elderly and less mobile individuals opportunities to enjoy the outdoors as passengers on electric trishaws (see below). Despite being, unavoidably, a ... More

Ayrshire Fire & Rescue Service – 26 September ‘23

The members were treated this week to a talk from two very experienced firemen from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Station Commander (Ayr Community Fire Station) Gordon Cairns and Group Commander Rod Anderson. Their presence was particularly appreciated since they had both been involved over the previous 48 ... More

Michael Hitchon MBE – Ayr Arts Guild – 22 August

Michael Hitchon needed no introduction to most of the club members given his reputation as the long-term “face” and treasurer of Ayr Arts Guild. His accomplishments in bringing the arts to the Ayr public are legendary in the town. Amongst many other community roles Michael has been president of Kyle and Carrick ... More

Refereeing Anecdotes – Louis Thow – 25 July ‘23

Louis Thow is a name well-known to football fans generally and to Ayrshire fans especially. An established name on the speakers circuit, Louis entertained the members with a host of tales from the days when, as an SFA category 1 referee, he officiated in some 1400 games between the years of 1979 and 1996. Louis’ ... More

Sinclair Williamson’s Job Talk – 27 June 2023

Sinclair Williamson is our club’s very own Monty Don with his own remarkable horticultural and garden-design pedigree. He entertained the members greatly with his excellent job talk, outlining an unplanned career path which allowed him to describe many of the most beautiful properties and gardens in the country as his ... More