264 Results for author: Ron Ireland

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

VASA Special Recognition Award 2023

Ayrshire Coastal Path creator and Trail Manager Dr Jimmy Begg, has scooped a Special Recognition Award at this year’s South Ayrshire Volunteer Awards recognising his exceptional volunteering over an extended period of time. Jimmy was nominated on account of his exceptional endeavour and commitment in creating and ... More

“Are We Nearly There Yet?” – Bruce Keith – 16 May ‘23

This excellent talk was about milestones and Bruce Keith certainly knew a thing or two, as one would expect from a retired surveyor with a clear passion for measurements of all sorts. Bruce has talked to the club before (about bridges) and his earlier book “Bridgescapes”. His new, companion book “Are We Nearly There ... More

Speaker Alfie Ingram – SCAA – 25 April

Last week, forty-plus members and partners were treated to excellent hospitality and cuisine by the hospitality staff and students at Ayrshire College’s welcoming and comfortable Westerly restaurant. Full marks to them all. Prior to the meal, we were treated to a humorous and wonderfully illustrated presentation by ... More

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Barry Fisher CEO – 28 March 2023

Barry Fisher is currently the Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful the national charity charged with creating a cleaner, greener, sustainable Scotland. Since graduating from Glasgow University and studying at Auchincruive, Barry has worked in a number of important roles, mostly in the voluntary sector, and was an ... More

2023 Rotary Beach Clean

  2023 ROTARY & AYRSHIRE COASTAL PATH BEACH CLEAN  The big annual beach clean takes place over up to twenty beaches on the Ayrshire Coast. Most of these are managed and led by Ayr Rotary Club/Ayrshire Coastal Path but other beaches are organised by the Rotary Clubs of Prestwick and Alloway, and a diverse range ... More