179 Results for author: Ron Ireland

RIP Derek Waugh

It was with great and genuine sadness that members heard last week of the passing of Derek Waugh. Derek arrived in Ayr twenty-seven years ago and had been an enthusiastic stalwart of the community, more recently including our own club. In a moving tribute to Derek at Masonhill Crematorium, the Rev Fraser Aitken ably ... More

Denis Rattenbury – Smuggling in Ayrshire – 15 August 2017

Local historian and raconteur, Denis Rattenbury, gave the club an excellent discourse on various aspects of smuggling in Ayrshire in the 18th century. In his introduction Denis revealed his credentials for this topic in his Devonian ancestry citing, in particular, his great, great grandfather, Jack Rattenbury. Jack, ... More

RIBI National President visits Ayrshire Coastal Path

On the morning of Wednesday 16 August, we were honoured to welcome Denis Spiller, the National President of Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) along with the 1230 District Governor, Gary Louttit, to see and experience for themselves the delights of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. There to welcome them, at ... More

BUYMSH – Alister Firth – 8 August 2017

Alister Firth came to the club meeting in different guise to the photographer that we are used to. This time he was here as a member of the BUYMSH (Buy Malcolm Sargent House) trust, set up to build a new 21st Century Holiday House in Ayrshire for children and young people suffering from cancer and other life altering ... More

Jordan Koletic – Human Rights and International Studies – 1 August 2017

For the past year Jordan Koletic has been studying for a masters degree in Human Rights and International Studies at the University of Glasgow, where she is due to complete in September 2017. To enable her to follow this course of study, which is close to her heart, she was awarded a $30,000 Rotary Global Scholars Grant ... More

Louise Wright – Memories are better than Dreams – 25th July 2017

Louise, a paediatric nurse at Crosshouse Hospital, explained why there was a need for this new charity. In the course of their work, she and her colleagues were influenced by families who did not have the means to create a lasting memory of their late child. Totally independent from their normal work at the hospital, the ... More

Aberlour Child Care Trust – 18 July 2017

Rebecca Amiel of the Aberlour Child Care Trust (Scotland’s Children’s Charity) gave the club an interesting introduction to the work of the Trust. Rebecca is the Donor Development Manager, based at the Trust’s HQ in Stirling.   An estimated 100,000 children in Scotland suffer from some degree of abuse or ... More

Raffle win by the Beggs

Helen Begg scooped a big prize in the raffle in aid of the Amuka Fundation at the recent Majestic wine-tasting. Although Helen wasn't present to pick up the prize personally, Jimmy later accepted it, somewhat enthusiastically, on her behalf! More

Trump Turnberry – Ralph Porciani – 11 July 2017

Ralph Porciani, general manager of the Trump Turnberry resort, last week gave an entertaining and insightful presentation on the restoration of the Turnberry Hotel. Ralph firstly told the club of his Scottish-Italian roots and his childhood experience of helping in the family-run chip shop. This stood him in good stead ... More