Catherine Mills on Van Gogh – 2 April 2019

Catherine Mills is a distant relative of Vincent Van Gogh and entertained the members with her knowledge of the artist. Using PowerPoint slides she brought home the wealth and prolific range of his drawings, illustrations and paintings. Being a troubled young man, from a middle class Dutch background, he had attempted to ... More

Ayrshire Lace Industry – 26 March 2019

We were recently honoured by the guest presence of two members from the Rotary Club of Loudoun. Ian Pollock had come to tell us about the history of lace-making in Ayrshire and he was ably assisted by his demonstrator for the evening, Bill Bryden. Ian is a proud Ayrshire man, born and raised in Newmilns, and is company ... More

Tracy Harvey – Eiks and Eins about the Bard – 12 March 2019

After her recent, well-received, contribution to our Burns Supper, Tracy Harvey returned to the club to entertain us some more with her tribute to Burns through a selection of her own poems. Tracy started by explaining that her own interest in Scots poetry and Burns came late and that as an adolescent she was more ... More

The MalDent Project – 26 February 2019

Oral and dental disease is very common in Malawi as evidenced by a recent National Oral Health Survey. However, poor access to care is a major problem for the population of 18 million because of a severe lack of a trained dental workforce. A recent policy brief identified that there were only three dentists in public ... More

Future of Ayr’s Station Hotel – 5 February 2019

Depute leader of South Ayrshire Council, Brian McGinley was the guest speaker at the club last week. He came along to describe the recent progress of the works on the ‘B’-listed Ayr Station Hotel and to explain the options open to the Council as regards possible future outcomes for the building. Beginning with the ... More

Ayrshire’s Lost Villages – Dane Love – 6 November 2018

Ayrshire’s rural landscapes contain the remnants of numerous, old, abandoned communities—places where people once lived, worked hard, and brought up families, but which are now scattered heaps of stone, lines of trees, or hidden from view altogether. Local author and historian, Dane Love, came along to the club to ... More

Brian Kelsey – Crossroads – 23 October 2018

Crossroads Caring Scotland is one of the country's leading voluntary sector providers of support for carers and their families. It is a not-for-profit organisation with over 35 years of experience, providing support for vulnerable people and their carers. Whether the person being cared for is a loved one living with ... More

Ian McAnulla – Political Cartoons – 16 October 2018

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

Mark Baines – Exploring the Wall – 2 October 2018

The mid-nineteenth century architect, Alexander Thomson, who was born in Balfron and died aged 58 in 1875, was nicknamed ‘Greek’ for his regular incorporation of ancient Grecian styles into his works. The Alexander Thomson Society campaigns for the conservation of the architect’s work, and its chairman, Mark Baines, ... More

Kenneth Dickie’s Wine Tasting Extravaganza Tuesday 14th August

At our Tuesday evening meeting in the Horizon Hotel, 51 Ayr Rotarians and guests were treated to a Kenneth Dickie “back to basics” educational on wine. It all started about 20 years ago said Kenneth, with a desire to understand more about wines. First he attended the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Certificate ... More