2018 Annual Croquet Competition

Fortunately, unlike last year, the sun shone brightly on the Savoy Park croquet lawn as the contenders gathered for our annual competition. In a closely fought contest Euan Lawrence and Carol Mathewman edged out John Laughland and Maggie Vooght to take top spot. Although there were apparently many sly attempts at ... More

Recent New Member – John Dunlop

John Dunlop has become the most recent new member of the club. He was brought up in Ayr and he and his wife Irene have recently returned here to enjoy their retirement. John held sales and marketing roles in the food industry in Cadbury, Warner Lambert and Devro Limited before working in sports administration.  He was ... More

Presidential Handover – 26 June 2018

Last Tuesday evening saw the outgoing president Craig Wilson passing the honour, chain of office, and the inevitable responsibilities, to our new president Colin Voight. Colin, in turn, presented Craig with a past-president’s badge and welcomed Ieuan Isaac as president-elect. More

Jim Nelson – Rotarian of the Year 2018

At the recent presidential handover meeting, Jim Nelson was awarded Rotarian of the Year for his excellent work in achieving more than £10,000 through the Charity Golf Day at Belleisle Park in May. The honour and the applause from the members were well deserved since the annual golf day is the club’s biggest fund-rais... More

Richie Cameron – The Art of Ceramics and Sculpture – 12 June 2018

The president of Prestwick Rotary Club, Richie Cameron, strayed into foreign territory last week to talk to us about his passion for creating artistic pieces of ceramics and sculpture. In his easy-going style he sprinkled his talk with little jokes about potters and sculptors. Have you heard the one about the pottery ... More

Loudon McAndrew – Job Talk – 5 June 2018

One of our recent new members, Loudon McAndrew, gave a highly amusing account to the club of part of his working life. Following his academic studies in accountancy at Glasgow University, and after a few years working with Larkhall Machine Tool Co. (a former subsidiary of Rolls Royce), Loudon joined the Scottish Co-opera... More

Euan and Katie Nicol – Jobs Talks – 15 May 2018

Recent newcomers to Ayr and now established club members, Euan and Katie Nicol, gave the club members some insight to their respective careers at last week’s club meeting. Euan, an IT expert, had spent some years working with the NHS in the development of software to manage the complexities of systems of managing ... More

RSPB Presentation on Hen Harrier – 8 May 2018

Catherine Cumming, a Community Engagement Officer with the RSPB (Royal Society for protection of Birds), gave a delightfully illustrated talk on the UK hen harrier, a moorland raptor and protected upland species. RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, working with partners to protect threatened birds and ... More

Meeting in the Inver Restaurant, Ayr College – 1 May 2018

This week our Tuesday meeting was held in the comfortable surroundings of the Inver Restaurant on the Ayr College campus. This had been arranged by Alistair Tyre with the main purpose of hearing from those participating in a community service programme that has substantial College involvement. Cameron Bell, head of ... More

Annual Charity Golf Day Fri 11 May 2018

Our annual golf event will soon be upon us. We are retaining the successful format of a shotgun start at 9.30am followed by drinks, snacks and prize-giving in the Belleisle clubhouse. This creates a good social atmosphere with everything done by 3.30pm The main beneficiary this year is South Ayrshire Dementia Support ... More