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AYRSHIRE COASTAL PATH recognised by G&SA BIOSPHERE

The environmental merits of Ayr Rotary Club’s Ayrshire Coastal Path have been recognised by the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. Biosphere Reserves, usually referred to as Biospheres, are places with world-class environments that are designated to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They are places which value and protect the biological […]

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Ayr Rotary display at VASA Event – 7 December 2018

Last Friday, half a dozen or so members turned out  to help with a display of Rotary projects at the Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) Strictly Seniors event at Ayr Town Hall. This annual event was a mix of entertainment and information relevant to senior citizens, with plenty light refreshments throughout the day and a […]

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The Scotland/Canada Rotary Curling Tour

Bob Mackintosh, after whom the Trans-Atlantic Rotary Curling Quaich is named, was instrumental in founding the tour. In February 1956, Bob and his wife May travelled to Montreal. May, a lecturer at Edinburgh University, had written a book on education and hoped to have it published in Canada. While in Montreal Bob met Aubrey Legge, […]

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Treasure Chest Support for Ayr Academy – 30 November 2018

Gus Iannotti and Ron Ireland went along to the wonderful new Ayr Academy to make a Treasure Chest presentation of £200 to help support an educational trip to London in February. They were met by geography teacher Stephen Gilmour and four of the fifty pupils who will be going on the trip: Callum Smith, Fergal […]

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Douglas Hutchison – Director of Education SAC – 20 November 2018

Douglas Hutchison, South Ayrshire’s Depute Chief Executive and Director – People, and himself a former teacher and educational psychologist, came to talk to the club on the Future of Education in Scotland and how it affects South Ayrshire. He described some of the changes which have taken place in the Scottish Education system over the […]

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Strictly Rotary (and friends) – 9 November 2018

Well! What a night we had last week at the Horizon Hotel. Watch out Anton du Beke and Darcy Bussell! Ayr Rotary Club are on the dance floor! Those of us who had the courage (or audacity) to look out these old dance shoes and take to the floor were rewarded with an evening of […]

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Youth Speaks – 13 November 2018

Belmont Academy hosted this year’s Rotary-sponsored Youth Speaks competition. Three teams were entered in the “senior” category: Belmont Academy, Ayr Academy and Kyle Academy. The formidable judging panel comprised three former teachers (Eileen Haddow, Lynn McWilliam and Allan McWilliam). Club secretary Craig Wilson chaired the event and Kenneth Dickie questioned the teams on their presentations. […]

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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 throw some light on these largely […]

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Two New Members Join Ayr Rotary Club

Pat McCall and Hazel McCully are our Club’s newest members. Pat has a very simple career path. She went to school at 5 years of age and left when she was 58. A very slow learner, she claims. In 1977 Pat began her teaching career and retired as a Deputy Head Teacher in 2015.Throughout her […]

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Scary night at Rotary meeting – 30 October 2018

Rotarians come in all guises but this lot were even scarier than usual at their last meeting, which took place the evening before Halloween.   After the usual club preliminaries in came the pumpkins with their owners who, having cut, gouged, skewered and even sawn the soft skin in an attempt to produce a winning […]

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