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14th ANNUAL ROTARY BEACH CLEAN

Get ready for the 14th Annual Rotary Beach Clean on Sat 4 April 2020 (0900-1230 hours) and help keep South Ayrshire’s beaches beautiful. This takes place over a dozen or so beaches on the South Ayrshire Coast. Most of these are managed and led by Ayr Rotary Club members but other beaches are organised by […]

Two Treasure Chest Awards – 11 February 2020

Our Treasure Chest Fund made two well-deserved £250 award presentations at last week’s club meeting. The first award was to the Ayrshire Echo Association which was set up to relieve the blind, or the partially blind, or those labouring under some temporary or permanent incapacity or disability which makes reading a strain, by the provision […]

Macmillan Cancer Support – 4 February 2020

Ayr Rotary Club recently welcomed Linda Allan, a representative of Macmillan Cancer Support, who gave a detailed account of the care and support that Macmillan are doing.  It was founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan whose father had just died of cancer. Linda worked for the NHS for 34 years as an occupational therapist and […]

Kyle Academy Debaters Win Rotary District Final

Sponsored by our club, Kyle Academy’s accomplished young debaters travelled to Glasgow to compete in the District Final of Rotary’s ‘Youth Speaks – A Debate’ competition. Amid the august but modern cloisters of Caledonian University Beth Paterson, Murray Graham and Julie Dunn dramatically put both sides of their theme, “Prince Harry – Friend or Foe?” […]

Another Treasure Chest Award – 28 January 2019

Fiona Cowan was the grateful recipient of our latest Treasure Chest award of £250. She is a local girl and a registered paediatric nurse on a mission. Along with ten pupils from St Margaret’s Academy, Fiona is going on her third trip to Romania with the Smiles Foundation Christian charity to help people, mostly children, […]

Oor Annual Burns Supper – 21 January 2020

An unco guid time was had by all at this year’s Burns supper wi’ aw the honest lads and bonnie lasses fair turnt oot in their best claes. The Savoy Park Hotel was bizzen from the start as the members and guests gathered for what was, tae be shair, a braw nicht. Into the company […]

Youth Speaks – Kyle Academy Sharpen Up – 14 January 2020

    Kyle Academy’s accomplished young speakers chose a controversial topic on their visit to the Rotary Club of Ayr for a dummy run of their Youth Speaks debate. The team will compete in the forthcoming Rotary’s District Final, where they will have the full support of their school and of our Club. Introducing her […]

Kelvingrove Treasures – 7 January 2020

Elaine Hanson, a former teacher at both Kyle and Belmont Academies, is a volunteer guide at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow. Her main passion is fine art and she came along to the club to give the members the benefit of her evident knowledge of some of her own “treasures of Kelvingrove”. Elaine […]

Jeely Jar Surprise for Crossroads – 4 January 2020

  As all members know to their cost, the club’s “jeely jar” is faithfully passed around the company at our weekly meetings and members contribute the small, loose change from their pockets and purses. Every so often a local charity receives an unexpected windfall from the jar. This time it was the turn of Crossroads […]

Willie Stewart’s Xmas Quiz – 17 December 2019

It’s that time of year again but it couldn’t be avoided! Willie Stewart’s traditional Christmas quiz was as fiendishly difficult as ever and it was evident in his introduction that he took a malevolent delight in inflicting this annual mental torture once again on his class of dunderheads. Who knew that it was Tom Smith […]