Return of our annual croquet day

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Savoy Park gardens, our annual croquet day made a welcome return. The experts, Neil and John Laughland were in attendance, but without the feared Paul Williams who had to pull out at the last moment. During the titanic struggle which included “lucky” shots, magnificent strokes and downright, “how […]

International Link-Up with Rotary Club No 1, Chicago

Three years ago, thanks to the strenuous efforts of Ayr Rotarian John Ewing, he and a few fellow-members were able to meet a Rotary VIP from the US: Robb Knuepfer, a Rotary International Director and past-president of Rotary Club No 1, Chicago, Illinois. This was where Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a […]

Past President Hazel at Corfu Rotary Club

Swapping if flags with rotary corfu Kapodistrias and Ayr Rotary club, @ en Plo, Faliraki, corfu

…….and yet another new member Mary-Helen Shakespeare

MARY-HELEN SHAKESPEARE was born in Ayr rather a long time ago and attended Ayr Grammar and then progressed onto Ayr Academy. She then went on to study at Strathclyde University in Glasgow where she met her husband Martin. Having moved to the Lake District for 14 years where they had two children and then moved […]

……and yet another new member, Sinclair Williamson

Sinclair has been co-owner of Lochinver Guest House in Ayr, with his partner Berthold for the past 5 years, following a 15-year career with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). Sinclair’s professional qualifications are in Horticulture. He studied at Auchincruive, and spent a year training in the gardens of Sir Elton John, partly designed by […]

The Glasgow Burrell Museum by John Rattenbury

Taking us on a wonderfully descriptive tour of the new Burrell Collection, John Rattenbury enthralled his audience with his indepth knowledge. As Chief Guide Volunteer John began with Burrell’s early years. Born on 9 July 1861 in Glasgow, Burrell was the third of nine children to ship owner William Burrell (1832–1885) and Isabella Duncan (née […]

Denis Rattenbury and the Pipe Organ

Denis Rattenbury was welcomed back to our Club to speak about the pipe organ which is a musical instrument that produces sound by driving pressurized air (called wind) through the organ pipes selected from a keyboard. Because each pipe produces a single pitch, the pipes are provided in sets called ranks, which has a common timbre and volume throughout the keyboard compass. Most organs have many ranks of pipes […]

Presidential Handover

Bob Cherry has been installed as the new president of Ayr Rotary Club, succeeding Hazel McCully who served as president for 18 months. Bob recently retired from Galbraiths Property Consultants in Ayr and therefore now has more time to spend leading the Club out of COVID restrictions and into a new exciting year. Among other […]

Kevin Simpson on Malawi Fruits Charity

Malawi Fruits is a Scottish Charity that was established in 2011 to work with their partners in Malawi to develop and grow sustainable community businesses. Kevin said Malawi is land locked and its fresh water lake is the same size as England, however it also has hills and trees just like Scotland. As the 4th poorest […]

Wheels in Motion visit 16 June 2022

The Ayr Rotary Charity Golf Day in May was a great success, thanks to players, sponsors and prize donors. But the real prize is using the proceeds to help people who really need it. One of the main beneficiaries this year was Wheels in Motion, a Christian organisation which provides hot drinks and food to […]