Tamfest Coming Soon

Whisper it – Halloween’s just round the corner! Tamfest is Ayrshire’s premier Halloween festival, organised and run by Ayr Festivals (a registered charitable organisation) working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council. Rooted in Ayrshire heritage, the festival was inspired by Robert Burns’ famous Tam-o’ Shanter poem and Tam’s unfortunate encounter with all manner of evil […]

Playlist for Life – 28 September 2021

Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity. The charity was founded in 2013 by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson after the death of her mother, Mamie, who had dementia. Pam Ribbick, our speaker for the evening, said their vision is simple: “we want everyone with dementia to have a unique, personal playlist and everyone who […]

DG’s Virtual Visit & CHSS Presentation

  Betty McDonald, this year’s District 1230 Governor, honoured the club with her virtual presence this week. Betty is a past-president of Greenock Rotary and in her short speech she outlined her own objectives for the year ahead and encouraged members to prepare for change as clubs come to terms with the inevitable impacts on […]

The Inner German Border

Secretary Colin Vooght delivered a presentation on his time as a member of HM forces Berlin 1971 (The Inner German Border (The Iron Curtain) Colin regaled us with his exploits as a young British Army private during the early seventies in divided Berlin. He began by explaining that after the Second World War, with the […]

Dr Sally Lawton on the “Nurse Who Found Herself in 1916”

Ayr Rotary Club were privilaged to have Dr Sally Lawton as a guest speaker at their Tuesday evening meeting. Sally was a nurse educator for over thirty years and had always been fascinated by the nursing and the medical care of soldiers in World War 1 and this led her to write “The Nurse Who […]

Blackthorn Salt – Gregorie Marshall – 24 August 2021

Who doesn’t have salt in their kitchen larder? It is the most fundamental of ingredients in almost every dish and, according to Greogorie Marshall, locally produced Blackthorn Salt can “transform the mediocre, enhance a range of flavours or add a suggestion of rolling moreishness and sophistication to any meal”. Gregorie is the pioneering entrepreneur who […]

Alex Hall on the Seige of Malta

Once again using his indepth knowledge, Alex Hall delivered an excellent presentation on the Seige of Malta during during 1942. SS Ohio was an oil tanker built for the Texas Oil Company (now Texaco). The United Kingdom requisitioned her to re-supply the island fortress of Malta during the second world war. The tanker played a […]

Alasdair Meldrum’s success at Cape Wrath

Our very own Alasdair Meldrum, entered and completed the gruelling Cape Wrath Ultra. There was  the strange sight on day four of Alasdair running in his pants. He revealed: “I have bad chafing on my legs and it hurts to wear my shorts. I am alright without my shorts on and so today I am […]

New Member Howard Stevenson

Retired Ninewells Hospital Surgeon, Howard Stevenson and his wife Dianne moved to Ayr from Newport, Fife recently where he was involved with the management of children suffering burn injuries.. In North Fife Rotary Club, Howard served as immediate past President (2019 – 2020) and Ayr Rotary Club is delighted to welcome him into its ranks […]

Global Oceanic Environment

Ayr Rotary Club was privilaged to hear two excellent speakers at their recent meeting, Dr Howard Dryden is an internationally acclaimed marine biologist, who is Chief Scientific Officer of GOES Foundation (Global Oceanic Environmental Survey) and Dr Stephanie Teranni Brown of Clean Water Wave Howard began with many startling facts about our oceans including “Life […]