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Aquabox Team keep busy

Report by Ayr Aquabox convenor Rob Keating, who is also an Aquabox Ambassador. We shall be showcasing Aquabox at this year’s District Conference at the Jubilee Hotel in Glasgow, in October 2019. We will also be showcasing Aquabox in Aberdeen at the North of Scotland District Conference along with other Ambassadors for Aquabox.. This year […]

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Seawater Farming and Coastal Protection – 4 June 2019

Glasgow-based Yanik Nyberg is a young man with great ambition and aspirations to help save our planet from environmental catastrophe. In a relaxed and level-toned manner he explained to the members how close Scotland and the rest of the world is to reaching a point of no return from the disastrous effects of climate change, […]

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Visit to Hampden Park

  On 31 May 2019, the Club visited Hampden Park. Ayr member, John Dunlop, was Director of Policy and Administration at the SFA a few years ago, and was able to organise an excellent tour of all the facilities. Our guide, Bruce, gave us lots of information on the development of Hampden and showed us […]

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10 Years of the IAT

Last week we welcomed a group of Americans and Canadians who were in Scotland to mark the 10th anniversary of the first International Appalachian Trail (IAT) visit to the UK and Ireland. It was almost 10 years to the day that an IAT delegation from Maine and Newfoundland, Labrador, travelled to Scotland to hold exploratory meetings […]

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Turnberry Aerodrome – Margaret Morrell – 14 May 2019

We were treated to an excellent talk by guest speaker Margaret Morrell on the history of Turmberry aerodrome. Here was a lady who evidently had all the important facts at her fingertips having spent much of her adult life engaged in meticulous research to uncover the many untold stories of this important military base. Margaret […]

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Important meeting at Turnberry – 19 May 2019

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 is 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 successful […]

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Willie Kidd – The Steam and Stirling Engine – 7 May 2019

Our guest speaker, Willie Kidd, wowed the members with his exhibition of wonderful working models of steam engines and the amazing Stirling engine. These are Willie’s passion, as was evident in his talk, and his interest was kindled many years ago by a Sunday Post article on the Stirling engine. Being a Kilmarnock man himself, […]

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Ayr Rotary Club 2019 Annual Charity Golf Day at Belleisle

A shotgun start at 9.30am on Friday 10 May saw eighteen teams tee-off to compete in the Ayr Rotary Club Annual Charity Golf Day at Belleisle Park. This event is the main fund-raiser in the club’s calendar, and raised an amazing £10,000-plus for local charities. The principal beneficiaries this year were Whiteleys Retreat for young […]

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Round-Britain Walkers meet on Ayrshire Coastal Path

An unusual coincidence happened last week on the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Two couples who, independently, are walking the entire British coastline (3861 miles over 9 months!) in opposite directions, accidently bumped into each other on a section of the path between Ayr and Dunure. Martin Shipley (frequently accompanied by his wife Maureen) is walking anti-clockwise […]

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Allan & Lynn McWillliam – Adventures on the Amazon

Using a myriad of slides from each of the four ports of call on the Amazon,, Allan and Lynn held our attention with tales of their exploits during a four week cruise. The first port was Manaus which is located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, on the banks of the Negro River in […]

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