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Friday, 1 August 2008

Ayr Racecourse Ladies Night promises glitz, glamour and silver coins

By: Iain Ferguson

IF it’s glitz and glamour you’re after, then Ayr Racecourse is the place to be on Saturday 9 August for the annual WaterAid Ladies Night.

Firmly established as one of the major social events of the year in the west of Scotland, it’s also one of those nights when dressing up is the thing to do.


Glamorous girls can land lucky, as if they are chosen as one of the best dressed ladies on the night, they win a silver coin which will be their passport to Ladies Day Final on Friday 19 September and the opportunity to win a fabulous prize.

Top prize this year is a silver Alfa Romeo Spider 2.2 JTS convertible (pictured below) worth £25,000 courtesy of sponsors Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks suppliers of commercial vehicles in South West Scotland.

The make and model of the car was only revealed in June after months of mystery as it was paraded around Ayrshire and Glasgow in a box on the back of an Iveco Stralis truck.

Second prize is a £3,000 white gold Vivienne Westwood necklace and ear-rings set with diamonds and pearls and is provided by Oghams the Jewellers of Ayr and Edinburgh.

And third prize is a seven night Ocean Village cruise for two plus flights courtesy of Stewart Travel of Prestwick.

So how do ladies attending WaterAid Ladies Night get their hands on a silver coin? The answer is simple. Don your glad rags, best dress, hat etc and head to Ayr Racecourse. And if one of the panel of undercover judges decides you are worthy of a coin, you’ll be on your way to Ladies Day Final on 19 September.

On that day there will be 27 ladies with coins, and each will draw a horse running in that afternoon’s John Smith’s Ayr Silver Cup. The holder of the winning horse lands the car, second the jewellery and third the cruise.

WaterAid Ladies Night itself on 9 August is a very special night when around 7,000 people will create a unique atmosphere, with the racing commencing at 5.50pm and after the last race at 8.50pm, top dance band Counselled Out will take to the stage in the Ayrshire Suite for three hours of top entertainment.

Ayr Racecourse marketing manager Lindsey Smith said: “Ladies Night is one of the best occasions of the year, not only at Ayr Racecourse, but anywhere on the social scene.

“With the added incentive of possibly winning a silver coin, I’m sure this year’s attendance will be huge. The message is come along early - we open at 3.50pm - and have a great night’s entertainment.”

There are great savings on tickets booked in advance. Go online at or call 0870-8505666.


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Thursday, 31 July 2008

East Ayrshire Council joins the Support Our Soldiers campaign

EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL has joined the Support Our Soldiers (SOS) campaign by providing collection points for both donated gifts and money at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock; East Ayrshire Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock; the Collecting Hall in John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock; and Cumnock Library on Ayr Road.

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, joined Marie Macklin of the Klin Group at the Dick Institute collection point this week to help raise awareness of the campaign.

[Pictured: Councillor Reid (centre) with Gerard Cairns, Library, Registration and Information Services Manager and Marie Macklin.]

SOS came together in 2003 with the aim of providing support to serving men and women and their families at home. The SOS team write to individuals in war zones, organise fundraising events and send care packages to servicemen among other activities.

Members of the public are being asked to donate toiletries, snacks, confectionery, clothing, games and books along with pharmacy items for parcels which will be sent out to British troops. Financial donations are also welcome.

Councillor Reid said: “This is a very worthwhile campaign which I really hope people will support. There have already been lots of donations dropped into the collection points, and I hope this will continue across Ayrshire.

“If you would like to help out, telephone SOS organisers Agnes Hunter on 07779 762932, or Mary Anne or Robert Chambers on 01563 534693.

“You can also visit the web page at which explains the charity’s aims and how businesses or individuals can help with the campaign.”

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Hugh Hunter visits new Prestwick Academy
building nearing completion

By: Murdoch MacDonald

COUNCILLOR Hugh Hunter, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council (pictured below) visited phase one of the new Prestwick Academy school building, due to be completed in October this year, to see the progress being made.

The new Prestwick Academy will cost £25.6 million pounds and is a key element of South Ayrshire Council’s ambitious £76 million Public Private Partnership School building initiative.

After seeing the progress being made on the new building Councillor Hunter said: “The new Prestwick Academy is a very striking building with a powerful exterior that grabs your attention as soon as you see it. The Academy has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the pupils and has increased learning and leisure facilities inside the school as well as additional multi-purpose outdoor space."

The ongoing PPP project by the Council involves the construction of new primary schools at Barassie, Alloway and Monkton, new secondary schools at Belmont and Prestwick and an annexe to Kyle Academy.

Hugh Hunter concluded: “The PPP project has embraced the Council’s vision of new schools that are well designed, built to a high specification and managed by high quality staff. The schools will support the educational demands of the present and those of the future.

“The new Prestwick Academy will provide outstanding facilities that will be enjoyed by the current pupils and by others for many years to come.”

Current progress of the PPP school building initiative:

Kyle Academy – Annexe complete.
Monkton Primary School – New build complete.
Prestwick Academy – New build ongoing.
Belmont Academy – New build ongoing
Alloway Primary School – Phase one of new build complete, phase two ongoing.
Barassie Primary School – complete

In addition to the PPP school building initiative, South Ayrshire Council has two major schools refurbishment projects ongoing at the moment.

Dalmilling Primary School and Muirhead Primary School are being completely modernised. The windows, roof, heating and electrics have been fully replaced, all the classrooms, toilets and ancillary accommodation have been fully upgraded, and a new cashless catering system installed in both schools.

Dalmilling Primary School – total estimated spend over 2007/08 and 2008/09 is £2,559,000.

Muirhead Primary School – total estimated spend over 2007/08 and 2008/09 is £1,967,000.

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Building work starts on new Girvan Community Hospital in Ayrshire

BUILDING work is now officially underway at the site of Girvan’s new £21.5 million Community Hospital, following a sod-cutting ceremony on Monday 28 July.

[Pictured: a photographic impression of how the new Girvan Community Hospital will look when completed. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The new building will offer a range of services to the residents of Girvan and its surrounding villages, housing Girvan’s two General Practices along with inpatient accommodation, a Rehabilitation Unit, Outpatient Department, Community Casualty facilities and imaging (for example, x-ray).

The facility will have 26 inpatient beds, all en-suite to meet modern standards in terms of patient privacy and dignity.

The Bridgefield site will also host the Scottish Ambulance Service and South Ayrshire Council’s Social Services, including offices and interview accommodation.

And the innovative building is looking after the environment, too. It will use a number of renewable technologies, including a wind turbine, a biomass boiler plant which burns wood pellets to produce energy, and equipment to collect rainwater to use for flushing toilets.

[Pictured: Front row - South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan, Sheena Scott (South Ayrshire Disability Forum), Robert Jess, (Station Manager, Scottish Ambulance Service).
Back row - Dougie Newlands (South Ayrshire Council, Social Services), Lindsey Stobo, (Head Occupational Therapist, NHS Ayrshire & Arran), Gillian Lowry (Senior Sister, NHS Ayrshire & Arran), Anne Sinclair (Operational Manager, South Ayrshire CHP NHS Ayrshire & Arran), Bruce McMaster (GP, Girvan), Mrs Jean Irvine (Girvan Community Council), Hal Maxwell (GP, Ballantrae), Scott McCulloch (GP, Girvan), Tom Steele (Assistant Director of Facilities NHS Ayrshire & Arran), Professor Bill Stevely Chairman NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Mr John Cowieson (Ballantrae Community Association), Morag Farquhar (Capital Projects Manager, NHS Ayrshire & Arran).]

NHS Ayrshire & Arran chief executive Dr Wai-yin Hatton and chairman Professor Bill Stevely CBE were among the guests at the ceremony, with Professor Stevely taking one of the spades to perform the ceremonial cutting.

Dr Hatton said: “We want to improve the quality of the health services available to the people of Girvan and the surrounding areas. This new hospital will allow us to provide an effective and flexible service locally.

“This is a memorable day, and we are very grateful to all the staff and members of the public who have been involved in the design process so far. The building has been carefully designed to ensure that it is in keeping with the local environment, and it will be a worthy successor to the Davidson. I am sure the sprit of the Davidson will live on in this new building.”

She added: “The investment in renewable technology is a clear example of how seriously the NHS Board takes its commitment to the environment, and to using sustainable resources. By recycling material and generating our own energy, we will also be able to reduce NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s energy bills.”

The local Public Reference Group have been involved in the development of the new hospital since the early design stages, and discussions are now taking place with them about the possibility of including internal and external artwork to commemorate the Davidson Cottage Hospital and celebrate the affinity local people have with it.

Local contractor Barr has been awarded the main contract for this development. Construction work is due to start in August 2008 and will be completed in the winter of 2009.

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