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Thursday, 15 January 2009

South Ayrshire takes lead role launching
Homecoming Scotland Middle East

By: Our Economic Development Correspondent

SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL is set to play a leading role in the launch of Homecoming Scotland - Middle East.

In partnership with Leisurecorp, the new owners of Turnberry Hotel (pictured below), the Council will have a presence at the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament to promote golf tourism and wider Homecoming 2009 activities aimed to encourage people to come back to Ayrshire.

As both the birthplace of poet Robert Burns and the home of Open Golf, Ayrshire is playing a significant role in Homecoming Scotland 2009 and can boast a full calendar of events throughout the year, including signature January events such as Iconic Burns in Alloway. The 138th Open Golf Championship will take place during the Homecoming Year at Turnberry in South Ayrshire, which is due to re-open after an extensive renovation programme currently being undertaken by the new owners, Leisurecorp.

Golf is one of the top tourist attractions in Ayrshire, boasting many world class courses and indeed two out of the five Open Championship courses in Scotland. Already a popular golfing destination with United States and Canadian markets, the area has also experienced a growth in Scandinavian golf tourism in recent years as a result of the proximity to Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the proliferation of direct air links.

The attendance at the Dubai Desert Classic of Officers from the Council’s Enterprise Service provides a further opportunity to promote both golf and the wider tourist attractions of the area to an international and expatriate market that will provide a legacy for years to come.

South Ayrshire Council deputy chief executive and executive director of development and environment Graham Peterkin said: “This is a unique opportunity for us to say ‘Come back to Ayrshire’ during this year’s Homecoming 2009 and encourage as many people as possible to come and share the excitement of the Open Championships in Turnberry later this year.

“South Ayrshire has some of the best golf courses in the world, and taking part in the Dubai Desert Classic is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase just what we have to offer. Golf is a very important part of our tourism industry, and we want to make the most of opportunities to promote the area and so in turn help to boost our local economy.

“This is a one off opportunity in the Year of Homecoming to engage a significant potential market who would not primarily consider South Ayrshire as a holiday destination, to come and visit.

“This event will allow us to interact directly with golfers, business people and expatriates who can really help us to make a difference to our tourism industry and boost our economy in future years.”

Councillor Hugh Hunter and Provost Winifred Sloan have been invited to represent the Council as VIP guests of Leisurecorp in the Pro Am golf match immediately prior to the tournament, to support Paul Bush, the chief executive of EventScotland, who will launch the promotion of Homecoming – Middle East as part of his visit.

The ‘Come back to Ayrshire’ message will be given a high profile presence at the Dubai Desert Classic via a branded chalet and kiosk, and in addition will be carried on all on course advertising, display materials and a themed ‘Come back to Ayrshire’ evening. The event will also unveil the launch of the new Golf South Ayrshire website providing information on the range of courses in the area.

A charity challenge match will also be taking place, with 50% of the proceeds coming back to support junior golf development in the area.

For further information on Homecoming Scotland events in Ayrshire log on to or e-mail or telephone Jakki Ross on 01292 616143.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the annual Dubai Desert Classic, which will take place from 27 January 2009 to 1 February 2009 and be played at the Emirates golf Club in Dubai. The event forms part of the European Tour International Schedule and attracts some of the world’s top golfers. For more information log on to

Homecoming Scotland 2009 is an events programme celebrating Scotland’s great contributions to the world. In 2009 join us to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth, Scottish contributions to golf and whisky plus our great minds and innovations and rich culture and heritage. For more information log on to


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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Clydesdale banknotes celebrate Robert Burns
and Homecoming Scotland 2009

NEW banknotes have been designed by Clydesdale Bank to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the Year of Homecoming 2009.

The new family of banknotes celebrates famous Scots and the five World Heritage Sites in Scotland, drawing on the Homecoming themes of Burns, Great Minds and Innovation, Culture and Heritage.

The new designs are:

£5 Sir Alexander Fleming and St Kilda
£10 Robert Burns and The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
£20 Robert the Bruce and New Lanark
£50 Elsie Inglis and The Antonine Wall
£100 Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney

First Minister Alex Salmond (pictured above) said: "The Clydesdale Bank's commemorative notes are a wonderful contribution to the Homecoming celebrations. The new designs showcase our unrivalled landmarks and landscapes as well as the contributions of some of Scotland's greatest minds.

"Clydesdale is currently the largest supplier of banknotes in Scotland and has been producing notes since 1838.

"Scotland has produced our own banknotes for over 300 years, marking the culture, heritage, tradition and resilience of Scotland, its people and our financial sector. Clydesdale Bank's launch of a new banknote family is an indication of its strength and commitment to Scotland in the current economic climate.

"Homecoming is a key part of the Scottish Government's six point economic recovery plan, and will assist our tourism industry through the current downturn. There are now more than 300 events planned across Scotland which we are promoting to millions of people worldwide.

"Homecoming 2009 is shaping up to be the biggest celebration of Scotland yet and our great contributions to the world. We are confident it will be a year to remember and that we will meet our target to generate an additional £40 million in tourism revenue.

"And of course I am delighted to see the iconic image of Burns has been presented in the most widely used £10 note in recognition of our national bard's 250th anniversary. I would like to thank Clydesdale Bank for these new designs. These commemorative notes will be in circulation, worldwide, forever - I cannot think of a greater start to our year of celebrations nor a better, lasting legacy for Homecoming 2009."

Clydesdale Bank Chief Operating Officer David Thorburn (pictured above) said: "Clydesdale Bank's new banknote family showcases the best of Scotland - its people and its heritage. We are the largest note issuer in Scotland and I am delighted that we are introducing such an innovative and striking set of notes during the Homecoming. I am particularly pleased that a new portrait of Robert Burns will feature on one of our most popular notes - a fitting tribute in the 250th Anniversary of the year that he was born."

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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to meet at West Sound Radio

THE Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is to hold its next breakfast networking meeting at West Sound Radio in Ayr at 8.30am on Tuesday 27 January 2009.

A buffet breakfast and a tour of the West Sound and West FM studios will be included.

West Sound Radio Station Director Brenda Ritchie said: “We look forward to welcoming members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to West Sound. Hopefully the visit will prove both informative and enjoyable.”

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes said: "We are grateful to West Sound Radio for offering to host this meeting of the Business Circle, and for providing this opportunity for our members and guests to see the operation of a prominent local radio station."

Members, guests and others interested in joining the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle are welcome, but in order to facilitate catering arrangements, please notify Murdoch MacDonald of your intention to attend.

Murdoch MacDonald
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle
Telephone: 01292 281498

West Sound Radio
Radio House
54a Holmston Road
Ayr KA7 3BE


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Monday, 12 January 2009

Charge nurses and midwives take leading role in health care

Ayrshire and Arran’s charge nurses were once known as ‘ward sisters’ – but in recent years more than their name has changed, with their role becoming increasingly complex.

The central role of charge nurses in delivering a world-class health service was the theme at a recent Nursing and Midwifery Leadership conference for NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

[Pictured: Mrs Fiona McQueen, Executive Nurse Director (centre) with from left, Anne Fairlie, Head of Practice Development, Andrew Moore, Assistant Director of Nursing (Patient Focus Public Involvement), Angela O’Neill, Associate Nurse Director – Integrated care and emergency services, and Mary McGinn, Associate Nurse Director – Integrated care and partner services.]

The conference marked the culmination of an extensive review of the roles and responsibilities of charge nurses in the modern health service. Patients, members of the public and NHS staff have all had the opportunity to become involved in the review, which is part of a process that will see charge nurses take their place in the NHS as professional, modern clinical leaders.

The review led to the publication of ‘Leading Better Care’ which was launched recently by Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and Paul Martin, Chief Nursing Officer. ‘Leading Better Care’ is a national drive to focus the role of the Charge Nurse on providing safe, effective care that improves patients’ experience of services.

Speakers at the conference included Ayrshire and Arran’s Associate Nurse Directors, who shared their vision for the future.

Mary McGinn, Associate Nurse Director – Integrated care and partner services, explains: “Leading Better Care emphasises the need to develop strong and inspirational clinical leadership for the future.”

The review has involved charge nurses who are already working in inpatient settings, along with patients, members of the public and NHS staff. They were asked for their views on the charge nurse role and its potential for development. The review also looked at the activities carried out by charge nurses today; as well as reviews of literature and research evidence.

From all this information, working groups identified four areas for responsibility:
* to ensure safe and effective clinical practice
* to enhance patient experience
* to manage and develop the performance of the team
* and to contribute to the delivery of the organisation’s objectives.

Charge nurses will also be able to use a set of Clinical Quality Indicators to help them improve the quality of care in their areas of responsibility. Indicators give nurses the tools they need to provide evidence on the quality of clinical care.

Executive Nurse Director Fiona McQueen adds: “The role of the charge nurse is central to delivering safe and effective care on a daily basis; this innovative approach will enable them to monitor standards of care and patient satisfaction more effectively. This is part of the drive to improve the patient’s experience of care in NHS Ayrshire & Arran.”

Charge Nurse Janice Donnelly welcomed the refocused role as a positive challenge: “I look forward to this exciting development as it will ensure that the quality of patient care for the future will be enhanced through effective nurse leadership.”

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Cheque boost for Ayrshire sports charity

THE Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust is once again supporting Ayrshire Sportsability by donating an amazing £2000. The donation means that the charity will host Ayrshire’s second Shinty Festival in 2009 for children and young people with learning or physical disabilities.

[Pictured: Tim Morrison from the Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust presents their cheque to Dianne Campbell, Ayrshire Sportsability Administrator.]

Ayrshire Sportsability is a charity that offers children and young people the chance to take part in sporting activities that they may not normally have the opportunity to try. In April 2008 the charity hosted Ayrshire’s first ever Shinty Festival for school pupils, aged between 12 and 18, with funding from the Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust.

More than 40 pupils took part in the festival at Kilmarnock College Sporting Centre for Excellence. Park School came out top, winning the Ayrshire Sportsability and The Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust quaich. Park School then went on to win the national Shinty Tournament in Aviemore in April 2008.

Dr Wai-yin Hatton, Chair of Ayrshire Sportsability and Chief Executive of NHS Ayrshire & Arran said: “This donation means we will be able to offer more children and young people with learning or physical disabilities the chance to take part in sporting activities. I would like to thank the Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust for its kind donation and continued support.”

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