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Friday, 19 June 2009

On course for the 138th Open Golf Championship at Turnberry

ARRANGEMENTS are well under way for The 138th Open Championship which takes place at Turnberry on 16, 17, 18 and 19 July 2009.

South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder said: “The Open Championship is one of the world’s premier annual sporting events which attracts golfers and supporters from all over the world. It helps to boost our local economy and will put the spotlight firmly on South Ayrshire once again. It will be a memorable occasion for visitors and local people.

“People from around the globe will watch the Open Championship on television and will be able to see the magnificent course, surrounding scenery and views over the Firth of Clyde. I believe that many people will be inspired to come and visit South Ayrshire after watching the Championship on television.

“2009 is the year of the Homecoming, two of the Homecoming pillars being golf and Robert Burns, so it is very significant that The Open Championship, a Signature Event, is being held in South Ayrshire.

“I would encourage people to make a date in their diary to attend the Championship, drink in the atmosphere and enjoy watching the top golfers in the world take part in a thrilling competition.”

South Ayrshire has had a strong connection with The Open since the event began, as the first Open Championship was played over three rounds of Prestwick’s 12 hole course on 17 October 1860. The event was inspired by the Earl of Eglinton and Colonel James Fairlie, and at their instigation the members of Prestwick contributed funds for an extravagant belt of red leather adorned with silver buckle and decorations. Since then, Prestwick, Turnberry and Royal Troon, all located within South Ayrshire, have hosted the event on many occasions.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, from the R&A said: “Preparations for the Open Championship at Turnberry are well under way. For months we have been working closely with South Ayrshire Council over arrangements for The Championship to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. I would like to thank South Ayrshire Council for their assistance, as well as our many other partners who have been very supportive in making the arrangements.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to go to Turnberry to watch the Championship. It is a real family event, and a chance to watch world class players in action.”

Local Final Qualifying rounds are scheduled to take place on 6 and 7 July 2009 for some of the last remaining places in The Open Championship. Competitions will be held at Glasgow Gailes, Kilmarnock Barassie and Western Gailes. Admission and car parking for spectators, but only during the qualifying rounds, is free.

Tickets for the Championship days may be purchased in advance by telephone (01334 460010) or online ( Tickets for the Open may also be purchased on arrival at Turnberry, with the paygates remaining open throughout much of each day.

Further information can be found by logging on to South Ayrshire Council’s website at and other linked sites including the official Open site at



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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

New Belmont Academy building officially opened

THE new Belmont Academy building has been officially opened by Major Sir Richard Henderson, KCVO, TD. The new £24.8 million secondary school boasts state of the art teaching facilities and new improved outdoor facilities.

[Pictured: A night for celebration as Major Sir Richard Henderson, KCVO, TD officially opened the new Belmont Academy building.]

Sir Richard said: “I was very honoured to be invited to open such a magnificent new school. Education has a major influence on a young person’s life chances. and we want South Ayrshire’s young people to experience their learning in the best educational facilities. The new Belmont Academy provides that. Schools are at the heart of our communities, so this significant redevelopment offers wider benefits to the people of Ayr.”

The guests at the official opening ceremony enjoyed a full programme of entertainment provided by talented pupils. This included performances by the symphony orchestra, the concert band, the string orchestra and the string quartet. There was a vocal solo and solo performances on the clarsach, saxophone and flute.

The new Belmont Academy is part of South Ayrshire Council’s £76 million investment programme in schools. During the last two years, schools have been completed at Monkton, Alloway and Barassie, with a new annexe completed at Kyle Academy. Councillor Hywel Davies, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: “The major investment in schools throughout South Ayrshire is indicative of this Council’s commitment to provide strong educational foundations for all our young people. We want them to enjoy learning and teaching in modern fit for purpose facilities. The vibrant, high quality entertainment at the opening ceremony epitomised what the pupils at Belmont Academy have to offer.”

Head teacher Alan Moir said: “From February 2007 all of us in the Academy watched with increasing excitement and anticipation our new school building rise on what had been our playing fields. Now we are in full occupancy and working in the new Belmont Academy – a true learning centre for the twenty first century.

“The old school held wonderful memories for generations of Ayr’s young people, but now we have a tremendous opportunity to build new traditions and experiences for our students in this state of the art learning environment. We want to thank South Ayrshire Council for their vision and foresight, and all parties involved in giving all of us such an inspiring place to work.”



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South Ayrshire organisations single
minded about Community Planning

EIGHT key public, voluntary and community sector organisations, providing services in and to South Ayrshire, have signed a new agreement, pledging to work in partnership for the benefit of South Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Strathclyde Police, CVO Kyle & Carrick, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and Strathclyde Passenger Transport, as well as two community representatives, all signed the document, known as the Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) during the second Community Planning Conference, held at County Buildings.

More than 150 local residents, many representing grass roots community organisations, joined public and private sector agencies at the conference and were welcomed by Councillor Hugh Hunter, Chair of the Community Planning Partnership, the conference organisers.

He gave an update on how community planning had progressed since the last conference in 2008, with the positive news that community concerns of economic development and transport were being addressed by way of a new partnership and added that Community Health work had also been boosted by a welcome input from locality groups for adult and children’s services.

He said: “A major recent output of the Community Planning Partnership is the Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) and this sets out the key issues the partners have identified and agreed as local priorities for South Ayrshire. These priorities will be taken forward by the different Theme Groups within the Partnership.

“Many will have seen the publicity relating to the recent audit of Best Value and Community Planning and signing this document commits us to improve the leadership of community planning, to improve our joint working among partners and to exploit the potential for shared services.

Councillor Hunter also gave news of a proactive approach to the recent National Framework to tackle the problems of drugs and alcohol, with the establishment of a new Alcohol and Drugs Partnership which will become part of the Community Planning structures.

However, he warned of challenging times ahead, given the multi-million pound reductions in public sector finances, saying: “The coming year is likely to be particularly challenging.

“As a consequence of the economic situation, we have seen a drop in income from council tax and rent, lower returns on investment, land and buildings and such reductions in income provide an uncomfortable backdrop as demands for our services rise.

“All public sector partners are under the same severe pressure and, although the scale is not yet clear, all the signs are that hard decisions will be required in all areas of services. However, this will mean that the benefits of joint collaborative working will be even greater.

After the agreement was signed, delegates attended a variety of breakout sessions, contributing ideas and thoughts to the Theme Groups on community issues such as: lifelong learning, community safety, economic development & transport, drugs and alcohol awareness, community health, regeneration and sustainability.

People were encouraged to say what they or their local organisation is currently doing and what they might be able to do in the future in order to work with partners to deliver the local outcomes and objectives in the Single Outcome Agreement.

In the afternoon, people were encouraged to visit a number of interactive activities and service demonstrations to find more about what the Theme Groups do and how they work.

Strathclyde Police and Fire & Rescue Services were on hand on Low Green to offer advice, hints and tips on all aspects of their services to the community. In addition, the Community Safety Partnership had a new portable Multi Use Games Arena (MUGA) was on display, with a primary school football tournament in full flow.

There were key messages on recycling, alcohol misuse, traffic planning, health improvement and equalities. A live beehive was also on display to demonstrate one of the many skills our young people are learning as part of a programme of diversionary activities.

Before the Conference closed, the results of the ballot to elect two community representatives to the Community Planning Board (pictured above) were announced, with David Kiltie from Maybole Community Council and Joe Lafferty from Wallacetoun and Newton Regeneration Forum being duly elected to represent the areas of Carrick and Kyle respectively.

The next meeting of the Community Planning Board will be held on 19th August and Valerie Stewart of South Ayrshire Council said: “I was delighted to see so many people turn up and make their views known. We have learned a lot from the breakout sessions and the electronic voting used during the conference.

“We now need to take this information and feed it back to the Community Planning Board and Theme Groups and see how we can use this to shape shared services and collaborative working in the future.”



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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

CKD Galbraith offer new country houses for sale in Ayrshire

LEADING Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are launching to the market the core of Hendry Homes 2009 portfolio.

Following the huge success of Purclewan Mill, the award-winning and exclusive hamlet of traditional handcrafted houses built with green oak frames, Hendry Homes have carefully selected 3 stunning locations to build 5 striking and individual country houses.


Hendry Homes managing director Iain Hendry undertook his first renovation project in 1988. His years of experience since culminated in the stunning homes incorporating green oak frames at Purclewan Mill. These houses and those in the Hendry Homes 2009 Portfolio have the same unique character and design and finish, the result of careful consideration of lifestyle needs.

All of the properties are within 5 miles of Ayr. Barquhey (see artist's impression above) is a delightfully private and rural gated development. Gardeners House is within the grounds of a private estate on the banks of the River Ayr. Craigbank will be a fabulous new country home in rolling countryside.

Each of the houses have exposed oak beams and rafters complementing the natural stone and slate of the existing buildings, oak doors and finishings, Alno kitchens, Carron Spa Baths and Matki power showers. There is underfloor heating from state of the art air source heat pumps.

The three locations carefully selected for Hendry Homes new houses are all superb, in unspoilt rolling countryside with fine views and close to Ayr. The houses will be built to order for purchasers with completion in 2010. One of the houses has already been sold and there is already pre-launch interest in others.

Prices for these unique homes start from £495,000

For further information contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181.


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Restored 19th century mansion house creates six
contemporary apartments and three stunning houses

LEADING Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith and Savills have joined forces to market an exclusive development of luxury homes in a beautifully restored mansion in the heart of Ayrshire.

Coodham (pictured above) is a 90 acre estate steeped in history and dating back to 1862. The property was built by the widow of William Fairlie in honour of her late husband and named ‘Williamfield’. The Fairlies’ son, James Ogilvy Fairlie, takes his place in golfing history as the founder of both Prestwick Golf Club and the inaugural British Open.

Coodham was taken over by Sir William Holdsworth, who made significant improvements to the house and its surroundings and opened it up as a local visitor attraction. The mansion house later fell into ruin but has now been restored to its former glory and transformed into six stunning contemporary apartments and three very individual houses.

As part of the restoration of the four floor building, the developers have worked impeccably to ensure that the original character and integrity has been preserved, whilst creating stylish and individual apartments. Meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout, from maintaining the original woodwork to the ornate plasterwork. The beautiful stonework has been restored or replaced, where necessary, to exacting standards, including the replication of the entrance pillars and roof balustrade.

The luxurious interiors will be finished to the highest of standards with every aspect of the apartments designed to create space. Timber floors and individually handcrafted doors and windows feature throughout, high spec bathrooms and kitchens exude quality, and state of the art technology is available to create cable free audio visual facilities including lighting, satellite TV and a video-voice security system.

Bob Cherry, who is handling the sale for CKD Galbraith, said: “Coodham is an extraordinary and unique development unmatched in the West of Scotland. It combines the character of a 19th century mansion with contemporary quality and style. The resulting apartments and houses are highly individual homes in a stunning setting, with all bar one enjoying views over the estate’s private lake (pictured above). Each offers a fantastic alternative to city living in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside.”

Goldrealm Properties, the developer responsible for leading the renovation, said: “Coodham Estate has been a fascinating project to work on, taking some years to complete. The challenge of preserving the original building, whilst creating stylish, modern houses and apartments, has required creativity and innovative design. The resulting properties successfully combine all these elements, making them very desirable, unique homes.”

Jennifer Goldie of Savills said: “I’ve rarely seen anything like the attention to detail and the sheer quality of the refurbishment of Coodham. Each of the nine properties is bespoke, making them perfect for discerning ‘down sizers’ – maybe someone selling a period property in Troon, who doesn’t want to compromise on style and craftsmanship, but appreciates the technology and modern comforts that are part of the package here. They would also make fantastic UK bases or second homes for someone living abroad - you’re not far from the airports at Prestwick and Glasgow, and you’ve got a huge array of golf courses to choose from, wonderful beaches and peaceful countryside.”

The spectacular 90 acre grounds and gardens have benefited from the same attention to detail, offering 2½ miles of picturesque walkways as well as the lakeside woodlands, which are of significant horticultural status and attract a variety of birds and wildlife. The large private lake has been cleared and stocked with fish and a new island created.

Outwith the private grounds, this area of South Ayrshire offers an abundance of outdoor pursuits including championship golf courses at Royal Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick. Exceptional sailing facilities are available at Troon, Largs and Inverkip Marinas and the area’s lochs and rivers offer salmon and trout fishing for beginners to enthusiasts alike.

Coodham is situated close to the delightful village of Symington, approximately 10 miles from the town of Ayr which offers a full range of facilities including bars, restaurants and shops. The bustling city of Glasgow is easily reached in around 45 minutes.

The houses and apartments range in size from 2 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms, all providing generously proportioned rooms. Prices range from £330,000 - £750,000.

For further information on Coodham Estate please visit or contact Bob Cherry of CKD Galbraith on 01292 268181, e-mail


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Lettings on par for the Open Golf Championship say CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, the Official Letting Agents of the Open Championship 2009, has successfully let out over 200 properties for this year’s championship at Turnberry, the most prestigious event on the golfing calendar.

[Pictured: Penkill Castle, Penkill near Girvan, Ayrshire.]

The firm’s role is to provide quality properties in close proximity to the course for competitors and their entourage, tournament officials, members of the media as well as tourists and spectators, covering the 10-day period of the event from 11-20 July.

Aileen Gemmell, head of the Golf Letting team at CKD Galbraith said: “We have been successfully letting out properties since early July last year and have experienced a large number of international bookings from America, South Africa and South America.

“Family-sized homes have been high in demand by small to medium-sized groups, which has formed a large proportion of the clientele. Lettings for corporate hospitality purposes have slowed down this year given the economic climate. However, an event as prestigious as The Open will always attract a large number of avid followers, and we have a range of charming properties still available.”

All properties are well presented, fully furnished and vary in sizes from one bedroomed cottages to substantial country mansions. All are within easy access to Turnberry and well located to take advantage of the many historical sites and rural amenities that Ayrshire has to offer.

A variety of properties remain available for let ranging from a former life-boat station, to Rabbie Burns - Scottish Longhouse and even several castles including Sorn Castle and Penkill Castle (pictured above). Average rental for the 10-day period is £6,000.

All properties listed can be viewed on the dedicated website

For more information please contact Aileen Gemmell of CKD Galbraith on 01292 268181 or email Alternatively you can visit the letting website from which you can directly register interest.


CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs 110 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr and Elgin.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.


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