Friday, 22 January 2010
CKD Galbraith offer stone barn conversion
opportunity in rural location
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a superb opportunity for the creation of a substantial 200 sq m two-storey detached house on a 0.18 acre plot, in peaceful rolling countryside in East Ayrshire.
Planning Permission has yet to be applied for, but informal enquiries with the Planning Authority are positive. The proposed plans include 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen/Dining Room, 4 Bedrooms (master en suite), Bathroom and Cloakroom. Provision has also been made for an integral garage. Services to the plot are close at hand.
East of the plot there lies the remains of a tower, named “Trabboch Castle”, of which the south and east walls were removed to build Trabboch Mains. Early references substantiate that Robert Bruce gave the castle to Boyd of Kilmarnock for services rendered at the Battle of Bannockburn. Very little remains of a strong 14th century castle which was defended by a ditch.
Trabboch Mains Plot enjoys fine views over open countryside, and is also sheltered by nearby woodland. The Plot presents a superb proposition to create a wonderful family home with spacious accommodation.
Offers Over £88,000 are being sought.
About CKD Galbraith
CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Kelso, Galashiels and Peebles.
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.
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
R A Cherry BSc MRICS
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
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Clydesdale Bank charity donation to Ayrshire Cancer Support
AN Ayrshire Cancer charity gained an extra boost this week - a special cheque from Clydesdale Bank.
The Ayrshire Cancer Support, based at Kilmarnock, received an £850 cheque from Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre (FSC), Ayr.
[Pictured: Ayrshire Cancer Support chief executive James Beck (centre) receives a cheque for £850 from Clydesdale Bank Ayrshire FSC partner Linda Paterson (left) and managing partner Willie Mackie (right). CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
The £850 cheque was presented to the charity on Tuesday 20 January 2010 by Clydesdale Bank Ayrshire FSC managing partner Willie Mackie, after Ayrshire Cancer Support was selected from a draw of charities nominated by staff.
The money for the donation came from two Clydesdale Bank charity auctions of 300 historic and collectable bank notes in Glasgow and London last September which raised £180,000. From this £3,850 is being made available to three charities in Ayrshire. The other two charities to benefit are Alzheimer’s Scotland, Ayr Division and East Ayrshire Carers.
Ayrshire Cancer Support has provided help to cancer patients throughout the region since 1982. With cancer support centres in both Ayr and Kilmarnock it provide a drop in facility for cancer patients, their families and the bereaved and a range of services including counselling, support groups and complementary therapies.
Ayrshire Cancer Support chief executive James Beck said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at the Clydesdale Bank’s Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr for this very generous donation. Our charity, like many others, is experiencing difficulties in these challenging financial times and this donation will help us to continue providing our services to cancer patients and their families throughout Ayrshire.”
Clydesdale Bank Ayrshire FSC managing partner Willie Mackie said: “We are thrilled that some of the funds raised by Clydesdale Bank’s charity auctions have come to Ayrshire, and that our decision to support the three charities will hopefully make a significant difference to the lives of people across Ayrshire.”
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Wednesday, 20 January 2010
South Ayrshire Council reports record move for Ayrshire Archives
THE new headquarters of Ayrshire Archives will open on Tuesday 26 January at the Watson Peat Building, Auchincruive following a year-long move from their former site at Craigie Estate.
[The new headquarters of Ayrshire Archives at the Watson Peat Building, Auchincruive.]
Staff undertook a mammoth task to move thousands of unique and irreplaceable historical documents and important council records – which, if placed end to end, would have stretched five kilometres – that’s all the way from Burns Statue Square in Ayr to Burns Cottage in Alloway.
During the move staff also managed and dealt with 1196 enquiries made by e-mail or through the post.
Established in 1996 as a pan-Ayrshire facility by South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire Councils, Ayrshire Archives maintains and conserves a range of important historical records, documents and photographs.
Councillor Margaret Toner (pictured above), South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Leisure said: “Moving Ayrshire Archives to its new site at the Scottish Agricultural College was a massive undertaking. That so many records and archives have been moved so quickly and so securely is a huge credit to the staff there.
“Set in such peaceful and beautiful surroundings, Ayrshire Archives really does provide a great environment to explore and learn about the past and delve into the history of your family.
“With Ayrshire Archives working closely with Registration and Bereavement services to provide a complete family history service, I’m confident we have a service delivering a high quality resource to researchers, visitors and local residents alike.”
The re-opening further augments another Ayrshire facility, opened as part of the Burns Monument Centre in Kay Park, Kilmarnock in May 2009.
Much of the material formerly held at Ayr has been transferred to Kilmarnock, including Kirk Session records and Customs and Excise records. An archivist is on duty there every Wednesday to help with family and local history enquiries.
Records remaining at Ayr include county council records, a large map collection, estate papers and poor relief records - an essential resource for family history research.
To take full advantage of the service an appointment in advance of your visit is essential so that staff can plan the best support for your research. This can be booked by calling Ayrshire Archives on 01292 521819
The public search room is open Tuesday 9.30 am to 4pm but closes between 1 and 2pm for lunch.
In the afternoon documents cannot be ordered after 3 pm.
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Monday, 18 January 2010
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company tells
local firms about business opportunities
A SERIES of events aimed at ensuring local businesses get every chance to benefit from the work of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has been hailed as a success.
Three events were held in Ardrossan, Irvine and Kilwinning to provide local firms with information on procurement and on the regeneration projects and activities being undertaken.
The timing and locations were designed to give local firms maximum choice in attending, but for those unable to get along a podcast is available online at www.irvinebay.co.uk providing some information.
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company chief executive Patrick Wiggins said: “The work we are doing is all about creating a prosperous and sustainable Irvine Bay, and we need strong local businesses to do that.
“It is vital that our local firms understand what we are doing, how our work can benefit them, and how can they work with us. These meetings are the first of their kind we have organised and provided companies in Irvine Bay with an opportunity to engage directly with us. There will be other such events in future.”
Attendees certainly found the sessions useful. Eddie Telford, business development manager of local building contractors William Skinner & Son, said he was “very pleased with what I have heard” at the Ardrossan meeting, while an Irvine coffee shop owner Anne Ritchie expressed her belief that her already thriving business could benefit further from the activities of Irvine Bay.
Karen Herbert, of Real Work Skills attended the Kilwinning event, and congratulated Irvine Bay for their hard work in keeping people informed of their activity: “What they are doing with a small team of people is really quite incredible.”
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company seeks to develop and revitalise the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine in North Ayrshire through a £100 million, ten-year programme to boost the local economy and make the area an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and to visit. The company’s partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.
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