The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 2 April 2011

South Ayrshire switches off to help tackle climate change

Residents across South Ayrshire proved their commitment to sustainability and tackling climate change last weekend, taking the second top spot – South Ayrshire’s highest ever placing – in the UK and Ireland for the percentage of residents participating in WWF’s Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a visible way to demonstrate support to combat climate change by switching lights off for one hour and between 8.30pm and 9.30pm across the UK and Ireland on Saturday 26 March.

South Ayrshire was just pipped to the post for first place, with only the Shetland Isles having more of its residents taking part.

Earth Hour started in Australia 2007 when millions of people and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to demonstrate their support to combat climate change. Since then, the movement has grown from strength to strength and many iconic landmarks across the globe such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Eiffel Tower now switch off during Earth Hour.

In South Ayrshire, many landmarks that are normally illuminated with floodlighting were switched off including Alloway Kirk; St Nicholas Church Ruin in Prestwick; Fish Cross sculpture, High Street, Ayr; Poet & Scholar sculpture, High Street, Ayr; Loudoun Hall Courtyard; Auld Brig, Ayr; Burns Statue, Burns Statue Square, Ayr; Kirkoswald church ruin, Kirkoswald; Stumpy Tower, Girvan; Dundonald Castle (in consultation with Historic Scotland); Ayr, Newmarket Street feature lighting (in consultation with Ayr Renaissance); Ayr Town Hall; Ayr, Wallace Tower Ayr, St John’s Tower and Maybole Town Hall.

David Anderson, Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council (pictured above) said: “I would like to thank everyone who demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and tackling climate change by taking part in Earth Hour and establishing South Ayrshire as one of the most environmentally-aware areas across the UK and Ireland.

“This is a significant achievement and the key thing now is to keep up the good work that was started during Earth Hour. We need to maintain the momentum of switching-off when we can and making every effort to reduce our carbon footprint.

“I’m sure Earth Hour made us all think about how easy it is to do – switching off equipment rather than leaving it on standy-by mode, turning off our lights, using low-energy light bulbs, only using the amount of water we need in the kettle. These are all small things but they make a big difference.

“By changing our habits on a daily basis, we can have a real impact not only on our own energy use but we can also make a difference for the future of our planet – and that’s something we can all be proud of.”

Scheme to create one of the greenest crematoria in Scotland

The first phase of a £1.1 million programme to create one of the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly crematoria in Scotland is underway at Masonhill Crematorium in Ayr.

South Ayrshire Council’s major improvement programme at its award-winning crematorium involves the introduction of ‘abatement’ equipment that will filter out mercury, dioxins and other harmful emissions from being released into the atmosphere. This will ensure the crematorium meets government standards on mercury emissions.

New, modern, more energy-efficient cremators will be installed at a later stage of the programme, establishing Masonhill Crematorium as one of the greenest around.

The latter phase of the works will also include improvements to the chapel area including the altar, catafalque (the platform where the coffin lies during the service) and organ.

To maintain a peaceful and dignified environment for those paying their respects or attending services at the crematorium, the works will generally be carried out from around 4pm Monday to Friday and at weekends when the crematorium is not in use.

However, two to three two-day scheduled closures will be required from around mid-May until the completion of the project in the autumn to facilitate the works to the chapel and the cremators – no dates for these closures have been set at this time.

Lesley Bloomer, South Ayrshire Council’s Executive Director for Development and Environment, said: “Our priority at all times is to provide mourners and visitors with quality services in a respectful environment, and we will continue to do this throughout the duration of the works programme.

“This project marks significant investment by the Council and is testament to our commitment to reducing energy use and protecting the local environment.

“It will further enhance the facilities available at Masonhill, and will confirm our position as one of the leading crematoria in the country.”

For further information, visit or call 01292 266051.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Mother’s Day menu at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant, Minishant, Ayrshire

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali has created a special Mother’s Day menu at his haute cuisine Indian Restaurant in Minishant Ayrshire.

As always, Mafiz’s food will be a sheer delight, and the wonderful setting of Ayr Spice Restaurant in the converted Memorial Church in Minishant will provide an ideal setting for what will undoubtedly prove a memorable occasion for all diners this weekend.

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant

Mother’s Day Menu

£17.95 per person

(This menu is only available on prior booking)

Papadoms with assorted pickle tray


Honey Chicken
(diced chicken stuffed with peshwari and honey)

Aloo Salad with dim and special herbs
(lightly spiced mashed potato and aubergine)

Bilati Bagun
(Bangladeshi fish cooked with aromatic herbs and spiced with Mafiz’s secret recipe in stuffed beef tomatoes)

Gorom Murgh Salad with sesame and honey dressing
(Chicken Salad)


Murghi Massala
(breast of chicken stuffed with special spicy mashed potatoes)

Lamb (Moulovi Bazaar Style)
(Lamb with aubergine and cucumber in Bangladeshi spices)

Freshly Grilled Murgh with a tomato herb and lemon olive oil sauce

Machli Sizzler
(A famous dish in Bangladesh served in a sizzler. Choose from medium or hot salmon prepared in our special spices)


Mixed Vegetable Bhaji (lightly spiced)


Fried, Pilau or Boiled Rice

Naan Breads: Choice of peshwari, garlic, cheese & onion or vegetable flavours


A choice of Gulab jam, Indian masala tea, coffee or a glass of port to finish.

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Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441413