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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Provost Winifred Sloan retires from South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan received a standing ovation as she entered the Council chamber for the final time to chair her last ever Council meeting.

Bringing the meeting to order by banging the ceremonial gavel for the first time in her six-year tenure as Provost, she said: “It has been a real privilege to serve South Ayrshire as Provost and I’ve enjoyed every moment of the journey.

“In particular, I have wonderful memories of the people I have been lucky enough to meet during my time and I’ve enjoyed unstinting support from my fellow councillors, Chief Officers and employees at South Ayrshire Council, especially my civic team, who I know will give excellent support to the new Provost."

Provost Sloan was warmly thanked by her fellow councillors and, moved by the plaudits, she responded saying: “I am very touched by the many kind words and am especially pleased so many members in the chamber number among my closest friends.

“I’ll genuinely miss being Provost. The job has given me a unique and fascinating opportunity to meet a range of wonderful people in South Ayrshire and it’s been a real privilege to serve them.
As the Council meeting concluded, Provost Sloan advised members she had written a handbook to ease the new Provost into their role, and also revealed she is to become a grandmother later in the year."

The outgoing Provost then received a bouquet of flowers from South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson, who said: “The energy needed to be Provost has to be seen to be believed. Provost Sloan has been outstanding in how she has undertaken her civic duties, and would leave many of us breathless by her boundless enthusiasm, energy and commitment to the role.

“She will be greatly missed, and I know we all wish her a long and happy retirement.”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Provost cheques out in style with donation to CLIC Sargent

In one of her last official duties before retiring, outgoing South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan surprised May Gilchrist, from children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, with a fantastic donation of £10,000.

[Provost Sloan (right) is pictured with May Gilchrist from Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick.]

The Council’s Charity Group selected CLIC Sargent as their charity two years ago. Provost Sloan said: “We’ve been hard at work raising money for this well deserving and worthwhile cause.

“In that time, we’ve raised money in all sorts of ways, from dress-down days, raffles at the Council’s Outstanding People Awards, bag-packing by pupils, car washing, Rabbie’s Run, afternoon teas, coffee mornings and much more besides.

“All the money raised soon began to mount up, and I was thrilled we reached the £10,000 mark. I was delighted to invite May over and present a cheque to her as a surprise.”

[Provost Sloan is pictured with Jane Bradley and Amanda Pirie (back) from the Council’s Charity Group and May Gilchrist from Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick.]

May Gilchrist commented: “I knew the Council was raising funds for us as their nominated charity, but I had no idea their efforts had been going so well.

“I was literally blown away when Provost Sloan turned the cheque over and I saw the amount on it. It’s an incredible and very welcome donation, as we depend entirely on public support to keep Malcolm Sargent House going.

“Provost Sloan has been one of our most timeless supporters and, from a personal point of view, the presentation was a bitter-sweet moment for me.

“On one hand, I’m grateful for the money which will help us in our work to offer support and encouragement to every young person with cancer, or families affected by it. On behalf of us all at Malcolm Sargent House, I’m very grateful to all those at South Ayrshire Council who have been so generous with their time, support and cash to get to this amazing milestone.

“On the other hand, I was saddened to be saying farewell to Provost Sloan – a friend and a real champion of the people, and all of us at CLIC Sargent wish her the very best as she hangs up her chain of office and starts a well earned retirement.”

Provost Sloan added: “Malcolm Sargent House is a wonderful place where kids with cancer and their families can come and have a holiday by the sea. It costs half a million pounds to run every year and, since it was opened in 1994, it has hosted almost 8,000 families – some tens of thousands of people.

“Every day, 10 families are told their child has cancer, and the staff at Malcolm Sargent house offer those children and families a well earned break, helping them to come to terms with what is happening.

“It’s a superb charity, and I was over the moon when asked to make the donation on behalf of everyone at the Council, because we understand and appreciate all the hard work May and her team undertake every day.”

Provost Sloan concluded: “I might have retired from politics, but I’ve a soft spot for Malcolm Sargent House, so watch out for me in the future, as I may well be rattling a tin or shaking a collection bucket in your direction soon!”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 30 April 2012

CKD Galbraith offer outstanding country property with outbuildings and swimming pool

Leading independent Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Chapelhill, a superb country house with equestrian facilities, swimming pool and grounds in a peaceful situation with splendid views across open countryside. The house is situated close to Stewarton (2 miles) and Dunlop (4.5 miles) and easily accessible from Glasgow, some 22 miles.

A splendid conversion incorporating the original coach house and cottages for Chapeltoun House, Chapelhill is a substantial country house with entrance hall, 3 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms (1 en suite), dining kitchen, bathroom, utility and cloakroom. The house is in immaculate condition and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens in about 2.15 acres. 

There is a wonderful indoor swimming pool complex with shower and changing area and an excellent stable block with garaging, workshop, stores, stables and an outdoor ménage.

In very good condition, particular features of the property are the superb designer Geddes kitchen with Rangemaster double oven, Belfast sink and a lovely centre island unit.

The fabulous lounge has vaulted ceiling and full-height brick fireplace with open fire.

From the kitchen, there is a dining room with oak flooring, woodburning stove and lovely garden views. There is a cosy study/sitting room with open fireplace and bespoke fitted furniture.

Beautifully maintained grounds surround the house and a sweeping private drive over the Chapeltoun burn leads to the front of the house. The gardens offer shelter and privacy whilst offering interest and colour at all times of the year. There is about 0.57 acres mixed woodland including elm and oak.

Situated within the grounds, there is a historic site with one of the finest preserved Bronze age burial mounds in Ayrshire.

Adjoining the house, an excellent stable block with garaging has potential for a variety of uses – stabling, workshop, internal recreation area or valuable storage.

Houses of this standard are rare to come on the market. In a lovely country setting, Chapelhill is sure to appeal to a family looking for a substantial country property within easy reach of Glasgow.

Offers Over £595,000 are being sought.

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CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300



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Sun shines on massive Scottish National crowd at Ayr Racecourse

Celebrities from the world of sport and television mingled with one of the biggest crowds in living memory at a sun drenched Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 21 April.

The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival brought Ayr Racecourse and the town alive with 16,314 watching the action at the track including First Minister Alex Salmond, Sir Alex Ferguson, ex- England football captain Bryan Robson and rugby stars past and present including Dan Parks, Andy Nicol, Derek Stark and Gregor Townsend.

It was a day for star spotting on and off course and it was fitting that such a large attendance witnessed a historic race with Merigo winning for the second time in three years after being second in the race last year.

The scene was set early in the day with the stars of Channel 4's Morning Line arriving at the course shortly before 7.30 am - Nick Luck, Alice Plunkett, Alistair Down, Tom Lee and Simon Holt broadcast live from the Chancellor Carvery.

Thereafter VIP guests started flooding into Western House for a special reception hosted by Racecourse Chairman Alan Macdonald which featured a special performance from Stewarton singer Francesca Kimberley.

Midday came with the arrival from the skies of a helicopter containing both Sir Alex Ferguson and Bryan Robson and the buzz was building at the track by the time Alex Salmond made his way to his place in the paddock stand.

By the time the first race came the centre of the track resembled a heliport with several aircraft parked including one in the familiar yellow and green colours of Sir Trevor Hemmings the owner of Blackpool Tower.

A battalion of journalists and photographers joined the third largest crowd at the course in the last 20 years to witness a great day's racing with the highlight being a fantastic finish to the Coral Scottish Grand National.

The champagne lawns and gardens were full and crowds around the paddock were five deep as the big crowd participated in some star gazing.

On Friday a larger than normal crowd enjoyed the racing and a performance from The Human League in the Ayrshire Suite.

Ayr Racecourse's Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith said : "What a marvellous weekend - the weather held up over the two days and the crowd on Saturday was sensational.

"It was also great to welcome such high profile celebrities as Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Robson. The 2012 Coral Scottish Grand Ntaional will go down as one of the best ever."

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Merigo wins Coral Scottish Grand National 2012 at Ayr Racecourse

Cheers normally reserved for a Cup final winning goal echoed around Ayr Racecourse on Saturday afternoon 21 April 2012 when Merigo crossed the line a head in front of a gallant Auroras Encore in the Coral Scottish Grand National.

The gallant 11 year-old ridden by Timmy Murphy chased Auroras Encore up the home straight and was a length down jumping the last fence, but rallied to mug Ryan Mania's mount as they passed the post.

It was a fitting finale to a great race and Merigo became the first horse since 1956 to win back the race. having won it in 2010 and been runner-up last year.

Tears flowed from an emotional owner Raymond Anderson Green accompanied by his wife Anita and daughter Verity wife of jockey Murphy.

Trainer Andrew Parker who is based in Eccelfechan near Dumfries summed it all up when he said: "That's eight times Merigo has run here and he's won five, been second twice and third once. He just comes alive here - he has the heart of a lion."

The well backed 15/2 shot even carried the support of First Minister Alex Salmond who quipped : "A Scottish winner of the National, the money is out of the bookies' satchels and the nation's finances have taken a turn for the better."

A crowd of 16,314 watched the action - the third highest attendance in 20 years and the sun shone the entire afternoon.

The chief supporting race, The Isle of Skye Blended Whisky Scottish Champion Hurdle went to Raya Star (15/2) in the hands of Robert 'Choc' Thornton who gave Alan King's horse a peach of a ride to win by three and a quarter lengths from Local Hero (11/1).

Leading owner Graham Wylie had a superb meeting with three winners on Saturday and one on Friday. His Saturday successes were Grandioso (5/1) in the opening hurdle race, Pacha Du Polder (11/4 fav) in the Arcadia Consulting Future Champion Novices Steeple Chase for the Vulmidas Cup and Doeslessthanme (100/3 fav) in the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase.

His Friday win came courtesy of The Knoxs (5/1), in the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase - the feature race of the day.

Largs owner Mrs Jo Tracey landed another Saturday highlight, The Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Chase with the David Pipe trained, Tom Scudamore ridden Problema Tic  (6/1) and top trainer Nicky Henderson landed a double with Cucumber Run (10/1) and River Maigue (10/11 fav) both ridden by Barry Geraghty.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing supremo Lindsey Smith commented: "What a wonderful two days racing - everyone enjoyed the action and we had great crowds."

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.