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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Wallace Galbraith awarded Provost’s Medal at Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra celebration concert

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie has awarded a rare Provost’s Medal to Wallace Galbraith MBE, founder of the acclaimed Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra (AFO).
The surprise award took place towards the end of a Christmas concert the AFO were giving at Ayr Town Hall tonight, Saturday 22 December 2012, which also marked their 30th anniversary, having been formed in 1982, two years after Wallace had formed the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra with the late John Mason.
With three numbers left to play on the programme, Provost Moonie took to the stage and delighted the audience by calling Wallace to the front.
She said: “Wallace is a fantastic man and loves nothing better than getting folks up on stage, in front of an audience to play their hearts and souls out – and he does it very well.
“Tonight, I’m thrilled to be able to turn the tables and get Wallace in front of an audience to present a Provost’s Medal to him.
To warm applause, Provost Moonie continued: “The Provost’s Medal is awarded on very rare occasions to mark an exceptional individual in local life, who has made a truly outstanding to their local community.
“This is the first time I’ve had the honour to award a Provost’s Medal and Wallace has been unstinting in his contribution to music, arts and culture in South Ayrshire.
“At this festive time of year, when giving is better than receiving, Wallace embodies those qualities and values better than anyone I know – whether it’s his time, a helping hand, a friendly ear or a word of well timed advice.
“I’m delighted to present this to him, on all our behalves, with our thanks, gratitude and admiration to you for all your excellent work.”
Provost Moonie then presented the Medal to Wallace, who received a rapturous ovation from the Orchestra and audience alike.
Wallace Galbraith began his career as a baker with the family firm WC Galbraith & Sons, but the lure of music took him into teaching the violin in South Ayrshire Schools.
In 1980, the late John Mason invited him to become a founder member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and Ayrshire Junior Fiddle Orchestra was born, performing its first concert in August 1982.
Success followed and, in addition to a huge local following, the AFO enjoyed international success with trips to France, Canada, Australia, America, China, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.
Wallace was awarded the MBE for services to music through the Fiddle Orchestra in 2000 and retired from teaching in 2004. Since then, he has devoted his time to the development and growth of the AFO.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Two festive menus and a Hogmanay night to remember at Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant

Just one final reminder that Mafiz Ali is looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire over the festive period.
And Mafiz has prepared two special festive menus - the first Indian / Bangladeshi, and the second traditional Scottish -  for your delight and delectation.
You can view these menus online at:
Mafiz explained: “Popular and much loved as our Indian / Bangladeshi menu is, many our our regular diners might prefer to choose more traditional Scottish food during the festive season of Christmas and New Year.

“So I have recruited local chef Barry Cornes to join our team, and together we have concocted a special Scottish menu, which will be available at Ayr Spice over the festive season alongside our exciting Indian / Bangladeshi festive menu.”
And Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire is celebrating Hogmanay with a full programme of entertainment and a novel buffet consisting of its delicious Bangladeshi starters and curries as well as a Scottish carvery, the latter presented by Mafiz Ali’s new local chef, Barry Cornes.
The event will take place on New Year’s Eve in the beautiful function suite upstairs from 7pm until 1am, and will be fully licensed throughout. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Stephanie Zikmann and the “Wishbones”.
The “Wishbones” are a two-piece acoustic duo with Jennifer Leitch on guitar and vocals and Jodie Campbell on lead vocals. The girls pride themselves on tight harmonies and an eclectic range of songs to suit any audience. They will happily take requests before the Hogmanay event..

Prior booking for this Hogmanay event is strongly advised and tickets (£19.95) will be available at the restaurant.
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine can be found in the fine old red sandstone Memorial church at the entrance to the picturesque village of Minishant, 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77. The church was erected by the thread magnate Sir Peter Coats of nearby Auchendrane, in loving memory of his wife Glorianna, who died in 1877.

Indian food can be simple or elaborate, humble or opulent, within a culinary tradition that is centuries old. The unique gift of Indian cuisine is its inspired use of exotic spices and the finest fresh ingredients. Proprietor Mafiz Ali and his team at Ayr Spice are determined to bring you the best of that tradition, and look forward to welcoming you.

Ayr Spice Restaurant is open 7 days a week from 12 noon until 10pm including Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year. Takeaway and home delivery are also available.

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

Tel: 01292 441 413
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

South Ayrshire Council Provost Helen Moonie presents annual Christmas window prizes

Provost Helen Moonie has presented prizes to three town centre retailers marking the annual Ayr Town Centre Shop Window Display Awards, supported by the Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council, Ayr Rotary Club and the Ayr and Prestwick Lions Club.
The judging panel for this year’s presentation were Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, Norman McLean and Michael Hitchon of Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council, Alex Thomson of Ayr Rotary Club and Ross Robertson and Malcolm Wilson of Ayr and Prestwick Lions Club.
The winner of the Independent Retailer award was judged to be Cranberry Cottage, Florist, Cathcart Street, a new trader in the town centre. The Trophy was accepted by David Brodie on behalf of Catriona Hastie. The natural and environmental element of the display and its attention to detail caught the judges’ eyes.
[Pictured at Cranberry Cottage: David Brodie, centre, accepts the Independent Retailer award from Provost Helen Moonie. Also pictured are Councillor Bill Grant, Norman McLean and Michael Hitchon of Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council, Alex Thomson of Ayr Rotary Club, Ross Robertson and Malcolm Wilson of Ayr and Prestwick Lions Club.]
The Multiple Retailer award this year went to the management of Ayr Central Shopping Centre for bringing alive the environs of the Centre and the Mall with most attractive panel lighting and the corner display featuring illuminated and enlarged details of the Kiddies’ Competition entries, all of which helped to engender the Christmas spirit.
The Trophy was accepted by Gary Melnitschuk, Deputy Manager on behalf of Peter Clark, the Manager.
[Pictured at Ayr Central: Provost Helen Moonie presents the Best Multiple Retailer award to Gary Melnitschuk, Deputy Manager at Ayr Central. Also pictured are Norman McLean of Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council, Ross Robertson and Malcolm Wilson of Ayr and Prestwick Lions Club.]
A new category this year was Best Charity Shop display and the inaugural Trophy was won by Shelter UK for their High Street shop. The Trophy was accepted by Fiona Clelland on behalf of Sharon Russell, the manageress.
[Pictured at Shelter: Fiona Clelland of Shelter accepts the Best Charity Shop award from Provost Helen Moonie Also pictured are Councillor Bill Grant, Norman McLean and Michael Hitchon of Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council, Alex Thomson of Ayr Rotary Club, Ross Robertson and Malcolm Wilson of Ayr and Prestwick Lions Club.]
The winning Trophies were donated by Fort Seafield & Wallacetown Community Council, Ayr & Prestwick Lions Club and Ayr Rotary Club and were presented to winners by Provost Helen Moonie.
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Netting the benefits from new fishery funding

A new funding programme, aimed at helping the regeneration and economic development of former fishing communities, is all set to benefit coastal communities in South Ayrshire by £133,000.
The funding, which is part of a wider initiative with Argyll & Bute Council, comes from the European Fisheries Fund and could now benefit many of the former fishing communities along the South Ayrshire coast.
All grants will be administered by Argyll & Bute Council and can be used to support a wide range of activities including the development of renewable energy, the redevelopment and recreational use of harbours, diversification projects linked to employment and training, cultural heritage, food tourism and processes that add value to seafood produce.
Welcoming the news, Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “South Ayrshire has a long, proud and rich heritage in the fishing industry and, not that long ago, you could stand on any shoreline locally and see fleets of boats bobbing up and down the Clyde, plying their trade.
“Changing tastes and diverse socio-economic factors have all affected our fishing communities, so I’m delighted the FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) funding will help us support them to diversify and prosper ensuring that they can be successful and sustainable in the years to come.”
The FLAG is now inviting applications from businesses, community groups and public sector organisations with an interest in securing funding by completing an initial ‘Expressions of Interest Form’ by Friday 11 January 2013.
Successful applicants will be notified in the New Year and invited to submit a full grant application for consideration by the FLAG. Further funding rounds will be announced throughout 2013 with the last date for full applications currently scheduled for November 2013 - assuming that all funding has not been allocated before then.
For additional information, or to request an Expressions of Interest form, contact Chris Burrows, European Policy Assistant, Argyll & Bute Council on 01436 658960, e-mail