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Friday, 8 February 2013

Successful Burns Supper at Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant

Leading Ayrshire chef Mafiz Ali hosted a successful Burns Supper earlier this week, and patrons enjoyed some superb entertainment to accompany the traditional fare of haggis, neeps and tatties, and - of course - a nip of whisky.
Jim Shields (pictured above), who only stepped down from his year as president of the World Burns Federation in September 2012, led the cast, proposing the toast to “The Immortal Memory” and singing a group of the Bard’s songs, accompanying himself on the guitar.
Like his “Trusty freen” Jim Shields with whom he shared master-of-ceremonies duties, Bob Henderson (pictured above) is an Ayr man who “emigrated” to “Auld Reekie” decades ago. Bob addressed the haggis and recited Burns’ epic poem, “Tam o’ Shanter”.
Ian Lyell, a well-known stalwart of Mauchline Burns Club and retired teacher at Kyle Academy, proposed the toast “Tae the Lassies”, and Moira Ewing (pictured below) replied.
Bryce McCulloch (pictured below) piped in the haggis.
Mafiz Ali commented: “Our Burns Supper at Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant has once again proved to be a great success. Everyone who attended seemed to enjoy the occasion greatly, and we look forward to holding another Burns Supper here again next year.”
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

A complete set of photographs taken during the successful Burns Supper event is available to view on Flickr. CLICK HERE and then click on any thumbnail images to access larger versions.
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Turnberry appoints new creative agency

Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort has appointed creative branding agency threebrand with a brief to create a range of assets that will communicate the 5 Red Star resort’s offering as one of the world’s most iconic hotel and golf destinations.
Turnberry’s director of sales and marketing Stephen Walker (pictured above) commented: “We were excited by threebrand’s approach to the brief and the depth of research undertaken alongside great creative.
“We were seeking a dynamic and responsive creative agency to help push forward our key objectives and refresh our messaging into 2013.
threebrand met and exceeded this by demonstrating a clear understanding of Turnberry and our luxury hotel and leisure offering.”
Client services director at threebrand Lisa Gray said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Turnberry.
“Turnberry will extend our client portfolio, joining our other premium clients, such as leading clothing manufacturer, Peter Scott and Sirius Intrepid Whisky Purveyors.
“We see Turnberry as an exciting opportunity to build upon and strengthen our experience within the luxury branding and design sector.”


Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort website
Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

South Ayrshire Council shows sign of things to come in Girvan

A sign recently erected at Girvan harbourside highlights that the regeneration of Girvan and South Carrick, through a partnership approach, is truly underway.

Last year people from across Girvan and South Carrick had the chance to put their views forward on the designs for the planned new £8 million multi-faceted leisure and community facility at Girvan Harbour.
[Celebrating the sign of things to come (left to right) South Ayrshire Councillors Alec Clark, Bill Grant, John McDowall, Alec Oattes and Andrew Sinclair, SCCL Chairman.]
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “The sign publicly declares the commitment of all the partners – South Ayrshire Council, South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) and the local community − to breathe new life into the area.

“This area will be regenerated by enhancing tourism and leisure opportunities, which will provide facilities for local people and encourage tourists to visit. We want people to come to Girvan and South Carrick and stay in the area, boosting the local economy and creating new employment opportunities.

“Partnership working is the way forward, together we will ensure that the future is bright for Girvan and South Carrick.”

The sign states “South Ayrshire Council, South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) and the local community are working together to regenerate the area, enhance tourism and leisure opportunities and boost the local economy.

“This includes our planned new harbourside £8million leisure and community facility with swimming pool and fitness suite, community arts and culture space, access to outdoor learning opportunities and quality catering.

“This will be complemented by other improvements throughout the area, ensuring a planned and co-ordinated approach to the regeneration of Girvan and South Carrick and creating a bright future for generations to come.”

Andrew Sinclair, SCCL Chairman said: “This is a project that the whole community is behind, sharing their views and ideas to help the partners formulate the new facilities.

“We will continue to work together to ensure that this project comes to fruition.”

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

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A successful trip back in time for Alloway 1759!

The village of Alloway got a real flavour of life from yesteryear when the annual Alloway 1759 returned this year, again earning plaudits as THE way to celebrate the life and times of Rabbie Burns in South Ayrshire.

This year the celebrations were headlined by Scots singing sensation Eddi Reader MBE, who performed a concert at Ayr Town Hall in celebration of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2013, posthumously awarded to Red Cross aid worker Khalil Dale.

Eddi was joined on stage by musicians Boo Hewerdine, Alan Kelly, John Douglas and Kevin McGuire, singing songs from her internationally-acclaimed ‘Songs of Robert Burns’, as well as tracks old and new.

Ayr’s Gaiety theatre hosted two new events which proved very popular – a production of ‘A Man’s a Man’ and a unique Burns Supper – both boasting stars of the screen and stage.

Speaking in Alloway during the celebrations, South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “Burns would have been delighted his memory continues to be celebrated and enjoyed in this way and I've no doubt he'd also have been proud and humbled by the Humanitarian Award ceremony, named after him, supported by the Council and EventScotland.

“Alloway 1759 is now in its fifth year and, just as Scots all over the world have been paying their own tribute to Rabbie, Alloway 1759 really offers something for everyone.”

New events for 2013 included an Auld Alloway Ghost Walk, where the local poacher returned from the dead to roam the streets of Alloway and tell terrifying tales of Robert Burns’ birthplace, much to the entertainment of mums, dads and enthralled youngsters!

Other mouth-watering treats included a unique Burns Birthday Feast which saw visitors join in a 37th birthday feast for Rabbie, lovingly prepared by Jean Armour, while the Bard roamed the streets with friend Alexander Cunningham, banned from the house until dinner was ready!

Also popular were the many stalls, offering some of South Ayrshire’s finest produce, the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra who entertained and led the dances, helping to keep peoples’ toes tapping, the Ayrshire Farmers Market and, for the younger visitors, the free horse and cart trips through the village.

A set of photographs taken at this event is available on Flickr. CLICK HERE and then click on any thumbnail image to view larger versions.
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

South Ayrshire Council aiming to be the best - in any event

The biggest and best sporting, cultural and entertainment attractions could soon be commonplace in South Ayrshire, as the Council has agreed ambitious plans to bring significant and high-profile events to the area.

Aimed at delivering sustainable tourism and economic benefits to the area and initially focused on golf, a dedicated Tourism Development Fund has been established to support events which are likely to generate at least £100,000 of additional revenue to the local economy.

Working in partnership with VisitScotland, its events team EventScotland and the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism team - the exciting new development is in time to maximise the potential of the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon - each of which will generate millions of pounds for local businesses.

Welcoming the decision, Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure (pictured above) said: “It’s brilliant news that we have a commitment from EventScotland and the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism team to work in partnership with us to bring big events to South Ayrshire and a give a real boost to local businesses.

“South Ayrshire is the home of Open Golf and we know from the Open Championship of 2009 (held at Turnberry) and indeed from previous championships, that we have the support mechanisms, talent and infrastructure to successfully host world-class events.

“The recent Seniors British Open Championship at Turnberry is another superb success story, which saw £5 million generated for businesses, with 26 broadcasters beaming pictures of South Ayrshire to a global audience of 300 million people and this is exactly the sort of opportunity we must continue to secure.

“Looking ahead, the Open Championship in three years time is likely to yield between £35 and £40 million of additional revenue coming into South Ayrshire.

“These are outstanding opportunities for the area and, in addition to the golf, offer huge potential to capitalise on the global media exposure they attract, allowing us to position and market ourselves as a premier ‘must-visit’ international destination for golf tourism – a growth market that operates independently of tournament golf.”

The new Fund will receive an annual contribution of £75,000 to develop the event programme in different ways including:
* Direct event support and/or sponsorship
* Marketing and promotion, especially to develop overall visitor numbers
* Building the level of event yield, through promotional packages, information about accommodation and other leisure activities such as food and drink.
* Destination marketing to consumers and trade, working with local businesses and VisitScotland
* Improvement of venues and services, enhancing their attractiveness to event organisers
* Showcasing the area and future events at selected trade events

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the home of golf, and South Ayrshire is home to some of Scotland’s most spectacular courses, from hidden gems to major Championship venues. This additional investment will further develop the golf event and tourism programme, which will help to maximise the impact of hosting major tournaments in the area.”

Chair of the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Leadership Group, Moira Birtwistle added: “Our pan-Ayrshire tourism team recognise the economic benefits of the golf market, which offers a very lucrative return on investment, making it a sensible place for us all to start.

“Ayrshire and Arran has a world class golf offer and the sport, with all its spin-offs, forms a key part of the Ayrshire and Arran tourism strategy.

“South Ayrshire Council has a strong and successful track record in hosting a wide variety of different events and we’re keen to work together and build on these successes, to develop a premier portfolio of events which take full advantage of the fantastic scenery and local resources already on offer across Ayrshire and Arran.”

Councillor Grant concluded: “In addition to these exciting proposals, we’ll also be looking closely at other wide ranging events, assessing the opportunities they might offer and their potential impact on the area to see what level of support we can offer.

“We'’re aiming high and want to see South Ayrshire regarded as one of the most attractive sporting, leisure and tourism destinations in the world and I’m confident this new event programme will help us achieve these ambitious aims.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Ayr Racecourse to host Valentine’s Day race meeting

AYR Racecourse hosts its Valentine’s Raceday next Tuesday 12 February with seven races scheduled and  some decent prize money on offer for a midweek meeting.
[Pictured: Consigliere, ridden by Kieron Edgar and trained by David Pipe, wins at a recent Ayr meeting.]
The feature race of the day is the Play Casino Anywhere With BetVictor Handicap Chase over two and a half miles due off at 4.30pm, and the £12,000 prize pot should ensure a healthy number of runners with several top northern based trainers likely to target this for some of their better handicappers.
Rising stars of the saddle will be seen in action in the Follow Us On Twitter At BetVictor Racing Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle at 3pm, and the final action of the day comes in the Talk To Victor Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at 5pm. The first race is due off at 1.50pm with gates open at 11.50am.
The more senior jockeys likely to be in action at the course on Tuesday include Jason Maguire, currently second in the jockeys championship, Denis O’Regan, Peter Buchanan and Brian Harding.
Ayr Racecourse’s sales and marketing manager Lindsey Smith commented: “There should be some good racing on Tuesday and hopefully some big fields. We look forward to welcoming an enthusiastic crowd.”
Monday’s fixture at Ayr was lost after the track became waterlogged following a staggering three inches of rainfall in a week at the track.
Clerk of the Course Emma Marley took the decision after walking the track on Sunday morning and  commented: “The course is currently waterlogged, and with further significant rain and strong to gale force winds forecast through to Monday there is unlikely to be any improvement.”
For more details on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.