The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Bite-size lessons that make cooking fun!

South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner has paid a visit to the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus, during its four-day visit to the John Pollock Centre in Ayr.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner with members of STEP project, during a hands-on workshop at the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus.]

The Cooking Bus is funded by the Scottish Government and the Food Standards Agency and boasts a fully equipped kitchen integrated into a state-of-the-art-mobile classroom.

The bus promotes the preparation of inexpensive, simple, healthy meals, encouraging members of the community and school pupils to get excited about cuisine, using fresh local and seasonal produce.

The four-day programme was arranged by South Ayrshire Council’s Learning and Development team and visitors to the bus were offered practical ‘hands-on’ cooking workshops to help develop their skills confidence around food and catering.

Councillor Toner said: “I was amazed by how spacious the Cooking Bus was and the knowledge of the staff was tremendous. 

“The bus is an excellent idea and is a clever way of delivering valuable skills training and food know-how to a large number of people in a fun way that’s really easy to digest!”

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

Ayr Racecourse announces prize money boost for Scottish Grand National Festival

By: Iain Ferguson

THIS year’s Coral Scottish Grand National will have a prize fund of £200,000, a £20,000 increase on 2013.

[Pictured: Godsmejudge jumps the last on the way to winning last year’s Coral Scottish Grand National.]

The race is the second richest jumps race run on a Saturday, with only the Crabbie’s Grand National carrying more money.

And each of the three other races that will be televised live on Channel 4 on Saturday 12 April – the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Chase and the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase are boosted by £10,000, £5,000, and £5,000 respectively.

The total prize money over the two days of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival is £538,000.

[Pictured: Last year's Coral Scottish Grand National winner Godsmejudge and jockey Wayne Hutchinson return to the winner's enclosure.]

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “We are delighted to boost the Coral Scottish Grand National prize fund and those of some of the other races on the day.

“We work with sponsors Coral to produce what we believe to be two days of the best jumps racing on offer in the UK. We are looking forward to 2014 being another great Festival.”

Entries for both the Scottish Grand National and Scottish Champion Hurdle close at noon on Tuesday 25 March.

The action comes under starter’s orders at 2.10pm on Friday with the highlight of the opening day, The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase at 3.50pm.

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.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a charming rural cottage in South Ayrshire

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Guinea Well Cottage, a charming country cottage built in a traditional Arts and Crafts style and situated in an exceptionally tranquil area on the edge of Barrhill.  

Barrhill village is located on the cusp of Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway and boasts a thriving population of some 350 inhabitants.  Local amenities include a village pub, a primary school with around 20 pupils and a small general store.

The Galloway Forest Park is within close proximity and was recently designated as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK confirming the region as one of the finest areas for stargazing.

Despite its chocolate box appearance, Guinea Well offers spacious accommodation over two levels with a practical layout and well proportioned rooms.  

A decorative porch with arched windows opens to an internal hall off which lies three good sized reception rooms.  

Folding doors which open between the lounge and dining room make the rooms a sociable, entertaining area and a Victoria style conservatory also accessed from the lounge opens to the well tended gardens.  

The breakfasting kitchen is a naturally bright room, fitted with a range of cream shaker style units and a Rangemaster stove. Solid oak flooring is a practical solution for muddy boots, and there is also a utility area and a cloakroom.  

Four good sized bedrooms are located on the first floor. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room and there is also a family bathroom.

The land of Guinea Well extends to approximately 8.5 acres in all. The formal gardens lie around the house and are a blaze of seasonal colour.  In addition there is a stable block with two loose boxes, a home office supplied with power, telephone and broadband and a workshop.  

A flood lit, all weather riding arena located to the south of house is sheltered by mature tress and grazing land of approximately 7.7 acres lies across the quiet Knowe Road directly opposite Guinea Well.

Guinea Well offers the complete package for idyllic country life and, if one has the time, there is also the option to “work from home”. 

Guinea Well Cottage is available at Offers Over £360,000.

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About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen. 

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. CKD Galbraith also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.