Friday, 22 May 2015
Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Hareshaw Lodge, by Waterside, Ayrshire, a charming country house situated within its own grounds of some 10 acres outside the pretty hamlet of Waterside.
Waterside has a small population of some 82 residents and is popular with commuters seeking quiet rural living yet with easy access to the M77 and Glasgow city centre.
The property originally formed part of Hareshawmuir Estate, and whilst little is known of its history, the house bears more than a little resemblance in style to the nearby Hareshawmuir Lodge - an Edwardian shooting lodge built for the Earl of Glasgow.
Built in a traditional Arts and Crafts style, Hareshaw Lodge dates from the early 1900s, and despite its simple whitewashed facade has a certain understated elegance.
The accommodation is well proportioned and, on the ground floor, centres around a wide spacious hall.
The living room has picture windows overlooking the grounds and a log burning stove with a large stone surround.
The kitchen is spacious and sensibly located adjacent to the dining room. There are two bedrooms and a shower room on the ground floor and the more recent addition of a conservatory provides an additional seating area. Two further bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the first floor.
The grounds of Hareshaw Lodge complement the house beautifully. A white wrought iron fence opens to a private tarmac driveway which sweeps around the house culminating in a practical parking area at the rear.
An expansive level lawn surrounds the house, sheltered by mature trees and shrubs which provide an array of seasonal colour.
A productive fruit and vegetable garden has been carefully tended by the present owners for many years and has an adjacent greenhouse and potting shed.
There is also workshop and wood store complete with circular saw. The garage block lies at the rear of the house. An adjacent paddock of some 5½ acres provides grazing.
Hareshaw Lodge requires some modernisation, but is a practical family home in an accessible yet private location.
Offers Over £395,000 are being sought.
PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
First Minister confirms £3.8 million to boost youth employment
An extra 500 Modern Apprenticeship places will be funded over the next year following a £3.8 million investment, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
The funding will also be used to create more opportunities for young people still at school through work-based Foundation Apprenticeships for senior secondary pupils, which will provide industry-recognised qualifications and first hand insight into the world of work.
The 500 places – announced to mark the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week – are the first step to expand Skills Development Scotland’s current apprentice programme from 25,000 to 30,000 by 2020.
The First Minister met with some of the female apprentice mechanics at GTG Training which is owned by Arnold Clark, to highlight the opportunities open to young women through the new funding to encourage them to consider roles traditionally filled by men.
Arnold Clark has seen 160 apprentices starting this year – of which 31 are female.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It’s vitally important that all of our young people in Scotland - no matter their background – have the opportunities available to get on in life.
“Apprenticeships not only offer our young people better job prospects – they also have a positive impact on businesses and industry, bringing value to employers and our economy.
“We have already seen youth unemployment reach its lowest level in seven years, and with further investment in our young workforce - like these 500 apprenticeships - we can hope to see that continue to improve.
“I also want to make sure that these opportunities are open to everyone. Traditionally, some sectors have been dominated by men, and women have felt that there are barriers to them entering.
“As we continue the expansion of our successful apprenticeship programmes we need to make sure that more young women are aware of the tremendous opportunities that an apprenticeship provides.
“I want our young women – as well as our young men - to be inspired and supported to achieve whatever they want in life."
Carol Henry, Group HR Director, Arnold Clark said: “As a large employer and supporter of developing the young workforce of Scotland, I am pleased to see the continued efforts being made around the extension of apprenticeships. For young people to succeed in today's workplace, it is essential that they are equipped with the right skills and knowledge. The public and private sector have an important role to play in ensuring valuable learning opportunities continue to be available to young people.”
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
An enthusiastic crowd watched as the Pride of Prestwick, a coastal rowing skiff built by South Ayrshire Council’s Prestwick Academy students along with volunteers from the community, was officially named and launched at Prestwick Sailing Club.
[Pictured: Councillor Margaret Toner (left) and Councillor Hugh Hunter (right) take part in the launch of the Pride of Prestwick.]
Coastal rowing in St Ayles skiffs, wooden rowing boats, is a relatively inexpensive way of getting people out on the water rowing. The boats comes in part kit form and are built by enthusiasts and customised by painting them in colours relevant to the users.
Pride of Prestwick was built by Prestwick Academy pupils, and community volunteers in partnership with the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, as part of their participation in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme skills section.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “For many years there was a strong band of people in coastal communities around Scotland who rowed in skiffs. Over the last few years, there has been a revival of this sport, with schools and communities around Scotland getting out on coastal waters.
“The students have had the satisfaction of building the skiff and now they will be able to get out on the water, getting exercise in the fresh air, enjoying our coastal scenery and getting an introduction to water sports.”
The newest South Ayrshire skiff was launched at Prestwick Sailing Club by the pupils after it was officially named by Shona Lauder, Depute Head Teacher at Prestwick Academy.
Many people gathered and some took to the waters in the skiff during free ‘Come and Try’ skiff taster sessions that were on offer at the official launch.
Councillor Toner concluded: “Building and rowing the skiff has helped to develop the students’ team building skills and foster an interest in watersports. I am sure that coastal rowing will continue to grow from strength to strength in South Ayrshire.”
Through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme other South Ayrshire schools have also built skiffs. There are skiffs at Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick Academy and Marr College.
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.