Affiliated            Groups

Culzean Castle

 

ALLOWAY BURNS CLUB

Instituted in 1908, and the Burns Club with the poet's birthplace at its heart.  Has a wide programme of excursions (mainly in summer and autumn) with  indoor talks and social events during the rest of the year.  All ages are catered for.

Meetings (as required) are in Alloway Church Halls.

e-mail :   secretary@allowayburnsclub.org.uk           Website :  www.allowayburnsclub.org.uk

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ALLOWAY ROTARY CLUB

Contact : Mr W. Campbell (Secretary), 21 Whinhill Road, AYR.  KA7 4RP         Phone :  07753 213 098

Meets on Mondays in the Horizon Hotel, Ayr.

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ART AT CROY

Situated on the beautiful Ayrshire coast line adjacent to Culzean Castle and overlooked by Ailsa Craig & isle of Arran is Croy House, where the recently established Art at Croy Gallery & Studio has been set up by husband & wife team Alison and Roddy Mckenzie.
The studio, available to rent on an hourly rate, offers the discerning artist everything, including the option for one to one tutorials for established artists. The newly renovated gallery exhibits work of art from both established and up & coming artists and it is well worth a visit to one of the regular exhibitions - details on the website.

Contact :     Art at Croy, Croy House, Croy, MAYBOLE  KA19 8JS

Website :     www.artatcroy.com      e-mail :     artatcroy@msn.com   

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AYR AMATEUR OPERA COMPANY

Aims :  The study and performance of music and musical plays.  Founded 1903.

Activities :   Presents in the Gaiety Theatre) a show  in February/March of each year, rehearsals for which normally commence in September/October.  The company also has a Concert Party which performs in a variety of venues throughout the year.  Rehearsals on Monday evenings in Heathfield Primary School.  Membership by audition.

Website :   www.aaoc.org.uk 

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AYR & PRESTWICK LIONS CLUB

Charitable organisation, founded in 1995,  supporting local, national and international projects, with particular emphasis on the needs of the local community.  Meets in the Abbotsford Hotel, Ayr, at 7.30 pm, usually on the last Monday of each month.  New members and casual visitors always welcome.

Contact :  Mr G. MacDonald,  11 Neward Crescent, Prestwick.  KA9 2JB            Phone :    01292 476 203

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AYR ART CIRCLE

Aims :  To encourage drawing, painting and other allied subjects.

Activities :  Small groups meet at the studio in Ayr to paint on two evenings (Tuesday & Wednesday) and one afternoon (Friday) each week in the club's own premises.  The annual exhibition is at the McLaurin Gallery.  Smaller exhibitions are held elsewhere.  Demonstrations by professional artists and social events during the year.

Website :   www.ayrartcircle.org  

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AYR BURNS CLUB

Promotes and encourages appreciation of the works of Robert Burns. There are two main annual events - the St Andrew's Night Celebration (30th November) and an Anniversary Dinner (25th January). Various other activities during the year - talks, outings, entertainments etc.  Meetings on the third Wednesday of the month in Ayr Town Hall.

Website : www.abcayrburnsclub.com 

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AYR CARNEGIE LIBRARY

The Carnegie Library in Ayr is the central library with branches throughout the area.  It is home to the Scottish and Local History Library, Reference Library, the main Audio-visual Library, CyberCentre (with free internet access), and dedicated Children's Library.  It also has a coffee shop, library shop, access to newspapers and magazines, and PC facilities in the CyberCentre. 

Contact :  Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, AYR.  KA8 8ED.     

Phone : (01292) 286385     Fax : (01292) 611593

 e-mail :  carnegie@lib.south-ayrshire.gov.uk                  

Website :    www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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AYR CHORAL UNION

Established in 1876 - one of the oldest choral societies in Scotland - aims to encourage the enjoyment of singing the main choral repertoire and to stimulate public interest in choral music.

The Choir of approximately 90 singers (soprano, contralto, tenor, bass) rehearses on Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 pm in The Ayr Corps Hall, 59 John Street, Ayr, and presents a range of choral music, including three concerts a year in Ayr Town Hall.

Website :  www.ayrchoralunion.net 

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AYR CITADEL LEISURE CENTRE

Ayr's flagship leisure complex.  As well as housing a variety of sports and recreational activities also serves as a venue for exhibitions, concerts and conferences.

Contact :  Citadel Leisure Centre, South Beach Road, AYR.  KA7 1JB

Phone :  (01292) 269793            Fax :  (01292) 610906            Website :  www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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AYR FAIRTRADE PARTNERSHIP

Ayr was awarded Fairtrade Town Status in 2007.  The partnership was set up to encourage greater support of Fairtrade and raise awareness of the Fairtrade Mark.  It is made up of volunteers representing all aspects of the local community.

Website :     www.ayrfairtrade.org.uk 

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AYR FILM SOCIETY

Presents in Ayr Town Hall a varied programme of English and foreign language films not normally available at a local cinema on a large screen, - Thursdays (September to February).  

Website :  www.ayrfilmsociety.co.uk 

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AYR FORT PLAYERS

One of Ayr's oldest amateur theatrical companies, having been established in 1946.  Productions twice a year, spring and autumn.  Rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Fullarton Street, Ayr.

Website :     www.ayrfortplayers.co.uk 

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AYR GUILDRY

Founded in 1325 - the oldest organization in Ayr and one of the oldest in Scotland.  For centuries was a central part of the town administration.  Now concerns itself with promoting the town and encouraging, directly and indirectly, activities which enhance the life of the community.

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AYR JAZZ CLUB

Meets one Friday per month at Ayr Rugby Club, Millbrae, Alloway.

Website :     www.ayrjazzclub.webs.com 

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AYR MUSIC CLUB

Aims :  To encourage the appreciation of classical music by providing a platform for live performances of chamber music.

Activities :  A series of six public concerts during the winter months - plus two informal evenings, for members only, when members themselves, local groups or young people provide the programme.  The recitals are held in Holy Trinity Church, Fullarton Street, Ayr, on various Saturday evenings at 7.30 pm between October and March.

Website :    www.ayrmusicclub.co.uk 

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AYR PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Aims :  The study and practice of photography in all its forms.  All levels of experience and ability are welcome.

Activities :  Meetings on Thursdays in Loudoun Hall, Ayr, for talks, demonstrations and practical work.  Occasional outings to visit other groups.  Prospective members can visit on two separate occasions without joining.

Website : www.ayrps.com

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AYR SKETCH CLUB

Founded in 1901 by a small group of local artists.

Activities :  Meets Friday evenings through the winter season in Alloway Village Hall.  Meetings consist of informal discussion and constructive criticism of paintings submitted by artist members with a view to improving their existing techniques.  There are also demonstration lectures by well-known professional artists, given subject evenings, and occasional tutor-led workshops.  The Club holds a number of exhibitions each year.

Membership :  There are two levels: Artist Members (GBP 25.00 per year) and Lay Members (GBP 20.00 per year), the latter being members who do not exhibit their work or who do not paint.  All the artist members are experienced painters and have exhibited in local and national exhibitions.

Website :   www.ayrsketchclub.co.uk 

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AYR TOWN HALL

The facility, at the corner of New Bridge Street and High Street, consists of the Main Hall, the Council Chamber and two Committee Rooms. The Main Hall can hold 700 people, the Chamber can hold 50 people and the Committee Rooms can hold 25 people. There is also a loop system for those with hearing impairment in the Town Hall and wheelchair access is available. The Town Hall is suitable for concerts and should alcohol be required, this can be arranged by obtaining an occasional permit.  Catering can also be arranged through South Ayrshire Council.

Town Buildings, 29 New Bridge Street, AYR    KA7 1JX

CaretakerPhone :  01292 617666       E-mail : : jean.young@south-ayrshire.gov.uk   

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AYR TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE INITIATIVE

Aims to ensure the survival of the most important buildings and promote the architectural heritage of the town centre.

Contact :   Ayr THI, 11 High street, AYR.  KA7 1LU.           Website :    www.ayrthi.org.uk 

Phone :   01292 617 606                   e-mail :  enquiries@ayrthi.org.uk 

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AYR TOWN TWINNING ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1984, following the signing of the Twinning Charter, the Association is an independent organization funded by membership subscriptions.  Monthly meetings at various locations.

Aims :  To foster and encourage links between individuals and groups in Ayr and St Germain-en-Laye, in France.

Benefits :  Make friends with French people who have similar interests.  Stay in family homes and experience the culture - but not as a tourist.  Visit St Germain-en-Laye, a beautiful town near Paris, and other interesting places.  No need to speak French, but an opportunity to have fun in learning the language.

Website :  http://ayrtowntwinningassociation.blogspot.com

St Germain-en-Laye Website : www.stgermainenlaye.fr 

St Germain-en-Laye Town Twinning Website :  http://jumelagestgermainayr.fr                                              

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AYR WRITERS' CLUB

Founded over 40 years ago, Ayr Writers' Club is one of the biggest and most successful in Scotland.  Whether you have never written before or a successful published Author, new members are  always welcome.  There is a rolling programme of workshops, lectures (by high-calibre speakers) and themed club nights.  The club meets on Wednesdays between September and May at 7.15 for 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm at the Carlton Hotel, 187 Ayr Road, Prestwick.  KA9 1TP.

Website :  www.ayrwritersclub.co.uk   

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AYRSHIRE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY

Aims :  Founded in 1947 to promote the study and enjoyment of the history, antiquities and natural history of the County.

Activities :  Annual programme of public lectures, field trips and publications.  There are about 250 members, both individual and institutional, including universities and libraries throughout Scotland, in London and overseas.  Vigorous publications programme, with several hundred articles and monographs to date, many by the society's own members.  In cooperation with the Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies (see below) publishes "Ayrshire Notes" - a twice-yearly miscellany of news, reviews and short articles on aspects of Ayrshire history.  Meets on Thursdays (twice monthly, October to March) in Ayr Town Hall (Council Chamber).

e-mail :  aanhsayr@tiscali.org.uk                     Website :  www.aanhs.org.uk 

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AYRSHIRE ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRS

Fairs take place each month in  Troon - 11.00am to 4.30 pm - admission free.  A great opportunity to buy truly unique, hand-crafted items. Current dates are on the website.

Website :  www.ayrshirecraftfair.co.uk 

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AYRSHIRE BED & BREAKFAST ASSOCIATION

A selection of over 50 quality bed and breakfast providers throughout the area.  Full details, including online booking, on the website  -  www.ayrshirebandb.com  

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AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT

Contact :  ACS Head Office, 16 Portland Road, KILMARNOCK.  KA1 2BS     Phone : 01563 538008

E-mail :  admin@ayrshirecs.org       Website :  www.ayrshirecs.org 

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AYRSHIRE DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

Programme of afternoon illustrated lectures of about one hour's duration on the second Monday of each month from September to June on a variety of arts-related topics, as well as occasional Study Days, Outings and Special Events.  

Website :    www.ayrshireadfas.org.uk 

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AYRSHIRE FEDERATION OF HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Aims :  To promote discussion between societies and individuals with an interest in the history of Ayrshire, and the protection and conservation of its historic environment.  Membership is open to any society or individual who shares those aims.

Activities :  Twice-yearly meetings to discuss matters of common interest, usually at a venue of historical, architectural or social interest..  Biannual conference, usually in Troon.  Twice-yearly publication 'Ayrshire Notes' published jointly with Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society - free to members.  Occasional publications.

Contact :  Ms P. McIntyre (Secretary), 5 Eglinton Terrace, AYR.  KA7 1JJ          Phone :  01292 280080

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AYRSHIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Organizes and stages in March of each year an all-age competitive festival of vocal and instrumental music with a wide range of categories.  The syllabus is normally available from August of the previous year.

Website :  www.ayrshiremusicfestival.org.uk 

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AYRSHIRE PHILHARMONIC OPERA SOCIETY

An amateur operatic society whose aim is to perform a full-scale operetta once a year in November in the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr.  previous performances have included the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, Strauss, Lehar and Offenbach.

Rehearsals at Kingcase Primary School, Prestwick, on Monday evenings (and some Thursdays) from 7.30 pm during school terms.  Membership is by audition only.

Website :  www.ayrshirephilharmonic.com   

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AYRSHIRE RAILWAY PRESERVATION GROUP

A group of volunteers working at the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre, Dalmellington, maintaining and refurbishing the extensive collection of steam locomotives and rolling-stock.  Shop and museum open to the public on Sundays during the summer months with brake van rides over the half mile of line.  See the website for times and dates.

e-mail :  info@arpg.org.uk        Website:  www.arpg.co.uk  

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AYRSHIRE ROCK GARDEN CLUB

A group of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, meeting on the second Wednesday of the winter months in Alloway Church Hall at 7.00 pm.   There is usually a slide show and talk on plants.

Website :  www.srgc.net/localgroups

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AYRSHIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The local orchestra for amateur musicians in the South-West Scotland area, performing family concerts at Christmas with full classical concerts in the spring.  Rehearsals throughout the winter on Tuesdays evenings from 7.30 pm at Prestwick Indoor Bowling Club.  

Website :  www.aso-online.co.uk 

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BELLEISLE CONSERVATORY LTD

e-mail :  info@belleisleconservatory.com                 Website :  www.belleisleconservatory.com         

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BOREALIS

A group of five Ayrshire musicians with a varied repertoire, but a particular interest in the songs of Robert Burns.

Website :   www.borealismusic.co.uk  

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THE BOSWELL MUSEUM & MAUSOLEUM TRUST

Based at Auchinleck House, home of James Boswell, the celebrated biographer of Dr Johnson.  Full details of the many events in prospect are on the website.

Contact :  caroline@boswellbookfestival.co.uk   or   katie@boswellbookfestival.co.uk 

Website :  www.boswellbookfestival.co.uk 

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THE BURNSIDE GUEST HOUSE

The Burnside  is centrally located in Queens Terrace between the town centre and the seafront and provides comfortable 4-Star accommodation to all visiting the area. The 'Burns Breakfast' featuring Donald Kay as Robert Burns is a speciality.

Contact :  Liz Drysdale (proprietor), The Burnside Guest House, 14 Queens Terrace, AYR.  KA7 1DU

Phone :  (01292) 263 912                 e-mail  :   liz@theburnsideguesthouse.co.uk    

Website  :  www.theburnsideguesthouse.co.uk  

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COILA

GUEST HOUSE

The 4-star Coila  iin Holmston Road (A70) is handy for the train station and town centre.

Contact :  The Proprietors, Coila Guest House, 10 Holmston Road, AYR.  KA7 3BB

Phone :  (01292)                 e-mail  :   hazel@coila.co.uk             Website  :  www.coila.co.uk  

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COMPASS CLUB (Ayr)

Aims:  To present challenging, amateur theatre; to strive for quality, originality and variety in choice of material; and to encourage youth participation in live theatre.

Contact:   David Dickson, Field House, Kerrix Road, Symington, KILMARNOCK.  KA1 5QD       01563 830 323

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CRAFT FAIRS at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Contact :  Tricia Candlish, c/o 2 Barns Street, AYR.  KA71XA

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CUMBRAE CATHEDRAL CONCERTS

Promotes a series of Sunday afternoon concerts during the summer in support of the Cathedral Music Resources Fund, with occasional extra events during the rest of the year.

Contact :  Alastair Chisholm, 42 Glasgow Street, MILLPORT.  KA28 0DL               Phone :  01475 530 657

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DALRYMPLE COMMUNITY LANDSCAPE PROJECT

Information awaited.

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DALRYMPLE PARISH CHURCH

Information awaited.

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DODDS OF TROON

Long-established local coach firm.  During the summer months the Dodds day tour programme from Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Irvine and Kilmarnock visits most of the popular tourist attractions in Scotland.

Contact :  Dodds of Troon Ltd, 4 East Road, AYR.  KA8 9BA    Phone :   (01292) 288100    Fax :  (01292) 287700

E-mail :    info@doddsoftroon.com     Website :    www.doddsoftroon.com 

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DUMFRIES HOUSE

Built by the Adam brothers and renowned as one of the UK’s most important 18th century classical houses, Dumfries House, near Cumnock, has recently been acquired for the nation and will open its doors to visitors in the summer of 2008.

Contact :  Dumfries House, CUMNOCK.  KA18 2NJ

Phone :  (01290) 425 959          Fax :  (01290) 425464     e-mail :  info@dumfries-house.org.uk 

Website :   www.dumfries-house.org.uk 

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EMBROIDERERS' GUILD  (Ayrshire Branch)

Promotes the art of embroidery in all its forms.  All are welcomed and encouraged - from absolute beginners to the more experienced.  Monthly meetings - a talk preceded by a workshop, when members bring their own work, with help on hand if required.  Regular one and two-day schools, courses and summer schools, and visits to exhibitions.

Meetings : First Wednesday of each month (September to May) in Prestwick Community Centre, Caerlaverock Road, with the workshop from 10.00 onwards, and a speaker from 1.30 till about 4.00.  On the Third Wednesday there is an informal 'Stitch and Chat' from 1.00 - 4.00 pm.

Website (national) :  www.embroiderersguild.org.uk 

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ENERGY AGENCY

A registered charity, based at Auchincruive, providing free and impartial energy advice to people throughout Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.  Full details are on the website  www.energyagency.org.uk  

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FORT, SEAFIELD AND WALLACETOUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Meets at County Buildings on the Second Wednesday of the month, September to June.  It has noticeboards at Seafield, at Wallace Tower and in Wallacetoun.  There are 25 Members + four Ayr West SAC Councillors.  Police keep in touch, also NHS.  Chairman is Norman McLean.  Highlights in 2009: panoramic viewfinder plaque on Ayr Seafront and Window Box Scheme in Alloway Place/Barns Terrace/Racecourse Road area.

Contact :  Mr M. Hitchon, 1a Barns Terrace, AYR.  KA7 2DB

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THE FRAME SHOP & GALLERY

A wide range of high quality prints.  Also occasionally sells tickets for local amateur events.

Contact :  The Frame Shop, 32 Alloway Street, AYR.  KA7 1SH

Phone & Fax :    01292 282 712           E-mail :     sales@theframeshop.biz 

Website :   www.theframeshop.biz

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FRIENDS OF CULZEAN

Secretary :    Mr J. Rattenbury, 3 Ewenfield Park, AYR.    KA7 2QG         Phone :  01292 264 344

Website :   www.friendsofculzean.com 

 

GAIETY THEATRE, AYR

Full details, including online booking, are on the theatre's website.

Website :  www.thegaiety.co.uk  

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GLASGOW PHILHARMONIC MALE VOICE CHOIR

Information awaited.

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HARBOUR ARTS CENTRE, IRVINE

The Harbour Arts Centre (HAC), situated on the picturesque Irvine Harbourside in North Ayrshire, was re-opened in 2006 following major refurbishment funded by the National Lottery and North Ayrshire Council. The HAC is the cultural hub of North Ayrshire providing quality exhibitions, art & drama classes, theatre, comedy, live music, special events and much more. Their dedicated Arts Team, comprising of Arts specialists and administration and support staff, strive to provide something for everyone at this state of the art venue.
Pop in for a meal or a drink at the HACBAR, serving great food in a modern, friendly setting.

Contact :   Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour Street, IRVINE.  KA12 8PZ    

Phone :    (01294) 274 059                 Website :   www.ers.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/arts/hac.cfm                           

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HOLY TRINITY ARTS

Holy Trinity Church, in the centre of Ayr, with its elegant gothic revival architecture and excellent acoustics acts as a venue for small to medium scale recitals and concerts.  Maximum seating 250.  It houses Ayr Arts Guild's Steinway grand piano.

Contact :  Mrs B. Murphy, 12 Craigie Avenue, AYR.    KA8 0EH        Phone :  01292 283 752

Website :  www.holytrinityayr.org.uk         

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'IN GOOD VOICE'

A new concept, combining speech and drama, music and dance, giving young people the opportunity to express themselves confidently, clearly and with flair, enhancing these with other artistic activities.  Classes for 5-15 year-olds.  Also individual tuition for all ages in singing, presentations, public speaking.

Contact :  Mrs Isabella Dovaston, 2 Queen's Terrace, AYR.  KA7 1DU       Phone :  01292  286516

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KILMARNOCK & DISTRICT CHORAL UNION

The aim is to expand the appreciation of choral music.  K&DCU have been in existence for over 50 years and give concerts twice a year, usually Christmas and Spring.  To encourage the younger members and to give them some valuable experience they use students from the Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow for solo and orchestral needs.  You can join as a member, become a 'friend' or be put on the mailing list.

Contact :  Ms Ellen MacLeod, 22 Dundonald Road, KILMARNOCK.  KA1 1EG          Phone :   01563 543180  

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KYLE AND CARRICK CIVIC SOCIETY

Aims :    To stimulate public interest in, and to care for the beauty, history and character of the Kyle and Carrick area.

Discussion groups, exhibitions, publicity, talks and film shows, public meetings - first Monday of the month (October to March) in Loudoun Hall, Ayr.  Occasional social evenings in other venues.

Contact :   Ms S Penny (Secretary), 10 Southpark Road, AYR.  KA7 2TL     

Phone :  01292 262 893

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LOUDOUN HALL

Built in the late 15th century, Loudoun Hall is the oldest house in Ayr and probably the oldest town-house in Scotland.  The latest phase of restoration was completed in 1998 and now provides exhibition and meeting rooms for small to medium size groups.  Run by a Board of Trustees and let to South Ayrshire Council who deal with bookings.

Contact :  

The Lettings Officer (Loudoun Hall), Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, AYR.      KA7 1JB

Phone :  (01292) 269793            Fax :  (01292) 610906

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McKECHNIE INSTITUTE, GIRVAN

See under 'South Ayrshire Council Museums and Galleries'.  

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THE MACLAURIN GALLERIES

See under 'South Ayrshire Council Museums and Galleries'.

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'MUSIC AT CRAIGIE' FOLK CLUB

Promotes monthly concerts of both traditional and contemporary folk music at the Craigie Inn, Craigie Village, near Kilmarnock.  Part of  Cultural Connections, a new company established to promote the best of Scottish traditional arts with a particular emphasis on music.  Full details on the website.

Contact :  Mrs Lorna Dewar (Secretary), Ardbeg House, 1 Shore Road, Kilmun, DUNOON.  PA23 8SE                    

Website :  www.cultural-connections.co.uk 

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NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND  (Ayrshire Members' Centre)

Local branch of the conservation charity promoting Scotland's natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy.  Meets on the third Thursday of each month in the Education Pavilion, Burns Cottage, Alloway.

Website (national) :    www.nts.org.uk 

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AYRSHIRE VOICES

Recently formed small adult choir of experienced singers under the direction of Raymond Bramwell and Marilyn de Blieck with a wide and varied repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.  Rehearsals on Sunday afternoons in St Columba Church hall.

Contact :  Bramwell & de Blieck, Cat Bell Cottage, Maybole Road, AYR.  KA7 4SF.            

Phone :  (01292) 738 153           e-mail :  song@ayrshire voices.co.uk 

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ODEON   -  LIVE CINEMA

As well as showing the latest  cinema releases, the Odeon, Burns Statue Square, Ayr, is now taking live feeds of opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, and occasional plays from the National Theatre.

You can book online at the Odeon website, by phone, or in person at the box-office.

Phone :  0871 2244 007                       Website :  www.odeon.co.uk 

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OPEN STUDIOS AYRSHIRE

A non-profit, artist-led organisation which aims to promote artists/makers in Ayrshire who have a quality product and working expertise to share, by providing the opportunity to display their skills to the general public with ease and minimal financial outlay.

Website :   www.openstudiosayrshire.com                        E-mail :   osa12@hotmail.co.uk 

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OPERA BOHEMIA

Information awaited.

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OPPORTUNITIES IN RETIREMENT (Ayr)

Aims :  To promote the welfare of the retired aged 50 years and over.

Activities :  Provision of activity and interest groups both indoors and outdoors, from Aerobiking to Walking and Yoga etc.  There are more than 60 group activities operating at the present time.  Further particulars on application.

Contact :  OIR Office, 61 Main Street, AYR.  KA8 8BU.   Phone :  (01292) 260 086   E-mail :   office@oirayr.org.uk 

                 Office hours - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Website :   www.oirayr.org.uk 

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PRESTWICK BURNS CLUB

Meets on Tuesdays (October to April) in the RAFA Club, Stonegarth, Ardayre Road, Prestwick.

Contact :  Mr J Coutts (Secretary), 16a Ardayre Road, PRESTWICK.  KA9 1QL        Phone :  01292 470 352

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PRESTWICK GARDENING CLUB

Activities :  Meetings at 7.30 pm in Prestwick Community Centre, Caerlaverock Road, on the first Monday of the month from October to April.  Talks (with excellent speakers), practical demonstrations, slides, question-times etc. on a variety of gardening topics.  Outings to gardens of note.

Contact :      Mrs M. Barr, 15 Rowallan Crescent,  PRESTWICK.    KA9 12HE     Phone :  01292 475 403

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PRESTWICK HISTORY GROUP

Informal approach to local history, with an emphasis on local people and their stories.  Meets on the first Thursday of each month (October to May) at 7.30 pm in in the 65 Club Hall, Main Street.  Open to all - no membership.  Free, but a donation for refeshments would be appreciated.

Contact :   Alisdair Cochrane, 12 Westbourne Gardens, PRESTWICK.  KA9 1JG.   (01292) 470 234

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PRESTWICK TOWN TWINNING ASSOCIATION

Promotes interchange visits by groups and individuals with Prestwick's twin towns of Lichtenfels (Bavaria), Vandalia (Ohio, USA) and Ariccia (Italy).  Also arranges local events in support.

www.ptta.org

 

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ROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM

Comprises -  Burns Cottage & Museum; Burns Monument & Gardens; Kirk Alloway; Brig O’Doon; Tam O’Shanter Experience Visitor Centre.  

Aims: To increase public understanding of and pride in Scotland’s National Poet, through making the Park’s unique heritage accessible to all.  There is a range of events throughout the year.

Contact :  The Manager, Burns National Heritage Park, Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, AYR.    KA7 4PQ   

Phone : 0844 493 2601       e-mail  :  burns@nts.org.uk      Fax :  01292 441750

Website  :  www.burnsmuseum.org.uk   

FRIENDS OF THE ROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM

Secretary :  Ms Evelyn Preston,18 Hillfoot Crescent, AYR     KA7 3LG     Phone :  01292 286 335

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ROYAL AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY  (Prestwick Branch)

Aims :  To stimulate interest in the world of Aerospace by providing a series of lectures which give a comprehensive view of Aerospace past, present and future.

Activities :  Lectures, talks and slide-shows normally on the second Monday of each month (September to April) in the Aviator Suite, Prestwick Airport.

Annual Membership :   GBP 15.00,  Visitors  GBP 3.00.

Contact :  Mr I. Adams, 34 Broompark Avenue, PRESTWICK    KA9 1LR      

Website (national) :   www.raes.org.uk           Website (Prestwick branch) :   www.raesprestwick.org.uk 

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ROYAL SCOTTISH GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY  (Ayr Centre)

Contact :  Mr J Blease (Secretary), 53 Gray Street, PRESTWICK.  KA9 1LX

Phone :  01292 470 496

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ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS  (Central Ayrshire Group)

Aims :  To work for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife.

Activities :  Monthly (3rd Mondays) indoor and outdoor meetings from September to April.  All indoor meetings are held in Hall B, Newton-Wallacetown Church, 60 Main Street, Ayr, at 7.30 pm.  The outdoor meetings are held on Saturdays at some of the best birding sites in Ayrshire and the surrounding shires.

Contact :  Mrs A. Thomson (Secretary), 3 Hilltop Place, AYR.  KA7 3PB              Phone :  01292 260 816

Website (national) :    www.rspb.org.uk       (local)   www.ayrshire-birding.org.uk 

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ROZELLE HOUSE GALLERIES

See under 'South Ayrshire Council Museums and Galleries.

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SAINT MAURA ENTERPRISES

Provides an annual series of talks  (October to March) on music, illustrated by recordings and at the piano. Venues are - Ayr, Bearsden, Largs, Millport and Rothesay.

Contact :  Alastair Chisholm, 42 Glasgow Street, MILLPORT.  KA28 0DL          Phone :  01475 530657

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SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, AYR

Part of the national college, formerly at Auchincruive, but now located on the banks of the river Ayr as part of the UWS (University of the West Scotland) campus.  As well as being an academic institution it also provides a range of activities of interest to the general public.

Full information and all contact details are on the Website :   www.sac.ac.uk 

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SCOTFAIRS - ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS' FAIRS

Coordinating body providing joint facilities in venues throughout Scotland for a variety of trading groups, professional and amateur.  Fairs are held in our area about once a month, usually in the Citadel Leisure Centre, Ayr.

Contact :  Scotfairs, PO Box 5339, CRIEFF.  PH7 3YN    

                 Phone:  (01764) 653592 or 654555 or 654340   

Website :  www.scotfairs.co.uk 

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SCOTTISH ORNITHOLOGISTS' CLUB  (Ayrshire Branch)

Aims :  The documenting, studying and (not least) enjoying of Scotland's varied birdlife.

Activities :  Monthly indoor and outdoor meetings for local members from September to May.  Indoor meetings are held in Monkton Community Church and Pioneer Cafe, from 7.30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month (September to April).  Outdoor meetings are on Saturdays at the best birding sites on the West Coast.

Website :    www.ayrshirebirding.org.uk 

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SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST (Ayrshire Group)

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) is the largest conservation organisation working exclusively on all aspects of wildlife conservation in Scotland.  We have 15 reserves in Ayrshire open to all, with summer visits to these and other places of wildlife interest, and monthly talks during the winter, at which non-members are very welcome. The Trust is concerned with local and national conservation in town and country, and helping young and old to appreciate our environment. Members receive 3 copies per year of the SWT magazine, Scottish Wildlife.

  Website :   http://sites.google.com/site/swtayr/home 

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SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Contact :  SAC Museums & Galleries, Rozelle Park, Alloway, AYR.  KA7 4PU

ROZELLE HOUSE GALLERIES - the home of of the Council's permanent art collection, featuring both important works (like the Henry Moore sculptures) and local artefacts and historical documents.  There is also a full programme of visiting exhibitions and works from local art clubs.

Website :  www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk      Phone :  (01292) 445 447 

THE MACLAURIN GALLERIES are run in conjunction with the Maclaurin Trust and feature contemporary works and international touring exhibitions which change regularly.

Websites :  www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk         www.themaclaurin.org.uk  

Phone :  (01292) 443 708

McKECHNIE INSTITUTE, GIRVAN

The Institute, opened in 1889, displays items from its own collection - mainly memorabilia relating to Girvan and the Carrick area - in conjunction with a programme of temporary exhibitions in the downstairs and upstairs galleries.  It is also the venue for many local group meetings, Councillors' surgeries, art classes - and much more.

Contact :  The Curator, McKechnie Institute, Dalrymple Street, GIRVAN.  KA26 9AE        Phone :  (01465) 713 643

Website :  www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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SOUTH AYRSHIRE ARTS PARTNERSHIP

Contact:  Laura Kerr, SAAP, SAC Culture & Sport, Newton House, 30 Green Street Lane, AYR.    KA8 8BH

E-mail :    laura.kerr@south-ayrshire.gov.uk   

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TRABBOCH FIDDLERS

Contact :  Mrs L. Hair, Kinmount, Stair, MAUCHLINE.          

01292 591 708           www.staircommunitycentre.co.uk                       trabbochfiddlers@gmail.com 

TROON ART CLUB

Founded 1949, and currently has over 100 members.  Meets Wednesdays 7.00-9.00 pm (September to April) in Troon Primary School, Barassie Street.  Varied syllabus with worknights, demonstrations and visiting speakers. Two-week summer exhibition and also one at Christmas.

Contact :  Mrs E. McInroy (Secretary), 5 Machrie Place, KILWINNING.  KA13 6QD

Phone :  01294 553 508

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TROON CHORUS

Gives two concerts a year, one in November or December and the other in March or April.  Rehearsals on Monday evenings in Portland Church, Troon.  New members welcome.

Contact :  Mrs Irene Mitchell (Secretary), 2 Auchengate, TROON.  KA10 6UG            

Phone :  01292 314 657                     Website :    www.troonchorus.co.uk 

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TROON FLOWER CLUB

Contact :  Mrs J. Morgan 35 Earls Way, Doonfoot, AYR.  KA7 4HF

01292 257 906        www.safas.org.uk  

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TROON TALKS

Temporarily inactive.  Hopes to resume activities shortly.

Contact :  Mr George Mulveny, 29 Gailes Road, TROON.  KA10 6TB      Phone :     01292 315 503

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UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF SCOTLAND (Ayr Campus)

Contact :  The Campus Director, UWS Ayr Campus, University Avenue, AYR.  KA8 0SX

Website :   www.uws.ac.uk  

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VICTIM SUPPORT SOUTH AYRSHIRE

Contact :  Ms J. Mortimer, Macadam House, 34 Charlotte Street, AYR   KA7 1EA   

Phone :  01292 266 441                      Website :   www.victimsupportsouthayrshire.org.uk 

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VOLUNTARY ACTION SOUTH AYRSHIRE  (V.A.S.A.)

Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) is the local Third Sector Interface.  It is recognised by Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council as fulfilling a key role in ensuring the continued development of a robust Third Sector in South Ayrshire.  The primary purpose is to progress the 4 key Interface functions, as set out by Scottish Government.  These are:

  • Volunteering Development
  • Social Enterprise Development
  • Supporting and Developing a strong Third Sector
  • Building the Third Sector Relationship with Community Planning

Local Office :  VASA, 27-29 Crown Street, AYR.  KA8 8AG                Phone :  01292 263626                

E-mail :  enquiries@voluntaryactionsouthayrshire.org.uk             Website :  www.voluntaryactionsouthayrshire.org.uk 

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WHAT'S ON IN AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN

Simply Advertising Scotland is a advertising sales agency that can help promote your business to different market places and get your establishment or services in front of your ideal target audience.

We handle the sales for the following publications :

What's On Magazine - For Residential, Entertainment, and Tourism.

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce Magazine - For Business to Business.

Website :  www.simply-advertising.co.uk  

Contact :  Ms Carol Simpson, 36 Southside Avenue, Mossblown, AYR.  KA6 5DQ

                             Ayr in 1694 - engraving by John Slezer