17th June 2019

Community Gardens

Ayrshire In Bloom Traveling in and around the many gardens and landscapes of Ayrshire is truly inspirational.As friends of Nature, Ayrshire Magazine and the gardeners from north, south, east and west have been busy preparing, recycling and composting the sustenance for the new growth. The vibrant colour, fragrances of the flowers, fauna and sights are a joy to behold, freshly…
12th June 2019

Calvin McCord

The New Scottish Lightweight Boxing Champion Beneath the bright lights everything is a blur of energy and movement, while the cheering crowd becomes muffled background noise. He moves forward, sweat sprays from his hair as he is tagged with a jab, but he keeps moving, focused only on one thing.To step into this arena is a test of mettle, an act of bravery. Defeat is not about getting knocked down, but about not getting back up, as Scottish Lightweight boxing champion Calvin McCord soon discovered. Rising twice from the canvas – the first knockdown was a slip he would later claim – to stop Marek Laskowski and win the title. “My big brother started first,” the boxer told AM of…
1st June 2019

David Ross

The Architect, That Author & the Lost Boy Imagine the Tamla-style bass riff of the Jam's single, 'Town Called Malice', starting up as he enters Mamita’s coffee shop, Bank Street, Kilmarnock. Keyboards, drums, Weller's plaintive voice and the message. What is it? Time short, life cruel? The song set to an urgent, infectious beat like the prose in David Ross's body…
28th May 2019

Leah McCrae

My Big Fat Fabulous Diary We speak by phone as she is driving through Glasgow. I can hear the subtle whoosh of the car as it cuts through time and space, heading north toward the A82.“Well, listen,” Actor Leah MacRae tells me. “Just in case I get cut off, I’ll phone you back, I am just going over the Erskine…
26th May 2019

Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra

The Rising Sun Tour Following the wonderful audience reception given at the inaugural Concert by the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in Aberdeen, it was decided in 1982 to form a similar Orchestra in Ayrshire dedicated to young string players.  From that early beginning with 35 players, the Orchestra’s numbers and reputation have grown to over 100 players with both National and…
24th May 2019

Craig Forsyth

Ayrshire's Voice Is Aiming to Live The Dream It was tense. The audience on their feet, cheering, urging the judges to push the big red button in front of them. The atmosphere electric with anticipation, expectation, as the final notes of his wonderful rendition of the standard, The Impossible Dream, filled the arena. At last, in the microseconds before the…
10th May 2019

Jane McCarry

Her Life, The End of Still Game,& Why She Believes Craiglang Will Live On Brooding, dark, malevolent tower blocks rise above a misty city skyline like apocalyptic tombstones. In the gathering gloom the high rise flats reach Heavenward, as a gentle rain falls from a dark charcoal-clouded sky. Against this heady backdrop, Boabby comes into scene, stopping, looking about himself.…
16th April 2019


Putting The Spark Back Into Remembering Something is stirring down at Rugby Park, home of Kilmarnock Football Club. Memories. 'Football Memories' to be exact and not just of Kilmarnock FC, but memories of great players from the past, great Scotland sides, World Cups, European games and much more.In collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) museum at…
12th April 2019

Harry McGarvie

Lucky, lucky lad Harry McGarvie could well be thinking of himself when he hears the catchy Hyundai TV advert that belts out “Lucky, lucky, lucky me…The 30-second commercial contends that … the harder you work the luckier you are in life.  You’ll have heard the tune. It’s never off the telly with its feel-good message and a happy, smiling bloke…
30th March 2019

Move or Improve

Decisions, Decisions... Deciding on whether to move house or stay in your current home and make improvements is a dilemma faced by many home owners. With the current uncertainty over Brexit and a fluctuating house market this decision is more difficult than ever. It‘s very rare to buy a new house which is exactly to your taste – so further…