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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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27th March 2019

Andrew MacKay

Turnberry Chef Scoops Silver Gong at Culinary World Cup A team of top Scottish chefs served up a winning menu at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg earlier this month, bringing home a silver medal for Scotland as part of the world-wide competition.Trump Turnberry’s award-winning pastry chef, Andrew MacKay, joined part of the seven-strong Scottish team at…
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24th March 2019

Olivia Khan

If No One Speaks Of Remarkable People If no one speaks of remarkable people, how will the world ever hear of them? The thought muscles its way into my mind as I walk across the spacious reception area of the University of the West of Scotland. I am meeting Olivia Khan, and a text from her informs me that she…
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23rd March 2019

Combat Stress

Providing a service to veterans for 100 years There is a darkness ex-service personnel retreat to when lonely thoughts disrupt their lives with insomnia, flashbacks and night terrors. It's easy to get lost, to feel hopelessness, to feel there is nowhere to turn and no one to turn to. It takes an act of bravery to confront and admit distress,…
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22nd March 2019


Andy Shields on his new venture, AD&CO What you are holding in your hands as you read this, is the individual work of every team member at Ayrshire Magazine brought together, linked together – like a jigsaw – to give us the whole. The collator of these disparate parts, the writing, the photography, adverts and design elements, is AM's Head of Creative, Andy Shields. He takes the individual produce of all the team and brings it all together in the finished magazine. A quality designed publication we want every one of you to enjoy.“Working for the magazine I strive to create a unique, informative and visually interesting publication,” he explained. “I have progressed it since joining, it has moved in…
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