We feel incredibly grateful to have learnt so much from creating this issue, about the Ayrshire men and women who sacrificed so much during World War One. Issue 25 is all about giving, and focuses on the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War, we reflect on how much the people of Ayrshire’s past have given us. I am no historian, so to learn about such a vital time in history; stories from our very doorstep, during such an important Centenary, makes me feel incredibly privileged. Christmas time is all about giving, but we also wanted to give a special doff of the cap to those who have given us something unforgettable; timeless. Our way of life.
We also caught up with the beautiful Fiona McKenzie at CentreStage, who in my opinion, brings a whole new meaning to the word rehabilitation. Having spent years in the legal sector, my experience always questioned the way in which society attempts to rehabilitate. Fiona, through song, dance and cohesion has certainly shown there are other ways of doing things.
We also spoke with Scottish artist John Damari who has raised lots of money for charities by donating his beautiful works of art.
On top of this we spoke with Gary McLean to discuss his time in Ayrshire at the Newmilns Food Festival and to get his thoughts on Christmas dinner.
We also have our usual contributors talking about the art of giving, together with fashion, food, and a whole host of other exciting features.
We hope you enjoy this issue and remember that without these people working tirelessly behind the scenes, things would be harder for so many people. Their understanding for others, together with their compassion and empathy for those less fortunate, is indeed a beautiful characteristic of what makes us human.
Try to give a little back this festive season.
Love goes a long way.