#27 Flourish

I’m sure you’re all just as happy as the AM team that Spring is finally just around the corner. We’re all feeling invigorated here and excited to be sharing the Flourish issue (our second issue of 2019) with you.  We’re really proud of this one and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.

As the dark mornings and evenings are drawing to a close our minds naturally gravitated towards getting back outside so we’ve got features to encourage you to do just that. Our cover this issue features Ayr Burners bike club out in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside and we have some features to inspire you to get sporty (Cyclocross Champion Harry McGarvie and Biathlon Relayist Paralympian Callum Duboys). We also have two regular new features covering Health & Wellbeing (Are we dim?) and Interior / Exterior Design (Move or Improve) to get you thinking about improving your health and redecorating inside and outside spaces so you can get out there and enjoy the better weather when it arrives.  

Also don’t miss our insightful interview with rock ’n’ roll legend Francis Rossi or our look at the budding film industry right here in Ayrshire. As far as community and culture go we’ve spoken to a remarkable young woman, Olivia Khan, who aspires to work with the United Nations, Kilmarnock footballing legend Ross Mathie on his work with Alzheimers sufferers at the KCST Football Memories group and we have a compelling look at Combat Stress in Ayr’s work with veterans. Always humbling to meet the people who care for others in our community and we’re fortunate that Ayrshire always throws up plenty for us to write about – so many stories to tell of people who go the extra mile to make other people’s lives that little bit better. 

There’s been plenty going on as evidenced by our events pages including the 30th Celebration events at Ayrshire Hospice, the Burns An‘ A’ That festival, John Gall of Browning the Bakers recent talk at the Association of Ayrshire Businesswomen and the tribute nights at the RAD Hotel Group venues. 

Last but not least, AM’s very own Andy Shields, designer extraordinaire on his background and career, his design philosophy. and his exciting move towards setting up his own design studio. Not to worry he will still be producing the magazine for us, we wish him every success. 

Don’t forget our AM Fashion Show 24th March at the Park Hotel and if you like the magazine why not make getting a copy easier and subscribe to our postal service.

– Phyllis McLeish

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