Provost's monthly update

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Provost’s monthly update – September

Throughout September the Provost and Depute Provost have attended numerous events and celebrations.

Provost Moonie hosted the unveiling of an inspirational statue of Mahatma Gandhi to mark 150 years since his birth. The rare bronze statue, a gift from the Indian Government is one of only ten in the world and now has pride of place in Ayr Town Hall.

A celebration event featuring performances from the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, Dundonald Primary School Gaelic Choir and Indian dancers also took place to mark the occasion.

The red ensign was flying in South Ayrshire in recognition of Merchant Navy Day. Provost Moonie and Depute Provost Grant attended ceremonies to commemorate the brave men and women who kept Britain supplied during both World Wars. The Merchant Navy is still vital today, keeping us supplied with everything from food to fuel for our cars.

Volunteers took centre stage at the Community Star Awards. Provost Moonie congratulated those who give up their valuable time to help make a big difference in our communities. The Provost also met the inspirational Rosemary Stevenson, who received the top award – Rosemary has worked as a volunteer within the community of Ballantrae for a staggering 54 years!

There were more congratulations as Depute Provost Grant applauded the efforts of students from Ayrshire College who have completed the Project SEARCH programme at Culzean Castle.

Project SEARCH is an employability programme for 17 to 24 year olds with learning disabilities. The students completed work placements at the castle and received high praise from Depute Provost Grant as well as from those they worked with.

Ayrshire Cancer Support’s Prohibition Ball was one of the biggest events of the year so far. This was an opportunity for the charity to raise funds and have a great time too. It was a spectacular evening and Provost Moonie met so many inspirational people connected with the charity.

Lots of charities benefitted from fund raising events throughout September. The annual Crossroads charity walk took place to help arers across South Ayrshire. Those taking part completed a 6 mile walk around Ayr before being treated to some home baking. Provost Moonie congratulated the walkers for giving up their time to help the charity.

The Provost and Depute Provost have been out and about meeting those who have celebrated a significant anniversary or birthday recently.

If you would like the Civic Office to recognise anyone in South Ayrshire, get in touch by phoning 01292 616 685 or email

The Provost's Office

County Buildings,
Wellington Square,
Ayr KA7 1DR


Tel: 01292 616685