Provost's monthly update
February and March
February and March are always busy months for the Civic Office as everything gears up for Easter.
A celebration of all things Chinese took place in February as we marked Chinese New Year. There were receptions and events all across South Ayrshire and Carrick Academy put on a colourful extravaganza to mark the Year of the Pig.
There were more celebrations in February as Depute Provost Grant attended an Ayrshire Hospice ‘thank you’ event in Troon. The Hospice – which is the Council’s chosen partnership charity – celebrates its 30th birthday this year and this very special event was the Hospice’s chance to say thanks to everyone who has supported it over the last three decades. Since opening in February 1989, the Hospice has touched the lives of many people in South Ayrshire and beyond. Let’s hope it’s still going strong 30 years from now and continuing to support people during some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Provost Moonie attended the Ayrshire Business Women’s Annual General Meeting in Irvine, meeting inspirational women from all over Ayrshire. The organisation, founded in 1994, also has monthly meetings where professional women come together to exchange ideas and share experiences.
Inspirational young people were given their chance to shine at the Duke of Edinburgh Award presentation. Provost Moonie attended the event which saw hundreds of youngsters receive their award. South Ayrshire has some of the highest numbers of 14 to 25 year olds who take part in the programme and, during the ceremony, 81 Gold, 124 Silver and 298 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards were presented.
Provost Moonie was also involved in a very special presentation at Belleisle Conservatory as part of the Peaceful Towns art competition. Artwork created by winners Morven Easton and Shaun Morgan from Marr College will now travel 6,000 miles to Hiroshima in Japan later this year to spread a message of peace, hope and love. The competition was inspired by ginko tree 'peace seeds' donated to South Ayrshire by Mayors for Peace.
Provost Moonie was on hand to welcome the Ayrshire Association of Burns Clubs Annual Schools Competition to Belmont Academy. This prestigious competition always attracts quality performers and this year was no different with an impressive array of recitals, singing and music including bagpipes!
International Women’s Day in early March was a chance to celebrate the valuable contribution women have made and continue to make in society. Provost Moonie took part in various events to promote the initiative and went to the Indian Consul in Edinburgh where Consul General Anju Ranjan gave a talk on the importance of women’s rights.
Last year, teachers from Alloway Primary School went to Bandawe in Malawi to help improve education especially for young girls. Head teachers Ernest Chirwa and Francis Juma from Bandawe All Girls Secondary School and Bandawe Primary School were in South Ayrshire following an invitation by Alloway Parish Church. Provost Moonie gave the teachers a warm welcome and heard about the difference donations and support from people in South Ayrshire is making.
Ayr Town hall was the venue for the Employability & Skills Celebration of Success Event. Provost Moonie presented certificates to 59 graduates and 28 modern apprentices who have worked with the Council in lots of areas including waste management, business administration, hospitality and social services. There were also placements in property and grounds maintenance and with external organisations in childcare and hair and beauty.
Congratulations to anyone who has celebrated a significant birthday or anniversary recently. The Provost and Depute Provost have been meeting people across South Ayrshire celebrating Diamond Wedding Anniversaries and 100 year birthdays too.
If you would like the Civic Office to recognise anyone in South Ayrshire, get in touch by phoning 01292 616 685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org