Provost's monthly update
Celebrating the best of the NHS, welcoming foreign visitors to South Ayrshire, remembering Scotland’s Bard and toasting the success of our young golfers were just some of the main areas keeping the Civic Office busy in April. South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie, was out and about, celebrating the individuals and organisations who do so much work to help put something back into our communities.
Thursday the fifth of July 2018 marked the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service, which was founded in 1948. As part of the celebrations Provost Moonie was invited to a Civic Reception at the Grand Gallery at the National Museum for Scotland hosted by Shona Robison, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. It was a timely reminder of the generations of work that have touched each and every one of us at some point in our lives and a humbling experience to realise just how many people work so hard every day to help us deal with illness and difficult times.
We regularly host delegations from around the world and the latest visit to South Ayrshire was from a group of students from South Korea, Guests of the Riverside Church the 11 strong group came to County Buildings to learn more about the Council before visiting local landmarks including St John’s Tower, Loudoun Hall and Ayr Town Hall for a tour of the cells. The Provost was pleased to meet them and hoped they enjoyed their time in South Ayrshire.
Provost Moonie was on hand to mark the life and times of Robert Burns, laying a wreath at Burns Square in Ayr with the Ayr Burns Club. Scotland’s bard died 222 years ago this year at the age of just 37. In his short life he achieved so much, leaving a lasting legacy of which we are very proud of here in South Ayrshire. Robert Burns transcended his class to become someone that spoke to people of all walks of life, and it is his basic understanding of human nature that is perhaps the most important thing that still makes him relevant today.
From time to time an unexpected piece of our social history makes it way to the Civic Office and July was one of those occasions when a World War 2 victory bell was unearthed. Made from the remnants of German aircraft destroyed in the war, the bell shows the heads of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, with sales of the objects originally going to the RAF Benevolent Fund. Provost Moonie handed over the object to Robert Chandler, Scotland and Northern Ireland Area Chairman of the Royal Air Forces Association with the bell now bound to a museum to be enjoyed by future generations.
The month was rounded off by the Troon Junior Golf Open which saw around 50 of our up and coming golfers compete in the famous Tom Lehman trophy. Euan Ferguson from Turnberry Golf Course took the top boys prize, while Luisa Gibson from Irvine Golf Club was first for the girls. Well done to everyone who took part to make this such a memorable event!
If you would like the civic office to recognise anyone in South Ayrshire, get in touch by phoning 01292 616 685 or emailing