Provost update

 13 July 2018  |  

Provost Moonie at Dementia friendly initiative

Provost Moonie at Dementia friendly initiative

Both May and June were busy months for the Civic Office with gala days, sporting events competitions and lots more. As always, South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie and Depute Provost, William Grant, were out and about meeting some of the people who help make a difference in our communities.

With our beaches teeming with sun worshipers and holiday makers, it's reassuring to know that the RNLI are there just in case. Provost Moonie was proud to attend the launch of new lifeboats in Girvan and Troon and meet with the volunteers who help keep us safe at sea. The crew in Girvan gave a demonstration of their new Shannon class lifeboat which is powered by water-jets rather than traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable lifeboat yet.

A different type of launch took place at the Ayrshire Hospice as the organisation celebrated a new 12 month partnership with the Council. The partnership was formed after Council employees voted to support Ayrshire Hospice as part of their annual staff survey. Depute South Ayrshire Provost, William Grant who also acts as a business ambassador for the hospice was on hand to support the new partnership.

Twinning associations from Girvan and Torcy in northern France came together to celebrate a very important friendship which goes back thirty years. Provost Moonie marked this significant milestone with a speech which highlighted the friendships which have been forged through exchange visits and sporting competitions.

South Ayrshire has lots of interesting events which take place every year; one of the longest running is Ayr County Show. Provost Moonie attended the event's 175th edition at the racecourse. The show is one of the largest one-day agricultural horse shows in the west of Scotland. The Provost met some of the organisers who pull this fantastic event together every year and also enjoyed the displays, competitions and entertainment.

The celebration of South Ayrshire's unique history was the aim as Provost Moonie visited Ayr Gaiety to find out more about the theatre's Back to The Gaiety 'project.  Aimed at collecting untold 'Gaiety' stories to expand their growing archive, this is a chance for everyone to share their memories and stories for future generations to enjoy.

Golf is always big in South Ayrshire so it's no surprise that around 600 golfers took part in Ayr Golf Week. Provost Moonie was on hand to present the prizes for the 13 competitions which ran across the week. The event which was marking the Year of Young People proved a great day for two teenage members of Belleisle Golf Club with Sean Addie winning the Tam o' Shanter Trophy, and Craig Fulton lifting the Handyside Cup – congratulations!

The Provost and Depute Provost are always keen to help raise the profile of initiatives which help the vulnerable in our communities. Provost Moonie was at Sainsbury's in Prestwick to highlight the introduction of a slow-moving checkout lane for elderly customers with dementia.  

The fine weather has helped gala days attract large crowds made up of locals and visitors. Maybole Gala Day is always popular and the Provost was there to see the colourful parade as it rolled through the ancient capital of Carrick.

Young entrepreneurs took centre stage at the Sir Tom Hunter Challenge which encourages schools across Ayrshire to come up with innovative business ideas. The Provost celebrated with Belmont and Prestwick Academies who both won £1,000 to spend on their school. As an added bonus, two pupils from each school will also attend an event featuring Michelle Obama organised by the Hunter Foundation.

Provost attended the annual Holy Fair which also featured Pipes in the Park as well as an Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony. There were markets and charity stalls, pipe band contests, military attractions, fairground rides, children's activities and even a children's dog show.

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