Provost's Monthly Update - January

 18 February 2020  |  


Provost meets new Indian Consul General

Provost meets new Indian Consul General

The Provost and Depute Provost had a busy start to the year as January not only marked the beginning of 2020, it was the start of a new decade too!

Provost Moonie welcomed the Indian Consul General, Hitesh Rajpal and his wife Bhawna to South Ayrshire. It was a chance for Mr and Mrs Rajpal to find out more about the area as well as discuss possible investment opportunities.

At the start of the last decade, the Broken Chains charity was set up to help people who struggle with loneliness, homelessness, poor mental health or addiction. Depute Provost Grant attended a 10th anniversary service at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ayr to congratulate the charity for all their hard work.

Helping people was also the main theme at the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2020. Provost Moonie was delighted to attend the annual ceremony which recognises extraordinary people who make a difference across the world. This year's winner Dr Josh Littlejohn MBE, is the co-founder of Social Bite, a café which gives 100% of its profits to good causes. Provost Moonie thanked all the finalists as well as the nominees for their selfless determination.

It was back to Burns Cottage for a double celebration as Chinese New Year and Burns Night fell on the same day! Provost Moonie was at the famous cottage for this remarkable event along with Ma Qiang the Consul General for the People's Republic of China. Pupils from South Ayrshire schools performed for the occasion and the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra dazzled with their musical talent.

Depute Provost Grant met more talented young people at the Belmont Skills Academy. The skills academy which is run in partnership with the Prince's Trust and Developing Young Workforce, aims to develop employability and life skills. The Depute Provost helped launch two new projects to prepare pupils for life beyond the classroom.

If you would like the Civic Office to recognise anyone in South Ayrshire, get in touch by phoning 01292 616 685 or email provost@south-ayrshire.gov.uk