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Number 21 · March / April 2018 · The EVOLUTION Issue





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Editor’s Letter

The question of evolution goes straight to the heart of Ayrshire. The changes around us in the last few years are vast. From new town centres, boutique coffee shops, quality restaurants which would compete with anywhere in the UK. Evolving is necessary for any region and Ayrshire has certainly evolving. In this issue we catch up with the comedian Ed Byrne. Stand up comedy can be traced as far back as the 1800’s and has advanced leaps and bounds since then. Ed is returning to Ayrshire, but this time as a comedian and Ayrshire Magazine got a fascinating insight into Ed’s personal comedy voyage. We also caught up with Ayrshire’s young Entrepreneur and Founder of Flava Shaka, Zac Burinksi. His exciting journey so far is a testimony to his nature, his goals and his ambitions. You’ll find Alan Moore divulging his secrets of his wardrobe over the years. Alan invites us to question what our wardrobes might say about our evolution of style, whilst Muirkirk’s Cameron Menzies, the rising star of the Scottish Darts world, allows us a look into his success so far. His Ayrshire roots keep him well grounded, at the same time winning the hearts of many. The evolution of diet, the evolution of food! Even our Food News article is brimming with worthy culinary discussion. AM itself is on an evolutionary expedition of its very own. I find myself reflecting on how far we ourselves have come. Now in its 21st issue and having covered many varied articles and interviews, I begin to think on this multi-faceted business and its individuals that make up the far outreaching team. I have come to firmly believe that each one of us, regardless of circumstance, anyone can evolve and contribute in some positive way to society. The unique and special place of each and every one of us is a fundamental truth in our world. Indeed, AM would not be what it is today if it were not open to evolution. HAPPY READING!

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Andrew Attard Editor

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A.B. Collier Alan Moore Andrew Rowland Billy Kirkwood Frank Gormanley Jamie Glover Kelly Cripps Natasha Radmehr Palmer Mitchell Sergio Burns Steven Smith

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Alan Moore Writer

Kelly Cripps Fashion & Beauty

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Over ten years experience in the fashion and textile industry. He loves the Ayrshire life and is usually found at the beach or the bar with his wife and wee dog.

Kelly has been working as a make up artist for over a decade. If you need her you can find her at home watching Vice Principles, so funny, or sampling the empire biscuits down at Gro Coffee.

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What’s On AYRSHIRE FARMERS MARKET The Cross, Kilmarnock 17th March 2018 Start Time: 9:00am EAST AYRSHIRE SCHOOLS’ ART & DESIGN 2018 EXHIBITION Dick Institute, Kilmarnock 23rd February - 14th April 2018 The Young People’s Gallery hosts a popular annual exhibition celebrating Art, Design and Creativity by senior pupils in schools across East Ayrshire. Students work across a range of artistic mediums, so in this exhibition you can expect to see photography, mixed media, sculpture and other forms of their creative expression. This event is an exciting opportunity for young artists to present and share their art with the public. East Ayrshire Schools’ Art & Design Exhibition is delivered in partnership with East Ayrshire Council’s Creative Minds Team.

THE STRANGLERS: THE DEFINITIVE TOUR 2018 Grand Hall, Kilmarnock 10th March 2018 Tickets: £27.50 The Stranglers will be hitting the road again in March 2018, this time with The Definitive Tour. With the vast catalogue of material that the Stranglers have in their recorded arsenal, it’s never easy to decide exactly which songs to bring together on record or perform live on tour but, in March 2018, the band will present their “definitive” collection. The Definitive Tour is set to coincide with the planned re-release of their first seven albums. As always, audiences can expect to be swept up high on the wave of the Stranglers’ powerful sound in an exhilarating live experience with pounding rhythms, soaring melodies, quirky humour and thrilling musicianship.

THE FULL MONTY Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock 13th - 17th March 2018 Tickets: £18.00 - £16.00 (concessions) The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. In this musical stage version adapted from the 1997 film of the same name, six unemployed steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they’ll go “the full monty” and strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie.

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THE MCDOUGALLS PIRATE TREASURE HUNT Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine 17th & 18th March 2018 Tickets: £5 or £15(family of four)

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WEST COAST FEST 2018 Troon Concert Hall 14th April 2018 Start Time: 10:30am Tickets: £12.50 (available from Eventbrite) A great day out, there will be something for everyone: Gin, Spirits, Cocktails, Beer, Cider, Wine and Fizz. Come along and enjoy the extensive range of drinks on offer, live acoustic music, bars, free masterclasses and meet the makers.

Max, Auntie Aggie and Morag the Rabbit are on a quest to find the lost treasure that once belonged to Captain McDougall and his motley crew! It’s buried somewhere on a desert island and they need your help to find it. Help to follow the treasure map across land and sea and meet some terrific tropical characters and creatures along the way. Will The McDougalls find the old treasure chest before the naughty pirates?

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Find out in this swashbuckling, interactive musical adventure for ages 2+, filled with catchy original music and family singalong favourites.


SISTER ACT - THE MUSICAL Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock 24th March 2018 Tickets: £10.00 - £8.00 (concessions) Following the outstanding success of Hairspray during our 5th Anniversary year, Take A Bow are back with Sister Act – The Musical. With brand new songs and a story you’ll recognise, you won’t want to miss this fabulous show. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody, she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun, and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.

SCOTFAIRS ANTIQUE, VINTAGE & COLLECTORS FAIR Citadel Leisure Centre, Ayr 31st March 2018 Start Time: 10:30am Tickets: £2 (accompanied child free) A great shopping experience, antiques for the connoisseur, hidden treasures for the experts, specialist items for the experienced collector, and 1000s of interesting, beautiful and affordable items for the general public. Come

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Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock 21st April 2018 Tickets: £12.00 Multi award-winning stand-up star, Ayrshire’s own Billy Kirkwood, returns home with his first ever one man comedy show at Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre. Comedian, radio presenter and professional troublemaker, Billy will take you on a thrill ride of nonsense, topical gags and offbeat observations. A hysterical, interactive and totally uncensored rollercoaster of a show. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

THE ALL NEW MEMPHIS BELLES SWING SHOW Cumnock Town Hall 27th April 2018 Tickets: £15.00 With the fabulous Paul French (Buble, Sinatra, Rat Pack) and Mr Eddie Devine the hilarious theatre comedian. With determination, dedication and drive, The Belles have managed to create this amazing group performing those favourites that stir your emotions. The Memphis Belles are an inspiration to watch and listen to. With the authentic costumes (and suspenders!), original dance routines and a few extra surprises thrown in, old and young are guaranteed a wonderful night with these beautiful Belles!


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Thai Street Food Demo & Dine

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Throughout March 2018, The Cook School, Kilmarnock

The Harbour Arts Centre has long been a go-to for budding musicians throughout the years. For many musicians it is the place where they had their first nerve-racking show in front of a handful of people and for others it was a go-to place to view and perform as part of the local Scottish music scene. Roddy Woomble is the frontman of popular Scottish Indie Rock outfit Idlewild and has decided to take it on the road as a solo performer, stopping at Irvine’s go-to spot for local music. He will be performing a selection of Idlewild’s music and some of his own. Although this will be his first show at the Harbour Arts Centre, it’s certainly a fitting choice of venue. Check it out and continue to support home grown music.

A really popular trend in eating out right now is the idea of authentic and unique street food. Places like Irvine’s Nancy’s Kitchen and Glasgow’s Bloc Bar offer fast food that is a far cry from Big Macs and Whoppers. The Cook School in Kilmarnock is offering an evening Demo and Dine class on how to prepare authentic Thai dishes at an affordable price with ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket. On this class you will receive a glass of wine whilst tasting the dishes their chefs prepare, followed by a two course meal.

Sunday Funday Ladies Lunch & Fashion Show 25th March, Gailes Hotel, Irvine

At the Gailes Hotel, Ladies can enjoy a full day of entertainment and dining out all in aid of the #BUYMSH Appeal. A slew of events will be taking place on the day such as a fashion show brought to you by Posh Frox at Juney Shoo, an array of shopping stalls for you to peruse, a charity auction in aid of #BUYMSH, a raffle and live music by the band Addiction. All of this fabulous entertainment will be compared by Edward Reid. On top of the entertainment, there will be a champagne reception and a two course meal provided in the price.


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Ayrshire Short Film Fundraiser 25th March, Camerons Bar, Ayr

As evident in the other entries in this issue of AM Guide, Ayrshire has always been a highly creative place in many different ways. In this instance, film is no different. With Ayr College and UWS offering extensive Media and Film courses, it’s no wonder that events such as this have come to be. Organised by Heather Brown, an Edinburgh based producer, the event at Camerons Bar in Ayr will be screening a series of short films by local talent. This event is to raise funds for the participating talent so they can produce their next full length feature!

Billy Kirkwood: Man Shout Funny 21st April, The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

An Ayrshire Institution, Comedian, Actor, Wrestling and Radio personality (as well as Ayrshire Magazine contributor) Billy Kirkwood is bringing his unique brand of comedy to the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock for one night only. After putting on sold out shows from the Magnum to Edinburgh, Billy is at it again with a new show to keep audiences laughing. Quickly becoming one of Ayrshire’s, if not Scotland’s, most recognisable comedians, he has performed in a plethora of venues all over the local area and recently became the host of the breakfast show on West FM. Get your tickets quick before they sell out!


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Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne


I have always thought - as in the Kate Bush song, “We’re all alone on the stage tonight (Kate Bush ‘Wow’ 1979)” – that standing alone in front of the microphone with an expectant audience out front, must be one of the loneliest situations anyone could experience? Like standing in that long darkness of ambition waiting for the spotlight to shine on you. Yet, there is something weirdly life affirming about great comedy. It allows us to forget ourselves, suspend our individual realities, destress with laughter. Of course, and perhaps most significantly, the best comic material is not only funny but also makes us think. Take Ed Byrne... “I absolutely love it,” The Irish comedian told Ayrshire Magazine on the eve of setting out on a marathon tour:  February 14 to June 2. “I love touring, I love a live audience. Sure it is a drag being away from home and the family, but I love getting up on stage and connecting with an audience.” I found it surprising that Byrne has been entertaining crowds for the last twenty years. His entry into comedy happened when he was Vice President of the student union at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. When forced to make speeches he thought he would liven it up by throwing in a few gags. He soon discovered that he had a talent for talking to an audience and making them laugh.  “I had given up Strathclyde University, I had dropped out by then” He told me of the origins of the Comedy Cellar venue he started (according to Wikipedia based at the 13th Note Public House, Glassford Street, Glasgow).

“People kept telling me I was funny and I just started from there. Of course, I eventually went down to London and found that the streets were paved with comedy clubs. You know the 1990’s were a great time to be in comedy. It was a really good time for stand-up.” Byrne was soon a rising star in the world of comedy. Back in Scotland he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award at the 1998 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his Night At The Opera set. The prize was won by Tommy Tiernan (Undivine Comedy), but Byrne was in good company. Peter Kay, Al Murray (The Pub Landlord’s Keeper of the Pint Cosmic) and Sean Cullen (Wood, Cheese and Children) were also among the nominees. Today, Ed is a regular face on national television and fans will know him from his frequent appearances on Mock The Week. He has also had a role in the Irish cult sitcom Father Ted - in an episode titled ‘A Christmassy Ted’ - as well as parts in ‘Just For Laughs’, ‘Have I got News For You’, as well as several appearances on The Graham Norton show. In 2015, Dara Ó’Briain and Ed Byrne starred in a three-part documentary where they took a trip by car down the 4000 mile length of the Pan-American Highway (Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure). But I wondered how success and critical acclaim over twenty years or so had changed his style, and how that had impacted on the evolution of his comedy? “Ah, well that is interesting,” he said, pausing to think. “Well I think my comedy is less observational these days and more anecdotal. It all comes from my own life, I borrow all the time from things that happen to me. I suppose that is the beauty of stand-up, if you want to try some new jokes out you can do it almost immediately, especially if you have a gig that night. You can just try them out and see if they work.”


Ed Byrne

His latest tour, ‘Spoiler Alert’, is just one more stage in that comic evolution. ‘Are we right to be fed up?’ Byrne asks in his publicity material, ‘Or are we spoiled?’ “Oh I think we are all spoiled nowadays,” he starts up again. “I look at my own kids and compare their childhood to mine, and how different everything was when I was growing up. I also compare parenthood.” Forever, the thinking man’s comedian, Byrne’s ‘Spoiler Alert’ promises to be a riot of fun while dealing with some of the most profound of questions, including childhood and parenthood. And, you really can’t get any more profound or existential than that. He tells me he doesn’t just make up jokes for the sake of it, as he admits he might have done in his early career. He gives far more consideration to his material and looks for stories that, while they might be funny, have far more substance to them, far more resonance with his audience. He talks a lot about his children and laughs when I ask him about his comment that he was once a working class Dublin boy who now does middle class things like drive a 4 x 4.  “Well I thought I was doing okay,” he says. “But when I see my own kids now and how middle-class they are I realise how working class I am. I’m bringing up a couple of posh boys. I covered that topic a few years ago in my ‘Different Class’ tour.” Ed Byrne sounds content with his lot. Married with a couple of kids, his tours have been known to sell out, a successful career as a comedian, and regular television work - so what comes next for the man from Swords, Dublin? Has he any ambitions to write a sitcom, more movie work (he has acted on film before)? “Oh I really don’t have the discipline for writing, no I don’t think I could do that,” He confesses “I don’t think I would like to work like that and have to wait and see if it was any good and got laughs, it would take too long. With stand-up it is instant gratification, when you are standing talking to a crowd you get an immediate reaction.” In an aside, he also tells me he knows Ayrshire, and is looking forward to returning. “It would have been good to stay in Auchincruive now,” he says recalling his student days and of dropping out before he really had the chance to live the dream in Ayrshire. “But when you are 19 it doesn’t seem so appealing, I just wasn’t ready to give up the city.” Honest, open, sharp-witted, erudite, funny (if thought -provoking) describing Ed Byrne is easy and the list could go on and on and on. But I soon realise something that might apply to all comedians. Ed Byrne loves to connect with a crowd, and he does do a job on stage that would terrify most of us. Perhaps that connection is equally about connecting with his inner self. Maybe it is all about trying to make meaningful sense of life – call it reality and how absurd it really all is, dressed up in its great and fancy kaleidoscope of colours. Maybe that is what makes it all so funny and why he mines his own experiences for his gags? Genius? Ed Byrne’s latest, ‘Spoiler Alert’ tour arrives at the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock on Tuesday May 29th. He is enormously popular, and many of his live shows have been sell-outs, so it is advisable to get your tickets while you still can.


It would have been good to stay in Auchincruive now, but when you are 19 it doesn’t seem so appealing, I just wasn’t ready to give up the city.

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WILLIAM MORRIS & URQUHART OPTICIANS Urquhart Opticians in Kilmarnock hosted a VIP eyewear event in partnership with William Morris of London. This exclusive event saw William Morris display 500 pieces of their entire collection. Clients were treated to Prosecco and Cupcakes as they browsed the many vibrant colours, styles and shapes, with Optical Assistants on hand to offer style advice. The next VIP Eyewear Event is being held at Urquhart Opticians in Prestwick on Thursday 29th March in partnership with Ray Ban and Vogue Eyewear. Miss Ayrshire 2017 will be in attendance, trying on the latest models from two iconic eyewear brands. Ayrshire Magazine Members can get access by showing their card on the day.


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LOU’S LUCKY 7 PARTY NIGHT Louise Black hosted the “Lou’s Lucky 7” party night at The Park Hotel to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The event raised over £2k on the evening, topped up with table sales and the incredible sponsorship raised by Jack Walton, the total amount raised was £5042.80!!!. Louise was inspired to help the charity after befriending a cancer survivor, Melissa Cavanagh, who battled against the disease at just 13 years of age. Melissa is now in remission thanks to her care at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. She has challenged herself to run six half-marathons this year and one full marathon – London April 22nd. She has raised over £7500 already!


Photo Credits – KSG Photography


OPENING OF LA DRAGON Kilmarnock is home to Kenny & Josephine Cheung’s brand new restaurant La Dragon, which opened its doors on Sunday 28th January for the VIP Launch. The event kicked off with a traditional Chinese dragon dance to bring good luck. Around 300 guests attended and were treated to a preview of the luxurious interior including The Emperor Suite, a private dining space for up to 20 guests. The Champagne bar proved popular with a buffet being served to guests in the downstairs restaurant. La Dragon offers Asian fine dining with cocktails, champagne, prosecco, gins and craft beers and afternoon teas available.




Photo Credits – Cara Nevillie


AYRSHIRE HOSPICE GOLF & GLAMOUR LUNCH More than 100 guests pitched up at the Loch Green Hotel to support an exclusive ‘Golf and Glamour’ charity lunch in aid of Ayr Hospice. The event raised a staggering £31,000 which will fund a new outdoor bowling lane and a six hole putting greens to benefit patients and their families. Guests were treated to some retail therapy with a number of retail stockists on hand displaying their latest collections of jewellery, clothing, gin & whiskey. Award winning comedienne, Janey Godley and singer, Fran Gormanley provided the entertainment. Local man Paul Miller was the MC for the day and had support from Old Prestwick Golf Club.


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THE KRIS BOYD CHARITY – VALENTINES BALL The Kris Boyd Charity held it’s inaugural event at Ayr Racecourse last month and it was a roaring success. The Valentine’s Ball was attended by more than 300 people and raised a profit in excess of £24,000. The guests enjoyed the company of Kris and Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke as well as first team players such as Chris Burke, Jordan Jones, Greg Kiltie and Kirk Broadfoot as everyone danced into the wee sma’ hours to music from Jai McDowalland a GBX set from George Bowie. Kris Boyd said: “It was a fantastic night and we want to make this an annual event as the feedback from everyone has been very positive. The generosity from the public and Kilmarnock FC, as well as the sponsorship we received from Brownings the Bakers and William Hill, is helping the charity move in the right direction and achieve its aims.”


















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BAGS OF HELP AYRSHIRE PROJECTS BAG OVER £416,000 IN SUPERMARKET FUNDING Community groups, charities and schools across the whole of Ayrshire are celebrating receiving a share of over £416,000 funding through Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. A total of 110 projects located from Largs to Logan and Darvel to Dalmellington have delivered projects that bring benefits to local communities or are getting their projects going with help from the supermarket’s cash. Dalry Community Development Hub were awarded £8000 to revamp the Lynn Glen. Members of the team have worked hard to bring the path leading from Dalry up and around Lynn Glen back to life in an intensive three-year improvement project. Sheena Woodside from Dalry Community Development hub said: “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved on the pathway. It’s been a great experience – we’re also working to install a viewing platform and seat at the waterfall so that walkers can stop to admire this amazing viewpoint. We want to share Dalry’s hidden gem and people can now access this beautiful part of Ayrshire easily.”

Margaret Campbell, Chair, Netherthird Community Development Group said: “These events gave both young and old a sense of community pride and community ownership, encouraging them to use the garden, and other facilities in the area. It has been a major positive for the whole community and we hope this great project continues long into the future.” Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “It’s wonderful to see these projects come to life and the developments show first-hand how a Bags of Help grant can help transform local communities. “There has been great enthusiasm for the initiative from both Tesco colleagues and our customers. “We are hugely excited for the future as Bags of Help continues to grow and help even more groups across the UK.” Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding scheme, which sees grants being awarded to fund local community projects – all raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores. greenspace scotland works with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Emma Halliday, community enabler co-ordinator at greenspace scotland said: “We’re very proud to be involved in Bags of Help. To have secured over £416,000 of funding between them is a tremendous achievement and will make a huge difference to people across Ayrshire.

Since launching in 2015, Tesco’s Bags of Help Bags has provided more than £43 million of funding to over 10,000 community groups across Scotland, England and Wales. In Scotland this includes £5.5million of funding given directly to over 1,400 projects that benefit the local community.

These projects are at the heart of their communities and it’s fantastic to see how the funding is helping locally.”

Three community projects in each region are voted on by Tesco customers every time they shop, using a blue token given to them at the checkout. Projects to be voted on change every two months.

Tesco Bags of Help provided funding of £4,200 to get young and old enjoying Netherthird Community Garden in new ways. The group hosted a Music Festival inside the Garden near Cumnock.


Funding from £1,000 to £4,000 is now available. For more information visit or pop into your local Tesco and talk to one of the friendly Community Champions.

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HURLFORD NURSERY COMMUNITY SPIRIT By, Jamie Glover In an inspiring effort of community spirit the people of Ayrshire have rallied together to give the children of Hurlford Nursery a place to play. An impressive refurbishment of the school and early childhood centre had one flaw. Lack of a proper play area. The Early Child Centre themselves had been trying to raise funds to lay artificial grass. However they were over faced when quoted with the scale and cost of the job. Thankfully in an effort of kindness landscaper Andrew Pollock lent his time and expertise to bring the project to fruition. Mr Pollock explains how he organised the project. “Basically I know the manageress of the nursery, she messaged me and asked if it was possible to do a wee bit of fake grass at the area that I done. I ended up nipping round and seeing it and I basically got in contact with one of my suppliers, which is JW Grant and they supplied the materials (free of charge). And then I just went in and did the labour for nothing. I think basically Hurlford community has kinda stuck together for it” He continued. The local business owner spoke about the reasoning for his charitable effort

customers. This is reflected locally by restaurants such as Unity Grill, a social restaurant aimed at tackling food poverty and isolation. Certainly there is a growing movement towards random acts of kindness, as popularised by Morgan Freeman who once quoted, “How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time”. This stride toward empathy is an evolutionary ethos and one that can help Ayrshire grow into a more equal and positive community. Certainly the small community of Hurlford has shown they can come together in strength for a common good. There has also been a surprising contribution from an unlikely source. Convicts from Her Majesties Prison in Kilmarnock have constructed and supplied the garden furniture for the nursery. Sometimes kindness can come from the most unlikely places. This highlights that sometimes good can come from bad, that people can use a negative situation to create positivity. It also opens the debate between punishment and rehabilitation. Certainly many would complain of the “cushy” nature of British prisons and the lack punishment as a deterrent. However re-incarceration rates in America (possibly the toughest prison system in the developed world) are staggering. Comparatively, Norway using the concept of restorative justice has slashed re-offending rates by rehabilitating their prisoners. A method seemingly used by Kilmarnock prison to teach prisoners not only joinery but a positive outlook when re-entering the free world.

“Just basically helping out, it’s good to give something back to the community. I think personally a lot more businessmen should help out at least a wee bit and give some of their time back”

It is heartening to see new ideas and concepts springing forth to make Ayrshire a more equal, positive and crime free buy,” William revealed. “We want to expand further and that’s proving a bit difficult. We need to get a new office and a yard that we can work from.”

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Ayshire Businesses team up An Ayrshire tea company that sells online to customers across the country has teamed up with a local nutritionist to create a unique, healthy blend. Fancy A Brew, launched by Colin Young sells a range of tea from around the world. After meeting the founder of It’s Nutrition, Holly Hodge, at a local business event, the pair joined forces to come up with two blends; a nourishing lemon and ginger flavour and another to help sleep. Colin said: “I’m a big tea drinker and through the years I’ve learned about different flavours. I was researching the health benefits when I met Holly. She instantly understood and believed in our vision and together we came up with a new blend that we believe is perfect. “Business Gateway Ayrshire’s support has been a huge help. As well as one-to-one advice,

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FOUNDERS FOR SCHOOLS A quiet revolution is happening in our schools today and sooner rather than later it won’t be quite so quiet thanks to the Ayrshire Magazine… Inspiring our young people to be all they can be is fundamental to the future of the Ayrshire, and indeed Scottish, economies so the fact that (“F4S”)is now providing additional inspiration is hugely welcomed. And the fact is they need Ayrshire business people and teachers to support them in their quest to take business into schools… F4S is an entirely free service (our Foundation has funded it) designed for very easy use for teachers to connect pupils to entrepreneurs and business people local to their school (and some further afield) who can talk in the classroom about the relevance of all subjects, not least STEM subjects. Ayrshire entrepreneurs, business people and teachers can sign up today at; Why would you do this? Here’s the evidence from England but already Stirling and many other areas of Scotland are realising the advantages: A student who has four employer encounters is 5 times less likely to become NEET (Not in education, employment or training) • A student who has four employer encounters is 3 times more likely to choose a STEM subject to pursue • This connects businesses to local schools, pupils and is an exceptional means of building education-business links and of course as a talent spotting exercise • And it helps support students to become more work ready, inspired and keen to pursue employment opportunities they may never have considered before •

Of 80 000 students who have participated in England – 96% of students felt inspired by the experience and let’s face it an inspired student is precisely the type of student we need


These results and outcomes are precisely what Ayrshire needs and I’m delighted the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce are pursuing this opportunity alongside many other businesses and entrepreneurs – it really is from the school of no –brainer territory. This is a virtuous circle, students prepared for the world of work and indeed inspired perhaps to start-up their own businesses is a real benefit to all concerned… And as we know one of the biggest challenges for growing businesses is access to talent - this is another step forward in providing that talent and in turn helping our hard pressed teachers; a win win all round. Speaking of win-wins I’m delighted to tell you that our Foundation is now operating the West Coast Accelerator at our HQ in Dundonald to support not just start-up businesses but those on a growth trajectory. The facility is free but far more importantly so is access to some brilliant advice to support business growth…We are partnering with the likes of Business Gateway, the Chamber and others to ‘join up’ the dots to ensure maximum impact for the businesses there and minimum duplication of resource. If you’d like to take a look and participate in our launch event on the 26th of April please do email our entrepreneur in residence meantime please sign up to, trust me you will love the experience. Sir Tom Hunter, Chairman of West Coast Capital & The Hunter Foundation

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Billy Kirkwood wrote this just after getting Root Canal Treatment. He had been sedated a lot! The gas didn’t wear off for quite some time. When asked originally about evolution he babbled about Triple H the Wrestler, Jurassic Park, why dinosaurs must be grumpy cause they have tiny arms and can’t work a Tamagotchi and wondered if Sam L Jackson even smoked. If I come from a monkey…I come from a really stupid stupid monkey. You know that one what sits on the swings sniffing his own finger and falls off…I’m that guy except I’m on fire cause I tried to light my own farts…with a blow torch.  Over the years we all find our places in this big honking pile of dirt we call Planet Earth before we find where we need to be. As a person I think you need to put yourself through the wringer loads of times before you eventually work out where you need to be randomly darting about like a handcuffed crab on its stag night.  You need to do that. Evolve as a person, fall flat on your face and cringe whenever you think back. 

I knew something was wrong and tried to branch out. I thought I’ll do Wedding videos…there’s my link to happiness. I was worse.  I missed shots. I forgot to record the sound…and in one in particular I accidentally interviewed the EX of the Bride who turned out to leave a heartfelt message that he “Still loved her and that she should tell her new husband about that night before the wedding before its too late” Jeremy Kyle the movie…I made Jeremy Kyle the movie…I even put bloody wrong bloody music on it!!! Sod you Phil Collins you Knee faced walking Tattie. YOU RUINED TARZAN!!! We’re Peter Pans never wanting to grow up,  Your walking Mistake Milkshake. Drink it in.  Im not just the Monkey I’m the Monkey with a Nappy on. Yeah Ready to go.  Never stop Evolving.  Life’s a Dinosaur?…Offer it a Square Go, it cannae get you with those tiny arms!

I was lucky I found performing and thankfully was allowed to come tumbling into the world of stand up like a sack of boobs rolling down a hill. It wasn’t pretty but you couldn’t help but watch. In real life i’m still that monkey on the swing. That bun on the couch losing hours to scrolling through facebook, hating everyone’s lunch pics and questioning their sexuality coz they fancy the female version of their pals from that face altered app. Being more hipster than i’d ever like to admit. Polishing my top knot with farts sounds like the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson movie (Google it…its a great joke…SHUT UP!) I took more wrong turns that an Alkie Sat Nav. Gonna be an actor SLAM!..Gonna work in Insurance SLAM!…Gonna Work...Gonna be a wrestler…I’m Doctor Kick Arse SLAM! I still wake up in a cold sweat remembering once upon a time I totally ruined someone’s wedding and I mean proper PROPER ruined it.  Lets dial that back. Once upon a time I “wanted” to make corporate videos. Orientational,  instructional videos..HAWT right.  Yeah proper sexy stuff…”How to report grievances to HR”, “Its my first day, what are the dos and don’t of working for Blockbuster Video?” I hated it…I was terrible. 






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Trigger warning. Until very recently, whenever these words preceded a social media post or podcast episode, I’d charge ahead without hesitation. It was almost a delicious challenge. A trigger warning was Liam Gallagher and I was 1997 Mel C, kitted out head to toe in a premium trackie while screaming, “Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.” (If you don’t remember this iconic square go, you’re too young to be my friend.) In any case, I’ve lived a relatively trauma-free life and figured I’d already processed any of the difficult stuff I’d experienced. Unpacked it all; filed it away. Nothing to be triggered here, just a big daft Labrador hanging out in my brain with its tongue lolling out, begging for a succulent treat in the form of a horrific story on just the right side of unsettling. So I’d click to read more, curious about what existed below the line and confident it couldn’t prickle my subconscious. Then #MeToo happened. I’d always been well aware of the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment against women. I’d always known that the statistics were just the tip of the iceberg because crimes of this nature are severely underreported. Most of the time, the stories that made it into the news were among the most depraved cases imaginable. The problem with that is when something is only ever publicly defined by its presumed worst case scenario, you begin to believe it’s the only scenario that counts. Case in point: it took until 2015 for psychological abuse to be legally recognised as a form of domestic abuse in the UK. But #MeToo has changed the discourse and opened up new streams of conversation. Over the past few months we’ve heard famous women speak about sexual abuse in all its guises across a spectrum that had never been publicly acknowledged before; at least not in this context. Women who have been raped, propositioned, masturbated in front of. Women who have been groped, threatened, coerced. Women who have, until now, been silenced, shamed and ignored. A lot of the commentary I’ve seen has centred around how sexual harassment and abuse is endemic in the entertainment industry, and that’s true – it absolutely is. But this is not exclusively a famous person problem. Far from it. The stories of this movement have resonated with almost every woman I know, regardless of career, regardless of age, because many of us have been victims of this kind of behaviour both in and outside of the workplace. For weeks, Twitter was awash with stories from women around the world who were speaking up for the first time about what they’d been through. Some had survived experiences so traumatic they were too ashamed to tell anyone what they’d been through for fear of being judged. Carrying with them everywhere the heavy weights of secrecy and shame on top of the dead weight of their past.

Others had been living in denial, downplaying what they’d been through even to themselves because a little voice kept telling them that “it could have been worse”. This phrase is used by countless women to console and self-soothe, to scale a problem down to a manageable size so that we can live with it. But it doesn’t come from a place of kindness. You only need to listen to the voices of dissent in the wake of #MeToo to see that it’s a phrase uttered by a lot of men (and some women) to trivialise and cast doubt over victims’ stories, and it’s an attitude lots of us have unwittingly internalised. When the rumours that had circulated about Louis CK for years were finally confirmed to be true last November (the comedian admitted to masturbating in front of female colleagues), it didn’t take long for the “It could have been worse” brigade to pipe up. “He’s not as bad as Weinstein,” people said. “It’s disgusting, but at least it wasn’t rape.” Fastforward a few months, and a story came out about comedian Aziz Ansari behaving inappropriately on a date. Once more, the comments rolled in – and so too did the comparisons. “Not excusing Aziz at all, but what Louis CK did is much worse,” tweeted one guy. Why is it impossible for some people to listen to a woman’s experience without immediately feeling the need to invalidate her by comparing her to someone else who has, in their view, been through something worse? Would you tell a child to stop crying about being punched by a bully because at least they weren’t stabbed? I’m not disputing that in the eyes of the law, sexual misconduct has to be categorised and that certain crimes should be more punishable than others. That’s how the criminal justice system works. The majority of us are not judges though, are we? We’re regular human beings who should be able to listen to a person who has had a shitty time and say: “I’m sorry you had to go through that.” We should be able to recognise that there is a spectrum of sexual abuse, but the victims at one end are not more or less fortunate than those at the other side. The worst thing that’s ever happened to me is not the same as the worst thing that’s ever happened to you, but that doesn’t mean we’ve felt pain any differently. So much work lies ahead for us to build a world that’s safer for women, and as with any problem so complex and widespread, there’s not one magical solution that’s going to fix everything. We need a society with greater gender balance in its power structures; we need to support men who have been emotionally straitjacket by inflexible notions of what it means to be a man; we need better sex education in schools, especially around the area of consent. But we can all make a start by learning how to listen. Not listening while judging, or listening while thinking about what we’re going to say in response. Just listening.


Ryan Allen



Ryan Allen

Few things inspire a sense of national pride in Scotland as much as the iconic IRN-BRU. If haggis is the national food, then surely IRN-BRU is the national drink. Much like the Scottish Picts of Hadrian’s wall, IRN-BRU has managed to stamp out foreign invasion to become the dominant drink in the land. Often cited but not strictly true, Scotland is immortalised as being the only place in the world where Coca Cola is not the most bought soft drink. The sickly sweet nectar of IRN-BRU is cemented in the hearts and minds of the nation. However, the very sweet essence of what makes the drink so special is being challenged. In response to a UK government sugar levy on soft drinks, IRN-BRU have more than halved their sugar content. The tax has been brought about in response to growing concerns by the public, and the health and scientific community. It is thought that sugary drinks are a major contributor to escalating levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, AG Barr’s decision to reduce sugar to avoid the tax has been met with disappointment, and scorn by many consumers. The makers of IRN-BRU will now face off against the iron will of the stoic Scots, as a fresh petition has started. 27 year old Ayrshire native Ryan Allen has started the petition against the move on Ryan spoke about the reasoning behind it:

I started a petition to AG Barr’s soft drinks after discovering they had plans to change the recipe of my favourite fizzy ginger IRN-BRU. They have gone ahead with plans to cut half the sugar in favour of a mixture of sweeteners including aspartame.

The decision to balance the loss of sugar with an increase in the sweetener aspartame, was particularly concerning “Aspartame is the widely disputed artificial sweetener that has been added to the recipe. It is made from an excreted byproduct of a genetically modified E.coli bacteria. It has been ostensibly linked to a multitude of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, cancers, weight gain, dizziness, headaches, ADHD and many more” A quick internet search brings a whole host of safety concerns regarding aspartame. However many of these links have been disputed. As outlined by NHS Choices, studies by The European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences on rats, linked the sweetener to an increase in cancer. However these results have been rendered unscientific by the FDA and EFSA for lacking appropriate scientific data. More worrying however is the proven link of aspartame with neurological and behavioural disorders. The NCBI confirm many of the above claims, such as links to insomnia, migraines, depression, seizures and more. Perhaps the craziest thing about artificial sweeteners however is the link to weight gain. Anecdotally, many a personal trainer will talk about the growth in hunger urges when using aspartame. It is theorised that the sweetener tricks the brain into thinking it is eating sugar, but without the sustenance. Therefore the brain will send out hunger signals to make up for the lack of nourishment. More scientifically, Medical News Today have stated the sweetener blocks enzymes which prevent obesity, leading to weight gain. Seemingly Barr have side stepped the surge for improving the UKs abysmal diet and health record. Rather than keep the original recipe, at the elevated price, they have altered the much loved recipe, replacing sugar with a potentially more harmful substitute. Despite the backlash however, AG Barr have released figures showing an increase in sales. The old adage “there is no such thing as bad publicity” seems to ring true. This puts Mr Allen’s hope for a “New Coke” conclusion under strain: “I will be encouraging a boycott of the full Barr’s range. Hopefully this would be enough to mirror the outcome of the “New Coke” fiasco in the eighties, when Coca-Cola’s recipe was changed for less than three months, before the consensus was that it was a mistake, because customers were too emotionally attached to the taste and the brand, and they quickly U-turned”


Ryan Allen

It is worth noting that the sales increase may be due to mass stockpiling of the old recipe by worried customers. The real issue for debate is the freedom of choice versus the negative impact of sugar. A Scottish government health survey in 2016 found that 65% of adults in Scotland were overweight. It is encouraging to see evolutionary ideas being brought about to fight this growing problem. But where does the responsibility lie, with the government or the consumer? Much like the supersize scandal of McDonald’s, it is the normal, healthy populace that pay the price. Nanny State interference means consumers have the “choice” of receiving much less value for money, or choosing an alternative, proven to be ineffective at tackling obesity and type 2 diabetes. Government meddling comes with a price: The erosion of freedom. Should a healthy adult be forced to pay for the misdeeds of the overindulgent? Ryan Allen acknowledges the risks of high sugar but believes in the freedom of choice: “I believe that a responsible adult should have the choice as to what poisons they want to put in their body and I think that IRN-BRU should continue to sell its original full sugar recipe even if that is at a price increase” With two reduced sugar versions of the drink already in production, it is a bemusing move by the company to add a third. Many supporters of the petition have mirrored that view. Here is just a snippet of criticisms raised by signatories: “I prefer our national drink stays the same, we know the consequences of drinking this fizzy drink we understand how much sugar is in it and we want it to stay the same” – Kerr Scott “If I wanted less sugar in my BRU, i’d buy Sugar free stuff!!” – Meaghan Smith. Ayrshire Magazine’s conclusion is that Scotland as a nation undoubtedly needs to evolve better eating and drinking habits. However, Ryan, like many, dislike a nanny state and clearly feels freedom of choice is important.


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I realise the title of this article reads like the start of an academic paper, but hey, it’s me writing so I’m confident this will unravel into bum and boobs jokes pretty damn quickly. So with Valentines Day behind us, celebration of the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 (giving women over 30 the right to vote – we had to wait until 1928 before that reduced to 21, I mean come onnnnnnnnn) and the uprising of #metoo, what’s next for us? Well, why not aim high and let’s give some thought to what the evolution of female domination and establishment of a matriarchy would look like? Today I invite you to jump on my Lady Bus (not a euphemism) and fantasise about what the world could be with women and Mothers at the helm… World Peace Yes. This. The Miss World candidates have been saying they’d like to solve the problem of achieving world peace for literally years. So we’ve already been subliminally putting the idea out there. To be fair, Miss World has evolved a bit over the years (PLEASE look up the Miss Peru candidates video clip…), but I am confident that if we just changed out of bikinis and into more practical clothing, a bunch of global Mothers could get together and resolve a number of conflicts. I am not even joking. If we can talk a 3 year old into eating broccoli over chocolate, we can do anything. Industry 4.0 The robots are coming! With the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 upon us, the world is facing the next great industrial revolution - automation. Single, controlling entities in the homes will automatically re-order cat food, pay bills, organise schedules and be all round superstars in

home organisation. We’ll see robots single-handedly (singlemechanical-clawedly?) do the jobs of 500 people at once and they will multi-task at industrial levels to be productive beyond all reason. Hey. Who needs robots? Aren’t we women already doing this? Well slap some armour on me and call me Robo-Ange, the industrial revolution is coming and it’s female powered! The Global Obesity Crisis Let me cook for the world. Problem solved. I’ve already got a 3 year old and 7 year old turning their noses up at dinner, so you may as well throw a queue of millions behind them to reject my cooking too. And no, you’re NOT getting supper. Climate Change After the obvious first stage in solving this problem by sitting the Trump administration on the naughty step (Paris agreement, c’est bon, n’est pas?), I believe the children can be the solution to global climate change. Not through long term education, recycling programmes or their uptake of electric cars in the future. No. I propose harnessing the ultimate renewable energy source…the hyperactivity of the under tens. With industrial sized hamster wheels and some tethering sticks in the back yard to generate electricity, I think we’re sorted. Plus think of all the free time we Mothers would get – freeing us up to sort out even more of the world’s problems. So, ladies, Mothers, just think of what we will do when our time comes. When the patriarchy is finally slayed and we can get some peace and quiet to fix everything. We’ll be done by tea time and can get together for a quick drink afterwards. Just remember, when Beyoncé asks, ‘who run the world?’, we know the answer is girls, but when we think about who runs absolutely everything else? The answer is WOMEN. That’s right - now Slay Queens.


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FRANK GORMANLEY TAKE NOTE…’BUSINESSES NEED TO CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVE & GET BEHIND PEOPLE THAT CHAMPION THEM’ Business evolution refers to the development of business activities from commencement through to implementation and review. More than ever, the business community need to have this at the forefront of their strategic objectives. Over the years I have worked with several people who have led incredible evolutionary change projects, resulting in a more robust and resilient enterprise for both colleagues and customers’ alike. The people that are remembered in business, the success stories are often individuals with foresight, who provide innovative solutions and continually develop the business adapting to customer’s wants and needs. So, with that sentiment, I would like to remember one of the special individuals. On January 15th 2018 our world lost a true ‘Evolution’ ambassador, my good friend Marianne Balmforth. A beautiful human being who brought so much to people she engaged with, taken from us far too soon. I write this in memory of her and thank her for sharing her wisdom and wise words, her encouragement and support to many throughout her life. I first met Marianne when she was an entrepreneur herself and was then fortunate enough to work with her for two years in Entrepreneurial Spark as she headed up Learning and Development across the organisation. During her tenure she was the driving force behind major projects that started from an idea, to full implementation across the business. On leaving Entrepreneurial Spark, she set up her own training and consultancy business and if she hadn’t been stopped in her tracks, she would have gone on to achieve huge business success, even in its infancy, contracts and work had been commissioned throughout Europe. Businesses need to constantly evolve based on market trends and customers’ requirements. It’s imperative to their continued


success that strategic processes and procedures are set in stone within the culture to ensure longevity and relevance in an everchanging global landscape. We all need a Marianne within our organisations, a champion for creating solutions to everyday problems and seeing them through to fruition. What works in business today, may not be what works tomorrow, thus needs to be a cohesive, internal, intrapreneurship initiative that conveys ideas, new ways of working to the table. Ask yourself what do you do to drive change in your business, for your staff and customers? If the answer is nothing – you may want to change this and quickly. Look at BHS, Blockbuster, Monarch Airlines, Woolworths… the list goes on. If these organisations had adopted a new model or changed their business mindsets to looking at alternative ways of engaging with their customers, would they still be open, flying today? Maybe yes, maybe no, but what is true is that the only way to stay in the game for the long run is to evolve, change, develop. There are many businesses out there that do this well. Have a look at their tactics and strategies and work out how you can do something similar - but your way. So, make 2018 a year for this to start, if it hasn’t already. Go find your inner Marianne and grab onto her legacy of evolving, doing something with ideas and making them a reality. Marianne you gave us so much, I’ll be forever thankful for your friendship, guidance and humour. You’ll never forget someone, who gave you so many wonderful things to remember.

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The AM Fashion Team have studied the SS18 catwalks to bring you some of the key trends for the new season. Designers have shrugged off the dreary winter we have endured with an explosion of colour and embellishment. From vibrant rainbow inspired knits to the humble sweatshirt adorned with sparkle and sequins. Our summer wardrobe will be anything but mundane. 7.

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Denim has also had a revamp, playing with different cuts, the 80s inspired mom jean that seems to be universally flattering has made a comeback as has deep dyed indigo and printed denim. If colour isn’t your thing check out our picks for a neutral palette that takes your nudes to another level with new textures including basket weave and rich fabrics.

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1. Floral Pajama Shirt, Topshop , £49.00 2. Red Floral Split Dress, Topshop, £49.00 3. Floral Jacquard Dress, Topshop, £65.00 4. Floral Wrap Bodysuit, New Look, £19.99 5. Yellow Print Trouser, Primark, £13.00 6. Bamboo Dress,Warehouse, £46.00 7. Midi Dress, Topshop, £34.00 8. Nautical Jeans,Warehouse, £49.00 9. Front Seam Jeans, Primark, £15.00

10. Hawaiian Denim Mini, Topshop, £32.00 11. Hawaiian Denim Bralet, Topshop, £24.00 12. Embellished Jeans, River Island, £POA 13. Pleated Skirt, H&M, £34.99 14. Orange Sweater, H&M, £17.99 15. Happy Sweatshirt, Topshop, £19.00 6. Lilac Sweater, Debenhams, £30.00 17. Rainbow Court Shoes, Topshop, £46.00 18. Nautical Shoe, Oasis, £POA

19. Jumpsuit,Warehouse, £56.00 20. Basket Weave Shoe, Dune, £80.00 21. Embellished Sweatshirt, River Island, £POA 22. White Wrap Shirt, Topshop, £45.00 23. Basket Weave Bag, M&S, £28.50 24. Trech Coat, H&M, £69.99 25. White Bardot Dress, River Island, £POA 26. Rose Dress, Oasis, £85.00 27. Basket Bag, Topshop, £24.00


Style Stalker



By, Kelly Cripps

When I met with the very stylish Cheryl McLean I didn’t know whether to shoot her or her home interiors. Cheryl’s Ayrshire home reflects her quirky fashion style. A treasure trove of vintage and replica classics from the 50’s to now. Cheryl explains to us ‘I don’t follow current fashions, instead prefer to mix it up a bit, as I’m a fan of all things retro. I suppose I use clothes to express myself and my interests without too much thought.’ With the return of 90s silhouettes such as the slip dress Cheryl laughs, ‘I currently have a newfound appreciation of 90s style but that could just be rose tinted retrospect.......I can’t believe it’s now considered vintage!’ ‘I believe that fashion just gets tweaked and done again. In terms of designers I think Orla Kiely does this best, however I’ll always be a life long appreciator of Vivienne Westwood, who doesn’t love a bit of Punk Victoriana. On the High Street, Zara does it all or Sister Jane online for a bit of retro. Ebay is the best alternative to the vintage shop, but you can’t beat the real thing.’

The first thing we noticed as we walked into Cheryl’s home was the fantastic and original 1958 AMI 200 jukebox, fully functioning....’We love our tunes in our house so I’m happiest with my family at festivals or in our caravan on a camping holiday in the summer. In the winter, a cosy pub....the Millhouse in Stewarton is a favorite with friends, or a good film in the company of my lovely family. With a glass of wine of course.


Photo Credits – Fiona Reid

Cheryl’s passions include design and a fierce love of textiles. This is evident in her choice of clothes, she knows the shape and cut of clothes which accentuates her frame but isn’t afraid to make use of bold prints or mix textures and fabrics pulling a great deal of her inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy.

Style Stalker

Steal Her Style

Warehouse Printed Jacket £66.00

Warehouse Printed Trousers £46.00

Topshop Stone Drop Earrings £12.50

Dune Crepe Sole Brogues £85.00

H&M Cord Flares £39.99

Topshop Scalloped Cami £16.00



Colour Wash

By, Kelly Cripps

We took inspiration from the Spring 2018 catwalk beauty trends. From pastel hues to ‘think outside the box’ graphic liner. Victoria Beckham was amongst the many who focused on skin, presenting models who looked like they had emerged from a day spent at the spa. Continuing the glowing, glossy theme we saw a shift from matte lips to bold shiny almost vinyl lips feathering at the edges to keep it modern and fresh. We wanted to keep Raechel’s skin as glassy as possible by buffing out a creamy highlighter onto her high points and lightly pressing extra skin serum on top for a luminous shiny finish. Using a creamy violet shadow I smudged it over her eye lids with my fingers for a sheer imperfect wash of colour, blending under the eye with a small brush for extra definition. Contouring has taken a different route this season with a technique known as draping. Draping uses blush to contour for a softer, healthier flush of colour. I used an angled brush to follow the curve, the drape, of the face. A neutral pink was swept from the hollows of Raechel’s cheeks and a more vibrant pink on the apples up to edges of the eyes to add volume creating a healthier glow.

To achieve this look try: Two Faced Sweetheart Blusher, Debenhams, £24.99 Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Endless Purple, Boots, £5.99 Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, Debenhams, £44.00 Rimmel London Oh My Gloss Crystal Clear Lipgloss, Superdrug, £5.49



Photo Credit – Fiona Reid | Model – Raechel McGinn

Corals and peaches are a good starting point for draping, these shades suit more skin tones for the most natural finish.

Alan Moore


As we prepare to open our doors and welcome in the new season, it feels like Winter is having one final hurrah before letting Spring take over at the helm. With flash flooding, blizzards, thunder storms, a constant amber warning and travelling at my own risk, I sought to add a couple of pieces to my wardrobe that would abide this transgression of weather. It seems that one piece has become more significant than first thought.

So what changed?

Although my Scout days and camping in Auchengillan are long behind me, the outdoorsman’s philosophy of layering has always stuck with me; easier to keep warm with a few thin layers of clothing rather than one big heavy one. I was looking for knitwear that could be layered up over a polo or shirt, something versatile enough to be worn with trousers, chinos or jeans and easily bridge the gap between work and leisure; I got some classic fine gauge knitted jumpers in various colours as well as a heavier weight cardigan complete with practical pockets and a comfortable shawl collar.

Similarly, my lifestyle has changed; 8 hours sleep is required every night, I enjoy tending to my house plants and get excited about visiting the garden centre and the idea of £1 “voddy & coke” makes me shudder. The older I’ve become, the more experiences I’ve experienced and the more knowledge I’ve gained on fashion, style, art and design, the subtler my style has become, but no less impactful. I’ve found that a well-tailored suit or unique accessory commands more kudos and interest than a Look-at-Me statement outfit.

The last time I wore a cardigan was about 10 years ago; ironically oversized, over patterned and overworn, it was inspired by vintage scandi style and paired with skinny jeans, arrogance and a mullet. I loved it. It was vintage bohemia, the pockets were deep enough to carry beer cans and my ego, typifying the hedonistic free spirit that I thought I was. I was Starksy and Hutch, I was Serpico. I wore it in nightclubs and I wore it hungover, it was a statement of who I was at the time, usually found in one of the previous.

It’s said that Evolution is the gradual development of something. Is the fact that my current cardigan is significantly different from my previous symbolic of my personal evolution of man? Do changing clothing choices reflect one’s current evolutionary state? My new cardigan is made from a much finer and softer wool than its predecessor, it’s a solid colour with a slight melange through it, rather than ostentatiously patterned, and it’s well fitted, sleek and subtle not oversized and overstated.

So what does your wardrobe say about you? And does it truly represent your stage in the evolution of man?





Laings has been a family-run business since 1840 and the luxury jewellers is now in the hands of the sixth-generation of the Laing family, Ayrshire-based couple, Wendy Laing (Marketing Director) and husband Joe Walsh (CEO). For Wendy, Laings has always been part of her life and family. Her father, Stuart Laing, joined in the early 1970’s and is still part of the business as the Executive Chairman and both travel to the Head Office and stores in Glasgow from their South Ayrshire homes. Wendy and Joe joined the business in 2011 and with them brought a wealth of new and exciting brands, including Breitling, Jaeger Le-Coultre and Officine Panerai. They also launched, bringing the luxury of the stores to the online domain and now the Laings story continues as the business evolves. In September 2017, Wendy and Joe bought their uncle’s jewellery stores reuniting (the previous split) family business to become one and Laings as one of the largest independent jewellery businesses operating seven stores across the UK under one brand ‘Laings’. There are three stores in Glasgow’s Argyll Arcade, two in Edinburgh, one in Cardiff and one in Southampton.

Wendy Laing Marketing Director & Husband Joe Walsh CEO

How good was it to bring the business back under one brand? We’re delighted to have this unique opportunity to bring the companies back together. We have actually only been apart for 12 years and now it’s important for us to move forward as one as we enter the next chapter in Laings history. With a history that spans over 175 years the two businesses both carried the same values which were established in 1840, offering the same luxury experience to every single one of our customers. The change has meant a new name, Laings, and a new logo, as well as a presence across the whole of the UK. However, the essence of Laings remains and everything we do is for a memorable occasion. What is it like to be at the helm of such a big jewellery empire? Wendy – Laings has always been part of my life and it’s exciting for me to see how it has evolved over time. Observing and implementing all different kinds of change throughout the years has meant that it’s felt truly special to be part of the company’s recent growth.

Laings has always been part of my life and it’s exciting for me to see how it has evolved over time.

Wendy Laing Marketing Director of Laings

There’s nothing better than working somewhere that you’re passionate about, and it’s a privilege to help steer Laings to what’s next. Our working days can vary hugely. We do spend time travelling to the seven different stores and it has been a delight to get to know the teams in each city. We also spend time in the Glasgow Head Office where the day-to-day running of the business takes place. There’s always something different going on!



What is next for Laings, more expansion, new brands? Currently we’re in the process of aligning everything under one brand, Laings, and ensuring that this is how we are recognised all over the UK. The change has meant a new look and our stores all across the UK will have the same indulgent style. Our stores in Glasgow and Cardiff will be receiving sparkling make-overs, whilst Edinburgh and Southampton will be given some dazzling touches. Whatever city you’re shopping in, you’ll know that it’s a Laings store you’re visiting. Whether it’s to buy a gift for a loved one, a special diamond ring or to create a bespoke design the luxurious surroundings will make your Laings experience an unforgettable one. We are always open to new ideas and looking to see what what opportunities are present to us. If we have the chance to introduce Laings to new audiences and further develop our luxurious offering, we will certainly explore it. Furthermore the online side of the business is constantly growing and we’re looking forward to seeing how evolves. We can’t sit still in an ever changing retail environment, so even after 178 years there will be no slowing down!



Elements Fires

RE-LIGHT YOUR FIRE WITH ELEMENTS FIRES Elements Fires specialise in the supplying and installation of fires and surrounds all over Ayrshire. A family run business, their showroom is based in Ayr. There you can chat with their fully qualified and experienced installers with over 30 years of experience in the field. We are going to look at some of the solid fuel (wood, coal, etc.) fires and stoves they have for sale, to see which would best suit your home. Fires Element sell a range of wood and coal burning fires in a selection of different styles as to best accommodate your home. Most come in a polished or black metal look, and range from the more traditional to a fire that would fit in a more contemporary aesthetic. Their Arched Inserts are a style of fire you would see accompanied by an already existing mantelpiece, they are perfect for creating an open look in your home. A Combination fireplace is a style that comes as one cast iron piece, including the mantelpiece. These kinds of fires are perfect for small homes and also give to a space to place photo frames, vases, etc. Their Tiled Inserts work the same way as the Arched ones with the key difference being the strips of tiled artwork that run parallel to the fire, a more classic look emulating an older style of interior design that is slowly coming back in fashion. Lastly, their Firebaskets. This style is certainly the most unique of their solid fuel burning fires. A cast iron basket holds the fuel in place and sits inside the space a typical fireplace would be, perfect for those who want to show off some of the homes classic brickwork. These fires are ideal for creating the much desired sound and smell of a log or coal burning fire. Stoves Stoves are an interesting alternative to the classic fireplace look many are used to. The box that holds the fuel with the long chimney pipe coming from the top is something we have seen more in modern homes but it definitely takes it inspiration from the past as it emulates the look of something you might see on an old steam engine or boat. Elements range of stoves vary in design more than style (as they all work the same way) when compared to the fireplaces, so we have picked two specific designs to look at here.


Broseley Evolution 5 Multifuel Stove “Witness how a multifuel stove in the sleek shape of the Evolution 5 can create a revolution in the way your room looks and feels. Sitting within the hearth space, the Evolution 5 agreeably complements the contemporary 5KW design of the room, whilst adding the timeless touch of a real fire spreading it glow through the satisfyingly large viewing window. As for warmth, the Evolution 5 has an output of 5KW, enough to heat a medium sized room.  Its exceptional efficiency rating of 80.5 percent makes it one of the most efficient multifuel stoves you can buy.”

Penman Vega 100 The efficient Vega 100 stove is perfect for most room sizes and has an output of just under 5kW, meaning there is no requirement for additional room ventilation. It is available in a variety of options including gas with realistic ceramic coals, standard multi fuel, or a wood burning clean burn model. The clean burn version is DEFRA approved for burning wood in smoke controlled areas. This popular stove is manufactured from quality casr iron and will provide years of efficient burning.

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Brown & Steele


They have been described as an ‘awesome’ company. An organisation who offer professional building services where projects come in on time and, essentially, on budget. These guys do what it says on the side of the van, and they do it to the highest professional standards.

“Nine out of ten times it’s just us and the drawing,” William explained. “Of course, that’s up to the architect and the customer to get the drawings for us to work from. But, the customer does have a say in how the work is completed. They get to say where they want their lights, or where their sink is going to go in their kitchen. They get the final say on that, and we just go by what they say.”

Brown and Steele are a local Ayrshire business, a building contractor with a solid reputation driven by directors William Brown and Stuart Duncan. If you need a loft conversion, double glazing, kitchen fitted, house extension, in fact any sort of building work at all – nothing too big or too small – these are the people with the experience and know-how. These are the people you can trust: something that means absolutely everything in the building trade and certainly doesn’t happen overnight.

The company are happy to tackle any building job, from internal doors to a new build house, these are the experts in their field. The operation has proved so successful Brown and Steele are now looking to grow.

“We started back in 2005,” William Brown, Owner/Director of Brown and Steele told Ayrshire Magazine. “Then we became a limited company in 2014, and we are based in Prestwick.”

Brown and Steele are a company with a fast developing reputation for excellent work carried out to the highest standard, on time and on budget. A company who delivers, and one you can trust.

The company’s mission is make its customers’ lives easier, to take the burden of worry and care from the client, to look after the building side of things and allow you ( the customer) to relax in the knowledge that the local experts are on the case. They reassure, confident of getting the work done to deadline and, what we all want to hear, on budget. “We’ll take care of the whole project management,” William told us. “We’ll take of everything from digging the foundations to the final decoration. We also organise when all the other trades arrive, so the customer only really has to deal with us and that’s it, we sort everything out from there so there is no hassle.” With nothing to worry about the customer is able to take it easy, safe in the knowledge that all their construction requirements are being looked after and in good hands.


“At the moment we are trying to source a commercial premise to buy,” William revealed. “We want to expand further and that’s proving a bit difficult. We need to get a new office and a yard that we can work from.”

Suppliers and installers of exclusive fireplaces & stoves Element Fires will help you create warmth and elegance with our expertise and exceptional style. Our exclusive range contains all styles of gas, solid fuel and electric fires and stoves along with beautiful fireplace surrounds on display at our distinctive Ayrshire premises. To find out more please come into our showroom or have a look at our website and book a free home visit today.

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David Lindsay Self Storage

DAVID LINDSAY SELF STORAGE Moving house? Running out of room in the attic? Don’t have a garage or any storage space for your business needs? David Lindsay Self Storage provide robust insulated units with secure 24 hour, 7 days a week, access. With no time restrictions on when you can access the unit, customers can come & go as they please. Originally founded in Perth, David Lindsay Self Storage Ltd has a first class reputation within the storage industry and in 2010 decided to introduce these unique storage units to Ayrshire to cater for local needs. Eight years later the site is growing to its highest heights yet. Initially the site started with 15 units, all of varying sizes, and there are now 47 units available to rent on a monthly basis. In eight years since it started, the site has more than doubled its capacity and are always looking at ways to improve and expand. Lauren Martin, has recently joined the company and will employ the valuable skills she has gained from working in the Marketing sector, for a national UK company, and will focus on promoting the units throughout Ayrshire and surrounding areas. David Lindsay Self Storage Kilmarnock is the only place in Ayrshire that offers customers secure access, 24 hours a day,7 days a week,365 days a year with the premises being covered with CCTV and floodlighting during the hours of darkness. The units on offer can be seen as a customer’s own personal garage: just like if you were to have it on your doorstep.


The units come in four different sizes, 25sq/ft, 50sq/ft, 100sq/ ft and 200sg/ft meaning we can cater for all needs. Whether it is for storing your belongings before moving into your new home: doing some home improvements and you don’t want your possessions getting dusty; storing an unused car; require somewhere to keep your business equipment; or simply need somewhere to keep old documents for archiving, we have the space for you. Unlike most storage companies our units are all at ground level and the customer drives to the door of their own unit to load or unload and drive away again. If you are planning on moving home or have been searching for that extra bit of storage space and require easy access, then get in touch to arrange a viewing of the site.

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

l–r Steve Wood, Chief Executive Officer NHBC, Stuart Gillespie Greenan Views Site Manager Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, Jonathan Ross

Greenan Views Site Manager reigns supreme across UK Award-winning housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes celebrated the recent win by multi-award-winning senior site manager Stuart Gillespie at the prestigious NHBC Pride in the Job Supreme Award in the Best Medium Housebuilder category at a gala dinner in London in January 2018. The accolade, which has now been awarded to Stuart for an impressive fourth time, follows a rigorous 12-month judging process which saw Stuart being assessed against thousands of site managers across the UK

Design Collection: a selections of stunning contemporary home styles inspired by some of the UK’s most influential architects of all times. One of the most popular house styles is the iconic Tait, a spacious five-bedroom villa with an open-plan kitchen/dining area, a generous living room, a separate family room and five well-proportioned bedrooms, two of which equipped with ensuites.

Located in a stunning coastal setting, Greenan Views is a well-established development which features the new

high-spec kitchen with glass splashback, integrated fridge freezer and dishwasher, flooring and window dressing throughout, as well as half-height tiling in the bathroom, light fittings, washing machine and tumble dryer. This last remaining plot of this style can be reserved for only £99 for a limited time only. Other homes styles available at Greenan Views include the Douglas, a fourbedroom detached home price from £252,495 and the Adam, a five-bedroom detached villa at £317,495.

The year-long judging process has seen NHBC inspectors perform spot checks on sites all over the country. Stuart, who has worked for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes since leaving school over 26 years ago, has been managing the company’s Greenan Views site at Doonfoot, Ayrshire, for five years.

The Tait kitchen dining

Exterior image of The Tait house style

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With a range of exciting incentives, including full paid LBTT (valued at £8,350), only one plot of this house style remains. Priced at £349,995, Plot 42 comes with fantastic upgrades, such as

Alan White Design


Award-winning civil engineering consultancy Alan White Design have revealed their stylish new logo and branding in celebration of their 18th birthday. The Kilmarnock company is quickly growing into one of the most in-demand engineering specialists in the UK, providing services in Temporary Works, Access Engineering and Structural Design to clients across the globe from their Hill Street office. Their engineers can often be seen on an early morning flight to London to meet new and existing clients, all keen to take advantage of their specialist knowledge. Now, with a fresh new look for 2018, the 10-strong team has another reason to celebrate. Kicking off their celebratory year in style, AWD were awarded Highly Commended by The Concrete Society for their design of a Temporary Propping System for the iconic V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, due to open in September 2018. This prize is an addition to a string of recent successes, including the Construction New Awards ‘Project of the Year’ accolade in 2017. The practice also bagged a finalist spot at both the 2016 and 2017 British Construction Industry Awards, the most prestigious platform in the engineering industry which recognises the biggest names in global engineering. Discussing the rebrand process, AWD Marketing Manager, Fiona McGrath, said “We worked with Dani and her team at Microtech Digital to design our new logo. We wanted to retain the blue and white colours that are so easily recognisable as AWD to our clients, especially those who have loyally supported us throughout the past 18 years, but we also wanted to reflect the dynamic and creative team Malachy and Alan have built since starting out in 2000. Our new logo embodies connection, partnership, creativity and trust, all of which represent our identity both as a business and as people.” This co-operative approach is also reflected in the company’s ambitions closer to home. AWD are very active within the local community in Ayrshire. They work in partnership with


local primary schools, and DYW Ayrshire to deliver STEM education and inspire young people into STEM careers, in an effort to tackle the skills shortage within the engineering industry. They also work closely with Ayrshire College and the University of Strathclyde to offer work experience and summer placements to give students vital hands-on experience and improve their employment opportunities. AWD are also big supporters of Kilmarnock charity Hillhouse and regularly hold fundraising initiatives to support them including running Kilmarnock’s ‘Roon The Toon’ 10K race. With their new logo and branding in place, AWD have big ambitions for the future to continue their growth which includes introducing their holistic approach to engineering to new clients in Europe and the Middle East. Managing Director Malachy Ryan has recently attended Market Visits with Scottish Enterprise in Dubai and Dublin, where the prospects for expansion look very promising for the Ayrshire practice. Malachy said:

We pride ourselves in being approachable, inclusive and trustworthy working partners with our clients, our employees, and our community. This values-led approach has formed the basis of our success so far and is reflected in our new logo which embodies our vision for the future.

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• 4 bedroom home • 3 bath/shower rooms • Living room with wide feature bay • Separate dining room with French doors to garden • Openplan kitchen/breakfast room • Concealed laundry zone, plumbed and wired for your laundry equipment • A WC/cloakroom completes the accommodation on the ground floor • Master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room • Guest bedroom with built-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room • Family bathroom with fitted vanity furniture • Garage with light and power

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In the modern age of social media and relentless internet usage, most of us are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Can you imagine the risk, however, if you are a business holding valuable, information on customers and partner organisations? With such a wealth of data, not only are you ‘fair game’ for the interested hacker but you are also a major target for organised cyber criminals. In addition, with the introduction of the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) as a legal requirement in May 2018, it really is time your company protected yourself against the possibility of serious cyber attack?

There have been many stories of major brands and public services having highly sensitive information on clients, customers and patients stolen by organised crime. CyberAggress have the expertise to help prevent that happening to your business.

Ayrshire based CyberAggress have all thesolutions. Described as a trusted partner supporting the Scottish government’s Public and Private sector action plan for cyber resilience, they are experts in the field.

David describes CyberAggress as a friendly local Ayrshire business whose main priority is to support Ayrshire businesses, improve their cyber security and to help them comply with the new GDPR regulations being introduced at the end of May.

“CyberAggress started formally trading in May 2016,” David Evans, the company’s information security consultant, told Ayrshire Magazine. “We are providing certification for the Cyber Essentials Scheme, security testing and GDPR support. Cyber Essentials is a government backed certification which was set up by the UK government and is also a key part of the Scottish Government’s action plan. Following numerous breaches the government asked what were the major causes, and what could be effectively done to mitigate them? Then they introduced the Cyber Essentials Scheme certification to show customers and future clients that a business is managing its cyber risks”.

“We offer support,” David told me. “The Cyber Essentials certification that we offer comes with free optional insurance, and we can hold your hand through the process, if required guiding you to what’s involved, and how you can do what’s needed at best value. But this is your business and we respect that, our role is simply to inform you ‘what’,’why’ and ‘how’, the scheme works, we are very much about dealing effectively with real risk and not hype.”

The company, David tells me, offers to provide practical guidance and support that allows a business to protect itself from being plundered by unscrupulous cyber criminals and sensitive data stolen, protecting its hard earned reputation and customers. He goes on to say : “The information you hold is not often of value to the criminal but is of value to your business, this fact then allows your business to be extorted for profit”


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Of course, there is another and more pressing reason for tightening your company’s cyber security. “The GDPR regulation comes into force on the 25th of May,” David explained. “We are currently coming to the end of the two year compliance time, but come the 25th May you will need to be able prove that you are compliant. Part of that requirement requires a business to have regular testing and assessment of the security measures used to protect people’s information, as well as the documentation!”

In a highly digital world where so much traffic circulates in cyberspace, security must necessarily be a high priority for all business. “Security must support the business and the people,” David emphasised. “Scotland’s businesses are over 90 percent of either micro and small. They are the low hanging fruit, CyberAggress will help you secure and manage your information and reduce your risk from the real threats” I wouldn’t leave it to chance, check it out with the experts. You can find out more at the CyberAggress website

THINKING OF SELLING IN AYRSHIRE? It is our objective to achieve the best internet presence for your home, while at the same time deliver an exceptional, traditional, personal service. We are an enthusiastic and personable local company committed to the local community.



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Come for the food, stay for the hospitality... Freshly prepared Seafood Lunch specials 2 courses for £11.95 Traditional Italian Pizza’s

Tuesday – Pasta Night from £9.50 Wednesday – Rustico Night from £8.95 Take Away Availaible (Tue – Thur & Sun from 5pm)

Our menus & offers change often to give you the chance to try wide selection of traditional Italian cuisine.

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Zac Burinski lives in Cumnock and Doon Valley with mum Nicola. This is an area of Scotland which since the demise of the coal industry, has had its problems and unemployment is high. At first glance there is nothing unusual or special about Zac. He looks like any other fifteen year old teenager. Words like self-effacing, soft speaking, unassuming and unpretentious spring to mind. It would be a mistake, however, to imagine that, like most teenagers, he spends a lot of time thinking about girls, acne and avoiding doing his homework. Zac works almost seven days a week and is totally committed to his business. When he isn’t at school or running his business he watches any TV show which features Gordon Ramsay. He is a huge fan of Ramsay and Hell’s Kitchen is his favourite television programme. His other current passions are motorcycles, fast cars and watching Car SOS. If you form your opinion of this young man on first impressions then you would be making a mistake. First impressions are notoriously inaccurate and in this hi-speed, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook world we tend to profile people too quickly. In fact Zac runs a very successful business from home and has done for several years. How is that possible you might wonder? The answer is relatively simple. He applied at the of age twelve to get a job as a paperboy but was told he was too young. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and create his own business. Zac has always been interested in cooking and baking and the female members of his family have always had a powerful influence over him. His grandmother, who was a wonderful baker, took a stroke losing the use of her left arm. She was also restricted to a wheelchair. Zac, at a very young age, became her helper. A few years later his mother also suffered serious health problems. He and his mum are very close and he wanted to help. Her health problems necessitated her losing weight and this culminated in him further developing his interest in cooking. This interest in the culinary arts quickly became obsessive, so much so that when he was four years old his mother had to have a family member, who was a joiner, fit a lock to the kitchen after an unsuccessful attempt by Zac at late night cooking. Flava Shaka is the name of his current product and it is heavily biased towards the healthy eating industry. Originally Flava Shaka was produced in his kitchen at home but that has now moved on to a restaurant kitchen. Also the product, which was advertised and bought and sold on Social Media, is now on sale in almost forty retail outlets. The main limiting factor for the business is Zac’s age. He has not had any financial assistance with the business and the only help has been from family members. That situation will continue until he is at least sixteen. One of the things which impressed me most about young Zac is his ambition, both personal and in business. He wants to expand his selling market and to do that he needs several things. One is to obtain

a SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) Stamp on his product which would allow him to expand into the supermarket sales areas. This would cost him a substantial amount of cash and, again, he is limited by his age. For fifteen, Zac is tall and broad shouldered and one can already sense strength of character. It was interesting to hear that people working with him in the kitchen environment consider him to be bossy. Something else which is not apparent when you first meet Zac is the fact he is dyslexic. This is a condition which, in the past, with unenlightened, unsympathetic teachers and pupils, could make school life difficult and unpleasant. It is interesting to note that a list of sufferers from that condition reads like a Who’s Who of successes in the business world. Recognisable examples include: Lord Sugar, Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Walt Disney and William Henry Gates the Third. Sports celebrities who also were dyslexic include: Muhammad Ali, and Magic Johnson. Enough said. There are several theories as to why dyslexic people seem to have a higher success rate. Some suggest better than normal communication skills. Others suggest good delegation and exceptional creative awareness. Perhaps another theory might be an exceptional problem solving ability and or a higher than normal level of commitment to the work ethic coupled with good people skills. Whatever the real reason, the fact remains that dyslexic people are high-achievers. Life at school wasn’t easy for young Zac. He was bullied on many occasions and some teachers were not always as sympathetic as they might have been. One female teacher was however understanding of his dyslexia and consequently he developed an interest in history. Zac loves animals and there are two dogs at home. He also has a strong interest in mechanical engineering which manifests itself in his love of motorcycles and cars. It is Zac’s ambition to own a Honda Fireblade motorcycle. Motorcycles aside it goes without saying that his overriding passion is food and cooking. Some additional information here should help to demonstrate Zac’s own burgeoning success. He won an Entrepreneurial Spark award for his business at thirteen years of age. Entrepreneurial Spark also provided help and guidance with the creation of a logo, distribution and shooting an advert. Orbit provided assistance with a video interview. He has also come to the attention of Sir Tom Hunter who helped with packaging. MadeBrave, a Creative Brand Agency in Glasgow have also provided a positive promotional input. Currently Zac’s business operates seven days a week and almost twentyfour hours a day. This functions with the help of family members and friends. His monthly output of Flava Shaka can reach the thousands. He exports his product to Europe and America. As for fifteen year old Zac, you might guess, he has great ambitions; After leaving school he aims to attend college, meet Gordon Ramsay, study cookery and, of course, to eventually own a Honda Fireblade. He is the real deal - a homegrown Ayrshire business success story. His potential is limitless – Zac is truly a young ‘Mova and Shaka’.


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Since the beginning, Forum Italian gelato was unwittingly ahead of its time as a unique tasting low fat, low calorie product!

They say that ‘variety is the spice of life’, and at the RAD Hotel Group, our expert team of chefs ensure that each of our restaurants provides something to suit every palate.

At Quei Bravi Ragazzi we look after every customer and always go the extra mile to please everyone. We have many customers with various food allergies or needs.

Although eating out is a chance to indulge yourself, we make sure that we also cater for those looking for a healthier choice. From our range of Light Bites available daily to our brand new A la Carte menu items, our restaurant teams are dedicated to providing something for everyone.

This doesn’t cause us any problems as we prepare everything on order and therefore can adapt any dish to any need.

Through the years public demand was for more choice, hence the introduction of flavoured gelato. Our product has evolved to cater for all of our customers’ needs and dietry requirements with the creation of vegan, soya free, nut free, fat free, lactose free, low calorie and lower fat options. We offer a large selection of tubs and cone sizes so our customers can enjoy a sweet treat to themselves or share a larger tub with friends and family.

Join us at any of our venues to experience delicious Scottish cuisine and order in confidence with our many vegetarian, gluten-free and lighter options, or speak to any member of staff who will be happy to accommodate if you have more specific dietary requirements.

Also the REAL Italian cuisine is vast and can be cooked in many different ways, to please every diet or allergy of any sort without losing its taste and originality. We welcome all clients requests and needs, delivering good food that is prepared with passion and all its flavours. This way everyone can feel that they had the full Italian experience.

Simpsinns Eating habits have evolved and changed considerably in recent years. As consumers we have become much more conscious of what we eat. A healthier lifestyle incorporates healthy eating and for SimpsInns, one of Ayrshire’s leading family-owned hospitality groups, this means catering for a diverse culinary palate through a range of quality dishes at all of their restaurants.


Menus typically change with the seasons and SimpsInns always try to source local produce where possible; be that from Ayrshire’s arable land or the fantastic west coast waters. SimpsInns restaurants are also mindful of food intolerances and allergens and try to cater for all dietary requirements through exciting and innovative dishes. menus for our customers so they can be assured that we can accommodate their dietary needs.

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Cecchinis Bar, Bistro & Restaurant As with any restaurant, a change in consumer trends has been a key factor in our recent menu changes at Cecchinis. We’ve had to adapt and move with the times, in an era where the public are being becoming more health conscious and susceptible to different ingredients and cuisines. The public have a better awareness of health issues these days, as is promoted heavily on social media and influenced by eating trends from across the waters. Our new menu has had to adapt to accommodate these recent trends, and so we have created new healthier dishes; such as our Pizza Ortolana*(v)which is proving a popular dish! With a spike in allergens (such as gluten free) we’ve created allergens sheets and allergen menus for our customers so they can be assured that we can accommodate their dietary needs. *roasted aubergines courgettes, red peppers red onions, sun blushed tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella

Multi-award winning Brownings the bakers have done it again with their new pie. The steak and ale pie sold at Somerset Park was crowned the best pie in Scottish football. Managing Director of Brownings John Gall spoke about the award. “So we won the best pie in Scottish football, that’s quite an honour you know because of all the teams in Scottish football to come up number one” However Mr Gall is not content with this title. He is challenging for the best pie in British football. “We’re now going to enter the British pie awards which takes place in March.” “Hopefully this will be another feather in my cap. To be recognised as the best pie in British football is quite an honour”. The new Ayr United based pie will come up against top competition in four time winners Morecambe FC. However Brownings have hired a secret weapon in top London chef Paul Gayler MBE. The culinary maestro devised the fillings for the pies and has been helping promote the product in London. These pies are also being sold at Wembley and have quickly become a crowd favourite. However Browning’s pies are not just for the carnivorous amongst us. They also defended their title as the best vegetarian pie in Scotland with their new cauliflower and leek pie. With so much success I had to ask the secret. Mr Gall replied, “I think it’s consistency, consistency in the products we make. They’re made to a very high specification”. Hopefully the success can continue and the title can be won for Ayrshire.


Kenny Cheung


Kenny Cheung


The gentle hum of refrigerators, keeping expensive Champagne appropriately chilled, is relaxing as we sit in the plush surroundings of La Dragon Champagne Bar. The décor, is a high end fusion of western and Chinese cultures, like the food. Since its opening on January 29th, 2018, Kenny Cheung, owner of La Dragon, has never been as busy... “We take a hundred calls a day,” He laughs warmly. “My wife is answering the phone all day, we are booked three weeks ahead.” It seems light years from the time when his family moved from Hong Kong to Kilmarnock in 1984. With little English, the 12 -year-old Kenny found it very difficult to settle into school. “I did very bad at school,” He told me candidly. “I didn’t have any qualifications because I was struggling with every subject at school. I was getting bullied and I was scared to go to school, so I left when I was 16 and began washing dishes in a kitchen.” He laughs again, ironically this time, perhaps because he is only now realising the amazing journey he has been on. From dishwater to owning, what must be, the most exciting got-tovisit venue in Kilmarnock and, indeed, Ayrshire. Eventually, Kenny started helping in his father’s takeaway in Shortlees, and slowly his journey to La Dragon began to take shape. “I think those days when I was bullied helped me as a person,” He said thoughtfully. “It helped me move in a different direction. I got bullied really hard in school and when I go to that first takeaway shop in Shortlees...I learn how to handle all these tough people and then I started to befriend them. This journey happened for a reason. If I hadn’t went through that journey at the Shortlees takeaway, I wouldn’t have been strong enough to handle all this (he gestures with his head, and we both look around at the beautifully designed décor of the La Dragon Champagne Bar).”

Behind us as the cleaner’s mop falls from its bucket onto the floor with a gentle thud, Kenny swivels in his seat distracted. He returns his focus to the interview and smiles. “It is all about that thing in your head,” He starts up again. “Even if I have to work 24 hours a day I still go and do it. Because I know the light is at the end of the tunnel always. It might be dark just now but, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. How far that tunnel is? That is about how far you are willing to walk before you can see it (the light).” He throws a huge chunk of philosophy at me as if he were popping some ice into a glass of the many, many gins offered by La Dragon – one of the largest, if not the largest selection available in Ayrshire. It is evident the man seated across from me is a thinking man, with the kind of sharp business brain needed to bring such a huge venture as La Dragon (Champagne Bar and fine dining area) to reality. “Then my dad wanted to open a restaurant so I help him,” He picks up the story again. “I just do my best because at that time all I know was how to wait tables. But I used my knowledge to see and try to fill the gaps. Unfortunately after a few years my dad and my mum divorced so he went away and he left the restaurant to my mum so I have to help my mum.” Now he was, effectively, running the restaurant, and bringing his own concepts to the business “I get more chance of do my own thing, more or less,” He explained. “Bring in my own ideas into it. But after a while I was very very tired of it. The business was good, but it is not really really good so I wasn’t really fulfilling my dream. I was fed up so I decided to take a few years off, and went to college, because I know I have something missing in my knowledge. I went for two years to learn about hospitality. Actually my plan was three years but after two years, after I get my HNC, the chap who rented the restaurant off me doesn’t pay the rent so I have to go back. I was in a bit of a hurry I give up the college and I go back to set up Dragon Royale.”


Kenny Cheung

The founding of Dragon Royale, however, coincided with the global financial collapse of 2007/8 and Kenny Cheung faced yet another struggle to survive. “The first couple of years was very bad,” Kenny admitted. “Gradually getting better and better over last ten years till I feel we cannot do anymore. We maximised what we can do in that wee place. I set up the Dragon Royale and at that time I was bringing a new concept then, fusion food, different setting, everything is different from a normal Chinese restaurant so that’s what happened.” As long as five years ago Kenny and wife Josephine had a look at the premises La Dragon are now in, but they didn’t think the time was right and the project was shelved. “I got the opportunity to buy the whole building but everything wasn’t right so we give up,” He told me frankly. “That’s what I mean by...not forcing it to happen five years ago. Then two years ago my pal bought this place and then I thought ‘Mmm’ let’s go have a look, and that’s when I feel the timing is right it is just that instinct. If you speak to all the entrepreneurs or the big businesses they follow their instincts.” As he points out, early results are good, there is a demand for tables stretching weeks ahead for the La Dragon. It is not surprising La Dragon is showing early signs of success. It is a unique Kilmarnock enterprise organised on two floors. A top level with the jewel, the Champagne Bar- which Kenny thinks is a first for Ayrshire - and on the lower level the tastefully designed restaurant area, split into two: The Emperor Suite seating 18 in a VIP section, and the main Sapphire Suite


But, you know, the remarkable thing about Kenny Cheung is his resilience. From bullied schoolboy, to dishwater, to takeaway in Shortlees, and on to Dragon Royale, and now La Dragon. I wondered what has been the key to Kenny’s business success? “Crazy...yes, you got to be able to do some crazy things which other people cannot do,” He offered. “You have got to stand out from the rest. You cannot do the same thing as other people. I always like to try different things, I am never scared of trying new things. Obviously, I do some calculation first and from my experience and my calculation - if both things add up - then I go and do it. That’s how I do things now in my life and this (La Dragon) is part of my dream as well. It’s a calculated risk, in fact in a lot of people’s eyes it’s a big risk. But when I decide something I never go back, that’s my personality I just go for it until the day I die because I believe in myself. When you say what makes success? You have got to believe in yourself.” You can’t help but admire the man and the sound advice he offers as one of Ayrshire’s leading businessmen, restaurant owners and, yes, philosophers.

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BHAILE BAKERY BAKERY & COFFEE SHOP Good food is integral to family life in Southern Europe, the original home to Diana Passi of North Harbour’s Artisan Bakery and Coffee Shop. Steaming hot bread straight from the oven is in turn at the heart of the region’s age-old tradition of home baking, as it is in Ayrshire. Fresh, local ingredients from Ayrshire suppliers such as Mossgiel Farm, Corrie Mains and Dowhill Farm are the key to all that Diana and her hard working team work to produce, often rising at 3 or 4 in the morning to make sure that fresh bread is ready for eager customers at 9 am, straight from the oven. However Diana’s speciality Bhaile loaf actually takes 60 hours of slow fermentation so that nature and time can take their course. The sole ingredients are flour, water and salt, plus of course time…quality cannot be hurried! Everything in the bakery is made from scratch, by hand daily, and free from stuff like preservatives, improvers and E numbers. The whole story all started with a five day bread course run by Lesley, an amazing local baker from Muirkirk, sparking a passion in Diana duly leading to the birth of Bhaile (Gaelic for Village) hence Dianas Village Bakery. Soon Diana was taking basketfuls of bread to her daughter’s nursery; next step was a stall at Ayr Farmers Market producing an immediate amazing reaction and generating incredible demand; then came the opportunity to open at Ayr’s North Harbour. From a shell with a single panoramic window, three month’s planning and intense builder work before the doors finally opened, offering a relaxed meeting place for breakfast, lunch and brunch for foodies from far and near. the relaxed ambience and open-door feel ensured that customers could enjoy all the activity in the bakery and of course the variety of products. Quality coffee features from Olfactory Coffee Roasters, an artisan coffee roastery based in Penryn Cornwall, run by her brother Angel. Combining tradition and innovation, Bhaile Craft Bakery now offers intriguing options like Posh Dog and Sloppy Cinnamon slices: don’t know? Go along and find out! Throughout the evolution of this unique business, Diana sticks to the principle: ‘Always remember that good bread should be more than an occasional indulgence but an every day essential.’


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Cameron Menzies

Cameron Menzies


Jocky Wilson; Les Wallace; Gary Anderson. 3 names synonymous with Scottish Darts. 3 players from these shores that have won World Championships. Now, Ayrshire native Cameron Menzies has taken the next step on his darting journey to join that short but elite list.

He featured at the 2018 World Championships at The Lakeside, where he was 6th seed, but unfortunately lost out in the first round against Conan Whitehead. But it was at the Grand Slam of Darts, a cross code event between the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) and BDO players, in November that Cammy won a legion of new fans with his charismatic performances on the stage of the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.

Hailing from Muirkirk, nestled in the East Ayrshire countryside, Cammy, as he is affectionately known, is still the same person before he won over the hearts of darts fans across the UK. “Think it’s still Cammy to be honest,” when asked if he is still ‘Cammy the local’ or the Darts player from the TV. “But a few of the young kids are asking when I am back on the tele. I know most people in Muirkirk anyway as it’s such a small village. So not much has changed.”

He was drawn with two of the biggest names in World Darts, Aussie Simon Whitlock and, his idol, Gary Anderson. “When I got the draw through I was in Gary’s group I was so hyper,” explained Cammy. “My phone was going crazy and everything.” He faced two-time World Champion Anderson in the first game of the group stage where he lost 5-3, after taking out a 134 finish himself. His second game was against former World Championship runner up Whitlock, in which Menzies beat the Aussie 5-2 in an impressive display.

“My Mum and Dad have run Ayrshire’s County team all my days so I have been brought up with it all my life,” Cammy says on how he first got in to the game. “(I) Always dreamed of making the big level but I was always in to Football more.” Menzies was a semi-pro footballer, but would miss games due to playing in Darts competitions. Cammy doesn’t get much time to get about Ayrshire, due to either working as a plumber or travelling at weekends to play in tournaments or qualifiers. When asked on what he likes to do when he gets a bit of downtime, he said “I usually either go to my pals and play the computer or watch football, or usually have a wee throw with pals.” Although he had been playing in the BDO (British Darts Organisation) since 2006, it was in 2016 that he came to prominence when he won the British Open. The 28-year-old went on to win the 2017 Scottish Open, the first Scot since Gary Anderson 10 years previously to win it. He also qualified for the BDO World Trophy, but it was his run to semi-finals of the World Masters that saw Menzies being spoken about as a real contender for the forthcoming World Championships. He eventually lost out to Krzysztof Ratajski, who went on to lift the title.

“Beating Simon was great for me as it gave me a little bit of belief that I can be a match for the best,” said Menzies “I never thought I would even get close to him,” showing just how big a win this was. Unfortunately, Menzies narrowly missed out on making the second round after losing out to Berry Van Peer in the winner-takes-all game 5-4.

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Cameron Menzies

After his disappointing exit in the Lakeside World Championships, Menzies took the decision to switch to the PDC and try his hand at Q-School, the 4-day event which sees darts players from all over the world try their hand at trying to gain a 2-year tour card. “The BDO was a lot of travelling for me, it was hard with work and all the travelling,” Menzies said at his decision, “I had it in my mind for a long time what I wanted but the Grand Slam had definitely changed my mind. (It was) by far the best experience of my Darting life.” Menzies had a good run in the first 3 days, but lost out in the early stages of day 4, which meant he narrowly missed out on finishing in the top 15 Order of Merit to gain a tour card. He can though play on the Challenge Tour, which saw the emergence of newly crowned World Champion Rob Cross. “I do need to start practicing more often, I am usually busiest at work in the winter with frozen pipes and things.” said Cammy. Most of the top players in the PDC are full time with Darts, so juggling a day job with practicing and competing will be a lot of work for Cammy. “I have also taken a step back in the leagues I play in and only go some weeks as I never get time to practice when at them.” The challenge tour will see Menzies competing most weekends throughout the year for the chance to play in some of the biggest tournaments. After the first 4 events, Cammy is sitting in 7th place in the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.


Prior to Christmas, Cammy was signed to Tommy Gilmour’s stable at Dunvegan Enterprises. He joins some of the biggest names; Ian White, former youth champion Michael Smith and idol Gary Anderson. “They help you with entries and tournaments,” explaining on how Gilmour and Dunvegan will help on his journey in the PDC. “They can help me get some sponsorships that could lead to shirts, darts and flights getting made. It’s all new to me so first year i’ll go along with it and learn along the way what it’s like to have a manager and playing in the PDC.” “Enjoy it Darts is fun,” when asked on getting more youngsters in to the game. “You meet some great people though it, there is a youth academy in Irvine. We’re there doing a great job with all the youth players and it’s like a youth club for Darts.” North Ayrshire Darts Academy has been running for a number of years now and it encourages the younger players to get involved in the game and to help you with the mathematical side of the game too. “If you get really good at it you can play for your country and travel to some nice places.” Cammy is looking for sponsorships for the upcoming season. If you’d like to take up this opportunity, please contact Dunvegan Enterprises or Cammy directly.

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TENNIS ACES ARE SET FOR ABU DHABI Ayrshire’s Jack Dickson and Frances Smiley have earned their spots on Team GB’s six-person tennis squad for the Special Olympics World Games 2019! The two Ayrshire College students will be part of the Great Britain team heading to Abu Dhabi next year after serving up gold medal wins in the Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield last summer. Jack and Frances teamed up to secure gold medals in the Mixed Doubles at the National Games in Sheffield, where they competed as part of the Scotland (West) team. Both players also won individual gold medals in the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ singles events. Jack is a student on the Connect to Learning course at Ayrshire College, while Frances is enrolled on the Connect to Careers course. The pair currently play their tennis at Prestwick Tennis and Fitness, where they train twice a week.

Frances, 19 from Prestwick, said “I’m really looking forward to the experience and can’t wait to meet up with the team in Abu Dhabi. I really enjoy the team atmosphere of the Games.” Doreen Tait, Essential Skills lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “We are incredibly proud of Jack and Frances for earning their spots on Team GB. Considering the six-person team is made up of the best players in Scotland, England and Wales, it is a remarkable achievement. They should be very proud of themselves.” The Special Olympics World Games take place from 14 to 21 March 2019 and there will be 7,000 athletes from 170 countries represented at the Games. Apply now for full-time courses starting in August. Visit www. for more information or call 0300 303 0303.

Jack, 20 from Troon, said “The whole Sheffield experience was fantastic. The opening ceremony took place at Sheffield United’s stadium, with Tony Hadley singing, and to win two gold medals was obviously brilliant. When I found out I was selected for Team GB, I was so excited. I was jumping about! I’ve never been to Abu Dhabi, I’m really excited to be going.”


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Leading rail infrastructure contractor, QTS, has been shortlisted for two categories supporting grass root sports at the prestigious UK Sponsorship Awards. A proud advocate of young people in sport, the QTS Youth Athlete programme has been shortlisted in the Charity & Community Engagement Sponsorship and Grass Roots Sports Sponsorship in these national awards, against other top brands such as Land Rover, McDonalds Restaurants and Movember. Launched in 2014, the QTS Youth Athlete programme has supported over 11 young athletes from a range of sporting disciplines including boxing, skiing, snowboarding, ice dance, swimming and tennis. Current athletes include alpine skier, Nicole Ritchie from Bearsden and boxer Kieran McMaster from Kilmarnock. Alan McLeish, managing director of The QTS Group, commented: “It’s a real thrill for us to watch them develop and grow, all while proudly wearing the QTS logo. We’ve invested heavily in them and nurtured them through the programme, so to have the recognition from the UK Sponsorship Awards makes everyone involved feel very proud. “For us, if we can say that we were part of the journey for the next big sporting star, we’ll be pleased to know that we helped create an athlete who can inspire people to invest in sport.” The UK Sponsorship Awards take place on the 27th March 2018 at a glittering gala dinner, held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel.


As a business, QTS has a strong inclusion ethos as a business and is committed to working for the future of young people through a variety of channels, including via growth in grassroots sport.

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Like most sports, maybe more so, the swing within golf has evolved greatly through-out the years. This is mainly due to the changing and advancements of coaching theory and practice. Through science, technology, and extensive research into golf specific biomechanics and strength and conditioning, coaches are better informed to advise and instruct player to swing the most efficient way for them. The Ben Hogan era (1950s and 1960s) is where the technical side of the golf swing became more commercial and talked about. At this time there was a consensus and strong beliefs around the fundamentals of the golf swing, particularly in the set-up, such as, grip, stance, posture, ball position, and alignment. Most of which is still followed today. For a long time thereafter, the golf swing seemed to follow a set model, of being in certain positions at certain check points through-out the back and down swing. This seemed pretty universal at the time. Coaching continued to evolve. Next a few different coaching methods became more prominent and coaches more so than ever start having, at times, massively varying theories on what the best way to swing the club was. Some of these methods included; one plane swing, 2 play swing and stack and tilt. The one thing each theorist had in common was they thought that their method was the best and most effective way for every golfer to swing the club. This mentality began to change for some instructor’s and coaches. Tom Watson, Open champion at Turnberry in 1977, was a great example of this. Ironically, he believed he found the secret to his golf swing in 1992 (after already winning 8 major championships). He at times used to try and mimic parts of Jack Nicklaus golf swing because he was the dominant golfer of that era. He eventually realised (after hitting a lot of bad shots) that every golfer has a unique swing and shouldn’t try and copy anyone else’s technique. Coaching and the golf swing took its biggest leap with the introduction of launch monitors such as Trackman. This revolutionary piece of technology transformed how people and golf instructors seen the golf swing, and in some cases broke a lot of myths and beliefs coaches and players previously had.


Another major advancement has been the introduction and use of screening/testing golfers for physical limitations, whether it is mobility and/or stability issues within their body. These specific screening tests highlight potential physical limitations within a golfer, making particular movements in the golf swing very difficult or sometimes impossible. This is crucial information as an instructor or golfer as they may be unable to make certain moves in the golf swing due to their physical limitations. Therefore this physical limitation will need to be fixed before making any necessary swing changes or adaptations to the swing would need to be made. With all these advancements, more instructors are now teaching each golfer based on their individual needs, work with their unique swing characteristics if possible, and most importantly, make swing changes bases on what their ball flight is doing. This is certainly what I’ve grown to believe in and we do at the Golf Academy at Trump Turnberry. Gone are the days where swing changes are made purely to make it look like “the model swing”. Swing changes are more objective decisions now where technique is changed only if it will affect the main impact factors (Clubface Aim, Swing Path, Angle of Attack, Club Head Speed and Centeredness of strike) to which will have a positive effect on the ball flight and therefore performance. It’s all about making each golfers swing repetitive and efficient as possible and there is an infinite way to swing the golf club and be effective. This is highlighted now more than ever from the world’s top players on tour. Barely one swing looks the same but when it comes to impact, they are all repetitive and efficient. With that in mind, come see us down at the Golf Academy at Trump Turnberry. There has never been a better time to come work on your game under the watchful eye of a Qualified PGA Professional. Palmer Mitchell PGA Professional Trump Turnberry Golf Academy

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Wellington School


Wellington School

How well do you know your neighbours? Are you a member of a local community group? Are your friends and family, no matter the continent, just an app tap away? A seemingly unconnected trio of questions but they all lead to this consideration: are we genuinely a part of engaging and satisfying communities? Relationships are important – now more so than ever before. That hilarious tweet you posted or the WhatsApp conversation you’re having with your cousin in Australia bring us together and are important interactions in today’s society. However, scientists conclude that as our collective time spent online increases, so does loneliness. Our ability to communicate effectively face to face may also be diminished. Effective communicators are more likely to come from a thriving community and Wellington pupils are testament to this fact. The ethos of our small, nurturing school places significant weight on the importance of relationships and, above all, community. United We Stand Psychologists agree that we are more likely to succeed when we work together. A strong, cohesive sports team wins tournaments and gold medals, meanwhile, businesses turnover millions of pounds when staff are nurtured and committed to achieving objectives together. Vitally, community spirit also drives individuals to achieve their own goals. For this reason, Wellington School fosters a genuine sense of community, both in the classroom and out. Pupils are encouraged to take part in the many extra-curricular activities that will enrich their learning, help them develop in confidence and make meaningful connections (and sometimes lifelong friendships) with their peers and staff. Former pupils are also welcomed back into the fold, not least so that they can share their wisdom and life experience, but they are also excellent careers advisors for our soon-to-be leavers! At Wellington, we believe in starting as you mean to go on. In the Junior School, pupils enjoy the advantage of small class sizes and a close relationship with their form teacher and classmates. In the Early Years, pupils blossom into curious and active learners in a familiar and happy environment - the dining hall they eat in at 5 years old will be the same one in which they discuss future plans at 17. This strong network will continue to support, encourage and inspire its members throughout, and after, their time here.

A Top Performer Wellington is a non-selective school, but one which boasts some of the best SQA results in Scotland. In 2016, the school was ranked in the top 10 Independent Schools in Scotland (Advanced Higher Grade A percentage pass rate). Meanwhile, in 2017, almost 60% of Advanced Higher passes were grade As and as a whole, the results were significantly higher than National Average. In S5, the 2017 Higher results were equally impressive and from a cohort of fifty five, eleven students achieved five grade A passes which included three students who achieved six grade A passes. The percentage A to C pass rate was 97%, nationally this was 81.7%.

Pupils at Wellington set themselves very high standards &, with the support of their teachers, work hard to achieve them. – Mr Johnson, Headmaster

Pupils inspire one another to reach their full potential and to progress that one step further – from that literary child who helps yours widen their vocabulary to the keen performer who emboldens a shy child to seize the moment and sign up for our spectacular school show. Wellington children enjoy learning and the child who spends that extra half hour a night on their homework is not mocked, but rather, admired by their peers. Our community roots for every individual member and achievements, no matter what they are, are celebrated in our uniquely warm and distinctly ‘Wellington’ way. Our community welcomes pupils no matter the stage in their educational journey. Please contact our Admissions Registrar, Mrs Marian Dunlop, for further information: or


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