Speakers' Organiser Margaret Bowman

Venue:   Ayr Town Hall (unless otherwise stated)

Tuesday 1.30 pm - fortnightly

Meetings are normally held in the Main Hall at Ayr Town Hall, but may occasionally be held in Newton Wallacetown Church if the Town Hall is not available to us.


OIR Ayr – Town Hall Speakers’ Programme, January to April 2019

Welcome back to OiR Ayr’s Town Hall Fortnightly Meetings, to which all members are invited.
Newcomers are welcome to join us and try us out. Although there is no entry charge, we hold a fund-raising raffle under Mary Kane’s kind auspices. OiR’s monthly 200 Club Draw takes place at a Town Hall meeting and the result is shared with those attending. If any of the winners are present they receive their cheques at the meeting, with the remaining winners receiving their cheque by post from the OiR Office.

Meetings start at 1.30pm with a short introduction, and an opportunity for Group Leaders to share information on group activities. Anne and Andrew Monaghan attend when they have information on day trips and holidays at home and abroad to share with the members –this is a well-established contact point for those participating in those much anticipated events. Members of the Tuesday Walking Group Committee are also available with slips advising on future walks, trips and holidays. I am grateful to Jim Irving who continues to assist me in seeking out a member to give a vote of thanks to our guest speaker – a task he carries out in his own persuasive way, so members be aware of Jim approaching you.

I hope to see you soon, hopefully at our first meeting on Tuesday 15th January, and that you will enjoy the chance to meet up with friends – both old and new.

15th January.
Trishaw Project – Chris Cheales: This project was enthused by Cycling Without Age Scotland’s aims of working with the elderly and vulnerable in our community. It is led by a group of volunteers living in the Prestwick area who come together to organise health walks and intergenerational activities with a view to supporting members of the community in improving their health and wellbeing. With this ethos, it clearly endorses the aims of OiR Ayr.

29th January.
Know your Antiques – Robert Watt: Robert is a young man who has been trained not only by his very experienced father, but also by several well-known knowledgeable personalities in the world of antiques. He will illustrate his talk using items from his own collection, and would welcome the opportunity of discussing items brought along by members of his audience.

12th February.
A visit to Jordan – Irene Bell: Today Irene, one of our own members, will share with us her memories of a very enjoyable tip to Jordan. Her illustrated talk will cover some amazing experiences, meetings with some very interesting people, and let us enjoy landscapes that most of us will only have seen in films or television documentaries. This promises to be a very memorable afternoon.

26th February.
Music Hall Britannia Panopticon – Kitty Walker: Today, our speaker will talk about Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon which is the world’s oldest surviving Music Hall, first opened in 1857. In its heyday audiences numbering 1500 crammed into the auditorium four times a day. There were wooden benches for those who could afford to pay for seating, and standing room at the sides and back of the Hall for others. They were all there to be entertained.

12th March
The Scots Language through poems and the spoken word – Rab Wilson:
Rab is a Scottish poet who writes predominantly in the Scots Language. He has had several of his works published and has gained prizes for his contribution to publicising the Scots language. Born in New Cumnock, he served an engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board. Following the Miners’ Strike of 1984/85, and its aftermath, he retrained as a psychiatric nurse. He is currently Scriever in Residence at the Burns Birthplace Museum, and a member of the National Committee for the Scots Language Resource Centre. Much publicity surrounds the promotion of Gaelic; it will be good to hear of developments surrounding the promotion of the Scots Language.

26th March.
Wagon ways and Tramways of Ayr – Jim Irving:
Jim, one of our own members, is a long serving member of OiR Ayr, and with his wife Anna is a well-known regular attender at our Tuesday afternoon meetings. Today he takes on the role of our speaker, talking about one of the facets of old Ayr which has taken his interest for a long time. Using many interesting illustrations, he will share with us his interest in these methods of transport of bye-gone days.

9th April.
Glasgow’s Hidden treasures – the Victorian Buildings of Glasgow – David Walker:
Many of you have already shown how interested you are in this subject by attending various visits to, and walks around, Glasgow. Today you have an opportunity of hearing from an expert in this field. As David is a very popular speaker on this subject we are very pleased that he has been willing to fit us into his busy schedule.

23rd April - AGM

Margaret Bowman, Speakers’ Organiser
December 2018

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