THE INSIDER  (featuring OiR Updates)

Membership:  We are delighted to announce that membership taken out now until the end of December 2017, will cost only £10 per person.

Please contact the OiR office for the date of the next Executive Committee meeting.

Former newsletter email address is no longer is valid.  Emails sent to that address cannot receive a response.

Submissions for the Winter 2017 newsletter should be sent to our newsletter editor, Margaret Rollo. Please contact Margaret for the cut-off date. 

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2017 attached.

Group Leaders are invited to review their webpage and inform me of any updates, amendments, deletions or enhancements.  It pays to keep your web page up-to-date and may encourage new members. Webmaster's email address is at the bottom of the page - thank you.

Posting for 24th August 2017

GROUP LEADERS on email will have received communication, and those not on email will have been written to, with an invitation to attend a 'Group Leaders Get Together' on 14th September 2017 (fuller details were in the communication).  It is hoped this will offer Group Leaders the opportunity to network in a more informal setting, bring news of their group, raise awareness of issues that affect or concern them, chat, etc.   Where possible, Committee members, Office Manager, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster will be in attendance.  We would love to see every single Group Leader from our Activities Timetable attend to share our common interest, aims and objectives which are:  "To make OiR Ayr the organisation of First Choice to enable our '50s and over' community to participate in co-ordinated and supported opportunities which enhance their lifestyle and personal wellbeing"

If you require further information on the 'Group Leaders Get Together', please email or contact the office on 01292 260086.

The Ayr & District Flower Show at Ayr Racecourse over the 18th and 19th August was perhaps the most perfect showcase of OiR Ayr and how we come together to support our local community. Our Folk Group performers who were performing at regular intervals throughout, excelled themselves over the two days and all agree this was without question their best ever performance gig to date.  The racecourse was a wonderful venue and the position of the entertainment (inside the main concourse and conveniently near the coffee shop) was ideal for the many OiR supporters and friends who spent an enjoyable time in the audience, singing, clapping, cheering and occasionally even dancing! We were delighted to have an exhibitors stand too and thanks to our Chairman, Pat Kane, we had a wonderful gazebo erected (making us look most professional)!  Pull-up stands advertising OiR and the fabulous “OiR AYR 30 YEARS” banner kindly made by the Sew & Stitch Group for our 30th celebrations ensured we caught the eye of everyone who passed.  We were delighted that so many existing and potential members stopped and spoke to us and we were able to discuss the many benefits of OiR and our groups.  The people who stopped were pleased to receive copies of our “Shared Lives” book and copies of our summer 2017 newsletter were also widely circulated and enjoyed by many.  Application forms were also handed out and we even recruited some new members!! Thanks to Dr Neil Beattie we had a supply of “Message in a Bottle” kits which were given out and very much appreciated. 

Through our membership we also recruited volunteer stewards for the event and this was very much appreciated. Huge thanks must go to everyone who gave their support throughout the event, be it performing, transporting equipment, setting up and taking down the gazebo not once but twice, stewarding, chatting to passers-by and manning the stand.  Our Chairman was even seconded as sound engineer for the other musical acts!! 

When we were originally approached by Directors of The Ayr & District Flower Show, our remit was to provide entertainment and in return be given a stall.  In true OiR spirit we came together and provided so much more.  We have been overwhelmed with the kind thanks and gratitude expressed to us for being there and also being so flexible and co-operative. Through our membership we provided entertainment, volunteer stewards, information, technical knowledge and assistance and brought with us our now famous “rent a crowd” all whilst promoting OiR Ayr and all that we do. We also had a thoroughly enjoyable time!!  A “blooming” success!

Thanks to Pat Kane/Caroline Lyon for this report and photos.

Posting for 18th August 2017
AUTUMN NEWSLETTER:  The following information has been received from our new newsletter editor, Margaret Rollo.
"Just to clarify - there will be an autumn newsletter, but it will likely be a "limited" version due to time constraints i.e. the deadline for articles is the 25th August. "
Please submit your articles and updates to Margaret as early as possible to

AEROBIKING GROUP:  is seeking two new members.  Please see their webpage for further information.

We've been given the news that the Whist group and Tea Dance group are no longer running.   Sincere thanks to Christine Harris (Whist) and John Fullarton (Tea Dance) for their loyalty and dedication to OiR and to their group over the years.  We hope members who attended these groups will find another suitable activity group soon, from the many still on offer.  

OiR ANNUAL COFFEE MORNING:  Saturday 21st October in Ayr Auld Kirk is the date and the place for our annual coffee morning. Volunteers will be needed and, if you can help, will you please contact the OiR office.  Thank you.

Posting for 14th August 2017
Croatia - Porec 15-26 September 2018 - Action required as soon as possible for this marvellous holiday offer - see Holiday group webpage for full details. 

Posted 2nd August 2017

OiR AYR - SUMMER FUNDRAISER:   Pat Kane's reported on the fundraiser below and included photos of the event (courtesy of David Bowman).  "Yet another 'Sold Out OiR summer fundraising concert at Newton Wallacetown Church Hall, with a brilliant sum of £500+ being raised by our fantastic members through ticket sales and donations.  A wonderful afternoon of “Golden Oldies” from the 50’s & 60’s (when many of our members were in their teens and switched on by Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles etc).  All performed by members of our own OiR Folk Group: John, Denis, Gordon and Pat along with amazing solo performances from Bobby and Jinty.

A very special thanks to all volunteers who came in early to assist with setting up the hall in preparation for the arrival of our audience. Special thanks to Moira Kane for managing the ticket sales and numerous other logistics, and to David Bowman for opening the event, for providing a much-deserved vote of thanks to all involved, and for taking the photos of the event. Looking forward to next year." 

PS:  I didn't attend the event, but used the BTMyDonate to add funds to this very worthwhile day.  If you feel you'd like to donate this way, at any time,  just click the button at the top of the page and enter the amount you wish to donate.  Thank you - OiR Webmaster.  

Posting from 17.07.17 - 21.07.17

SPEAKERS MEETING 18TH JULY 2017: Pat Kane announced that he had received a letter addressed to the Chair of OiR from a member, who wished to remain anonymous, enclosing a cheque for £500 which increases by another £125 with Gift Aid added.  Thanks to Amy Kinnaird for passing us this very important piece of information.  Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to the anonymous donor who considers OiR Ayr worthy of such a generous donation.  It will help us make a difference to our member's lives.  Our donations page has details of other donations received. 

Posting for w/c 12.06.17

The Monthly Lunches and Early Supper Club seeks a new Group Leader.  Please see their webpages for further information.


Pat Kane:  On Friday 2nd June OiR Trustees, Amy Kinnaird and Pat Kane, attended an Age Scotland member groups networking workshop at the Ayrshire  College Kilmarnock Campus. It was great to meet various support organisations across the whole of Ayrshire who are focussed on assisting and improving the welfare of Ayrshire’s older men and women.  Topics presented and discussed were:

• Community connecting and development across Ayrshire (South, East & North)
• Early stage dementia awareness workshop
• SISG (Sensory Impaired Support Group)
• Opportunities to participate as Age Scotland regional ambassadors
• AILN (Ayrshire Independent Living Network)
• Self-directed support services
• Centre Stage musical entertainment (outreach musical entertainment group)
• Body Boosting Bingo (Get fit while shouting “House”)

Amy Kinnaird:  After lunch, an hour was devoted to the members present to tell the others, what they had been up to within their organisations. I found this session to be both interesting and entertaining. A representative from each member group spoke informally about the aims  and activities of his/her group. This, to me, was an honest heartfelt appraisal of what was happening all over Ayrshire within their groups, both large and small, to benefit the older age groups in our community. Pat spoke in a clear and concise fashion about OiR Ayr, mentioning that he had attended Douglas Boocock's funeral the day before and that, although it was a sad occasion, he was uplifted by the acknowledgement from Douglas's family of the pleasure and happiness which Douglas had gained from his membership of our far-reaching organisation. All in all, I felt that I had, personally, learned more about what is available to enhance and improve the lives of all of us here in SW Scotland. 

Posting for 26.04.17                                                                                                                       

The OiR Ayr Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Ayr Town Hall on Tuesday 25th April 2017. 

The 'ordinary' business of the AGM is repeated every year and includes outlining OiR's financial health and accepting the company's accounts for the past year, accepting proposals of new committee members and resignations from those who are standing down. It also confirms the purpose of OiR Ayr.  This year Mick Roebuck resigned as Chair and Pat Kane was accepted as the new Chair.  David Bowman was accepted as Vice-Chair, and Meg Steel will remain as Minute Secretary.  We thank those who have accepted these positions and wish them well and also to those who have chosen to remain on the Committee for another year.  We were enthusiastically entertained by the OiR Folk Group and had a very special rendition from 'Jinty' who 'topped the bill' with her light-hearted Glaswegian poetry - and remembered every single word. Well done, Jinty. Thank you to Amy Kinnaird who delivered a gracious Vote of Thanks to everyone present, and to everyone who constantly contributes to the existence of OiR Ayr and has it's best interests at heart.  Amy also had an apt Glaswegian response to Jinty's poetic contribution. Minutes of the meeting will be available from the OiR office in due course for those who wish to read them.

Spring Forward Event - 20th April:  Photos from Pat Kane and Amy Kinnaird - thanks to both for submission.  See the winner of the Thornton's Easter Egg, donated by Mick Roebuck on the 200 club page and other photos here.  The OiR office would like to thank all members who donated books, DVD's, and CD's for the Spring Foward event.   We raised £42 which went a long way towards the rent of the halls. All remaining items were donated to Cancer Research and a thank you letter has been received from the charity.  

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT):  Please contact Pat Kane if you feel the portable electrical equipment you use in your group could be below an acceptable standard.  This should ensure the safety of our members.  Details to Pat via the OiR Office.  You could use the form on this page to make contact.

Life Membership:  Congratulations to five of our long-service members who have been chosen to received honourary life membership of OiR Ayr this year:  Mick Roebuck, Chris Lowe, Veronica Lowe, Alisdair Cochrane, John Burgess.

OiRAyr PATRONS and SAVOY PARK LUNCH Posted 09.09.16  Update on lunch at the Savoy Park - photos attached

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