Muirkirk News - May Edition


ISSUE 24 MAY 2019



Muirkirk News May 2019



1. What is the other name for the Northern Lights in the sky?

2. What are the Grasslands of North America called?

3. What is the only grass to grow in water ?

4. The earth is surrounded by a blanket of air. What is it called?

5. How long does the earth take to revolve round its axis?

6. What are cone bearing trees called ?


Ambulance 01292 265061 or Emergency 999

Police 101 or Emergency 999

Fire Brigade 999

NHS 24 111

East Ayrshire Council 01563 576000

Social Work Standby 0800 811505

The Samaritans 01563 513313

Woman’s Aid 01290 423434

Doctors Surgery 01290 661286

Chemist 01290 661280

Help to Hear 01563 639900 or 0141 341 5330

Sensory Impaired Support Group 01292 266791

Ayr Hospital 01292 610555

Crosshouse Hospital 01563 521133


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7. Half the worlds desert is contained in a single Desert. What is the name of

the Desert?

8. What is a Tsunami?

9. What protective function does the ozone layer fulfil?

10. Why do farmers in parts of China keep Ducks in their rice fields?

Quiz answers on Page 26


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Hope this newsletter find everyone well.

The most recent Community Council meeting took place on Tuesday 7 th May, this

was well attended by members of the public, local Councillors and representatives

from Hare Craig Wind Farm. Also at the meeting were representatives from the

organisations (SERS, East Ayrshire Council and AC Whyte) involved in the current

rendering programme within the village. At the meeting these organisations made a

very kind offer of assistance / support to the local groups within the village, we

discussed the possibility of more bedding plants and having our own litter pick

equipment at the meeting, if there is any other requirements please let us know.

The next meeting ( AGM )is due to take place on Monday 3 rd June, 7pm within the

Community Wing, please come along, everyone is welcome. Along with the

meetings we also have our Facebook page where we post regular updates and


As we head into our summer months there are lots of great activities planned, we

will advertise these where possible – here’s hoping we get some dry, if not sunny

weather to enjoy our beautiful village.

We have been fortunate again this month for the News to be supported by various

local business’, with their continued support we are able to deliver the news free of

charge to the households within the village, the amount of houses we deliver to is

continuing to increase, again if you would like the News delivered to your door,

please let us know either in person, via Facebook or email the group at

Kind regards

Lisa Macmillan

On behalf of Muirkirk News & Muirkirk Community Council


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27/04/2019 (Stroke Play) Gross H/cp Net

1st John Wilson 101 36 65

2nd Graeme Walker 82 15 67

3rd Iain Girvan 78 10 68

4th Craig Menzies 79 10 69

5th John Jackson 88 17 71

"Par 68, CSS 67"


04/05/2019 (Stroke Play) Gross H/cp Net

1st Brian Gibson 80 14 66

2nd Alex Patrick 82 14 68

3rd Iain Girvan 79 10 69

4th Stuart Angus 82 12 70

5th Scott Davidson Jr90 18 72

"Par 68, CSS 68"


05/05/2019 (Stroke Play) Gross H/cp Net

1st Craig Menzies 69 10 59

2nd Craig Burns 79 14 65

3rd Alex Patrick 83 14 69

4th David Murphy 79 10 69

5th John Jackson 86 17 69

"Par 68, CSS 66"

Muirkirk Juniors FC


After going up 1-0 with a goal from Michael Howie in the opening minutes and dominating

the early stages Kirk fell apart losing three goals in a 6 minute spell goals which were the

result of sloppy defending. This to be fair has not been the norm this season. Annbank

continued to dominate the play and ended up worthy winners by five goals to two. Kirk’s

other goal was scored by Niall Carslaw.


27.4.19 jackpot not won now stands at £2650 with a reserve jackpot of £650. Nobody had 3

numbers so three numbers share £60 this week. Support The Juniors join our lotto.


Kirk succumbed to promotion chasing Lesmahagow 2-0 at Burnside Park on Saturday which

leaves any chance of promotion very difficult. The sides went in level at half time thanks to a

penalty save by Kirk stopper Nathan Bogle. The Gow took full advantage of two mistakes by

the defence to wrap up the points.


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The family would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their

cards, flowers, and kind expressions of sympathy during their recent loss of


Special thanks to the Rev Robert Anderson for a comforting Service, the CO

-OP for their funeral arrangements, and Muirkirk Bowling Club for the lovely


Thanks to members of the local British Legion for their kind gesture at the


Special thanks to our local nurses for all their home care. Thanks to all the

staff in Burnock Ward Cumnock Hospital and the staff at Bute House for

their excellent care and attention given to Hughie.

Heartfelt thanks to all who attended the Church and Muirkirk Cemetery.

Hughie will be sadly missed.


In loving memory of my son Robert.

Passed away on 24th May 2008

Dear son, brother and uncle

Gone but not forgotten

Inserted by Rab for all the family.


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MEG are pleased to announce that the new facility at the HUB will be

available for visiting on the day of the Muirkirk Gala Day. Please come along

for a chance to view the new facilities including the brand new Gym

equipment. On the subject of then Gala Day, MEG have agreed to make a

donation of £250 towards the cost of the Gala Day itself.

On the subject of the Gym, it is hoped that we can find a self-sustaining

group of Gym users who will help run the new fitness suite and we invite

them to make contact with MEG as soon as is practical.

I would also to extend a big thank you to all the members of the MEG group

who have worked very hard this year to help secure significant Participatory

Budgeting funding for Muirkirk, to help in the securing of the new Muirkirk

Hub facility and who have worked tirelessly to help overcome the snagging

problems at the same new facility. Finally an extra special thanks to all the

volunteers at the shop, as without their efforts none of the above would be

possible. To help put the efforts of the volunteers in perspective, it is their

vital work in fund raising that helps raise the £2500 a year that is needed just

to maintain and insure the Skateboard Park, and this is only one of many

projects and facilities that their tireless work at the shop supports and


Andy Young











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Traditional Fish & Chips

Quality Ice Cream

Cooked fresh to order

and locally produced

9 Tower Street Cumnock

Open every Day from 9am – 2pm

& 4:30pm­9pm (4pm­8pm Sundays)

01290 420456 or 07544 766450

We’re making good food not

fast food

Weekend Specials , regular offer

a range of Monkfish,Lemon Sole

& Stornaway black Pudding







T: 01290 422424

M: 07715 554802

We deliver Local Orders only

T Johnstone & Son

Pagan Walk


Tel: 01290 661376

Available in Store: National Lottery

Health lottery Scratch Cards also

accepting Healthy start Tokens

01290 422754

Visit our Store for the latest

special offers

Visit our Facebook Page

T Johnstone & Son


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The Muirkirk Elderly committee held Tea Dance which added £250 to the

Christmas Party fund.

Thanks to all who supported and donated home baking.

The local Celtic Supporters Club held their 51 st Annual Dinner Dance to a

full house with the Club sending along the League Cup for photographs.

Riverside Resourse Centre held their 30 th Anniversary celebrations with an

afternoon tea which raised an amazing £1000.Well done to all those who


All Hall Events will be advertised locally as well as the Community News.

George Brady 661377


We are now into our summer season in the shop and we are selling

lightweight jackets for just £3. Our £1 rail now has ladies and men's tops, t-

shirts and shirts.

If you are off on holiday we have several bags and suitcases from as little as


Also children's summer clothes and sun hats and sandals just great for playing


We have CD's and DVD's at 2 for £1 to keep you entertained if the weather

isn't so good.

Do you know someone who is a Motherwell Football Club fan, as we have

two pairs of signed football boots worn by the players in a match, a signed

program, scarf, and 3 shirts. Any reasonable offer accepted.

Come in and look around you will be amazed at the variety of items on offer.

Our opening times are

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am till 3pm and

Saturday 10am to 1pm.


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61 Main Street


KA18 3QR

01290 661500

GIFTS: Wide range of gifts for every occasion. From large structural

ornaments to small gifts for children.

Going to a WEDDING ? Lovely shawls, facinators, jewellery and bags.

SUMMER scarves and tops now in. Sliders for summer flip flops now in.

Sparkly or plain.

BALLOONS & DECORATIONS: Every occasion covered. Let us know and

we can personalise.

From children’s birthday to Father’s day. Whatever your theme give us a call –

we can deliver.

We can decorate your home or venue.

BEAUTY: Wanting that all over tan? Moroccan tan is easy to apply giving an

even tan and doesn’t fade patchy.

Beauty treatments available by fully qualified beauticians.

Remember to book early to save disappointment.

OPENING TIMES - Tues & Thurs – 9am – 8pm

Weds & Sat – 9am – 1pm

Friday – 9am – 5pm




500g Greek Yogurt 500g lemon curd

1tbs icing sugar200 g raspberries

Gently fold the yogurt and lemon curd together

for a rippled effect

Divide between 4 glasses and chill

Mix the raspberries with the icing sugar and gently

crush to release the juice. Spoon into the glasses.

Serve with shortbread.

Hint Use good quality lemon curd.


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Painter & Decorator

For all your decorating needs

Why not call your local tradesman

Give me a ring on

01290 661804

I will be happy to give you an

estimate and carry out the work

to your satisfaction


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Muirkirk Teacher’s Vietnam Appeal

An inspiring Muirkirk teacher is looking for help to get the children in her

class some badly needed supplies.

Lauren Bone has been teaching in Vietnam for seven months and loves the

Country and the people but has seen first hand how a lot of families struggle

with poverty. Families of up to eight living in one room where they all have

to eat and sleep.

She has a vision of putting on free English classes to help the locals with

their careers, businesses and help to develop tourism.To get the classes up

and running Lauren is asking for help to buy learning books, pens, and other

vital supplies with a view to teaching children and adults to enable them to

get out of poverty. Lauren commented that she wants to fundraise as The

Country has given her so much and she wants to give something in return.

Conditions in Da Nang which is close to where Lauren lives vary widely

depending on where you stay with the inner city being more affluent and the

outer areas suffering extreme poverty.

Having a dad in the army Lauren is no stranger to travel but has always

dreamed of going there since she was young and after making the trip she is

enjoying the culture and being a teacher. My whole family is from Muirkirk

but my dad was in the army until I was fifteen so travelling and meeting new

people and seeing different cultures is second nature to me.

One of the most striking feature of the people is even though they have

nothing they don’t complain and are always smiling and happy.

The children and adults have a huge hunger for learning and are really keen to

learn English as they see it as a means of getting out of the poverty trap.

The children don’t have much in the way of material things but they do not

let this stop them from enjoying themselves. They spend most of their time

outdoors on bikes with no seats, kicking deflated balls and are happy to play

with their friends and family.

To help Lauren with her vision you can donate on her GoFundMe page.



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26 th May­ 1 st July Events Calendar

Muirkirk Golf Club Fixtures

Saturday 1 st June 8:30am June Medal Southside Golf Course

Saturday 8 th June 8:30am Centenary Cup 1 st Round Southside Golf Course

Sunday 9 th June 8:30am Centenary Cup 2 nd Round Southside Golf Course

Saturday 15 th 8:30am Billy Burns Trophy Southside Golf Course

Saturday 22 nd June 8:30am Wallace Cup Southside Golf Course

Saturday 29 th June 8:30am Captains Prize Southside Golf Course

Sunday 30 th June 8:30am John Kennedy Cup Southside Golf Course

East Ayrshire Car Club

Sunday 9 th June 10AM Classic Car Show Kames

Mothers & Toddlers Group

Thursday 6 th June 10am

Community Rooms

Thursday13th June 10am

Community Rooms

Thursday 20 th June 10am

Community Rooms

Thursday 27 th June 10am

Community Rooms

Lifestyle Slimming

Thursday 30 th May 6pm Community Rooms

Thursday 6 th June 6pm Community Rooms

Thursday 13 th June 6pm

Community Rooms

Thursday 20 th June 6pm

Community Rooms

Thursday 27 th June 6pm

Community Rooms

Yip World Strong Connections

Thursday 30 th May 10am

Community Rooms

Thursday 6 th June 10am

Community Rooms

Thursday 13 th June 10am

Community Rooms

Thursday 20 th June 10am

Community Rooms

Thursday 27 th June 10am

Community Rooms

Muirkirk Community Council

Monday 3 rd June 7pm Community Rooms

Muirkirk Community Association

Wednesday 6 th June 7pm Community Rooms

Muirkirk Knitting Group

Wednesday 29 th May 10am Community Rooms

Wednesday 5 th June 10am Community Rooms

Wednesday 12 th June 10am Community Rooms

Wednesday 19 th June 10am Community Rooms

Wednesday 26 th June 10am Community Rooms

Muirkirk Youth Group

Tuesday 28 th May 6pm Club Rooms


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Friday 31 st May 6pm Club Rooms

Tuesday 4 th June 6pm Club Rooms

Friday 7 th June 6pm Club Rooms

Tuesday 11 th June 6pm Club Rooms

Friday 14 th June 6pm Club Rooms

Tuesday 18 th June 6pm Club Rooms

Friday 21 st June 6pm Club Rooms

Tuesday 25 th June 6pm Club Rooms

Friday 28 th June 6pm Club Rooms

MEG Group

Monday 17 June 7:30pm The Hub

East AyrshireEmployability Team

Wednesday 29 th May 2pm

Information Centre

Wednesday 5th June 2pm

Information Centre

Wednesday 12th June 2pm

Information Centre

Wednesday 19th June 2pm Information Centre

Wednesday 26th June 2pm Information Centre

ACDL Step Programme

Thursday 30 th May 9:30am Help with CV ‘s Benefits Etc

Information Centre

Thursday 6 th June 9:30am Help with CV ‘s Benefits Etc

Information Centre

Thursday 13 th June 9:30am Help with CV ‘s Benefits Etc

Information Centre

Thursday 20 th June 9:30am Help with CV ‘s Benefits Etc

Information Centre

Thursday 27 th June 9:30am Help with CV’s Benefits Etc

Information Centre

Citizens Advice Bureau

Wednesday 5 th June 10am Information Centre

Wednesday 19 th June 10am Information Centre

Learners Group Photography Section

Tuesday 4 th June 1pm Information Centre

Tuesday 18 th June 1pm Information Centre


Monday 27 th May Kids 5pm & 6pm Adults 7pm St Thomas’s Hall

Thursday 30 th May 7pm Adults

St Thomas’s Hall

Monday 3 rd June Kids 5pm & 6pm Adults 7pm St Thomas’s Hall

Thursday 6 th June 7pm Adults St Thomas’s Hall

Monday 10 th June Kids 5pm & 6pm Adults 7pm St Thomas’s Hall

Thursday 13 th June Adults

St Thomas’s Hall

Monday 17 th June Kids 5pm & 6pm Adults 7pm St Thomas’s Hall

Thursday 20 th June Adults

St Thomas’s Hall

Monday 24 th June Kids 5pm & 6pm Adults 7pm St Thomas’s Hall

Thursday 27 th June 7pm Adults

St Thomas's Hall


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Learners Group Cards & Crafts Section

Monday 27 th May 10:15am Garan House

Monday 3 rd June 10:15am Garan House

Monday 10 th June 10:15am Garan House

Monday 17 th June 10:15am Garan House

Monday 24 th June 10:15am Garan House

Learners Group

Monday 27 th May 10am Help with Job Search CV’s Information centre

Monday 3 rd June h 10am Help with Job SearchCV’s Information Centre

Monday 10 th June 10am Help with Job Search CV’s Information Centre

Monday 17 th June 10am Help with Job Search CV’s Information Centre

Monday 24 th June 10am Help with Job Search CV’s Information Centre

Muirkirk Bowling Club

Saturday 1 st June George Leitch Trophy Muirkirk Bowling Club

Wednesday 5 th June Gold Bowl Muirkirk Bowling Club

Saturday 15 th June Ayrshire Cup Muirkirk Bowling Club

Saturday 22 nd June Ladies Invitation Triples Muirkirk Bowling Club

Saturday 29 th June Paige Walkers Tournament Muirkirk Bowling Club

Muirkirk Gala Day Update

We are only a few weeks away from our annual Gala Day and the committee are

working extra hard on getting everything ready for the day! We also have some

events on the run up to get us in the spirit!

TEA bingo Friday 24th May 2019

Muirkirk Bowling Green

Tickets £2.50

Eyes down 7pm

Fantastic gala disco planned with great prizes including an amazing 50inch TV!

Please get in touch with a committee member for more information.

Bubble Football Tournament

Friday 31st May 2019

Muirkirk Juniors FC

Kick off 6:30pm

Spectators entry fee £1

The teams have been entered now its time for fun! Come along and watch our 5


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teams from guys across the village compete to win the bubble football competition!

If you don’t know what this is, imagine large inflatable hamster ball the guys go into

with their legs hanging out the bottom trying to run about and win a football

tournament. Expect a lot of carnage and guys being bumped around, guaranteed

fun family night! Smaller balls will also be available on the night for any kids wanting

to have a shot! Great food and drink available at the juniors, so why not come along

and watch a football game that’s a wee bit different.

House Decorating Competition

Friday 31st May 2019

Anyone who wants to participate in the house decorating competition the judges will

be going around 8pm on Friday night and the winner will be announced at the Gala

day during the opening ceremony! We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with.

As always if anyone has bunting please let us see it in your garden, last year it was

fantastic to see so much bunting up in peoples gardens and this year we will have our

new bunting for the Main Street to really get the village in the gala spirit!

Gala Day

Saturday 1st June 2019

Kames Motorsport Complex

12pm - 4pm


12:00- 12:30 Official Opening and Crowning Ceremony

12:30 - 12:45 - Zumba Kids

13:00 - 13:15 - Le Dance Fusion

13:20 - 14:00 - Races (weather permitting)

14:00 - 15:00 - Tug of War (run by dancers)

We have an action packed gala day planned this year folks! Free Kiddies bags for all

children who are residents in the village with some lovely treats, great stalls, games,

rides, animals, fantastic toys available for the kids to spend their pennies.

Come along and spend a lovely day with great food available including burgers,

chips, fancy coffees, oven baked pizza and ice creams!

We are looking forward to seeing our lovely community at the events over the next

few weeks and on the big day itself! If anyone has any questions on anything please

get in touch with the gala committee or through our Facebook page!

Many thanks

Cheryl Shepherd


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Meeting held on Monday 1 st April 2019 in Community


1. PRESENT: D McLatchie, J Linton, K Hignett, D Agnew, H Murray, J

Dempster, B McLatchie, D Norman

IN ATTENDANCE: D Norman jnr, J Higgins, L Johnstone (EAC), W Kirk,

S Ritchie, P Wright, M Drennan, C Leitch, K Clifford, G Clifford, pc A Auld,

pc I Black

APOLOGIES: L Dunlop, L Macmillan, J McLaughlin, J Roberts

2.PREVIOUS MINUTES: The previous minutes were approved by D

Agnew and seconded by J Linton.

2.1 MATTERS ARISING: Will be dealt with as meeting progresses.

2.2 RENDER PROGRAMME: P Wright and S Ritchie gave a small

presentation. There are 120 houses in this programme which runs from April

to October 2019. Soffits, gutters and downpipes will be replaced. Cavity

insulation will be removed then replaced. Any homeowners wishing the work

done must contact EAC with their details. The contractor will agree a price

with the homeowners.

A health and wellbeing pack will be delivered to all tenants in this

programme.The site office is at Lapraik Avenue and A.C. White are the

contractors. The programme is for properties in the Smallburn estate.

3.1 POLICE: Burns Ave- 1 female arrested for misuse of drugs/Electricity

offences. Pagan Walk- 1 male reported for misuse of drugs offences.

Smallburn Road – Fail to stop/report road traffic collision- enquiries

continue. Pagan Walk- 1 youth traced for assault and theft. Pagan Walk-

Vandalism-inquiries continue. Colthart Drive- 1 male arrested for culpable

and reckless conduct. B743- Attempt housebreaking and theft-enquiries

continue. Glenbuck A70- Theft enquiries continue. Garpel Ave- Theftenquiries

continue. Glenbuck A70- Theft of motor vehicle – enquiries



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Fly tipping is a main issue in the area. Police are working with council to

try and catch those responsible.

The CCTV van is in use to keep up with youth offences.

Drugs are still a major issue.Police need as much information as possible to deal with

this. Members of the public are encouraged to call 101 to report any problems and

the call can be anonymous.

32 ELECTED MEMBERS : C Leitch reported that there are events over

East Ayrshire during school holidays. There has been a rise in teenage suicides

in East Ayrshire. Police Scotland are checking last 50 cases to see if there is a

pattern. The car park at Burns Avenue was once again discussed. Ayrshire

Roads Alliance have submitted a report regarding parking issues.

Points raised about costs of council uplifts.

Bins at Middlefield Drive not emptied.

Children have been gaining access to the former Kames Club on Smallburn

Road.This is a derelict property.

Open sewer on lane between Colthart Drive and Lapraik Avenue. Complaints

of raw sewerage. There are reports of a dangerous chimney at Burns Avenue.

3.3 MEG: The lease has been signed for the Hub. Snagging list has been sent

to EAC but no response to date.EAC has still to come to show how to work

all the systems. Electric cooker has been purchased. The contractor has to be

FES which limits the choice.Overall there has been no communication from

EAC for nearly three weeks..

3.4 KAMES CAR CLUB:.Testing cars, busy weekend with 66 entries to

date.There will be a number of vintage cars attending. Club house will be fully

open at the weekend.

3.5 FACEBOOK: The Community Council website is being well used.There

are over 300 likes and shares.


5. TREASURER'S REPORT: Total balance - £3430.17. Held for Lapraik

group - £1761.


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Community Council balance - £1669.17

6. CORRESPONDENCE: All electronic correspondence sent to councillors.

7. MUIRKIRK NEWS: Now up to 310 copies. There are more requests for

deliveries. All positive remarks from public. Thanks to volunteers. Deadline

15 th April.

8. LAPRAIK: Not much to report. All acts booked for concert. Meeting with

head teacher to finalise pupils input to the competition. Wilma Brady is in

charge of catering.

9. PB GALAWHISTLE: Meeting on 20 th March had to be cancelled. New

date to be arranged. More consultation to do with public for distribution of

funds. Penbreck will now be on stream in 2023

10. INPUT: Coffee morning arranged by STEP – well attended, photos in the

Muirkirk News this month.

Computers at information office have been down again.

Could a list of events within the Community rooms be included in News? The

litter pick was well attended with over 100 bags filled. Only complaint was

EAC did not supply hi-vis vests. All equipment returned by D McLatchie.

11. A.O.C.B : Suggestion put forward for Community Council to purchase

equipment for future litter picks to make sure all attending are safe.

Suggestions to plant other bulbs at entrances of village eg. tulips and crocuses.

The car park at the cemetery has been sold.


Date: TUESDAY 7 th MAY 2019

Time: 7pm

Location : Community Rooms


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Following the success of last year’s Kames Classic Car Show at Muirkirk, East

Ayrshire Car Club report plans are well advanced for their 2019 gathering on Sunday

June 9th. Last year the Club attracted a number of outstanding exhibits and their

efforts were appreciated by the large number of spectators who attended from all

over the West of Scotland and beyond.

Typical of the quality of vehicles on display last year was a Ford GT40 and next

month it is hoped that high standard will be maintained. However the show is not

only for exotic machines and the Club are keen to encourage proud owners of more

modest machines to put them in front of other enthusiasts, as long as they are of an

acceptable standard of presentation and are interesting or unusual. To make this

more attractive to Classic car owners, there will be no entry fee but entries must be

lodged with the Club by the official closing date of May 25 th after which the

Club may in special circumstances consider late entries but these will not be judged.

Entries can be made online at

where details of the various classes are shown.

Other enquiries to John Gray at 07884 006292

Kames Sprints May 11 th & 12 th 2019

Louise Calder may have missed the two sprints at Kames in April due to family

commitments but she certainly made her mark on both May rounds of the 2019

Guyson Scottish Sprint Championship at the Muirkirk track. The driving starlet from

Thurso took over three seconds off the field on Saturday in her 1040cc Jedi racing

car but had her superiority reduced to 0.49 of a second on Sunday’s competition

when the anticlockwise course was used.

Yet again the experts were confounded at the maturity, speed and finesse of the

youngster as she slid through the tight Kames corners as though they didn’t exist, a

performance which drew applause from the gallery.

Runner-up on Saturday was Lindsay Robertson from Kirriemuir in his Radical racing

car, a mere 0.09 of a second faster than the Westfield sports car of Bill Lambie from


The driver mounting the top challenge on Sunday was Charlie Fraser from Portlethan

in his Spire GT3 racing car who pushed Aberdeen doctor Paul Rhodes in an OMS

Hornet singleseater into third spot.

Martin Palmer in an MG ZR competed in April and returned to the fray at the

weekend, promising to return in late July. He moved from England many years ago

and now lives in Stornoway.

The best contest came in the Mazda MX5 class where the first ten places were

covered by a blanket of just two seconds – on both days! Ross Glen from

Dumbarton won on the opening day but he had to set a new MX5 record to do so

and had to settle for third.



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