2021 Rotary Beach Clean Cancellation

2021 Rotary Beach Clean Cancellation

Regrettably, it has been necessary, once again, to cancel the annual Rotary Beach Clean. However, there is a willingness among the five South Ayrshire Rotary Clubs (led by Ayr Rotary) to endeavour to hold, or participate in, individual, local clean-ups later in the year as and when Covid restrictions allow. Despite SAC’s ever-reducing budgets and manpower resource levels it is felt that beaches are generally cleaner than in the past and this is believed to be attributable to a greater appreciation of the environmental blight of litter generally and to the efforts of local communities (groups and individuals) to take more direct, positive actions to keep our beaches and neighbourhoods tidier. ACP is a great contributor to these efforts with the success of the Blue Bin initiative and the regular work-party clean-ups. Ayr Rotary is committed to continuing the Annual Spring Beach Clean, from 2022 onwards, for its improvement to the environment and for the overall benefit to the...
RELAXATION OF LOCKDOWN RULES

RELAXATION OF LOCKDOWN RULES

The travel-distance lockdown restriction is due to be relaxed from Friday 3 July meaning that folk are able to seek their outdoor exercise in accordance with near-normal, responsible-access laws. Social-distancing rules will still apply and the availability of facilities along the ACP will be uncertain at best. Path-users are urged to continue to exercise proper consideration for other users, local residents, landowners and farmers whose helpful cooperation we have enjoyed since the ACP opened 12 years ago. This will mean avoiding, as much as possible, physical contact with fixtures like fences and gates and, where this is unavoidable, using gloves and sanitiser. Walkers may notice that, in places, the path is more overgrown than usual since lockdown has meant suspension of routine vegetation control by the volunteer pathminders. However, this work has recently recommenced on a limited basis addressing the worst of the overgrown areas and the overall situation is expected to improve over the next few weeks. A small work party ventured out last week to Ladywell Burn and Wet Gully to carefully clear some Hemlock Water Dropwort that was encroaching on the path. The Wet Gully is particularly rich in pollinating plant life such as March Orchids, Ragged Robin, Yellow Irises, Meadowsweet, and other beautiful flowers which greatly enhance this section. The beautiful (not so wet) Wet Gully This year’s springtime Rotary Beach Clean was cancelled and so it is likely that those sections of the route may be more littered than would be normally be the case. Again the pathminders will get round to tackling this but walkers can do their bit by using the blue-bins...
Respect Rural Areas during Virus Outbreak

Respect Rural Areas during Virus Outbreak

A South Ayrshire farmer has voiced the concerns of many regarding the potential spread of the Coronavirus into rural areas. A number of people are suspected of leaving their local areas to exercise in the country, including walking sections of the Ayrshire Coastal Path which cross farmland, potentially risking the health of farmers and landowners. Trail Manager, Dr Jimmy Begg said that the Ayrshire Coastal Path management team fully supports the farmer’s concerns about a small proportion of selfish people walking close together in groups, and perhaps travelling in shared cars, who risk spreading Coronavirus into our country areas. However, we hope that recent instruction by the UK and Scottish Governments will result in everyone now remaining at home, or close to home, to protect our population. If not, our overworked front line NHS staff, and the most vulnerable in society, will likely bear the tragic consequences of the actions of a thoughtless minority. PLEASE STAY AT HOME AND EXERCISE...
Eyes Down –BINGO !!!

Eyes Down –BINGO !!!

Our winter social event took place this year, once again at the Heads of Ayr Bracken Bar. More than 30 pathminders and guests congregated in this welcoming informal venue for an evening of fun and games. Greetings were more awkward than usual due to the Coronavirus scare and there was much hilarity as attempted kisses and handshakes were rejected in favour of fumbled fist-bumping and elbow-knocking. Didn’t they know they were coming for a finger-buffet? Bracken Bar Team Bar owner David Semple and staff members Christine and Liz worked hard to keep us all well fed and watered; all the time with wide smiles and friendly chit-chat. Thanks folks. After the hugely enjoyable buffet it was time for the main event of the evening. This year it was BINGO with the objective being to keep Jimmy Begg from winning at all costs (last year’s quiz winner). John Dunlop did a sterling job as the caller and it was clearly evident that his experience of 40 years ago at Butlins had not been wasted. As well as all the traditional name associations with the numbers, John introduced some topical ones such as “Covid 19”. Bob Gibson (who should be blamed congratulated for the bingo idea) was the caller’s assistant whose job it was to tumble the balls in a low-tech version of the real thing. John’s frequent innuendos with reference to Bob and the balls are probably best forgotten. Bob the Balls and Caller John Mhairi Ireland got off to a good start by winning the first two games – “beginners’ luck” she said. Doreen Aitcheson and Sue Swaine completed...
***Cancelled owing to Coronavirus*** BIG BEACH CLEAN – 4 APRIL

***Cancelled owing to Coronavirus*** BIG BEACH CLEAN – 4 APRIL

Get ready for the 14th Annual Rotary Beach Clean on Sat 4 April 2020 (0900-1230 hours) and help keep South Ayrshire’s beaches beautiful. This takes place over a dozen or so beaches on the South Ayrshire Coast. Most of these are managed and led by Ayr Rotary Club members but other beaches are organised by the Rotary Clubs of Troon, Prestwick, Alloway and Girvan.  All the Rotary clubs take great pride in having been well ahead of the current environmental awareness campaigns. Some months ago, the BBC’s hugely popular Blue Planet nature programme dramatically brought home to the general public the enormous scale of the disastrous worldwide plastic pollution and poisoning of our ocean eco-systems. The Rotary initiative aims, once again, to harness the resulting groundswell of public concern and to encourage even more people to join in the drive to clean up our local beaches and seas for everyone’s benefit. This fun-event usually attracts upwards of 400 volunteers (adults and kids) with the main community event taking place at Seafield Beach in Ayr. There are usually sufficient volunteers at Seafield but this should not deter you if you are particularly keen to attend there. However, the organisers would really like people who are willing and able to make their own way to one of the other beaches where there may be fewer volunteers. They would be delighted if folk with cars – and an environmental conscience – would volunteer to help groups clean our further-away beaches where they can visit and enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery. For assembly and other information, please contact your local Rotary Club orvisit www.rotaryclubofayr.org...