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No flying bats - but village exhibition goes down a treat

The weekend of Colmonell Exhibition was a bit of a mixed bag weatherwise with events including the bat walk on Friday evening being cancelled due to heavy showers - bats don’t fly in the rain, apparently!

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The committee is to write to transport minister Hamza Yousaf

Maybole bypass committee reforms

Maybole bypass committee has been reformed to act as a conduit for communication between the Scottish Government and the public.

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Gemma enjoys SAC summer placement

Gemma enjoys SAC summer placement

Gemma Waugh, a fourth year BSc Agricultural Bioscience student from Closeburn near Dumfries has enjoyed a 10 week placement with the Ayr office of SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College.

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Crops survey gets underway

Crops survey gets underway

Scotland’s 2017 harvest has been a stop/start affair but breaks in the weather have allowed momentum to build.

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Power station workers across Scotland are threatening strike action over pay.

Power workers threaten strike action over “derisory” offer

Workers at power stations across the country are threatening to go on strike after what has been described as a “derisory pay offer” by Scottish Power.

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Girvan railway station

Fast chargers for Girvan station

Free fast-charging facilities for electric cars are being installed at railway stations across Scotland including Girvan.

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Caroline and the team celebrate their success at the museum

Five stars for Burns museum

It is gold stars all round for the team at the National Trust for Scotland’s Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway which has retained its rating as a five star visitor attraction from VisitScotland.

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Provost Helen Moonie and Lord David Kennedy. Marquess of Ailsa, open the exhibition

Marking 500 years of Maybole burgh

King Robert the Bruce’s sword and a necklace owned by Mary Queen of Scots were among the attractions at an exhibition celebrating Maybole’s 500 years as a burgh.

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Scott and Jamie with Simon Skinner and Sir Moir Lockhead at the opening of the Swan Trail

Paralympians on the trail at Culzean Castle

Ayrshire Paralympians Scott and Jamie McCowan were amongst the first to test out new all abilities trails at the National Trust for Scotland’s Culzean Castle and Country Park earlier this week.

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Kathryn MacKay, Cycling Manager ScotRail (holding leaflets) celebrates with Councillors and Sustrans members.

Bike&Go launches at Ayr rail station

ScotRail’s latest Bike&Go cycle hire scheme was launched at Ayr Railway Station.

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Resurfacing begins on March 13 and runs for three nights

A77 roadworks at Cairnryan finished one day early

Roadworks on the A77 at Cairnryan have been completed a day early.

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Ballantrae farm to host Scotland’s national sheep event

Ballantrae farm to host Scotland’s national sheep event

An Ayrshire farm offering spectacular views towards Ailsa Craig, Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Northern Ireland is set to host Scotland’s national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep, next year.

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BrewDog was one of the first companies in Scotland to achieve Living Wage accreditation.

Positive support for Living Wage from Scottish public and employers

The Living Wage has won overwhelming support from Scots who regard it as both a boost to a company’s status and helping to make products and services more attractive.

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The Red Arrows provide a spectacular end to the Scottish International Airshow Day 2 at the Low Green, Ayr,

Thousands flock to spectacular airshow

It was smiles all round as 80,000 people came along to the first-ever two day flying display at the Scottish International Airshow in Ayr on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September.

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Hadyard Hill windfarm.

Council committee objects to Hadyard Hill extension

SSE Renewables says it is ‘disappointed’ by the decision of South Ayrshire’s Regulatory Panel to recommend refusal to an application to build an extension to the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm.

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Predicted view from Dalhabboch, SW of the site

Public events for new Stranoch windfarm

Local people are being given the opportunity to find out more information on a proposed new planning application for an already consented wind farm.

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The pet parade at the Colmonell Exhibition in 1976

Village making an exhibition of itself

A Carrick village is set to host a weekend of special events inspired by a one-off community exhibition just over 40 years ago.

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Royal Bank of Scotland has dropped out of a major ranking of the worlds 500 largest companies while Standard Life has made a return. Picture: JP

RBS introduce new community banker

A community banker is being introduced in Girvan following the closure of the RBS branch in the town.

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The Red Arrows over Ayr

Anger for air show organisers as Royal Navy pull out

The organisers of one of Scotland’s biggest and most-loved events say they have been left picking up the pieces after the Royal Navy pulled out of its centrepiece demonstration with just days to go.

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