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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 19, 2011

100 YEARS AGO on October, 1911
AT The annual general meeting of Ardeer Golf Club held in the clubroom last Saturday the prizes won during the season were presented.

Ardrossan Drydock and Shipping Company launched their latest twin-screw steamer, the Coolebar, on Saturday. It has been ordered by the North Coast Steam Navigation Company, Sydney, New South Wales.

At the meeting of Saltcoats Literary and Debating Society on Monday a maiden paper was delivered by Mr Thomas Scott, who spoke on a journey to the Rhone Valley.

Stevenston Liberal Association held their annual general meeting in the reading room of the club on Monday evening when the office- bearers were elected for the ensuing year.

50 YEARS AGO on October 27, 1961
One hundred years ago last Sunday, 172 members and adherents of the United Presbyterian congregation of Countess Street, Saltcoats-latterly Erskine Church of Scotland signed a call to the Rev George Fairgrieve who ministered from 1861 to 1893 as colleague of and successor to the Rev David Ronald. A service to mark the centenary of this call was celebrated on Sunday when two grand-daughters and a great-grandson of Rev Fairgrieve attended.

Showing at the Grange cinema in Stevenston this weekend is Saturday Night And Sunday morning, an excellent drama about a rebellious young man.

A Maybole schoolgirl and a schoolboy from Drongan scooped the pool for Ayrshire when they won the first prizes in the final of the 1961 Children's Cooking Competition at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow last Friday.

George Douglas Brown's influential novel The House With The Green Shutters was discussed by Mr John Reid, headmaster of Eglinton-Winton JS School, Ardrossan, at Monday night's meeting of Saltcoats Literary and Debating Society in the old Council Chambers.

Twenty-four-year-old Saltcoats singer David Young, of Corrie Crescent, appeared in the STV programme Here And Now on Wednesday evening of last week and sang The Road And The Miles To Dundee. He couldn't have chosen a more appropriate song because the next day he was offered an engagement for the autumn season in the Johnny Beattie Show at the Palace Theatre, Dundee. He accepted.

Ardrossan Academicals 40th Anniversary Dinner takes place tonight in the Eglinton Arms Hotel, Ardrossan.

Cimarron, showing this weekend in the Roxy, West Kilbride, is a drama about the pioneers taking part in the Arizoea Gold Rush.

Largs native Miss Jenny Tweedie is returning to Australia this week after a six- month holiday in the town. She is a retired schoolteacher.

In aid of their church building fund, the members of the North Parish Church in Saltcoats are holding a musical evening on Monday, November 6 when the entertainment will be provided by the Kilbirnie Songster Brigade of the Salvation Army,

25 YEARS AGO on October 31, 1986
The world of the microchip is set to come to Ardrossan to provide the town's first high-tech industry on the Shell site on the North Shore. And up to 100 new jobs could be created if an anonymous American computer firm decides to set up its United Kingdom base in the town.

All those involved are remaining tight-lipped but it has been confirmed that the company have expressed interest in the town. It is believed that Ardrossan Harbour Company, who own the Shell site, have been negotiating with the US firm.

The annual three towns half-marathon, the Cunninghame Canter, has been dealt a body blow by Ardrossan Round Table. The Table, who have responsibility for organising the run, have decided to pull out of the event because they feel it is not a fun run any more and has become too competitive. They also say they do not have the manpower to cope with an event on this scale, due to the diminishing number of people who go along to the Roound Table's meetings

Silentnight Bedding have been blacked by theCouncil. Cunninghame District say the firm have been in dispute with employees for more than a year and have refused to recognise union rules. Glasgow City Council have also agreed to stop purchasing any of the company's products.

Cunninghame South MP David Lambie warned this week that the port of Hunteston could be on the slide. And he claimed that unless some urgent action is taken it could never recover. He wants to see a Hunterston development Corporation set up and involving the district and regional authorities as well as the Scottish Development agency, all to promote the area. "There are too many fingers in the pie at the moment," he said.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 26, 2011

100 YEARS AGO on March 3, 1911
THE office-bearers of Dalry Bowling Club were appointed at the annual general meeting on Monday evening

Mr William Moore KC, member of Parliament for Armagh, and Captain Campbell DSO were the principal speakers at a meeting held by Saltcoats Unionist Association in the Town Hall on Wednesday evening.

The Session of Kilwinning Parish Church have appointed the Rev Mr McMillan, assistant to the Rev Christopher Kime, of of Crawford Parish, to the Eglinton District Mission in succession to Mr WE Gladstone Miller, MA, who leaves to resume his Divinity studies at Glasgow University.

The Annual General Meeting of Ardrossan Liberal Association was held on Monday evening when Mr Joseph Russell was re- appointed Hon. President.

50 YEARS AGO on March 3, 1961
Twenty tenants of County Council homes in various parts of Ayrshire, including Dalry, Kilbirnie and West Kilbride, were served last month with notices to quit because they failed to cultivate their gardens. The Housing Committee has told the Council that in each case the tenants ignored previous warnings. Notice was served on a further tenant because of the unclean state of his house.

On Friday evening, a housewife in Argyle Road, Saltcoats carried a blazing chip pan out of her house. Damage on this occasion was not extensive. However, at an earlier outbreak in James Miller Crescent on Thursday evening, burning fat overflowed, melted a gas pipe and ignited escaping gas. The kitchenette of the house was damaged by smoke and heat.

A 15-week course in glass-blowing is to be introduced at Ardrossan Academy Further Education Centre, commencing on Wednesday.

Fifteen revolvers, nine pistols and two- rifles were surrendered to the police during the three-month arms amnesty which ended on Tuesday. Other items handed in included 1qo hand grenades, quantities of ammunition, eight bayonets and one sword. No weapons were handed in at Stevenston during the entire period.

At a pleasant little ceremony in Fairlie Village Hall last Friday, Mr J Gall Smith, District Commissioner of Scouts, presented Wolf Cub John Smith of Keppenburn, Fairlie with a framed letter of recognition from the Chief Scout, Sir Charles MacLean, in recognition of John's successful effort in rescuing young playmate who was in danger of drowning in a barrel of water. John had the presence of mind to enlist help in pushing the barrel over and pulling his little friend clear.

25 YEARS AGO on March 7, 1986
Six owner-occupiers in the Chapelhill Mount area are set to get new heating systems courtesy of Cunninghame District Council... thanks to a mistake by their legal department which will cost the council over £17,000.
And councillors have blasted the legal cagles for their error.
At a meeting of the CDC housing committee carlier this week lan Mackay, depute director of administration for the legal and estates department said the system had the capability to cater for 200 tenants was only benefiting six- all of whom bought their homes from CD in the last six months. However, a legal loophole means that the council will be liable to pay for new systems for the lucky half-dozen.

As the strike action by the sacked workers at Ardbride Products in Ardrossan enters its ninth week, the Transport and General Workers Union have called for talks with the Ardbride management. The employees were sacked after their requests for trade union representation were turned down.

Serious flooding affected many parts of the Garnock Valley's transport routes on Wednesday morning. The town of Kilbimie was isolated for four hours when all surrounding roads were cut off by flooding and the Kilwinning-Dalry road was closed for most of the day. One car had to be towed away after the River Gamock burst its banks in a number of places.

A lightning strike by 19 post Office workers in Saltcoats disrupted mail deliveries on Monday. The men went on strike for four hours after management tried to change postal delivery routes for some of them without full consultation.
Kilbirnie Ladeside's dream of a Jackie Scarlett Cuip win to match the young side's coming of age were shattered by a more experienced Cumnock Juniors side at Rugby Park on Tuesday. In the end it was Cumnock's two penalties to Ladeside's one which settled the matter but it was referee Jim Delarie who made the headlines with some controversial decisions.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on November 2, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on November, 1861
Mr John Millar, Blacklands, Kilwinning lifted a tumip from his land which was eight feet in circumference and weighed 15 and a half pounds.

Mr Kennedy, artist, Ardrossan has executed a very fine painting of the late Earl of Eglinton. It is a most faithful likeness and a very superior work of art. It is on view in Mr Arthur Guthrie's shop window.

A Rothesay smack loaded with ryegrass seed for Mr Robert Hunter, Chapelhall Farm, Ardrossan went aground opposite Glenhead but the cargo was not damaged.

At a meeting of the qualified heretors of the Parish of Kilbirnie held in the parish church the salary of the schoolmaster was fixed at £50 per annum.

100 YEARS AGO on November 10, 1911
The 25th year of the ministry of the Rev HR Buchan in Kilbimie Parish Church was celebrated by a social meeting and presentations in the church on Friday night.

The semi-jubilee in connection with the institution of the League Of The Cross Society in Saltcoats was celebrated in the League Hall on Monday when Father Carmichael [resided and addresses were given by Father Keogh, Father McLuckie, Father Ryan and Father McCall.

The Lifeboat Lodge IOGT, Ardrossan held their 40th anniversary social in their hall in Glasgow Street on Friday evening when Bailie Finn presided and a concert programme was sustained.

A municipal election was held in Saltcoats on Tuesday.

50 YEARS AGO on November 10, 1961
Mr Tom Brown, Bath Square, Ardrossan, whose roller tumbler pigeons gained a second prize and two fourth prizes at the Royal Dairy Show at Olympia, London had further successes last Saturday at Stirling.

Plans for alterations to the Commercial Hotel, Ardrossan were approved at a sitting of Ardrossan licensing court on Thursday fol lowing a submission by proprictris Mrs Jean Keegan.

A reduction of £4 in the valuation of each of eleven houses in Barrie Terrace, Ardrossan was granted by the Lands Valuation Appeal Committee at a sitting on Tuesday.

Mr WB Ogilvie, ICI Ltd, Ardeer has been elected chairman of Ayrshire Industrial Accident Prevention Group.

Mr William Hogarth, a native of Ardrossan, has been appointed assistant general secretary of the National Union of Seamen. He will work from the union's headquarters in Clapham, London.

25 YEARS AGO on November 7, 1986
Stargazer Russell Grant reversed his crystal ball-gazing this week when he arrived in Ardrossan on Tuesday. Instead of looking into the future as he normally does, roly-poly Russell looked back on his past, when he used to live in the Three Towns. Russell lived in Stevenston for a few years while he was a redcoat at Butlin's in Ayr and was back in the county to film a TV-AM chip shop competition.

A new report on the levels of leukaemia in the West of Scotland has discounted living close to a nuclear power station as a major health risk.

The findings were made by leading cancer specialists Dr DJ Hole and Dr CR Gillis at Ruchill Hospital in Glasgow.

Teachers say they have been stunned by Scottish Secretary Malcolm Rifkind after describing the latest report on education as divisive and anomaly-ridden when it came to pay proposals. It's feared that a new round of strikes could result.

Pupils and staff at Arran High School moved into a bright new building earlier this week. The school's £1.5 million extension was opened for the first time

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on November 9, 2011

150 YEARS AGO November 1861
At the examination of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, Mr Robert Wallace, son of Doctor Wallace, Ardrossan, was successful in obtaining a diploma.

Scarlet fever, this fatal infantile disease, has made great alarming progress in the Parish of Kilbimie. Of the 150 deaths registered, no less than 60 have been caused by scarletine.

The shipment of coal and iron from Troon Harbour for two weeks amounted to 16,604 tons.

100 YEARS AGO on November 1911
The 25th year of the ministry of the Rev. H. R. Buchan in Kilbirnie Parish Church was celebrated by a social meeting and presentations in the church.

The semi-jubilee in connection with the institution of the League of the Cross Society in Saltcoats was celebrated in the League Hall on Monday when Father Carmichael presided and addresses were given by Father Keogh, Father McLuckie, Father Ryan and Father McCall.

The Life-boat Lodge IOGT Ardrossan, held their 40th anniversary social in their hall in Glasgow Street on Friday evening when Bailie Flinn presided and a concert programme was sustained by Mr John Armstrong, Miss Peggy Dunlop, Master Jack Thomson, Largs, and Miss Hawthorne.

At the municipal election in Saltcoats on Tuesday the successful candidates were Robert C. Wilkie, John Armour and H. M. Amott

50 YEARS AGO on November 17, 1961
There were 36 arrivals, including five oil tankers, at Ardrossan Harbour for the week ended Saturday 11th November.

The motor vessel, "Grietje", which called regularly at Ardrossan Harbour with lime- stone, went aground off Northem Ireland.

A Dutch naval vessel arrived at Ardrossan Harbour on Monday, and some of the young men had a walk round the town. They looked very smart.

A party of overseas students, on a visit to the town, arranged by the British Council, were shown through the houses to give them an idea of the type of homes provided by local authorities in Scotland.

The Ardeer Foundry Company, Stevenston, who recently completed delivery of six slag ladles to Sweden, have received an order for 10 against strong competition from German and Swedish producers. The slag ladles, which weigh about 12 tons each, are to be delivered by the end of January 1962.

Saltcoats Town Council are to investigate complaints that expectant mothers have to wait for anything up to five hours for attention at the antenatal clinic in Campbell Avenue.

The Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr J.S. Maclay, has indicated to Saltcoats Town Council that their proposed rents increase, to bring in an additional £18,000 a year, might be unacceptable to him. The Town Council have adjusted the new scales of rent so that they will now receive an extra £18,596 per year.

25 YEARS AGO on November 14, 1986
Traffic chaos in the three towns will be eased following the construction of a £5 million by-pass. Scottish Office minister, Michael Ancram said it was one of 17 by-pass routes being planned at the moment which will be constructed before 1989.

A Saltcoats woman who assaulted her former flatmate with her shoe had sentence deferred at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.

Four men were saved from a watery grave by an Ardrossan coaster on Monday. The yaucht "Silver Ghost" got into difficulty in the Firth of Clyde and began taking in water during a storm near Jura.

A valuable show jumping horse has been stolen from Monkreddan Lodge Stables. The horse, valued between £4,000 and £4,500, was grazing in a field when it was taken.

The battle of the sexes has taken a new twist after a decade of feminism. Carol Reid said now it is the men who are being discriminated against with too many clubs for women in the three towns.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on November 16, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on November, 1861
The smack "Mary." Ardrossan, dragged her anchor and sank off Carradale Pier. Within minutes she was a total loss, but the crew were saved. She was sold for £12.

At a meeting of the Countess Street U.P. Church, Saltcoats, Ewing Taylor, formerly of Stewarton, was elected precentor.

The young Earl of Edlinton has instructed Mr Ingram to distribute 100 loads of coal to the poor of Saltcoats.

Largs Curling Club had their first game of the season. at Curling Hall on November 18.

50 YEARS AGO on November 24, 1961
This week much publicity was given in the press to a discussion at a South Ayrshire District Council meeting as to why ambulances were not manned by two men instead of one.

A 17-year-old Ardrossan youth, who shot a seagull with an air rifle and left it lying on the ground wounded, was fined a total of £7 at the Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last Friday.

After an Ardrossan man had left his car in a car park in Main Street, West Kilbride, smoke was seen coming from the engine of the vehicle and the police summoned Ardrossan Fire Brigade. Firemen had to break the car window to get at the bonnet release handle. Soon the flames were extinguished, but the electrical system in the engine compartment was severely damaged.

Ardeer Thistle received their first defeat in cup-ties on April 22, 1960, and their first league defeat on May 16, 1960, after winning twenty games in a row.

Found and handed in at Saltcoats Police Station - a cigarette lighter and a brooch. A gent's soft hat, a pair of spectacles and a sum of money were handed in at Ardrossan Police Station.

The excavation work which has been carried out in the precincts of Kilwinning Abbey during the past three months, has been discontinued for the present. Interesting finds have been made, including the foundation of three different buildings of varying periods, the oldest dating back to the 9th century.

25 YEARS AGO on November 21, 1986
Scotrail is getting there, even sooner than expected. For on November 24, two months ahead of schedule, the electrified line between Glasgow and Ardrossan South Beach opens. The electrification means the journey between the two points will take ten minutes less than normal.

The first phase of a £2.5 million development on Saltcoats seafront designed to tum the town into a holiday paradise has begun. Work had began on the Braes site which will see the creation of a two-and-a-half acre landscape site leading to Saltcoats harbour.

Garnock Academy has recently added to the number of computers in the school.

An Econet system, consisting of 10 interconnecting computers controlled from a master computer has now been installed in the school at an approximate cost of £15,000.

An Ardrossan man, who fell 40 feet into a cooling pond full of radioactive sludge five years ago at Hunterson A Station, has received a 'substantial' out of court settlement.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on November 23, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on March, 1861
About 105 ships berthed at Ardrossan Harbour many of them ready for sea are wind-bound.

Miss Alexander, an aunt of Dr Alexander, Boydston, died at 17 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan, at the age of 101 years and 11 months. She was born at Boydston on January 7, 1760.

Soup kitchens are being opened up in this district because of lack of work and destitution.

At a meeting of subscribers to the Ardrossan hearse, held in the Town Hall. Treasure Currie occupied the chair and the report submitted read as follows: £68 16s from subscribers; £22 12s, balance from September games fund: 11/4d interest. The hearse cost £67, the house for keeping it £18 0s 5d; contingent expenses £2 18s.

100 YEARS AGO on December 1, 1911
The annual general meeting of North Ayrshire Central Liberation Association was held in Kilmarnock last Saturday when the following members were elected to the Scottish National Council: Messrs T C Jack, West Kilbride, Peter Reid, Stevenston; H Boyd, Dalry, CJ Shearer, Ardrossan; W Wylie, Saltcoats; W Guthrie, Ardrossan; and A Wilson Jr, Stevenson.

The Irvine Gilbert and Sullivan Amateur Operatic Society presented Mikado' in the Drill Hall on Wednesday and Thursday when local members of the cast were Mrs G H Hird, Misses Cathie Johnston, May McCall, Messrs A W Pipe, B W McCall and C Murchland Jr.

50 YEARS AGO on December 1, 1961
Ardrossan Police have received complaints about clothing being stolen from clothes lines at Parkhouse Gardens.

A family in business in Saltcoats received a letter and inside the envelope they found a sum of money and a note which read: "This sum was borrowed from Mr X 30 years ago." The note did not give the name or address of the sender but it gave the christian name and surname of Mr X who is now dead. The son of Mr X wishes to thank the anonymous writer for repaying an old debt.

At Saltcoats slaughterhouse approximately 40 cattle and 50 sheep are killed there each week.

Mr William Gibson, Border Cottage. Saltcoats, found that 11 birds from his aviary had gone missing. Later three of his birds were found dead and Mr Gibson decided to set a trap. He had not long to wait before the "culprit was caught. It was a weasel and it was clutching a dead bird which had been used as bait in the trap. To enter the aviary the weasel had to pass through a small hole six feet from the ground.

25 YEARS AGO on November 28, 1986
Cunninghame South MP David Lambie is reeling about a cod shortage in the Clyde. For the first time in 17 years none of the anglers taking part in the acclaimed White Horse Sea Angling competition in Saltcoats landed a cod.

The Children In Need Appeal will benefit from the work done by Ardrossan Round Table on Friday. The national campaign which is organised by the BBC spurred members of the Ardrossan Round Table, and their friend-Pudsey Bear to raise £551 for the worthwhile cause.

Some caravans were broken into at Sandylands caravan park last week when among the items stolen were television sets.

STV are coming to West Kilbride, to film a new series "TV Times Challenge Quiz".

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on November 30, 2011

150 YEARS AGO December 1861
Mr Wilson, late of the Crossroads, near Galston, has been appointed to the teachership of the Free School, Saltcoats.

Glasgow and South-Western Railway traffic returns for the week ended December 14 - Passengers 23,000; receipts for passengers, horses, carriages, goods, parcels, minerals, £7,240 28 4d.

The wind-bound ships at Ardrossan Harbour have started to make for sea. Twelve left on Sunday, thirty on Monday and twenty on Wednesday.

The organisers of the local soup kitchen acknowledge the following gifts: 60 lb of salted meat from Mr Armour, flesher; a doe from the Earl of Eglinton; a cart of turnips from Mr Hunter, Chapelhill; vegetables from the Rev Mr Davidson and Mr Andrew Lambie; and a cart of firewood from Barr and Shearer's shipyard.

100 YEARS AGO on December 1911
At the Annual General meeting of Saltcoats Merchant's Associations, held in the Masonic Hall last Friday, the following office-bearers were elected: President Mr Wilkie: Vice President, Mr W. Wylie; secretary and treasurer Mr J Rogerson.

Members of the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Branch of the British Red Cross Society held their annual concert in the Assembly Hall, Ardrossan, last Friday.

At a social held by the 'Leather Committee' in the Grand Templers' Lesser Hall, Kilbimie - Mr John L Reid presiding - Mr Andrew Walker was presented on the occasion of his marriage with a gift by Mr John Gonegal and entertainment was provided by the chairman and Messrs M. Barclay, James Reid. William Millen, George Ireland and William Cook.

50 YEARS AGO on December 8 1961
In the North Ayrshire coalfields about 70 years ago there were eighty pits between Dalry, Irvine, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Ayr and Kilmarnock. In 1900 there was an output of more than two million tons of coal, with 11,500 workers. The coal was sent mainly to Ireland from Ayrshire ports.

Found and handed in at Saltcoats Police Station: a gent's wrist watch, two pedal cycles, three sum's of money and a pair of gent's gloves. A gas lighter, a wedding ring and two sums of money were handed in at Ardrossan Police Station. One hundred and one years ago, on September 8 1860, the Lady Egidia was launched from Barr and Shearer's ship-building year in Ardrossan. And a little more than one month later she sailed on her maiden voyage to Dunedin, Otage, New Zealand, with 438 emigrant passengers, more than a quarter of whom were under 12 years of age.

25 YEARS AGO on December 1986
Four saddle sore policemen have raised around £550 for the Parkhouse Handicapped Centre in Ardrossan. The four constables, lan Orr, Frank Coulter, Andy McGrath and Allan Stevens, cycled 57 miles around Arran a fortnight ago to raise money to buy equipment
for the centre.

Seaweed may not seem an automatic choice to slap on your face but Saltcoats woman Betty Hutton swears by it. This is not surprising though, when one considers that Betty (50) goes under the name of 'Diana Drummond a company renowned worldwide for its association with naturally produced seaweed-based cosmetics, skin care products and perfume. If you detest the cooking smells from cabbage, greens and cauliflower, you could try adding a little vinegar (no more than a teaspoon) to the cooking water. This trick was used at the turn of the century.

PICTURE: Saltcoats War Memorial shows the extent of snowfall in the area as a result of a blizzard which swept the West of Scotland this week. Most routes were passable but bus routes were disrupted because hard packed snow made roads dangerous. Gale force winds later in the week helped make this week's weather the worse yet of the winter.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on December 7, 2011

100 YEARS AGO on December 15, 1911
On Sunday morning the new bell which has been erected at Ardrossan Parish Church, Saltcoats was dedicated by the Rev. D D Rees, and tolled for the first time by Miss Wylie, Ardlui, Saltcoats.

At a Highland concert held in the Assembly Hall, Ardrossan last Friday evening the Rev John McMIlan presided and the programme was sustained by Miss Nettie Stewart, Miss C Campbell, Miss White, Mr Peter MacLean, Mr Reynolds, Miss Thom, Mr W Hunter, and Mr C Stewart. Mr A Becket was the accompanist.

50 YEARS AGO on December 1961
Our apologies: owing to a serious break in at our printing press, we are restricted to an eight page paper for this week. Many reports and articles have of necessity been held over.

Ardrossan Fire Brigade went racing to Hazel Avenue, Ardrossan, on Tuesday morning after having been told that a fire had broken out in a house there. They found, on arrival, that a housewife had been cooking breakfast and a pan of fat had caught fire. She had carried the blazing pan into the garden and put out the flames.

Last Friday evening, motorist was turning from Ashgrove Road, Ardrossan, into the service road on the east side of Dairy Road when his car skidded on the snow packed road and knocked down a lamp standard. No one was injured.

Twenty-five Saltcoats school children will be invited to take part in a tree-planting ceremony at Glebelands. In all, twenty-six trees will be planted when the time is right.

When a bus was turning from Millglen Road into Stanley Road, Ardrossan, on Tuesday moming a local woman missed her footing as she attempted to get on the vehicle and fell on the roadway. She sustained a cut on her head and a doctor treated the injury.

The distance from the Pier Garage, Ardrossan, to Eglinton School is approximately 1200 yards. This information was supplied by Mr Hugh Seaton, the Burgh Surveyor.

25 YEARS AGO on December 1986
Lights went out at thousands of homes through- out Ardrossan last week when the South of Scotland Electricity Board discovered faults in local cables. The first cuts were last Wednesday afternoon when power in 3,000 Three Towns homes was stopped, leaving many shops and offices at a standstill. The SSEB put out an appeal through local radio for residents to go easy on the power they used as fuses may blow.

North Ayrshire school children are to be strike- free on the run up to Christmas as teachers' unions have decided not to take any further industrial action this year.

A Liverpool minister has offered a £30 reward for the recovery of sentimental items stolen from his car on Sunday night. Rev Glen Bowie travelled to Stevenston to meet an elderly relative and when his car was broken into on Bogiemart Street thieves made off with two cassocks, one red and one black, and an irreplaceable RAF scarf.

The gates at the Metallic Manufacturing will be slammed shut on December 16, just six days before Christmas.

A Betamax video recorder has been sitting in Saltcoats Police Station unclaimed for almost four months. The recorder was recovered by police in August from Stevenston and since then no-one has come forward to claim it.

Two large man-hole covers were stolen in a daring raid on Monday, December 1. The metal plates measured eight feet by four feet and were stolen from the Old High Road at the junction of Glencairn Street. Three men were seen at the time loading the plates into a black coloured lorry.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on December 14, 2011

150 YEARS AGO on December, 1861
Mr George Fairgrieve, preacher, Tillicoultry, has accepted a call from Countess Street Congregational Church, Saltcoats.

The committee and collectors of the Kilwinning Eglinton Memorial Fund state that about £260 has been so far collected.

At a meeting of Saltcoats Mariners' Society. held in the Free Church Schoolroom, the committee of the Free Church Schoolroom, the committer of landsmen who conduct the affairs of the society were reflected as follows:- Duncan Fullarton, president; Thomas Shaw, treasurer; John McBride, secretary.

Adjutant Montgomerie inspected the Ardrossan Volunteer Corps and expressed his satisfaction with the proficiency they had attained.

100 YEARS AGO on December 22, 1911
In the North Ayrshire Parliamentary by-election, the sitting member, Mr AM Anderson KC (Liberal) was defeated by Captain DF Campbell (Unionist). who had a majority of 271 votes.

The biggest conflagration which Ardrossan has witnessed for many years occurred on Monday when a portion of the timber yard of Messrs Wm Christie and Co Ltd caught fire.

Mr James Freer, who has been appointed to the joint offices of secretary and treasurer of Glasgow Art Union, is a son of Mr Walter Freer, a much esteemed householder in Saltcoats.

50 YEARS AGO on December 22, 1961
Found and handed in at Saltcoats Police Station a pedal cycle, a gold engagement ring, several sums of money, a parcel containing bedding for a baby's cot and an envelope containing a sum of money; Two sums of money and a ladies wrist watch were handed in at Stevenston Police Station.

Bailie James Clements, Stevenston, writes to say that a conduit was exposed in Caledonian Road last week when Mr Fisher, demolisher, was removing the old railway embankment. The conduit is five feet deep and two and a half feet broad. A 14-inch metal pipe runs through the conduit. It is believed that the pipe ran from the Mill Dam at Townhead Street to a pond near the blast furnaces where water was stored to cool the cast iron after each cast, or that the pipe was connected with the Master Gott at some point with a slide valve. Water was fed there from the furnace.

Mr Alex Merrie, who recently returned to his native town of Saltcoats from Canada, informs me that he was the last of the Merrie family to be born at the Brewery Farm, Canal Street, which is now a garage.

Most towns in this district have erected Christmas trees. In Ardrossan there are fairy lights as usual at Castlecraigs- and a Christmas tree. A tender of £85 1s 6d the lower of two received from Ardrossan firms has been received for extensive repair of the railings on South Crescent esplanade has been. accepted by Ardrossan Town Council. It is subject to adjustment in respect of the prices of materials.

Ardrossan Town Council have agreed in principle to repair the two footpaths serving 4-11 and 12-19 Parkhouse Gardens. Further proposals, with estimates of the cost, will be submitted by the architects and by Mr H Seaton, Burgh Surveyor, to the next meeting of the Housing Committee.

25 YEARS AGO on December 19, 1986
Santa came early for Cunninghame District Council this week when it was announced that the EEC were to plough over £1 million into the cost of building the £2 million Auchenharvie Ice Rink. And the council are to go full steam ahead towards getting the rink ready for the end of next year with the ice skating pair Torvill and Dean being asked to open it.

CDC have been after Euro cash for their ice rink project since April 1985, and this week they were delighted that the EEC had decided to give a £1.035 million grant amounting to 50 per cent of the construction costs.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on December 21, 2011

150 Years Ago December 1861
John Graham Esq and party killed at Skelmorie no fewer than 183 head of game.

The Rev Alex King has much pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of £5 from Archibald Alexander, Esq Boydstone for the poor of the parish of West Kilbride.

Agreeable to the will of the late John Crawford, Sandilands Street, Saltcoats, John Banks and Hugh Baird, trustees of the said estate, announce the following donations the poor of Saltcoats, £50, Ladies Clothing Society, £5, education for poor children £6 10s.

The Rev. Mr McColl distributed 50 loads of coal to the poor, a gift from the Earl of Eglinton.

The steamship Adela sailing between Ardrossan and Belfast for the past two years and in all kinds of weather has not once failed to make the crossing.

100 Years Ago December 29, 1911
At the annual show of Brodick Poultry Club, the cup for the best bird went to Mr R. S. McNeish, Lamlash; the "Creepie Cup" was won by Mr Malcolm Sillars, Glen Sherrie; the George Laidler Cup, for the best pigeon bred on the island, went to Mr James Jones, jun., Lamlash; and the award for the best cat was gained by Mr John Stewart.

The following office bearers were elected at a meeting of the "Rose of Ayrshire" Tent, 1.O. R, Kilbirnie:- C.R., John McIntosh; D.R. David Smith; treasurer, Andrew Davies; secretary, G.L. Whitelaw, assistant sectary, Robert Partridge; B.S., William Cain; C.S., James Crossan; Levite, A. Hood; G.J.G Allan; O.G., J. Wright, juv. supt., A. Davies; jub. secy., Wm Taylor.

50 Years Ago December 1961
Last week a man from Dublin who had been a regular soldier called at the Herald office in an effort to trace the whereabouts of a family named Glasgow who resided in Ardrossan. There was a blacksmith named Glasgow, who was employed by the late Mr John Brown, Ardrossan, but I have no idea where the family now reside. In any case, the man from Dublin did not call back at the office nor did he leave his address.

During 1961 many letters have arrived at this office from abroad and once again we have assisted readers to trace friends both at home and abroad. Letters have been received by me from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Nigeria, The Transvaal, France, the United States, South America, and Canada to mention a few countries.

Found and handed in at Saltcoats Police Station three sums of money, an engagement ring, a tobacco pouch, a pedal cycle, and purse containing money. A brooch was handed in at Ardrossan Police Station.

On Wednesday of last week, a set of fairy lights was stolen from the Town Hall, Ardrossan.

Ardrossan police have received complaints about children throwing stones at trains travelling between the Town Station and South Beach Station. The stones are thrown from the Castle Hill and parents should warn their children that this is a most dangerous practice.

There were 29 arrivals, including three oil tankers at Ardrossan Harbour for the week ended Saturday, 23 December.

25 Years Ago December 19, 1986
Plans for Saltcoat's £250,000 health centre were put on display on Monday. Members of North Ayrshire Local Health Council, at their meeting at Irvine's Ayrshire Central Hospital, inspected the proposals put forward by Ayrshire and Arran Health Board.
However, members were denied the opportunity to ask detailed questions on the plans because the health board could not provide a member of its planning staff to talk to them.

Saltcoats travel agents have reported an increase in the numbers of people who flock to the sun each year for Christmas and New Year. Both Alander Travel and AT Mays said Tenerife and the Costa Del Sol were firm favourites with the hundreds of festive sun seekers.

Back home, Aviemore has also become a popular attraction around Christmas time for a weekend break away.

Cunninghame District Council officials hope that tourism in North Ayrshire will be given a major boost with the new ice rink. They see it as part of a major tourism push that they hope will one day see the creation of a multi-million-pound leisure complex in Ayrshire. The new rink will adjoin the international class Auchenharvie Swimming Pool and Auchenharvie Golf Course. It will be the first two-level rink in Britain, and instead of the traditional rectangular shape and the two large ice pads will be irregular free shapes to encourage greater leisure use of the ice.

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