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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
April 23, 1948

Ardrossan Bakery Praised

The Bakery of Ardrossan Co-operative Society in Barr Street, Ardrossan, was the mecca on Wednesday afternoon for managers of Co-operative bakerics from all over the country.

Mr George Gillespie, general manager of the local Society, extended a welcome to the company who were then given a demonstration of tea-bread baking by Mr Cowling of the Arkady Company, Manchester assisted by Mr T. Bruce, bakery manager at Ardrossan.

Very favourable comment was made on the layout and equipment of the bakery which was considered to be the best seen in the course of a series of visits.The party consisted of over 50 members of the Scottish Co-operative Bakery Managers Association who are representative of the best bakery brains in Scotland.

The demonstration was held by courtesy of the Board of Management of Ardrossan Co-operative Society, Limited.
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The Daily Record
April 27, 1989

Now more schools face the axe

THE AXE is poised over two secondary schools, 10 primaries and two special schools.
Strathclyde Region's education committee yesterday approved issuing consultative documents on the proposals. The secondary schools are Cowdenknowes High School, Greenock, and Glenwood Secondary Castlemilk, Glasgow.

Primaries are St Pius, Drumchapel; Hamilton's Barncluith, Ferniegair and Low Waters, which would be replaced by a new school;
Saltcoats' Argyle and Kyleshill to merge in a new school on the Argyle site and St Mary's to merge with St Brendan's;

Greenock's Ladyburn to merge with Highholm, Craigieknowes with Hillend and St Saviour's to amalgamate with St Andrew's.

Two special schools are affected - Segdoune, Kilwinning and Craigbank, Ardrossan, would combine with Ardrossan's James McFarlane School.
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Ayr observer And Galloway Chronicle
May 11, 1888

Water Famine In Ardrossan

On Sunday much inconvenience was experienced by the inhabitants on account of a scarcity of water, the supply from the reservoirs having been cut off on Saturday to allow the contractor for the new waterpipe track through the town to effect the junction of the old and new pipes. The supply was expected to be renewed about 9 A.M. on Sunday morning, but this proved impossible, and it was not till the same hour at night a supply was obtained. During the day people had to carry water a considerable distance from a spring, as only a very few had provided themselves with an all day supply. Not a few households had to want their proverbial tea breakfast, while some were even badly enough off as not to get their faces washed.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
May 23, 1952

Allegations of Pandemonium at Playing Field

'Disgrace to the Town' Says Householder.

Mr James Cance the rear of whose house in Stanley Drive, Ardrossan, abutts on to the playing field in Dalry Road known as Harvey's field has complained to the Town Council of conditions prevailing there.

In a letter to the Council he states that there is pandemonium in the field on Sunday afternoons and every evening.
He complains that neither his family nor friends can use the back garden on account of the foul language coming across from the field.
If proof of his allegations are required, says Mr Cance, he is prepared to have members of the Council visit his home to see and hear for themselves.

He calls upon the Town Council to take some immediate action to end this "disgrace to the town."
Bailie John Lindsay, convener of the roads and parks committee, told the Town Council that these complaints used to come from South Beach but when the goal posts were shifted from Holm Plantation to Harvey's field the cause of the complaints was also shifted,
Provost Hogarth said that he did not want to stop young people from enjoying themselves whether it was on a Sunday afternoon or not but it difficult to know where to draw the line.

The matter was remitted to the roads and parks committee for their consideration.
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Greenock Herald
June 9, 1888

Death of Miss Beatice Clugston

Miss Clugston, the founder of the Dunoon Convalescent Homes, died at her residence in Ardrossan on Monday morning. She retired to rest on Sunday night apparently in her usual health, but the servant found her dead in bed next morning. The deceased lady was all her life identified with a good and noble work, unceasingly toiling for charities and for funds to raise institutions where the sick might be comforted and restored to health. She never faltered in any scheme she took up, hence her great success in obtaining funds for charitable purposes. Recently a number of her friends purchased an annuity for her, by which, her private means having been exhausted, she might be enabled to live in comparative comfort. The deceased lady was in the 61st year of her age.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
June 23, 1950

Those Smoky Engines Again

The old bogey of folks living in the vicinity of the Ardrossan engine-sheds, the nuisance caused by smoke, turned up again at the meeting of the Town Council on Monday night. The public health committee, having come to the conclusion that this had become worse recently, instructed the clerks to write to the superintendent at the sheds with a view to having the nuisance mitigated.

A letter from the Railway Executive in reply was read the Council on Monday night. It stated that everything was being done locally to prevent smoke; the trouble was attributed to engines from outwith the area; the attention of all staffs had been drawn to the position.

Baille Currie, himself an engine-driver, told the Council that there was a new man in charge at the shed and he was doing his utmost to control the smoke. The trouble, said the Baille was partly due to young. inexperienced boys,
Police-Judge Lindsay, another railwayman, said that the men, too, were doing all they could. There was, he continued, no way of preventing smoke when the engines were being kindled; it required steam to scatter the smoke.
Councillor Dorrian expressed the view that inexperience was no excuse. It was the duty of the men responsible to ensure that the necessary assistance was given.
As the discussion closed, Provost Beggs remarked, "I notice no one is blaming bad coal." "Good coal gives more smoke than bad coal," said Baille Currie.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
June 28, 1946

Castlecraigs Tennis Restarts
(After the end 0f WW2)
Castlecraigs Tennis Club, Ardrossan restarted last week. The first match against Stewarton, resulted in a win for the latter.

[I can recall in the early 1950s there was a tennis court each side of the entrance gates in Glasgow Street.]
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Due to overcrowding at Winton School in the late 50s my class was decanted to a room in Castlecraigs, and one of these tennis courts became our playground.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
July 4, 1947

Ardrossan's New Doctor

Among those who passed the examination for the degrees of M.B., Ch.B., at the University of Glasgow is Mr Alistair MacLean, of South Beach Avenue, Ardrossan. Passes were announced on Monday. This means that after the graduation ceremony on July 9, Mr MacLean becomes Dr MacLean.

Mr MacLean is a former pupil of Ardrossan Academy, and a son of Mr Alexander MacLean, who is well-known as the proprietor of a chemist's shop in Dockhead Street, Saltcoats.
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I was taught by Miss Nancy McLean who must have been Alistair’s sister. She married the then minister of St John’s church Ardrossan, and emigrated to Canada I think.
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Previously posted by Bobnetau:-

"Miss McLean married the minister of St. John's Church, Rev. Wedderspoon."
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I was looking for something to do with the City of Glasgow Police when I came across the following articles involving two Ardrossan men in a series entitled TALK OF THE TIMES by Mr Mungo. Hopefully they still have family in the area.

EVENING TIMES
13 AUGUST 1954

GILBERT McILWRICK

At least one man due to leave Glasgow this week-end for his annual holiday isn't fretting over the weather prospects for the vital fortnight.

Chief Superintendent Gilbert McIlwrick, Ardrossan born, head of the city's C.I.D. will be hoping for sunshine when he packs his bags on Sunday. But with two hectic weeks as director of the "McFlannel" murder investigation behind him, his two main desires will be peace and quiet.

Since the investigation began the Chief's round has been compounded of conferences at his Turnbull Street office, visits to the murder scene in Govan's Water Row, more conferences with his colleagues and mine, and precious little of his Newlands home.

And all this time he has had to keep in close touch with legal experts, feeling their way through unfamiliar extradition procedures in a case with facets never before encountered by its present investigators.

TAKING PAINS

I've always felt that genius in detection, more so than perhaps any other field of activity, rests in an infinite capacity for taking pains.

And if there is a more painstaking officer around than Gilbert McIlwrick, I've still to meet him.

[John McIlwrick, Ayr County Police, was the sergeant in charge of Ardrossan during the early 1900s, and was , I think, Gilbert's father.]

EVENING TIMES
21 SEPTEMBER 1954

WILLIAM MacRAE

A police officer who took a prominent part in smashing gang warfare in Glasgow, Detective Inspector William MacRae, of the Maryhill Division, retires today after 30 years police service.

Detective Inspector MacRae also took part in many inquiries into Glasgow murders, and he carried out successful investigations in the city graft scandal some years ago.

His greatest dislike among the criminal classes is the razor slasher.

A native of Ardrossan, he began his career in the London Metropolitan Police Force in 1924, and was for a time attached to Scotland Yard.

After six years in London he was transferred to Glasgow to the former Western Division and from there he went to C.I.D. Headquarters.

LONDON ARREST

While in London Detective Inspector MacRrae was highly commended by the Commissioner of Police for his part in tracing and arresting a man who had been involved in a break-in and shooting affair at Heston Aerodrome.
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