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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 14, 2009

150 YEARS AGO in October, 1859
POTATOES in the West Kilbride area are not yielding more than two thirds or even a half of healthy tubers. Farmers are raising them in large quantities.

THE Duke of Hamilton and Brandon left Arran per the steamer, Isle of Arran.

AYRSHIRE Harriers will meet on Saturday 22nd, at Symington Toll; on Wednesday, 26th, at Dalrymple; on Saturday, 29th at Fail Toll; on Wednesday 2nd November, at Stair Bridge; on Saturday, 5th, at Guiltreehill; on Wednesday, 9th at Craigie Village - each morning at half past eleven o'clock.

A NUMBER of masons and labourers have been employed for some time repairing the parish burial ground, Beith, which is situated in the centre of the Town. 'Tis surely time the trustees were looking out for a new burial ground as the present one is quite inadequate for an ever-increasing population.

100 YEARS AGO on October 15, 1909
WE note with pleasure that the following Kilwinning students at Glasgow University have passed in the subjects saved for the MA degree - Miss S Gaul, English: Miss G On, Logic and Mr William Steele, Greek.

THE numbers of Ardrossan Town Council who retire at this time are: - Judge Crawford, Baillie Fullerton and Mr McKellar. Baillie Fullerton has intimated his final retiral. Meanwhile, the names of a prominent candidates are being whispered.

THE Saltcoats Burgh Band have reason to congratulate themselves on the results of the bazaar. To draw £370 is, in the present state of the district a noteworthy performance, and is also evidence of the business-like way in which the bazaar was carried out.

THE annual supper of West Kilbride Bowling Club was held in the Wellington Hotel on Thursday evening last. Mr T McNaught presided over a good attendance, and Mr Dewar Paton acted as croupier.

MR Alex Gonegal, Parkhouse Drive, Kilbirnie, was awarded 2nd for a Scots grey cockerel at the British Dairy Farmers' Show in London last week. This is Mr Gonegal's fifth year in succession as a winner of that show, having secured one 1st; three seconds, and one 3rd - a very good record.

50 YEARS AGO on October 16, 1959
AN Ardrossan woman, Miss Grace Ferguson, of 16 Eglinton Road, was taken to Kilmarnock Infirmary on Thursday evening of last week after being injured in a road accident in Glasgow Street. Miss Ferguson it is understood was struck by a pedal cycle as she was crossing the road near the Post Office. She sustained a head injury and also suffered concussion, This week her condition was reported to have improved greatly. Miss Ferguson is well known in Ardrossan, having been a prominent local singer for many years.

LAST Friday night when a Saltcoats man and his wife were passing the Holm Plantation in their car, they observed a tree in the plantation which seemed to be red in colour. On having a closer look they discovered that the tree had been set alight.

THE head postmaster, Ardrossan, intimates that an extensive drive against wireless licence fee evasion will be carried out in the Ardrossan area in the net few weeks. He says there is good reason to believe that many radio sets, both sound and TV, are being operated without the owners being in possession of the necessary licence, and he takes this opportunity to remind those concerned of their obligation in this direction

SOME person or persons entered the stand at Winton Park and broke the pressbox window. They climbed in the pressbox and went downstairs and forced their way into the boardroom, where they stole two new footballs and caused some damage. They had entered the premises some time between Tuesday night and early on Thursday evening.

25 YEARS AGO on October 19, 1984
SCOTS singer Calum Kennedy is confident that part of the new look Eglinton Arms Hotel will be open by Christmas. He told the Herald this week: "Everything is going fine and we hope to open the bar and ballroom in early December, "Then we will be carrying on steadily with the other work with a possible completion date of Easter 1985." He was speaking hours after Cunninghame District Licensing Board granted a renewal of their hotel licence, subject to a final inspection by health and fire officials. Representatives of both the environmental health department and the fire brigade said they were satisfied with the way work was going. The hotel has been closed for over a year.

A CAMPAIGN to assure Saltcoats' status as a tourist resort into the next century has been launched. Several hundred thousand pounds are expected to be spent on the five acre site at the town's old bathing pool and Cunninghame District Council is searching for a developer willing to transform the area into a permanent showground. It is hoped that the area, once its facelift is completed, will maintain and even expand the town's tourist trade, paving the way for Saltcoats to remain a key holiday resort. Developers are being asked to submit ideas for a showground with a "fun park" theme incorporating two or three major temperatures. As the district council is shortly embarking on a project to upgrade the ponds area at Winton Circus, developers will have an opportunity to influence that work to tie in with their own plans. The council may even consider developing the land on a partnership basis. The idea has been sparked off by plans to give Saltcoats sea front a new look. Included in these plans is building in the Braes area which is the present home of a seasonal fairground.

THE horror of the Brighton Bomb blast has brought an immediate reaction from Cunninghame's Tory MP John Corrie, who renewed his call for the death penalty to be brought back. Among the injured in the explosion were friend of Mr Corrie's, Donald Maclean, Chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association, and his wife Muriel from Ayr.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 21, 2009

150 YEARS AGO on October 23, 1859
BEITH is again reviving itself as a manufacturing town. Placards have been circulated through the town by Mr Dunlop, bonnet manufacturer wishing no fewer than a 100 young people as bonnet knitters.

THE Rev Mr Wezer Beg, a converted Mohamedan preached in the UP Church, Ardrossan. The church was crowded to excess.

AROROSSAN curlers had a few games on the asphalt pond for two days.

MR Robert Smith has been appointed HM Customs Officer at Ardrossan in place of Mr McCreadie who recently retired.

A RETURN match at bowls was placed on the green at Ardrossan between a party from Eglinton headed by his Lordship and the local club.

100 YEARS AGO on October 22, 1909
AT a bread baking competition and exhibition held in the promises of the Scottish Co-operative Society Glasgow last Wednesday, Ardrossan Cooperative Society won second prize for their machine made square bread and third prize for pan bread.

THE three members who retire this time from Kilwinning Town Council are Baille Kuir and Councillor Howie and King.

ARDROSSAN Amateur Dramatic Club have commenced rehearsals for the season. Their first production will be the drama "The Unknown" and It is expected that later on they will perform another play.

THE 25th anniversary of the ordination and induction of the Rev Robert B. Andrew BD, Glengarnock was made the occasion of special service and ?????, and, in addition, the presentation of a testimonial to Andrew.

A CHALLENGE match, which aroused much interest took place on Brodick bowling green last Saturday between a link skipped by Mr Laidler and a link skipped by Mr James McAlister. The game was an exciting one, and finished with a victory for Mr Laidler's rink by 19 to 13. This was the last match of the season.

50 YEARS AGO on October 23, 1959
THIS Weekend Mr Tom F Brown, of Bath Square Ardrossan, will be off to London where he will again act as a judge in the pigeon section at the National Dairy Show at Olympia As "TF" has had this honour regularly it would appear that fanciers have faith in his judgement.
For the fourth successive year a consignment of Ardrossan bred roller tumbler pigeons is due to leave soon for South Africa. The pigeons previously sent have won honours in racing and show competitions held in the Johannesburg area.

ARDROSSAN Park Church have started Youth Fellowship meetings on Sunday evenings Any young person interested will be made most welcome.

THE dwelling house at the old curling pond, Ardrossan, which was recently purchased has been damaged and the owner has complained to The local police.

THERE were 40 arrivals, including three oil tankers, at Ardrossan Harbour for the week ending Saturday, October 17.

FOUND and handed in at Ardrossan Police Station-a lady's umbrella A visitor to the town has lost a gold signet ring.

IT is Interesting to learn that on the evening before the 1861 census 256 persons slept on board vessels in Ardrossan Harbour.

TWO brothers, one of whom resides in Rothesay and the other in Glasgow, were recently back in their native town of Ardrossan for a visit. They had asked which building is the oldest - Kilmahew House or Castlecraigs?

NEXT Wednesday evening the Glasgow Orpheus Club are giving a concert in Ardrossan Academy in aid of the Memorial Field improvements Fund.

TONIGHT (Friday) there is to be a jumble sale in Se John's Church Hall, Ardrossan, organised by the Woman's Guild.

THE Youth Fellowship of the North Parish Church Saloon, we presenting a drama concert in the church next Tuesday evening.

THE Woman's Guild of Park Parish Church, Ardrossan, are holding a sale of work in the church hall on Saturday, October 31.

THE annual dinner-dance of the Ardrossan Fire Station Welfare and Social Club will take place in the Eglinton Hotel Ardrossan, on Wednesday. November 18.

DELEGATES from Ardrossan Town Council to a conference on Work Study arranged by Ayrshire Productivity Committee of the British Productivity Council for November 25 at Ayr will be provost James Dorian, Police Judge WM Currie, the Town Chamberlain and the Burgh Surveyor.

ARDROSSANS First Aid Post South Beach treated 124 cases during the past summer. Ten of these required the attention of a doctor, and 114 lost children were returned to their parents.
To these figures, supplied to Ardrossan Town Council by the Commandant of the local detachment of Ayrshire branch of the Red Cross Society the Burgh Surveyor added that the putting green keeper had dealt with 19 casualties. The Town Clerk has been instructed to write to the Commandant expressing the councils appreciation of the services rendered in this connection

25 YEARS AGO on October 23, 1984
A MAMMOTH financial headache could push up rents and rates in Cunninghame. For the government is clawing back £666.000 in rates support grant to punish the district Council for overspending. A council meeting was postponed this week to allow a Labour group working party to grapple with the facts and figures. They face an agonising dilemma - increase rents and rates or cut the services they have fought desperately to maintain.

The cash drawback takes effect immediately - but it is likely the council will delay the crunch decision until it prepares its budget for next year. Meanwhile some projects may have to be axed. This work Cunningham South MP David Lambie lashed out at the governments action and pleaded for recognition of Cunninghame's special problems. "The district is one of Britain's worst unemployment blackspots," he said.

TWO West Kilbride girls were found safe and well on Monday morning after being missing all night. Sharon Donaldson of 74 Simpson Avenue, and Lesley Mathie, of 15 Stairlie Crescent, both 12 years old failed to go home on Sunday night and are believed to have slept under the cover of a greenhouse. They were found in the village on Monday morning and sent home, none the worse for their adventure.

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From the Archives of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald published on October 28, 2009

150 YEARS AGO on October 1859
MUCH has been written and said about Halloween falling into decay, but the indoor games and parties, along with the guisers, made it a bright Halloween.

THE "Small Ben, placed on the belfry at Beith Town House, rings out every evening at 10 o'clock

A POTATO grown at Dreghorn weighed 2lbs 8oz. It is the heaviest one ever recorded in the district as far as we have been able to establish, since records began.

THE ship Quebec, from Ardrossan, arrived at Quebec in Canada after a passage of three months.

THE secretary of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, Ardrossan was authorised to pay £2 15s to one of the crew of the Black Douglas, lately wrecked, for loss of clothing.

100 YEARS AGO on October 29, 1909
MRS Agnes Robertson MA of Belth has been appointed to the staff of Eglinton District School, Kilwinning. in room of Miss Harris, resigned.

IT IS ten years since there was a municipal election without a poll in Saltcoats, the last occasion being in 1899. Altogether, since the foundation of the Burgh there have been seven uncontested elections out of twenty-five.

STEVENSTON was visited last Saturday by a flood which equalled the one of twelve years ago, the only difference being that the bridge was not burst. The water was dammed back to a great height and, in different parts of the town houses and shops were flooded to a height of two feet.

AT the annual general meeting of the Ardeer Golf Club held last Saturday, office-bearers were elected.

THE Licensing Board for the Northern District of Ayrshire was held on Thursday in the Conservative Club rooms, Kilwinning.

50 YEARS AGO on October 30, 1959
A STEVENSTON reader, Mr Theo Whiteside, writes: In your Herald last week you gave the names of the Saltcoats men who volunteered for the Boer War. This made me look back to that time, as I was one of six who volunteered from Irvine. There will not be many of us left now.
Donald McGee, who is in Johannesburg, has a married sister residing in Moorpark Road West, Stevenston. A few of the Boer War veterans served in the 1914-18 War. I met them at the Dardanelles. May I add that the Regimental Sergeant Major was Joe Taylor of Largs. He could give a right telling off to his men, but would not allow others to interfere with them.

A HOUSEHOLDER in Parkhouse Road, Ardrossan was surprised to find a swan in his back garden on Monday morning. The swan tried to get through a gap In the hedge which the householder had closed with a board but eventually it went through another opening and on the embankment.

TOMORROW (Saturday) is Hallowe'en and, as in former years, the guisers will be out in force. Some will even be out tonight. In pre-war days they were content with apples and nuts, but now it is money they want. Many will recall the days when the guisers carried turnip lanterns lit by candles.

THERE is considerable activity in Saltcoats where a number of shops are being demolished and new premises are being built. The work is being done in Hamilton Street and Dockhead Street.

ARDROSSAN Town Council want the Admiralty to divert repair work to Ardrossan Dockyard Limited, the Lighthouse Commission to do likewise with some of their maintenance work, the Air Ministry to follow suit with work on three frigates currently based in Greenock and British Railways to provide a certain amount of work on their steamers. This is part of an initiative discussed by Ardrossan Burgh Council this week in an attempt to bring more work to the docks and ensure their continued success

LAST Friday a dance was held in the Masonic Hall Saltcoats in aid of the Christmas Party for the children in Dunlop House, and the committee would like to thank Provost Lamble and all who helped make the function a success.

DURING the period between September 14 and October 12 there was an increase of 1150 in the number of unemployed in Ayrshire and Bute.

LAST Friday Sir Alexander Fleck, Chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries Lid, gave the opening address at a conference in Relationships In Industry at Gleneagles Hotel.

RUSSIA has named all the outstanding landmarks on the other side of the moon. What about asking her to name the new Ardrossan-Saltcoats-Stevenson telephone exchange.

A REMARKABLE engineering achievement. The Building of Aden Harbour, is recorded in a film to be shown in the Museum Lecture Room, Saltcoats, next Tuesday evening.

MR McGrory, the Celtic manager, has intimated to Ayrshire Youth Football Association that a third team from the Glasgow club will be prepared to play county representatives here and at a return match in the city of Glasgow. A venue for the Ayrshire leg is now under discussion, with either Kilmarnock or Irvine looking likely, and the game to be played on November 11.

25 YEARS AGO on November 2, 1984
DISTRICT Council cash will help get vital food to the starving people of Ethiopia - and all over the Three Towns and Garnock Valley money is pouring in from schools and organisations towards the appeal. Cunninghame District Council agreed on Tuesday to donate £2000 to the Red Cross to help alleviate suffering. But councillors dropped a suggestion that they add their attendance allowance for the meeting to the total.

CUNNINGHAMES 23,300 council tenants will be hit hard by cash cutbacks. Their landlords CDC reckon they will need £9 million next year alone to meet the district's housing needs. Yet the local authority is likely to get only a fraction of that amount to spend. And this week Housing chairman Tom Dewar urged tenants to join together to demand more Government cash. He said: "If we don't get the money we are asking for it is going to have a drastic effect for council tenants. I would hope the tenants would get together in associations and approach the council and we could then make a joint approach to the Government. We need to break down the barriers between the council and its tenants - we are fighting the same fight.

A LOCAL headmaster has slammed proposals to give Children's Panel members "lock-up powers. For Mr Robert Forrest of Kerelaw List D School, Stevenston is concerned that inexperienced panellists will issue unnecessary warrants to put youngsters within secure units at Kerelaw and elsewhere. This will happen if an amendment to the current procedures goes a head. as the Secretary of State for Scotland says it will at the earliest opportunity. I they al start issuing warrants there is going to be bedlam," said Mr Forrest.

BACHELOR Party starring Tom Hanks is showing at the Regal in Saltcoats and at the WMR Film Centre in Irvine this week, while the La Scala in Saltcoats is showing The Company Of Wolves starring David Warner for the third week running. Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins star in The Bounty at the Kilmarnock ABC. Upcoming attraction at the Magnum over the next few weeks include The Nolans and Andy Cameron on stage, while Ayr Gaiety is hosting Mother Goose with top comedian Frank Carson.

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