Lockdown Talks


Speakers' Organiser:           John Rattenbury
Venue:                         A computer screen near you
Time:                          Tuesday  2pm - fortnightly

“Zoom” video conferring system is used for the on-line meetings which can be joined from 1:30pm to 2pm, but no later.
No-one will be admitted after 2pm.

Microphones are muted at 2pm for the duration of the talk, which lasts from 20 to 30 minutes.


The number of participants is not limited to any one meeting, so if you would like to to be included for the Lockdown Talks please send your email address to office@oirayr.org.uk to receive the Zoom meeting information. 


Lockdown Talk Programme

4th May – Two films “Ailsa Craig and Curling Stones” in black and white.
18th May – Denis Rattenbury – “Ayrshire and Climate, Past, Present and … ?”
1st June – Film of the “Restoration of Old Knock Castle”
15th June – Film showing the story of the “Ailsa Shipbuilding Company”
29th June – “The Burrell Renaissance Project” by John Rattenbury.
13 July – FILM “Forth & Clyde Canal – History of the Passenger Service 1800s – 1940s”.
27 July – Ayrplay – “Instruments of Pop” – Music videos from the band interspersed with information on the instruments played.
10 Aug – Ian Mcanulla – Cartoons – Windows into History part 4.
24 Aug – Bill Rogers – “A Monte Carlo Party” Come along & join the rich & famous at one of the most prestigious events in the Monte Carlo calendar!
7 Sept – Alan Mcdonald – “A Selection of Paintings in the Glasgow Collection”.


If you would like to make any comments regarding the talks, please email the office office@oirayr.org.uk

Another very interesting talk (29th June), just amazed at the amount of work and cost!!. (Burrell Project)
Thank you. Sandra W.

Thank you John for such an interesting session about Old Knock Castle (st June) which was well worth seeing. You have given us such Tuesday treats throughout the pandemic. Thanks again, Ann

I always seemed to be doing something on previous talks and missed them. So glad I did not miss todays (1st June), it was fascinating. The only Knock I had heard of was in Ireland, so many thanks to all who  made this talk possible. Sandra W.

Thank you so much for organising the last Zoom film (20th April). It was good to be reminded of how things used to be. My generation have seen so many changes in our lifetime, not to mention the development of the internet, a financial crash and now a pandemic! What next? Thanks again John. Best wishes. Ann

Thank you Ian for the wonderful talk he gave recently (6th April). It was such an amalgam of history, art, and political messaging. I have always loved cartoons but never realised they carried deep historical and artistic depths. I loved this talk and can only hope Ian will give us more in the future.  Many thanks to all involved, especially Ian.  Mary S.

Just a thank you for talks and music. I have thoroughly enjoyed them and felt at least some normality to this peculiar life we have . Sanity has returned!!! Wish I’d had had the courage to ZOOM sooner.
Cheers: Ann J

Thanks very much to Stephen and John for a most pleasant Zoom meeting on Tuesday (9th Mar). It was lovely to be reminded of summer outings with such great photography too. I was looking forward to another presentation from Stephen and I hope it won’t be the last! Thanks again, Ann A.

Another excellent talk from Stephen (9th Mar) it was lovely seeing all the places we have been to, most of them, but that cruise looked great. I liked the way they had specially arranged the sunshine. Wendy

Thanks very much to Morna and John for the excellent talk on Tuesday (23rd Feb). I learned so much in such an interesting way. I’ve been to the Burrell several times and the talk just whetted my appetite for the re-opening. Best wishes, Ann

Thank you Bill and John for taking us to a warm and sunny south of France (9th Feb). It was great to see the splendid buildings and hear about their history. I have never been to the south of France and your talk gave me a real flavour of the area. Merci beaucoup! Ann

Thank you John for showing us that super wee film (5th Jan) about Ayrshire in the time of Burns. I really enjoyed it and it made me glad I live in 2021 with all our mod cons. I would have loved to have had that resource when I was working as it had a real flavour of that period of history.
Ann

THANK YOU so much for keeping going thro Lockdown etc. The remarkable on-line initiatives have been so reassuring, a familiar anchor in the very scarey and dark unknown. My admiration for this wonderful organisation has soared further and my gratitude.
Jenny

Thoroughly enjoyed the films (17th Nov).  Nice to see everyone.  Thank you very much
John and Carole

Thank you for your email today. I watched the talk last Tuesday (3rd Nov) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I always look forward to these Tuesdays thank you for all the trouble everyone goes to so we can have something to enjoy. 
Wendy B. 

Thank you so much John for your excellent talk yesterday (3rd Nov). I have noticed that vase several times on my way into the Burrell but had no idea about its history. Next time I visit I will enjoy it even more.
Thanks again, Ann

Just to say a huge thank you for all your efforts on the Lockdown Talks at this difficult time, all much appreciated. I certainly miss every body. Hope you & your families all safe. Thanks again 
Liz Mc.C

Many thanks to the Ayrplay boys for a lovely session (Oct 27). The pieces rekindled lots of lovely memories and the interesting information about the artists and the music was the ‘icing on the cake’. 
Meg S.

Thanks so much to Ian and John for such a terrific presentation on Tuesday (Oct 20). To learn so much in such an entertaining way is a real treat. It was good too, to be reminded that a pandemic is not the worst thing that can happen to a country. 
Keep safe and thanks again, Ann

Thank you very much for organising our Zoom meeting on Tuesday. It was great to see the familiar faces and feel part of the twenty-first century. 
As always Ian’s talk and power-point presentation were excellent. In the history group he always entertains as well as educates us. 
Many, many thanks and best wishes. Ann 

Thanks to John and Bill (Rogers) for another interesting and informative Tuesday Talk.
Aurabest. Ann A

Thank you John. I have really enjoyed these meetings always interesting and varied. 
Take care Wendy

Dear John ,thank you for your continuing support “with our Zoom meeting”, I really enjoy it and look forward to it.
Maureen.

John. Thanks for making the talk happen, and to all in Ayrplay for the musical finale.
Regards,Tricia.

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