Speakers Group

Speakers' Organiser:      David Bowman
Venue:                    Ayr Town Hall (unless otherwise stated)
Date and Time:            Tuesday  1.30 pm - fortnightly

OiR Town Hall Meetings – restarted on Sep 7th. 2021
Fortnightly Meetings, to which all members are invited.

Meetings will be held, fortnightly, in the Main Hall at Ayr Town Hall at 1.30pm on the dates listed, but may occasionally be held in Newton Wallacetown Church if the Town Hall is not available to us.

Please see below for any possible changes of dates or venues.

Covid-19 precautions at the Town Hall:-
Please bring a face covering with you as they will not be provided at the venue.
Face coverings will be required to be worn at all times while in the building.
Hand sanitisers are available throughout the building, please avail of this service.
We are asked to follow the one way system markers on the floor and stairs up to the Main Hall.
There will be a track and trace system in place for OiR members. A table inside the Main Hall will be set up to record your details (name and telephone number) which will be kept on record for 3 weeks as per Government guidelines.
Although social distancing is not being enforced by South Ayrshire Council, we would request the use of discression in this matter and ask OiR members to keep a safe distance.

If you are one of our very few members who have chosen not to be vaccinated, it is the duty of the committee to remind you that if you attend an indoor group where covid-19 is present, then statistically you are at greater risk of becoming more seriously ill. We would therefore recommend that you think carefully about attending an indoor group under these circumstances.
If you are showing any covid-19 symptoms then you should not attend any indoor groups.

Speakers Group Programme:

7 Sept – “A Selection of Paintings in the Glasgow Collection” by Dr Alan Mcdonald.
Alan has been a guide at the Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art Gallery for many years
and has a special passion and interest in the paintings collection. In has talk, Alan will take
an entertaining and informative look at a selection of his favourite works from Glasgow’s

21 Sept – “Sustainability and living more ecologically” by Ainsley Hunter
Ainsley and her husband, Andrew, run the Lavemill Larder, 2 Eco stores in Prestwick and
Troon, and Ayrshire’s first zero waste eco shops. No plastic packaging, minimal waste, and
minimum carbon footprint. Ainsley will be chatting with us about how we can all live a
more sustainable lifestyle. With Cop26 coming to Scotland, this will be a very timely talk.

5th October – Proposals for an Ayrshire Museum by Dr Jimmy Begg
Dr Begg will talk about his group’s proposals for a new use for the former Ayr Grammar School building. Your OiR Committee has already agreed to OiR’s supporting of these proposals. This is an opportunity for the wider membership to learn of the exciting proposals to be placed before South Ayrshire Council.

19th October – “Mental Wellbeing, Healthy Ageing and Talking Therapies and how can they help?” by Harriet Hockaday.
Harriet is a Clinical Psychologist in the Older Adult Psychology Service at Ayrshire Central Hospital. This will be a valuable talk as we begin to cope with the post Covid era.

2nd November – Ian McAnulla – “The Comet is Coming” – In 1910 Halley’s Comet was due to return. Most people on Earth were looking forward to the spectacle it would produce as it neared the Earth, but some were filled with dread! How had they become convinced that the comet would kill everyone on the planet?

16th November – South Ayrshire Paths Initiative by Stuart Bates & Colin Clark
Stuart and Colin have spoken to us before, and this is an opportunity to learn of developments since their last talk. One of their updates will relate to the Blue Bonnet Trails which incorporate the Tam o’ Shanter Trail developed by OiR over 25 years ago.

30th November “My Life’s Journey” by Isobel Montgomery

14th December – A Christmas Concert with Ayrplay

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