Ayrshire Homes
FHMCC wishes to thank Ayrshire Homes for their recent grant awarded in support of our 2016 / 17 projects. Information on the community council projects can be found in our monthly minutes at: http://fhmcc.org.uk/documents.php#meeting_minutes

Food waste bags
Food waste bags
Did you know that rolls of food waste caddy bags are for sale at Forehill Library?

Save the trip into town and pop into the library instead.

FHMCC has recently made a donation of wool to our local Knit and Natter Group.

If you enjoy knitting and a good blether, the ladies of our local Knit and Natter Group would love your company at their weekly get together in Forehill Library. The group meet each Thursday afternoon to knit items which are then donated to worthwhile causes, (one of the most recent was the neo-natal clinic at Crosshouse). At the same time they manage a good old natter to set the world to rights. And it's free to join!

Whatever your knitting skills, your help will make a difference to the number of items made. If you can't spare the time to go along, why not donate some wool to help their cause – just hand it in to the Library any day.

If you fancy becoming a bit of a Knit, drop in to Forehill Library on Thursday between 2pm and 4pm. Tea and coffee are available and cost a modest 50p per cup.

BBC Children In Need
Visit the news pages on this website for information on BBC Need awards grants.

This letter is to bring to your attention an increase in the number of sheep worrying reports received in the Ayrshire area. As lambing time approaches, Police Scotland has taken the decision to contact your community to highlight the seriousness of this crime and the penalties it incurs.

Please click on the image to download the letter as a PDF

Parking on Pavements
Parking on Pavements
A local Resident brought to the attention of the FHMCC, South Ayrshire Council and Police Scotland that there are a number of cars in our area parking on pavements and footpaths.

In Scotland, parking on pavements is set to become an offence if the Scottish Government pass a bill currently being debated — http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/ parliamentarybusiness/ CurrentCommittees/ 91535.aspx

Parking on corners at a junction has also been discussed and we would like to remind drivers that according to the Highway Code, cars should not be parked within 10 meters of a junction.

Please consider other drivers and pedestrians when parking your car.

Litter Picking
Litter Picking
Litter is bad for the environment, dangerous to wildlife and pets and attracts vermin. It is a hazard on roads and pavements and blocks street drains. Each one of us is responsible for keeping our community clean and safe—please dispose of your litter in a bin!

If you see, or know of, an area of concern, let South Ayrshire Council know on 0300 123 0900 or report the problem online.


Kyle Stroke Group
Kingcase Church, Waterloo Road, Prestwick
Kyle Stroke Group meet in Kingcase Church, Waterloo Road, Prestwick, every Tuesday from 1.00pm until 3.00pm to give some positive and convivial engagement to Stroke suffers and a little respite for their carers and partners.

We need a few more volunteers to help us set out tables and chairs and square the meeting room when we're finished. Volunteers are also free and encouraged to mix and chat with the group members and join in our activities. Visit us on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Kylestrokegroup

If you would like to come along and help please contact John McGuire on 07921083325 or the group leader, Diane Barclay on 07952660267. Many thanks

Pupils of Kyle Academy along with Community Officers will continue work on the upkeep of the Kyle Cycle Track this year.

Located in the grounds of Kyle Academy, the track is free to use, and available to local residents of all ages. It's a fantastic, (and safe), way to enjoy a great, open air activity with family and friends.

Anyone who would like to help with the upkeep of the cycle track can find out more by by emailing chris.campbell@south-ayrshire.gov.uk. Boys and girls who volunteer to help will be rewarded with an all expenses cycle day out later in the year.
Ariel view of Kyle cycle track

Kyle Academy pupils and Community Officers working on the cycle track

Forehill Library at 31-33 Mt Oliphant Crescent is a hive of activity! Your local library is an ideal place to spend some time and is open to all ages 0-100! Why not check it out and try something new?

There are board games and jigsaws, a knit and natter group, a colouring book station and as colouring books are increasingly found to be a good source of therapy and relaxation- adults are catered for here too!

Tea and coffee is 50p a cup.
You can make use of the computers within the library, or you can take your own laptop and share the FREE wi-fi.

Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Council is looking for suggestions for activities that you want to see at your local library.

Message us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR or email secretary@fhmcc.org.uk with your suggestions.
It's YOUR community so please get involved!

Home Security Advice from Police Scotland:

South Ayrshire 1000 - Citezens’ Panel
South Ayrshire Council with its partners in the public and voluntary sectors, wants to survey attitudes and views on public services and policy issues.
South Ayrshire 1000
Citizens’ Panels are a way for local people to provide feedback on a range of issues and influence decision makers. The South Ayrshire Citizens’ Panel is called “South Ayrshire 1000” as it is the intention to have 1,000 members on the Panel. We have managed to recruit around 850 people who live in South Ayrshire who volunteered to http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/sa1000

The Scottish Government has recently set up a national website highlighting the role of community councils.
See the letter below.
Scottish Government letter to Community Councils. November 2014

GET INVOLVED — Your input is what will help our community come together.
We would love to hear from you. We want this website to be about you. Send us your pictures, share your memories, tell us your stories about our area and we will publish them on our webpages. Let us know if you, or someone you know in the area, is celebrating a special occasion.
Check our website and facebook pages for forthcoming competitions.

Come to our meetings. FHMCC meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Kyle Academy and we extend a warm welcome to local residents.

Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR

Email us at secretary@fhmcc.org.uk

Phone Us on 01292 280173

Ward 4, Ayr East area map
Ward 4, Ayr East area map
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Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
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Historical Events





The Dunkirk evacuation - code name Operation Dynamo - between the 26th May and the 4th of June 1940 - resulted in the evacuation of over 300,000 allied solders from the beaches at Dunkirk in France.

Surrounded by enemy soldiers, Britain and her allies gathered on the shores of Dunkirk, the only possible avenue of escape from the advancing German army. The allies had their backs to the wall and were facing what was regarded at the time as potentially Britain's worst military defeat in centuries. A defeat which would leave the country vulnerable to invasion.

For no known reason, on the 24th May, the Germans halted their advance on Normandy which allowed time for a daring rescue operation to be put in action. What happened next is an iconic and heroic demonstration of the spirit and bravery of the people of our island and of that generation.

The British Ministry of Shipping contacted boat builders all around the coast and asked them to gather up specific types of boats - those that could sail in shallow waters and in particular pleasure boats, private yachts and launches moored on the Thames and along the south of England. Some boats were requisitioned by the Government but others set forth sailed by their owners. On reaching France the boats were used as shuttles to ferry soldiers to waiting destroyers lying off of the coast; Servicemen were literally waiting shoulder deep in the water for rescue. Some boats simply took the men on board and headed back to Britain, braving possible attack from the enemy. As well as the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force was also in action to protect the fleet and civilian ships from Luftwaffe attacks.

When Churchill made his famous “fight them on the beaches” speech her referred to Dunkirk as a “Miracle Deliverance”.

One of our local War Heroines who lived through those times said that no-one could imagine why Hitler stopped his troops' advance. Talk at the time was that the Germans feared the Russians and that Hitler thought that Britain was already defeated. She says the whole country was bracing themselves for an imminent invasion and that “Hitler was practicaly on our doorstep”. She also recalls how elated everyone was to have our soldiers safely home and for her personally this meant her Uncle and Cousin. The main feeling for everyone was relief that “our boys” had been rescued from the beaches and it gave new hope to everyone that they had been safely returned.