Police Scotland Consultation

Police Scotland are asking what you think of policing in your area.
Complete their consultation at:
http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/ decision-making/public-consultation/ local-policing-consultation/



Gaelic Language Plan

South Ayrshire Council invite you to read their proposals for the Gaelic Language Plan at this link
second Draft Gaelic Language Plan, following which they ask you to complete their questionnaire by visiting the survey link at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/ r/K5HSTFL

The survey closes on 15th November 2017.



A77 Action Group

A77 Action Group

The campaign by the A77 Action Group is moving on. Find out the latest at https://www.facebook.com/ A77ActionGroup/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf



Scottish Community Councils Website

can be found at http://www.communitycouncils.scot/



Information for John Scott MSP

can be found at www.facebook.com/JohnScottforAyr



South Ayrshire Council

Links to South Ayrshire Council Committee Papers »



Police Scotland Ayr East Information.

Find it here »


Read the June 2017 Police Report here »



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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Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Website


FHMCC monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Kyle Academy, Overmills Road, Ayr. KA7 3LH.


Our next meeting is on:
Tuesday 31-10-2017

All local residents are very welcome to attend.



FHMCC'S Sally Buxton Night

There was a full house at the community council's Sally Buxton night on the 13th October when local ladies had a great social get together and some special messages from Sally and her friends. The event raised over £700 for the community council and these funds will be used within Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill to benefit our community. Thanks to Forehill Outdoor Bowling Club for providing their premises for the night and to our community councillors Samantha, Sarah and Mary for organising the event. View some pictures of the night »



National Concessionary Travel Card

The Scottish Government have opened a consultation about the National Concessionary Travel Card – the Bus Pass. They are asking for our opinion on proposals to change the eligibility of the scheme.

Have your say on this important topic, one which potentially affects us all, by visiting their site and completing the short questionnaire.

Note: Question 3B has only two options. If you don't agree with either it is possible to leave them both blank and use the comments box underneath to register your opinion.



Taste @ Ayr

Re the training restaurant at Ayrshire College, Ayr Campus. We have a great training restaurant here at Ayr where you can come for lunch — a delicious 3 course meal including tea or coffee is only £7.50. Guests can also bring their own bottle if they wish to.(no charge)

View their menu »



Good Morning Service - Free of charge for those aged 60+ years living in South Ayrshire


The charity provides telephone befriending and alert calls to older people. Every morning, 365 days a year, Telephone Befrienders call out to members at a pre-arranged time to check that all is well and for a good blether. We take an active interest in people and over time hope to become a “good friend on the phone”, someone to share a laugh with or simply be there to listen and give emotional support in difficult times.

Read more on the Good Morning Service here »



South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank

South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank

A school clothing bank has recently been set up in South Ayrshire. Operated by a charitable organisation, it will run all year.

If you would like to find out more or you know someone who may need some items- uniform, shoes, bag, stationary etc, please contact Nicola on 07932758448 or email Nicola@lpsltd.co.uk .

She will need to know the school colours, clothes/shoe sizes and where you would like to go to pick the items up. Pick up points will be the charity's base in Ayr or from any of the food bank locations.


Morrisons in Ayr are now an official drop off point for South Ayrshire Back to School Bank. If you have any new or good quality second hand items you would like to donate, please hand them ito the Customer Service Desk at Morrisons, Castlehill Road, Ayr KA7 2HT.




Volunteers needed for hospital meal times


One of our local residents is look for volunteers. Giill says;

“Hi everyone, I work for NHS Ayrshire & Arran and am currently looking for some Mealtime volunteers for Ayr and Biggart Hospitals.”

Read more on hospital volunteering here »



Masonhill to Castlehill Road lanes

Masonhill to Castlehill Road lanes

If anyone is aware of a particular litter black spot in our ward, please contact us with details. You can email secretary@fhmcc.org.uk, message us on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR/ or text us on 07935 169 749



Get Involved with FHMCC

Get Involved with FHMCC — Click to enlarge



Castlehill Woods Project

Castlehill Woods

Forehill Holmston and Masonhill Community Council are aware of the poor condition of the paths and public areas of these woods. An inspection showed many of the paths uneven, heavily overgrown and nearly impassable.

Representation to South Ayrshire Council for some remedial work was supported but a severe shortage of cash to keep these woods in good condition was obvious. It became clear, in discussion, that while South Ayrshire Council was short of cash, there was other funding routes that a community council could follow that they could not.

Forehill Holmston and Masonhill Community Council have explored these alternate funding sources and there is opportunity there to gain funds and spend funds on maintaining the woods. However, one of the early obstacles to the funding is to prove that Castlehill woods are being used widely by local folk and that there is a need for improvement.

FHMCC would like to thank everyone who completed the Castlehill Woods survey which is now closed. We will keep you informed of the progress of our efforts to improve Castelhill Woods for the community. Keep an eye on our website for updates.

Castlehill Woods



Forehill Café is in the running again!

Forehill Café is in the running again!

Scotland's top fish and chip shops have been revealed today and include three from Ayrshire.
Dinos in Ayr, The Forehill Café in Ayr and The Wee Plaice in Largs are among six shortlisted for the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award – one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards.

Read the full story here »



A picture speaks a thousand words

A picture speaks a thousand words





Any concerns about roads or footpath repairs should in the first instance be brought to the notice of Ayrshire Roads Alliance. This can be reported online at http://www.ayrshireroadsalliance.org/faults/ Report-a-fault.aspx or by phone to 0300 123 0900.