Kilmarnock Town Centre Transformation

October 31, 2017 by  

Members of the public are being invited to have their say in the transformation of Kilmarnock’s town centre.

East Ayrshire Council have announced plans that could see the transformation of various parts of the town centre.

And the local authority are asking the public to share their opinions on the ambitious new ideas for the town, this weekend.

A public engagement event will take place this Saturday, October 28, in the Citizens Advice Bureau in the Foregate.

On display will be proposals for the future of four key areas, The Foregate, Sandbed Street, the main shopping area and the John Finnie Street Embankment.

And the Council are keen to get everyone’s input, with a chance to vote on what you see as high, medium or low priority for future actions in the town centre.

The event will run from 2pm to 4.30pm and will be manned by the council’s planning team and TGP landscape architects, who will be further developing any ideas which come to the fore, and who will be on hand to explain and discuss the proposals, illustrated by an exhibition with concept drawings.

BUYMSH Charity Fireworks Night

October 26, 2017 by  

Once again this year, Minuteman Press Ayr is proud to sponsor the local charity BUYMSH with the provision of an animatic to display on the big roadside advertising screen near to Tesco’s on the Whitletts Road in Ayr.  BUYMSH are hosting a charity fireworks night at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 10 November 2017 (postponed from Friday 3 November) to raise funds to build a new 21st century facility for respite provision to support children, young people and their families suffering with cancer or life altering illnesses in the UK.  Click the link below to view more.

BUYMSH Charity Fireworks Night

Dumbarton Primary School and SSPCA at Milton Joined Forces

October 26, 2017 by  

You should never work with children and animals according to W. C. Fields, but in Dumbarton these two forces came together for the overall good!  The Primary 7 class of St Michaels Primary School in Dumbarton and the SSPCA at Milton joined forces to produce both some great education as well as much needed food and money for the animals.

The cat and dog home helped out with the P7 topic where the children were looking at protecting nature and also at promoting life.  As all good campaigners know, producing good leaflets and posters is vital for any campaign to succeed and the P7 class are no exception a they produced booklets for other pupils as well as parents / carers to bring their cause to attention.   They also produced a newsletter for families that launched an appeal for food.  The final piece of work they undertook was that of a coffee and cake  event to raise even more cash.

In the end they raised £300 as well as handed over many bags of food and pet toys for the animals in the local shelter.  SSPCA Supporter, Richard Morgan, said “This is a brilliant effort by the children that not only has made an immediate difference to the animals, but has also educated the children and will leave lasting memories for them.  Thanks to them, the teaching staff and families of St Michaels!”

If you are launching a campaign like the kids did, then it is a great idea to contact a local printer and get advice on leaflets, flyers and booklets that will aide you towards your overall goal.

Clydebank Primary Schools Raise Money

October 11, 2017 by  

Three Clydebank Primary Schools have done really well in raising money for leading cancer charity Macmillans.

The pupils from Clydemuir, Linnvale and Whitecrook Primaries all hit the kitchens to provide baking and tea and coffee for the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning to which they invited teachers, support staff as well as parents and friends of the schools.  Between them well over £2000 was raised by the children’s efforts.

As well as the bakes and drinks, the pupils also organised raffles, competitions like guess the birthday / height etc too.  Of course there are many people in the background who helped the kids efforts and thanks go to them as well – teachers and families too.

Macmillan Coffee Mornings raise money for the care of people who have cancer as well as for research into the disease too.

Events such as these can benefit from having good publicity flyers and tickets designed by local printers.


Great Scottish Swim at Loch Lomond and Balloch

October 2, 2017 by  

At Loch Lomond and Balloch the Great Scottish Swim saw around two and a half thousand swimmers take part in the swim.  Distances covered were from the beginners half mile, the elite one mile, right up to the 10k – all in the open water of the Loch.

Swimmers included those who have competed at Olympics, World and also European Championships, with major medal winners amongst the competitors, as well as locals and not so local swimmers out for some fun in one of the most iconic Lochs in Scotland.  Many more people turned up to spectate and when those who help with logistics, health & safety as well as lifeguards are added into the mix, then many thousands of people have come into the area and enjoyed its fine vistas.

People are warned also to be careful swimming in the Loch as it is very busy at other times with various crafts sailing and speeding around, though these are curtailed during the Event itself.

Events like this are wonderful opportunities for Balloch to sell itself to people from around the world and tourism hubs should take advantage of local printers to produce leaflets detailing what they can offer those who are just briefly in the area for competitions.

Family Fun Day in Havering

September 27, 2017 by  

Residents of the Waterloo Housing Estate in Havering enjoyed a family fun day as part of a learning exercise regarding the new Housing Regeneration Program. While the adults concentrated on the serious side of the day, the kids were able to enjoy a number of activities such as cycling, finger printing and even some drinks making. The programme will see the estate regenerated with work due to start in late 2018.

Cumbernauld 10k Run

September 18, 2017 by  

This weekend saw the annual Cumbernauld 10k run take place and leave from Broadwood Stadium. 1100 runners signed up this year making it the most successful year to date. The run which raises money for Cumbernauld based charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland was sold out for the first time ever.

Minuteman Press representative Dave Watson and his brother Graham Watson took part in the event for the 3rd year running and gave a glowing report of this year’s event saying “every year the event gets better and better. The organizers put on a fantastic event, but the best thing is the support from the local public. They come out in their droves and give great encouragement to every single runner taking part”.

The event which also saw children from primaries 5-7 take part in the 1k run as well as a 3krun, a 400m dash and a Victory Mile Walk.

Minuteman Press in Kirkintilloch would like to congratulate all participants for their achievements at this year’s run.

Connect for Growth B2B Exhibition

September 12, 2017 by  

The Chamber business to business trade event continues to be the highlight of the Ayrshire business calendar and, during Business Week, offers a unique, cost effective vehicle to showcase your products and services to other business exhibitors and prospective customers. Featuring over 100 stands, The Connect for Growth trade exhibition enables you to reach out and build links, source products, network with a wide audience and win new business.

Minuteman Press Kilmarnock will have a stand at the exhibition. Drop in and visit us and find out what we can do for your business.

The exhibition will be held at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock on the 10th October 2017 doors open at 9am.

Alexandria Football Match

September 11, 2017 by  

In Alexandria a football match with a difference took place – it was to raise funds for the continuing efforts to find missing Lisa Brown.  Organisers said afterwards that just over £2000 had been raised by the event and a thank you was given to all those who supported both the football match and the meal afterwards.

Lisa has been missing for coming up on two years when she was first reported missing in Spain by her partner.  The funds go towards a reward that is in place for information that helps find Lisa.  Her partner is currently on bail but has been arrested in Spain after being extradited there from a Scandinavian country on suspicion of murder though no body has yet been found.  The family has been mounting a series of events to keep Lisa’s name in the press and hopefully lead to a resolution in the search.  This has led to the climbing on mountains to Prime Ministers Questions.

In situations where a person is missing, it is useful to use local printers to produce posters and flyers with details and pictures as they can act as an aide-memoire for members of the public.  It can also be the case that they will help produce tickets and flyers for events such as the football match at a discounted rate.


Cost of Marriage to Increase in Dumbarton

August 28, 2017 by  

The cost of getting married in Dumbarton, and indeed the whole of West Dunbartonshire, is going to be  raised shortly, if council officials get their way.  This will only apply to those who are using the Councils Civil Ceremony services.

Amongst locations affected will be venues in council run buildings throughout Dumbarton and West Dunbartonshire.  The charges will be raised by up to £75.  Fees for Sundays and Holiday Weekends will also increase.

The proposed increase will affect any civil marriage and civil partnership that uses the registration service and applies to all civil ceremonies including those held in external and private venues.

Currently Local Authorities can charge an accommodation fee on top of the basic statutory fee set by the Scottish Parliament, with also another, discretionary, amount to cover additional costs.

The new levels are seen to be competitive with both other local authorities as well as the Humanist Society of Scotland fees, though of course this is a service that can be free in some Churches.

Service providers, especially those who offer the most competitive rates are well advised to use a local printer to produce quality leaflets letting prospective couples know what is on offer and at what price.

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