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Doors Open Day throughout Ayrshire is co-ordinated by volunteers from Kyle and Carrick Civic Society, who were pioneers with Glasgow in 1990, so this is our 29th!  There will be 60 venues taking part, including Skelmorlie Secret Bunker Royal Observer Corps underground monitoring post and Skelmorlie & Wemyss Bay Parish Church, North Ayrshire; the private Telephone Museum at Darvel and The Club founded 1884 in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire; and the Police Cells below Ayr Town Hall and Ayr Sheriff and JP Court where a mini mock trial is planned, South Ayrshire.


New this year is the cluster of 12 venues in Scotland’s Craft Town, West Kilbride, which should prove popular as all the family could enjoy the whole day there on Saturday 8th taking in the Museum in the Village Hall, activities for young people in the Community Centre and the Library, plus the Barony Centre and eight craft studios!


Funding has kindly been provided by North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, the Energy Saving Trust and Ayrshire Housing.


The printed brochure will be available from libraries throughout the county.



Beith: Spier's Old School Grounds

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001

8 September 2018

Site of locally endowed advanced school designed by James Sellars, opened 1888 and demolished in 1984. The landscaped grounds were laid out by the Earl of Eglinton's head gardener. Since 2010, grounds sensitively restored by Friends of Spiers/Spiers Trust/North Ayrshire Council Partnership. The restored Coronation garden dating from 1953 was formally reopened in 2013. Wide range of animal and plant species, including a specimen Dawn Redwood from China, planted in 1953. The Ballochmyle red sandstone entrance gates and walls on Barrmill Road continue to be listed. Guided walk from Spier's Information Panel - 11.30 am and 2.30 pm. Exhibition of photographs taken in former school and in restored grounds. Tree Trail leaflet.

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  • Michael Hitchon
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