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Michael Hitchon
Kyle & Carrick Civic Society
1 Barns Terrace
Ayr
KA7 2DB
Tel: 01292 619800

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Ayrshire:  05 September 2015 – 06 September 2015

Doors Open Days in Ayrshire are organised by volunteers from the Kyle & Carrick Civic Society, with help from other voluntary groups. Established in 1967, the Society campaigns to protect and improve the environment. It has a particular interest in the conservation of historic buildings, protection of open space, the improvement of public transport and the encouragement of continued residential use of town centres. Membership is open to all who support these aims.

In 2015 there will be many buildings taking part in Ayrshire's Doors Open Day - watch this space as details are added...

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Girvan: McKechnie Institute
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05.09.15 (10.30 am to 4 pm)
40A Dalrymple Street, Girvan,  KA26 9AE
Scottish Baronial landmark building by McKissock and Rowan, Glasgow, 1888 from bequest of local merchant, Thomas McKechnie, the institute houses an Arts and Museum Centre run by South Ayrshire Council. 
Architect: McKissock and Rowan
Building Date: 1888

Ailsa Craig display and Bronze Age cinerary urns.

Exhibitions: Open Art, Musical Instruments, Victorian Sitting Room and Victorian Bedroom.

Guided tours available.

Wheelchair access on ground floor only.  

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Girvan: Stumpy Tower
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm )
In town centre, Girvan,  KA26 9EU
Girvan: Stumpy Tower - Image 1Erected 1825-27 to serve as a jail with cells on first, second and third floors, all barrel vaulted. Following loss of adjoining McMaster Hall by fire in 1939 it is now free standing.
Building Date: 1825-27

Exhibits include paintings illustrating history of Girvan and Robert the Bruce. 

Guided tours available. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm )
Fullarton Street, Ayr,  KA7 1UB
Category A listed, 13th century Gothic in style. His designs for tower and steeple were abadoned and a truncated tower by Roger Pinkney completed the building in 1964. Outstanding stained glass by Clayton & Bells and others. Splendid reredos. Service 10.30 am. 
Architect: John Loughborough Pearson
Building Date: 1898
Guided Tour.
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Irvine Burns Club
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06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
Wellwood, Eglinton Street, Irvine,  KA12 8AS

Fascinating display of original Burns material and items of the Royal Burgh of Irvine.  Collection of holograph letters, including Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Margaret Thatcher.  Audio-visual display illustrating Burns’ life in Irvine.  Interesting glass in stairs and music room by Paul Lucky. 

Irvine Burns Club, founded in 1826 and one of the oldest, has one of Scotland’s most significant Burns treasure troves.  New statue by Alan B Herriot.  

Barometer from irvine Lifeboat Station last seen in irvine 1914 now returned. 

Guided tours, exhibition and audio visual display.

NB  Wheelchair access, ground floor only. 

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Irvine Old Parish Church
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06.09.15 (1.30 pm to 4.30 pm)
Kirkgate, off Hill Street, Irvine,  KA12 0DG
Irvine Old Parish Church - Image 1

Largely built 1774. Elegant steeple. Stained glass by W and J J Kier, with 1996 window by Susan Bradbury to commemorate 200th anniversary of death of Robert Burns, who worshipped here during his stay in Irvine.

Churchyard has several noteworthy graves and memorials, some dating back to Pre-Reformation.  David Sillar is buried here and one of the Mauchline Belles.

Designated Commonwealth Grave graveyard.  Waterloo Memorial re-dedicated on 18 June.   


Building Date: 1774

Tour of graveyard at 2.30 pm

Service 11 am

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk (Susan Bradbury window)

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Irvine: Harbour Arts Centre
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4.30 pm) - 06.09.15 (11 am to 4.30 pm)
Harbourside, 114-116 Harbour Street, Irvine,  KA12 8PZ
Irvine: Harbour Arts Centre - Image 1

Multi-function arts centre with theatre, studio and gallery spaces, plus stylish cafe bar and foyer, Scottish Arts Council funded. Cultural hub for North Ayrshire.

Exhibitions: Faces and Places, landscapes and portraits by Ken O'Hara; Driven to Abstraction, close observations of surfaces and textures by Chick McGeehan. 

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Kilbirnie: Auld Kirk of Kilbirnie
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm ) - 06.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm)
At junction of B780 and B777, Kilbirnie,  KA25 6HY
Kilbirnie: Auld Kirk of Kilbirnie - Image 1

First mentioned in 1127, with an almost unbroken list of incumbents since 1361. Tower built 1490; Aisle built 1597 and Crawford Gallery 1642 with its unique woodwork and Armorials. C S S Johnston added northern extension 1903-05. Superb windows by Guthrie & Wells, James Ballantine, Gordon Webster and Arthur Spiers, and carved work make this one of the finest churches in Scotland.


Building Date: Founded 1470

Sunday Service 11 am

Image (c) wwww.scran.ac.uk

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Kilmarnock Fire and Rescue Station
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
33 Campbell Street, Riccarton, Kilmarnock,  KA1 4HL
Kilmarnock Fire and Rescue Station - Image 1

Fully operational with modern fire appliances, Ariel Rescue Platform and Major Incident Unit. Up to date training facilities and community safety education room with 55 operational fire fighters.

Built on the site of Riccarton Castle, birthplace of Alan Wallace, father of William Wallace.

Photo  Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

Guided Tour.  

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Kilmarnock: Sheriff and J.P Court
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05.09.15 (11 am to 3 pm)
St Marnock Street, Kilmarnock,  KA1 1ED
Kilmarnock: Sheriff  and J.P Court  - Image 1Modern red sandstone court complex completed 1987. Two large jury courts, three small non-jury courts, sheriffs' chambers, witness and jury rooms, staff offices and solicitors’ facilities. Lower ground floor area for custody section. 
Architect: David M Gregory
Building Date: 1987

Image (c) www. scran.ac.uk

Last tour 2.30pm. 

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Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm)
Kilwinning Town Centre, Kilwinning,  KA13 6EG
Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre - Image 1

Designed by David Hamilton, completed 1816, and built on the foundations of the NW tower of the 12th centuy Tironensian Abbey. Staffed by volunteers from Kilwinning Heritage. Displays on the Abbey, Robert Service 'The Bard of the Yukon', the Ancient Society of Kilwinning Archers and the papingo competition dating from 1483, matchstick models and local history. Working clock mechanism 1816 by James Blair and two large bells on display.


Architect: David Hamilton
Building Date: 1816

Guided tours up 143 steps to the roof for the best views of Ayrshire.

French, German and Spanish translations available for history of Abbey and Tower.

Photo Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

 

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