Fairlie Community Garden site in Jeopardy?

It has been revealed that the neighbouring sewage treatment plant is planning to extend their site which has concerned a lot of people on where the future lies for Fairlie Community Garden site.

Members of the Organic Growers of Fairlie group brought their concerns to the table in a council meeting that was held in Semple Centre in Fairlie.

The Scottish Water treatment works at Fairlie Pier are planning to build a secondary expansion next to its current facility. They have also already made an enquiry to the neighbouring community garden about ownership of the land.

Film of the queen in Largs

A short clip has been found on the Queen of England visiting Largs in 1958, the remarkable clip is in colour. The video recording was filmed by Largs man Mr Fred J Thomson who captured many significant events in the town on cine film including Brisbane Queen events, the heavy snowstorm of 1941, and sporting festivals.

One of the most well-liked hotels in the west of Scotland, featuring in the background, but is now sadly demolished.


BBC will not stop Millport gardeners Plans

Back in February, the chairman of the Isle of Cumbrae Initiative, Frank Corcoran, announced the conceding of £130,282 to set up a garden within the grounds of Garrison House.

The gardeners there got in contact with the BBC Beechgrove Grarden team telling organizers of their curiosity in basing a show around the island project, members of Cumbrae Community Council have insisted that the program makers will not utter their plans.

Crane falls at Fairlie Quay

Inspector Andy Clark said: “The crane was mounted on an HGV and was being used to remove a boat from the water at the time. A 22 year old man from Largs was treated by an ambulance crew at the scene and was thereafter taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.”

A man was injured as a result of a crane toppling over at Fairlie Quay on Sunday 22 April. At 4.30pm, the police attended to assist the fire service concerning a report of a male having been injured.


Goodbye to last of Millport’s brave soldiers

The Isle of Cumbrae recently said goodbye to one of its heroic old soldiers recently in David Stevenson, 96, who as a Prisoner of War during WW2, and was captured at Dunkirk.

He escaped FIVE times from the Nazis, and remarkably, was going to be shot by a German firing squad following a foiled sixth bid for freedom when the Americans rescued him at the very last gasp!

“On the sixth escape attempt during the fifth year, he was ready to escape but he got caught and was literally being taking out to a line to be shot with the other guys, but there was something not right, and he sensed it.

“He was right because the Americans were in at that point, an American soldier arrived and spread the word – and on their signal, all the P.O.Ws were to hit the floor. “My grandfather spread the word, the signal was given in English, and all the P.O.Ws reacted. All the Germans were all standing up and the Americans annihilated them. It was the beginning of the liberation, and the Americans ending the war. If that had not happened, my grandfather would have been shot.”

The veteran soldier passed on many incredible stories to his family including rescuing a teenage boy from a sticken escape vessel that tipped over after leaving Dunkirk, to a remarkable tale of a Millport solidier, who was unnamed by David, who escaped Dunkirk by sailing the English channel on a rowing boat, but was considered to be a deserter by island troops who remained and were subsequently captured by the evil Nazi regime.

David was born and bred in Millport and joined the Territorial Army as part of the 51st Lowland Division, and part of the light artillery anti-tank unit.

He was part of the rearguard action to protect the beaches at Dunkirk and fought with limited resources until they were out of ammunition and forced to surrender.

Grandson David said: “He went to war at the age of 24, he was one of 27 that left from Millport. ‘News’ photographer Walter Kerr was one of them as well of course. If my mind serves me right there were only 17 captured, the rest of them were deployed at other places. Rommel was in charge, and involved in the long walk in which they were marched through four countries. After the long walk, they were all split up, my grandfather never saw anyone from Millport for five years.

However, David recalled it was the guys on chain on the long walk who were the ‘baddies’ and would beat you up on the line, and if you collapsed they would not hesitate to just shoot you down and leave you at the side of the road.

David was separated from his Millport comrades for five years as he embarked upon a maverick journey of sabotage and escape from the terror of the prison camps.

Millport GPs lose dispensing battle

Millport GPs have been told to cease dispensing from April 5, 2013. They have also indicated their intention to resign and retire, handing responsibility for GMS provision back to the health board, NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

The GPs have been acknowledged for their commitment to first class healthcare services and their constructive approach to this matter. Speaking to DDA Online, Dr James Bryson said: “The costs of provision of out of hours cover on islands is a serious problem, and it seems incredible that a Health Board has been willing to rubber stamp a decision which destroys a working model.” He describes the mainland-based committees’ knowledge of island difficulties as “questionable”.

Senior partner Dr James Bryson said: “By next April all three doctors will be past retirement age. We do not feel it would be possible for us to recruit doctors to our existing practice. We hope that [the Board] will be able to come up with a viable model which can provide doctors 24/7 as at present.”

Local patients say they are appalled by the decision and will carry on their campaign to support GP dispensing on the island.