Arran Banner letters – week 05

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Santa’s Sparkle needs you


It’s two years now since a group of Lamlash residents set up Lamlash Events (a limited non profit company) to enable the Santa’s Sparkle event to continue without personal risk to those directly involved in organising it.

The organising committees over the last two events wish to enjoy the event this year and do not wish to lead it, however will be able to support a new committee start up.

The Santa’s Sparkle facebook page or Jane Howe 600418 would  therefore like to hear from people who are keen to keep Santa’s Sparkle going and prepared to put in the hard work to get it sorted.  Please note the school is not available November 30 and  7th December 7 due to the panto.

If you would like to see another Sparkle please consider giving your time and get in touch by the end of February otherwise the event will not happen.


On behalf of the committee,

Lamlash Events.


Amazing sum


Although a later date than usual and considering the dreich weather what wonderful support the soup and sandwiches event enjoyed for Dr Graham’s Homes.

People arrived continually until closing time to sample the delicious soup, sandwiches, chat and partake in the fabulous raffle.  Our leader Rev John Webster conducted the raffle in his usual exuberant style.

Many thanks to the Friends of Kalimpong and to you our faithful supporters who helped raise the amazing sum of £902. This amount is almost enough to support a child at DGH for one year, a very rewarding day.


Janice Small

Dr Graham’s Homes

Support thanks


I would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to your readers for their continued support to the charity over the last year.

If they have donated goods or shopped in our stores in Kilmarnock, Irvine, Prestwick, Troon, they have done their part in supporting our local services, as the profits from retail go directly towards supporting the charity’s work with some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children and young people in the area.

Many of your readers have become volunteers for the charity in our services and shops or supported events and some have become foster carers after reading articles in your paper – without this army of support we simply wouldn’t be able to function.

And finally our thanks to you for supporting us by telling your readers about our events, news and campaigns and helping to raise awareness of the work we do in the local community.

So a big ‘thank you’ to you and your readers for supporting us through 2018 and the Year of Young People and we look forward to their continued support in 2019.


Martin Crewe,

Director, Barnardo’s Scotland.

Photograph of the week

Arran has seen its fair share of different ferries while the MV Caledonian Isles undergoes her annual refit, which has had to be extended for additional rudder repairs.

As a result both the MV Isle of Lewis and the MV Clansman arrived last Sunday to take up service on the Brodick to Ardrossan route.

Here we see the MV Clansman arriving at the linkspan with the MV Isle of Lewis already tied up. Photo John Baraclough NO_B05clansman01