From 2006 until 2013 I lived in the tiny Highland village of Ardross, just north of Dingwall and Inverness in Scotland.

For a long time I had been looking for a hall building for my charity – The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety – it had to be big enough to run personal safety and self defence courses in; within commuting distance of Glasgow (‘cos that’s where a lot of the violence is) and it had to be near the people we help most (Women’s Aid, Victim Support, Rape Crisis Scotland, etc.)

Barony St. John Church & Halls in North Ayrshire came up for sale and I initially thought – I’m from Ardross, this is in Ardrossan – now this must be an omen.

And so, The Ardross-man was born.

Enjoy my adventures as I go about transforming these tired old buildings into a base for my charity, a community asset and possibly an Events Centre with a William wallace theme – the Barony St. John project.