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The Big Lottery identified Ardrossan as “an area of extreme deprivation” back in 2014 and made it their mission to change that by injecting £1.6 million into their Our Place initiative which would fund various community projects aimed at making Ardrossan a better place to live and work.

Street surveys and door-to-door surveys were carried out in 2015 and this resulted in Our Place publishing the local community’s “Top 10 ideas to make Ardrossan a better place to live“;

image1. Upgrade Glasgow Street & Princes Street.

2. Activities for young people.

3. More shops / amenities.

4. General tidy up of environment.

5. Develop Seafront and wasteground.

6. Employment opportunities.

7. More funding and investment.

8. Sport / Leisure facilities.

9. Better play facilities.

10. Social space for young people.

 

This was really exciting as our plans for the Barony St. John buildings ticked almost every box;

  • The Barony St. John is on Princes Street – the very street the local community wanted to upgrade.
  • Our plans to run evening classes providing activities for young people ticked No.2 of the community’s Top 10 ideas.
  • The regeneration of the Barony St John buildings into an Events Centre with a William Wallace Visitor Centre attached to the cafe area ticked No.3 of providing more shops / amenities.
  • No.4 in the list asked for a general tidy up of the environment and the regeneration of the Barony St John buildings would certainly provide that.
  • No.5 asked for the seafront and wasteground areas to be developed – and we are right on the seafront.
  • No.6 asked for the creation of employment opportunities – our Events Centre,  a William Wallace Visitor Centre, gift shop and cafe will obviously need manned so our finished project will provide extensive employment opportunities.
  • Next the community asked for more funding and investment – as tourists come to the William Wallace Visitor Centre and visitors come to the various bands, music festivals, art exhibitions, weddings, plays, etc. that we intend to run, the reputation of Ardrossan as being a major attraction will increase and so in turn will funding and investment in the area.
  • They asked for more sport / leisure facilities and with our large hall area open to evenign classes, we cater for Muay Thai, dance classes, Tai Chi, Circuit training, fitness classes and even meditation. Another box ticked.
  • Finally, the community’s No.10 idea to improve Ardrossan was for a social space for young people. We aim to develop our Training Room into a social hub area where young people can not only enjoy leisure activities on laptops but also learn how to write a CV, update their interview skills and get advice on how to pass a job interview.

So that’s 10 out 10. Our regeneration of the Barony St John buildings looks like a no brainer for the Our Place funding.

Now obviously, there is only £1.6 million which is to spread out over 5 years – but surely we would get something towards making the church roof wind and watertight for instance. Maybe around the £200,000 mark?

But as it became apparent that so called “public meetings” on how this money should be allocated were not exactly public, I began to have some sneaking suspicions that all was not right…..and then I got my premonitions.

By December 2015, I had predicted that the £1.6 million funding would get spent on five areas – the Ardrossan Castle, local theatre group Capall Dorcha, Ardrossan Music Experience, Ayrshire Film Company and Ardrossan Youth Group / Whitlees Community Centre.(see my other posts dating back to early 2016 – “Psychic Predictions“, “More psychic predictions come true” and “Psychic predictions 4 out 5“)

And amazingly, the predictions came true –

In May 2016, The Big Lottery announced that the first grant of £53,304 from the Our Place fund would be spent on a fun half-day carnival at the Ardrossan Castle.

Later in 2016, they announced that they would fund the Ardrossan Music Experience to the tune of £98,950 for a ‘Sound on the sand’ spectacular which basically was The Skids in a marquee tent one night last summer.

In July 2017, Capall Dorcha received £149,387 from Our Place to deliver Youth Theatre classes and Easter and Summer workshops for young people and adults in Ardrossan.

And in January 2018, an amazing 25 months since I predicted it, the Whitlees Community Centre received £324,625 for a complete upgrade of their kitchen and cafe area including giving people who were volunteers for years a salary for their work.

Recently in February 2018, they once again announced that they would fund the Ardrossan Music Experience to the tune of £98,950 for a one off event. That’s nearly £200,000 to date for a music event!!

How exactly all of this alters the extreme deprivation in Ardrossan, mystifies me.

How all of this is sustainable after the 5 years of funding are over, mystifies me.

How all of this, in any way, connects to what the local community asked for in Our Place’s own “Top 10 ideas to make Ardrossan a better place to live“, mystifies me.

But the big question everyone should be asking is how could I possibly predict in 2015 who would get funding in 2018?

I know some of you will immediately answer that there is obviously a level of corruption going on here – but the real answer is that I’m obviously psychic. I’m so psychic, it mystifies even me. 🙂

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Not a medium Medium

This time last year, I had a visit from a medium who wanted to hire the hall out at the Barony St John Centre in Ardrossan.

Now, I know there are good mediums and bad mediums – and I suppose some are just medium mediums – but this chap was your stereotypical medium. He paid me a visit along with his elderly female friend and as soon as they stepped into the hall building there were lots of “Oooh”s and “Ahh”s.

Despite there only being myself and the two of them in the hall room, they explained that the hall was full of people (former parishioners), all saying “Hello”. These ‘ghosts’ were dressed in all different types of clothing – some from Victorian times, some from the war years and right the way up to present day attire. Happily all, I was told, were friendly.

I can sometimes be a little skeptical about these things and being told that there were Victorian ghosts waving over my shoulder kind of stretches the bounds of credibility with me. But who am I to judge?

Anyway, I felt the hall room would not be suitable for them as it is permanently matted for our self defence training and so we parted company.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I met Ann Smith.

Call her what you will – clairvoyant, medium, psychic, spiritualist – but Ann is the real deal. Not only that, Ann actively encourages people to develop their own psychic powers and experience mediumship for themselves. She also showcases other mediums which is highly unusual for someone in this line of work.

Ann popped into the Centre to see if we had a room for hire and coincidently (or perhaps not) our Training Room had just been renovated and was ready for use.

Also coincidently, I had been toying with the idea of naming the Training Room either the Marchetti Room, after local builder Paul Marchetti who has helped me extensively with the Barony St John buildings and who renovated and restored this room; or the Phoenix Room, as the room quiet literarily was reborn from the rubble and ashes. (Being as indecisive as ever, I eventually decided to call it The Marchetti Phoenix Room).

When Ann paid me a visit and asked what the room was called, I told her possibly the Phoenix Room, and she nearly fell off her seat. Her previous group meetings had been called the Phoenix group. Coincidence? An omen? A premonition? You decide.

Anyway, Ann agreed to hire the room every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 9.30pm and the events have proved hugely successful with people travelling from as far as Glasgow and East Kilbride to attend.

After a couple of weeks, I decided to attend a group meeting myself and was introduced to the three visiting mediums who were also present.

I have to admit, they were very impressive. Some members of the audience got two or three readings, all of which were pretty much bang on (telling of family members and how they passed, events that were happening such as decorating a house and relations learning to drive and even pointing out things that were due to occur in the future, like one woman who was told she would be moving to Australia and who later confided in me that her emigration forms had already been confirmed).

But what got me, was how accurate these mediums are with names. They would point to an audience member and say I’ve got a Margaret here for you or a Joe, which I know what you’re thinking, they are common names and can easily be guessed, but some of these names were more unusual. There was a Rose, Glen, Hetti and Lenny. And most of the statements were eerily accurate.

So, Ann’s sessions are on every Tuesday. From 3pm – 4.30pm, Ann will be running a group Mediumship Development class where people keen to learn about mediumship and who would like to test or hone their psychic abilities can come along and participate. These sessions cost £4 per person.

From 4.30pm – 7pm every Tuesday, Ann will hold private readings. She specialises in tarot and angel cards readings and like I said, she is very good. To book or find out more, give Ann a call on 07881 972986.

And from 7.30pm – 9.30pm Ann holds her group sessions where visiting mediums give messages to audience members. This costs £4 per session.

These group sessions are, in my opinion, what makes Ann unique. Not content on showcasing her own skills, Ann brings along well known mediums to the Barony St John on a weekly basis. Here are a few booked to come along over the next few weeks;

January 23rd – Louise Findlay and Fledglings; January 30th – Rene Donahugh and Fledglings; February 6th – Moira Merryvale and February 13th – Joan Frew followed by a Crystal Workshop.

I think we are going to have a very busy New Year at the Marchetti Phoenix Room in our  Barony St John Centre – or maybe I don’t think this, maybe after speaking to Ann, I KNOW we’ll have a busy 2018. J

If you would like to know more about what’s going on in the Barony St John buildings, what we’ve discovered and the renovation work we’re doing, please visit my blog page http://www.ardrossman.wordpress.com or if you would like to know about The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety, you can visit our website on http://www.ScotCPS.org.uk or look us up (ScotCPS) on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy New Year folks.

Psychic predictions 4 out 5

As far back as October & December 2015, I predicted how The Big Lottery’s Our Place money would be spent in Ardrossan.

You may remember

I predicted the £1.6 million funding would get spent on five areas – the Castle, local theatre group Capall Dorcha, Ardrossan Music Experience, Ayrshire Film Company and Ardrossan Youth

 

Group based at Whitlees Community Centre.

By December 2015, I had enhanced my prediction by saying that I thought to “promote public interest in the Castle”, Our Place would spend £30,000 funding a ‘fun day’.

 

Prediction One comes true – In May 2016, The Big Lottery announced that the first grant of money from the Our Place fund would be spent on a fun half-day carnival at the Castle. But I was wrong with my £30,000 prediction – it was £53,304.

Prediction Two – The Big Lottery’s Our Place announced that they would fund the Ardrossan Music Experience to the tune of £98,950 for a “free four-day ‘Sound on the sand’ spectacular”. The full free four day event didn’t actually come to fruition but they kept the money all the same.

Prediction Three – In July 2017, Capall Dorcha received £149,387 from Our Place to deliver Youth Theatre classes and Easter and Summer workshops for young people and adults in Ardrossan.

Prediction Four – This week, January 2018, an amazing 25 months since I predicted it, the Whitlees Community Centre received £324,625 for a complete upgrade of their kitchen and cafe area. Yes, I know what you are thinking, over a quarter of a million for a new kitchen??? But who are we to argue.

Now, I have to admit, it was the Whitlees Community Centre that got the grant and not  the Ardrossan Youth Group based in the Centre so I was a bit off with this prediction. But who knows, maybe the youth group will get funding too. :-/

Now all that remains is for my last prediction to come true of the Ayrshire Film Company getting funding and I will have scored five out of five. 🙂

So how could I possibly predict in 2015 who would get funding in 2018?

I’m obviously psychic. Enough said.

More psychic predictions come true

psychicBack in October & December 2015 and again in July 2016, I made some psychic predictions on how The Big Lottery’s Our Place allocation of £1.6million to Ardrossan would be spent.

You see, back in 2014, The Big Lottery announced that it was launching a new funding programme called ‘Our Place’ which would give money to certain towns in Scotland which it deemed to be in “an area of extreme deprivation“. It then announced that Ardrossan in North Ayrshire would be getting £1.6 million to be spent on projects which “would benefit the local community“.

Street surveys and door-to-door surveys were carried out which resulted in Our Place publishing the local community’s “Top 10 ideas to make Ardrossan a better place to live“;

image1. Upgrade Glasgow Street & Princes Street.

2. Activities for young people.

3. More shops / amenities.

4. General tidy up of environment.

5. Develop Seafront and waste ground.

6. Employment opportunities.

7. More funding and investment.

8. Sport / Leisure facilities.

9. Better play facilities.

10. Social space for young people.

But in October of 2015, I predicted that the £1.6 million Our Place money would not get spent on what the local community listed in its “Top 10 ideas to make Ardrossan a better place to live” but instead get spent on other things to “benefit the local community” like promoting Ardrossan’s ruined castle and constructing an art tfooter-450rail. 😀

By December 2015, I had predicted that to “promote public interest in the Castle”, Our Place would spend £30,000 funding a ‘fun day’.

I even speculated that this event would include local theatre group Capall Dorcha putting on a medieval play, Ardrossan Music Experience providing the music and Ayrshire Film Company videoing the entire event.

Amazingly, 6 months later my predictions came true – at least in part;

In May 2016, The Big Lottery announced that the first grant of money from the Our Place fund would be spent on a fun half-day carnival at the Castle. But I was wrong with my £30,000 prediction – it was £53,304. 😮

As I predicted, Ayrshire Film Company videoed the event but there was no sign of Capall Dorcha or Ardrossan Music  Experience……that is, until this year.

In February 2017, amazingly 15 months since I predicted it, The Big Lottery’s Our Place were funding Ardrossan Music Experience to the tune of £98,950 for a free “four-day ‘Sound on the sand’ spectacular which will see Ardrossan’s promenade come alive with musical entertainment”. (Well, actually only the Wednesday and Thursday events would be free – the Friday and Saturday events will cost you £15 per day or £25 for the two days to watch which makes me wonder exactly what this funding paid for??)  :-/

I can still see Ardrossan Music Experience performing on the evening of the Castle carnival event but this has not been confirmed yet – although perhaps their new logo might be giving away their allegiances?…..

ardrossan-music-experience

…….yes, you guessed it, it now incorporates the Castle ruins in the logo. 😀

And in July 2017, Capall Dorcha received £149,387 from Our Place to deliver Youth Theatre classes and Easter and summer workshops for young people and adults in Ardrossan.

Now if only the Ardrossan Youth Group and the Ayrshire Film Company got funding grants, it would make it 5 out of 5 for my predictions!

So how could I possibly predict in 2015 who would get funding in 2017?

I’m obviously psychic. Enough said.

 

 

Psychic Predictions

Back in 2014, The Big Lottery announced that it was launching a new funding programme called ‘Our Place’ which would give money to certain towns in Scotland which it deemed to be in “an area of extreme deprivation”. It then announced that Ardrossan in North Ayrshire would be getting £1.6 million to be spent onAchurch3 projects which would benefit the local community – and the good news was, the local community could decide what to spend the money on.

Obviously, being based in Ardrossan, this peaked my interest and my charity wondered if any of the money would find its way to helping us open a Centre in the iconic Barony St. John church and halls offering our courses and advice on how to stay safe as well as offering community access to our buildings.

Street surveys and door-to-door surveys were carried out last year which resulted in Our Place publishing the local community’s “Top 10 ideas to make Ardrossan a better place to live“;

image1. Upgrade Glasgow Street & Princes Street.

2. Activities for young people.

3. More shops / amenities.

4. General tidy up of environment.

5. Develop Seafront and wasteground.

6. Employment opportunities.

7. More funding and investment.

8. Sport / Leisure facilities.

9. Better play facilities.

10. Social space for young people.

To be honest, this was like a dream come true for our charity and our plans for the Barony St. John because we ticked almost every box the local community were looking for;

  • Upgrade Glasgow Street & Princes Street – well, the Barony St. John is on Princes Street.
  • Activities for young people – our plans to open our Centre for public exercise, dance and fitness classes as well as providing a social hub classroom where young people could log onto laptops, connect to the internet, play games and check Facebook and generally hang out together. 🙂
  • More shops / amenities – our overall plans are to open an Events Centre with a William Wallace Visitor Centre attached and a cafe. This will obviously provide more amenities to Ardrossan as well as a gift shop for tourists.
  • Develop Seafront and wasteground – we are on the seafront and the ground around the church is becoming an eyesore, so again, this was a plus point for us. 🙂
  • Employment opportunities – our Events Centre,  a William Wallace Visitor Centre, gift shop and cafe will obviously need manned so our finished project will provide extensive employment opportunities.
  • More funding and investment – As tourists and the surrounding communities come to the various bands, music festivals, musicals, wedding fayres, weddings, plays, etc. that we intend to run, the reputation of Ardrossan as being a major attraction will increase and so in turn will funding and investment in the area (outwith the funding and investment for our project to come to fruition).
  • Sport / Leisure facilities – with a huge hall we plan to offer a variety of sport and leisure related classes from martial arts to meditation, dance to circuit training.
  • Social space for young people – outwith our planned classes for young people, we will have our Training Room / social hub where young people can not only enjoy leisure activities on laptops but also learn how to write a CV, update their interview skills and get advice on how to pass a job interview.

But despite our project looking like it was exactly what the Our Place funding was for and exactly what the people of Ardrossan wanted, back in October of last year, I had my first “psychic” premonition;

Little voices in my head told me that the £1.6 million Our Place money would not get spent on the Barony St. John or indeed anything that the people of Ardrossan wanted – instead, it would get spent on the following;footer-450

  1. The restoration of Ardrossan’s Castle ruins incorporating a heritage centre.
  2. The beautification of shop fronts on Glasgow Street.
  3. The building of an extension at the rear of the Church of the Nazarene on Glasgow Street.
  4. The construction of an art trail leading from the Nazarene’s extension to…..guess where?…….the Castle, of course.

Now, it has to be said, my psychic predictions were met with some ridicule – I mean, how could the majority of the Our Place money be spent on the Castle when the Castle was not even mentioned by the public in the survey?

How could Lottery money be spent on shop fronts when the frontage of shops is the responsibility of either the shop owner or the Council?

What good would an art trail do for the local community?

It has to be said, most people felt my “premonitions” were ridiculous.

But in November of last year, I heard more “voices”;

To promote public interest in the Castle, Our Place would spend £30,000 funding a ‘fun day’ which would lead to promoting an archaeological dig at the Castle which would lead to a small find of artifacts which would lead to calls for a place to display the finds, which would lead to discussions regarding the restoration of the Castle which would lead to…….guess what?……..yep, the restoration of the Castle and the building of a heritage centre.

This premonition was obviously ridiculous because as I was told “IT’S NOT WHAT THE PUBLIC WANT!” and “THERE IS NO WAY £30,000 IS GOING TO BE SPENT ON A ONE-OFF FUN DAY.”

And they were right, the public had their Top 10 ideas of how the money should be spent and obviously the Castle wasn’t on it so there was no way the money would be spent anywhere other than the public’s Top 10 ideas.

But in December 2015, I made another prediction;

The art work on the art trail leading from the Church of the Nazarene would not be done by local artists but instimageead by a Glasgow based artist. As the mists cleared on my crystal ball, a name appeared –
Peter McCaughey – I was convinced this was the artist who would be used despite an abundance of local artists and youth art groups in Ardrossan and the Three Towns area.

“NONSENSE” people said. First of all, there have not yet been any public meetings, focus groups or working groups to discuss how the money would / could be spent – and the only surveys that had been done had never mentioned an art trail. “IT’S TOTALLY RIDICULOUS” they said and obviously, as an art trail had never been discussed, there was no way an artist could have been mentioned let alone decided yet.

But just when it looked like all my premonitions were ridiculous, strange things began to occur –

At the beginning of December 2015, the first public focus groups were set up by Our Place and it was decided that the £1.6 million would be split into different projects under four different categories –

  1. Art, Music and History
  2. Young People
  3. Opportunities for All
  4. The Environment

Now, I know what you are thinking – “WHERE DID THE ART, MUSIC AND HISTORY CATEGORY COME FROM?” Obviously this was never mentioned by the public in the initial (and only) public survey, so you’d be right to question why this category had suddenly appeared.

Or maybe you were thinking “WHAT FOCUS GROUP MEETINGS?” because even more mysterious was that these “public” meetings were never advertised and were actually invite only – so the majority of youth groups didn’t know about the Young People’s group meetings (luckily Ardrossan Youth Group were invited);

The majority of people interested in protecting the environment didn’t know there were Environment group meetings being held;

The majority of groups catering for the disabled, the elderly, the disadvantaged, etc. didn’t know there was an Opportunities for All group;

And the majority of artists, dance instructors and musicians (except Ardrossan Music Experience, Capall Dorcha Theatre Company and Ayrshire Film Company) didn’t know about the Art, Music and History group – it’s just as well the Castle Heritage group, Ardrossan Music Experience, Capall Dorcha Theatre Company and Ayrshire Film Company were all personally invited to attend or they wouldn’t have known either.

It’s all very strange.

Maybe there would be a future event to promote the Castle with Capall Dorcha putting on a medieval play and Ardrossan Music Experience providing the music and Ayrshire Film Company videoing it????

But no, of course not, that would stink of pre-planning and foul play.

Maybe only the groups invited would get funding – but no, of course not, as that would mean the whole funding pot had been pre-designated and the whole “public meetings” would be a sham.

Anyway, I was delighted to see that the first of my “psychic predictions” came true in May 2016 when The Big Lottery announced that the first grant of money from the Our Place fund would be spent on……do you want to guess?…….yep, a fun carnival day at …….. the Castle.

So 7 months after “hearing voices” of how the money was going to be spent – and before ANY formal discussions – I had successfully predicted EXACTLY how the Our Place money was going to be spent.

But getting this psychic prediction right was tinged with sadness because my premonition was not “exactly” right. I predicted a fun day at the Castle and the event would actually only be a half day (12 – 4.30pm) …….. and I had said they would get £30,000 for the open day whereas they actually got more than that. The official announcement from The Big Lottery read;

“The £53,304 Big Lottery Fund grant will enable Ardrossan Castle to come alive on Saturday June 18 with the sights and sounds of medieval Scotland in a special celebration reconnecting people with their local heritage.”

Spookily, just after this announcement, I had another psychic vision –

Money under the Young People’s category which has been set aside for “youth projects” would be spent on a climbing wall at……..guess where?……yep, the Castle. In my vision, the climbing wall was very similar to that near Culzean Castle (see photos below).

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Once again, I have had this premonition met with ridicule as people firstly said, “THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF ARDROSSAN DON’T WANT A CLIMBING WALL – THEY WANT MORE SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE TOWN WHERE IT IS ACCESSIBLE”, then they argued “THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF ARDROSSAN WON’T WANT A CLIMBING WALL UP AT THE CASTLE” and finally “MOST OF THE YOUTH GROUPS IN ARDROSSAN HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED ABOUT HOW THEY WANT THE MONEY SPENT YET”.

Regardless of people’s ridicule, I’ll still stand by my psychic predictions.

It’s true that the public have made it clear how they want the £1.6 million Our Place funding spent and their aims are very much different to my predictions.

Nothing else has been discussed yet, let alone decided, and yet I have “heard” how the Our Place money would be spent, months before anything has been formally discussed, agreed or announced!

So surely if my predictions come true, I must truly be psychic? How else could I possibly know????

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