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Open Day

An Open Day was held in the Barony St. John buildings in Ardrossan last Wednesday and was a huge success with people popping in to give their views on what they think the former church and hall buildings should be used for and how, hopefully, this will enhance the regeneration of Ardrossan and the Three Town area as a whole.

To date, almost three hundred surveys have been completed and if you would like your opinion heard, the closing date of 30th June is looming fast so log onto this address and get a survey filled in.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BaronyStJohn

Many thanks in advance. 😀

“Thank You” to The Clothworkers Foundation

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A huge “Thank You” to the Clothworkers’ Foundation for part-funding the renovation of our Training Room at Barony St John’s.

We simply could not have done it without your help.

Thanks again.

Operation Hand Over

I’m afraid I’m having to temporarily hand over the operation of the Barony St. John Centre to my Trustees, volunteers and instructors hiring the hall.

And the reason for this operation hand over?

Ironically, I’ve been in to get another operation on my hand.

You may remember I mentioned this time last year in my post Single Handed, I told you about my condition, Dupuytren’s Contracture, and how it causes my fingers to contract into a fist?

Well, this time my thumb had also to get operated on  – the operation involved pulling back the skin of the hand img_2464and exposing the tendons which then need to be scraped clean of the diseased tissue growing on them which causes the hand to contract – so if you’re squeamish you may want to skip reading the rest of this post……and definitely don’t look at the photos.

First of all, I’ve been unfortunate enough to have had two blood clots which have caused a blockage in my lungs. It’s all clear now but it makes me a “high risk” when it comes to operations so I have to be given tension stockings and special inflating boots during the operation to ensure my blood doesn’t clot while I’m under anesthetic.

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Then the surgeon comes in to mark up what she is going to do – an arrow to ensure she gets the right hand, etc.

And now the fun begins!

Under general anesthetic she cuts open my hand to reveal all the internal working and goes to work freeing up my fingers and thumb.

She very kindly sent me a photo of what the operation will look like because I wasn’t allowed to take my camera into the operating theatre (it’s a sterile environment).

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Two hours later and its all over.

Now I’m out of action for about four weeks while it heals and I eventually get the stitches out and the physio starts the painful road to recovery.

In the meantime, I cannot drive and have to stay with my parents to help with covering my arm up while I shower, etc.

Hopefully, I’ll be back at work reporting some good news (for a change) on the beautiful Victorian buildings that I’ve set my heart on saving.

I’ll leave you with this atmospheric photo of them and a reminder that every cloud must surely have a silver lining. 😀

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Until next time.

 

 

Divine Service

Knocking down some old wooden lockers in the Barony St. John church hall and found this wonderful old certificate of attendance dated 1924.

It reads:

This Certificate is awarded to Thomas Milligan in Recognition of Regular Attendance at Divine Service during the year 1924.

Check out the outfits worn by children back then. I love the boy’s hat. 🙂

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Spring is in the air…

The sun is shining in Ardrossan and I’ve found another blast from the past….but this time, not from too long ago.

A May 1993 newsletter – only 23 years ago but interesting none the less…

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Spring is in the air, the temperatures are set to soar over the next few days, the visitors will flock to the beach and the seaside – enjoy your weekend 🙂

Ship to Shore

In my post Graffiti Mystery, I mentioned Thomas Scott’s 1855 sketch of what looked like the church building’s weather vane.thomas scott crop2

Well, I’ve since discovered that this is not the only graffiti sketches of ships carved into the pews.

As I scoured the ground floor pews I found these;

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It would seem that sailing ships were a commonplace sight in Ardrossan so me thinks I’ll need to do a little research to see just how significant a harbour area Ardrossan was back in the 1800’s.

I’ll keep you posted.

Alan

The Ardross-man

How little has changed….

I came across these photos the other day showing the Barony St. John in 1902 and again in 2006 – and very little has changed (except cars replace horse and cart and whereas nowadays the sea is kept back with a sea wall, back in 1902 you can see where the shore line came right over to where the promenade gardens are now).

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Snow Day

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I just caught the last bit of daylight to take this photo of a snow covered Barony St. John on this very cold and wintry day in Ardrossan. 🙂

It reminded me of a poem I read a couple of years ago by a 12yr old boy named Sam.

The poem is called Snow Day and begins;

Snow is falling to the ground
Piling up in enormous mounds
School is cancelled for the day
Children run outside to play

and it finishes;

Almost over is the day
The children start to walk away
As snow falls, so does the sun
Time to go in, the day is done

If you want to read the full poem it can be found at this link

http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/snow-day

At least Ben seemed to like the snow LOL

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Liebster Award nomination

A big thank you to Kerry of chattykerry.wordpress.com for nominating me for a Liebster Award but I have to be honest and reveal, that up until this nomination, I had never heard of the Liebster Award – which is hardly surprising as it turns out that it’s an online award given to new bloggers by bloggers who’ve been blogging for a while.

So, many thanks once again Kerry as I consider it a bit of an honour to be nominated as I’m really, really new to this game. 🙂

Having done some research, it seems the rules of the Liebster Award seem to vary from person to person but this is what I have been told;

1. Say “thank you” to the person who nominated you.

2. Pick 5 people to nominate.

3. Ask 5 questions (some others say “ask 10 questions”, others say 11, and others say 8 – but Kerry, like others, asked for 5 so that’s good enough for me…..I just hope it doesn’t rule me out of the Awards – and how do the Liebster Awards pick a winner???)

4. Post the pic in the post.

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These are Kerry’s questions –
1. Who was your first TV/Film hero or crush?

My first TV/film hero was John Wayne and my first crush was the young actress from the Black Beauty TV series (showing my age now LOL).

2. What other place in the world do you think you could live in?

Canada – like a bigger version of Scotland 🙂

3. What would you like engraved on your tombstone or written on your obituary?

He always said he was getting there…..well he’s got there now. 😀 

4. What food do you hate to eat?

Cucumber

5. Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Trek – I can’t understand why people like Star Wars with all those muppets walking around??? 

So, I’d like to nominate;

sleepingwarrior01.wordpress.com

hocuspocus13.wordpress.com

loveexploringscotland.wordpress.com

fifephotosandart.wordpress.com

ardrossprimary.wordpress.com

betsybeadhead.com
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And here are my 5 questions for you;
  1. What made you want to start up a blog?
  2. What do you like to drink as you blog – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, Gin & Tonic???
  3. What is your favourite book of all time?
  4. What is your favourite movie of all time?
  5. What is your favourite meal?

Have fun replying.

Until next time,

Alan

The Ardross-man

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