The Ardross-man



Barony St. John photos

In a previous post (Ardrossan views) I shared with you some photos of the Barony St. John taken by various local photographers and residents.

With all the problems I’ve been facing with the funding for the renovation of the Training Room (see my last few posts) I’ve decided that I need cheering up and have scoured the various internet forums for some more fantastic photos of the Barony St. John buildings. I hope you like them too 😀

This dusky photo taken by Howard Arthur Moiser is absolutely beautiful as it shows the stars just beginning to peak out even although the sun isn’t fully down.


Whereas this photo by Helen Abbott is of a sunset and highlights the rocket-esque look of the Barony St John Centre wonderfully.


This is a lovely photo showing a line of seagulls as they fly past level with the Barony St John spire in the background. Unfortunately, I don’t have the name of the person who took this photo. 😦


And this is a cracking photo by John Craig showing the buildings reflected on the watery sand.


These next photos also show how close we are to the beach and how extensive the beach is (both in width and length) – and bear and mind, the beach goes on for miles and miles towards Stevenston.

This photo of a cold looking day is by Pauline Clements –


Whereas this photo by James McLaughlin seems to have captured some sunshine. I love the miles of clean sand and the Barony St. John on the horizon – a very well thought out photo.


And this photo taken from the beach looking up one of the many slopes to the promenade with Barony St. John in the background is actually from Trip Advisor by an unnamed photographer.


These next few photographs show the splendour of snow capped Isle of Arran in the background. This first one is by James McLaughlin.


While this one was posted by the Chair of my charity, Deirdre Oakley.


And we’re even more famous than Trip Advisor as this photo, taken using a drone, is from Irvine Bay Regeneration’s webpage and media reports. What a fantastic view with Princes Street in the forefront and the Isle of Arran in the background. 😮


Finally, this photo is very similar to that taken by James McLaughlin and was used by Scottish Television for their weather report. It was sent in by “That Blonde Woman” 😀


So now you’ve seen them all – what’s your favourite?


Rainbow’s End


A fabulous photo from Ardrossan of a beautiful rainbow with the end apparently disappearing into the Barony St. John buildings.


Let’s hope that pot of gold can help us restore and open these buildings up as a Community and Events Centre.

It would be extremely fulfilling to give something back to the community and to help those who need it most within North Ayrshire – let’s hope the locals get behind this project.

New moon, New Year, New era

Another fantastic photo by Peter Ribbeck Photography taken last week and showing a full moon at dawn with the Barony St. John weather vane silhouetted.

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And he has added a warmer tone for this photo;

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Which one do you like the best?

I like this photo as it reminds me that this is not only the start of a New Year but also with a new moon coming so a new era will dawn on the Barony St. John buildings. 🙂

For more wonderful photographs, check out Peter’s Facebook page –

Glad tidings we bring…or maybe high tidings

Beautiful photo by Peter Ribbeck Photography taken yesterday at high tide and showing the Barony St. John in the background.

Stunning 🙂


Far, far away…


After a week of failed funding bids, leaking roofs, water ingress and bad, bad vibes, the prospect of turning these iconic old buildings into a Community and Events Centre is looking very, very distant.

Maybe it’s just a beautiful dream – but a dream none the less? 😦


PS – many thanks to Jeanette Ramsay for the lovely sunset photo.

The parting of the waves

Went for a walk down to the church today with Ben and we almost got swept away.

The waves are coming right over the promenade and the beach is no-where to be seen.

Let’s hope the water doesn’t get any higher :-/

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Storm Abigail

Storm Abigail

This photo was taken as Storm Abigail approached the shore line of Ardrossan & Saltcoats.

There were some powerful winds and the rain was so heavy that the whole church hall corridor got soaked when I left the door open.

Ben loved it though – although it has to be said, he was hiding behind my legs most of the time 🙂

The photo was taken by Sylvan Buckley.


Stunning sunset

I came across this stunning photo of an Ardrossan sunset which highlights the seafront and this iconic church.

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No other words are necessary other than to tell you that the photo was taken by Marion McGinn. 🙂

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