Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Heritage Walk Around Kilmarnock

Heritage Walk

Fancy a walk around Kilmarnock town centre, visit a few pubs, have a few drinks and learn lots of things about the town while you do so?

Well, local Historians Gary Torbett, Graham Boyd and Stuart Wilson are here to help you out by leading a heritage walk in and around Kilmarnock town centre on the evening of Thursday 27th August with any proceeds being handed over to the Killie Trust.

In Gary’s own words:

“The walk will be over a fairly short walking distance, will take in a few town centre bars AND you will learn a wee bit about the town’s history….I hope.

A sort of educational pub crawl.

The plan is to start at Fanny By Gaslight at 5.30 / 6pm for a beer (you buy your own BTW) and then head down The Strand, through The Cross, down Sandbed, along St Marnock Street, up Bank Street and along College Wynd to John Finnie Street.

The walk will visit 6 bars along the way so you will have a varied view of the pubs in Killie!! However the point is to get folk out walking, learning and spending a few quid in the town.
The walk is free of charge – like I say, bring your beer money – but I will collect discretionary donations at the end which I will pass to The Killie Trust.”

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Lecture Programme for Session 2015 - 2016

The lecture programme for Session 2015 - 2016 has just been finalised by Graham Boyd.  As always, Graham has put a lot of effort into arranging a really varied and interesting series of talks
All the lectures will take place in the Lecture Theatre of Ayrshire College (Kilmarnock Campus) in Holehouse Road, Kilmarnock, starting at 7.30pm.
The membership fee for this session has been held at £15.  Excellent value for 12 lectures.
Come along and enjoy.

Kilmarnock & District History Group Syllabus 2015 / 16


6 October                    Robin Wood               ‘Burns and Ingersol’

20 October                  Cate Devine                ‘Culinary Memories’

3 November                Andrea Thomson        ‘The History of Working Class

17 November              John Moore                 ‘History of the Maps of Glasgow’

1 December                 Donald Lees Reid       ‘The Last Mines of the Doon Valley’                        

15 December               Tom Barclay                “It is a terrible place”.  Ayrshire 
                                                                         Experiences of Gallipoli’                  


5 January                     Bill Fitzpatrick            ‘The Battle of The Somme’

19 January                   Robin Nelson              ‘The Quintinshill Rail Disaster’

2 February                   Alexander Hall            ‘The Victoria Cross’   

16 February                 Valerie Reilly             ‘Coats & Clarks – The Binding Thread
of Paisley’s History’

1 March                       John Stevenson           ‘Old Ayrshire Farming’

15 March                     Forbes Gibb                ‘History of Brewing in Scotland’