The Ayrshire Members' Centre has a programme of meetings throughout the year.

All meetings are held in The Education Pavillion at Burn's Cottage in Alloway. Tea or coffee will be available between 7:00-7:30.

Non-member visitors are welcome to attend these talks unless stated as members only and are free of charge (but donations are welcome!). We would be delighted if you became a member!


Programme September 2019 to 2020

Thurs 19th Sep 2019

“Burns and Music” by Tom McCrorie

Tom is President of the Prestwick Burns Club, and a keen musician and singer. He will be Robert Burns important involvement and contribution to music.

Thurs 17th Oct 2019

"Paintings from the Burrell Collection” by Alan Macdonald 

With the Burrell just over halfway through a major refurbishment project, Alan, a Burrell guide for many years, will be looking at some of the wonderful paintings that are part of the Burrell Collection.

Thurs 21st Nov 2019

“History of Irvine Harbour” by Alastair Weir.

 Irvine harbour has had an extraordinary history from ancient port, major industrial harbour to sleepy backwater.

Thurs 12th Dec 2019 Members only quiz night with cheese and wine (and fruit juice!)
Just for fun!
Thurs 17th Jan 2020Members only talk:
“Burns and Money” by Ronnie Breingan – (followed by cheese and wine)

Ronnie will be telling us about money, in the time of Robert Burns.
Thurs 20th Feb 2020

“Renovating the Caledonian Canal” by George Ballinger

George, head of Engineering at British Waterways, lead the planning, design and restoration of the Caledonian Canal. He will be telling us about this amazing project.

Thurs 19th Mar 2020“Nuggets of Thought from the Scottish Enlightenment” by Denis Rattenbury

The Scots' Invention of the Modern World, a time where the greatest minds of Scotland competed and discoursed with those of Europe. Everything was questioned: economics, politics, science, medicine, engineering and art. As well as ideas from 18th century Scotland we'll sample relevant 'before' and 'after' nuggets from around the world.
Thurs 16th Apr 2020

“Instruments of Pop – The key instruments that began the pop band era”

A group of enthusiastic musicians will be playing a range of songs and discussing the history and function of their instruments (lead, rhythm, bass guitar and drums).

Thurs 21st May 2020 Members only:
AGM: “A World of Pee – the uses of urine” by John Rattenbury
(followed by cheese and wine)

After the AGM, Urine has been a key ingredient in an extraordinary range of processes throughout human existence. Refreshments will follow!
Date TBA

Members only - Summer outing to be arranged

We will be sending out details nearer the day.