HAS BECOME OF ARDROSSAN BURNS CLUB?
What has become of the Ardrossan Burns Club, we hear it asked. It shot up like a gourd but it perished as quickly. During the past week, meetings were held in different parts of the world in honour of our great national poet. As the twenty-fifth returns, year after year, city and hamlet alike seem to vie with each other in raising a paean of praise to the memory of Ayrshire's peerless poet and bard. While this has become the case, Ardrossan has become silent and this need not surprise us seeing no tribute to respect the immortal memory comes from auld Ayr at one time so sincere in such demonstrations. Shame to the negligent.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 February 1882
There were references to Ardrossan Burns Club and Burns Suppers in the Heralds of 27 January 1877, 5 January 1878, 2 February 1878, 10 February 1893, 31 January 1896, 21 January 1898 and 15 February 1901.
STRIKE AT ARDROSSAN HARBOUR
This strike, which has lasted since Saturday last (15 April 1882), is now at an end, the ballastmen and coal trimmers having commenced work on the old terms. A number of idle hands about the quay were got to stow coals during the strike. The ballastmen have at present one penny per hour and a penny farthing per ton. They asked, instead of this, one pound a week and one halfpenny overall. The coal trimmers had eighteen shillings before and one farthing per ton. They ask one shilling a week of a rise.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 22 April 1882
CLOSED SHOPS IN ARDROSSAN
We regret to see a few more closed shop doors in Ardrossan this term. Wearied, waiting for the return of the tide of prosperity which has been so long at low ebb and seems not yet to have set in, they have put the shutters up. Now that the rent day, the holiday and eclipse are things past, let us hope that with the return of summer, visitors and better trade, there are good times coming.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 May 1882
FERGUSON EMPLOYEES HOLIDAY
On Saturday 1 July, the employees of Messrs Ferguson, Kilmarnock will enjoy their annual holiday and Ardrossan has been chosen for the occasion.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 June 1882
POOR HOUSE-LETTING IN ARDROSSAN
House-letting in Ardrossan is not good this year but we hope to hear of more houses being let in another week now that the fine weather has set in.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 15 July 1882
ARDROSSAN FARMERS' SOCIETY
The annual Show and Fair of this Society was held in the Town Hall (shown below in the early 1890s, early 1910s and as the Masonic Hall in 2003) and on the usual stance on Thursday (2 November 1882). There was a good attendance and the exhibits were better than in former years, butter being a particularly fine show.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 November 1882