Superfast Broadband by the end of 2014
According to a report in the Cumnock Chronicle, Muirkirk will be connected to the "superfast" broadband system by the end of the year.
This is part of the latest phase of the ?410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme evidenced by recent telecom cabling works in the village.
Future work will include the conversion of the Muirkirk exchange for high speed broadband and the installation of new street cabinets. Once the exchange becomes active the service will be opened up to the broadband suppliers then the street cabinets will be activated one at a time - so do expect a delay between the exchange activation and you being able to get the service!
Once the service is available, subscribers will be able to access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps.
You can keep an eye on the Muirkirk exchange status at http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/
You can check specific information about your broadband cabinet at http://dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLChecker.AddressOutput
Muirkirk Enterprise Group entered
the Scots Toun Award Competition
using the Lapraik Festival as an example
Muirkirk's entry was compiled
by John Morran and Douglas McKenzie
and was one of the prizewinning entries.
The Scots Toun Award aims to recognise the use, celebration, support and promotion of the Scots language in community life. The award is aimed at identifying communities where Scots language culture is encouraged and promoted.
The town of Keith was named as the first winner of the Scots Toun prize.
Judges were impressed with the many positive steps taken by the community in Keith to encourage the use of the local dialect. Initiatives designed to encourage the language have included using Scots in street names, projects involving school children and activities centred round Mither Tongue, a Keith based business which produces gifts and stationery with a Scots language theme. Judges awarded three prizes with Keith receiving the top spot and a cheque for £6000.
Other winners included the Reading Bus based in Aberdeen and Fraserburgh, and the East Ayrshire town of Muirkirk which is aiming to use the language as part of its regeneration programme.
Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, said:
“The success of the local work in Keith; the Reading Bus in the North East and the community of Muirkirk are great examples for other cities, towns and villages that want to make more of their Scots heritage and I am confident we will see their achievements increase as these awards grow.”
Muirkirk Enterprise Group
Nearly New Shop
Garan House, Main Street
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
10am to 3pm
New items coming in every day
Large selection of books
Clothes to fit all sizes
Something for everyone
Citizens Advice Bureau
Thursdays 10am to 12.20pm
Muirkirk Community Museum
D W Shaw, Solicitors, Estate Agents and IFAs
Legal Advice Clinic
1st Monday of each month (commencing 7th April)
9.30am to 1.30pm
in Garan House, 28 Main Street (first floor, entrance by side door)
D W Shaw can provide advice on a range of legal matters, including
Making a Will, Family Law, Personal Injury,
Powers of Attorney and Guardianship, Housing Matter