B743 Strathaven Road
road closed East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire
Major repair work to the Slot Burn culvert on the B743 Muirkirk to Strathaven Road has caused this road to be closed for a number of weeks.
According to the East Ayrshire Council website this work is ongoing.
Now that the above work is coming near completion, further closures of part of the B743 have been announced, this time on the South Lanarkshire side of the road.
Muirkirk Road, Strathaven- will be closed on
Friday 17 May until Tuesday 21 May 2013
between A71 Kirk Street and B745 Dungavel Detention Centre
for Scottish Power cable installation.
Muirkirk Road, Strathaven will be closed on
Wednesday 22 May until Monday 10 June 2013
between the A71 and B745 for major works to be carried out.
Glenbuck's Bill Shankly
features on new postage stamp
Glenbuck born Bill Shankley OBE features on a new postal stamp issued on 16th April 2013 by the British Post Office.
Shankly was one of ten children and one of five brothers who played football professionally. He was capped twelve times for Scotland, including seven wartime internationals. He spent one season at Carlisle United before spending the rest of his playing career at Preston North End, including when they won the English FA Cup in 1938. His career was interrupted by his service in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
He retired from playing in 1949, going on to manage Carlisle United, Grimsby Town, Workington and Huddersfield Town, before accepting the job as team manager of Liverpool in December 1959.
Shankly took charge of Liverpool when they were in the Second Division and rebuilt the team into a major force in English football. He led Liverpool to the Second Division Championship to gain promotion to the top-flight First Division in 1962, before going on to win three First Division Championships, two FA Cups, four Charity Shields and one UEFA Cup.
Shankly announced his retirement from football a few weeks after Liverpool won the 1974 FA Cup Final, having managed the club for fifteen years. He died seven years later at the age of 68.
Bill Shankley is widely acknowledged to have been one of the finest managers to grace British football and arguably Liverpool's greatest manager
Bill is included as part of the special set of first class stamps entitled 'Great Britons', which celebrate individuals across sport, journalism, music, politics and the arts whose anniversaries of birth fall in 2013 (Bill was born in September 1913). The stamps can be bought at a Post Office or online at http://shop.royalmail.com/great-britons/great-britons-stamp-set/invt/sku30000001/
Muirkirk Angling Association
Permits for 2013 Season now available
recognition for Muirkirk Veteran
The British Government announced on 26 February 2013 that all details had now been confirmed for the award of the Arctic Star for service in the Word War Two Arctic Convoys and that the application process was now open. Her Majesty The Queen had approved the design for the new award on the basis of the other World War Two Stars.
Priority in issuing the awards will be given to veterans and widows who could receive their awards within a few weeks. Other next of kin may also apply now but will have to wait slightly longer to receive their award.
The qualifying period for the Arctic Star is "service of any length" recognising the particular severity of the conditions experienced by those who served in the Arctic. Whilst the primary intent is to recognise those who served on the Arctic Convoys, eligibility is extended to include all who served north of the Arctic Circle in World War Two. Those eligible include members of all three Armed Services and those who served in the Merchant Navy crewing the ships taking the vital supplies to Russia.
Muirkirk Veteran Fred Crawford may be, at 92 years old, the only living Muirkirk Resident to receive the Arctic Star.
Fred served in the Merchant Navy during WW2 and saw service in several parts of the world as well as in the convoys resupplying Russia.
Post war, Fred was a baker and worked in Muirkirk where his boss was Tom Hogg. It was only after many years of working together that the two men discovered, through a chance conversation, that they had sailed side by side on the Arctic Convoys.
For many years the late Tom Hogg was the well known baker in Muirkirk. In wartime he served in the Royal Navy, including sailing in the Arctic Conoys protecting the Merchant Shipping. Tom's family are eligble to apply for the posthumous award of the Arctic Star to him.
Muirkirk Enterprise Group
Nearly New Shop
Garan House, Main Street
open until further notice
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
10am to 3pm
New items coming in every day
Large selection of books
Clothes to fit all sizes
Something for everyone