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Cumnock Armistice Events

November 2018 sees the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1. Cumnock History Group in partnership with Cumnock Action Plan and local organisations plan to mark this milestone event by involving the wider local community in a series of town centre celebratory, educational and family fun events, workshops and activities on the armistice theme. Cumnock History Group has been heavily involved in organising past festival events in Cumnock and we wish to build on these successes.

We want to provide entertainment, educational workshops and activities to children and adults of all ages, all abilities and faiths focused on the armistice. These are inclusive events for all.

Events will operate from 29 October till 10 November and include workshops in WW1 poster design, War-time Cooking, Bunting and banner-making. Illustrative talks on Armistice Day in Cumnock, Cumnock WW1 items from East Ayrshire Council collections and the story of the Cumnock War Memorials. Events include; Drop in reminiscence event to identify, record and research Cumnock Parish Medals and WW1 War medals; Children's project – paint a WW1 memorial stone with the names of fallen soldiers to be placed around the War Memorial on Armistice Day; Welcome Home Tea Dance with brass band, dancing, school choirs and exhibition from workshops. More info coming soon!

Pennylands Camp 22 - Hidden Histories of Ayrshire

The exhibition has been extended until Saturday 21st July!
Pennylands Camp 22, also known as Camp 22, Temple Camp and Auchinleck Camp, is a former WWII POW camp situated in the parish of Auchinleck to the North-East of Dumfries House. Built as training facilities for the Tank Corps, Pennylands was also used as a transit camp for regiments and then a prisoner of war camp, housing German and Italian prisoners. At the end of the War the camp was used as a repatriation camp for Polish Soldiers returning home; then by Ayr County Council as housing for local families. It was demolished in the 1950’s and largely forgotten about until now.

On display are objects from the archaeological digs of the site, extracts from oral history interviews that capture the recollections of members from the local community as well archival documents from the period. Led by Cumnock History Group and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund this exhibition tells the story of those who lived and worked in and around Pennylands Camp 22.

Baird Institute Info and Opening Times
3 Lugar Street, Cumnock, KA18 1AD
Tel: 01290 427084

Thursdays: 12.30 - 4.40pm, 5pm-8pm
Fridays: 10am - 4pm 
Saturdays: 10am - 4pm

Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March 2018.
The Baird Institute is a fully accessible venue.     

Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly and always have a guest presentation. Past guests have included Dane Love, Dr James Begg, Charlotte Rostek, Ian McMurdo and many more.

Meetings are held at 7pm the 3rd Thursday of each month (except July and August) at Rothesay House Ceremony Suit, 1 Greenholm Road, Cumnock. Non-members welcome at a small fee.

Thursday  20th September           

Bobby Grierson on The Cross, The Clock, The Flag - Story of the Mercat Cross, Allan’s Clock and the Covenanter Flag.                                              
Thursday 18th October      

Bruce Keith on Bridgescapes - The story of Scotland’s Bridges. 

Thursday 15th November 

Young Wummin - Women’s role in WW1.                                                                                                       

Christmas Social   Cumnock Bowling Club

Thursday 17th January                  

Ailsa McInnes on History of Drumfork Farm, Auchinleck. 

Thursday 21st February                

Neil Fraser of Historic Environment Scotland