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The Butterfly Club

That the Parliament commends the devotion of the group of parents who formed the Butterfly Club, which raised £26,000 to allow the children at James McFarlane and Haysholm special schools to attend summer school after North Ayrshire Council pulled its funding for the summer school; praises their efforts and dedication for ensuring that the children did not miss out, and wishes them every success in reaching their target of £65,000 to run a six-week summer club next year.

Supported by: George Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Willie Coffey, Chic Brodie, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Paul Wheelhouse, Aileen McLeod, Humza Yousaf, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Irvine Cancer Care

That the Parliament congratulates Robin Alexander, born and raised in Irvine, for successfully completing the gruelling Belfast Energia 24-hour race covering 100 miles; commends Robin for undertaking the race on behalf of Irvine Cancer Care, which last year alone clocked almost 80,000 miles taking cancer patients to and from their hospital appointments, and is delighted that Robin was able to raise £750 for the charity, which relies entirely on donations and requires a minimum of £36,000 a year to cover transport costs.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Aileen McLeod, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Humza Yousaf, Gil Paterson, Rob Gibson, Neil Bibby, Roderick Campbell, Marco Biagi, David Torrance, Jamie Hepburn, Adam Ingram, Dennis Robertson, Margaret McDougall

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Ayrshire Doors Open Day

That the Parliament celebrates the opportunity for the local community to gain free access to the Irvine Burns Club, Irvine Old Parish Church, Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre and Kilwinning Old Parish Church during this year's Ayrshire Doors Open Day on 4 September; recognises the tremendous benefit that this will have, not only for local residents, but also for tourists in enhancing their knowledge of the area’s history and culture; believes that it will help to engender pride in local heritage, and praises the organisers, the Scottish Civic Trust and Kyle and Carrick Civic Society for their hard work and commitment to such a good cause.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Dennis Robertson, Bill Walker, Jean Urquhart, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Richard Lyle, Chic Brodie, Margaret McDougall, Maureen Watt, Jamie Hepburn, Paul Wheelhouse

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Kilwinning Abbey Dig

That the Parliament celebrates the beginning of the second season of the Kilwinning Community Archaeology Project, which will run from 17 August to 17 September 2011; hopes that the excavation of the unexplored Kilwinning Abbey precincts and neighbouring areas will be as successful as last year’s dig where excavation of the Abbey grounds uncovered pieces of mediaeval potteryware dating from between the 12th and 17th centuries; considers the work being done by the 140 volunteers and Rathmell Archaeology Ltd not only to be vital for enhancing knowledge and understanding of Kilwinning’s history, but also for capturing the imagination of local residents and bringing the community together; notes the potential benefits this dig will bring to the local area in terms of increased tourism; commends the Heritage Lottery Fund and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company for providing the necessary funding; is delighted that the Kilwinning and District Preservation Society has grown from a very small group of enthusiasts to a membership approaching 50 as a result of its success, and wishes all those involved in the dig another successful season.

Supported by: Willie Coffey, Humza Yousaf, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Gil Paterson, Chic Brodie, Margaret McDougall, Jamie Hepburn, Paul Wheelhouse

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Scottish Maritime Museum

That the Parliament recognises the work of the Scottish Maritime Museum in preserving Scotland’s maritime heritage; notes the contribution the museum makes to local employment by training apprentices; further notes the importance of the museum as a driver of the local tourist economy; welcomes its varied work with many partners such as the RSPB; congratulates the museum on being designated  the lead museum in the United Kingdom for shipbuilding, and looks forward to its continuing development in the preservation, interpretation, research and display of Scotland's maritime heritage.

Supported by: Aileen McLeod, Stuart McMillan, Humza Yousaf, Kenneth Gibson, Adam Ingram, Ruth Davidson, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Drew Smith, Bill Walker, Sarah Boyack, Neil Bibby, Margaret McDougall, Rob Gibson, Angus MacDonald, Siobhan McMahon, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Colin Beattie, John Mason, Chic Brodie, Richard Simpson, Mark Griffin, Anne McTaggart, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Fiona McLeod, Claudia Beamish, Gil Paterson, Colin Keir, Sandra White, Lewis Macdonald, Jenny Marra, Mike MacKenzie, Rhoda Grant, Jamie Hepburn, Jean Urquhart, Paul Wheelhouse, Joe FitzPatrick

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Congratulations on Awards for Stevenston

That the Parliament congratulates Glencairn Fitness Centre Committee, Scottish Head Injuries Music Support Group and Ardeer Primary School and Nursery Class on receiving collectively more than £20,000 of Awards for All funding from The Big Lottery Fund and from sportscotland; recognises that these grants are planned to be used to bring a range of benefits to the community of Stevenston; notes that these benefits include a fitness programme to improve the general health and fitness of participants, employing sessional staff, purchasing equipment to develop the music skills base for those who have experienced some form of brain injury and a creating a safe outdoor playing environment for the pupils of Ardeer Primary School and Nursery Class, and wishes all of the groups every success in the completion of their projects.

Supported by: Margaret McDougall, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Mike MacKenzie, Willie Coffey, Chic Brodie, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Stuart McMillan, Paul Wheelhouse, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Hepburn, Stewart Maxwell

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Congratulations on Awards for Irvine

That the Parliament applauds the announcement that more than £32,000 will be awarded through Awards for All funding from The Big Lottery Fund and from sportscotland to the Irvine-based community groups, Vineburgh Sports and Fitness Club, Irvine Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group, Marymass Folk Festival, Friends of Marymass Society and East Irvine Nursery and After School Care; believes that these funds will be of value to the people of Irvine and its surrounding areas, and wishes all of the groups every success in the completion of their projects.

Supported by: David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Willie Coffey, Roderick Campbell, Humza Yousaf, Margaret McDougall, Chic Brodie, Richard Lyle, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Paul Wheelhouse, Aileen McLeod, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Hepburn, Stewart Maxwell

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise

That the Parliament congratulates the board and the shadow board of Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise (PRYDE), Pennyburn’s volunteers and their partner agencies and funders on transforming the former New Penny pub into a youth centre and community hub in Pennyburn, Kilwinning; applauds what it sees as the exemplary efforts and perseverance over more than 10 years of the Pennyburn community and its partners in purchasing the building, working with architects and designers to secure funding from the National Lottery, Children in Need and others, obtaining appropriate planning permission and then bringing the project to fruition; hopes that the new centre will enable the whole community to develop new skills, access information and advice and that it will build community spirit among people of all ages for many years to come, and wishes the project and the Pennyburn community every success.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, John Lamont, George Adam, Bill Kidd, Mike MacKenzie, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Sandra White, Humza Yousaf, Margaret McDougall, Kevin Stewart, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Jamie Hepburn

Current Status: Fallen on 26/01/2012
Vineburgh Community Centre

That the Parliament congratulates Vineburgh Community Centre Management Committee on its £2,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities programme; considers that, through the Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund 2014 Communities scheme, Scots of all ages are being introduced to a wide range of activities and can enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle; wishes the Vineburgh Community Centre well with its modern dance project, which aims to provide local children with a fun activity not previously available, and wishes the Centre Management Committee all the best in its future endeavours.

Supported by: Chic Brodie, Willie Coffey, Dennis Robertson, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, John Wilson, David Torrance, Adam Ingram, Colin Beattie, Jamie McGrigor, Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, George Adam, Stuart McMillan, Margaret McDougall, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine

Current Status: Fallen on 26/01/2012
Congratulations to GlaxoSmithKline

That the Parliament congratulates GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, on 30 years of manufacturing Augmentin; considers that, even today, Augmentin remains ahead of its time in the fight against infection; notes that GSK manufactures a range of active ingredients for prescription medicines, including penicillin-based antibiotics, that are used around the world to treat a variety of bacterial infections; appreciates that GSK’s manufacturing plant in Irvine employs approximately 330 people in an area of high unemployment and deprivation; applauds Irvine GSK’s decision to set up, with a donation of £400,000, an Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) to support the creation of sustainable jobs in the local area; celebrates the success of the EDF in creating 129 jobs, far exceeding the target of 70 jobs; commends GSK’s decision to approve a further £400,000 to support the EDF in 2012, and considers that GSK’s annual donation of £10,000 to local charity and voluntary organisations has an important impact in improving the local community in order to allow people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Graeme Dey, Angus MacDonald, Mark McDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Mary Scanlon, Nigel Don, Maureen Watt, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie, Humza Yousaf, Richard Lyle, Margaret McDougall, Paul Wheelhouse, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson, Hugh Henry

Current Status: Fallen on 26/01/2012