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Record numbers as May Bull Sales welcome Highlanders

262 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale

 United Auctions’ May bull sales next month is set to stage a record number of entries and a new format extended over two days.

And, in a first for the Bull Sales, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will host the official show and sale of Highland cattle as part of the national event.

To accommodate the largest-line up in the history of the event, the format has been expanded and will take place at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday, May 1st to Monday, May 2nd 2016.

The Multi-Breed event is sponsored by Agricar.

Pre-sale judging of Charolais, Simmental and Highlanders will take place on Sunday afternoon while the shows of Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Limousin livestock will be held on Monday morning, followed by all sales.

John Roberts, Sales director and auctioneer at UA said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Highland breed to the Centre for their first pedigree sale. The addition to the May Bull Sale of this much-admired breed speaks volumes about the event’s growth in popularity from its very modest beginnings.

“No less than 132 of the UK’s leading herds have consignments forward. We anticipate a comprehensive show of excellent bulls with genetics that will have wide appeal to beef producers.”

20 pedigree Highland bulls and females will go under the hammer of Dalmally-born auctioneer Raymond Kennedy at 10.45 on Monday morning.

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 Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of United Auctions. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

 Notes to editor

Judges

Highland – Jim McMillan, Craigmore, Farnell, Brechin, DD9 6UP

Charolais – Wallace Brown, Barrance, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 5RR

Simmental – Daffyd Jones, Maesllymystyn, Foel, Welshpool, SY21 0NX

Limousin – Kevin Bates, 1 The Whinney, Rosley, Wigton, CA7 8HR

Aberdeen-Angus – Ken Howie, Cairnton, Lumphannan, Banchory, AB31 4QP

Beef Shorthorn – Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, YO15 3QR

 

SHOW AND SALE PROGRAMME

Saturday 30 April

7am                           Yard opens

 

Sunday 1 May

9.45 am                    Charolais inspection

11 am                        Simmental inspection

12.30 pm                 Limousin inspection

1 pm                          Show of Charolais bulls

1.30 pm                    Aberdeen-Angus inspection

2.15 pm                    Beef Shorthorn inspection followed by Salers and British Blue

2.30 pm                    Show of Simmental bulls

4 pm                          Show of Highland cattle

 

Monday 2 May

8.45 am                    Parade of Salers and British Blue bulls

9 am                          Show of Limousin bulls

10 am                        Show of Aberdeen-Angus bulls followed by Beef Shorthorn bulls

10.45 am                 Sale of Highland bulls

11.15 am                 Sale of Salers (7) and British Blue bulls (1)

11.30 am                 Sale of Charolais (64), Simmental (65 & 1 female), Limousin (58 & 3 females),

Aberdeen-Angus (34) and Beef Shorthorn (17 & 8 females).

 

 About United Auctions

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales, and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services. In 2013, UA was named in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.

 

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Heart exhibition on show at Cardiology Symposium

Scarred FOR Life is to be exhibited at a major health event in Glasgow on March 4th.

The special photo exhibition, which shows adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) baring their scars in celebration of life, will be on display at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow for its Interactive Cardiology Symposium.

The project, which was created by three friends with CHD, Jenny Kumar, Liza Morton and Caroline Wilson, is now in its second phase, which aims to raise awareness of the condition with the 150+ heart professionals attending the annual event.

Dr Liza Morton, Scottish Campaign Manager of The Somerville Foundation said: “We’re delighted to show our ‘Scarred FOR Life’ photo exhibition to the cardiology profession, both to thank them for the pioneering work that has led to our survival and to raise the profile of congenital heart disease with the aim of attracting more cardiologists and medics into this niche speciality.”

Read the story in the Evening Times

 

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February Bull Sales: new format for shows and sales

United Auctions has reformatted the February Bull Sales to ensure customers get best value from their time at the two-week event.

The Stirling Bull Sales at Stirling Agricultural Centre will feature 1055 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale from Sunday, January 31st to Tuesday, February 2nd and from Sunday, February 14th to Tuesday, February 16th.

The more compact programme includes Sunday judging in both weeks. On Sunday, January 31st the Aberdeen Angus females and bulls show takes place at 12.30pm with the sale the following day. On Sunday, February 14th, the show of Simmental females and bulls takes place at noon with the show of Salers bulls at 4pm. Both sales will be held the following day.

The new February programme follows a similar redesign successfully introduced in October by Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.

John Roberts, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA, said: “The updated schedule is a next step in the evolution of the Bull Sales. It reflects customer demand to get the most value out of the event – and their time off the farm.”

David Brown, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA said: “The Spring Sales offers no less than 342 vendors of high quality bulls and females. Entries come from the four corners of the UK – from Shetland and Orkney to Somerset, Southampton, Portsmouth and from Northern Ireland, Swansea and Wold in Wales, to Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire – highlighting the national importance of this event.”

In the second week, customers will be interested to note the sale of the complete adult portion of the Fife-based Broombrae herd of high performing Simmental cattle on Monday, February 15th.

Bank of Scotland is sponsoring the February Bull Sales again and will have a strong presence at the event.

Sandy Hay, Head of Agriculture Bank of Scotland, South and East Scotland said: “Bank of Scotland is extremely proud to sponsor the Stirling Bull Sales again this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the finest pedigree bulls in the UK on show. We recognise that 2016 could be another challenging year for many farmers. Our relationship managers are committed to working directly with farmers to bridge the delay in the basic payment scheme, and helping them to manage and grow their businesses.”

Guest of honour at the Sales will be Stirling Council’s Provost Mike Robbins and customers may spot BBC presenter and farmer Adam Henson filming for Countryfile on Monday, February 1st.

Full catalogue details for the Sales will be available on the Stirling Bull Sales’ page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. Opportunities for photographs are available from Saturday. 

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Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of United Auctions. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

 NOTES TO EDITOR:

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – John Lohoar, Glenbervie Home Farm, Drumlithie, Stonehaven

Beef Shorthorn – Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, Stromness

Limousin – James Hazard, Saltby Heath, Skillington, Grantham

Salers – Neil Austin, Boreland Of Girthon, Gatehouse Of Fleet

Simmental – Gary Christie, Midtown Of Glass, Huntly

Charolais – Ben Harman, Grove Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham

 

Programme of Events

Saturday 30th January 2016

7am                              Yard opens

2pm                              Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

 

Sunday 31st January 2016

10am                            Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Luing and Hereford bulls

12.30pm                        Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls

2 pm                             Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blue

 

Monday 1st February 2016         

8.30am                          Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls

10.30am                        Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (163)

1.30pm                          Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (103) followed by Luing bull (1), Hereford bulls (2)

2pm                              Sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (60 + 10 calves)

3.30pm                          Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (25)

 

Tuesday 2nd February 2016       

9am                              Show of Limousinbulls

12.50pm                        Sale of British Blue bulls (3)

1pm                              Sale of Limousin bulls (111) followed by Limousin females (5)

 

Saturday 13th February

7am                              Yard opens

2pm                              Simmental bull inspection

 

Sunday 14th February 2016

12 noon                         Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

12 noon                         Salers bull inspection

12.15pm                        Charolais bull inspection

4.30pm                          Show of Salers bulls

 

Monday 15th February 2016       

10.30am                        Sale of Simmental females (50 + 3 calves) followed by complete adult portion of the

Broombrae herd (33 + 11 calves)

12 noon                         Show of Charolais females followed by bull

12.30pm                        Sale of Salers bulls (21) followed by females (16)

1pm                              Sale of Simmental bulls (217)

 

Tuesday 16th February 2016      

10.30 am                       Sale of Charolais bulls (232) followed by females (13) 

 

About United Auctions

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales, and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services. In 2013, UA was named in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.

Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty with MD Mark Johnston and some of the company's apprentices

Dumbreck decorates for success with jobs boost and major expansion across Scotland

One of Scotland’s oldest decorating companies has marked a significant expansion of its operations across Scotland – including the creation of 20 new jobs – with an official opening of its new headquarters in Govan, South Glasgow today (Thursday, November 7th).

Dumbreck Decorators, which has roots going back to 1849 and offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, has extended its reach into the north of Scotland by winning two new major Framework agreements for cyclical maintenance in the last 12 months.

On the back of the new business, the decorating contractor has increased its turnover by 27 per cent to £4.1million, opened a new office in Forfar and created 20 new full-time jobs for tradesmen as well as a new surveyor position and a storeman for its larger premises in Govan.

This represents a 20 per cent increase in staff, which now totals 100.

And it has recruited seven apprentices this year alone, bringing the total currently being trained by the firm to 14 – male and female apprentices – who are all at various stages of their Modern Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating.

In addition, the company has invested in a new fleet of 14 vehicles.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty conducted the official opening of Dumbreck Decorators’ new office and warehouse at Govan industrial estate at noon.

Mark Johnston, managing director of Dumbreck Decorators, said: “We’re ambitious and focusing on delivering what we’re best at. With so many new staff coming on board, we were tight for space in our previous premises in Glasgow, particularly as we need to store the 200,000 litres of paint we get through each year.

“We’ve always recruited and trained apprentices – even during the recession – because we know that investing in young people is an investment in the long-term sustainability of this business and the industry itself. The relocation of our new headquarters in May gives us a sustainable Glasgow base from which to grow the business and the opening is a real vote of confidence in our future and the sector.”

Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty, said: “Dumbreck Decorators is a highly respected firm rightly recognised for its vision, and its commitment and investment in our young people. I am delighted to be here for this, the official opening of its new premises. I wish the company and its staff continued success.”

Dumbreck’s recently won the Working Together Award in The Herald’s first Inspiring City Awards for its contribution to improving the social fabric of Glasgow by recruiting, training and giving experience to the city’s young people.

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Notes to Editor

  • Dumbreck Decorators is affiliated with CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) and MD Mark Johnston sits on the national board of Scottish Decorators’ Federation.

 

Issued on behalf of Dumbreck Decorators by JK Consultancy. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

 

Dumbreck Decorators is an award-winning decorating contractor with roots going back to 1849 and offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Forfar. Operating under our direct, domestic and main contracting business streams, which also includes our spray applied plaster, Ames Taping and shop fitting divisions, we provide a full service to a diverse range of clients, including National Trust for Scotland, Heritage Scotland, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, social housing, churches, banks, offices, hotels, local authorities, industrial and private homes.

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United Auctions goes 007 for RSABI Great Glen Rural Challenge

A team of five auctioneers from United Auctions (UA) is swapping their white coats, gavels and crooks for James Bond style morph suits to compete in a one-day charity event in the Highlands next week.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will be shaken, not stirred in their skin-tight tuxedo costumes, which leave little to the imagination, when they take part in RSABI’s Great Glen Rural Challenge on August 30th.

Named the Rostrum Rascals, UA’s team is walking, running and cycling a 60km route along the Great Glen between Clunes and Dores.

They are competing with nine other organisations and businesses in the rural sector to win the challenge and to raise the most money for Scotland’s rural charity RSABI, which supports people who have depended on the land.

UA’s secret service Rascals, which comprises auctioneers and sales executives Richard Close (31), Ross Fotheringham (23), Luke Holmes (24), Murray Rainnie (26) and Peter Wood (34), have already raised half their fundraising target of £1000 but know there is still a long way to go.

Team captain Ross Fotheringham, who started the team’s social media campaign with a video pledge on UA’s Facebook page, said:

“We ‘re not the fittest bunch, but I reckon we’re the toughest and we’re really competitive.”

“The lads aren’t that keen on the costumes, but we’re channeling the inner Bond. We’re training hard like the elite athletes we are! A little self humiliation and a lot of fun go a long way for a great cause that’s close to our own and our customers’ hearts.”

To sponsor the Rostrum Rascals, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Rostrumrascals

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Notes to Editor

Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

  • RSABI is the Scottish charity which provides financial support, advice and friendship to improve the lives of individuals and their dependents, where these individuals rely, or have relied, upon land based employment and who through age, injury, illness or other misfortune, now experience hardship. Contact:  www.rsabi.org.uk or 0131 472 4166.
  • Teams of 4 (+ 1 supporting member) will complete a total of 60km along the Great Glen through beautiful Highland scenery.
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Darling breeds of May come to Stirling for UA’s one-day Bull Sale

United Auctions’ (UA’s) May Multi-breed Show and Sale returns this year with a strong line-up of 212 pedigree bulls and females.

The annual event takes place on Monday 6th May 2013 at the Stirling Agricultural Centre, the HQ of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.

And its compact format, in which pedigree cattle are shown and sold in one day, has real appeal to customers at this busy time of year.

It is run in conjunction with a commercial beef breeding sale, which includes 500 store cattle and a show and sale of Simmental cross females.

The pedigree show will be judged by three young judges from the next generation of pedigree cattle breeders.

While Stuart Barclay from Aberdeen, John Barlow from Leyland and Michael Norman from Carlisle have experience at summer shows, this will be their first appearance at an official Bull Sale.

For the second year running, the event has been selected to stage a sale of Longhorns, one of the UK’s most ancient breeds.

It also welcomes a new sponsor – Hendricks Insurance, who relocated its headquarters to the Centre in January this year. The company, which specialises in farming and estate policies, will have a presence on the day with director Ritchie Sherret presenting a prize at the show.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see the younger generation of judges making their mark at an official bull sale and we’re delighted to host the Longhorns’ sale for the second, consecutive year.

“The compact structure of the event with the accompanying commercial sale makes for a busy day with something for everyone.”

The Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Longhorn breeds are all sold under the auspices of their respective breed societies.

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. And UA’s Facebook page will share as-it-happens news and updates. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday 5th May.

 

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Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Charolais Stuart Barclay, South Road, INSCH AB52 6XF

Simmental – John Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Walton Lane, LEYLAND PR26 8LT

Limousin – Michael Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, CARLISLE CA5 6EP

Aberdeen Angus – Stuart Barclay, South Road, INSCH AB52 6XF

 

Show and sale programme

Sunday 5 May
12 noon Charolais inspection
1 pm Simmental inspection
2 pm Limousin inspection
3 pm Aberdeen Angus inspection
3.30 pm Beef Shorthorn inspection
Monday 6 May
8 am Show of Charolais bulls followed by Simmental bulls, Limousin bulls & Aberdeen Angus bulls
11.30 am Sale of Longhorn bull (1) & females (7) followed by Salers bulls (5), British Blue bull (1)
Collection of leather halter & neck straps
12 noon Sale of Charolais bulls (47) followed by Simmental bulls (50) & female (1), Limousin bulls (60), Aberdeen Angus bulls (31) and Beef Shorthorn bulls (5)

 

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

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1000 bulls set for Stirling Bull Sales

With a total of 1169 pedigree bulls and females on the road to Stirling for the Spring Bull Sales next week, the event welcomes some bumper breed entries and the first-time auction of Japanese Wagyu embryos.

The action takes place at United Auctions’ (UA’s) Stirling Agricultural Centre across two weeks from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th February and from Monday 18th to Tuesday 19th February 2013.

The Stirling Bull Sales, held under the auspices of the national breed societies and supported by the Bank of Scotland, has a new format. The native breeds plus Limousins will be exhibited in week one with the rest of the continental breeds featuring in week two.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “The sale promises a fantastic show for quality with bulls to suit to every pocket. Virtually all the bulls have both EBV information and herd health status in the catalogues to help buyers with their choice.”

Included in the event are 180 Limousin bulls, making it the biggest entry of the breed in the history of the Sales.

At 93 entries, the Shorthorn bulls are at their largest numbers since the 1960s.

And after two decades, the Bull Sales will also see enough Herefords to enable show classes.

In a first of its kind for the event, a customer is offering for sale 18 pure Wagyu embryos from a local, recently established herd.

Husband and wife team Mohsin and Martine Al-Tajir run the Japanese breed, which produces the most expensive beef in the world, under their company Highland Wagyu based at Blackford Farms in Dunblane.

Mr Leggat continued: “We believe the sale of these Wagyu embryos is the first time that such genetic material will be offered in Scotland via auction and we’re pleased to support Highland Wagyu in this way.”

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam.

 

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Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Aberdeen Angus – Angus Stovold, Lydling Farm, Shackleford, Godalming GU8 6AP

Beef Shorthorn – Friar Thomson, 10 Ivy Road, Whitehills, Forfar DD8 3EG

Limousin – William McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir DD8 4QG

British Blue – Ian Wainwright, Todhall Farm, Dairsie, Cupar KY15 4RQ

Salers – Ian Bell, Hallbankgate Farm, Brampton CA8 2NJ

Simmental – Iain Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers IV32 7NN

Charolais – Charlie Boden, Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5LR

Hereford – Phil Allman, Amberley Court, Sutton St Nicholas HR1 3BX

 

Show and sale programme

Sunday 3rd February
8.30 am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
1 pm Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls
Monday 4th February
8 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
1.30 pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls followed by show of Hereford Bulls
3 pm Collective sale of Aberdeen Angus females (53) followed by the sale of Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Wagyu embryos
4 pm (Or after judging) Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (35)
Tuesday 5th February
10.30 am Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (232)
2 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (93) followed by Luing (1) & Hereford bulls (10)
3.30 pm Limousin inspection
Wednesday 6th February
8 am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
1 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (180) followed by Limousin females (2)
Sunday 17th February
9 am Simmental bull inspection
12 noon Inspection of Salers, British Blue & Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls
12.30 pm Charolais bull inspection
4 pm Show of Salers bulls followed by females followed by British Blue bulls
5 pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 18th February
8 am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Sale of Salers bulls (18) followed by females (7) followed by British Blue bulls (9) followed by Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls (2)
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1 pm Sales of Simmental females (46)
2 pm Sale of Simmental bulls (200)
Tuesday 19th February
10.30 am Sale of Charolais bulls (262) followed by Charolais females (26)

 

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

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CKD Galbraith hosts sparkling social at Carluccio’s Glasgow

More than 80 guests piled into Carluccio’s on West Nile St in Glasgow for CKD Galbraith’s wine tasting and light supper event last night (Wednesday, November 14th).

Hosted by the building surveying and commercial team, the social event was held in the very building where the firm is so involved across all five floors – from dilapidations and project management to fit out – and allowed guests to hear about the work the team is doing elsewhere in Glasgow and the West.

With the help of sommelier Mike Stocks, clients, associates and colleagues from the commercial property world got the chance to enjoy a range of fine Italian wines and canapés with a twist in the twinkly surroundings of the Italian restaurant, food shop and deli, which opened this time last year.

There was good-humoured controversy when it was announced that the mystery wine tasting competition had two winners – Ryden’s Ken McInnes and CKD Galbraith’s own Pam Over – who each took home a magnum of fine Italian Prosecco.

Martin Cassels, Partner of the Building Surveying team who spoke at the event said: “It was great to have the event in the building where so much work has been taking place. The wine and conversation was still flowing after 11pm, testament to the wonderful atmosphere and delicious food and drink offered by Carluccio’s in such lovely surroundings.”

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Final countdown to ART OFF THE ROCK auction (Sun 4 Nov; 6-9pm)

As the final countdown to Sunday November 4th and the Art Off the Rock auction begins, Artlink Central are pleased to announce that the online catalogue is now available on our website: www.artlinkcentral.org.

This year’s auction, generously curated by artists Lesley Banks, Lesley Anne Derks and Jacqueline Marr and conducted by United Auctions’ Executive Chairman David Leggat,  will include work by:

Peter Howson, Catriona Campbell, Muriel Barclay, Elizabeth Blackadder, Barbara Rae, Lesley Banks, June Carey, Graham Stewart, Hilary Barker, Alan King, Jacqueline Marr, Lesley Anne Derks and many others ofnote.

The gala evening takes place from 6pm to 9pm at Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan, where the latest offering from famed illustrator, Axel Scheffler ‚‘The Highway Rat‘ will also be up for grabs on the night.

The Highway Rat  is the character from his latest collaboration with Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, who will be at Art Off The Rock to sign copies of the book as well as of her other new title, Super Worm. Copies of the books have been generously donated by Alison Green books.

The event also features the Anonymous Postcard Sale featuring work by hundreds of artists. Competition is fierce to grab a small work by a big-name artist, or just pick up a lovely unique artwork. This year’s crop of postcards include work by Elizabeth Blackadder, Peter Nardini, Lys Hansen and June Carey.

Art Off The Rockattracts an audience of around 400 including long-term supporters, collectors and members of the arts community. The event raises crucial funds for the delivery of innovative arts programmes to adults and children who experience learning disabilities, mental illness or social exclusion.

Lesley Ann Derks, participating artisit and member of the Art Off the Rock advisory committee said: “I’m thrilled to be part of Art of the Rock for the second time.  Artlink is an amazing charity, which I have had the pleasure of working for on various projects for four years.  I have seen first- hand what a difference their projects make to people’s lives.

“The event is sure to be a great night with displays of work available by some of the best artists around.  I’m excited the public will get a chance to purchase these works and help towards Artlink continuing its good work.”

Art Off The Rock is proudly supported by Smith and Williamson, Beaconhurst School, United Auctions, Woodwinters Wines and Whiskies, Alison Green Books and Macmillan Children’s Books.

For more information about how to get tickets please call: 01786 450971 or email Fiona@artlinkcentral.org

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Notes to Editor:

Viewing from 6pm; postcard sale at 7.15pm, auction at 7.45pm.

The full address for the event is Beaconhurst School, Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan FK9 4RR.