Digi-Dabble Day – Not to be missed!

Kilwinning Library is holding a Digi-Dabble Day on Saturday 11 February from 10am to 4pm.

Come along and try some of our new digital equipment, including: Osmo numbers, letters, masterpiece and coding, Makey Makeys and lots more. Also see our brand new 3D printer in action. Youth Services will be there with Raspberry Pi, Quiver 3D augmented reality colouring app, Spheros and Micro: Bit coding.

Drop-in throughout the day and join the fun!

There is something for everyone. All ages welcome.

If you want to know more about the event, please visit the library or have a look at  North Ayrshire Libraries Facebook page.

Fancy playing music with carrots?

The new coding caterpillar will be making it’s first appearance on that day. We are looking for a name for it. All suggestions welcome.

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Advice over the holiday period: Police Scotland – Bins collection – NHS

Police Scotland:

Police Scotland has appealed to the public not to misuse the 999 and 101 systems over the holiday period. The three busiest days of the past year for police call handlers were during the festive season.

The peak day – with 9,400 calls – was 1 January 2016. A total of 9,100 calls were taken on 31 December, with 8,450 calls on 23 December (source BBC Scotland news. More here).

“Our message is simple – if it’s an emergency call 999, for non-emergency situations dial 101.

Bins collection:

There will be no changes to the household or commercial waste collections this year over the Christmas and New Year period – unless you live on Arran (More info here).

But, even though collection days will remain the same, the collection times may vary. Please ensure your bin is out for 7am on the morning of your collection.

If affected by adverse weather, the waste collection crews will return and uplift bins as soon as possible.

The area’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on 25 and 26 December and again on 1 and 2 January – but will be open as normal every other day.

(More here).

NHS Ayrshire and Arran:

Over Christmas, GP practices will be closed for four days from Christmas Eve until Wednesday 28 December. During this time, you can still get advice from your community pharmacist. Find out which pharmacies are open in North Ayrshire (click here).


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A737 Dalgarven Resurfacing Works

Road users are set to benefit from £185k of resurfacing works on the A737 Dalgarven at High Monk Castle Farm, south of Dalry beginning on Friday 9 December 2016.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out 940m of resurfacing over one weekend to minimise traffic disruption on a road which is used by 15,000 motorists each day.

 The works will take place 24 hours a day from 8.00pm on Friday 9 December to 6.00am on Monday 12 December. With safety of paramount importance, a total closure of the A737 in both directions will be required from the Junction of B714 to The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume. A local diversion will also be in operation.


Andy Fraser, operating company representative, Scotland TranServ said: “This resurfacing scheme is vital to ensure we prolong the lifespan of the road surface, benefiting road users for years to come. 

 “We have considered alternative methods and timings for delivering these works, but at this particular location they can only be safely carried out under a full road closure however local access will be maintained during this time.”

 Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or following @TrafficScotland on Twitter. 


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Roadworks Update: A78 improvements – Resurfacing Works Northbound and Southbound

Over £1m of essential maintenance on the A78 trunk road, will continue over the coming weeks and completed ahead of the festive season.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out two further resurfacing schemes which will help prevent further deterioration of the road surface as temperatures drop. The dates and locations of the works are as follows:

·         28 November – 1 December and 5 – 6 December Dubbs Road to Pennyburn Roundabout – Full overnight closures on weekdays only between 8.00pm and 6.00am from Monday 28 November until Thursday 1 December then again on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December. The exit from Pennyburn Roundabout to the A738 WB into Stevenston will also be closed on Thursday 1, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 of December to westbound traffic between the hours of 8.00pm and 6.00am each night.

·         2 – 5 December Sharphill to Pennyburn Roundabouts – continuous southbound closure from 8.00pm on Friday 2 December until 6.00am on Monday 5 December.  There will also be an additional overnight closure on Wednesday 7 December from 8.00pm until 6.00am.

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting the Traffic Scotland website and following their Twitter feed.


Diversion Routes:

A78 Dubbs Road to Pennyburn Roundabout – Motorists should follow a signed diversion via Eglington Interchange/Kilwinning Road to Irvine Road (A737) and Stevenston Road (A738). At Pennyburn Roundabout a diversion route will be in place via A78 Northbound to Dalry Road (B714) then via High Road (A738).

A78 Sharphill to Pennyburn Roundabouts – Motorists will be diverted from the A78 southbound, at Montfode Roundabout via the A738 Eglinton Road and back onto A78 Southbound at Pennyburn Roundabout.

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