Burns Night Fundraising Supper A Massive Success!


What a great night we had with all our friends and supporters, full of community spirit, intent on having fun and making the evening a great success! 

The Village Inn, Fairlie was packed to the rafters with Friends of the Firth of Clyde (FoFoC) supporters for an evening of food, music and dancing in support of our mission to demand full regulatory and environmental scrutiny of proposals to bring oil rig decommissioning to the Hunterston Peninsular.

Piped in by the fabulous Fairlie piper Alistair Beveridge, over 80 guests were greeted at the door of the Village Inn for the start of the evening. Caroline warmly welcomed everyone on behalf of FoFoC and young Kate Shelly confidently recited the Selkirk Grace. Ken Tully then gave a stirring Address to the Haggis, followed by a Scottish poem reading from another young talent Jamie Shelly. Last, but not least, the supper was concluded by David Nairn, who raised the roof, and a few eyebrows, in his highly entertaining Address to the Lassies, followed by Nic Macaulay-Smith who gave a suitably witty and robust Reply to the Laddies leaving the committee, aka “The Fairlie Flappers”, calling for more!

Following the lively auction and raffle, the hugely talented Chanty Dyke Ceilidh Band gave a fantastic performance and entertained guests until the night drew to a close at midnight.

We are delighted that the event raised approximately £2800, all of which will go to the FoFoC legal fund.

The event was made possible by the generosity and community spirit of so many people, special thanks go to:

  • Alistair, Ken, Kate, Jamie, David and Nic for their skilled oration
  • Chanty Dyke for donating their fabulous performance, we hope that the whip round and cries for more made the evening as enjoyable for you as it was for us.
  • Everyone that so generously donated such fantastic raffle and auction prizes: Haven Spa / Christine Ewing / Rachel Ewing / Liz Kent / Rhona Cameron / Cyndy Duff / Mavis Briggs / Ann Brooks / Chandlers Hotel / Geraldo’s / Arnold Clarke / No. 75 Hairdressers / Ian Ewing / Alistair Houston / Holistic Yoga / Clyde Porpoise / Liam McIlvanney / Scott McGregor / Ian Murdoch / Marion Gilchrist / Elisabeth and Bill Thomas / Kelburn Country Centre / Sian Kater / Miles Montgomerie / John Fox / Hamilton Race Course / Church Pew Scotland.com

Fairlie Community Church for loan of the tables.

Massive thanks to Brian and all the staff at the Village Inn, Fairlie for their excellent food, good humour and efficient service – you were great!

All our supporters who gave so generously to the raffle & auction; and the whip round for Chanty Dyke and the staff of the Village Inn.

All our friends and family for putting up with the endless conversations about Oil Rigs!

What’s Next?  Watch this Space!  This is the first of a number of events we intend to hold through the coming months. Keep in touch, sign up as a Supporter today and receive regular updates.


Friends of the Firth of Clyde Fund Raising Event: Friday 25th January 2019, The Village Inn, Bay Street, Fairlie.

Thank you to all of our fantastic FoFoC supporters!  

We have been overwhelmed by the interest in our Burns Night fund raising event on Friday 25th January 2019 and tickets for the supper are now sold out.

We know that lots of our supporters couldn’t make the night, but still want to be involved and there are a number ways that you can still take part:

Join us on the night after 9pm to enjoy the excitement of our auction of paintings and luxury gifts; and listen to the music of the popular Chanty Dyke Ceilidh Band. Tickets will be available on the night for £5 on the door from 9pm onwards. Come along we’d love you to join us!

Buy tickets for our fabulous high quality raffle. Tickets can be purchased on the night or in advance from The Village Inn. £10 for 4 tickets. Click here to see what you can win in the raffle.

Place an advance bid for one of our exciting auction items.  We are incredibly lucky to have a number of generous and talented supporters who have donated original works of art, holiday breaks and numerous other luxury goodies. The art work can be viewed at The Village Inn, Fairlie.

Auction Listing:

Photograph on Canvas – Wooden Boat on Fairlie Beach, by Ian Ewing. Bids Start at £100

Original Acrylic Painting – Firth of Clyde, by local artist Mavis Briggs. Bids Start at £250

Annual Family Pass – Kelburn Country Centre – covers the whole of 2019 for 2 adults and 3 children. Bids Start at £50

2 Tickets – Hamilton Race Course – Braveheart Night inc Big Vern n The Shootahsin May. Bids Start at £20

Photograph on Canvas – Portencross Castle at Night, by Iain Murdoch. Bids Start at £70

Original Painting / Collage – 2 fishing boats, by local artist Ann Brooks. Bids Start at £150

Holistic Yoga – Course of 10 with Joanna Ritchie. Bids Start at £30

No. 75, Fairlie- Hair Blowdry, nails shape and polish. Bids Start at £20

To place a bid contact Friendsoftheclyde@gmail.com


Friends of the Firth of Clyde Fund Raising Raffle

We have been overwhelmed by the demand for our Burns Night fund raising event on Friday 25th January 2019 and tickets are now all sold out.

We know that many of our supporters couldn’t make the night or weren’t able to get a ticket, but you can still still be involved by buying tickets for our fabulous high quality raffle in advance from The Village Inn, Bay Street, Fairlie. Tickets cost £10 for 4 and the draw will take place during the evening of the event.

Here is a preview of the prizes on offer: Star Prize: A Plane Tour of Loch Lomond; a Luxury  B& B Stay at Chandlers Hotel on the Beautiful Isle of Bute; and a case of Whisky. Good Luck!

Want to support the Friends of Firth of Clyde? 

We will be hosting more fund raising events with food, music and fun thrown in over the coming months. Sign up to become a Supporter of the Friends of the Firth of Clyde and receive all the details as soon as they out.

Press Reports Hunterston Oil Rig Plans May Face Another Wait


The Ardrossan Herald reported this week that the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)  may delay their decision on granting the Waste Management License (WML) that Clydeport / Peelports submitted in October 2018 . SEPA told the Herald that “The application was received on 4 October. Whilst SEPA has a four month period to determine the application this can be extended if further time is required.”

FOFOC have vigorously challenged the application for a WML rather than a Pollution Prevention & Control (PPC) permit, highlighting that the decision to not require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prior to planning permission for decommissioning at Hunterston being granted by North Ayrshire Council (NAC) was based on the assumption that a PPC would be submitted to SEPA. Crucially the PPC regulations apply an integrated environmental approach to the regulation of industrial activities. This means that emissions to air, water and land, plus a range of other environmental effects, must be considered together.

In addition we  have pointed out that SEPA itself was / is not in a state of organisational readiness to make a judgement on the license application, as they were still out for consultation on their own Oil and Gas Decommissioning Sector Plan  when the WML application was submitted. The Sector Plan is an interesting read and says a lot of the right things – however it also clearly illustrates how unprepared statutory  authorities and regulatory bodies are for the complexity of decommissioning.

On the 12th November 2019 FOFOC wrote to Terry Ahearn, CEO of SEPA to outline our objections FOFOC to SEPA WML Objections 12 Nov 2018

This resulted in a meeting on 3rd December 2018 in Fairlie held between representatives of FOFOC and SEPA where we made it clear we do not consent to Hunterston and the Firth of Clyde to becoming a salutary test case for  the regulation of the emerging decommissioning industry in Scotland.

We will continue to lobby SEPA and urge all concerned citizens to make their own representations to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; North Ayrshire Council; Marine Scotland; Scottish Natural Heritage; Clyde Marine Planning Partnership; your local Councillors & MSPs.

If you wish to show your ongoing support for Friends of the Firth of Clyde Join Us as a Supporter for regular updates and information.