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January 5, 1906 
In a report on the Buddon Camp, it is stated that Gunner John Inglis, a two-year recruit of the Ardrossan Company of Garrison Artillery, firing a 4.7 quick-firing gun, scored 13 hits out of 15 rounds in three minutes, 41 secs.

Members of Ardrossan Company of Garrison Artillery attended the funerals of two members – Robert Gibson Smith, Windmill Street, Saltcoats, who was accidentally killed near the engine sheds, Ardrossan, and James Roxburgh, Ardrossan who died of pneumonia.

On New Year’s morning Ardrossan BWTA gave a free breakfast for 300 juveniles in the assembly hall, and in the afternoon entertained about 200 adults to tea.The scholars of Kersland Barony School, Dalry, under the direction of Mr Deans, headmaster, and Mr Gibson, drill instructor, gave a most enjoyable entertainment on two evenings last week.

The "Miserable Twelve" (some of them had got married since their last annual meeting) had supper in Miss Duffield’s Rooms, Kilbirnie on Tuesday night. Mr Hamilton Glen presided over a jolly company.

Mr John Hood, shoemaker, Bridge Street, Kilbirnie, slipped on the frosty ground on coming out of his workshop on Saturday night and broke his left leg.

Among those who provided the juvenile Templars’ entertainment at Kilbirnie on Thursday night were Kate McIntyre, Janet Shaw, May McMillan, Annie Morrison, Mary Boyd, Jeanie Thomson, Maggie Purdie, Maggie Thomson and Effie Park.

January 12, 1906
The General Election campaigns in the Ayrshire constituencies are in full swing and the meetings are being well attended.

Rain fell in Saltcoats on 155 days during the past year and the total fall was 36.41 inches.

The barque Ailsa, which was a frequent visitor to Ardrossan Harbour has been lost. All hands were saved.

An addition to Winton School, Ardrossan, consisting of a large room which, in two sections, provides for 60 pupils in each, and a small room was opened on Tuesday morning by Dr WR Boyle, convener.

The death is announced of Mr John Hamilton, who had charge of the Saltcoats branch shop of the Stevenston Co-op Society.

Mr Henry Gracie, who has been on the staff of Mr J Morrison, baker, Stevenston, for over 20 years, is leaving to take charge of a bakery in Sligo.

Miss Stewart, teacher at Lylestone Infant School, has been promoted to the staff of Eglinton District School, Kilwinning, in room of Miss White, resigned.

Dalry School Board have appointed Miss Ada Campbell, Patna, to the staff of Kerland Barony School.

Mr James Muir, late of West Kilbride, has died in Auckland, New Zealand. He at one time carried on the drapery business in Main Street, West Kilbride, formerly belonging to the late Mr Robert Gemmell.

January 19, 1906
Mr Hugh McCulloch presided at the annual dinner of the Glasgow Arran Society in the Windsor Hotel, Glasgow. The speakers also included: - Mr CS Douglas, Captain Charles Murchie, Ardrossan, Nr Donald Currie jr, Mr Islay Kerr, Capt James McCulloch, Mr William McKinnon, Mr Charles Hamilton, Mr AP Davidson, FEJI, and Mr A McMillan, Reference was made to the fact that the Society had no lady members and the society said he knew authoritatively that, if the society decided to admit ladies, Lady Mary Hamilton would be pleased to become the first member. This announcement was received with applause.

Mr James Carson has been transferred from Campbelltown to the Bank of Scotland, Lamlash.

A social gathering was held in Whiting Bay Established Church in connection with the introduction of the Rev Mr Gillies, MA, in that charge.

At the annual soiree of Shiskine Total Abstinence Society the singers were:- Messers Wm Stewart, DS Bannatyne, Archibald McKenzie, James Moffat and Alex James, and Misses Mary Bannatyne, Bessie McAllister, and Dora Rutherford. Mr James Morton gave selections on his gramophone.

The death is announced of Mr James Stewart, railway guard, who was senior elder in New Ardrossan Parish Church.

In the report of the Saturday evening concert at Kilbirnie it is stated: "All the artistes were appreciated save the comedian: but he was passable and did not receive fair play at the hands of a section of the audience."

January 26, 1906
The general Election continues to run in favour of the Liberals. The returns up to date are: - Liberal, 338; labour, 43; Nationals, 81 and Unionists, 140. In Ayrshire two of the constituencies that have polled, Kilmarnock Burghs and South Ayrshire, have shown sweeping Liberal gains, and the Unionist has been returned for Ayr Burghs with a narrow majority. North Ayrshire polls today.

Shepherdry in Saltcoats had a record year in 1905. There was a record gain in the year’s working of £267 and an increase in membership of 64. The Lodge has 734 members.

At Saltcoats "Literary" Burns Supper, "The Immortal Memory" and proposed by Mr William M Miller. Mr John Miller presided and other speakers were Mr McCulley, Mr Sam Noble, Mr King, Mr John M Orr, Mr J McMurtrie, Mr Dugald Campbell, Mr J Gammie, Mr John Pringle, Mr Bowman, Mr Robert Campbell and Mr Barclay.

The following Kilwinning pupils of Mr S Stewart Scott have made excellent passes in the Trinity College of Music, London, examination:- Miss Sarah Glen, Main Street, Master Charlie Hendrie, Meadowbank; and Master Robert Peacock, Underwood.

A dividend of 3/2d per £ has been allocated by Kilbirnie Co-op Society. Mr William Henderson, president has been voted £10 in recognition of long and faithful service.

The Rev A McLean, Lochranza, at a gathering in the schoolroom, received presentations on the occasion of his departure for Contin.