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To listen to 3TFM Community Radio on the web please click on the blue link below This will take you to our stream page  Click on audio player to listen to us.                                                                                                  http://shoutcast.zfast.co.uk:2199/start/ 

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You can also listen to us using the tunein app. Click on the blue link below                            http://tunein.com/radio/3TFM-1031- s149850/ Tune In




Hello and welcome to Ayrshire’s original and 1st community radio 3TFM Community Radio’s website. We broadcast to Ardrossan, Saltcoats,and Stevenston on 103.1FM and online at www.3tfm.org 24 hours a day, 7days a week. On this website you will find, Local News, Health News, Community Whats,On’s,and all the information about what is important to the residents of the 3 towns. You can also find information about your favourite radio station,check out the presenters photo’s when your here.


Here’s what your saying about our website    –      At last !! A fresh new look for the 3tfm website, it has a more modern feel, is easy to navigate and does exactly what it says on the tin!  -  Jim McHarg       Thanks Jim 


Pharmacy Opening Times In North Ayrshire Over Easter

  With many GP practices and pharmacies closing during the Easter holiday break (Friday 18 – Monday 21 April), North Ayrshire residents are being urged to prepare to cope with any common health concerns.

Community pharmacists can answer questions on choosing and using the right medicine and provide easy-to-understand advice on treating everyday ailments such as coughs, colds and flu. NHS 24 also has a number of community pharmacists who are able to answer medicine and pharmacy-related questions over the telephone on 08454 24 24 24.

The public can also do a number of things to ensure they are prepared to deal with common illnesses for the coming months. Have a sufficient supply of medicines like paracetamol, sore throat and cough remedies, as these will help to relieve the symptoms of common ailments. People who take regular medication should they check their existing supplies and only order what they need to ensure they have enough to see them through the weekend, Good Friday, Easter Monday and holidays away from home.

 What your community pharmacist can do

  • If you qualify for the Minor Ailments Service your community pharmacist may prescribe medication for you following a consultation
  • Give you advice on the best way to take your medicines
  • Give women advice and supply emergency hormonal contraception
  • Dispense prescriptions
  • Give advice on diet and exercise
  • Give advice, support  and where appropriate, prescribe nicotine replacement therapy to those giving up smoking
  • Hold records of your medicines to ensure that the safety of any future medication is checked
  • Provide a private area to discuss sensitive issues
  • Give you advice over the telephone

 Many pharmacies also offer

  • Advice on travel health
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Collection and delivery of prescriptions
  • Supervised methadone supply
  • Needle exchange

Most pharmacies in North Ayrshire are open on Good Friday (18 April) with the exception of:

  • J.B. Spence, 49 Skelmorlie Castle Road, Skelmorlie
  • L.J. Wilson, 20 Main Street, Dreghorn
  • Gallagher Pharmacy, 6 Central Avenue, Ardrossan
  • Dalry Pharmacy, 18 Main Street, Dalry
  • Gallagher Healthcare Ltd, 19 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats
  • Gallagher Pharmacy, 41 Hamilton Street, Saltcoats
  • Gallagher Pharmacy, 41 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan
  • Gallagher Pharmacy, 1 New Street, Dalry
  • Gallagher Healthcare Ltd, 17/19 Raise Street, Saltcoats
  • Gallagher Pharmacy, 13 New Street, Stevenston
  • Townhead Pharmacy, Station Plaza, Pennyburn Road, Kilwinning

Most pharmacies in North Ayrshire will be closed on Easter Monday (21 April) with the exception of:

  • Boots the Chemist, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine, open 9am – 5.30pm
  • Boots the Chemist, 77 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, open 9am – 5.30pm
  • Boots, 2A Dalry Road, Kilbirnie, open 8.30am – 6pm
  • Superdrug Pharmacy, 6b Aitken Street, Largs, open 8.30am – 6pm
  • Red House Pharmacy, Lamlash, Arran, open 9am – 5pm
  • The Bay Pharmacy, Shore Road, Whiting Bay, open 11am – 4pm (pharmacist available 1pm – 2pm)
  • Brodick Pharmacy, Arran, open 9am – 5pm
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs, open 9am – 6pm
  • Cumbrae Pharmacy, 30 Stuart Street, Millport, open 9am – 5.30pm

If you need a doctor urgently and your GP’s surgery is closed, call NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.

For emergency dental treatment, call NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24


Bowel cancer awareness for footie fans 

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Detect Cancer Early team were at Somerset Park on Saturday 29 March to help raise awareness of bowel cancer among Ayr United fans.

In the first of a range of activities to support bowel cancer awareness month (April), Health Promotion staff spoke to fans about the importance of detecting bowel cancer at an early stage. For those who wanted to find out more, the team were on hand to provide a range of information about signs and symptoms to look out for and explain how to take the home screening test.

Hazel Henderson, Consultant in Public Health, said ‘Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. When detected at an early stage it can be highly treatable and we know that nine out of ten people beat bowel cancer if it’s found early. As bowel cancer is more common in men – and men are less likely to take the test than women – it’s vitally important to reach them and explain the importance of home screening.”

In Scotland, people between the ages of 50 and 74 are invited to take the screening test every two years. Those over 75 are not routinely sent the test kit but can request one. The risk of bowel cancer increases with age and the signs and symptoms can sometimes be hidden so taking the screening test could save your life.

Whether or not you take the test, it’s important to look out for the tell-tale signs of bowel cancer. Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact their GP:

  • Repeated bleeding from your bottom.
  • A recent change in your poo that continues for more than six weeks, without going back to normal.
  • Watery poo on its own or with constipation (constipation on its own is less likely to be serious).
  • Severe pain in your stomach that won’t go away especially after eating.
  • You have recently lost weight without trying.
  • You feel tired all the time and people keep telling you, ‘‘you look a bit pale’’.

Ms Henderson adds: “These symptoms can be caused by a few conditions and not just bowel cancer but if you have noticed any of them you should speak to your doctor right away. Even if you regularly take the test but notice any changes between screenings it is important to contact your doctor.”

Bowel cancer awareness month activities

  • The Detect Cancer Early team will be at Kilmarnock Football Club on Saturday 5 April and will be visiting William Hill bookmakers within Ayrshire throughout April to speak to staff and customers to raise awareness of bowel cancer.
  • The team are on the road all month, with the following information stands:

Rivergate Shopping Centre                           Friday 11 April

Asda, Ayr                                                       Saturday 12 April

Asda, Irvine                                                   Tuesday 15 April

Tesco, Auchinleck                                       Tuesday 22 April

Asda, Girvan                                                 Monday 28 April

  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s annual Bowel Screening Event will take place at University Hospital Crosshouse on 25 April. This year’s theme is “Can we prevent Bowel Cancer?”  Places can be booked by contacting Fiona McTaggart, Bowel Screening Audit Facilitator on 01563 825869 or fiona.mctaggart@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk.

For more information or to request a test kit call the Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 0121 833 or go online to www.bowelscreeningtest.org.

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Ayr United


3TFM Community Radio’s new Weather and Travel Widgets

We hope you like our new weather and travel widgets at the top of the page. If you click onto them they will open up to give you a full weather forecast or travel report for the roads around the 3 towns.. Why don’t you try them out

Drugs Warning from Police Scotland and NHS



Police Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and NHS Ayrshire and Arran are issuing a warning about the dangers of drugs after a 17 year-old woman fell ill at a Glasgow nightclub and died on Sunday 2 February 2014.  It’s unclear at this stage what caused her death and a post mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

However, a further four people were admitted to hospital when they became ill after taking drugs.

An investigation is underway and although the inquiry is at an early stage enquiries so far have revealed that a red ‘mortal kombat’ tablet with a dragon stamped on it could be the common link between these incidents.

Further to the 17 year-old woman being admitted to hospital, a further three men and one woman were also admitted to hospitals in separate incidents in Glasgow and Ayrshire, as they began to feel unwell after taking drugs. One woman, aged 19 was admitted to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and three men aged 18, 26 and 27 were admitted to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock.

Police Scotland continues to work with its partner agencies including health officials and medical staff in connection with this investigation.

Detective Inspector Sharon MacGregor said:

“I can’t stress enough how dangerous drugs are, sadly a young woman has died and several other young people are ill in hospital.  Illicit drugs are unstable, unpredictable and extremely dangerous as this outcome shows, often the content of the drugs is unknown but they could contain dangerous chemicals and people need to understand the devastating effect they can have. I would strongly advise people to avoid illicit drugs and report any information to the police.”

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine, Dr Alastair Ireland said:

“We are deeply concerned about people taking this dangerous drug and cannot stress enough the effects they can cause including death. I would urge anyone who has taken one of these tablets and begins to feel unwell to seek immediate medical help.”

Mr James Stevenson, A& E Consultant with Ayrshire and Arran added:

“People who choose to take drugs are playing Russian roulette with their life.  They have no way of knowing what they are taking, and as a result, some of them will die.  I would appeal to young people, don’t believe what you’re being told by someone giving you drugs – there’s no such thing as a safe, illicit drug, you could be swallowing anything.  You can’t tell what’s in it by looking at it.”

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3TFM Community Radio have big plans for this year. We will reveal all in the coming weeks,but just lets say you will like our news.  3TFM Community Radio broadcasts to Ardrossan,Saltcoats and Stevenston on 103.1FM and online at www.3tfm.org. We are Ayrshire’s original community radio station. Our presenters are all local people from the community,and are proud of the fact that our radio station is “Local Radio by Local People”. 3TFM Community Radio with the spotlight  on health and wellbeing for the 3 Towns. If it matters to the community we will let you know about it. Spread the word and tell your friends and family about us.

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3TFM Community Radio What’s On?

Are you holding a community event? Do you need to advertise it? Why don’t you let 3TFM Community Radio tell everyone one about it. Any community event we will advertise for free and here is a bonus we will also put it up on our website free of charge. All you need to do is give us the details and let us do the rest. Contact Louis Ferguson our Station Manager on 01294 604612 or email contact@3tfm.org. You can also post it to Community Whats On, 3TFM Community Radio, Focus Learning Centre, Primrose Place, Saltcoats KA21 6LH.   Checkout the Whats On Page.



   3TFM invited to GSK Social Club in Irvine

3TFM were invited to GSK Social Club in Irvine to be presented with a cheque from their community fund. Here are some  photos. We would like to thank GSK for their continued support of 3TFM Community Radio. The money will go to help with the running costs of the station.

Thanks again!

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3TFM were invited to the Older People’s Day Tea Dance At Magnum Centre Irvine

Yes 3TFM was invited to supply the music at Older People’s Day Tea Dance at Magnum Centre in Irvine on Tuesday 1 October, the event was run by a number of partner agencies and a good time was had by all. Here are some photo’s.DSCF0442DSCF0450DSCF0451DSCF0454DSCF0457


3TFM Community Radio at RNLI Open Day at Largs

3TFM Community Radio was invited down to Largs on Saturday to supply the music for the Largs RNLI Open Day.We all enjoyed the day,and the weather didn’t spoil the fun either. We have created a 3TFM channel on You Tube where you can see footage of the great day we had.       Click on the blue link below to be taken to the footage

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in Partnership with 3TFM Community Radio

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have entered into a partnership initiative with 3TFM Community Radio who provide a community based service for the three towns of Ardrossan,Saltcoats and Stevenston. Ardrossan Station Manager Derek Davidson approached 3TFM boss Louis Ferguson to assist with relaying safety messages from the Fire & Rescue Service to the local community members in an effort to fulfil various demand reduction strategies which the organisation have in place. Louis was delighted to become involved with a high profile organisation like SFRS and utilising his experience and skills in the broadcasting business and working together with SM Davidson has resulted in four safety messages to date being broadcast over the 3TFM airwaves throughout the day and night. The recordings cover the subjects of Secondary Fires,Home Fire Safety Visits,Safe Cooking and Water Safety. SM Davidson provided the voice overs for the broadcastings and Louis adapted and edited to suit while adding some “signature” music which will make the messages easily recognisable and linked by the local listeners to SFRS. Louis said “When Derek approached me to work in partnership I jumped at the chance. Our aim is to provide local information for local people and there is no better way to do that than by working in conjunction with a large organisation that has the best interests of the local community at heart.The safety messages have been broadcast for a few weeks now and I’m receiving very favourable feedback relating to them from a number of people including local elected members. Derek was worried about his “recording voice” but I assured him the best way to get the safety information across successfull was to use an authentic accent and dialect local to the area that people can indentify with. After all our station motto is ” Keeping it real ….and making you smile in the three towns” SM Davidson said” Engagement with the members of the local community is critical if we are to improve the safety of individuals,families and businesses in the area.Louis Ferguson and 3TFM Radio have provided a platform where our educational messages can be relayed to a wide audience on a regular basis and hopefully to those we have not yet reached. Louis has already agreed to undertake further initiatives with the organisation throughout the year and that can only be beneficial for all involved”  3TFM Can be heard on 103.1FM and online at www.3tfm.org

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A big thank you to Magnox North and Awards for All

3TFM Community Radio would like to thank both Magnox North and Awards for all for their generous support in our quest to replace our analogue broadcasting equipment. We applied to both Magnox North and Awards for all for financial help in getting the capital to go digital. We were over the moon when both organisations said they would help financially,we are now well on our way to replacing the analogue system. We will be doing various fundraising events over the coming months,so if you see us out and about come and say hello,and please give generously. Also if you are a company who could help us financially by giving us a donation, please contact our Station Manager Louis Ferguson on 01294 604612 or email him at louisb@3tfm.org.  It would be nice to hear from you. MXN_logo_colRGB   index






Lucy Boyd aged 11 designs poster for 3TFM Community Radio

We have a budding artist in our midst as young Lucy Boyd who is aged 11 designed a new poster for 3TFM Community Radio.Lucy is one of our young volunteers.Keep up the good work. doc016

 3TFM Community Radio would like to thank the Moffat Trust

The Board of Directors of 3TFM Community Radio would like to thank the Moffat Charitable Trust for their generous offer of financial support over the next 3 years.The Trust have given us a grant to cover studio maintenance and transmitter running costs The money will help with essential repairs for the next 3 years.So once again a very big thank you,to the Moffat Trust.Trustlogo_large







3TFM Community Radio is looking for you.

  • Have you some spare time and are bored,do you fancy being trained in the radio industry.

Here at 3TFM, we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. If you fancy taking on one of the many jobs such as:

  • Presenter
  • Technical Support
  • Administration
  • Studio Worker
  • Event Team
  • News Gathering
  • Sales Team
  • Fundraising

Don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this before, you’ll be trained in whatever you’re hoping to do! If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact our Station Manager Louis Ferguson on 01294 604612 or email him at contact@3tfm.orgimages   download

More about 3TFM Community Radio

3TFM Community Radio officially started broadcasting on the 19th April 2008 and our pool of volunteers and partners have been working hard  since then to provide the residents in Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan the best music and community and health information that is more local than any other station in the area. This is because we are based in the 3 towns. We produce programmes for the community by the community and are proud of that. If you’ve never heard of us why not tune in and hear what your missing, on 103.1fm, or www.3tfm.org, you’ll be surprised that you had a radio station on your doorstep. Let us know what you think.



We have been asked what is the tartan we are using on the back ground to the site, ok we’ll tell you. Its the Saltcoats tartan,bet you didn’t know the town has its own design.




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