The holiday season is well and truly upon us once more, with wonderful Christmas lights in many of the towns and villages bringing a festive feel to our communities.
All across the Carrick area, people are preparing for the celebrations.
There have been terrific pantomimes, nativity plays, party nights, activities and events as the excitement builds.
However, it is worth mentioning that not everyone will feel in celebratory mood. There are among us some people who are alone and vulnerable at this time of year. It is awful to feel marginalised over Christmas. If you know of anyone who would benefit from a cheery face at the door, why not go to visit them and say hello?
One of the great assets of this part of the country is the sense of community that is evident much of the time. Let’s make sure we all continue to show that spirit over the next couple of weeks.
We at the Gazette will be out and about over the festive break as ever, covering all that is going on.
Unfortunately there wasn’t much festive cheer at South Ayrshire Council on Thursday as councillors set their budget for the next financial year.
The headlines will be dominated by the Conservative and Labour coalition’s policy of choosing to cut another £4.6m from vital public services.
Everyone knows that the economic climate is tough but hopefully these efficiency savings will be spread around evenly and fairly. That is the worry for many people in the Carrick region.
Services in schools such as janitorial and kitchen staff are set to be hard hit so it will be interesting to see if schools retain their high standards with less resources.
Investment is still being made but next year looks set to be tough for Carrick again.