Carrick carries torch for Scotland

CARRICK Community Councils’ Forum held its regular monthly meeting at Ailsa Horizons in Girvan.

The meeting heard that South Ayrshire is the receiving authority for the Olympic Torch relay’s first day in Scotland.

The torch will go through six Carrick communities and a small group representing the participating communities has been set up to ensure that the torch receives a huge Carrick welcome.

New Media Worker Ashley Murphy introduced two young people from Girvan Academy to the

Forum.

Jay Taylor and David McCulloch have both been participating in the recent community consultation activities in Carrick and are keen to stay involved. They are keen to bring the opinions of the young people to the forum.

David said: “It is important to include the young people in the Forum as they can bring a fresh perspective to the proceedings.”

Acting chairman Mark Fletcher commended the boys for their input, and added: “Young people need to be encouraged as they are our future community representatives.”

A youth theme is growing thanks to the work that Ashley Murphy has done and the CCCF will be represented by Ashley at the forthcoming Scottish Youth Parliament to be held at Prestwick Academy in March. Maybole’s Covenanter’s Gait Residents Association recently undertook a litter pick and, within a very short time, collected 45 bags of litter.

Spurred on by this, Mr Fletcher has said that it is the intention to get all of Maybole to have a mass litter pick in the near future.

Carrick – Beyond the Tourist Guide, a book published by Carrick Community Councils Forum, is being re-launched in time for the visitor season.

The book, written by James Brown, is a delightful collection of information of Carrick, from history and geology to flora and fauna. Priced at £3.50, copies are available from Ailsa Horizons and local outlets.