Laying it on the line

I WAS recently honoured to attend various school prizegivings just before the holidays, among them were St Margaret’s Academy, Girvan Academy and Pinwherry Primary School.

I am always impressed by the educational achievements and talents of the pupils who are setting out on their journey of life and feel our country’s future is in good hands going by the enthusiasm and skills of these young people.

I was also delighted to attend Girvan Academy’s production of the musical ‘Time’. The music, singing, acting, choreography and costumes were absolutely brilliant. I really enjoyed the show and thanks and credit must go to everyone who was involved with the production and presentation of this lively and entertaining show.

I WAS also privileged to attend the presentation of Certificates to Adult Learners held in the County Buildings, Ayr on June 22.

This award ceremony was attended by almost 200 adult learners from throughout South Ayrshire and gave record and recognition of their advancement throughout the past academic year at various educational centres in South Ayrshire.

There were several accounts of significant personal achievements in gaining confidence and learning with quite a few notable examples of what can be done by individuals who are determined to broaden their life skills.

I am pleased to say Girvan and the local villages were well represented by award winners who had participated in the courses available locally.

It was also very pleasing to see Elma McLean being recognised for her role in community life and to receive her Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the community which is richly deserved.

I AM delighted to report the Carrick Activity Centre has really taken off with plenty of choice for the young and not so young to achieve their own fitness goals.

As soon as the final bell rang signalling the end of term, young people from South Carrick dashed to the Carrick Activity Centre in their droves to sign themselves up for the new Summer Activity Programme, which is now in its third week.

Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting at 11am until 4pm, the BAIRNZ and KIDZ age groups have been partaking in activities such as: TRI-Golf, New Age Kurling, Football and Dance.

The KIDZ group had a brilliant time during a Nature Detectives walk at Wood of Cree RSPB near Glentrool and can’t wait for the next outdoor adventure activity.

However, it’s not just the KIDZ who are having all the fun.

Local teenagers are relishing their very own TEEN-FIT sessions which commenced in early July with many attending the fitness suite regularly.

Manager Craig Lawless and the centre staff are delighted that the summer programme has been so well received and hope to continue to welcome the Carrick youngsters to the centre for a bumper final few weeks.

For further information contact Craig at the Activity Centre on 01465 811781.

I HAD the pleasure of meeting Keith Brown MSP, the Transport and Housing Minister, when he visited Carrick recently to look at the much improved section of the A77 north of Ballantrae.

I took the opportunity to press the case with the Minister and Transport Scotland officials for improvements to the A77 south of Ballantrae where there have been accidents over many years near the severe bend at Laigh Kilphin.

Mr Brown later visited Maybole to meet the Maybole Bypass Committee who are pressing for the much-needed Maybole Bypass.

He also paid a visit to North Ayr to view two new housing developments: one by Ayrshire Housing the other to inspect the construction of 60 new council houses, the first council homes to be built in South Ayrshire for over 30 years.

This is a tremendous achievement which will help to shorten the waiting list for much-needed council accommodation.