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Bowling Club

Winners of the ‘Buy a Brick’ competition were 1st prize Neil Cauchie (No7), 2nd prize Isobel Hopton (No 89), 3rd prize John Murphy (No 233). Thanks to all who contributed.

Charity Day

There will be a strawberry tea in the Hamilton Arms on Sunday 24th August at 4pm in aid of breast cancer care. There will be raffle and party games and all donations are welcome. Call into Shake Fit in Dalrymple Street to confirm attendance.

Charity Shop

The Friends of Hillcrest are having a charity shop at 100 Dalrymple Street until the 16th August. The shop will be open from 10am-4pm. Anyone wishing to donate goods please contact Hillcrest 01465 713575 or FOH secretary Bertha McDowall on 01465 713380.

50/50 Club

The South Carrick Community Leisure 50/50 club is a fundraising venture to raise money for the new community and leisure complex which will include a modern swimming pool.

All funds raised are split 50:50 with half the money going towards prizes and half contributing towards funds for the new building.

For last years members put your money in an envelope and send to Eleanor McCarrey, Secretary SCCL, 13 Kirkpatrick Street, Girvan or contact Sconaid Clark on 01465 714616.

Garden Safari

On Sunday 24th August from 2pm-5pm a Girvan Garden Safari will take place. Maps are £2 a head which give entry to all gardens. Children go free. Maps are available from Dunlop’s Newsagent in Dalrymple Street, Girvan South Parish Church at Stair Park from 11-12 noon and 1.30-3pm on the day or at participating gardens.

Plant sales, teas, drinks and competitions on offer.

Rotary Club

Girvan Rotary Club continues to meet. Two weeks ago we went to Brunstan golf club to putt with our partners and had a meal together at the club It was greatly enjoyed.

On Tuesday 22nd July a hitch resulted in us having no speaker. A pleasant discussion ensued.

On Tuesday 29th July we had Alistair Wilson telling us about his life and how he became an entertainer and musician. He was born in Glasgow and brought up in Argyle. In his youth he went to Australia, where he worked in the timber industry. He came back to Girvan to marry Nancy Robb In 1965.There was not work for him here and they went back to Australia where he could not get work either. He had acquired skills as a piper at school. He discovered he could make some sort of living as a busker. He started to follow a group who sang sea shantys called Fo’c’sle Firkins and was to his great surprise invited to join them. They had a very fruitful and successful time.They became the Wind Jammers, were in much demand and made several records. He got a job as a peripatetic teacher of sea shanties, sailing ships and thk and sea shanty scenee trade they carried, mand how they arranged round trips all with full holds. Goods mainly wool were carried from the interior by camels or donkeys.

Alistair and Nancy now live in Girvan. Both continue their involvement in the folk and sea shanty scene.

Sponsored Silence

The Gazette’s own Vicky Barrowcliffe will be undertaking a sponsored silence to raise money for the new Girvan swimming pool on Friday 22nd August from 10am-8pm. You can hand sponsor money into the Gazette office, Shake Fit, The Sweetie Shop, Maly’s, Dunlop Newsagents, Douneburn Stores and Margaret’s Fruit and Veg shop.


A Visitor Information Point has opened up in the refurbished Townhouse at 25 Knockcushan Street in Girvan.

It is currently being manned by a team of volunteers and is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Information is provided on all the attractions in the area as well as local businesses and community groups.

The model of the proposed swimming pool is on display as well. Volunteers and ideas are required to ensure this project is a success. For more information you can contact Lorraine on 01465 715289 or Tricia on 01465 712032.


Smugglers Costumes

In preparation for this year’s Festival (18-23 August), and to encourage more villagers to dress in period costume and add to the atmosphere, the Development Group which organises the Festival, is running a “Drop in session” on Thursday 7 August from 2pm to 4pm in the Community Hall, Ballantrae. Copies of the “Costume Guide” will be available and Denis Reid and Davy Hunter will be on hand to give advice and show you what is possible at very little cost.


Bowling Club

Barrhill bowling club open pairs had to be cancelled on Saturday the 2nd due to the heavy rain. We have re-arranged for Saturday 16th August, entries to Alvon Hirst 01465 821441 by 5pm Thursday 14th August and lets hope the weather will be kind. The prize draw was drawn on Saturday and the lucky winners are 1st P Keane, 2nd M Gregg, 3rd D Fletcher, 4th P Keane 5th Mrs Trotter, 6th Susan (Stranraer), 7th R McIlveen, many thanks for your support.


Whist Drive

Colmonell Bowling Green held a Whist Drive on Friday 1 August with four tables plus one person playing.

Winners were: Ladies: 1st: Cathie Gordon. 2nd: Evelyn McCubbin. 3rd: Freda Hirst. Con Isobel Hainey. Highest 1/2 time Marion McQuiston.

Gents: 1st Jan Campbell. 2nd: Ann Robertson 3rd Margaret Robertson. Con Hugh Gregg. Highest 1/2 time George Parker. Person sitting longest at one table: Betty McFadzean.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and brought raffle prizes and helped to make it a very enjoyable evening.


Dance Class

There is a fit steps dance class with Joanne Clark in the Richmond Hall, 6 Main Street on Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm. The sessions are a £5 drop in.

Lunch Club

There will be a lunch club in Kirkoswald church hall on Wednesday 6th August from 12noon-2pm.


150 Club Results

Winners of St Cuthbert’s Church’s 150 Club draw for July are:

£25 Ian Kirkpatrick no 50

£15 Isabel Drennan no 106

£10 Nancy Flanagan no 59