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Farmers’ market

The first market of the year organised by the Ballantrae Development Group (a sub Group of the Ballantrae Community Council) and Craigiemains will be held on Sunday 17 April from 11am to 3pm at Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre.

The market stalls are likely to include pies and quiches (Grannie Jean’s); local fruit & veg, cheeses, eggs, and Ayrshire honey (Rhone Cottage); Nethergate Rare Breed meat products (Thompson McKenzie); pies and sausages (Dalduff Farm); jams and chutneys (The Hidden Garden); fresh and smoked fish (Peroni); Galloway Chillies with jam and plants (Galloway Chillies), cut locally grown flowers (Flowers in the Forest) and home baking from the ever popular Ballantrae Baking Stall.

Drinks will be available from the Ayr Brewing Company; and class cocktails from Kirkton Liqueurs. Even your dog will be catered for by Pet Care’s “Doggie Deli”. There will be tastings and the ever popular raffle of the Hamper containing produce from the various suppliers.

Scout Auction

On Saturday 30 April the Ballantrae Scout Group (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) will be holding an Auction in the Community Hall, Main Street, Ballantrae as their major fund-raising event of the year.

Viewing is from 1pm with the auction commencing at 2pm. Entry £1, with accompanied children free. Auctioneer Dr Tom Smith. This year, as well as having traditional “lots” comprising bric-a-brac, some unusual items have already been donated including a studio photoshoot, a bottle of House of Commons Speaker’s Malt Whisky signed by SNP MPs, and a carriage ride for 4 in a horse drawn carriage followed by a champagne picnic lunch at Glenapp Castle. If you would like to support the Ballantrae Scout Group by donating something (no furniture or electrical goods please), contact Andy McAlpine on 07920517700.



The next meeting on April 21 at 7.30pm is in Minishant Primary School’s IFE wing. Entertainment will be provided by Hugh and Friends and the meeting is open to all ladies; visitors will be very welcome.

Competitions for the evening will be a) 3 squares carrot cake and b) a bookmark in any craft.


Town Hall

Friday, May 20 – BINGO NIGHT St Cuthbert’s P.S. Fundraiser. Doors open 6pm. Tickets Price £7. Licensed Bar (over 18s only). To book place/table or call 07392025199

The Speakers

April 23 – TEQUILA 9pm-1pm. Admission Free.

May 7 – ADDICTION 9pm-1pm. Admission Free.

Carrick Centre

Wednesday, April 13 - Spring Hols “Get Active” – Archery/Basketball 1pm-3pm. Age Primary 4-7. Book now at reception or call 01655 883222.

Wednesday, April 13 – “NEW” Circuit Classes 5.45pm-6.45pm weekly.

Friday, April 15 – “NEW” Circuit Classes 5pm-6pm weekly.

Monday, April 18 – Spring Hols “Get Active” – Fun Games/Parachute 1pm-3pm. Age Primary 1-3. Book now at reception or call 01655 883222.

Monday, April 18 – “NEW” LMK JUST DANCE 6pm-6.45pm weekly. Fun dance fitness class £4/session. Just drop in no booking required.

Monday, April 18 – “NEW” LMK POWERHOOP 6.45pm-7.30pm weekly. No hooping experience needed. £4 session. Booking Essential due to space

Wednesday, April 20 - Spring Hols “Get Active” – Football/Handball 1pm-3pm. Age Primary 4-7. Book now at reception or call 01655 883222.

Wednesday, April 27 – Alzheimer Scotland “Football Memories” 10.30am-12noon. ALL WELCOME. An afternoon of reminiscence about the beautiful game with pies, banter and scores settled. Contact Jim Baird on 07584327875 for more info and how to attend.

Friday, April 29 – CAMERON’S CONCERT in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Hospital with “Hugh & Friends” – 7.30pm. Tickets £5, Children £3.

Wednesday, May 4 - The Book Club – 11am-12.30pm. FREE & ALL WELCOME. Love reading? The book club is a friendly informal get together and the group would love to see you along. May book: “Where my heart used to beat” by Sebastian Faulkes. For next month’s see website.

Mondays & Fridays. SOUTH AYRSHIRE FOODBANK is in the Centre 10am-12noon. All Donations of non-perishable goods greatly appreciated. There is also a drop off box available in the Centre out with these times.

Group Holiday Notifications: Tai Chi: Re-starts 14th April. Caroline’s Dance Academy: Re-starts 21st April.

Memorial Park

Wednesday, April 13 - 5.30pm The Ladies Section of Maybole Golf Club opening night. This always a fun evening and old and members will be made very welcome.


Cancer Support 6k Family Fun Run

Registration is now open for the Ayrshire Cancer Support annual 6k Family Fun Run on Sunday 24th April 2016, along the Ayr Esplanade. Let’s hope there are no April showers!!!!

It’s time to look out those trainers now and run for charity.

You don’t have to be super fit to take part, you can walk or run.

This is a great family event not to be missed, the kids can even dress up in their favourite costumes. Registration is open from 10am.

Karen Murrie from GLOW Fitness will do the warm up before the race starts at 11.00am.

Entry costs £10 Adults (includes a free ACS t/shirt), 5-16 Years £6, Under 4’s free. Family of £28 (2 adults + 2 children)

There will be prizes on the day and all finishers get a fantastic commemorative medal.

Enter online at

Entry forms are also available from our Ayrshire Cancer Support Centre’s at 22 Wellington Square, Ayr and 16 Portland Road, Kilmarnock, or contact us at 01563 538008 or


The Scottish SPCA is appealing to kind hearted people in Ayrshire to volunteer and help raise funds for abused, abandoned and injured animals.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity is urging locals to get involved in its Rehoming Week, which runs from 2 - 8 May, by shaking a collection tin in their area.

Marion Hainey, manager of the charity’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Ayr, said, “Every year our centre takes in and finds loving new homes for hundreds of neglected, mistreated and unwanted animals and 2016 is proving to be just as challenging. During Rehoming Week we have opportunities to fundraise throughout Ayrshire and we’d be very grateful if people who love animals can get behind our appeal and help.” Anyone who would like to help raise funds for the Scottish SPCA can contact the fundraising team on 03000 999 999 or email