Carrick Gazette Letters Page

Rally appeal

Calling all petrol heads

We at the Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally are inviting car enthusiasts from Ayrshire to burn rubber for over 1000 miles to Monte Carlo via France, Switzerland and Italy to raise money for charity.

The rally challenges entrants to source a banger car for less than £250 and take part in a variety of hilarious challenges along the way competing for points and prizes. Teams are encouraged to raise money for a local charity of their choice and can share their progress with supporters back home via live GPS tracking.

The rally is inspired by the classic Paramount film, the 3-day crusade and will see over 100 of the finest British bangers visit some of Europe’s most exciting locations and experience spectacular roads with backdrops of sun, sea, sand and snow.

I am laying down the challenge to the good people of Ayrshire to join me on Europe’s ultimate banger rally adventure. This is a brilliant opportunity to get your team into gear and experience some of the greatest roads in Europe in some of worst cars from Wigtownshire.

Monte Carlo or Bust takes place in June and July 2014 and more information can be found on the event website at


Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally


Nominate your award winner

Do you know a Council employee who goes the extra mile?

Been impressed by the professional service you have received? Did a Council employee go above and beyond the call of duty to help you?

Has the service you have received improved your quality of life?

We’re again looking for nominations from the public for the 2014 Outstanding People Awards – South Ayrshire Council’s scheme to reward and recognise the efforts of employees who make a difference to customers and service users.

You can nominate those Council employees who go out of their way to deliver the highest quality of service for one of our Awards.

Any South Ayrshire Council employee can be nominated – from librarians to leisure attendants, refuse collectors to clerical staff, planning officers to teachers and any other employee.

Nominations can be submitted by members of the public or colleagues for either an individual or a team and nominations can be made in five categories: Innovation, Equalities in Action, Sustainability, Inspirational Young Employee or Service Excellence.

Nominations for The Outstanding People Awards close on 30 April 2014.

You can fill in your nomination form by logging on to, or pick up a nomination form from one of our Customer Service Centres in Ayr, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick or Troon.

If you have any queries or need assistance completing your nomination form, email or call 01292 612026.

South Ayrshire Council


Prepare to cope

With many GP practices and pharmacies closing during the Easter holiday break (Friday 18 – Monday 21 April), South Ayrshire residents are being urged to prepare to cope with any common health concerns.

Community pharmacists can answer questions on choosing and using the right medicine and provide easy-to-understand advice on treating everyday ailments such as coughs, colds and flu. NHS 24 also has a number of community pharmacists who are able to answer medicine and pharmacy-related questions over the telephone on 08454 24 24 24.

The public can also do a number of things to ensure they are prepared to deal with common illnesses for the coming months. Have a sufficient supply of medicines like paracetamol, sore throat and cough remedies, as these will help to relieve the symptoms of common ailments.

Most pharmacies in South Ayrshire are open on Good Friday (18 April) with the exception of Dundonald Pharmacy, Coylton Pharmacy, Mossblown Chemist, Tarbolton Pharmacy, Alloway Pharmacy, Symington Pharmacy.

Most pharmacies in South Ayrshire will be closed on Easter Monday (21 April) with the exception of:

Boots the Chemist, 168/170 High Street, Ayr, open 9am - 5.30pm; Lloyds Pharmacy, 146 Dalmellington Road, Ayr, open 10am – 2pm

If you need a doctor urgently and your GP’s surgery is closed, call NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.

For emergency dental treatment, call NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24

NHS Ayrshire and Arran