This week’s Carrick Chatter

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Medical Practice Hours

The Ballantrae medical practice will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and January 2.

A GP will be consulting at Barrhill on Friday 27 December from 2pm-4pm and on Friday 3 January from 10am-12noon. Please ensure you have enough medication to see you through the holiday period. Emergency medical cover will be provided by NHS 24/ADOC 08454 24 24 24. In a life threatening emergency dial 999.

Wee Whist

The next Wee Whist will be held in BRICC House on Wednesday the 18th December (Tonight) at 7.30 pm.

The Christmas hamper raffle will take place the same evening, So come along and enjoy a good evening supper provided.


Christmas Carols

Carol concert featuring Colmonell and Ballantrae school pupils, Colmonell Brownies, Ballantrae Church Choir and other musicians. Favourite carols, refreshments and mincepies. Thursday 19th December at 7.30pm in St Colmon Church, Colmonell.”

Christmas Carols and refreshments in Ballantrae Church on Sunday 22nd December at 7.30pm.”

Whist Drive

Colmonell Bowling green held a whist drive in the community centre on Friday 6 December with five tables playing.

Winners were: Ladies: 1st Rosemary Stevenson. 2nd Betty McFadzean. 3rd Peggy Murdoch. Con Marion McQuiston. Highest 1/2 time Betty Stewart. Gents 1st Ann Robertson. 2nd Jan Campbell. 3rd Margaret Robertson. Con Alf Walker. Highest 1/2 time Douglas McCrae. Person sitting longest at one table Betty Robertson. Many lovely raffle prizes were handed out at the end.

Many thanks to all who brought along a raffle prize and also for coming along to help with making the evening a success. Merry Christmas to all.


Christmas Pantomime

On Wednesday 18 December, Dailly Christmas Project will present the pantomime Aladdin. It will be held in Dailly Community Centre at 7pm. Tickets costing £4.50 are available from Dailly store. So come along and enjoy the evening.

The new Dailly calendar is now available from various outlets in the village and costs £5. All profits will go to the Dailly Christmas Project. This year we are delighted to have been able to install four new features on lamposts and hope to add to these in the future.

Thanks to everyone for their continuing support to the project.


Christmas Craft Fair

A first of its kind Christmas Craft fair will be held at the Catholic Hall, Henrietta Street from 10am till 4pm on Saturday 21 December. Arts and crafters from all over Scotland will be there to offer you last minute gift ideas. The event is for charity and will help the Parents Association for Children with cerebral palsy under the banner “Tree For Hope.” There will also be workshops and activities for adults and children. Refreshments will be available with interesting foods to taste. A few stalls are still available. Contact Linda Sloan on 01465 811 664 or e-mail

Geological History Society

A presentation of expeditions to Glacial environments in Svalbard, Iceland, Norway and Ladakh in order to gather evidence for climate change will be given by Neil Smith, a member of the staff at Culzean Outdoor Centre on Thursday December 19 at 7.30pm in the McKechnie Institute in Girvan’s Dalrymple Street. Neil’s talk will detail both his personal trips and those of the British Exploring Society Expeditions, looking at the Science projects carried out at these dynamic and exciting environments by young adults including some stunning photography.

Admission is £3.00 which includes a cup of tea and biscuit. All interested parties most welcome.


Carol Service

A Carol service will be held in Lendalfoot Village Hall on Friday 20 December at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

Carpet Bowling

A. Brown’s Pairs Prize: 10/12/13: Winners D. McTaggart(s) D. McCutcheon

Beaten Finalists D. Seaton (s) B. McClymont

Beaten Semi Finalists D. Walker(s) W. Grieve A. McGinlay(s) J. Davidson


Carrick Cinema Club

A showing of the nation’s most favourite move “It’s a Wonderful Life” is planned for Ayrshire fans.

On Friday December 20 The Carrick Centre, Maybole will open its doors from 7pm for a screening of the classic movie starring the late, great James Stewart which regularly tops the popularity polls both her and across the Atlantic.

The Carrick Cinema Club which is organising the showing at 7.30pm promises a warm glow as well as mulled wine and mince pies.

Secretary Liza Donaldson said: “We are delighted to be showing the original film made in 1946- just as plans for a sequel have been announced. This should help everyone get in the mood for a happy Christmas and New Year.”

Advance tickets are on sale at the Carrick Centre and also on the door at £5 with members of the CCC free. Organisers are advising cinema goers to come early since there has already been keen interest in this film screening.


SWRI Report

Members gathered at Malin Court where Mrs Wyllie welcome everyone to our Christmas dinner. After business was discussed everyone a lovely meal. Competition: decorated Christmas parcel for Hillcrest. 1st Grace Dunlop. 2nd Jean Wyllie. 3rd Margaret Hair. Mrs Wyllie thanked staff at Malin Court and wished everyone a Merry Christmas. Next meeting is on Monday 13 January 2014 when Mrs Moira McAlpine will talk on being a prison governor. Competitions: slice of Christmas cake and favourite cup and saucer.


Christmas Concert

The Ayrshire Fiddle orchestra will play a special Christmas concert on Saturday 21 December at 7.30pm in Ayr Town Hall.



At the December meeting the speaker was Mrs Jean Cassidy who had taken along her “Hearing Dog for the Deaf” Bobby who was the star of the evening and stole the hearts of the ladies.

Bobby is an indispensable and treasured part of the Cassidy household.

Hearing dogs come under the umbrella of assistance dogs and as with others the training is long and very intense.

Members would like to thank Jean, her husband and driver Frank, and especially Bobby for going along to the meeting on such a cold, dark evening.

Competition winners were: Three mince pies 1 June Rutter 2 Anne Walker 3 Fiona Robertson

The ladies of Minishant Rural would like to offer Season’s Greetings to everyone and they will be starting the new session on January 16.