This week’s carrick Chatter

Every year Girvan and Stranraer Camera Clubs have an annual competition, Stranraer being the hosts this time and they were delighted to welcome so many who had made the journey from Girvan in such foul weather.

These are designated nothing less than Inter Club Battles so clearly the photographic world does not mince its words.

Neither did the judge, Eddie Telford from Ayr, mince his, but did so in his inimitably humorous way that no one could really take offence.

Borders round those digital photos? He hates them; it hacks him off so don’t do that again.

See that horizon? Straighten it up please. Make it dead level.

The photo must have been taken by Eileen, (geddit?). (Half of us never even knew it was ever so slightly squint!) You can do that quite simply in Photoshop, (other photo-editing programmes are available).

Some of us darkly suspect he also uses a spirit level and a square to check.

Eddie’s fine moustache bristled at everyone’s little pictorial shortcomings, but he ploughed on regardless offering a commentary through 60 images, 30 from each club.

There is actually a great deal of work being a judge as he has to inspect all these images beforehand at home, make considerable notes on each and mark each out of 20 possible marks.

The only things he does not know are who took the shot and from which club it originates.

On the night he has the floor and it is his job to enlighten and entertain competitors and members, but as a highly experienced judge Eddie knows just how far he can push it.

See that wee smudge?

You need to clean your sensor! You get the picture?

Yes, every pun, every wisecrack intended.

There wasn’t one poor shot exhibited and when the marks were totted up Stranraer had scored 509 to Girvan’s 507. As Girvan had brought the judge with them there were the predictable jokes that they hadn’t bribed the judge enough this time. Better luck next year to Girvan, but they had the consolation of knowing that they were almost there and the entertainment was unbeatable thanks to a judge who is acquiring something of a legendary reputation in photographic circles for his unique style.

Maybole The Carrick Centre

Wednesday, March 9 – “Sign & Be Heard” Beginners Course 7pm-9pm

Thursday, March 10 - NEW Dance Classes for Age 2+. Caroline’s Dance Academy: Various Classes, Various Ages from March 3rd. Mondays 6.30pm-9.15pm, Thursdays 3.15pm-6pm. Tap, Modern, Majorette, Street, Freestyle, Cheerleading. See website for more info.

Friday, March 18 – Carrick Cinema Club showing “The Lady in the Van” Cert12A. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7:30pm. Tickets £5 at door. Members Free. Delicious Lime Tree larder ice cream on sale. See website for more info.

Wednesday, March 30 – 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.

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.

Town Hall

Saturday, April 2 – Coffee Morning Fundraiser, Maybole Bowling Club. 10am-12noon. All welcome.

Girvan Living with Leisure

Please accept apologies for change of plans, as work at Centre now due to start on April 4th. Because of this we are able to welcome the Whiteside Family to entertain us on Monday, 14th March at 1.45pm.

Our session will conclude with AGM on 21st March. We hope all members will attend.

The User Group have now been informed by SAC that the installation of the disability toilet will not begin until April 4th. The Centre is open as usual until then. From start date of work, only the Main Hall will be closed during the daytime.

Community Organisations

The Girvan Town Team is hosting an event for Community Organisations in Girvan and the surrounding areas. The invitation to a coffee and cake celebration will take place on Sunday 20th March 2016 at the Girvan Town House, Knockcushan Street, Girvan starting at 2pm.

Irene Climie, Chair of the Girvan Town Team, explains “We want to bring together a gathering of all of the Community Organisations in the Girvan Area. It will be an opportunity to meet, mingle and celebrate the work that people do in the Town.

It will also offer an excellent opportunity to share ideas and produce a calendar of events for 2016 which we can share and publicise all the good things that are happening in Girvan during this year. We will promote the Calendar of Events through the Visitor Information Point when it reopens at Easter.”

The event will be free of charge and the Town Team looks forward to meeting the representatives of Organisations on Sunday 20th March.

Ideally, in addition, the Town Team aims to produce a list of all of the Clubs and Organisations in the Town and surrounding areas.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your information with the Town Team please contact Tricia Watts, Treasurer, on 01465 712032 or Irene Climie, Chair, by email on

Kirkmichael Moderator to visit

As part of his forthcoming visit to the Presbytery of Ayr, the Rigth Rev. Dr. Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is visiting the linked congregations of Kirkmichael and Straiton.

The Rev. Dr. Morrison will preach at a joint service in Straiton Church on Sunday, 13th March.

This service starts at 11am prompt, and will be followed by a light lunch in the McCandlish Hall, Straiton.

The service will be conducted by the Rev. W. Gerald Jones, who, in October 2015, completed 30 years of ministry.

It is hoped that a good number of members and friends from both communities will attend, and make this historic visit a most memorable and enjoyable one.