This week’s Carrick Chatter

On Saturday 30 April the Ballantrae Scout Group (2nd Ayrshire Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) will be running an Auction as their major fund-raising event this year. This follows a successful auction last year that raised £720.

This year their target is £1000. Viewing is from 1pm with the auction commencing at 2pm. Entry £1, with accompanied children free.

Andy McAlpine, Group Chairman of the Ballantrae Scout Group said: “Currently, as a Group we are doing pretty well.

“We have a total of 47 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. But it costs money to provide the kind of exciting indoor and outdoor programme our youngsters are asking for. We have been fortunate in securing some grant funding for a programme of paddle-boarding, canoeing, coasteering, gorge walking and bushcraft skills this summer from “Cashback for Communities” which makes money recovered from the proceeds of crime available to fund activities for young people.

“But we have to match fund that money for those activities, and to finance our other badge work and indoor and outdoor programmes for the rest of the year.”

“Last year’s auction was very successful and great fun. A lot of it was down to our auctioneer Dr Tom Smith, a former local GP and author who wrings the last pound out of the audience and our friends Lynne and Brian McIlwraith who help with the detailed organisation.”

“This year, as well as having traditional “lots” comprising bric-a-brac we also intend to include some unusual donated items - for example we have already had donated a studio photoshoot and carriage ride for 4 in a horse drawn carriage followed by a champagne picnic lunch at our local 5 star hotel - Glenapp Castle.”

If you would like to support the Ballantrae Scout Group by donating something, have something (no furniture or electrical goods), please contact Andy McAlpine on 07920517700.


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

Carrick Centre

Wednesday, April 6 - 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. April book: “Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler. For next month’s see website.

Wednesday, April 6 - Spring Hols “Get Active” – Archery/Basketball 1pm-3pm. Age Primary 4-7. Book now at reception or call 01655 883222.

Wednesday, April 6 – “NEW” Circuit Classes 5.45pm-6.45pm weekly.

Wednesday, April 6 - The Common Weal - Talk by Lesley Riddoch, author/broadcaster and land reform campaigner 7pm-9pm. Tickets £5/£3. For more and 07989 554119

Friday, April 8 – “NEW” Circuit Classes 5pm-6pm weekly.

Saturday, April 9 – COFFEE MORNING “Crossroads Caring for Carers South Ayrshire” 10am-12noon. ALL WELCOME. Adults £3, Children FREE.

Monday, April 11 – Spring Hols “Get Active” – Fun Games/Parachute 1pm-3pm. Age Primary 1-3. Book now at reception or call 01655 883222.

Monday, April 11 – “NEW” LMK JUST DANCE 6pm-6.45pm weekly. Fun dance fitness class £4/session. Just drop in no booking required.

Monday, April 11 – “NEW” LMK POWERHOOP 6.45pm-7.30pm weekly. No hooping experience needed. £4 session. Booking Essential due to space

Wednesday, April 13 - 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.

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


Spring tea

The Guild of Girvan South Parish Church are holding their Spring Tea on Wednesday 6th April from 2pm to 4pm in the church halls.

Tickets are available now costing only £2.50. They can also be purchased on the door. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of chat with friends and nice have things to eat. All welcome.



The final lecture in the RAeS Prestwick Branch 2015/16 season is on Monday 11th April. It follows the branch AGM which commences at 7:00p.m.

The lecture will be given by Captain Roger Stringer of Bristow Helicopters who provide the SAR service at Prestwick under the Coastguard contract.

Roger will talk about the transfer of the SAR role at Prestwick to Bristow Helicopters.

Roger is the training captain for the unit and has a wealth of experience in the SAR role. As a Sea King pilot he has worked at Prestwick and Culdrose both operationally and in the SAR role. He has done a detachment to the Falklands.

Visitors and Guests are welcome, and an opportunity to meet over tea or coffee will be available in the Aviator Suite (situated on the upper floor of the terminal building) during the evening. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. following the AGM. Entry is free to students in full time education; otherwise there is an entry fee of £3 for visitors. The airport parking fee for visitors is £2.50, payable at the Information Desk.

A draft lecture series for the 2016/17 season will shortly appear on the branch website