This week’s Carrick Chatter

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McKechnie Institute

Learn about the smuggling that went on in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Eavesdrop on the Ballantrae Smugglers as they plan their next delivery of contraband goods from Holland. But who’s that in the corner? It’s the Customs Officer!

His eyes follow your every movement….. Read about the exploits of the Girvan smugglers and the Revenue Officers who tried to stop them.

This (FREE) exhibition for the whole family is on until 16 July and is organised by the Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival in partnership with The Friends of the McKechnie Institute. Opening times Tues, Thurs & Fri 1pm-4pm; Wed 1.30pm-4.30pm; Sat 10.30am-4pm; Sun and Mon CLOSED.

Scout Group Bingo

It’s the start of the month this week, which means that Girvan Scout Group will be holding one of its regular fund-raising PRIZE BINGO sessions on FRIDAY 1 ST JULY, at 7.30pm, in the SCOUT HALL at 9 Glendoune Street.

Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy an inexpensive and enjoyable night out. There will be no Bingo session in August while the leaders take a well-deserved break, but the Scout Group will look forward to seeing you again in September.

Flower Club

Wednesday 22nd June in Girvan Community Centre concluded what was a most enjoyable and entertaining Season for the Girvan and District Flower Club.

Chairman Liz Gregg welcomed everyone to the “Coffee & Blether” evening and thanked them for coming along.

Liz went on to explain over the course of the Season Demonstrations always finish with tea, money donated for this is given over to a local charity nominated by members, this year CAN was nominated and Liz called upon CAN representatives Sandra Smith & Una Jess to receive a cheque for £100.

After a few cups of coffee and plenty of “Bletherin” the night concluded with Liz expressing how appreciative the club were for all the support received and hoped to welcome everyone back at the start of the new season in September when Ada Paul from Ayr will be the Demonstrator.


Real ale event

Saturday 16th July from midday to 9pm, it’s the 2 Pins Real Ale Event by Ayr Brewing Company where people can try different real ales on the 2 Pins Site at Pinwherry.

Families welcome, bouncy castle, plenty of car parking, toilets, hot steak rolls.

There will also be a 30 minute open mic opportunity for local Groups, Musicians, and Entertainers to show people their music and skills to book a place telephone 01465 841215.


Car boot sale

There will be a CAR BOOT SALE on Sunday 31st July at Lendalfoot Hall 2-4pm. To book a table £10. Contact Ann 01465 891236 or Kay 01465 891000.


Tractor run

Ayrshire Commercial Vintage Vehicle Club is holding a Static Display and Tractor run on Saturday and Sunday, July 9.

There will be a display at Low Green, Ayr on the Saturday from 9am to 12pm followed by at 12pm a parade down Ayr High St.

Vehicles will then follow a route to a Lunch Break at Cumnock at Caponacre Car Park 1pm to 2.30pm Approx.

Vehicles will then follow the route to Portpatrick arriving from 4pm onward.

On the Sunday vehicles leave Portpatrick from 10am onward. Lunch at Wigtown Showground 12.30pm-2pm and return to Low Green Ayr 4pm Approx.

Approx Timetable; Coylton 12.15 – Ochiltree 12.30 – Auchinleck Boswell 12.45 – Cumnock 1.00/2.15;

New Cumnock 2.30 – Dalmellington 2.45 –St Johns Dalry 3.15 – Ken Bridge 3.30; New Galloway 3.45 - Newton Stewart 4.15 – Portpatrick 5.00

Sunday; Portpatrick 9.00/11.00 – Wigtown 12.30/13.30 Lunch – Bargrennan 2.00 – Glentrool 2.15; Straiton 3.00 – Crosshill 3.45 – Maybole 4.00 – Croy 4.30 – Ayr Low Green 4.45/6.00; Times are approx. Vehicles could take up to 30 mins to pass through any point.


The Carrick Centre

Summer Youth Programme (Jul 4 – Aug 10)

Various activities for different ages from P1-S1.

All sessions have stand-alone themes so you can book as little or as many sessions as you like. Book at reception or call 01655 883222

Mondays (Jul 4 – Aug 10) “MOVIE MAKING” for P5 - S1 - 3.00pm - 4.30pm (FREE)

Do you love making short films and movies for YouTube? Well why not come along and play with some of our professional camera equipment, iMacs & iPads and take your ideas to the next level!

Wednesdays (Jul 4 – Aug 10) “DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY” for P4 - S1 - 3.00pm - 4.30pm (FREE)

Snap happy? Have a go at capturing masterpieces of your friends in our professional photographic studio and then have some fun with Photoshop on our iMacs.

Sundays (Jul 4 – Aug 10). “BRIDGE YOUTH CLUB” for P4-P7 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Whether you want to make, create, play, chat or chill the bridge has something for everyone to enjoy.

Monday, Jul 4 - ARCHERY “Get Active” in conj. with Active Schools Sports for P4 - P7- 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Different sports activities each week. Choose what you like or book for all 6. Booking recommended. £1.50pp/session.

Wednesday, Jun 29 – 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, Jul 1 - THE CARRICK SENIORS LUNCH CLUB, 12noon-1.30pm. All welcome. Enjoy great company over a lovely 2 course lunch with tea/coffee prepared by wonderful volunteers £3pp. Available first Friday each month.

Saturday, Jul 2 - CAR BOOT 10am-2pm – Bric-a-Brac, Home-baking & Local Crafters. Come along for a browse or book your space to sell (£5/external, £10/internal). Café open too: 10am - 4.30pm.

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.

Monday - Friday - “NEW” Summer “Quiet Time” Cafe 9.30am – 10.30am. Bring along the papers & relax and enjoy a freshly made tea/ground coffee served with a filled roll of your choice for only £3.

Tuesdays – “NEW” CARRICK TOTS. 10am-11.30am every Tuesday for Pre-school age. Parent/Carer & Toddler Group, a chance to mix & mingle for adults and children. Arts & Crafts, Reading Corner & Soft Play for all children of pre-school age.