This week’s Carrick Chatter

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Race Night

Friday 9 September at 7pm in the Community Hall in Main Street, Ballantrae to raise funds for the development of the play park. Raffle prizes up for grabs and the chance to sponsor a horse.

The first race will be at 7.30pm and a licensed bar will be provided.

Contact Cheryl 07767081602 or Fiona 07917133220 for tickets price £2.50.


Business gateway

Entrepreneurs across Ayrshire will have access to free invaluable business advice right on their doorstep this September with Business Gateway’s pop up service.

Complementing Business Gateway’s premises in Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock, new and existing business owners in Stevenston, Kilbirnie, Cumnock, Stewarton, Maybole and Girvan can access the expert advice and support of the Business Gateway team as they pop into their towns.

Business Gateway Ayrshire helps hundreds of businesses each year in a number of areas including developing your market, routes to funding, revising your business plan, international trade and networking.

Advisers who are normally based in one of the three Ayrshire offices will be visiting each of the towns above to offer informed and impartial free help on every aspect of starting, developing and running a business.

Stacey Neville, Business Adviser said: “We work extensively throughout Ayrshire and now we’re getting out and about to extend our reach. Through our expert advice, fully funded workshop programme and knowledge of potential funding avenues, our support can play a huge part in the development of your business.

“As well as our three offices in Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock we felt that by popping up in smaller towns throughout the region would allow us to unlock even more entrepreneurial spirit.”

Business Gateway will be popping up on the following dates: Tuesday, 27th September from 10 am to 2 pm – Ambition Incubator, Maybole; Thursday, 29th September from 10 am to 1 pm – Ambition Incubator, Girvan Library

To find out how Business Gateway Ayrshire can help you, visit or call 01292 427552 (South Ayrshire) 01294 450787 (North Ayrshire) or 01563 898433 (East Ayrshire).


Scout Group Bingo

Now that the summer is drawing to an end, it’s Bingo season again.

Girvan Scout Group will be resuming its regular fund-raising PRIZE BINGO sessions on FRIDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER, at 7.30pm, in the SCOUT HALL at 9 Glendoune Street (near Monty’s).

Everyone is welcome to come for an enjoyable and inexpensive night out with great prizes and good company in a grand wee hall.


Historical society

What do a Briton, a Northumbrian, a Gael, a Viking and a Scot have in common? Don’t know? Then come to the Maybole Historical Society meeting on Monday, September 5 to find out.

A staunch member of the Society, Ian McVey, will open the season’s meetings with a talk on Ayrshire place names. He concludes that our linguistic history is a rich one, coming from many different sources. It has helped to make us who we are, not just the way we speak, but in our view of the world in particular.

He will also be taking a look at areas in Ayr that have connections with the Slave Trade.

Meetings are in Maybole Lesser Town Hall, 7.30pm start, with refreshments and a good blether afterwards.

Annual membership fees remain at £10, which must be one of the bargains of the century, £15 for couples at the same address, and free of charge for students and disabled members. Non-members can come to a meeting for only £2.


Cycling festival

One of the UK’s top BMX demo teams is dropping in to the National Trust for Scotland’s Culzean Castle and Country Park on Sunday 18 September as part of a celebration of pedal power.

The 3SIXTY bicycle stunt team will be amongst the attractions at the historic estate’s first ever cycling festival.

They’ll be performing amazing tricks in the beautiful grounds of Culzean Castle.

Bikes, trikes and unicycles are all welcome at the event which is intended to encourage visitors to discover a new dimension to the historic Ayrshire estate’s heritage.

Visitors can pick up a map and get going on their own adventure, or head out on a guided Cycle Safari using fabulous electric bikes supplied by ‘The Hub’.

Event organiser Hannah Teasdale said: “We are so excited to have 3SIXTY taking part in our first ever cycling festival. There is so much to explore at Culzean and we hope that by bringing their bikes, visitors will get the chance to see much more of the estate than usual and discover something new about the amazing heritage of this incredible place.”

There will also be a ‘smoothie cycle’ set up to create healthy and delicious energy-giving drinks and local children’s charity Killie Can Cycle will be on hand to talk about their work to provide low cost bikes to the local community and children in third world countries.

Visit the website for the full programme –

Culzean is the perfect place for a day out for all the family - whether you’re a keen walker, a gardener, interested in architecture or happy just to soak up some history.

Robert Adam’s 18th-century masterpiece - a real ‘castle in the air’ - is perched on a cliff high above the crashing waves of the Firth of Clyde.

The castle itself boasts a spectacular Oval Staircase, the impressive Armoury and the Circular Saloon, with its panoramic views over the Clyde.

The extensive grounds are perfect for exploring with a deer park, swan pond, miles of woodland walks.

Don’t miss the Adventure Cove play park - a Culzean mini-me that kids can climb all over. Located at the Swan Pond, Adventure Cove mimics many of Culzean’s features – it’s got a viaduct, smuggler’s caves and is even has an ‘Eisentower’, in honour of the castle’s US connection.



Colmonell WRI resumes on Wednesday, 14th September in Colmonell Community Centre at 7.30pm.

A warm welcome is extended to members, new members and visitors who can enjoy a varied programme of events throughout the year, and time for a cup of tea and a chat.

Programme - September 14 - Chrysalis - Aloe Vera by Haley McCrindle.

Competitions - 1, edible necklace and 2, animal brooch.