This week’s Carrick Chatter

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Ballantrae Community Council wish to express their congratulations to both Glenapp Castle and The Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink on their recent success at the Ayrshire Business Awards.

Parish Chuch

Ballantrae Parish Church supporting link with Malawi are hosting a Harvest Two Spoons Supper on Friday 21st October in Ballantrae Village Hall from 5.30pm, last serving 8pm. Meals include; Choice of Soups with home made bread; Choice of sweets; Tea/ Coffee with biscuits and cheese. Adults £5, Children free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funds are in aid of our ongoing support for Malawi.


Following the rural song, we were happy to congratulate one of our Hon members on her special birthday Rosemary Stevenson M B E. After business President Jessie Brown introduced Mrs Angie Mc Clinton from Whithorn as speaker, her subject was memories of Guernsey where she lived for 23 years. Angie described family life during WW11 when the lovely island, famous for its flowers and tomatoes was occupied by the German troups, She described how life was hard, but happy, they were put on strict food rationing. Traditional Guernsey recipes for ‘Gache’ and a spiced apple sponge were to hand. There was many questions asked about island life how it has changed so much and moved on, before she was warmly thanked.

Competitions/ a jar of jam 1st Jessie Brown 2nd Agnes Hamilton 3rd Janette Sloan. Article beginning ‘B‘ 1st Janette Sloan [bag] 2nd Agnes Hamilton [bracelet] 3rd Jean Davidson [black bra]

Next meeting is an Open Night on nov 7th all ladies welcome to join us.


Carpet Bowling

A. McGinlay’s Singles Prize 04/10/16; Winner – W. Buchanan; Beaten Finalist – B. McClymont; Beaten Semi Finalists – W. Grieve; P. Hetherington


Luminate festival

JOHN TURNER, a former organist at Glasgow Cathedral, is to play the Lewis pipe organ in Ayr Town Hall at 12 noon on Monday October 17, as part of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival and the 8th series of The Organist Entertains, admission £3. The series is arranged by volunteers from Fort, Seafield and Wallacetoun Community Council to showcase the fine instrument.


South Parish Church

Craft Fair and Car Boot Sale in both halls on Saturday 5th November from 10 am to 2 pm. Entry free. Please come along and see the beautiful crafts on sale. You might even find some Christmas presents you would like to give. In our car boot sale you could find the hidden treasure you have been looking for. We will also have a home baking table to treat your taste buds. If you want to book a table for yourself just phone 01465 713427 soon as they are running short. See you there!

Bowling Club

Girvan Bowling Club’s first winter beetle drive will be held on Tuesday 18th October at 7-30pm everyone welcome.

Living with Leisure

At the beginning of our meeting on Monday, 17th, there will be a brief extra-ordinary general meeting to appoint a new chairperson. Following this we are pleased to welcome Mrs Kathleen Free to talk about her work with the Chest, Heart and Stroke Society. All over 50s are welcome.

South Organist

Members and friends of Girvan South, were sad to say goodbye to their organist and choir mistress, Mrs Nicola Lawrence at a farewell service at the end of September. Despite her move to Renfrew, a few years ago, Mrs Lawrence had continued to travel down to Girvan to play the organ and lead the choir.

After some time she decided to obtain a post closer to home and now only has a 10 drive to a church nearby where she plays the organ in the morning and evening and assists the praise band. The last service at the South was fittingly past of the songs and readings Nicola had arranged for a Psalm Service.

Carrick Churches Together invite members and friends to a Pot Luck supper on 16 October at 7pm in the South Hall. Food and entertainment will be provided.



Colmonell SWI held their annual whist drive on Friday 7th October. Mrs Margaret Robertson welcomed everyone and 6 tables were played. Mrs Beryl Howarth presented the prizes to the winners.

Ladies 1st Marion McQuiston 2nd Irene McCrae 3rd Agnes Gracie

Gents (acting) 1st Jan Campbell 2nd Ann Robertson 3rd Wilma Gracie

Highest Half-time Score Ladies: Betty Robertson Gents: Grace Dunlop

Consolation Prize Ladies: Cathie Gordon Gents: Douglas McCrae

Longest person sitting was Isobel Hainey.

Tea was provided by Colmonell Committee. A raffle was drawn at the end of the evening. Margaret thanked everyone for coming and to all those who made the night a success. £143 was raised for funds. Next meeting of Colmonell S.W.I. is on Wednesday 12th October - an open night to which all are welcome.


Carrick Centre

Mondays – “NEW” Youth Choir – 6.30pm. FREE & FUN for ages 8-17. Enjoy singing/dancing/acting. Contact Deirdre Cuthbertson 01655/883222.

Tuesdays – “NEW” TECH DROP IN for over 55s – FREE - 1.30pm-3.30pm. Whatever you want to know from sending a text to setting up your iPad just drop in and a tech expert will help you.

Tuesdays – “NEW” CARRICK TOTS. 10am-11.30am every Tuesday for Pre-school age. Also looking for Helpers? Parent/Carer & Toddler Group. Great group for meeting and chatting with other adults and for children to meet and play. Arts & Crafts, Reading Corner & Soft Play for all children of pre-school age.

Wednesday, Oct 19 – FREE taster session – PILATES. No charge but need to book. 12.30pm-1.30pm. Taster session to assess demand for permanent classes. Open to all abilities. Contact Kirsty Anderson

Thursdays – NEW extra class – HARMONISE YOGA 8pm-9pm

Thursdays - “NEW” BOYS & GIRLS STREET & BREAK DANCE CLASSES: 4pm-4.45pm Street Dance for age 4yrs plus. 4.45pm-5.30pm Break Dancing for all ages. Taken by 2 experienced male dance teachers. £5/class.

Thursdays – “CAROLINES DANCE ACADEMY” – Various dance classes see website for more info.

Friday, Oct 21 – CARRICK CINEMA CLUB – Showing “Brooklyn” (Cert 12) A BAFTA winner for best British Film. Young Irish immigrant, played by Saoirse Ronan who also starred in Atonement & Lovely Bones, lands in 1950s Brooklyn. She falls into a romance with a local but then her past catches up with her. She must choose between 2 countries and the lives that exist within. Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Lime Tree larder ice cream on sale. Tickets £5.

Saturday, Oct 29 – BAROQUE MUSIC CONCERT by the Carrick Ensemble, Centre Fundraiser 7pm. Doors open 7pm. Concerts starts 7.30pm. Tickets £7/£5(conc.). For more info. Email:

Wednesday Nov 2 – 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. First Wednesday each month. See website for this month’s book.

Town Hall

Wednesdays – CARRICK CHESS CLUB. Beginners of all ages 6.30pm-7.30pm. Experienced players 7.30pm – 10pm. Please note we would like ALL beginners to join us as well as juniors.

Fridays – LINE DANCING back on 1.15pm-2.45pm. ALL WELCOME


Saturday, Oct 15 – Ulterior Motive Live Music 9pm till close. FREE.

Sunday, Oct 30 – Monthly Quiz 3pm. Great family fun. Teams min2, max6. £5entry/team. Winning team wins entry pot.

Saturday, Nov 5 – Bakerloo Line 8.30pm till close. Tickets £3/ea

Saturday, Dec 17 – Ulterior Motive Party Night. Tickets £5ea includes a light buffet.

Maybole Over 50s Organisation @ The Speakers

Friday, Oct 14 – Trip to Dumfries House departs 11am

Saturday, Oct 15 – Table Top Sale 9am-1pm

For more information see or contact Secretary, Anne Walker, on 07846 180753.


Friday Oct 14 & 28 SPOOKY HALLOWEEN @ Maybole Library 3.30pm-4.30pm.FREE. Suitable for ages 5 to 11. Booking required. Tel: 01655 883044

Tuesdays – BADMINTON starts back for all, age 16+ @ Carrick Academy

Thursdays – MENS HEALTH FORUM now back @ Carrick Academy 7.30pm-8.30pm. 1st session FREE then £2/session. All fitness levels welcome. For all ages 18+. Go at your own pace exercise.