This week’s Carrick Chatter

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The next meeting of the Stinchar Valley Garden Club is on Wednesday 19th October at 7.30pm in Colmonell Kirk Hall.

The speaker will be Ben Askey from Galloway Forest Park. All welcome.

Please note the change of venue.



The October meeting of Kirmichael SWI was held on Monday 10th. This was a very entertaining talk by Irene and Julie from Glickman’s Sweets in Glasgow. They explained how the business started and what they make and sell today. They brought many examples of their sweets for us to buy.

The prizewinners were:

Peppermint Creams: 1st Jean Wragg 2nd Nancy Thom 3rd Sarah Learmonth

Single bloom: 1st Grace Patrick 2nd Maggie Borland 3rd Margaret Miller

Article beginning with “o”: Fiona Seviour


Flower Club

Girvan & District Flower Club‘s next Demonstration takes place in Girvan Community Centre, Dalrymple Street, on Wednesday 26th October at 7.15pm.

The Demonstrator is Mrs Audrey Buchan who is On Tour from Montrose, the title chosen by Audrey for her demonstration is “A Floral Journey”. The Club welcomes everyone to join us on this journey with Audrey, visitors £4, membership for the Season is £22.

Another date for your diary is Wednesday 23rd November, the Annual Open Evening takes place in Girvan Academy Theatre and the Demonstrator is Kathleen Williams On Tour from Oldham, tickets will be on sale at October demonstration.

History Society

Girvan & District History Society will hold the first meeting of the Winter session in the Mc Kechnie Institute, Dalrymple street, Girvan on Thursday 27th. at 7.30 p.m. when the Guest Speaker Mary Hogg will deliver a talk about ‘Scotland’s History through the Graveyard’.

Mary is a member of Maybole History Society and a keen photographer and researcher on the history of Ayrshire. Scotland graveyards are a rich resource, particularly from the mid 18th century when headstones became more popular. Mary will trace some significant historical and family events through the photographic evidence contained in the inscriptions. South Ayrshire’s Kirkyards and Cemeteries are fascinating places to visit and Mary’s talk will reveal some hidden secrets and obscure facts.

Entrance £1 for Members and £2 for visitors, includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. All interested parties are made most welcome, so please come and join us for an excellent evening’s entertainment.

Living with Leisure

On Monday, 24th October, we are pleased to welcome all over 50s to a Fashion Show by Mackay’s. A chance to see what is fashionable for the older person, models from our own membership. It is nice to see what is available in our own town. Weekly fee £1, yearly subscription £2.



President of Colmonell SWRI, Mrs Nancy Agnew, welcomed members and visiting Rurals from Ballantrae, Upper-Stinchar, Pinwherry, Crosshill and Lendalfoot to the Open Night held on Wednesday 12th October. Minutes were read by Secretary Margaret Robertson and apologies were given from Irene Wilson and Pauline Wood.

Nancy introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Youdon, a midwife and health visitor from Edinburgh. Dressed in her native Tibetan costume, Youdon gave a very interesting talk and slide show on Nomadic Survival - Mothers and Babies.

She spoke of how a charity had been set up to help build maternity units for nomadic people in Tibet, and to give vital knowledge and training in midwifery to reduce the deaths of mothers and babies. Funding from the charity is also used to supply transport for the mothers to travel to the maternity units.

Youdon ended her talk by entertaining us playing the lute and singing in her native language.

Nancy gave the vote of thanks and extended thanks also to Claire Pirrie for helping to operate the projector.

A lovely tea was then provided by members. This was followed by a substantial raffle.

Jessie Brown from Ballantrae gave the vote of thanks on behalf of visiting Rurals.

Competition winners were: Hand-knitted Baby’s Bonnet 1st Janet McGradey 2nd Nancy Agnew 3rd Rosie McTaggert

Baby’s Bib 1st Dora Wilson 2nd Nancy Agnew 3rd Janet McGradey

Baby items from the competition were donated to the charity.

Next meeting is on Wednesday 9th November, when the talk will be given by John McIntosh on the subject of meat cuts.


The 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, £4/each class if book both classes.

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:

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.

Youth Programme Events/Groups

Thursdays – “NEW” YOUTH CAFÉ started for S1 & S2 - 7.30pm-9pm. Every Thursday.

Sundays – BRIDGE YOUTH GROUP for P4-P7 - 6.30pm-9pm. Every Sunday.

Wednesday, Oct 19 - FREE 6 week Street Dancing programme 6.30pm-8pm for P6 - S2. Limited places available so contact Ryan at the centre on 01655 883222.

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

The Speakers

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