This week’s Carrick Chatter - 5th March 2014


Church Guild

Ballantrae Church Guild’s World Day of prayer will be on 7th March at 7pm in the Ballantrae Church. Tea and biscuits will be served after the service. All welcome.

The Ballantrae Church Guild are holding a Lenten Lunch on Sunday 16th March in the Community Centre after morning service at 12.45p.m. Tickets Adults £4 Children £2 or you can pay at the door. All Welcome.

Indoor Bowling

Ballantrae’s indoor bowlers competed in the mixed singles this week. Winner: B Corkie. Runner-Up: C Ward.


Qigong starts its spring session on Monday 10 March in Ballantrae Community Centre from 11am to 12 noon. This series of slow, gentle exercises helps reduce tension with a calming and relaxing effect, promoting health and vitality. Classes are led by a qualified instructor and are suitable for all levels of fitness (including wheelchair users) and is open to anyone over the age of 16. The cost per class is £5 or £15 for 5 classes if prepaid. Come and join us - you are guaranteed a warm welcome and if you need any further information, please phone Janice Ross on 01465 831347.


Prayer Service

Barr Church is holding a World Day of Prayer Service on Friday 7 March at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.


Bowling club whist

Barrhill Bowling Club whist last Friday had four & three quarter tables. The winners as follows. Ladies First Betty Robertson, Second Jessie Vint, Third Agnes Gracie, Halftime Chrissie McCormick, Cons. Irene Goldie. Mens First Margaret Gregg, Second Hugh Gregg, Third Ann Robertson, Half time Len Clark, Cons. Margaret Robertson. Many thanks to all who attended & thanks for donations of raffle prizes & thanks to the ladies for providing the supper.


Burns Supper

To all ex-tablers and prospective members, Carrick Round Table are holding their Burns Supper shared with Cumnock Round Table on Friday 7/3/14, 7 for 7.30pm start at the McCosh Hall, Kirkmichael. A great night of entertainment, good food and drink is assured.

Tickets £20 if interested contact or call 07786 735355.


Ceilidh Night

Members of the Girvan & District Branch of Arthritis Research UK have held their annual Ceilidh this year raising £2,587.20 for the charity.

The committee would like to thank the generosity of all those who supported them on the night, all who bought raffle tickets and to local businesses for donations given towards the raffle along with the many items gifted which helped raise this tremendous amount.

Community Council

There are now opportunities for people within the Parish of Dailly to come join their Community Council.

If you are someone who would like to be more involved in what is happening in your village, please come along to the next Community Council meeting in the Community Centre on Wednesday March 5 at 7pm. Please note, even if not wishing to be a Community Council member these meetings are open to everyone within the Dailly Parish to attend.


Carers Group

Girvan Carers group for carers of people with dementia held its latest meeting last month.

The group will host a monthly meeting for carers of people with dementia. They can chat and share experiences over a cup of tea or coffee and will receive practical and emotional support. There are also occasional invited speakers on topics of interest.

The meetings will be on the last Thursday of each month; Thursday March 27 and April 24 with other dates to follow from 2pm-4pm in Age Concern. Duff Street, Girvan. If interested or to find out how to join the group call Jenni McKeand, link worker on 01292 318005.

Flower Club

The Clubs Friends & Family Daisy Drive was very well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present, the pace was fast and furious, amid all the excitement there were some very “artistic” daisies drawn on the cards, no prizes for artwork, but the event winners were delighted with their success. The evening closed with supper prepared and served by the committee.

The Clubs next event is the 40th Anniversary Demonstration & Dinner at Malin Court on 26th March, and on this special occasion we are delighted to have award winning Brian White from Girvan, as our Demonstrator, Brian’s title for his Demonstration is in keeping with the occasion, simply, “A Splash of Red”. Preparations and numbers have been finalised, and the club are looking forward to welcoming Brian, along with some founding members as our guests.

Living With Leisure

We are all looking forward to another digital presentation by Mrs Mary Hogg, this time on “The Stinchar Valley”. We invite all over 50’s to join us for an interesting afternoon on Monday, 10th March at 2p.m. in the Community Centre. You will see some brilliant photographical images of wonderful scenery in our own area. How lucky we are and we do not always appreciate what South Carrick has to offer.

Melody Memories

Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia South Ayrshire Service is holding a singing group for people with dementia and their carers.

Girvan Melody Memories is on one Thursday per month from 2.30pm-4pm at Age Concern, Duff Street, Girvan.

There is a small charge of £1.50 per person to cover the cost of refreshments and hall hire. The next meeting is on Thursday March 13 with a meeting also scheduled for April 15 with other dates to follow.

These groups are for people who are able to attend on their own safely or who can bring their own support with them.

All the groups ran by South Ayrshire Service are entirely funded by fundraising and donations. If you are interested call Jenni McKeand, link worker on 01292 318005.

Music Evening

Girvan South Parish Church present an evening of Scottish music and song with Louden Friends in the old church hall on Tuesday 18th March at 7.15 pm (doors open 7 pm). Tickets costing only £5 include not only this exciting event but also cake and shortbread with tea or coffee and are available now from any Elder or on the door. Not to be missed, please come along and join in the fun.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Girvan had a visit to the McKechnie Institute last week. We were shown round by Bob Stewart and Arthur Boreland. We had a very interesting evening . There are a range of exhibits including a collection of cameras , a feature on Ailsa Craig and its lighthouse , fossils , crystals including Amethysts , and a display about the explosive factory that used to sit where Grants is now.

There is also a display about a Girvan son who developed the first electrical meters.

Tea Dance

The Girvan Youth Trust are getting ready to hold their second monthly tea dance on Sunday 16th March in the Sacred Heart Church Hall from 2pm-4pm. This month’s music is provided by the George Rodger and Hugh Gray.

Titled Gie Yirself a Shake (rattle and roll ) the event is a great way of breaking the monotony of facing the same four walls and the dreich wet weather. Whether you a dancer, a singer or somebody just looking for company the afternoon is a great tonic for everybody who appreciates when Music was Music and when you could hear the words.

Tickets priced £2.50 are available from: The Sweetie Shop, Girvan Community Centre, AGE Concern and Z1 Youth Bar / GYT staff.

Scout Bingo

Girvan Scout Group will be holding one of its regular prize bingo sessions on Friday 7th March, at 7.30pm, in the scout hall at 9 Glendoune Street. Entry is free, with game books going for 50p each. Teas, coffees and snacks will be available and there will be a raffle. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a good night out.


Carpet Bowling

Singles Cup 25/2/14

Winner D. McTaggart

Beaten Finalist D. Faulds

Beaten Semi Finalists W. Grieve D. McCutcheon


Fundraising Concert

Wallace Galbraith and the Junior Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra will be raising funds for the Carrick Centre and Maybole Parish Church on Friday March 7 at 7.00pm.

Tickets cost £7.50 per person (£4.00 per child).

For more details contact Elizabeth McCrindle 01655 882212 Betty Torber 01655 882083 or The Carrick Centre 01655 883222.


S.W.R.I Report

Reflexology is the form of therapy which can treat general stress and particular body ailments through foot massage.

This was explained and demonstrated to the ladies of Minishant Rural at their February meeting by Dorothy Gibson from “Flowers of the Forest”, Prestwick.

The origins of this type of therapy date back to early Egypt and is practised on the principle that specific areas of the feet relate to specific parts and organs of the body.

Dorothy demonstrated the massage on volunteer Anne Walker and the relaxation properties of the therapy soon became apparent! A lovely way to wind down and relax after a hectic or stressful time.

Competition winners were: ¼ lb tablet 1 Anne Walker 2 June Rutter 3 Fiona Robertson

A favourite scarf 1 Kate Banyard 2 Jennie Wilson 3 Pearl Marr

Old dailly

SWRI Report

President Moira Yuille welcomed members and friends to the February meeting. The rural song was sung and apologies were then taken. Minutes of the last meeting were read by secretary, Jane Pitt. Business was discussed before moving on to our speaker for the evening.

The president introduced Marion McMorland who is well known for her skill in baking and decoration of cakes.

As she worked Marion gave us an insight into working within guidelines of Environmental Health and Trading Standards. It was very interesting to hear about different regulations which have to be worked within. She swiftly moved on to the many designs for cupcake and celebration cake decorations. The audience could not wait to sample the delicious cakes Marion had brought along for supper. We were not disappointed, as well as looking lovely the cakes tasted wonderful and were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present.

The vote of thanks was given by Jane Pitt. Winners of the competitions were: Decorated Cake: 1 Anne Heriot 2 Jane Pitt 3 Isabel Wilson

Hyacinths: 1 Moira Yuille 2 Delyth Coleman 3 Jane Pitt

The March meeting will be a Coffee Evening and Fashion Show by Shimmer. This is an open meeting and tickets are available from The Pet Shop and Shimmer. Tickets , which are priced at £4:00, are also available for members. Everyone will be made most welcome.

Upper stinchar

SWRI Report

Wilma Gracie gave us instructions for making 3D greeting cards.

Each member was given three cards to make, which involved cutting out pictures from a stencil, ready to glue onto each card, to make beautiful pictures.

Members found this activity both challenging and rewarding, especially as they got to take the cards home at the end of the evening.

Isobel Wood gave a vote of thanks to Wilma for stepping in at such short notice to provide us with an entertaining evening.

The fun competition of a make-up bag was won by Janice Common, second was Olive Ball and third Yvonne Jack.

The main competition was won by Yvonne Jack, second was Olive Ball and third was Sandra Templeton.

Raffle prizes were won by Sue Sweet, Netta Wilson, Agnes Gracie and Susan Trotter.

Sue Sweet thanked Isobel Wood and Olive Ball for providing a delicious supper.

Members were reminded that our next meeting on 20th March, will be our Open Night, when we will be hosting Mary Jeans who will give a talk on her trip to Kilimanjaro.