This week’s Carrick Chatter (January 8, 2014)


December Weather

George Watt informs us that the December weather was unsettled and windy throughout with frequent gales. The total rainfall recorded 2.5 miles east of Ballantrae, was 232.6mm and more than the 17 year average of 183mm. 79% fell in the second half of the month.

The mean temperature worked out at 6.8c, two degrees above the average for the last 13 years. There were ten ground frosts but no air frosts. Gales occurred on 17 days with the worst probably on the 5th when power cuts occurred.

For 2013 as a whole the total rainfall was 1463 mm, a little below the average of 1532mm. The mean temperature was 9.0c, again below the average of 9.5c.

The spring was cold and on the 22nd of March a severe snowstorm and south easternly gale resulted in many roads becoming blocked by deep drifts.

Three weeks of “real” summer weather followed in July with 23.0c on the 19th. The lowest overnight temperature was minus 7.6c on March 12.


Qigong starts again on Monday 13 January for a 5 week session at a cost of £5 per class or £15 for the 5 classes, if paid in advance. The classes take place in Ballantrae Community Centre from 11 am till 12 noon and everyone over the age of 16 is welcome.

So come and join us for slow, gentle exercises under the guidance of a qualified instructor to help promote health and vitality and relieve the stress of the recent festivities! If you would like any more information, please contact Janice Ross (Secretary) on 01465 831347.


January Sweep

January sweep winners were Billy Mc Colm, Margaret Hutchison and LNZ Allan £33.33 each. To join contact Euan Allan 01465821266


Whist Night

Colmonell Circle will hold a whist night at 7.30pm on Friday 10th January in Colmonell Community Centre. A raffle will be held and refreshments served.


Beetle Drive

A Beetle Drive will be held in Girvan Bowling Club on Tuesday 14th January at 7-30 pm. Everyone welcome.

Hamper Winners

The Girvan Bowling Clubs Christmas Hamper Winners were as follows:

Bottle Hamper - Betty Millard

Food Hamper - Hilda Noble

Girvan Harbour Picture - Shirley Walker

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets.

Story time

It’s story time at Girvan Library. Primary children are invited to the library in Girvan every Tuesday after school at 3.30pm.

There will be fun and adventures, exciting plots and interesting characters, happy endings and a biscuit. All you need to bring along is you.

Quakers meeting

The religious society of friends (Quakers) host a meeting for worship on the fourth Sunday of each month at the Age UK Centre, Duff St, Girvan from 10.30-11.30am.

Contact Kate Gulliver on 01290 553385 for more information.


Charity Shop

The committee which runs the Charity Shop in Maybole is asking any organisation which wants to book the shop to do so by Friday January 17.

This applies to every group, even if they have had regular bookings in the past – if they don’t book their slot then it will be lost.

At the moment the premises are being refurbished and will re-open on January 24.

Old dailly

SWRI Meeting

The next meeting of Old Dailly SWRI will be held on Wed 15th Jan at 7:30pm in Dailly Community Centre. The evening will be a Scots Night with entertainment by Ayrshire and District Young Farmers. Entry for non-members is £2:00 including light supper. Competitions for the evening are 3 Treacle scones and a floral arrangement with a Burns Theme. Tickets are available from members.2



Weightwatchers meetings in Carrick have an exciting new flavour this year.

The group meetings will feature recipes exclusively developed for WW by Master Chef winner 2012, Shelina Permallo, and of course the WW simple start.

Group leader Fiona Lucas has taken over this year at the Sacred Heart meetings in Girvan from Emily Carmichael.

The groups meet on Tuesdays at 10am and 5.30pm at The Carrick Centre, Maybole and on Wednesdays at 5pm and Saturday at 9.30am at The Sacred Heart Hall, Girvan.