This week’s Carrick Chatter - March 12, 2014


Ceilidh Thanks

The Nepal fundraising group would like to thank all those who supported and attended Ballantrae Village Hall for a ceilidh on Friday, March 7 to raise funds for Girvan Academy’s trip to Nepal.

Church Guild

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

Indoor Bowling

Ballantrae’s indoor bowlers competed for the McGrady trophy this week.

Winners: B Robertson, C Ward.

Runners- Up: B Cauchie and H McClung.


Whist Drive

Margaret Robertson welcomed everyone to Colmonell WRI’s Whist Drive on Friday 7 March in the Community Centre.

A total of 6 and 1/2 tables took part.

Margaret Robertson presented the winners with their prizes.

Winners- Ladies

1st: Cathy Gordon- 173

2nd: Marion McQuiston- 170

3rd: Betty Robertson- 165.

Consolation: Lexi Eaglesham.

Gents: 1st Hugh Gregg- 176

2nd: Anne Cashman- 171

3rd Jan Campbell- 170

Consolation: Freda Hirst.

Ladies: Highest Half time: Janet McGradey.

Gents: Highest Half Time: Douglas McCrae.

Longest Sitting: Betty McCulloch.

Margaret thanked everyone for attending, for all who contributed raffles and the ladies for a delicious supper.

Colmonell W.R.I celebrate their 87th birthday on Wednesday 12 March with a buffet held in the Boars Head hotel at 7pm.


Players Reunion

We are thinking of having an old players reunion “party” for Dailly Amateurs players from the 1970s and 1980s and Ayrshire Cup winning teams in June hopefully. Anyone interested please phone Jim on 01465 831528 , Davy on 01465 713969 or Ownie on 01465 811396.


Bag Packing

South Carrick Community Leisure are looking for volunteers to help them bagpack over the Easter Weekend in ASDA on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April from 11am-4pm. Anyone interested should contact Sconaid Clark on 01465 714616.

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.

50/50 Club

The South Carrick Community Leisure 50/50 Club is a fundraising venture to raise money for the new community and leisure complex which will include a modern swimming pool.

All funds raised are split 50:50 with half the money going towards prizes and half contributing towards funds for the new building.

A draw will be completed in the first week of each month and a 1st prize of £25 and a 2nd prize of £10 will be awarded to the first two names drawn. The December draw is a special Christmas draw with a first prize of £150, a second prize of £50 and a third prize of £25.

Payment to join the club can either be made in Cash or by Cheque made payable to South Carrick Community Leisure.

Forward your completed form and payment to Eleanor McCarrey, Secretary SCCL, 13 Kirkpatrick Street Girvan or contact Sconaid Clark on 01465 714616.

Flower Show

A meeting about the flower show will be held on Monday 17th March in

the small hall at the South Parish Church at 7pm. Please come along to

support the continuation of the flower show.

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 7.15pm (doors open 7pm). 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

At the Rotary Club of Girvan meeting in the Royal Hotel on the 4th March, the guest speaker was Dr Stephen Conroy from North Ayrshire. He spoke of his contact as medical care consultant to a number of patients suffering from drug addiction involving organic brain diseases. If alcohol was now introduced it would be declared illegal and is a massive problem being the third biggest killer in the world. 8per cent of the adult population in Scotland are dependent on alcohol but only a small per cent of that total receive treatment. He also gave a humorous short resume of his time for 10 years as a grade one football referee. The Club’s vote of Thanks was given by past President Dr Jim Anderson

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 are 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.


Carpet Bowling

D. McTaggart’s Pairs Prize 25/2/14

Winners - R. O’Hare (S), D. Seaton

Beaten Finalist - B. McLymont (S), J. Davidson

Beaten Semi Finalists - D. Faulds (S), W. Buchanan; J. Gregg (S), A. McGinlay.


Quiz Night

There is a quiz night at the Carrick Centre on Saturday 29 March at 7.30pm. The cost is £10 for a team of four and you can book your table via the centre or go along the night. Take your own food and drink although tea and coffee will be available. Why not go along and have a great night out.

Stinchar Valley

Gardening Club

The next meeting of the Stinchar Valley Gardening Club is on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 7.30pm in the Pinwherry Community Hall. The guest speaker for the evening is Frances Wilkins and the title of her talk is “Lost Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway”.

Frances was educated in Scotland and London. For the last 25 years she has been a ‘wandering scholar’ dedicating her life to the social history of South-West Scotland, the Isle of Man and Cumbria.

This has resulted in over thirty books, local history courses and lectures and several exhibitions covering a wide range of topics. “Two Hundred Years of Kirkconnell Garden” was published in 2008 and her “Gardens Great and Small”: The ‘Lost’ Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway exhibition was part of the Homecoming programme in 2009. She has continued to research the lost gardens of the South-West. These include gardens that have disappeared completely, some that have been overlain by more recent and ‘better’ planting schemes and others that have lost their former glory due to neglect and disinterest. These gardens can be reconstructed from contemporary plans and other archive material, from descriptions written by visitors, from nineteenth century sepia photographs and twentieth century aerial photographs. Frances now lives in a lost garden (in Worcestershire).

Frances’s talk will be a fascinating insight into these “lost” gardens and who knows, we may even discover we have our own equivalent of the now famous “Heligan” in Cornwall. Please come along and find out more! The Stinchar Valley Gardening Club annual membership is £12.00 and the visitor’s fee for the evening is £3.00 which includes tea/coffee.

Dyslexia meeting

A public meeting has been organised for Saturday, March 22, Ayr Hospital Lecture Theatre 10am-12:30 where Paul Nisbet from Call Scotland, Edinburgh will show how modern gadgets can help with the condition. Paul will also deal with SQA exams, and testing requirements for the New Curriculum stages, and technology replacing Readers and Scribes. Contact ‘’ or 01292443648.