This week’s Carrick Chatter - March 26th 2014


Afternoon Tea

Ballantrae Parish Church’s Malawi link is holding an afternoon cream tea on Saturday 29 March 2014 from 2pm until 4pm in the Community Hall. Entry is £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children.

Indoor Bowling

Ballantrae’s indoor bowlers competed for the Craig Allan Trophy this week.

Winners: D McIlwraith, H McClung.

Runners-Up: R Dunlop, R Barr.


Church Guild

The above guild met on 12th March when the President Margaret Clanahan welcomed all and led the devotions.

The Speaker was the Rev Dr Lochrie who gave a narrated talk about the life and work of David Livingstone.

As this was A.G.M night, the Rev Mr McLachlan had joined us and he proposed the vote of thanks to all concerned.

The daffodil evening will be on 23rd April this year in Dailly Community Centre. The entertainers will be the Maybole Concert party.

The tickets cost £4.00 and can be had from guild members.

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.

Citizens Advocacy Service

The Citizens Advocacy Support Service will be holding a drop in service in the Community Centre, Dalrymple Street on Monday 24 March from 11am-12.3opm. Any adult with learning difficulties is welcome to pop along to find out about the work they do. And anyone who wishes to volunteer for the service can find out information at the drop in.

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 raises 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.

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 latest meeting was held on Thursday 13 March 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.

Rotary Club

The Rotary club of Girvan met as usual on Tuesday at 6 PM. We had what is perhaps best described as a disturbing talk from Paul Henke .He has in the past been a naval commander and at one time was involved in under water bomb disposal and lived in several parts of the world. He is now an author and has several books to his name. Some are thrillers, others are about war and terrorism.

I think some must be very sad.He has done much research into what happens to European Union money, and does not find it reassuring .

He feels and finds and offers evidence of endless incompetence , vested interest in decisions made and frank misappropriation and dishonesty by senior politicians and major business companies.He gave us many examples of enormous sums disappearing and others spent on entirely useless projects.

He offered us copies of some of his books at discount ,and many of us bought some.

Next Tuesday we are at Malin Court with partners at a demonstration of clothing through the ages given by Laurie McKinnon and Graham Hunter


Carpet Bowling Pairs Cup 11/3/14

Winners D, McTaggart(s) E. McIntyre

Beaten Finalists R. O’Hare(s) D. Seaton

Beaten Semi Finalists W. Grieve(s) J. Stewart D McCutcheon(s) W. Buchanan.


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 on 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.


SWRI meeting

The next meeting of Minishant SWRI will be held on Thursday March 20 at 7.30pm in the IFE wing of Minishant Primary School.

Entertainment for the evening will be “Gaelic Waulking Songs” and competitions will be a) a vegetable animal and b) a Spring posy.


W.R.I Meeting

Mrs Wyllie welcomed members to the March meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

After business was discussed Mrs Wyllie introduced Mrs Moira McAlpine who gave a very informative and interesting talk on her job when she was a prison governor. Mrs Pat Gutherie gave vote of thanks.

Competition results: Caramel Tarts: 1. Sue Royce. 2. Margaret Hair.

Competition Two: Recycled Item: 1. Margaret Hair. 2. Sue Royce. 3. Jean Wyllie.


Gardening Club

The next meeting of the Stinchar Valley Gardening Club is 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 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 fee 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 arranged for Saturday March 22, Ayr Hospital Lecture Theatre from 10am-12.30pm 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 01292 443648.