What’s On in Carrick this week

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The November Meeting of the Girvan & District History Society will take place in the Mc Kechnie Institute Dalrymple Street. Girvan, on Thursday 24th November. Our speaker for the evening will be Jean Brittain. The title of her talk is, “Stones of Destiny”- Supernatural Rock Power in Ayrshire.

The legends of Ailsa Craig, the Market Cross as a legal witness, the tester lifts for manhood, and the luck in granny’s pebble brooch. The stories as to why stones have mattered so much to our superstitious ancestors

Stones have a deeply elemental place in our culture far beyond being mere landscape features or pretty baubles. Jean will tell us about the ones with extra powers to change the fate of living beings. The origins of the beliefs in these inanimate geological chunks of rock may be more curious than you thought.

Entrance: Member £1, non-Members £2, this includes a cup of tea and a biscuit1. All interested parties most welcome.

Girvan & District Flower Club

The Annual Open Evening takes place in Girvan Academy Theatre on Wednesday 23rd November 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

The Demonstrator Kathleen Williams is a well known Area Demonstrator and is “On Tour from Oldham” the title chosen by Kathleen is “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”.

Tickets costing £6 (refreshments included) are available from committee members and Fiofin Designs, Dalrymple Street. There are also Quiz Sheets (£1) available with winner to be announced in December.

The Club look forward to welcoming members and visitors to this the last event of the year, it is sure to put you in a Festive Mood and give you ideas and inspiration for your Christmas Floral Arrangements.

Living with Leisure

On Monday, 21st November, we welcome Ms. Margery Chalmers of CHAS ( The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland ) to hear more about this wonderful charity. This year marks the 20th Anniversary for them , we congratulate them for the great job they do. Doors open at 1.15pm for a 1.45pm start in the Community Centre. All over 50s are welcome.

South Carrick Community Leisure

The AGM of the above charity will take place in the Community Centre, Dalrymple Street, Girvan on Wednesday 16th November at 7:00pm all members welcome.

McKechnie Institute

A Wider View - James Gilmour, Photo Journalism and Street Photography at the McKechnie Institute from Tuesday 8 November.

Starting his career in photo-engraving design for textiles, James Gilmour caught the photography bug. His passion for the art led him to a career as a freelance photographer for Scottish Field, Scotland on Sunday and other papers. He has exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock and The Maclaurin Art Gallery.

Christmas Fair

North Parish Church Girvan is hosting a Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 19 from 2-4pm with various stalls including home baking, handicrafts, Christmas gifts, cards, bric-a-brac, books and new goods. Tickets £2 including teas.



Visiting guests from neighbouring rurals and friends were welcomed by Jessie Brown to our Open Night. Jessie introduced Margaret Findlay from Girvan, who demonstrated her skills in Floral Art.

She transported us on a trip to the Pantomine ‘Cinderella’. using a toy train engine, large cocktail glasses, Cinders ‘coach’ and shoe, as containers, the results were delightful. Janette Sloan warmly thanked her and a lovely supper was served, a large raffle, including the floral arrangements.

Competitions- Tablet- 1st Janette Sloan, 2nd Jessie Brown, Article beginning with ‘ C ‘ 1st Janette Sloan, [coffee cake] 2nd Jean Dunlop [cushion] 3rd Sadie McCulloch [cyclamen] The President gave a comprehensive V.O.T. to all for the successful evening. Helen Bruce, Alloway, thanked Ballantrae on behalf of all the visitors for their hospitality. The next meeting is a dinner in Malin Court on 5th December @ 7pm.

Stinchar Valley

Garden Club

The next meeting of the Stinchar Valley Garden Club is on Wednesday 16th November at 7.30pm in Colmonell Kirk Hall. The speaker will be Tessa Knott talking about the making of her renowned garden at Glenwhan. All welcome. Please note the new venue.


Gentle yoga classes

Gentle Yoga classes will be running at Dailly Activity Centre every Friday , initially for six weeks from the 11th November. Time : 2.00-3.00pm, suitable for complete beginners , and those coming back to Yoga - all welcome. For more details call Fiona on 01465 811427, or contact the Activity Centre.


The Carrick Centre

The Carrick Centre Youth Programme Events/Groups

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

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

*Wednesdays from Oct 19 – Nov 23 - FREE Street Dancing programme 6.30pm-8pm for P6 - S2. Contact Ryan at the centre on 01655 883222.

Tuesdays – 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.

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.

Friday, Nov 25 – CARRICK CINEMA CLUB – Showing “Bridge of Spies” (Cert 12)

Directed by Stephen Spielberg and featuring Tom Hanks. Set in the Cold War and full of tense drama. See website for more info. Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Lime Tree larder ice cream on sale. Tickets £5.

Saturday, Nov 26 – BAROQUE MUSIC CONCERT by The Carrick Ensemble, Centre Fundraiser. Doors open 7pm. Concerts starts 7.30pm. Tickets £7/£5(conc.) call 01655 883222 to book. The Carrick Ensemble is a chamber orchestra founded by Robert De Mey and Paul Woods. The lively Brandenburg Concertos will be featured in the programme, along with the sparkling Christmas Concerto by Corelli.

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.

The Speakers

Saturday, Dec 17 – Ulterior Motive Party Night. Tickets £5ea includes a light buffet.

Maybole Over 50s Organisation @ The Speakers

Thursday, Nov 17 – Slide Show & Presentation by Camera Club & Walking Group 2pm. Organised by Tony Kerrigan & Senga Walker.

Saturday, Dec 17 – XMAS PARTY – Tickets £5 available now from The Speakers and include buffet & live entertainment.

Weekly activities: Keep Fit, Camera club, Swimming, Scrabble, Knit and Natter, Backgammon, Walking, Ukulele for Beginners. For more see www.mayboleover50s.org or contact Secretary, Anne Walker, on 07846 180753.


Art circle

Ayr Art Circle Members’ Exhibition at the Maclaurin Art Gallery from Saturday 12 November 2016.

Ayr Art Circle was formed in 1944 and is unique among local clubs in owning its own premises.

Members of the club present a selection of recent work in different media and varied styles featuring oils, watercolours, pastel and acrylic works.