This week’s Carrick Chatter

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Girvan Inner Wheel Club.

In January, members not only enjoyed a lovely lunch at President Mauraid Anderson’s home but raised money for a charity she chose to benefit. “Care for the Family” was launched in 1988 and is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties, giving parenting, marriage and bereavement support.

At our February meeting our speaker was Jim McLean from Stranraer who gave an enlightening talk on Bethlehem. With slides to illustrate, we learned for instance that only a 20 foot high wall with a guarded gateway separates it from Jerusalem. Also that The Church of the Nativity is not one unit but a site on which several church authorities have their buildings and by whom The Church of the Nativity is administered. The site where Jesus is said to be born is within the Greek Orthodox Church which is entered by a very low door called the “Door of Humility”. These and many other pieces of information made the talk a very interesting one.

Flower Club

The Club’s Annual Friends & Family Night took place in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 22nd February and was in the form of a “Needle Felting Demonstration”.

Chairperson Liz Gregg handed over to Beth Blain and Liz Copeland both members of Barr Quilters to explain and demonstrate the art.

Beth then introduced some of the characters and fuzzy friends she had made, to the audience, before going on laughingly explaining how therapeutic it can be, especially if someone has agitated you and in turn you can “agitate the wool”

Liz and Beth both in harmony demonstrated the art and explained about tools and type of wool required and the need to be careful and use Finger Protectors, as the needles, besides being sharp, were also barbed. Various items were passed around the audience for inspection, before Beth and Liz invited them to have a try, only two took up the offer, being very careful to keep their fingers away from the needles.

Liz then thanked both ladies for coming along and demonstrating their art to the Club.

Everyone then retired to enjoy a delicious supper prepared by the committee, during this time the raffle was also drawn with various prizes and one lucky winner receiving a “Needle Felting Starter Kit” gifted by Beth and Liz.

Wednesday 22nd March will see the return of our Floral Art Demonstrations with Mrs Heather Curry On Tour from Gosforth, the title chosen by Heather is “A Basket Case” . Details of club events can be found on our website.

Lendalfoot Carpet Bowling

W. Buchanan’s Pairs Prize 21/02/17; Winners - D. Walker (S), D. Faulds; Beaten Finalists - D. McTaggart (S), C. Paton; Beaten Semi-Finalists - B. McClymont (S), D. Seaton; P. Hetherington (S), A. Brown

Maybole Lantern workshops

As part of the Maybole 500 Celebrations, CRAG Arts are organising a programme of Lantern Workshops leading up to the Candlelicht & Cobbles Lantern Parade on March 25th in Maybole. Over the next few weeks artists will be working with the community to produce a host of willow and paper lanterns which will be carried through the streets of Maybole to Glebe Park where a fiery finale show will take place bringing the event to a close.

On Saturdays we are holding open workshops in the Carrick Centre, these are free of charge and open to all ages, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. They will run from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm and you can drop in for an hour at a time or complete the whole lantern in one go, no need to book. It is advisable to wear old clothes as sticky glue is involved. The theme for the lanterns is the Heritage and History of Maybole so get your thinking caps on for designs, from castles to cluny monks, boots to bobbins, Maybole has a wealth of history to fire your imaginations. For more information email

Maybole You decide

Saturday, 4th March 10.30am @ The Carrick Centre, Maybole. Come along for a nail biting day! Who will win the most votes? Which projects will get the funds to deliver a great project for North Carrick? - YOU DECIDE! Vote for your favourite projects and just like the X-Factor every vote counts! The ones with the most votes will be funded by the PAR (Participate, Activate, Regenerate) £80,000k Community Choices fund. Final times and schedule to follow next week. Look out for more info. at: Facebook/Twitter: @parnorthcarrick, Email or Log on to