Groundbreaking for Carrick Centre
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Bill Miller, chairman of the Maybole New Church Committee and of Carrick Centre Ltd welcomed a large crowd to what he described as “this historic occasion when we celebrate the commencement of the construction of the Carrick Centre with the Maybole Parish Church.” He continued, “This has been made possible by an enormous amount of work by very many people here in Maybole and further afield. “I want to express my especial appreciation to the generosity of the Church of Scotland Trustees who have encouraged us so much in our fundraising and planning and without whose wholehearted support in these difficult times we could not be enjoying this celebration.


“Also, I would like to thank Maybole Council of Churches who have wholeheartedly encouraged us to build this Centre for the benefit of the whole community here in Maybole. “And personally, I would like to acknowledge the leadership we have enjoyed from our Interim Moderator here in Maybole, Mr Jim Skinner, without whose wisdom and guidance we would not be standing here today.”


Other speakers included Dr Ian Trushell, representing the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland, and Rev. Bob Mayes, representing the Presbytery of Ayr. Mr Miller then invited this year’s Gala King and Queen of Carrick, Robert McEwan and Alix Anderson, to help him dig the first hole on the site.


On behalf of the wider Maybole community, David Kiltie explained that the new Carrick Centre is “a partnership project between the congregation of Maybole Parish Church and local community groups in Maybole.”


He continued, “The aim is to build a new community facility, right in the heart of the town, which will include the parish church and have modern space to meet the needs of church groups and local voluntary organisations. “The Carrick Centre will have a youth facility, a coffee shop, conference and community facilities, as well as the new Maybole Parish Church.


“The project to build a new church has been ongoing for quite a time now, but it was only three short years ago that a joint management committee was formed from the congregation of Maybole Parish Church and representatives from local voluntary organisations. “This new committee was formed to create a community charitable company limited by guarantee to make funding applications to funders for the community facilities.


The new site has been cleared ready for construction work to begin, and this innovative project is a clear partnership between the Church and the community. The centre is being built by the Church of Scotland but from next year the intention is that when built the new community company will lease it and operate it. A truly innovative project and shows remarkable generosity by the Church.”


He then thanked committee members and fund raisers; architect Raymond Angus; Fleming Buildings Limited; those who would providing the entertainment during the afternoon, the choir of Maybole Parish Church, the Gardenrose Primary School Choir, Maybole Majorettes, Aileen Robertson School of Highland Dancing, and Maybole Pipe Band; John Paterson for the use of his digger; John Jamieson and Fleming Buildings for the sponsorship of the golden T-shirts which were given to young people taking part to remind them of the historic occasion; the ladies and gentlemen who prepared the barbecue and the other refreshments; Gala King and Queen of Carrick, Robert McEwan and Alix Anderson; SAC and Ayrshire Leader, and the Church of Scotland.


Mr Kiltie finished by thanking Bill Miller, “He has really been the driving force behind this historic project. “This will not just be a place of worship but a real community resource for the whole of Maybole and surrounding villages. “It is an ambitious project - an exciting one.”