500th Anniversary Celebrations Continue in Maybole
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500th Anniversary Celebrations Continue in Maybole

Following on from its highly successful Lantern Parade at the end of March, the Maybole 500 project is completing plans for more events in May and June. This year Maybole’s traditional Gala Day is being extended to a Gala Week. Celebrations during that week will start on Sunday 4th June with a “Picnic in the Park” where people are invited to bring their own food and spend the afternoon enjoying the free entertainment being provided by the project.  Highlight of the event will be a display of jousting and horse stunts by Les Amis d’Onno - the official Jousting team of Historic Scotland, who appear at the "Spectacular Jousting" at Linlithgow Palace each year.

Speaking on behalf of Maybole Community Council, the organisers of the Maybole 500 project, Peter Mason said, “We’re confident that people from near and far will come to the Glebe to see Les Amis d’Onno. These are world-class performers and we’re pleased to be able to let local people experience their show free of charge. The afternoon will be fun for all the family and – even though fun is the main point of the event – we’ll make sure that people also get the chance to think about Maybole’s rich history and heritage and to comment on how we can make use of that heritage to relaunch the town as the Capital of Carrick.”

Other activities during the week include a Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday 6th June. This will set off from the Town Hall starting at 6pm. Groups will leave on foot every 5 minutes and will follow clues which will take them to historic places in Maybole.  On the eventing of Thursday 8th June, Quizmaster Gavin Hamilton will host a Gala Quiz in the Speakers.

The Maybole 500 Gala Week will continue on the 9th of June with the Summer Concert organised by Carrick Academy with support from local Primary Schools. The show, starting at 7pm in Maybole Town Hall, features a musical tour through parts of local history followed by a performance of the “Little Shop of Horrors”. Tickets are available for the show now priced at £5 per adult with children under 5 going free and all proceeds going to the Academy for future events.

Saturday the 10th of June is Maybole’s Gala day and this year’s event will be supplemented by a costumed pageant through the town and by extra attractions at the Glebe during the day. The following day, June 11th, will have an Ecumenical Ceremony at the historic Crossraguel Abbey followed by entertainment at the Town Hall.

Meanwhile, demand has been high for Drama workshops that have been arranged by Maybole 500 for school children in the area. Dozens of youngsters will take part and the aim is for them to present the fruits of their efforts during the summer.

Weaving for All

But the next event on the Maybole 500 calendar is a programme to give local people some skills in weaving. This harks back to the end of the 18th and into the 19th Century when most of Maybole’s townsfolk had given up farming and many had branched out into the weaving trade. The Maybole 500 project has arranged a FREE drop-in day at the Carrick Centre from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 27th May.  Janet Renouf-Miller of “Create With Fibre” will lead the day as an opportunity for anyone in the area who fancies having a go at weaving. Janet commented, “Weaving is really easy to learn and anyone can do it.  I will bring a variety of different types of looms and we are encouraging anyone aged 4 - 94 to come along and either watch or join in the fun.”

The drop-in day will be followed up during June and July with training sessions and workshops for people in Maybole and North Carrick who want to do more with weaving. The end result should be a wall hanging produced by local people and featuring aspects of Maybole’s heritage.

The Maybole 500 Project is seen as an important part of preparations for life after the forthcoming bypass of the A77 around the town. It is being part funded by Ayrshire LEADER 2014-2020 programme, the Heritage Lottery Fund, South Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire Youth Arts Network, Maybole Community Council and North Carrick Community Benefit Company. Anyone looking for more information can visit the Maybole 500 Facebook page or contact the Project Manager at Stuart.lindsay1@btopenworld.com

More information from: Stuart Lindsay 07977 115974 or David Kiltie 07768 041264