Maybole Community Association, by Alan Murray
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Community Association is mainly involved in organising events dealing with matters which involves bringing together the various community groups within Maybole in an effort to improve community life. Last year our main events can be summarised as follows - last September the Community Association was responsible for the overall planning of "Sport for All Week," some of the activities which were organised during the event included a Five-a-Side Football Tournament organised by Maybole Boys Brigade, a Bowling Tournament, organised by Memorial Park Bowling Club, Badminton Tournament, organised by the Badminton Club, demonstration by the Life Saving Club and free tuition by the Swimming Club. Carrick Rugby Club organised a Tugo-War and all of the events were covered for First Aid by the Red Cross.

The next event organised by the Community Association was the Christmas Bazaar and Santa's Grotto. This is always a popular event, both with children and adults and it is true to say that at the Christmas Bazaar one can see a gambling streak in the inhabitants of Maybole which would do justice to a man born and raised in Monte Carlo. Always popular at events of this nature are, of course, home baking stalls, but next to that there is absolutely no doubt that in Maybole a successful stall is one which offers people a 'flutter.' I myself have seen someone paying six or seven pounds to win a set of darts in a Tombola, which they could have crossed the road and purchased at a fraction of the price.

The groups which took part in the Christmas Bazaar were - St. Cuthbert's Girls Club, who organised a Tombola; Carrick Community Club, whose stall had many varied items for sale; The Brownies, who organised the Teas and the Scouts who had a Hot Pancake Stall; The Cubs sold baking and knitting and he Save the Children Fund offered for sale many of their fund raising articles; The Guides sold dressed dolls and the Rugby Club had a Bottle Stall; The Bowling Club, Ranger Guides also took part and Maybole Old Age Pensioners Association had their, as always, very successful Cake and Candy Stall. Santa Claus and a Lucky Dip were organised by the Maybole Community Association and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Santa very much for his help.

In January the Association had hoped to organise a Cross Country Race, but due to bad weather this had to be postponed until March, when it was run just at the tail end of the Cross Country Season. Next year, as far as this event is concerned, the Community Association are hoping to find a local firm who will act as sponsors for this event, which will enable us to improve the prizes and give that firm some good publicity throughout the West of Scotland, because as years go on Maybole Community Association Cross Country Race is becoming one of the major cross country events in the West of Scotland attracting runners from all over the country and from the Midlands of England.

In February, our Quiz Team of Moira Brown, Margaret Davidson, Rhona Paterson and Kathleen Murray did Maybole proud by winning the local heats of the Ayrshire Federation of Community Associations Quiz which was held at Barr Community Centre. Maybole Community Association also entered teams in two other Inter Community Association Competitions. In the Grant's Games our Whist Team of Mrs D. Cron and Miss A. Callaghan successfully lifted the title in that game in February and our Darts Team of Mr G. Dunabie and Mr K. Gray lifted the Darts Trophy.

During the month of June the Annual Quiz was held in the Town Hall. In the Primary Schools Quiz, Cairn Primary took the title this year and in the Secondary Schools Quiz, Carrick Academy were just pipped at the post by Girvan Academy. The winner of the Mastermind Competition was Mr Jim Hastings.

In the Queen of Carrick Dance held in June the Community Council Association ran a very successful event and thanks are due to all who helped out at this, especially the Committee - Mr & Mrs J. Boyle; Sgt. J. McClung; Community Association Chairman, Mr R. Robb; Mrs Margaret Wilson; the Community Association Secretary, Mrs Robina Speirs and Alan Murray, as well as others without whose help the event would not have run so successfully.

The winner this year was the lovely Yvonne Gibson from Kilmarnock and I am pleased to say that two local girls were runners-up - Marie McNamara from Maybole and Dorothy Eaglesham from Kirkoswald. Thanks are most certainly due to Mr Johnnie Beattie, who, as he has done in past years, turned up towards the end of the evening to entertain the whole company and whose professional performance added the final touch to a very successful charity function.