GREETINGS from Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Guiders in Maybole to all readers in this the International Year of the Child 1979. It is almost two years now since Ayrshire, as far as Guiding was concerned became too large and was simply divided into Ayrshire North and Ayrshire South.
As part of Ayrshire South we are in Carrick Division, Mrs Q. McMorland, High Craighead being Divisional Commissioner. Lady Ballantrae is our County President and Mrs W. S. Wilson, Ballochmorie, Barrhill, is our County Commissioner.
Maybole is District 2 of Carrick Division, known as Maybole and District, which includes Crosshill, Maidens and Dunure. In this district we have 11 groups of young people: 6 packs of Brownies, 4 Guide Companies and 1 Ranger Unit. Out of these numbers Maybole supports 3 Brownie Packs, 2 Guide Companies and the Ranger Unit. Approximately 125 children and adults are involved in these group meetings. This being Maybole's contribution to the 3421 members noted at the last census for Ayrshire South. These meetings have taken place for the last year or two in the Youth Centre, but have moved to the Lesser Town Hall because of the redecoration of the Youth Centre.
The leaders for this session are: Brownies - Miss S. Hannah, Mrs R. Jardine. Mrs F. .Coulter. Mrs R. Lamb, Mrs M. McKie, Mrs A. Blackwood; helpers C. Coulter and S. Ferguson. Guides - Mrs F. Strachan, Mrs N.Swiatek, Mrs M. Holmes, Mrs E. Kerrigan, Mrs C. Leiper. Rangers - Mrs J. Stevens.
Top Guide of the year must be Caroline Coulter for gaining her Queen's Guide Badge. The highlight of the past session was the presentation of new Company Colours to the Guides by the Trefoil Guild. Mrs Laidlaw, as President at the time, presented the Colours, they were dedicated by Mr Anderson and received by Mrs F. Strachan on behalf of the Guides. The Queen's Colours had also been presented by the Trefoil Guild the previous session.
Christmas-time brought together 200 Brownies and Cubs in the Town Hall for a Disco - can you imagine that event.
1st Maybole Guides dressed dolls for Seafield Hospital; 2nd Guides found themselves entertaining guests to a Burns Supper in January. The Brownie Competition this year was a mouse, one of which was chosen from the whole of South Ayrshire to be exhibited in London.
Gorebridge was the venue for the Guide Camp this summer: someone else's pen will tell you of that momentous event.