was re-organised in 1975 and that meant that Maybole Town Council was
disappearing to be replaced by Strathclyde Regional Council and Kyle &
Carrick District Council. Instead of 12 councillors dedicated to Maybole, our
town now had part of 1 out 103 on the regional council and 1 out of 25 on the
councils had been mentioned in the legislation, the 1973 Local Government
(Scotland) Act, there seemed to be nothing at the time which could be of help. Ayr County Council, which was also disappearing, had a network of community
associations and the Town Council decided to investigate that avenue of
continuing some activities despite having no community centre to run as most
Last Maybole Town Council - 1975
When set up,
Maybole Community Association continued the Town Council's Attractions
Committee's function of organising galas, concerts, etc. and gradually took on a
slightly different role of taking up issues in the town. When community councils
were being proposed, the Association played a key role and also met with
neighbouring villages to discuss the way forward and liaise on boundaries.
When the first
Community Council meeting was called on 13th June 1977, the Queen's Silver
Jubilee year, more than half the members were on both organisations - which
caused a few problems!
Councils were set up to:-
remoteness of the new local government system;
to preserve and
develop the voice of the community;
encourage meaningful participation in local affairs.
According to the
Act it was to "ascertain, co-ordinate and express" the views of
local people to local and public authorities, and to do whatever it felt needed
to be done to help the community. One drawback, however, was they had no money!
Kyle & Carrick
District Council (KCDC) provided an administration grant and Strathclyde
Regional Council (SRC) had a treasure chest specially for Community Council
projects and this was a boon for many of them e.g. to purchase photocopiers etc.
Community Council became involved in included :-
published a pictorial
book in hardback and republished it in paperback;
books such as James
Gray's Capital of Carrick, previously published by the Town Council;
ran a summer
playscheme for primary children, including cycle proficiency;
formed a junior
started a fund
for Christmas lights and involved the local secondary school, Carrick
Academy in building Christmas scenes;
leading role in an association of all CCs in K&C;
and formed a
youth development team to liaise with Carrick Academy, Social Work, Police,
Community Education etc. on youth issues.
council made its views known on many topics e.g.
council also conducted a community survey to find out people’s views on a
range of subject, and also became involved with West Sound in its early days
when it was more community oriented instead of mainly a music channel.
local Pipe Band to
raise money and it became officially Maybole Community Council Pipe Band;
Association, which leases a pavilion from South Ayrshire;
Falconer Literary Competition in memory of one of our members;
represented on the local Accident Prevention and Crime Prevention
Committees, as well as Carrick Housing Association in its early days
(although not so much nowadays).
council wanted to preserve the identity of the town so it applied to the Lord
Lyon for its own coat of arms. This
has been used on a flag, ties, headscarves, T-shirts, stickers, bookmarks, key
rings, Christmas cards, etc. But the main item was a medallion, embossed with
the coat of arms, which is presented to individuals or organisations which
There have been a
few big areas which have had a lasting effect, however.
Transport Group – this was started in conjunction with Girvan Community
Council, Dunure Community Council and Carrick Youth Panel with the aid of a
grant from SRC. The group has gone on to become an integral part of Carrick's
infrastructure thanks to its increased membership.
800 – this was an idea to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Carrick
becoming an independent part of Scotland and brought together many individuals
from all over the south of Ayrshire. A special ecumenical service was held at
Crossraguel Abbey, probably the first service of any kind in over 300 years and
almost certainly the first with all denominations present. A magnificent pageant
was held at Culzean Castle and a group set up to re-enact a famous battle is
still in existence today - strangely enough called the Carrick 800 Battle
Re-enactment Society! Members bring alive Scottish history in their spare time
and tour schools with their re-enactments.
Ltd - what has become known as the training wing of Maybole Community
Council and has expanded from Horticulture, Administration, Skills Preparation,
and Temporary Work Projects to take in Retail, Customer services and are now
qualified to train trainers and are moving into private training.
council had first become involved with Youth Training Schemes in the late 70s
and over the years developed into Community Programme sponsors with several
Over £500,00 in
government funding was obtained and then the rules were changed bringing in
Employment Training and May-Tag was formed as a limited company with an annual
budget over £250,000. It is in fact a registered charity with its headquarters
in Maybole's 400 year old Castle leased from the Marquess of Ailsa and has two
other local bases.
May-Tag has 6
directors; 16 staff; can have up to 100 trainees at any one time; 6 voluntary
tutors and 3 minibuses. It has carried out work on a number of local projects in
Maybole and elsewhere (e.g. Girvan at Seabank Quarriers Home, McCreath Park and
Hamilton Park; Dunure Harbour and Kennedy Park; tourist walkways at Barr and
Straiton; Content House in Ayr; Maidens Harbour; and Malin Court).
attracted £150,000 from the National Lottery Charities Board for a three year
project (Painting & decorating and gardening). A 12 month extension was
approved to allow the scheme to expand into Girvan and local villages
applications include £48,000 to the Scottish Office's Rural Challenge Fund for
three year match funding for an extension to a project which helps local
unemployed to get back to work (last year 33 into work, 34 into further
education/training, and others to set up as self-employed). It also works with
young people very closely and has set up links to Carrick Academy with Girvan
Academy now interested. South Ayrshire funded £12,000 for two years for this;
and has provided support for a Community Profile project to establish the issues
in the town which will feed in to the Local Plan. The project, called Signposts,
has now been taken over and mainstreamed by South Ayrshire Council.
Twinning – Maybole twinned with Crosne, near Paris, France in
1982 after exploratory visits in 1981. Crosne was twinned with Beloeil in
Belgium and Schotten in Germany. Beloeil was twinned with a couple of years ago
and the plan is to twin with Schotten this year (July 2000).
Picture below shows
the Community Council circa 2000.
(left to right) are Peter Mason, William Grant, Marianne McCreadie,
Helen Whitefield, Sgt John McCafferty, Frances Campbell, Fiona Shields,
Sam Davidson and William Paterson. Seated are Stan Bone, Anne Walker,
South Ayrshire Councillor Andy Hill,
David Kiltie, Eddie Glass, Alex Kelly
and Pearl Barton. Missing members are Billy Torbett and Jim McDermott.