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This Morning presenter Steve Wilson with members of Maybole Three Schools Choir.Steve opened the programme saying that he was surprised he had travelled 500 miles (like the Proclaimers?) for a grand opening ceremony but no one seemed to have turned up. Just then the sound of the pipes, played by 12 year old Carrick Academy pupil Scott Barrie, was heard and a crowd of young and old appeared behind the presenter.

Maybole was featured again on national television when ITV’s This Morning was beamed live from the capital of Carrick. Maybole One Stop Shop MOSS had been given £8,000 last month by the programme to develop a property in School Vennel into a brand new Age Concern centre. more


Final group shot – TV crew with locals
Three schools choir being filmed Steve about to invite William Fielding, 95, and Isa Fulton, 86, to officially open the new Age Concern Centre by cutting a tartan ribbon. Fr Stephen McGrattan, Gillian Anderson, Steve Wilson and Scott Barrie Isa Fulton, Betty Barr, Willie Fielding and his daughter Isobel And Pearl’s a swinger?
Inside the newly opened centre Provost Winifred Sloan chats with Nessie Connolly and Pearl Barton. The legendary Sydney Devine was there and sang his signature tune “Tiny Bubbles” to celebrate.

These photos show the ITV crew and local tradesmen with MOSS staff and committee chair Fr McGrattan. They were checking up on progress of the project. The official opening ceremony was performed Wednesday December 10th. more

Staff were given only a few weeks to complete the project and managed it with just hours to spare. Project Manager Gillian Anderson worked round the clock with a small army of volunteers, mainly staff, family and friends to help her, and told us, "It was hard going and at times I didn't think we were going to be ready for the programme to go on air.


"We finally managed to get there with just hours to spare." Presenter Steve Wilson opened the programme saying that he was surprised he had travelled 500 miles for a grand opening ceremony but no one seemed to have turned up. Just then the sound of the pipes, played by 12-year-old Carrick Academy pupil Scott Barrie, was heard and a crowd of young and old appeared behind the presenter to wave to the cameras. As well as tunes fro Scott, the TV audience were treated to some festive music from members of the Three Schools Choir and the official cutting of the ribbon was performed by 95-year-old William Fielding and Isa Fulton, 86.


In addition to a number of locals present, Provost Winifred Sloan attended as did legendary singer Sydney Devine. Fr Stephen McGrattan, chair of the MOSS steering group, introduced everyone to the audience and after the ceremony they all entered the new centre to see what was on offer for senior citizens in the town. Weary but well pleased with the end result, Gillian would like to thank everyone who helped out with getting the centre open in time and all who donated time and equipment. If anyone wants to provide any additional equipment or items for use by the pensioners, all donations will be gratefully received. Just get in touch with Gillian at 01655 884032.

Issue 2 of Maybole One Stop Shop Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of the Maybole One Stop Shop newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to help you keep up to date with developments at MOSS. Since we opened the service has developed links with a number of agencies and outreach services. We want to make sure that as many people as possible are aware of what we have on offer and can refer clients.
Gillian Anderson 

Issue 1 of Maybole One Stop Shop Newsletter


Maybole One Stop Shop, a new resource for Maybole and District, launched on Tuesday May 22 after several months of hard work and planning.


The project, based in 6-8 School Vennel, Maybole, offers a growing list of services including benefit checks and income maximization advice, advocacy, citizens advice, health information, support for senior citizens, low energy lightbulbs and access to a range of outreach services.


Facilities available include internet access, private rooms available for hire, meeting space, photocopying and a “free phone” service to allow clients to contact support agencies.


The Maybole One Stop Shop will be open six days a week: all day Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning. Gillian Anderson, project manager, together with Cathie Barr and Agnes McGill are the enthusiastic and experienced staff who will look to provide a ‘one-stop’ answer for people looking for support or information. If the One Stop Shop staff can’t provide a solution themselves then they will pass you directly to someone who can. From the beginning, the project will be a growing hub of knowledge and practical help that gives access to many services that are sometimes complicated to access alone. The service is open to everyone.


Gillian said “Cathie, Agnes and I are looking forward to getting our teeth into this new project and building a service which will be recognised throughout Ayrshire, and known as an example of good practice and high standards. There is a vast amount of knowledge and expertise available to us, and we intend to make use of it to deliver a valuable service to people in the North Carrick area.”


MOSS brings together the work of three groups which are already known locally.  Ellen Hawkes, Jean Clarke and Fr Stephen McGrattan, representing Maytag; Patrice Graham, John Barr and Diane Shearer, representing Over the Rainbow; and Robert Malone, Stella McEwan and Nessie Connolly, representing Maybole and District Senior Citizens’ Forum; make up the steering committee which guides the project. Each group is delighted to have refurbished and comfortable premises to deliver the services they offer. They are looking forward to sharing resources and working together to provide a better level of service in their own area of expertise. The project is funded by the Fair Share Trust, Scottish Community Foundation.


Councillor Brian Connolly officially launched the One Stop Shop and Fr Stephen McGrattan, Chairperson of the MOSS Steering Committee, said, “I am confident that this new and well resourced One Stop Shop will be very useful for local people to access a wide range of services that can help them and help their community. I look forward to seeing the difference a stop at Maybole’s One Stop Shop makes to the town and district.”

Photos from grant openning and ribbon cutting ceremony. Maybole One Stop Shop 6-8 School Vennel Maybole KA18 7DQ Tel: 01655 884032