Service. Angus Middleton, President of the Robert Burns World
Federation, was a special visitor at Maybole Parish Church’s service
on Sunday morning. Mr Middleton is also President of the Ayrshire
Association of Burns Clubs and he was accompanied by several
colleagues at what was undoubtedly unique worship – all the hymns
were sung to Burns tunes!
Rev Dave Whiteman welcomed Mr
Middleton and his colleagues as well as representatives from several
local organisations. He also showed to the congregation a Bible
which had been presented to Maybole Parish Church in 1796, the year
Robert Burns died. His parents had been married in that church at
the bottom of Kirkwynd on December 15, 1757.
The service got off to a beautiful
start with the choir singing “We cannot measure” to the tune “Ye
banks and braes”. This was followed by “The Lord’s my Shepherd” to
the tune “My love is like a red, red rose”. Four young members of
the King’s Club sang “Bonnie wee thing” followed by the congregation
singing “O Jesus I have promised” to the tune of “Flow Gently sweet
In his talk to the children Mr
Whiteman explained that William Burnes had met Maybole’s Agnes Broun
at a fair in the High Street and started courting before being
married in 1757. “Isn’t it exciting to know that the story of Robert
Burns really started her in our wee town,” he said. The choir then
sang “I heard the voice of Jesus say” to “Rowan tree” and Mr
Middleton read the Beatitudes from Mark chapter 5. “Scots wha hae”
was the tune for “Gracious Spirit” and “Auld Lang Syne” for “The
Lord will come”. The service ended with the Doxology “May the God of
peace go with us” to the tune “Ae fond kiss.”
Afterwards the visitors were taken
to the Welltrees Inn for a light buffet. Mr Whiteman presented a
bouquet of flowers to Margaret Skilling, of the Ayrshire Association
of Burns Clubs, for her work in putting together arrangements for
the visit. David Kiltie, chairman of Maybole Community Council,
presented Mr Middleton with a medallion embossed with the Maybole
coat-of-arms and a copy of the town’s history written by James T
Each year the Ayrshire Association of Burns Club
members attend a church Service on the Sunday nearest the birth of
the Bard. When they learned that Maybole wanted to commemorate the
250th anniversary of the marriage of William and Agnes,
members of the association felt they would like to support the town
and its aims to involve the whole community in Maybole.
outlined the details of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund by
May-Tag in partnership with the community council, Maybole Community
Association and Maybole Historical Society. If successful, funds
will be available to organise a series of events which the four
groups feel would provide the opportunity to pass on this important
part of the town’s heritage. Mr Kiltie concluded his presentation,
“We feel that the chance meeting of William Burnes and Agnes Broun
at the foot of Maybole High Street in 1756 was the real beginning of
the immortal story of Robert Burns.”
thanked everyone involved in the arrangements for his visit and
pledged his and his colleagues’ full support for everything that
Maybole planned to do.
For some time members of Maybole Community Council
have been concerned about the A77 which runs through the town. A
committee was set up to campaign for a bypass and this has been
effective in working with local MSP Cathy Jamieson to ensure that
the problem is treated seriously. As well as campaigning for a
bypass community councillors have regularly communicated their
concerns about the speed of traffic through the town. This has been
done monthly when local police sergeant William Gilmour attends
It looked as if progress had been made last August
when 20mph limits were introduced at parts of the A77 and other
streets. Lights were put in place to warn drivers of this speed
limit but the lights have never worked since erected five months
ago. At the January meeting of Maybole Community Council this was
raised again and remitted to the Bypass Committee to see if it could
get things moved on.
Members of the committee met at one of the lights
on Friday to highlight the problem and Peter Mason, chair of the
Bypass Committee, said, “I have been registering my complaints of
speeding through the town for 10 years now and really thought we had
made some progress in August when the lights were put in place.
However, they have never been switched on and I hope this is not
going to be another saga like the one we are having over the
pedestrian crossing lights.”
He added, “After repeated phone calls to AMEY by
members of the public and phone calls from Brian Connolly, this
signage is still not switched on and working. I have contacted Cathy
Jamieson and told her that my recommendation to the emergency
meeting was to take to the streets again to force AMEY to do
something about this problem.”
Councillor Brian Connolly, added, “The lack of
interest shown by those responsible for the speed signs was clear
and our persistence has hopefully forced the contractor into
AMEY have been in touch with Mr Mason to say they
have been messed about a bit by Scottish Power and this led to
delays by Amey’s own contractor who they had to chase up. Their
contractor have now programmed completion and commissioning of the
Maybole signs for earlier this week. Amey will keep tabs on the
situation and will phone Mr Mason to inform him of progress.
Pupils at Cairn Primary were given a talk on Road
Safety at their morning assembly last Friday. Head teacher, Mrs
Fiona McDougall, also told them that the school car park is out of
bounds and no one is allowed to walk though the car park. She
stressed that is only for use by staff and visitors.
Mrs McDougall also stressed the importance of the
Green Cross Code and introduced three visitors who play a big part
on helping pupils get to school safely. Ann MacIntyre, May McDowall
and Jim McDermott are the school crossing patrol staff who are
closest to Cairn and they were there to tell pupils about their work
with the main instruction – don’t cross until told to by the
lollipop person! There was a question and answer sessions which the
pupils entered into with lots of queries on the best and worst parts
of the job.
Mrs MacIntyre has been in her post for 20 years
and the pupils presented her with a lovely basket of flowers which
brought a wee tear to her eye. Ms McDowall has 19 years’ service and
Mr McDermott 3 years’
Historic Lodge St John Maybole No.
11, one of the oldest Masonic Lodges in Scotland, has a new Right
John Priest was installed as RWM
by three past masters of No. 11 - William Cuthbert, William Kenny
and Tony Barton. The installation took place in the Masonic Temple
in Maybole's Whitehall, on Friday January 5.
BRO.TONY BARTON P.M. No. 11
BRO JOHN PRIEST RWM
THE GRAND LODGE & PROVINCIAL GRAND
LODGE OF AYRSHIRE
BRO SCOTT KENNY WSW
REPLY PROVINCIAL GRAND BARD
BRO STUART MUIRHEAD PM.125
BRO JOHN PRIEST RWM
REPLY INSTALLING MASTERS
BRO ROBRT GREEN PM SEC No.11
REPLY PROVINCIAL GRAND ORGANIST
BRO. WILLIAM DYKES PM 1334
LODGE ST JOHN No. 11
PROVINCIAL GRAND S.WARDEN
BRO. NEVILLE CLARK RWM NO.237
BRO DAVID ANDERSON IPM No. 11
BRO.PETER OGG I.G. PM No 11
ARTISTS AND STEWARDS BRO.DAVID
ORGANIST BRO ROBIN
Officebearers for 2007 are:
BRO JOHN PRIEST
BRO DAVID ANDERSON
BRO WILLIAM CUTHBERT P.M.
BRO WILLIAM CUTHBERT
BRO SCOTT KENNY
BRO DAVID MclNTYRE
ROBERT GREEN P.M.
BRO COOPER HAY P.M.
CHAPLAIN BRO JOHN GRAHAM P.M.
ARCHIE JAMIESON P.M.
BRO TONY BARTON P.M.
GERRY KELLY P.M.
BRO ROBIN GEDDES
BRO TOM McKISSOCK
BIBLE BEARER BRO
BRO PETER OGG P.M.
TYLER BRO WILLIAM KENNY (SEN)
SENIOR STEWARD BRO STEPHEN CLARK
JUNIOR STEWARD BRO
WILLIAM KENNY P.M.
BRO JAMES DICKIE P.M.
Troon visited Maybole to play
against Carrick Chess Club and won 3.5 - 2.5 although it was the
home team’s best effort yet in the 1st division: Results were:
Eric McKinnon 0-1 C. Weir;
Siegrun Macgilchrist 1-0 John
Dr. Kenneth Brooksbank 1/2 D
Steell McFadzean 0-1 Len Weir;
Ali Roy 0-1 Mike Chapman;
Alastair Muirhead 1-0 Alice
It’s not too late for juniors to
join Carrick’s competition in which everyone wins a few prizes!
Every year Mary and
Quintin Turner, of Fineview, Maybole put on a great display of
Christmas lights. They also accept donations from friends and
relatives for a good cause. This year as Mary's niece Carley Graham
is attending Yorkhill Children's Hospital they decided that the
money raised should go there. Jim Shields of Carrick Round Table
heard of the couple's kind gesture and arranged for the Table to add
£150, bringing the total to £360.50. Ten year old Carley picked up
the cheque on Sunday and was arranging to hand it over this week
At Maybole Town Twinning
Association’s AGM the following office bearers were elected:
Chairman - William Grant, Vice
Chairman - Hugh Anderson, Secretary - Lesley Grant and Treasurer -
The Chairman William Grant in his
comments had praised the members for the organisation of a very
Twinning Tour which was held at Auchencruive in 2006 when
54 people from France, Germany and the Czech Republic enjoyed the
South Ayrshire countryside in beautiful July weather.
Twinners are now looking forward
to a very busy year, as 2007 is the 25th anniversary
of the initial signing of the twinning agreement between Maybole and
Crosne in 1982.
A lot of events are currently
being planned: in March Carrick Academy will welcome almost 30 young
people from Crosne who are making a reciprocal visit to Maybole
following a very successful visit to Crosne by young people from
Carrick Academy last year.
The Crosne Carnival takes
place on the weekend of 25 – 28 May, and those wishing to attend
should put their names forward to the committee by the end of
February at the very latest. This will allow the committee in Crosne
time to allocate hosts for visitors.
The 2007 Twinning Tour
takes place in the German region of Bavaria between 5 – 8 July and
is being organised and hosted in the town of Bogen. Cost of the tour
is 250 Euros, which does not include travel to Germany. Anyone
wishing to go must have their names in by the February meeting.
As this is the 25th
anniversary the twinning committee feel it would be great if they
could host a visit at the end of September from Crosne, but this all
depends on sufficient people willing to host. If you are willing to
host for this event and take part in this special occasion please
contact the committee as soon as possible.
Mr Grant said, “We have also
applied for funding to enable us to produce a book of photographs to
celebrate the 25 tears of twinning, and it is hoped that an
exhibition can be held within the town. If anyone has any old
photographs that could be used for these events we would welcome the
use of them.”
For all these events contact
William Grant 01655883312 or Hugh Anderson at 01655883150.
The next twinning meeting will be
on Tuesday 13 February at 7.30pm in Maybole Town Hall where old and
new members will be made most welcome.
At the recent AGM of the Maybole
Branch of the Royal British Legion office bearers elected were Col
John Dalrymple Hamilton, President; David Hunter, Chairman. Robert
Malone, Vice Chairman, George Taylor, Secretary and Alex Kelly,
Other posts filled were John Bell,
Pensions and Welfare Officer; George Taylor, Area and Conference
Delegate; Alex Davidson, Marshall; David Kiltie, Press Officer.
David Hunter, David Kiltie and
George Taylor were appointed as auditors; David Hunter, George
Taylor and Alex Kelly were appointed Trustees.
In his annual report David Hunter
said, “Our year started on 27th January with our Annual Holocaust
Parade at Greenside which was well attended by members of the public
including representatives from the local schools.
We held three events during the
year which were all linked as one: On 15th June we
paraded at Culzean Castle to uplift on loan our Branch Standard
which had been laid up there in June 1996 and on 17th June following
a large turnout of Standard Bearers from other Branches we headed
Maybole Gala Parade to Glebe Park where our laid up Branch Standard
was trooped as part of Maybole Gala day events.
This Trooping of The Colour
coincided with the Trooping of The Colour held in London for Her
Majesty’s 80th Birthday; National Veterans Day; the 85th Anniversary
of the founding of The Royal British Legion Scotland and in
particular the 85th Anniversary of our own Branch.
On 20th August, the
third part of our linked events was held at Culzean Castle where we
returned for continued safe keeping our old Branch Standard during a
drum head Service at which we also laid up our former Queen's
Standard which had been laid up in Maybole West Parish Church
bringing together both of our old Branch Standards for the first
time since 1996.
On 17th June at a
reception in Maybole Town Hall prior to the town's gala parade we
handed over a cheque to the value of £500 to a representative from
Hollybush House. Our main fund raiser for the year was from 14th
to 21st July when we had the use of Maybole Charity Shop
which was organised by Mr and Mrs Milligan who also arranged for the
staffing of the shop and both are due our thanks for their hard
At our monthly Branch Meeting on 9th
August we had the pleasure of meeting Mr and Mrs Gerry Tait,
President of the Natana Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion and
President of The Korean Veterans Association of Canada. During the
course of the evening Gerry expressed a wish to become a member of
our Branch and this now gives us the honour of having a Canadian and
an American in our ranks.
In September due to health reasons
I resigned from my position as Branch Parade Marshall and Mr Alex
Davidson stepped in to fill the vacancy.
On 1st November
following a long illness Matt Dunnachie, one of our longest serving
members died and the Branch provided an Escort at his funeral on 7th
November at Masonhill Crematorium, Ayr.
Despite bad weather our Armistice
Day Parade at Greenside on 11th November was held and the following
day on Remembrance Sunday the Service was held in Maybole Town Hall
followed by a large parade to the War Memorial, returning to
Greenside for dismissal.
Following the Parade a contingent
from the Branch held a short service conducted by our Chaplain Rev
David Whiteman BD, at Dunure Cemetery War Graves Section followed by
a similar service at Minishant War Memorial.
Thanks are due to Dave Killicoat
our new Poppy Convener and those who assisted in distributing and
collecting Poppy Day Collection Tins which, despite the theft of a
well filled tin from the Town Hall raised the sum of £1329. 30p. The
sale of poppy wreaths raised the sum of £328. l0.
Our Standard Bearers were as
active as always; they were present at our Holocaust Day Parade at
Greenside on 27th January and attended Standard Bearer's Drill
Parades during February and March. They were also present at all
three events during the summer in which they had the most important
role of carrying our Colours especially at Culzean Castle during
the Laying Up ceremony. On 20th August they paraded at
Irvine for National Veterans Day and were part of the Escort
provided for the funeral of Legionnaire Matt Dunnachie.
They were on parade on 11th
November for Armistice Day Parade and took part in all three
services at Maybole, Dunure and Minishant on Remembrance Sunday. On
11th November they took part in the Annual Holly bush
House Concert held in Ayr Town Hall.
Our successful year is
attributable to the valuable team work by all members of the Branch
including participation by our Associate Members and our continual
co-operation with and by Maybole Community Council, Maybole
Community Association and other groups in the town.
In closing I wish to extend my
personal thanks to Bill Torbett for making his premises available
for our meetings; to Alex Davidson for taking care of our finances
and to our Secretary George Taylor for all his hard work during the
past year much of which goes un-noticed but necessary for the smooth
running of Branch affairs and last of all to all our members for
their continued support over the past year.”
Before the meeting ended Mr Hunter
read out a letter from Mrs May Dunnachie. She wrote, “I write on
behalf of my family and myself to convey our sincere thanks to all
members who took part in honouring Matt at his recent funeral.
They carried out their duties most
ably and respectfully and provided a high measure of dignity to such
a sorrowful occasion.
Matt would have been very proud of
the great honour paid him by his fellow members. Our thanks go to
all of you for your help and support at this time of our sad loss.”
The next meeting of the branch
will be held on January 10, 2007 and the annual Holocaust Day is
Saturday January 27.