Maybole One Stop Shop (MOSS) will close on Friday February 27
after being turned down for funding from the Big Lottery programme,
Supporting 21st Century Life.
MOSS was originally
an 18 month pilot funded by the local panel of the Fair Share Trust,
administered by the Scottish Community Foundation. After proving a
success, funding was extended by the Community Foundation for a
further four months while a bid was made to the Big Lottery.
It supports and
provides accommodation for the Carrick Men’s Group, Big Babies
Toddler Group, Maybole Seniors Lunch Club and Seniors Forum.
Recently the project
won £8,000 from ITV’s This Morning Christmas Appeal to transform the
former Over the Rainbow premises to form a new Age Concern Centre in
Maybole. The project was also supported by funding from South
Ayrshire Council and Age Concern Scotland.
centre now looks really good, and it was hoped that MOSS would be
able to support its activities with a dedicated Seniors Worker who
would provide advice about a range of issues including Pension
Credit, Attendance Allowance, Blue Badges and Winter Fuel Payments,
as well as providing a link to national organisations like Age
Concern Scotland and Help the Aged who can campaign on the behalf of
seniors for better services. Unfortunately the closure of MOSS
means there will not be any support from them for the new group.
In the past
year, Maybole has seen the close of Signposts and Access, supporting
people looking for employment and training, and the loss of the
outreach service from North Ayr Resource Centre.
The bid to
Big Lottery would have seen MOSS welfare rights services being
expanded to meet the increasing demand from people, and a new
employment support provision.
Fr Stephen McGrattan, chair
of the One Stop Shop steering group, was “deeply disappointed”
at the decision not to fund the project for another period. He
said, “This project has provided local services which could not
be readily accessed without travelling to Ayr or Girvan in the
past. The people of the Maybole area will be disadvantaged by
this decision. The One Stop Shop has made a significant
difference to the quality of local residents’ lives and there is
still a need to provide the service given until now by the One
Stop Shop. I would like to thank the dedicated staff of the
project for their professionalism and commitment over these last
21 months. I would also like to thank the Scottish Community
Fund for financing the project. I would hope that in the not
too distant future we will be able to secure funding from
another source to build another project that continues to make
these much appreciated and needed services available again in
chair of Maybole Community Council commented that MOSS was a
project that was thought up by the community; the community
applied for the funding, the community got it, employed local
people and what a success it has been, passing all expectations
that even the funder had for the project. There are people in
Maybole who will testify about how MOSS has given them more
money in their pockets, others will say how friendly and helpful
the staff have been, and how they went out of their way to help
in any way they could - from welfare rights issues to housing to
..you name it they did it. As the funding for the project came
to an end, the community then applied to keep the project going;
sadly this application was rejected and a great and successful
project is coming to an end. The staff at MOSS have worked hard
to build the confidence of the community and gain the expertise
to do their job to the full. This is going to be lost = just
another great community asset thrown away.
Pupils at Cairn
Primary celebrated the 250th birthday of Robert Burns with a
special Burns Supper. Specially invited guests included local
councillors, Mairi Low, Brian Connolly and Sandra Goldie. Pipe
Sergeant Kevin McDermott led the pupils and their guests from
the main school building to the dining hall where Rebecca
Kirkwood, chairperson, welcomed everyone.
Mr McDermott then led in the haggis which
was carried by Darryl Jess accompanied by Harley Brown as Poosie
Nancy. The haggis was then addressed by Cameron Dolan and Erin
Coyne. The Selkirk Grace was recited by William Foxall. The
Immortal Memory was proposed by Chloe McKay and Chloe Cuthbert;
the Toast to the Lassies by Brad McCulloch who was replied to by
As well as community singing, To a Mouse
was recited by Caitlin McNeish and Colin Brackenridge; there
were songs from the school choir as well as Mhairi Gibson and
Jim Stevens. Kay Feldmann provided accompaniment on the piano
and there was surprise entertainment from the school’s samba
band consisting of Victoria Bell, Callum Gemmell, David Higgins,
Erin Kennedy, Connor McClung, Peter McNair, TJ Steele and
Diamond Wedding - Jimmy and Alice
McDermott (née Donnelly) of Crossraguel View, Maybole
celebrated 60 years of marriage last Wednesday January 7 with
family. Jimmy, 84, and Alice, 82, are the eldest married
parishioners of Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church, and they were
baptised, went to school, received Holy Communion, were
confirmed and were married in the parish.
educated in the church school (which was located in the present
church hall), and Alice, having started in the church school,
attended the new St Cuthbert’s Primary in Kirkland Street for a year
when it opened in 1939. The couple were married on January 7, 1949
by Fr Martin Glaffey, CP from the Passionist House in Coodham, as
Canon Francis Meaney, parish priest at the time, was ill.
Alice are pictured with Fr Glaffey, bridesmaid Betty Corbett (sister
of the groom) and best man Francis Donnelly (brother of the bride).
The best man is behind Jimmy in the new photo. Unfortunately, the
bridesmaid could not be there as she was ill.
Learning Together was the theme behind an
event held in Cairn Primary School last week. Organised
by the Community Learning and Development Service, together with
Cairn Primary School, parents and children from Nursery to
Primary 3 took part in a variety of workshops about Health,
Safety, Active Lifestyles and Learning.
health workshop, Health Visitor Jean Stapley talked to parents and
children about the importance of healthy eating and 5 a day. Trading
Standards raised awareness with parents and children about toy
safety and fake goods, while active schools co-ordinator Jill
Tomlinson encouraged parents and children to adopt a healthier
learning workshops, Nursery and Primary 1 pupils were enthralled by
the storytelling by the Girvan Make It Happen Group and Primary 2
and 3 pupils got crafty in their workshop.
views were sought at each workshop and these responses will now be
collated and the information used to address the learning needs of
parents. This information will be reported back to parents through
the school. Community Learning and Development will then look at
addressing these priorities.
The CLD team
would like to thank the local business community for their support –
Somerfield, Kirkland Stores, J Dunlop Florist and Jane’s Deli all
donated prizes for the event.
Maybole Bypass Committee met last week for the first time since
learning that Maybole was not included in the Scottish Government’s
plans for roads over the next 20 years.
meeting of Maybole Community Council Peter Mason, chair, said he was
upset by the omission and had wondered how a bypass for Dalry had
suddenly appeared from nowhere and was seen as a greater priority
Last week he
said, “At the bypass committee we agreed to ask the minister to come
to Maybole. “We are also writing to him and the leader of South
Ayrshire Council asking if they could hold their meeting in
Maybole.” Mr Mason added, “We are also going to be running a
campaign asking the public to “Reclaim Our Pavements. “We will be
asking the public to report any lorry that is parked on the
pavements, take photos of them and pass them on to us.
“We will ask
Amey to put bollards along the edge of the pavements to stop lorries
driving down them. “The point of the exercise,” he went on to
explain, “ is to reclaim the pavements for the people of Maybole,
keep the lorries off them , be it parking on them, or going onto the
pavements to pass each other.
saying bollards but any means to keep the lorries on the road, we
are going to be encouraging people to take photos and report any
lorry that they see breaking the law.” Members of the community
council were also intrigued to see a report in local papers that the
investment priorities will include upgrading the A77 south of Ayr
which has been interpreted as meaning that construction of a Maybole
bypass is still very much in the frame for future decision. Mr Mason
said that the community council would be trying to clarify this with
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A new vision for Carrick was launched in
Maybole Town Hall last Thursday, January 22.
– the best place to live, work, visit and play” is the title of a
new booklet outlining the vision of Carrick Community Councils’
Forum introduced by the Forum’s chair Peter Mason.
welcoming everyone he handed over to Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader
of South Ayrshire Council.
the Carrick Economic Development Strategy
22nd January at Maybole Town Hall
Hunter, “I am delighted to be with you in Maybole Town Hall this
evening to officially launch the new Economic Development Strategy
for the Carrick Area.
document is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by members
of local communities. They have come together in partnership,
through the Carrick Community Councils’ Forum, to develop a new and
joint approach to tackling the major issues for Carrick, and should
be congratulated for their efforts and achievement in producing such
a comprehensive and inclusive set of proposals.
was established in October 2006 and includes members of community
councils representing Girvan and Maybole and from the surrounding
villages Ballantrae, Barr, Barrhill, Colmonell, Crosshill, Dailly,
Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Lendalfoot, Maidens, Pinmore, Pinwherry,
Straiton and Turnberry.
staff have been heavily involved in producing the Strategy and I am
pleased to say that, through its funding of Horizons, South Ayrshire
Council has been supporting the Forum’s work. A big thank you must
go to all those community representatives who have given so freely
of their time to bring us to the point we are at this evening.
“Consultations and surveys were undertaken in several of these
communities and the views of local residents fed into the process of
identifying outcomes and objectives for the strategy. Community
engagement has truly been at the heart of this process and, as Chair
of South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, I am impressed by
“In my view
this is ‘Community Planning in action’. As we gradually develop the
wider Community Planning Partnership in South Ayrshire and consider
how we can improve ways of engaging our local communities, we can
learn from the approach used in Carrick.
“As you may
be aware, we have created a new Economic Development and Transport
Partnership within our community planning structures and it is the
intention to bring the Carrick Strategy to the attention of partners
who sit on this group.
together with partners, from both public sector agencies and the
private sector, we will deliver the proposed outcomes for local
people. Many partners, and what they may be able to do to assist,
have been identified in the document.
been described in the document as ‘A jewel in need of a polish’. As
we launch this strategy this evening we hope that Carrick will once
again be able to shine.”
then provided some more background on the Forum saying that it came
about as a response to the controversy over wind farm developments
in the area.
Councillors could see that we needed to share information and work
together,” he added.
continued, “The Forum itself was controversial for a while. Who was
going to be eligible to participate? Was it going to be some kind of
Big Brother stifling local developments? Was it just another talking
shop? Another layer of bureaucracy?
though those issues quite quickly and got on with our job: to
improve communication amongst the various communities; to liaise
with other stakeholders; and, most importantly – to take action. The
Strategy that we’ve developed gives us the foundation for actions
that can make a real difference in Carrick.
of the Forum is open to eleven community councils and the seven
South Ayrshire Councillors whose wards include parts of Carrick. So
far, eight community councils have participated in pretty much every
Forum meeting, two others have just recently joined.
this year to encourage the one remaining community council to get on
board. I’m happy to say that we’ve had four South Ayrshire
Councillors regularly attending our meetings. That bodes well for
the work that we’ll be doing this year.
then offered thanks to several people and organisations:.
former Councillor Paul Torrance,” he said, “who, along with Horizons
helped to get the Forum started.
South Ayrshire Council, mainly in the shape of Horizons, who have
been facilitating our work. We hope that will continue!
our thanks to two funding organisations – The Heritage Lottery Fund
who’ve given us over £35,000 for our ‘Crucial Carrick’ project, and
Awards For All, whose funding helped us to produce the Carrick
Economic Development Strategy.”
handed over to Stuart Lindsay of Horizons who talked the audience
through the plans before a question and answer session.
closing remarks Mr Mason said that this will be a busy year for the
Forum and individual members will have to take responsibility for
particular parts of the Strategy.
the ongoing support of Horizons, he concluded, “and we’ll need the
active involvement of Council departments and other Community