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July 25th 2003

Click here for more photos and full story. GALA queens are often asked to perform unusual tasks in the role as young civic leaders. And Maybole's Nicole Currie is no exception. She was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the town's newest landmark. The pretty youngster opened Ayrshire Housing's distinctive development in St Cuthbert's Street on Friday. more
Click here for more photos and full story. AULD Reekie - a small part of it at least - is back home in Maybole. Twenty-one years ago, a group of local lads bought a 22-year-old double decker bus, did it up, named it Auld Reekie and took it to Spain to support Scotland in the World Cup Finals. The bus and the boys became international stars when their exploits were filmed for television and the programme The Boys from Maybole was shown all over the world. more
Click here to view full size. CAMPAIGNERS have launched their own website in a bid to force BT bosses to bring broadband to Maybole. Residents and businesses are being urged to lend their support to the campaign by logging on to the site. Campaign co-ordinator Sarah Anderson, who designed the site along with her boyfriend Simon Gray, believes the entire community could benefit if their effort pays off. more

LOOKING BACK: 25 YEARS AGO - More than 90 per cent of people interviewed in a local opinion poll say they enjoy living in Maybole. But most also agree that more amenities are needed, and services could be improved.  more

THE recent Maybole dance in aid of McMillan Nurses raised 543 to be used for cancer services in the Ayrshire and Arran area. Sina Currie, Wendy Campbell and Laura Coleman thanked everyone who helped to achieve this sum.

July 18th 2003

AFTER a little over four and a half years Andrew Simpson (lead vocals and guitar) is leaving Maybole band The Haze to go and work in the real world. The band's last gig together is this coming Friday July 18 in Harley's, Nile Court, Ayr and the boys say it is certain to be an emotional experience and definitely not to be missed.  The remaining three members of he band, however, are sticking together and already have gigs lined up in August. Lead guitarist David Galloway tells us, "For all those who think the band won't survive without the Simpson charm, don't worry. We've still got Jamie Simpson on Drums..."  more

SOME  members of the Tackety Bit Hillwalkers Club headed for Ben Nevis last weekend. They started from the distillery and onto Carn Mor Dearg . There were some clouds on top but they still got views to the south and as they walked along the arete onto Ben Nevis itself  more

THE summer Holiday Club takes place this year in the Old Church building of Maybole Parish Church from August 11-15 for children aged six and over. The club is looking for old telephone directories or Yellow Pages to help with one of their activities .more

Another  Scottish wedding but this one was in America! Elizabeth Docherty, originally from Maybole but now living in the USA was married May 9th 2003. Story and photos.

July 11th 2003

CARRICK has lost one of her best known pipers and a much respected man with the death of George Murdoch. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and his talent for teaching will be especially missed by many young pipers. George (75) was well known in local schools for his help at Burns Suppers and other special occasions - and he played at many a local wedding and funeral. more

PLANS to reconstruct a ruined 16th century tower-house have come closer to fruition with a pledge of funding from Historic Scotland. Baltersan, a familiar landmark by the A77 just south of Maybole, was a ruin even when Robert Burns was a boy. But present owner James Brown has a vision to bring it back to life as quality tourist accommodation. more

Mrs Stella Boyd, right, is pictured with Kathryn and Mr Sam Campbell of May-Tag

A FORMER trainee at the May-Tag agency went back to Maybole Castle to tell staff how she was getting on in her new job. Kathryn Eart suffered a major leg injury three years ago -  more

THE future's so bright at Minishant Primary that they're buying blinds to stop being dazzled! Not bad for a village school that was threatened with closure not so long ago. But now everyone can focus on positive things... more

100 YEARS AGO - Many will hear with regret of the sudden death of Miss Catherine Weir, mistress of the infant department in Ladyland Public School, which took place in her residence in High Street early on Monday morning. For some time past Miss Weir's health was not all that could be desired, yet she was able to attend to her duties up to the last - verbatim report by correspondent.

July 4th 2003

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PARISHIONERS of Our Lady and St Cuthberts Church in Maybole marked the 125th anniversary of the church building's opening in 1878. Special guests were the Bishop of Galloway, the Rt Rev Maurice Taylor, and former parish priests Canon Eugene Mathews (1963-67), Monsignor Stephen Kennedy (1983-85), and Fr Archie Brown (1985-92). Bishop Taylor and the other priests were welcomed by David Kiltie, chairman of the parish pastoral council. more

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Carrick Academy duxes photo (left) shows Senior Dux Duncan McFadden with his parents Dr and Mrs McFadyen Junior Dux Amy Wallace with her parents Mr and Mrs Wallace Head Teacher Roger Stewart. At right Captain's prize award to Helen Gilmour and Fiona Galbraith. CARRICK Academy's annual prize-giving was held in the Town Hall, with guest speaker Mr Brian McInroy handing over the prizes. Mr McInroy, who is head of educational attainment in South Ayrshire, is himself a former pupil of the school. more

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PIC Derek Walker presents two social awards to Peter Mason, right

CHAIRMAN Peter Mason had a double surprise at the first annual general meeting of Maybole Men's Health Forum. For he was presented with two certificates from South Ayrshire Sports Council. more

PUPILS in P7 classes in Carrick schools have had a busy and exciting year. And among the challenges set for them was trying to gain a Junior Achievement Award. They were asked to take part in a range of pursuits during the school year  more
Click here to view full size. CARRICK Sports Club invited visiting American couple Rich and Elaine Pettit to present the prizes at the 28th annual dance. Rich, of course traces his origins to Maybole, and helps mastermind the town's award-winning website from his home in Clearwater, Florida. Prizes went to:  darts - Gordon Campbell, runner-up - Harvey Campbell; snooker - David Kirkwood, r-up - Ian Hewitt; dominoes - David Kirkwood, r-up - Norman McIntyre; table tennis - David Kiltie, r-up Ian Hewitt. more
Click here to view full size. Winners of Maybole Bowling Club's Open Pairs competition this year are mother and son duo Avril and Allister Reid. Avril is a member of Maybole BC and Allister is a member of Seafield BC. Runners-up were Hugh Dunlop and Jim Skilling. The trophy was presented by President Mrs Betty Hannah and Vice President Jim Harper. Bookers Cask and Carry donated whisky as prizes.
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Captain of Maybole Memorial Park Bowling Club, John Ramage presents the trophy to the winners of the club's Invitation Rinks competition. Winners - R Totten, T Murray, A Milne and D Hearton R/U - L McIntyre, F Milne, G Milne and M Robb

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WHEN is a bowler a Singer too? When his name is Drew Hearton and he brings his team to Maybole! And the competition wasn't over till Drew's 'Singers' won by a single shot at the Memorial Park Bowling Club. Drew, formerly from Maybole, now plays at the Singer Bowling Club. more

CARRICK Academy had the edge in an inter-school golf match with Girvan Academy. And there are hopes the match can again become an annual event. Maybole Golf Course was in excellent condition for an encounter played in warm, sunny weather. more

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SUSAN Whiteman, chairman of gala day organisers Maybole Community Association, has thanked her committee and others who helped make the day a success. People like the police for traffic control, and the Men's Health Forum for helping to pitch the tents. more

THE Jean Falconer Literary Competition has again produced a high standard of writing among Maybole school pupils. Judges Murray Cook and Ellen Hawkes had the difficult task of picking winners in a competition which commemorates a founder member of Maybole Community Council. more

TINY Tots Playgroup in Maybole has bid farewell to playleader Rosemary Eccles - and the wee ones were sad to see her go. Rosemary has been a mainstay of the playgroup for 17 years, and has seen hundreds of Maybole kids grow up. more

REDBRAE School for disruptive pupils has closed its doors - but MSPs hope it can re-open, under a new management structure. Tory Phil Gallie received cross-party support from the SNP and SSP . more

THEY cooked up a super total of 1,000 at a school's summer fete and barbecue in Maybole. And the presence of burger-making volunteers gave the Gardenrose Primary event plenty of bite! more

50 YEARS AGO - A Maybole couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Coronation Day. Mr and Mrs James Conkie, aged 87 and 84, of 28 Welltrees Street  more

July 25th 2003

GALA queens are often asked to perform unusual tasks in the role as young civic leaders. And Maybole's Nicole Currie is no exception. She was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the town's newest landmark. The pretty youngster opened Ayrshire Housing's distinctive development in St Cuthbert's Street on Friday. Nicole presented first tenant Moira Auld with the keys to her new home in the 1.7 million development. The triangular block reflects the form of the long-since demolished shoe factory which once dominated the site next to Maybole Castle and Carnegie Library. The scheme was deigned by Wren Rutherford ASL and built by Dronganbased Hope Homes. The complex consists of a mixture of two-storey town houses and three-storey maisonette blocks. Margaret Scott, chairwoman of Ayrshire Housing, commented: "This scheme provides much needed rented housing for both families and the elderly. "We are pleased by the positive response of the local community to this landmark development."

CAMPAIGNERS have launched their own website in a bid to force BT bosses to bring broadband to Maybole. Residents and businesses are being urged to lend their support to the campaign by logging on to the site. Campaign co-ordinator Sarah Anderson, who designed the site along with her boyfriend Simon Gray, believes the entire community could benefit if their effort pays off. Sarah explained: "I honestly believe that Maybole as a community would really benefit from broadband in many ways and we would like as many people as possible to back this campaign." The website is www.broadbandformaybole.co.uk  and Sarah is keen for as many people to log on a possible. She pointed out: "Broadband is already available in Ayr, Alloway, Prestwick and Troon - but BT will not bring it to Maybole until we can demonstrate demand. "So sign up now. There is no commitment to buy broadband now or in the future if you do." Sarah went on: "If your phone number starts 01655 88, 89, or 87 please visit www.broadbandformaybole.co.uk or call me on 07984 925930 and register with us. "We will register your details with BT, and we will shortly have broadband available to Maybole." Broadband is the term used for a high band width Internet connection capable of transmitting data at a much faster rate than standard modem connections. The service is always on, meaning that users don't have to dial up every time they want to log on. And that means no more engaged tones or delays. A broadband Internet connection also means that users can make and receive telephone calls while on line, saving on the cost of a second telephone line in hundreds of homes.

The campaign has received the backing of local politicians. Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Cathy Jamieson stressed: "Broadband would bring a range of benefits and opportunities to the local community and local businesses and I don t want my constituents to miss out. "If we are to be successful in securing broadband, we will need to show that there is a demand locally. "This is a situation where people have the opportunity to bring about this change themselves by registering their interest in receiving the service." Conservative MSP Phil Gallie shared his Labour colleague's viewpoint. Mr Gallie pointed out: "Congratulations to the initiative set up to collect the customer base for Maybole broadband. "I feel confident it will get broad support. "The benefits of broadband have been well identified by the campaign team. Add your name." Meanwhile, BT has revealed they will introduce broadband technology into Girvan if a minimum of 450 people register an interest in the service. A spokesman said: "Households and businesses on exchanges not yet equipped with broadband can register an interest in ordering the service. "Installation work, typically costing in the region of 200,000 for each exchange, gets under way as soon as the triggers are hit." You can register your interest in broadband in Girvan by logging on to website www.bt.com

THE recent Maybole dance in aid of McMillan Nurses raised 543 to be used for cancer services in the Ayrshire and Arran area. Sina Currie, Wendy Campbell and Laura Coleman thanked everyone who helped to achieve this sum.

AULD Reekie - a small part of it at least - is back home in Maybole. Twenty-one years ago, a group of local lads bought a 22-year-old double decker bus, did it up, named it Auld Reekie and took it to Spain to support Scotland in the World Cup Finals. The bus and the boys became international stars when their exploits were filmed for television and the programme The Boys from Maybole was shown all over the world. The boys were Billy Hamilton, Robert Conn, Tommy Campbell, Eddie Glass, Jim McCulloch, Gordon Walker, Richard Ferrol, Harry McDill, Campbell Conn, Billy Milligan, Tommy McMillan, Colin Harvey and Willie Docherty. They were all regulars in the Gluepot Inn in Maybole's Welltrees Street. They made the round trip in Auld Reekie with no spare wheel and the only tools they carried were a hammer, and a hacksaw! Now there is a website which commemorates their trip and you can log on to www.theboysfrommaybole.co.uk  to see all the action. The site is the brainchild of Douglas Harper who explained: "I went to see Auld Reekie up in Coylton a few weeks ago and the bus is a pure wreck. "It should be ripped to pieces as it is a death trap, but it just brought home to me how much the boys from Maybole have been forgotten.

"When I saw the bus it was really heart breaking. It is beyond repair, with holes in the floor. And has just been vandalised. It's a real shame that more was not done to preserve it. "But I did manage to get the registration plate from the bus which is now in the Carrick. It never belonged in a bus graveyard in Coylton. It s home is Maybole." Douglas revealed: "Paul Campbell and I decided a couple of weeks ago that we are going to try to organise a night in Maybole Town Hall and try to get some of the Scotland squad from 1982 - like John Robertson, Willie Miller and Alex McLeish - to be guest speakers. "We were hoping there would be a lot of interest and we could maybe sell tables and make it a real night to remember and hopefully raise some money for the British Heart Foundation or a similar charity by getting clubs to donate things we could auction. "We are also trying to get the original boys to attend the next Scotland game as the SFA have said it would be good to have them back at Hampden."

Explaining the background to the website, Douglas said: "Paul and I got talking on the subject and Paul had mentioned that he had meant to plan something last year to mark to 20th anniversary of the trip to Spain. "We were then talking about throwing a website together just to see what sort of interest it would drum up. I started looking around for people who had stuff on the trip and through Paul, Tam Campbell and Hammie (Billy Hamilton) we got enough to get us started on the site. "But there must be more pictures, stories and articles out there that folk have got tucked away. "The hardest part was trying to get a hold of the video. It is very surprising that there are very few people who still have the film. And there must be many younger people who have never even seen it.

"This was a documentary about 14 boys from Maybole and it was on national television, but trying to get hold of it was a nightmare. Once we found a copy of the video, we had to get it transferred on to the PC and that was done by Kenneth Campbell. "We have been in touch with the SFA and also the Tartan Army and they have given their thumbs up to the site. And we've had emails from Estonia, Lithuania and also Australia. "The SFA put a nice message in the guest book and I am at present writing letters to some of the players who were in the 1982 squad - Gordon Strachan, John Robertson and Graeme Souness - to see if they could visit the site. "People who have visited it, like lads who made the journey, have really enjoyed the trip down memory lane and I m sure they are glad they haven t been totally forgotten." Film fans who remember Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday and the double decker he and his mates used to travel across Europe will be able to imagine the boys from Maybole - especially as their trip was filmed by Scottish Television and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Their plans nearly collapsed only two weeks before they set off when the bus engine blew up as they returned from a game at Hampden against England. They did manage to get it repaired with help from Western SMT, a local bus company, and set off from Maybole on June 7, 1982, for the trip of a lifetime. Auld Reekie was driven at night through England and got lost in Paris the following day. A cracked pipe held them up in Bordeaux for three hours but they did complete the journey without any more problems. And when they did arrive in Spain they received a great welcome from the locals who jammed the streets and cheered them on, shouting El Reekie, El Reekie! The bus became so well known that when the lads cashed their travellers' cheques some cashiers just wrote 'Bus' or 'Hotel Reekie' on the back. Based first of all in Torremolinos for Scotland's victory over New Zealand, the boys from Maybole set off for Seville for the game against Brazil. Scotland lost, but the travellers enjoyed a night out afterwards with 40 Brazil fans who bought them champagne! With a sore head or two the next day, it was off to Malaga to see Scotland exit the competition against Russia. There they met the great Eusebio, Gordon Strachan and John Robertson, who told them he never thought they would make it past Ayr. CBC showed the programme in Canada later in 1982 - complete with sub-titles - and Scottish Television showed their programme, written and directed by Ian Archer, as part on the New Year schedules on January 3, 1983.

The boys themselves got a preview the previous week when they travelled in Auld Reekie to the STV studios in Glasgow. That day started with a photo-call in the Gluepot then it was off to Glasgow complete with carry out. Colin Harvey, Jim McCulloch, Richard Ferrol and Harry McDill were unable to make the preview, so Andy Clark, Ronnie Campbell and Alex Conn went in their place. After a buffet and some drinks they settled down to watch the film and they were all very impressed despite the record number of bleeps as frustration with their team got the better of them. Ian Archer treated them to a round of drinks before they boarded their bus for the journey back to Maybole. When the programme The Boys from Maybole was screened it transformed 14 Scottish football fans into international stars. They attracted the attention of most national newspapers as well. Auld Reekie - a 22-year-old double decker bus in 1982 - will always have a special place in the hearts of those boys from Maybole. And at least the number plate is back where it belongs.

LOOKING BACK: 25 YEARS AGO - More than 90 per cent of people interviewed in a local opinion poll say they enjoy living in Maybole. But most also agree that more amenities are needed, and services could be improved. A cross-section of 215 townspeople are interviewed in the community council poll.

50 YEARS AGO - Pupils who receive perfect attendance prizes at Maybole's Cairn School include: PVII(a)1 - James Davidson, five years; Andrew Kay and John Bone, three years. PVII(a)2 - Mary Nelson, five years; John Knox, three years. PVI - Helen McVey, six years; Helen Hamilton, four years; Sheena McAulay, four years; Sheena Joelson and Nan Paterson, three years. PV - Margaret Kennedy, five years; Alex Tait, three years. PIV - Thomas Hamilton and George Gray, three years.

July 18th 2003

AFTER a little over four and a half years Andrew Simpson (lead vocals and guitar) is leaving Maybole band The Haze to go and work in the real world. The band's last gig together is this coming Friday July 18 in Harley's, Nile Court, Ayr and the boys say it is certain to be an emotional experience and definitely not to be missed. The remaining three members of he band, however, are sticking together and already have gigs lined up in August. Lead guitarist David Galloway tells us, "For all those who think the band won't survive without the Simpson charm, don't worry. We've still got Jamie Simpson on Drums, who will be sharing the lead vocal duties along with myself." The first outing for the new look Haze is at a private birthday party for Christian, girlfriend of bass guitarist David Goodwin, and then they are hoping to be playing 'outside at the Oval' (The Spaceplace in Prestwick) on August 30. This event hosts up to ten local bands and although not confirmed yet the new look Haze are hopeful that they will be playing again this year. Their next gig is the following day on Sunday August 31. at The Cathouse in Glasgow when they will be sharing the stage with four other new bands.

Some members of the Tackety Bit Hillwalkers Club headed for Ben Nevis last weekend. They started from the distillery and onto Carn Mor Dearg . There were some clouds on top but they still got views to the south and as they walked along the arete onto Ben Nevis itself, the weather cleared some more. The return route was down the tourist path to the halfway lochan and then into the glen following the Alt a` Mhuilinn back to the distillery.

The summer Holiday Club takes place this year in the Old Church building of Maybole Parish Church from August 11-15 for children aged six and over. The club is looking for old telephone directories or Yellow Pages to help with one of their activities. The day trip will be on Saturday August 16 to Kelburn Park near Largs.

Another  Scottish wedding but this one was in America! Elizabeth Docherty, originally from Maybole but now living in the USA was married May 9th 2003. Story and photos.

Winners in the latest draw for St Cuthbert's church's "150 Club" are: 25 Mamie Marshall No 96 15 Angela Waugh No 141 10 David Scobie No 124

July 11th 2003

CARRICK has lost one of her best known pipers and a much respected man with the death of George Murdoch. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and his talent for teaching will be especially missed by many young pipers. George (75) was well known in local schools for his help at Burns Suppers and other special occasions - and he played at many a local wedding and funeral. Visitors to the area were always keen to be photographed with him, especially if they could 'borrow' his busby. And many of them sent copies of their snaps back to him from all over the world. Sadly, the pipes sounded a lament at George's funeral - played by Kevin McDermott, Pipe Sergeant of Maybole Pipe Band, in a poignant farewell to a much loved and weel kent man. George was born in Ballantrae, but his family moved to Girvan when he was two. His early education was at the now-demolished Douneburn Primary School, where he was Dux in 1938. George left Girvan High School at 14, and worked as a butcher's boy in wartime Girvan. His father drove a milk lorry and George would help him at weekends - cherishing the ambition of becoming a driver himself. He fulfilled this aim, and George's working life included being a bus driver and driving for haulage contractors McKechnie Motors. He moved on to work for McGill Bros for the next forty years, and finally for William Pitt and Sons of Girvan until he retired in 1992.

George developed his interest in piping in boyhood, as a Scout. And when he was called up for National Service in 1946, he joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers as a piper, based in Edinburgh. He played at the very first Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and also at Balmoral for the then Queen Elizabeth, mother of the present Queen. Soon after he was demobbed in 1948, George became a founder member of the Girvan British Legion Pipe Band, and was pipe major from its earliest days until it folded in 1992. He was also fond of dancing - and that led to meeting a Maybole girl at a dance in Kirkoswald. George and Margaret were married in 1950 in the West Church by the Rev A. Williamson and they set up home in Maybole. The year 1992 could have been a difficult one for him - retiring from work and with his beloved pipe band having to fold. Instead, he seemed to get a new lease of life, joining Maybole Pipe Band, Carrick Speakers Club, taking up line dancing, and discovering the joys of going on holiday with wife Margaret after so many years of hard work. His funeral service, in the church he was married in, was taken by Mr William Fielding who told mourners: "George lived a full life. He was known far and wide for his piping and was always in demand to play. Lorries and bagpipes were his favourite hobbies, but his first love was his wife Margaret and their family." George is survived by his wife Margaret, son Jimmy, daughter Margaret, seven grandchildren and a great grandson. They will have been comforted by the large number of mourners who attended the services to pay their last respects.

PLANS to reconstruct a ruined 16th century tower-house have come closer to fruition with a pledge of funding from Historic Scotland. Baltersan, a familiar landmark by the A77 just south of Maybole, was a ruin even when Robert Burns was a boy. But present owner James Brown has a vision to bring it back to life as quality tourist accommodation. Mr Brown (57) is seeking investment capital to market timeshares in Baltersan. And already his website has attracted expressions of interest from potential timeshare owners - to be known as Keepers of the Key. A location just six miles from Turnberry has led to lots of enquiries from people with an interest in golf, and many others from all corners of the globe. Mr Brown told the Post this week: "I ve been fortunate to receive financial support and valuable professional advice from Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire. "And now Historic Scotland has demonstrated faith in my project. That gives the whole development a tremendous boost." Historic Scotland's proposed 300,000 grant towards the estimated 1.3million restoration scheme is conditional on Mr Brown securing the balance from investment capital and timeshare sales. His job is helped by Baltersan's rich history and rare architectural detail. It features in a painting by Robert Adam, architect of nearby Culzean Castle, and in 1895 was sketched by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mr Brown believes the Category-A listed building, which stands about 500 yards from the mediaeval abbey of Crossraguel, can expect a steady line of 21st century pilgrims when it is restored to its former glory.

THE future's so bright at Minishant Primary that they're buying blinds to stop being dazzled! Not bad for a village school that was threatened with closure not so long ago. But now everyone can focus on positive things, to ensure quality education goes on in the village. The school board has been fundraising to buy blinds for the school hall, which has lots of windows. And they netted a super total of 1,331 from a week selling goods in the Maybole Charity Shop. Sports day proved a sunny success at the school too, with both houses, Culroy and Doon, vying for supremacy. Doon were victors this year, with 102 points to Culroy's 81.

A FORMER trainee at the May-Tag agency went back to Maybole Castle to tell staff how she was getting on in her new job. Kathryn Eart suffered a major leg injury three years ago - making her medically unfit to continue in her original line of work, which was mainly running pubs and clubs. She was advised by Ayr Job Centre to go back into training to help her job prospects. And Kathryn enrolled at May-Tag to start the European Computer Driving Licence course, under the guidance of Grace Barrie. Kathryn successfully passed her course, and Grace advised her to continue her education, and advance onto Administration Level 3. While studying for this, the seasons guest relations team at Brunston Castle holiday resort approached May-Tag to look for staff to work at their Dailly complex. Kathryn's application was successful, and she is very much enjoying working in guest relations at Brunston Castle, Dailly. Stella Boyd of Seasons said: "We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our successful company, as we have many departments within the UK. Seasons is a great career change and age is no problem."

100 YEARS AGO - Many will hear with regret of the sudden death of Miss Catherine Weir, mistress of the infant department in Ladyland Public School, which took place in her residence in High Street early on Monday morning. For some time past Miss Weir's health was not all that could be desired, yet she was able to attend to her duties up to the last - verbatim report by correspondent.

July 4th 2003

PARISHIONERS of Our Lady and St Cuthberts Church in Maybole marked the 125th anniversary of the church building's opening in 1878. Special guests were the Bishop of Galloway, the Rt Rev Maurice Taylor, and former parish priests Canon Eugene Mathews (1963-67), Monsignor Stephen Kennedy (1983-85), and Fr Archie Brown (1985-92). Bishop Taylor and the other priests were welcomed by David Kiltie, chairman of the parish pastoral council. Parish priest Fr Jim Hayes, in his sermon, spoke of various world events of the late 19th century to put the opening of the church into context. For the history of the church corresponds with the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy to Scotland, more than 300 hundred years after the Reformation. The first bishop of the new diocese of Galloway in 1878 was the Rt Rev John McLachlan and his first public official duty was to open the Maybole church on June 17 of that year.

Bishop Taylor, in his talk, said: "This is a good parish with good theology. You know what a parish community should be, and you have been willing to become involved in the diocesan plan for embracing the future. You are being realistic and your preparation will stand you in good stead." The Bishop added: "Be brave, take risks, launch out in to the deep. We thank God for the past 125 years and for the vibrant Christian faith which is so obvious here. "I wish you well, and may God continue to bless you with faith, hope and love." The Bishop had not been able to attend the recent First Communion and Confirmation services, and he took the opportunity during the anniversary Mass to present those children with a small gift each. He was assisted by Nicole Currie, of St Cuthbert s Primary, who is this year's Queen of Carrick. A social evening followed the service, with a video of past events and old photographs on display in the church hall. Fr Hayes described the celebrations as 'super' and thanked everyone who had put in so much effort and time with the church, the liturgy and the hall.

CHAIRMAN Peter Mason had a double surprise at the first annual general meeting of Maybole Men's Health Forum. For he was presented with two certificates from South Ayrshire Sports Council. One is a merit award for Local Services to Sport, and the other is for Sports Volunteer of the Year. Peter is delighted the forum's work has been recognised, and said it had come a long way from its first night, when just four people bothered to turn up. The group has grown to a membership of more than 30, and its activities include visits to swimming pools and gyms for aqua aerobics and work-outs. Forum members also enjoy golf lessons, and the benefits of winter membership of The Ranch health club. Members have also had health check-ups and an anti-smoking drives. Peter stressed: "I must thank Jim McDermott for organising the golf lessons, as well as the night out at Carrick Sports Club. "Also Chic McDermott for giving up his time to allow us into Carrick Academy during the Easter break; and the the two school nurses, Sina and Mary, for giving up their time to give us our health checks. "We have also had valuable assistance from South Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, the Lottery Commission and Maybole Community Development Group. "But special thanks must go to Derek Walker who has worked away in the background, ensuring that this group has run as smoothly as possible. "Thanks are also due to Alex Kelly, Dave Whiteman, Jim Shields and Peter Walker, who were the forerunners in setting up this group." Office-bearers elected at the annual general meeting are: chairman - P. Mason; vice-chairman - D. Walker; treasurer - D. Whiteman; secretary - J. Patterson; events co-ordinator J. McDermott.

PUPILS in P7 classes in Carrick schools have had a busy and exciting year. And among the challenges set for them was trying to gain a Junior Achievement Award. They were asked to take part in a range of pursuits during the school year - covering service, hobbies, sport and environment. And those who completed all sections were awarded a certificate and badge to mark their achievement. This is the third year of the out-of-school programme, with more schools taking part every year. South Ayrshire director of education Mike McCabe welcomed pupils, parents and teachers to the presentation ceremony at Girvan Primary School, and handed over the awards. Meanwhile, Nick Larkin, head of lifelong Learning, welcomed lveryone to a similar ceremony at Ayr Town Hall, which some Carrick schools found more convenient to attend. Both Mr McCabe and Mr Larkin praised the young people for their commitment. Pupils from Cairn and Crosshill schools received awards.

THEY cooked up a super total of 1,000 at a school's summer fete and barbecue in Maybole. And the presence of burger-making volunteers gave the Gardenrose Primary event plenty of bite! There were plenty of other tasty treats too, eagerly snapped up from a super baking stall. But there was also the opportunity to burn off a few unwanted calories, with events like 'beat the goalie', 'splat the rat' and a bouncy castle. Or you could have a flutter at the tombola, the treasure map or bottle stall. The event was organised by the re-christened Gardenrose Parent-Teacher Association (formerly just a Parents' Association). New head Mrs Mary Scott herself suggested the change, and aims to forge even closer links between the parents and staff. The fete and barbecue was certainly proof, if any were needed, of what can be achieved when everyone pulls together.

THE Jean Falconer Literary Competition has again produced a high standard of writing among Maybole school pupils. Judges Murray Cook and Ellen Hawkes had the difficult task of picking winners in a competition which commemorates a founder member of Maybole Community Council. Jean was a respected journalist, and her community council colleagues felt a literary competition was an appropriate way to remember her. Her mother, Nell Samson - also a founder member of the community council - presented the trophies and certificates at Maybole Town Hall. See also photos from last years 2002 competition.

This year's roll of honour is Senior prize-winners (all Carrick Academy): 1, Kate Fulton; 2, Lorna Anderson; 3, Terri Wilson; highly commended, Neil Wilson. Junior prize-winners: 1, Gillian Thomson, St Cuthbert's Primary; 2, Liam Ireland, Cairn Primary; 3, Lana Dickson, Cairn Highly commended juniors: Kerry McKeown, St. Cuthbert's; Nicole Currie, St. Cuthbert's; Kayleigh Brown, Cairn; Elisha McNeish, Cairn; Eilidh Douglas, Gardenrose Primary. Commended juniors: Linzi Harper, Gardenrose; Samuel Cook, Gardenrose; Abbie Lothian, Cairn; Lesley McGregor; Cairn; Megan Hood, Cairn; Rachel McKellar.

Prize-winners, parents and teachers were welcomed by David Kiltie, chairman of Maybole Community Council, who congratulated the successful pupils and thanked all who entered. Mr Kiltie told the company at the prize-giving ceremony: "The competition has been held annually for 15 years now and our judges have consistently praised the high standard of writing - even if this has made their decisions very difficult! "We are grateful for the continued support of all our local schools and delighted that the competition is now part of Carrick Academy's curriculum. "The contributions from Cairn, Gardenrose and St Cuthbert's primary schools are also very much appreciated. Our thanks go to all teachers who assist with this." Mr Kiltie said the late Jean Falconer played a key role in Maybole Community Council following its formation in 1977. When she sadly died, members wanted to remember her in some way and it was felt that a literary competition would be the most suitable gesture.

CARRICK Sports Club invited visiting American couple Rich and Elaine Pettit to present the prizes at the 28th annual dance. Rich, of course traces his origins to Maybole, and helps mastermind the town's award-winning website from his home in Clearwater, Florida. Prizes went to: darts - Gordon Campbell, runner-up - Harvey Campbell; snooker - David Kirkwood, r-up - Ian Hewitt; dominoes - David Kirkwood, r-up - Norman McIntyre; table tennis - David Kiltie, r-up Ian Hewitt. Club secretary Bill McCubbin thanked everyone who helped make it another successful year for the club. And he was delighted to welcome visitors who had done so much for Maybole - from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Said Bill: "We are grateful to Rich for being instrumental in putting our town on the world map and hope that he and his family have enjoyed their holiday here. They will always be welcome here."

Bill also reminisced about the year the club opened - 1975. Rhinestone Cowboy was a hit record for Glen Campbell, while Jaws was the year's movie blockbuster. Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative Party, President Gerald Ford escaped two assassination attempts in 17 days, Tiger Woods was born, and the first home computers went on sale in the USA! On TV we were watching Starsky and Hutch, Kojak and the Six Million Dollar Man. Bill pointed out: "Here in Maybole, the Co-op had all but gone, leaving a lot of empty shops in the town. "The previous year Tom Cook persuaded the Carrick Speakers Club (which was an offshoot of the American Toastmasters) that a social club was required in the town. The rest, as they, say is history.

"The Speakers Club, along with others in the community who had faith in the project together with the Brewers, bought the Co-op hardware store, converted it, added to it and improved it through the 28 years since. "Improvements are still ongoing. We are presently at work in the loft to provide keep fit facilities for the members. "All of this has been to the credit of the members of this club who have sustained it through the years."

REDBRAE School for disruptive pupils has closed its doors - but MSPs hope it can re-open, under a new management structure. Tory Phil Gallie received cross-party support from the SNP and SSP when he raised the Maybole school's closure in the Scottish Parliament. He said the small independent school had provided 'an unsurpassed service' to education authorities in Ayrshire for 20 years. And Mr Gallie said it was 'ironic' that Redbrae was closing - just as the Scottish Executive recognised that mainstream education couldn't always cope with disruptive pupils. He later told the Post: "I am pleased to hear that South Ayrshire Council are reputed to be in continued dialogue on the matter. "But it is strange that teachers, care workers and ancillary staff appear to have their employment terminated as the holidays begin." The Redbrae school building is owned by South Ayrshire Council, who leased it out to independent operator Dr Robin Dalrymple. And pupils themselves wrote to the Scottish Executive, pleading a case for Redbrae because of the benefits they are gaining. Deputy education minister Euan Robson told Mr Gallie in last Wednesday's debate: "I understand the council (South Ayrshire) has set up a feasibility group to consider options for continuing to use the building as a school, possibly independently-run." The SNP's Adam Ingram says this is likely to be in a 'slimmed down' structure, possibly involving Quarriers.

WHEN is a bowler a Singer too? When his name is Drew Hearton and he brings his team to Maybole! And the competition wasn't over till Drew's 'Singers' won by a single shot at the Memorial Park Bowling Club. Drew, formerly from Maybole, now plays at the Singer Bowling Club in Clydebank. But there's nothing he likes better than coming back to his old stamping ground for a good day out. And the Invitation Rinks tournament held by Maybole Memorial Park was certainly that. There were some great matches, with more than 20 teams taking part, and ultimately it came down to Singers versus Girvan in the final. The Girvan lads fought all the way in an epic final, but Singers finally sewed it up by one shot.

CARRICK Academy had the edge in an inter-school golf match with Girvan Academy. And there are hopes the match can again become an annual event. Maybole Golf Course was in excellent condition for an encounter played in warm, sunny weather. Games teed off with a shotgun start, although parents should be reassured that a whistle was used! The Carrick Schools' Golf Cup, played on an individual basis, was won by Nick Faulds (Carrick) with a score of 78(14)64. Nick received the trophy, seven golf balls, a shoe bag and golf towel. Runner-up was Iain Russell (Carrick) on 80(14)66, with David Brown (Girvan) 77(10)67 in third place. The Cunningham Cup was played for in teams of three, with all three Stableford scores counting, and honours went to the Carrick Academy A team of Nick Faulds, Greg Rorison and Robert Hutton. Each of the three received three balls and a golf towel. Runners-up were the Girvan Academy A team of David Brown, Scott Brown and Steven Stamper, who each received three balls. A number of special prizes was also up for grabs, and the winners were: Longest drive at 1st hole - Robert Hutton (Carrick), shoe bag, three balls; nearest 3rd hole - Nick Faulds (Carrick), golf glove, three balls; nearest 9th hole - David Heron (Girvan), golf umbrella and three balls. Nick Faulds undoubtedly produced the day's outstanding performance, with a net score of 64, 40 Stableford points - and a major share of the prizes. Both schools thanked James Byers of Bickets, Kilmarnock, and Ian Milroy of Girvan for donating the impressive array of prizes.

SUSAN Whiteman, chairman of gala day organisers Maybole Community Association, has thanked her committee and others who helped make the day a success. People like the police for traffic control, and the Men's Health Forum for helping to pitch the tents. Susan adds: "I would also like to thank those in the community who took part in the parade and who turned out to watch. "If anyone has any ideas about how they could improve the gala, or if anyone in the community would like to help organise the event, then they can contact me. "I also would like to Gavin Loch (Mr Shift It) and B and C Garden Services for judging the garden competition, South Ayrshire Council, plus the politicians for their help on the day."

TINY Tots Playgroup in Maybole has bid farewell to playleader Rosemary Eccles - and the wee ones were sad to see her go. Rosemary has been a mainstay of the playgroup for 17 years, and has seen hundreds of Maybole kids grow up. But she now aims to spend more time with her own grandchildren, although she will be sorely missed at Tiny Tots. Presentations were made to Rosemary on her last day at the playgroup, which meets in Carrick Academy's community wing. The group re-starts after the school holidays, and tots aged two and over are welcome. Our picture shows Rosemary on her final day - and the children's expressions clearly show she will be missed.

50 YEARS AGO - A Maybole couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Coronation Day. Mr and Mrs James Conkie, aged 87 and 84, of 28 Welltrees Street, also watched television for the first time, when they saw the Coronation broadcast at the home of their only grand-daughter.

100 YEARS AGO - The G. and S.W. Railway Company's passenger steamer 'Juno' called at Girvan on Saturday evening, and after landing and taking aboard passengers, went a trip round Ailsa Craig.

CARRICK Academy's annual prize-giving was held in the Town Hall, with guest speaker Mr Brian McInroy handing over the prizes. Mr McInroy, who is head of educational attainment in South Ayrshire, is himself a former pupil of the school. And he said the school motto 'Superbe Gerimus' - Wear it With Pride - remained as valid now as in previous generations. Mr McInroy said Scots were respected the world over for their work ethic, and the concept of lifelong learning can further enhance our reputation. For he stressed that education was no longer a formal pursuit, limited to schools and colleges, but was a lifetime's occupation. The ceremony was chaired by Carrick Academy's depute head, Mrs Isabel Johnstone, and a report was given on the school year by rector Mr Rodger Stewart, who also thanked prize sponsors. The school band's musical contributions to the evening included exhilirating performances of the 'Chariots of Fire' theme, as well as 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'Go Go Joseph'.

PRIZE LIST

Excellence/Citizenship/Attendance Awards: S1

1B1: William Barker (Att), Attendance Certificate; Eilidh Gerrish (Exc), Technical, Art, Science, ICT & HE; Emma Houston (Cit), Involvement with Guides; Caroline Kennedy (Exc), Maths, ICT & HE; Hannah McCubbin (Exc), History, Geography & English; Linda Wyllie (Exc), English, Technical, Art, History, RME, French, PE & ICT.

1G1: Nicola Andrew (Exc), Maths, Art, History, Music, Geography, ICT & French; George Blythe (Exc), Maths, Science & ICT; Louise Currie (Exc), Technical, Maths, RME, PE & HE; Chelsea Henderson (Att), Attendance Certificate; Lesley-Anne Jess (Att), Attendance Certificate; Ross McCulloch (Att), Attendance Certificate; Elizabeth McJannet (Cit), Involvement in Guides; Steven Pollock (Att), Attendance Certificate; Kirsty Walker (Exc), Maths, History, Geography, Science, HE & English.

1R1: Suzanne Armour (Exc), History, French, HE & English; Jonathan Innes (Exc), English, Technical, Maths, History, RME, French, Geography, PE & ICT; Fiona Russell (Exc), Technical, Music, RME, Science & HE; Fiona Russell (Cit), Involvement with Guides; Michelle Thurston (Exc), PE, Science & HE.

1Y1: Jennifer Andrew (Exc),Technical, Maths, Art, History, French, Geography, Science, ICT & HE; Gayle Barr (Exc), Music, RME, French & PE; Gayle Barr (Cit), Involvement with Guides; Dean Hood (Exc), Technical, Maths, Art & Music; Ross McDowall (Exc),Technical, Maths, Geography & Science; Lynsey McGregor (Att), Attendance Certificate; Gemma Scobie (Exc), Art, Music, HE & English; David Wyllie (Exc), Maths, Art, RME, PE, Science, ICT & English; David Wyllie (Att), Attendance Certificate.

Excellence/Citizenship/Attendance Awards: S2

2B1: Eilidh Cuthbertson (Exc), HE, Music, French, German, PE & English; Alison Gourley (Exc), HE, History, Music, Modern Studies, & ICT; Calum McCutcheon (Exc), Maths, PE & Science; Yvonne McGarry (Exc), Technical, Maths, Science & ICT; Jennifer McGowan (Exc), Modern Studies, French & Geography.

2G1: Scott Alexander (Exc), RME, PE & ICT; Sarah Gourley (Exc), Music, Modern Studies, Geography & ICT;

Andrew Harper (Exc), Technical, Maths & English; Kerry Knight (Exc), Maths, Art, History, Music, German, Science & ICT; Elaine Montgomerie (Exc), HE, Art, History, Modern Studies, German, Geography, Science & English; Elaine Montgomerie (Att), Attendance Certificate.

2R1: Nicola Docherty (Exc), HE, French & ICT; James Gibson (Exc), French, Geography & PE; Samantha Horton (Exc), ICT, Geography, HE, Technical, Maths, Art, History, Music, Modern Studies, German & English; Lyndsay Rankin (Att), Attendance Certificate; Kirsty Wilson (Exc), ICT, Science, HE, Maths, History, Music, Modern Studies, French, PE, English & German; Kirsty Wilson (Cit), Rotary Club English Talks.

2Y1: Nicholas Faulds (Exc), Maths, History, Modern Studies, Geography & PE; Kevin Gardiner (Exc), French, German & ICT; Linzi Scobie (Exc), Art, History, Music, Modern Studies, ICT & English.

2Y2: Michelle Farrell (Att), Attendance Certificate; Samuel Fleming (Att), Attendance Certificate; Nicky Haston (Exc), History, Music, German & English; Lorn Hood (Exc), Technical, Art & PE; Lorn Hood (Att), Attendance Certificate; Amy McCrindle (Exc), HE, Art, Modern Studies, French, German, Geography & PE; Amy McCrindle (Cit), Rotary Club English Talks; Kelly Taylor (Exc), Maths, Modern Studies, Science & ICT; Kelly Taylor (Cit), Rotary Club English Talks; Tessa Thomson (Exc), ICT, Technical, Maths, Art, History, Music, RME, French, German, Science & English; Tessa Thomson (Cit), Rotary Club English Talks.

Excellence/Citizenship/Attendance Awards: S3

3B1: Samuel Barker (Att), Attendance Certificate; Emma Dickie (Exc), German, RMPS, Maths & HE; Michael Eaglesham (Exc), Modern Studies, GRC & Biology; Emma Fulton (Exc), Geography, RMPS & Art; Alice Gamper (Exc), History, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics & English; Lauren Kennedy (Exc), Computing, Biology, Chemistry & English; Ruaridh Lazenby (Att), Attendance Certificate; Amy Wallace (Exc), Admin, German, Mod Studies, Music, English & French.

3G1: Gillian Baird (Cit), U-15 Basketball Team South of Scotland; Amanda Hearton (Att), Attendance Certificate;

Simson McCreath (Cit), Ayrshire Schools & Scottish National Swimming; Julie Robinson (Exc), Admin, Modern Studies & Maths; Julie Robinson (Att), Attendance Certificate; Jordan Skilling (Att), Attendance Certificate.

3R1: Christopher Cairns (Exc), German, History, Computing, Maths & English; Laura-Jane Gibson (Exc), PE, French, Music, History, Computing, Maths & English; Ewan McKay (Exc), Geog, C&D, GRC, & Physics.

3Y1: Mark Graham (Exc), Geography, C&D & RMPS; Kaeryn McDowall (Exc), Geography, Maths, Biology, Chemistry; Calum McFadyen (Att), Attendance Certificate; Andrew Smith (Att), Attendance Certificate.

Excellence/Citizenship/Attendance Awards: S4

4B1: Hannah Holmes (Exc), Physics, Chem, RPMS, Geography & Admin; Hannah Holmes (Att), Attendance Certificate; Colleen Tennant (Cit), xl Club talks; Neil Wilson (Exc), Chemistry, C&D, German & Physics.

4G1: Sammi Clark (Exc), Art, English, Chemistry, Computing & Geography; Robert Joyce (Att), Attendance Certificate; Ryan Murray (Cit), xl Club talks; Katie Walker (Exc), Chemistry, Biology, Maths, German & Admin.

4R1: Rosanne Briggs (Exc), Art, Biology, Computing, History & RMPS; Gordon Deans (Exc), English, Maths, Geography & Chemistry; Gordon Deans (Att), Attendance Certificate; Gordon McRae (Exc), Maths, Computing, Mod. Studies, French & A&F.

4R2: Grant Alexander (Att), Attendance Certificate; Greg Rorison (Exc), GRC, French, German & Geog; Greg Rorison (Att), Attendance Certificate; Iain Russell (Att), Attendance Certificate; Lauren Towning (Exc), Biology, Maths & Music; Terri Wilson (Exc), Art, Modern Studies & PE.

4Y1: Emma Grierson (Exc), English, RMPS & French; Graeme McBride (Exc), Physics, GRC & History; Michelle McClure (Att), Attendance Certificate; Colin McKellar (Exc), Chemistry, Maths, French, Geography & Physics; Colin McKellar (Att), Attendance Certificate; Cameron Scobie (Exc), C& D, Maths & Computing.

Excellence/Citizenship/Attendance Awards: S5

5B1: James Foster (Exc), Higher GRC; Jodie McCutcheon (Exc), Higher Admin & Higher Geography; Jody McQuiston (Cit), House Vice Captain; Michelle Taylor (Exc), HE: Care.

5G1: Lois Cowie (Exc), Higher Maths, Higher Biology, Higher Chemistry & Higher Physics; Lois Cowie (Cit), House Vice Captain; Lorraine Kerr (Exc), Int 2 Biology; Laura McCreath (Cit), S1 Lunchtime Club; Linsey Robb (Exc), Higher Maths & Higher Chemistry.

5G2: Ian McDowall (Cit), Sports Co-ordinator; Kerri Roddie (Exc), Int 2 Maths; Marie Walker (Exc), Higher German & Higher English.

5R1: Ian Brown (Exc), Int 2 Woodworking & HE:Care; Karen Cuthbert (Exc), Int 2 Maths; Craig Forson (Exc), Higher PE; Craig Forson (Cit), Access Point: Maybole Charity Shop, Sports Co-ordinator; Charli-Anne Horton (Exc), Higher Chemistry; Charli-Anne Horton (Cit), House Vice Captain; Robert Hutton (Exc), Higher A & F & Higher English; Robert Hutton (Cit), House Vice Captain; Mark Wilson (Exc), Int 2 Woodworking.

5Y1: Victoria Boughen (Cit), Junior Club Co-ordinator; Deborah Campbell (Exc), Int 2 Maths; Sarah Hamilton (Cit), Senior House Rep (Publicity); Bethan Haston (Exc), Higher Geography, Higher Maths, Higher Biology, Higher Art & Higher English; Charles Lees (Exc), Higher Computing & Higher Maths; David McCurdie (Exc), Int 2 Geography;

Duncan McFadyen (Exc), Higher Computing, Higher Physics & Higher English; Duncan McFadyen (Att), Attendance Certificate; Leanne Scott (Cit), S1 Lunchtime Club; Sarah-Jane Wood (Cit), Junior Club Co-ordinator.

Excellence/Citizenship/Attendance Awards: S6

6BR: Ross Anderson (Exc), Int 2 Engineering; Katie Barker(Exc), Adv. Higher Biology; Katie Barker (Cit), Paired Reading, School Vice Captain; Rebecca Briggs (Exc), HE: Hospitality; Rebecca Briggs (Cit), Co-opted teaching in Maths & Senior House Representative (Events); Fiona Galbraith (Exc), Adv. Higher French & Higher Art; Fiona Galbraith (Cit), School Captain & School Band; Linzi Hamilton (Exc), Int 2 Administration; Linzi Hamilton (Cit), Paired Reading; Linzi Hamilton (Att), Attendance Certificate; Fiona Hay (Cit), Senior House Representative (Events); Jennifer Hutchison (Cit), House Captain; Sharon Jess (Cit), Paired Reading; Sarah MacInnes (Cit), House Vice Captain; Colin McRae (Cit), House Captain, organising events; Peter McTaggart (Exc), Adv. Higher Maths, Adv. Higher Chemistry & Adv. Higher Physics; Peter McTaggart (Cit), School Vice Captain; Gordon Munro (Cit), House Captain; Jemma Wells (Exc), Higher Art; Jemma Wells (Cit), House Captain; Martyn Whiteside (Exc), Int 2 Chemistry.

6GY: Laura Brown (Cit), Senior House Representative; Samantha Cochrane (Cit), Paired Reading; Debbie Cuthill (Cit), Green House Captain; Heather Gilmour (Cit), Co-opted teaching in Maths; Morven Gourley (Cit), Band & House Captain; Gavin Hamilton (Exc), Higher Computing; Danielle Hurford (Cit), Paired Reading; Catrin Jeans (Cit), Co-opted teaching in Maths; Hayley Jones (Cit), Paired Reading; Gavin Kean (Cit), Green House Vice Captain; Robert Kelly (Cit), Access Point and Paired Reading; Lynsay McBride (Exc), Higher Business Management; Lynsay McBride (Cit), Paired Reading & House Vice Captain; Craig McMillan (Cit), Green House Captain & Paired Reading; Alison Russell (Cit), Paired Reading, Burns Supper, Jazz Band; Ian Stuart (Cit), House Captain; Gregor Thomson (Cit), Golf Championships; Fiona Wilkinson (Exc), Higher Admin & Advanced Higher Accounting & Finance; Fiona Wilkinson (Cit), House Vice Captain

ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Junior Girls: S1 - 1, Stephanie Conway; 2 equal, Michelle Thurston and Stephanie Harvey. S2 - 1, Elaine Montgomerie; 2, Lorraine Wright; 3 equal, Kim Mair and Cassie Milligan. S3 - 1, Laura Jane Gibson; 2, Gillian Baird; 3, Elizabeth Ferguson.

Junior Boys: S1 - 1, Robert McCurdie; 2, Will Barker; 3 equal, Jay Ritchie and Fraser Thomson. S2 - 1, Sam Fleming; 2, Craig Hutton; 3 equal, James Gibson, Nicholas Faulds, Greg McGregor. S3 -1, Graeme Feldmann; 2, Campbell Conn; 3 equal, Sam Barker and John Gilmour.

Banyard Award for Rugby - Will Barker 1B1; Douglas Quaich for Rugby - Louise Currie 1G1; Kyle Academy 5K Run (U16) 2nd Jillian Wilson; Kyle Academy 10K Run (U15) 2nd Rachel Nelson; Saughhill Race (U15) 1st Rachel Nelson; Saughhill Race Winner, Rachel Nelson.

SPECIAL PRIZES

Excellence in Art - Jemma Wells, 6BR; Excellence in Computing - Ben Squire, 5G2; Excellence in English - Karen Cuthbert, 5R1; Excellence in French - Karen Cuthbert; Excellence in German - Karen Cuthbert; JS Geddes Ltd Trophy for RME - Karen Cuthbert; Excellence in Geography - Bethan Haston, 5Y1; Excellence in Modern Studies - Morven Gourley,6GY; Excellence in Music - Morven Gourley; Excellence in Physical Education - Katie Barker, 6BR; Excellence in Spanish - Fiona Galbraith, 6BR; Turnberry Cup for Business Management - Heather Gilmour,6GY; Westin Turnberry Trophy for Hospitality -Heather Gilmour; Brendan O'Connor Memorial Cup for History - Linsey Robb, 5G1; Creative Writing Prize for S5 - Linsey Robb; James Walker Memorial Trophy for Physics and Chemistry - Hannah Holmes, 4B1; David McEwan Memorial Prize for Maths in S5 - Duncan McFadyen, 5Y1; ISP Alginates Prize for Chemistry in S5/6 - Duncan McFadyen; Barbara McGill Memorial Prize for English in S3 - Alice Gamper, 3B1; South Ayrshire Educational Services Shield for Outstanding Attendance and Timekeeping - Victoria Boughen, 5Y1; Ashgrove Quaich for Musical Achievement - Victoria Boughen; Malin Court Prize for Excellence in Home Economics (Senior School) - Victoria Boughen; South Ayrshire Council Junior Challenge - Louise Currie and Ross McCulloch, 1G1; Prestwick Holdings Prize for Business Enterprise - Ian Stuart, 6GY; Elizabeth Minto Trophy for Biology - Rebecca Briggs and Linzi Hamilton, 6BR; Fielding Manufacturing Ltd Textile Technology Prize - Gayle Barr, 1Y1; Interpak Prize for Physics - Robert Hutton and Peter McTaggart, 5R1; AS Wallace Award for Higher Craft and Design - Kyle Steele, 5B1; Westin Turnberry Golf Trophy - Nicholas Faulds, 2Y1; Tesco Prize for Home Economics - Elaine Montgomerie, 2G1; ISP Alginates Prize for Chemistry in S4 - Gordon McRae, 4R1; Creative Writing Prize for S4 -Gordon McRae, 4R1; Jean Falconer Prize for English - Kate Fulton, 4G1; Creative Writing Prize for S1 - Kirsty Walker, 1G1; Creative Writing Prize for S2 - Kirsty Wilson, 2R1; Creative Writing Prize for S3 - Catherine Rutter, 3Y1; Creative Writing Prize for S6 - Morven Gourlay, 6GY;

Medals for Diligence in R.M.E: 4B1 - Christopher Dickson, James Ferguson, Christine Harvey, Kirsty Lazenby, Paul MacInnes; 4G1 - Graham Cuthill, Katie Walker; 4R2 - Fraser Dunlop, Mhairi-Ann Murphy, Alan Shennan, Alison Dunlop; 4Y1 - Robert Nibloe, Colin McKellar, Victoria McMullen; 5B1 - Louise Bilton; 5G1 - Mark Thomson; 5G2 - Elizabeth McGarvie, Kerri Roddie, Marie Walker; 5R1 -Tom Turner; 5Y1 - Bethan Haston.

Young Enterprise Scotland exam: Fiona Hay, 6BR; Craig McMillan, 6GY; Kerri Roddie, 5G2; Valerie Wilson, 5R1. Young Enterprise Scotland exam, with Credit - Ian Stuart, 6GY; Captain's Prize - Fiona Galbraith, 6BR; and Heather Gilmour, 6GY. Junior Dux - Amy Wallace, 3B1; Senior Dux - Duncan McFadyen, 5Y1.