Two very ambitious heritage projects were launched in Maybole
Attending the launch were South
Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan, Angus Middleton, President of the
Robert Burns World Federation and the Ayrshire association of Burns
Clubs, and Annabel Bath, from the Heritage Lottery Fund which is
funding the two projects to a total of £71,600.
Both awards were made to May-Tag
Ltd in partnership with Maybole Community Council, Maybole Community
Association and Maybole Historical Society for a Burns project and
the same groups with Carrick Academy for the other one to
investigate the history behind the school badge.
After a welcome by David Kiltie,
chairman of Maybole Community Council and May-Tag Ltd, the Three
Schools Choir of pupils from Cairn, Gardenrose and St Cuthbert’s
Primaries entertained the audience with two Burns’ songs.
Provost Sloan congratulated
everyone involved in the projects and added that it was good to see
Mr Middleton also congratulated
everyone and pledged the full support of the organisations he is
Denis Reid, in full period
costume, then hilariously acted out what he claimed was the true
story of Tam O’Shanter.
Gillian Anderson, of May-Tag,
talked everyone through the projects using a PowerPoint
In 2009 the birth of Robert Burns
will be celebrated locally and across the globe. However, a few
people wanted to see Maybole included on the Burns Trail as they
believe that Maybole played a key role in the story of Scotland’s
Gillian’s presentation explained
how the story of Robert Burns started in the capital of Carrick with
Agnes Broun, who was living in the town, meeting William Burnes at a
market fair in the High Street, becoming engaged and eventually
getting married in a church at the foot of the Kirkwynd in December
“It is the 250th
anniversary of that wedding that we are going to celebrate this
year,” Gillian said, “and the stories contemporaries of Robert who
have added to our local history.”
She added, “We would also like to
see the bust of Burns back in the town but that is a separate
project for the Historical Society.”
During the year there will be
displays, exhibitions, and archives to view. These will involve
historical and heritage groups, South Ayrshire Council, Cassillis
and Culzean estate, and the National Trust for Scotland.
Gillian then explained that the
second project followed on from discussions with senior staff and
pupils at Carrick Academy as well as other local young people and
It was agreed have pupils
investigate the heritage behind their school badge. Topics were wide
and varied as to what should be investigated and led to discussions
on Maybole’s, and the area of Ayrshire called Carrick’s, huge
involvement in history nationally and internationally.
Gillian said, “After an initial
meeting to gauge interest, the captains then took the lead by
meeting with pupils across the age ranges. The project will be led
by the school captains and it will allow those taking part to
develop their own research, organisational, creative and technical
skills, and enjoy working as a team, while increasing their
awareness of their heritage. Pupils from Queen Margaret Academy,
living locally, will join in appropriate parts of the heritage
“There will be assistance from
Maybole Historical Society, experts at Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
Archives, Ayrshire Libraries and other local volunteers who have
In her presentation Gillian
outlined some of the town’s history which the young people had
expressed interest in looking at.
Maybole Concert Party recreated
the meeting of William and Agnes in a humorous speech before Annabel
bath presented cheques to finance the two projects.
The “Robert Burns –where it began”
project was awarded £46,800 and The Carrick Badge project received
Carrick captains Sam Fleming and
Kirsty Wilson thanked Ms Bath for the funds and David Kiltie thanked
her on behalf of the Burns project.
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Last week a party of French
pupils arrived at Carrick Academy for several days visit.
Depute Head Teache, Jonathan Rusk
welcomed them to the first French exchange for at Carrick in seven
“The nice thing about this
exchange,” he said, “is that we have twinned with a school in
Crosne – Maybole’s French twin town – south east of Paris.
“Last June, Mrs Cannon and I led a
group of pupils there where we had a wonderful welcome from our
hosts at College Bellevue.”
Mr Rusk added, “We made some good
friendships and we hope to build on them this week. We have had to
call on help and advice from a range of people in the planning and
delivery of this complex event. So a big thank you to all who have
contributed to this. A special thank you to Maybole Town Twinning
who are hosting this welcome reception tonight.
“On behalf of pupils and staff at
Carrick Academy, I welcome our French friends to Scotland and
especially to Maybole. We hope you enjoy your stay and will come
back again to see us.”
The French pupils were accompanied
by their teachers and Daniel Robin, president of Crosne Town
Twinning committee and his wife.
Monsieur Robin said a few words in
reply to Mr Rusk adding how pleased they were that the exchange had
William Grant, chairman of Maybole
Town Twinning Assocation, also welcome everyone saying that they
were delighted to host the reception and this visit was especially
welcome as 2007 is the 25th anniversary of Maybole
formally twinning with Crosne.
The group arrived on Monday March
12 and activities later in the week included a local tour of Ayr,
Alloway and Dunure, a historical tour of Maybole, a day trip to
Stirling, a visit to Culzean , time in school, time with ‘host’
families, and a farewell hosted by Carrick’s PTA and seniors pupils.
They left for home on the morning
of Friday March 16.
Parishioners of Our Lady & St. Cuthbert’s Church
in Maybole are preparing for the May elections by finding out about
various, sometimes controversial, Bills and proposals of the
Scottish Executive and Westminster Parliament.
Last Thursday evening, March 22, Fr. Stephen
McGrattan introduced them to John Deighan, Parliamentary Officer of
the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, who began by giving a short
resume of his personal background and the work he now does for the
In an attempt to answer the question which many
people, especially parents and grandparents, are asking “Why
are things going wrong?” John delivered a very interesting
and detailed account of what he described as “the currents of
secularism in modern culture which support and lead to many negative
attitudes within our society to the dignity of human life.”
He said that the previous night before had been a
crucial one for Christians when the Sexual Orientation legislation
had passed through the Lords. “The enforcement of this legislation,”
he said, “ could have a very negative effect on Catholic Adoption
Agencies as well as other areas such as education and the provision
of services. The right of Christians of any denomination to have
freedom of conscience is seriously under threat because lack of
compliance can lead to prosecution.”
Tracing similar legislation passed by the Government
over the last few years, he maintained that not only religious
freedom was being violated but that the whole ethos of marriage and
family values was being undermined.
“The current aggressive promotion of secularism
leaves no room for neutrality,” he continued. “There appears to be
no quarter being given to Christian ethics and morality; and unless
Christians become aware of what is happening and the consequences of
letting it go on,” he added, “more and more objectively
anti-Christian rules and regulations will be promulgated in the name
of equality and gender recognition.”
Mr Deighan raised the question “While protection for,
and tolerance of, minorities are essential, can it be right that
0.15% of the population dictates how we are to behave and think on
Afterwards he answered the many questions raised and
Fr McGrattan thanked him for such an enlightening talk and a welcome
cup of tea was enjoyed by all.
Maybole’s Carrick Amateur
Football Club held their annual Race Night recently.
Chairing the evening was David
Kiltie, standing in for Dennis MaCaffery who unable to attend this
year. Steward and Bookmaker, as in past events, was Alex Meek.
The weather on the evening was
particularly wet and windy, but this was not enough to deter as a
large number who persevered the weather and turned up to support the
The event was a great success, and
a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment. The club is certain that
this would not have been the case except for the help and assistance
from a number of volunteers, who gave up their time to prepare
sandwiches and niceties for the buffet, helped with the betting and
handed in raffle prizes.
The club would like to thank David
and Alex for managing the event; Glen Cuthbert, who once again
prepared a very professional programme; plus volunteers, Greta
Fitzsimons, Joan Cuthbert, Kate Corbett, Lorna Lennox, Katie Gracie,
Annette Bryden, Stacey Bryden, Margaret Conkie, Marion McCulloch and
Carrick Amateur’s committee would
also like to extend a big thanks to all the businesses that
sponsored a race by placing adverts in the programme; the club’s
management team, George Logan and George McCulloch; the players and
their partners for supporting the event on the night, and for their
generous donations to the raffle draw.
CLUSTER DANCE DAY, 20TH MARCH 2007
schools from the Carrick Academy cluster took part in a special
dance event in Maybole Town Hall last week.
Council was keen to seek a partnership in delivering a programme of
dance activity, with funding from the New Opportunities for PE and
Sport Fund (NOPES). The Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust was
delighted to be chosen to provide a Scottish Fusion dance programme
for P.7 – S.1 over two years.
The first block
of these sessions began in May 2006 in 13 primary schools within the
Girvan and Carrick clusters. From August 2006, the tutors followed
the P7s when they moved to high school, developing the programme of
dance they had enjoyed at primary school.
6-week block of dance in January – March of this year took place in
Cairn, Crosshill, Straiton, Kirkmichael, Maidens, Minishant,
Fisherton and Gardenrose Primary Schools, culminating in a Day of
Dance in Maybole Town Hall on March 20.
The children had
been learning some Scottish traditional dances, and how to “fuse”
these dances with dance styles and music from around the world, eg
Flamenco, Indian, African, Salsa and Hip-hop.
Each school then
rehearsed a particular Fusion Dance which they performed for their
peers at the Day of Dance. The idea was to teach traditional dance
in a fun and interesting way and also to introduce the children to
continues in the primary schools of the Girvan cluster in April –
June of this year, which will also end with a Day of Dance.
RESIDENTS SOCIAL FUND
A new Residents Social Club
Committee has been formed at Fairknowe Nursing Home in Maybole and
it has been very busy. Members are Ina Speirs, Janet Warnes, Kelly
Boddie, Carol Richardson, Lovina Galloway, Lynda McBirnie, Margaret
Sturgeon, Linda Davidson, Donna Davidson, Elaine Sym, Isabell Toye,
Pat Thorburn and Maureen Grant.
Office Bearers are :Chairperson –
Margaret Sturgeon, Secretary - Isabell Toye, Treasurer - Lynda
McBirnie, Assistant Treasurer – Carol Richardson.
The Christmas party they organised
was a real success, with lots of fun for all ages. The stall at the
Maybole Christmas Fayre raised the marvellous sum of £339; and Guess
the Name of the Soft Toy – Elizabeth – raised another £117.
The committee also received a
bumper donation of £500 from the High Society Bar and this money is
to be used solely for the use of the residents. The Committee wanted
to ensure each of the “able” and “ less able” residents was able to
enjoy this wonderful gesture so it has been agreed that each month
there will be entertainment and a fish tea for everyone. Flowers
will be sent to residents who are in hospital for a time, and also
to the family of bereaved residents.
The committee is also hoping to
take an active part in the Maybole Gala Day, later in the year,
involving some of the residents in the parade and having a stall.
Their next event is an Easter Fun
Day on Wednesday April 11 at 2pm and everyone is welcome to go
along. The committee hopes to make it a great day, and would like as
many of the residents’ families and friends to be there.
There will be lots of
entertainment, games, nibbles, drinks and laughter with Guess the
Name of the Easter Toy, a raffle for the “Big Easter Egg” as well as
some other surprises!
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt
so take along your bag or basket to hold the eggs. You could paint a
funny face on a boiled egg or make a fancy Easter bonnet and take it
along with you; you never know – you may win a prize!
EASTER FUN DAY – PROGRAMME OF
2 – 2.30pm………Mingle, enjoy a bite
to eat, have a light refreshment
2.30………………Dab Hand Productions
3pm……………… Enjoy the Easter Egg
3.30pm……………Judging of Painted Eggs
and Easter Bonnets
Draw of raffle prizes
4pm……………….Kids Pass the Parcel
“A lovely lady, a lady in the true
sense of the word, who always had a smile on her face.” That was how
Rev Dave Whiteman described Sadie McCulloch at her funeral service
Mitchell was born in Girvan in 1918, the youngest of a family of
nine. She took up golf at the age of 17, and she was a good golfer
all her life, finally hanging up her clubs at the age of 70. Sadie
was playing in a competition at Girvan, against Maybole, and met Sam
McCulloch. They married in 1941, Sam was in the Air Force at the
time and they lived with the family in Girvan, moving to
Kirklandhill Path, Maybole in 1946. They moved into the prefab at 2
Whitefaulds when it was built, and Sadie only moved out of it when
they knocked it down, moving to School Vennel in 1977.
as a Woman’s Auxiliary police officer during the war, then had a
break bringing up the family. In 1964 She went to work at Butlin’s
as a security guard and a supervisor to the cashiers; then she
moved to Jersey Kapwood as an examiner. After that she worked at
Carrick Academy on school meals until her retirement in 1986.
Sadie’s life was tinged with tragedy; Sam’s death in 1969, and Jim’s
death in April last year left her shattered. Sadie put on a brave
face but she was effected deeply.
Golf was a big
part of her life from 17 to 70 and she was captain of the Maybole
Ladies Golf Club, winning many competitions. She also took up
bowling at the bottom green and indoor bowling in the town hall
which she really enjoyed. Of course, she was one of the Tuesday
night girls at the Speakers Club, and they enjoyed many a Tuesday
night together. Sadie was actively involved in the club floats each
year, making costumes. The club meant a lot to Sadie. The church
also meant a lot to Sadie, Sam sang in the choir and they went
together. Sadie had a heart attack at the age of 70 and she found
going out difficult, but she never missed communion.
was spent in Girvan and many happy holidays were spent there.
Latterly, Sadie could be in Girvan three days a week - she loved
Girvan. Lately, Sadie travelled overseas; to Malta, Gibraltar and
Germany. Rev Whiteman added, “As I said at the beginning, Sadie was
a lovely lady, tall and beautiful, she won a beauty pageant in her
younger days. She was always so neat and tidy, a very organised
She was an
avid Daily Express reader and had a great command of the English
language; a great command of grammar. Sadie actually went to night
school to learn English. She loved her family, she was so interested
in the grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved to talk about
them - she was so very proud of her family. Sadie enjoyed life, she
had a lot of good friends and she was so content with life
“I just want
to finish,” said Mr Whiteman, “by saying how much Sadie loved her
carers, you meant a lot to her and the family are all so grateful
for all you did for her, making her last years so dignified. We are
so luck here in Maybole to have you. Sadie was very ill towards the
end but she still managed a smile. She slipped away peacefully to
be with her Sam. I know Sadie will be very sadly missed by us all.”