May 10th 2002
ROGER Mullin returned to his hometown of Maybole with an
important message on life-long learning.
Photo: May-Tag staff Sam Campbell
(left), Ellen Hawkes and Christine Kennedy at Maybole Castle with Roger
Talent has to be nurtured if you want a youngster to
develop into a sports star of the future. And 13-year-old James Gibson is
Ayr United's latest S-form signing. more
Blue but not sad: the Carrick Academy 15s who were
runners-up in the Ayrshire Cup. more
A hair's breadth from success: the Carrick Academy 12s who
were runners-up in the Ayrshire Cup. more
FRIENDS of Turnberry caddie Willie Hill, who died a year
ago, held a memorial golf tournament in his honour. Photo: Andy Hill
Jnr receives the William Hill Memorial Cup from Ann McClure.
Photo: Sandy Abbot of The Carrick helps Ann McClure hand
over a cheque to Sister Geraldine Ovens and Staff Nurse Audrey Bryden.
CHURCH of Scotland trustees have awarded £200,000 towards
building a new, modern church in the centre of Maybole. And now the search
is on for a site that would best suit the project. more
A MULTI-MILLION pound `underspend' in the Scottish roads
budget should be used to build a Maybole bypass, says Conservative MSP
Phil Gallie. And there would still be cash left to fund other improvements
to the southern stretch of the A77. more
GROUPS in Maybole and district are taking advantage of £100
awards from the Community Association to help towards Gala Day costs.
STEELL McFadzean was elected president of Carrick Chess
Club at the AGM after the May `blitz' session. more
CARRICK Crime Prevention Panel was hailed
for 20 years of work in the community - although it could be more!
A FULL-TIME administrator has been
appointed to the Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre. Maybole historian James
Brown has taken on the task of coordinating initiatives for developing the
historic attraction. more
May 3rd 2002
Cindy McEwan hit the
drive which launched a new season for
Golf Club. Club captain Cindy was delighted to welcome a good turnout
for opening day. And newcomers are always welcome to join the friendly
Maybole golfers prove they're up to
Par 5 more
President's wife Rhea Ramage threw
the jack to start a new season at
Park Bowling Club,..
SIX primary schools took part in a
swimming gala hosted by Maybole Amateur Swimming Club. Carrick Round Table
sponsored the event, involving Cairn, Crosshill, Gardenrose, Kirkmichael,
St Cuthbert's and Straiton. more
Pupils who contested the annual
primary school gala at Maybole Bathe.
Gala champs Gardenrose with
Mrs Margaret faulds who presented the trophies.
Village shield winners
Crosshill with Dallas McGawn of MASC.
MAYBOLE is ready to play its part in
national History Week 2002. And Maybole Historical Society has organised a
range of interesting events. more
BACK: 25 years ago - Maybole produces one of the shock results of the Kyle
and Carrick District Council elections when Bill McCubbin takes the seat
for the SNP. more
May 10th 2002
returned to his hometown of Maybole with an important message on life-long
learning. He told a meeting: "Scotland is very good at educating society's
elite at universities. "But we're poor at ensuring everyone else has an
adequate education. And too many are left with low skills." Mr Mullin is
managing director of Inter-ed Ltd, an international consultancy firm. And
he is advisor to a Scottish Executive committee compiling a report on
life-long learning. Mr Mullin was invited to Maybole Castle for a meeting
with officials of training firm May-Tag. Representatives from South
Ayrshire Council's Community Education, Ayr College and Carrick Academy
also attended. Mr Mullin maintained: "The Scottish Parliament's inquiry is
an effort to put us in the right direction on life-long learning. "Organisations
like May-Tag are in the front line of trying to help the low skilled in
our community. "But they are not helped at the moment by rigid programmes
which prevent them providing the type of education which is both needed
and wanted." Mr Mullin concluded: "By introducing an entitlement to
learning for everyone, and ensuring choice, the parliamentary committee
hopes the May-Tags of this world will flourish in the interest of our
Talent has to be nurtured if you
want a youngster to develop into a sports star of the future. And
13-year-old James Gibson is Ayr United's latest S-form signing.
James has impressed all season in a Carrick Academy 12s team which reached
the Ayrshire Cup final. And his performances in midfield came to the
attention of United youth coach Campbell Money. Campbell is himself a
former pupil of Carrick Academy, and he headed back to the Maybole scholl
to sign James. Also pictured are rector Rodger Stewart (left), who has a
sporting background with the famed Cumnock Curries basketball team.
James's parents, Jim and Jane Gibson, were also present at the signing.
BOTH Carrick and Girvan academies are currently
producing their best football teams in years. And the rest of
Ayrshire is having to sit up and take notice as the teams take some
impressive scalps. Pride of place at the moment goes to Girvan Academy 12s
who lifted the Ayrshire Post-sponsored Ayrshire Cup in that age group. And
who did they narrowly beat in an exciting final at Ayr's Dam Park? Why,
none other than Carrick of course! Carrick 12s had beaten Girvan in the
schools league, and a tight final was anticipated. So it turned out, with
Girvan edging it 4-3. Graeme Eaglesham (2), David McVittie and David Ross
were the Girvan scorers, with Robert Kirk (2) and James Gibson replying
for Carrick. Girvan had closely-contested games right through the
tournament, beating Mainholm Academy 3-2, Auchinleck Academy 5-4, then
Belmont Academy 4-3 in their semi-final. Carrick also had a tight semi,
but came through 4-2 at Stevenston against Auchenharvie Academy. Carrick
15s also reached their Ayrshire Cup age-group final, sponsored by North
Ayrshire solicitors Taylor and Henderson. They went down 2-1 to Stewarton,
with Steven Warnock netting for Carrick at Dam Park. There were pictures
of the three teams.
FRIENDS of Turnberry caddie Willie Hill, who died a
year ago, held a memorial golf tournament in his honour. And the event,
played over Maybole golf course, brought in proceeds of £262.70p. The cash
has been presented to Crosshouse Hospital's renal unit, which serves the
whole of Ayrshire. The William Hill Memorial Cup was won by
namesake - though no relative - Andy Hill junior. And George Imrie won a
shield for the best handicap score. Willie's son Tom was third in the
event, closely followed by Jimmy Fleming and Bobby Green. Sandy and Alice
Abbot of The Carrick Hotel in Maybole provided an after-tournament buffet.
And Willie's partner Ann McClure thanked the couple and everyone else who
helped stage the event. Cash came from donations and raffles as well as
the tournament itself. And two nurses came from Crosshouse Hospital to
collect the cheque.
CHURCH of Scotland trustees have awarded £200,000
towards building a new, modern church in the centre of Maybole.
And now the search is on for a site that would best suit the project. A
favoured location where St Cuthbert's shoe factory once stood is earmarked
for town centre flats. But other possible sites include the former Co-op
in Whitehall and the former Community Education site in Ladyland Road.
Congregations of Maybole Old and Maybole West voted to unite a year ago.
And they submitted a `new build' project to a special Church of Scotland
Millennium Fund. Now they have been awarded £200,000 which they hope will
lead to `match funding' from other bodies. The Rev Dave Whiteman of
Maybole Old said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the church
right to the heart of the community - to put a new heart in the
community." A joint committee has been formed from members of both
churches, to take the project forward. Press officer Bill Miller believes
Maybole is making history, and he said: "We see this as a turning point in
the life of the church. "We're ready to move into the 21st century and
compete once again for people's minds and souls." Mr Miller explained: "It
is now the job of the committee to specify the design and the location of
the building in the town. "And we must raise the remaining funds from the
many sources who see this as an exciting step in modernising the church.
This is a community project, which is relevant to everyone in Maybole and
the surrounding parishes. "The committee will be seeking advice and
opinions not only from their own congregations but also from the wider
community. "We are already delighted with the encouragement we have
received from people of all denominations. "It is hoped his project will
bring the church back into the heart of the town as it was in the days of
the Collegiate Church." Mr Miller said his committee would do all it could
to find uses for the two historic churches currently in use. It is
understood that both the Old Church and the West Kirk need hundreds of
thousands of pounds spent on them.
A MULTI-MILLION pound `underspend' in the Scottish
roads budget should be used to build a
says Conservative MSP Phil Gallie. And there would still be cash left to
fund other improvements to the southern stretch of the A77. Mr Gallie
aired his view in the wake of an announcement by Scottish Transport
minister Lewis Macdonald. And he has written to Mr Macdonald, urging him
to release cash from the budget surplus. The Tory MSP claimed: "Some £32
million that should have been invested in Scottish transport projects
during the financial year has not in fact been spent. "It's incredible at
a time when Scotland's roads are crying out for investment." Mr Gallie
added: "While a bypass for Maybole is clearly an expensive project, it
could be easily funded from the £32 million underspend from last year.
"And there would still be money left over to tackle some of the other road
improvements desperately needed on the A77 between Ayr and Stranraer."
GROUPS in Maybole and district are taking advantage
of £100 awards from the Community Association to help towards
Gala Day costs. And
if your group wishes to take part, either in the parade or at Glebe Park,
contact Derek Walker at the Town Hall as soon as possible. Here is the
list of organisations which have already pledged to take part in the
parade: Cairn Primary School, Gardenrose PS, St Cuthbert's PS, Tiny Tots
Playgroup, Tiddlers and Tadpoles Playgroup, Maybole Brownies, Maybole
Youth Action Group, Maybole Youth Club, Town Twinners, Maybole Stompers
(line dancers), Maybole Community Development Group, Maybole South
Residents and Tenants Association, Girvan and District Lifeboat, Cariba
Stargazers (steel band), Majorettes, Highland Dancers, Karate Group.
Maybole Pipe Band will lead the parade, followed by the town's `royals' in
a horse-drawn carriage. The arena at Glebe Park will feature performances
by the Pipe Band, Cariba Stargazers, Carrick 800, The Haze pop band,
children's entertainer The Singing Chef, majorettes, Highland dancers, and
the karate club. The park will also have funfair rides, stalls and pony
rides. Maybole Gala Day is on Saturday, June 15.
STEELL McFadzean was elected president of
Club at the AGM after the May `blitz' session. Other
office-bearers are: secretary - Athol Macgilchrist; treasurer - George
Norris; team captain - John Bryden; junior trainer - Siegrun Macgilchrist.
Siegrun earlier won the senior blitz, with Amy Strang the victor in the
junior event. Steell took the honours in the April blitz, with Ali Roy the
junior winner. Athol Macgilchrist is Carrick's best league player of 2002,
following Vincenzo Tedeschi's success in 2001. Carrrick had a
disappointing end to their league season, going down 3-1 to the Troon C-siders.
Results (Carrick names first): V. Tedeschi 0, Tom Mitchell 1; A.
Macgilchrist 0, Peter Stevens 1; John Bryden 1, Chris King 0; Marie Bryden
0, A. Welch 1. The club championship is played over the next eight weeks,
on Wednesday nights (6.30 - 10pm).
Prevention Panel was hailed for 20 years of work in the community
- although it could be more! South Ayrshire Council hosted a civic
reception in Maybole Town Hall to mark the panel's efforts. But chairman
Alex Kelly revealed: "No-one is sure exactly when the panel was first
launched - but we've been around at least 20 years." Provost Liz Foulkes
paid tribute to what she called `an exceptional panel'. And she thanked
members past and present for a range of initiatives over the years. The
Carrick panel is among the most active in the Strathclyde Police area. And
Provost Foulkes saluted chairman Alex Kelly as `truly a remarkable man'.
Mr Kelly thanked the Provost and South Ayrshire Council for providing the
civic reception. And in tracing panel initiatives, he thanked council
leader Councillor Andy Hill for help dating back to when Councillor Hill
served on Strathclyde Region. Mr Kelly also paid tribute to the police for
their help and co-operation. And he thanked his panel for their hard work
- and their spouses for understanding. Carrick Academy Youth Band provided
musical entertainment at the civic reception.
FULL-TIME administrator has been appointed to the
Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre. Maybole historian James Brown
has taken on the task of coordinating initiatives for developing the
historic attraction. And James pointed out: "I am full of admiration for
the achievements of the many friends and supporters of
Dundonald Castle. "The
sensitively-designed visitor centre is a testament to their vision and
industry. I will find it an exciting challenge to bring in new visitors as
well as encouraging repeat visits to the centre." A particular target will
be to encourage more visits by school groups, as well as securing bookings
for weddings and other functions. The dramatic lower hall of the castle
is a spectacular setting for weddings and parties. Commenting on the
appointment, John Hunter-Paterson, chairman of the Friends of Royal
Dundonald Castle, said: "This new position reflects the growing
popularity of Dundonald Castle and its Visitor Centre Museum. "Over the
last few years the number of weddings held in the castle has almost
doubled and Dundonald Castle is one of the few visitor attractions in
Scotland that has shown a year-on-year increase in visitor numbers. "The
castle is rated by some historians as the third most important in
Scotland after Edinburgh and Stirling. "As the birthplace of the Stewart
dynasty, it attracts visitors from all over the world. "The museum will
shortly receive and put on permanent display a large number of artefacts
uncovered by recent archaeological digs."
May 3rd 2002
MAYBOLE is ready to
play its part in national History
Week 2002. And
Maybole Historical Society has organised a range of interesting
events. Here's a run-down on what's on offer to folk keen to delve into
the background of the area: An exhibition by Ayrshire Archives and South
Ayrshire Museums features in the Town Hall council chambers. It can be
viewed on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9, from 2 to 4pm, and from 7
to 9pm. And it can also be seen on Friday, May 10, from 2 to 5pm. A
display of old and new photos of Maybole will feature in the Lesser Town
Hall, and can also be viewed at those times. Fred Westcott presents an
audio-visual show there on `The Natural History of Carrick' on Wednesday,
May 8 at 2pm and again at 7pm. Family history workshops are held in the
Lesser Town Hall on Thursday, May 9, from 2 to 4pm; and on Friday, May
10, from 2 to 5pm. Accessing history and family history on the Internet
features in Your Digital Ancestors on Thursday, May 9, from 7 to 9pm.
Displays and activities are being held by South Ayrshire Council in the
Carnegie Library. These include `The Roundheads in Ayrshire' presented by
Tom Barclay on Thursday, May 9, at 2.30pm. History Fair in Maybole Town
Hall on Saturday, May 11, from 10am to 4pm. This promises to be the
showpiece event of the week, with displays by: Archives and Museums
service; historical societies, family history societies and local
churches. There will also be refreshments, book sales and craft
demonstrations. Guided tours of Old Maybole on Sunday, May 12, from 2 to
4pm, starting from Maybole Castle. It's an ambitious collection of events
by Maybole Historical Society but, judging by the interest generated by
their regular lectures, members look set to have a hit on their hands.
SIX primary schools
took part in a swimming gala hosted by Maybole Amateur Swimming Club.
Carrick Round Table sponsored the event, involving Cairn, Crosshill, Gardenrose, Kirkmichael, St Cuthbert's and Straiton. Gardenrose won the
MASC Trophy, with Crosshill taking the village shield. Gardenrose also won
the boys and girls relay races, and full results were: P5 breast: Boys -
1, Duncan Sturgeon; 2, Callum Dunlop; 3, Blair Jardine; 4, Calum Smith.
Girls - 1, Claire Houston; 2, Danielle Horton; 3, Kirsty Ireland; 4, Emily
Callan. P6 breast: Boys - 1, Ross Knight; 2, Marc Barr; 3, Evan Thom; 4,
Liam Ireland. Girls - 1, Amy Carlyle; 2, Jenna McFadzean; 3, Louise
Hunter; 4, Carol Cairns. P7 breast: Boys - 1, Fraser Thomson; 2, Ross
Baird; 3, Blair Sloan; 4, Liam Parker. Girls - 1, Gayle Barr; 2, Louise
Currie; 3, Kirsty Walker; 4, Leigh Jardine. P5 back: Boys - 1, Iain
Coleman; 2, Duncan Sturgeon; 3, Callum Smith; 4, Robert McGougan. Girls -
1, Alison Baird; 2, Lauren McFadzean; 3, Shannon Baillie; 4, Emily Callan.
P6 back: Boys - 1, Lyle Cairns; 2, Greg Montgomery; 3, Liam Ireland; 4,
Evan Thom. Girls - 1, Iona Haston; 2, Amy Carlyle; 3, Megan Hood; 4, Emma
Hamilton. P7 back: Boys - 1, Ross Knight; 2, Colin Sturgeon; 3, Jonathon
Kitchen; 4, Callum Campbell. Girls - 1, Claire Strang; 2 equal, Emma
Houston and Hayley Jamieson; 3, Kirsty Walker. P5 free: Boys - 1, Iain
Coleman; 2, Duncan Sturgeon; 3, Robert McGougan; 4, Blair Jardine. Girls -
1, Claire Houston; 2, Alison Baird; 3, Kirsty Ireland; 4, Kerry McKeown.
P6 free: Boys - 1, Kyle Faulds; 2, Lewis Cairns; 3, Karl McClure; 4, Evan
Thom. Girls - 1, Jade Douglas; 2, Lesley McGregor; 3, Ashley Keegan; 4,
Louise Hunter. P7 free: Boys - 1, Craig McKay; 2, Lyle Cairns; 3, Blair
Sloan; 4, Colin Sturgeon. Girls - 1, Gayle Barr; 2, Alison MacGregor; 3,
Lynsey McGregor; 4, Leigh Jardine. Boys relay - 1, Gardenrose; 2,
Crosshill; 3, Cairn; 4, Kirkmichael. Girls relay - 1, Gardenrose; 2,
Cairn; 3, St Cuthbert's; 4, Straiton.
SILVERWARE from last
season was handed over at Maybole-based Par 5 Gowf Club's prize night. Now
club members are battling it out again for a host of trophies. The 2001
trophy winners were: C Wilson Trophy - J White. I Feldman Trophy - J
Watson. N Brown Trophy - G Wallace. R Malone Trophy - T Thomson. S Brown
Trophy - G Wallace. M A Watt Trophy - T Kirkwood. Dunabie Shield - J
White. Lynn Ross Trophy - T Kirkwood. J A Patterson Trophy - J Scobie. W
Wallace Trophy - G Wallace. E McGarry Trophy - J White. C Reid Trophy - P
Sym. G Watt Trophy - A Batton. Reid Trophy - P Sym & J Watson. McGarry
Shield - A Finn. J Clark Trophy - W Giffen. Maeve & Niall Trophy - A
McCartney. W Wallace Cup - P Sym. Georgia Shield - W Wallace. Kirkwood
Trophy - A Findlay. Sommerville Trophy - J White. T Caldwell Trophy - S
Wallace. I Brown Shield - A Finn. Meek Trophy - T Kirkwood. R Bissett
Trophy - P Sym. Lorna Shield - A McCartney. D Wallace Trophy - A Reid. A
Wallace Shield - A Finn. A Batton Shield - I Thomson. Turner Trophy - A
Reid & M Thomson. Mannie & Libus Trophy - A Reid. S Caldwell Trophy - S
Wallace. Ramsay Trophy - A Hill. T Dorrian Trophy - J Watson & T Anderson.
Wilson Shield - S Wallace. K Porte Shield - A Findlay. Swan Shield - A
Hill. S Wallace Jnr Trophy - A Hill. Caldwell Shield - J Thomson. McDonald
Salver - P Sym. D Farrell Medal - G Wallace. Gemmell & McNair Trophy - A
Hill. Chimes Cup - T Kirkwood. D McVie Shield - I Thomson. D Wilson Shield
- P Sym. J McVie Shield - A Batton. Landsborough Cup - I Thomson. McKellar
Cup - J Watson & P Sym. Mordav Shield - S Wallace & F Reid. Carmichael
Trophy - A Hill. S Wallace Shield - A Findlay. P Batton Cup - S Wallace.
Feldman Cup - S Wallace. Mandy Trophy - T Kirkwood. Louise Trophy - A
Findlay. W Caldwell Trophy - A Hill. Brown Trophy - C Reid. T & E Wallace
Silver Salver - P Sym. McVie Salver R.U. - A Hill & S Wallace. McVie
Salver Winners - P Sym & B Taylor. Club Champion runner-up - M Foster.
Club Champion - B Taylor. There was a picture of the award winners.
LOOKING BACK: 25 years ago - Maybole produces
one of the shock results of the Kyle and Carrick District Council
elections when Bill McCubbin takes the seat for the SNP. He polls 569,
beating the town's Citizen of the Year and Labour candidate Agnes Bennett
on 439, with A. McDowall close behind for the Conservatives on 427, and J.
Campbell of the SLP polling 180.