Maybole remembered its war dead with two services
last week. On Thursday November 11 at 11am there was the traditional
two minutes silence during a service led by Rev Arrick Wilkinson.
This service was attended by the
Maybole Branch of the Royal British
Legion Scotland and several other local organisations and all
Remembrance Sunday, November 14, there was an ecumenical
church service in the West church building led by Rev Douglas Moore.
The service began at 10am with Robert Malone and William Milligan
carried the colours of the Royal British Legion Scotland and the
Union Flag into the church to be received by the minister. Following
the church service Maybole Pipe Band led the parade to the war
memorial where at 11am there was the traditional two minute silence
during a service led by Fr Jim Hayes and Rev Moore. Pipe Major Gavin
Nicol, of Maybole Pipe Band, played the lament and Jim Campbell of
the RBLS recited Binyon's Lines". Wreaths were laid by the local
branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, the Women’s Section of
the branch, South Ayrshire Councillor Andy Hill, Maybole Community
Council, Families and Friends, Effort for Erskine, Maybole Town
Twinning Association, Maybole Council of Churches, Boys Brigade,
Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies, Carrick Academy, Masonic Lodges,
Apprentice Boys of Derry, Carrick Round Table and members of the
local Fire Brigade. Afterwards the pipe band led the parade for the
"march past" taken by councillors and clergy.
Three year olds at
Gardenrose Nursery wished
everyone Happy Divali last week when they celebrated the Indian Festival
of Light. The children made diva lamps, had an Indian snack and learned
some Indian dancing.
St Cuthbert’s Church in Maybole were surprised to hear at the weekend
that their popular priest Fr Jim Hayes would be leaving them and
even more surprised to hear that this coming weekend will be his last in
the parish. Fr Jim, 39, arrived in Maybole in September 1998 after
spending two years as assistant at St Andrew’s, Dumfries. Before that he
had been with the Sacred Heart Fathers for nine years. He was ordained by
Bishop Taylor on September 16, 1993, in St John Ogilvie’s, Irvine, his
home town. He is moving to look after two parishes in Saltcoats as part of
widespread changes being made by Bishop John Cunningham in the Diocese of
Galloway. Fr Jim will also be chaplain to the new secondary school being
built in the area.
Succeeding him in Maybole will be Fr Stephen McGrattan who was ordained a
priest in St. Peter's, Ardrossan, in 6th July, 2003. He is the assistant
at St Paul’s in Ayr and spent six years in the Royal Scots College,
Salamanca. He was also a student of the Pontifical University in the same
city. In addition to his academic and linguistic abilities, Fr Stephen is
gifted musically and was organist at important liturgical occasions in
Salamanca Cathedral and in the University church
Last week two
members of the Tackety Bit Club went to Kinlochleven where they
climbed Garbh Bheinn on what was a good warm day with great views
especially of the back of the Aonach Eagach. The next day they started
from the Kingshouse Hotel and went onto Beinn a Chrulaiste. It started off
sunny but turned to heavy hail and snow on the summit but again they had
some great views of the weather moving across the Glen Coe hills. Another
member went to the Himalaya on a expedition trek to climb Mera Peak at a
height of 6476mtrs. After thirteen days trekking in to get acclimatised
for the height, the climb to the high camp and then to the summit was done
in sunny clear weather giving a view of five 8000mtrs peaks, - Everest,
Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Kangchenjunga and Cho-Oyu – on what was an excellent
Club has now played two rounds in the Ayrshire league’s 2nd division.
The first match was won by Largs
4 - 2. Siegrun Macgilchrist, Stuart Lampard, Charlie Roy and Athol
Macgilchrist lost on boards 1 -4’ Alastair Muirhead and Ali Roy won on
boards 5 and 6. The second match against
was a draw, each team winning 3 games: Siegrun Macgilchrist 0 -1 Graham
Wilson; Dr. Kenneth Brooksbank 0 - 1 S. Hamilton; Steell MacFadzean 1 - 0
Jim Sands; Stuart Lampard 0 - 1 T. V. Melrose; Alastair Muirhead 1 - 0 Ian
Gardiner; Ali Roy 1 - 0 Vincent Tedeschi. Both of the club’s youngsters
did well to win both of their games and this was Ali's first venture into
league games. In the match against Ayr, everyone was finished with their
games except for Ali (9) and Vincent. All the players watched the endgame
as Ali skilfully converted a pawn into a queen with the help of her king
and knight. When Vincent resigned, she received a standing ovation! Ali
also did well in two recent junior competitions in Glasgow. A week past on
Saturday she got 5/6 and won the first prize trophy. On the Sunday, she
shared first prize with 5.5/6. She received a trophy for best overall
girl, including the secondary section.
Education Service & Workers’ Educational Association have arranged a
course on Committee Skills Training for Sunday 28th November 2004 in the
Carnegie Building, Maybole from 10.00am—4.00pm. Childcare can be made
available subject to demand and the course is FREE.
This course is aimed at:
groups and organisations who want to
have better meetings, where people can get a fair say and where
discussions take place in an organised and reasonable manner.
Individuals who may have served on a
committee for some time but are unsure if they would be able to take on
Individuals who have never been
involved, but if given knowledge and confidence, would be interested in
participating and contributing to an established or new group.
The course will cover the following
What are committees for?
Roles of the Chairperson and Secretary
Roles of Treasurer and Committee Members
VISITS THE CASTLE Although Maybole castle is not officially open again to
visitors until the spring,
Maybole Historical Society is continuing
to average a couple of groups a week who ask for a special tour. Members
are more than happy to provide these if they can possibly manage it and on
Friday 29th October they had a visit from Susan and Peter
Kennedy from Glasgow. Susan has traced her ancestry way back through the
Kennedys of Cassillis and Culzean to Duncan Strathern (born around 800).
Dave Killicoat, vice chairman of the
Society said, “Susan was kind enough to leave a copy of her research with
Eleanor Jamieson in the resource centre, who organised the visit. She also
left a transcription done by Peter and her of a Latin document in the
Mitchell Library in Glasgow and showing the descendants of Gilbert Kennedy
of Dunure over nine generations as far as John Kennedy who died in 1615 at
Greenwich “without heirs”. He added, “Susan was very knowledgeable about
the overall history of the Kennedys as well as her own family history,
however she and Peter still enjoyed their tour and found new information
as well as learning much more about the history of Maybole.”
The Society’s next meeting on takes the
form of a St Andrews Night on Monday 6th December at 7 pm for
7.30 pm in Drumellan House, by Maybole. A welcome glass will be followed
by a supper of real Scottish stovies (meat or vegetarian) or shepherds
pie, cheese and oatcakes with a glass of wine or soft drinks and then
traditional Scottish entertainment provided by members of the Society and
The programme for 2005 is:
Monday 6th February – John
Steel – The HMS Dasher Disaster.
Monday 7th March – Dave
Killicoat – “Registration - Finding the Whole Story.” A complete look at
the history of registration in the year celebrating the 150th
anniversary of the introduction of official registration in Scotland.
Monday 4th April – Kevin
Wilbraham/Christine Lodge, Ayrshire Archives – “The Archives in the
Castle.” Details of the Culzean & Cassillis Estate archives collection in
Maybole Castle, its condition and future preservation.
Monday 9th May – Tony Collins
– “What did you do in the war Dad?” The untold story of The Sparrows (H.M.R.N.
Club Gents Section prizewinners.
Club captain Ricky Scott congratulated
club champion Scott McCahill at the annual presentation dance last
Saturday evening and presented him with the J Faulds Trophy. Runner up in
the scratch competition was K Ward and the winner of the handicap
competition was G McCulloch.
Other awards were:
P Ferguson, J Porter
Monthly Medal April
A McDowall Snr
Monthly Medal May J
James Gray Trophy
Monthly Medal June A
Lifeboat Association Medal A
Monthly Medal July G
A McDowall Jnr
Vice captain’s prize J
Europcar Shield G
Monthly Medal August
McCulloch Cup A
2 ball foursomes G
McCulloch, J Porter
McQuiston Cup (Medal winners) A Campbell
Crossraguel Cup (scratch) A
Ranch Cup (handicap) A
Merchants Cup (winner) R
up) A McDowall Jnr
Ramsay Cup G
Olquhoun Cup (winner) R
Eccles and K McKeown
up) A Ferguson and C Harvey
The Scottish winners
of the 2004 National Training Awards were announced at a ceremony
in Glasgow on November 11. There were three levels of awards on the night:
rewarded those finalists who have
shown great potential and have demonstrated a dedication to excellence
Scottish Training Awards
went to those organisations who were judged to be exceptional in
National Training Awards
went to those organisations who were judged to be exceptional in the UK.
The winners of the National Training Awards will go on to participate in
a UK-wide celebration in London later this year.
The award to May-Tag was for its
Maybole Access Point project and Christine Kennedy told us about the
big night out for herself and Cathie Barr. “Both MAP staff attended the
National Training Awards which was an Oscar style ceremony. We were met at
the door with a small bottle of champagne with a straw in it !!!!! and due
to stiletto heels it was deemed advisable not to drink too much of that.
We were congratulated on being there and
told that there had been 70 entrants from Ayrshire and only two companies
had been successful. We were then fed and watered but the best bit of all
was when they described our project to the audience and TV presenter Katy
Hill asked us to join her on stage to collect our award.
Each award winner had a different song
played as they walked up to the stage and MAP was described as a wonderful
project and our song was “What a wonderful world”. The project was
recognised for using training as its core tool in creating employability
towards ending poverty and exclusion.” With dignity intact ie by not
falling off heels and not crying the award was accepted by both staff.