Weeks of November 16th, 23rd & 30th 2001
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November 30th 2001


MAYBOLE Health Day proved a hearty success, with hundreds sampling activities and advice on offer. The event demonstrated that there is much more to health than medical matters. And activities in the Town Hall were as diverse as Indian head massage and flower arranging!

The aim was to show there are many ways to achieve the peace of mind that goes hand-in-hand with good health. Some activities focused on reducing anxiety, as stress can be a big factor in poor health. Other advice was targeted at the importance of exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking.

Photos from Maybole Health Day.

Photos from Maybole Health Day.

MAYBOLE'S land­mark Carnegie Library officially re-opens tonight (Thursday) after a £500,000 refit. Councillor Andy Hill, who spear­headed the rescue of a building which lay derelict for years, will unveil a special plaque. The Carnegie is now ready for a new community role in Maybole.

MAYBOLE Christmas lights are switched on tomorrow (Friday) evening by Scots comedy star Dean Park. Dean will do the honours at the town hall at 6pm - 15 minutes earlier than originally planned. For the comic has to dash back to Ayr for the opening night of this year's Ayr Gaiety panto Jack and the Beanstalk.

LOOKING BACK: 25 years ago - Murray Cook makes the case for eccentric individuals with his `Odd Man Out' address at Carrick Speakers Club in Maybole.

A GLASS of wine and a Christmas pie are on offer at Maybole Town Hall on Monday night (December 3, 7.30pm). The invitation is from Maybole Histor­ical Society, whose members are holding an open night.

November 23rd 2001      


REMEMBER, remember November 14. Maybole held its firework display later than everybody else but it was well worth waiting for. The event was held last Wednesday and hundreds of local people turned out ...

Happy smiles as the procession moves off. Youngsters along with their mums are ready to watch the firework fun.

There was a huge crowd at the Greenside to follow Maybole Pipe Band, in a torchlight procession, to Glebe Park.

THE adult committee of Maybole Youth Action Group had a meeting last week with Councillor Alan Murray and Pat Whelan, of South Ayrshire Council.

WE have been loaned a picture of the hockey eleven fielded by St Cuthbert's School in Maybole in 1936. The shot looks to have been taken outside the church in Dailly Road, which had a school­room in those days. The present St Cuthbert's building in Kirkland Street didn't open till 1939. Color photo and story here.

 Some of the girls in the picture look older than primary age, so the school must have catered for all ages in those days. Times were tough in the 1930s - for adults and children alike - but these girls look happy and healthy. Maybe some of them were `Ovaltineys' - youngsters who enjoyed the famous hot milky, bedtime drink!


SOUTH Ayrshire's leading policeman has vowed to continue the hunt for missing Maybole dad Graham Tyre. Superintendent Jim Thomson claims he owes it to the family of the 29-year-old not to give up hope of finding him, two months after he went missing in Brazil. He stressed: "Because of the length of time he has been missing we are seriously concerned for his welfare. "But we are doing everything we can. We need to resolve this one way or another for the sake of the family. I can only imagine what they are going through." Graham was last seen on September 28 at the port of Macae near Rio de Janerio.

He called his fiancee Doralice Nunes from the bus station from where he intended to embark on the 36-hour journey to Campina to meet her and their 18-month-old son Christopher. He never arrived. Police revealed that Graham - a former Carrick Academy pupil - had withdrawn £750 in Brazilian money from the bank to fund a planned trip home to Scotland with Doralice and Christopher. They had been due to fly on October 4. Superintendent Thomson said: "This is a totally unexplained disappearance. There is nothing in the background that would indicate there would be any reason for this.

A RENEWED plea for a Maybole by-pass was put directly this week to Scottish Transport Minister Sarah Boyack.

GARDENROSE Tenants and Residents Association is back in action. That was decided following an Extraordinary General Meeting on November 13, which was called as not enough people had turned up for the AGM a few weeks earlier.

A BID is to be made to identify all pathways in the Maybole area. South Ayrshire Council leader Andy Hill chaired an informal meeting last week in Maybole Castle to discuss the proposition. Also present were Councillor Alan Murray, Peter Mason and David Kiltie of Maybole Community Council, Raymond Sharkey of Maidens and Kirkoswald Community Council, Neil Feggans of South Ayrshire Council, David Gray of Ayrshire Paths and Norman MacIntyre, who has a vast knowl­edge of the area.

November 16th 2001      

Maybole Pipe Band makes an impressive sight as it leads the parade up the hill to the town's war memorial.

Carrick remembered its war dead in poignant services and tributes across the area. royal British Legion (Scotland) branches in Maybole and Girvan led the homage in the two main towns.

Scouts and Cubs gather to pay their respects at Maybole War Memorial.

Robert Dibden plays 'The Last Post' at the cross-laying service in Maybole's Greenside.

John Cairns, treasurer of the Maybole branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, joins colleagues and friends in observing the two minutes' silence as the Legion colours are lowered ...

Maybole branch of the Royal British Legion presented two £50 cheques to Pearl Barton, who is the chairperson for both the OAP and OiR groups in the town.

CARRICK Sports Club threw a `thank-you' party for Billy McDowall - one of its longest-serving committee members. Billy has retired as treasurer, and as a committee man with more than 25 years service.

Robert Heaney MBE lays a wreath at Straiton war memorial.

Some of the Carrick Sports Club members who turned out to pay tribute to Billy McDowall ..

The party night saw Bill McDowall (left) receive a barometer and his wife Betty a basket of flowers. Making the presentations for the club were vice-convener Allan Cuthbert (right) and Irene Hewitt.


Gardenrose rocked with excitement and laughter for 'Crocodile Fundee...

Memories of the 60s will flood back for these pupils. On the threshold of a new era - that's the Carrick Academy P7 class of 1960.Click on the photo (left) to view full size or read the article (below).

Shipping and harbours of the Carrick coast featured in a talk at Maybole Historical Society. Jim Grant of the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine gave a well-researched talk on the subject.

It was an exciting time to be an 11 or 12-year-old, looking forward to a future where anything seemed possible.

Gr-eight reward for Maybole rugby follower. Maybole Community Development Group had four pairs of tickets to give away for the Scotland v Toga rugby clash the Scots won 43-20 last Saturday.