Over 40 organisations took stalls at a special community engagement event in Maybole Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon of last week, October 5. The “marketplace” of stalls, agency representatives and local organisations was arranged by South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership which includes representatives from South Ayrshire Council, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue as well as other agencies, the voluntary sector and the community.
The event was part of a pilot
project in a new approach to community engagement
with the intention of giving local people in Carrick
the chance to find out what the Partnership is doing
in the area, to celebrate the achievements of local
communities and highlight issues for the partnership
and community to address. In the evening, Councillor
Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council,
hosted group discussions and a question and answer
David Kiltie, chairman of Maybole
Community Council and the community representative
for Carrick on the Community Planning Partnership
had urged everyone in the town and surrounding
villages to attend. “The turnout this afternoon,” he
commented, “was relatively low with the dreadful
weather a contributory factor, no doubt. However,
all the projects reported a good level of interest
and there were around 1,750 responses to the survey
carried out by Carrick Community Councils’ Forum
using leaflets, and the new media of Facebook and
“This survey highlighted six key
issues throughout Carrick - improving access to
affordable housing, developing employment and wealth
via tourism, improving opportunities for business
start-up and job creation, getting communities
involved with planning and working towards their
futures, making sure everyone has access to services
and local facilities, and providing reasons for
young people to want to stay in Carrick.”
Afterwards, Peter Mason, chair of
Carrick Community Councils’ Forum, said, “As this
was a pilot scheme we made few mistakes, but on the
whole it was a very successful afternoon and
evening. “It’s just a shame that more people didn’t
take the opportunity to express their views on what
the future of South Ayrshire should be as there were
heads of service, the Leader of the council and the
Chief Executive in attendance. “In the afternoon
there were various stalls from the Fire Dept, debt
counselling, plus Care and Repair where pensioners
can have simple jobs done in their homes at no cost
to themselves. “The community lost out on a golden
opportunity to take full advantage of these
excellent resources, and at night missed the
opportunity to put their point of view over to South
Ayrshire Council on what the community’s priorities
are. “I would like to thank the Council, the Leader,
the Chief Executive and every SAC employee who
attended for their help and assistance.”
Councillor Brian Connolly, who
chairs the Council’s scrutiny panel which oversees
the community engagement project, commented,
“Although a pilot, tonight showed the constructive
relationship between Maybole and its community
partners and we will continue to work together for
the good of town."
Councillor Leader Bill McIntosh,
Chair of South Ayrshire Community Planning
Partnership, said: "We wanted to make sure that
local people had the chance to have their say on the
topics that relate to our Partnership working, and
highlight where we’re getting it right as well as
where we could do better.
"Events such as these, which
involve representatives from right across the
Partnership, give us the chance to highlight the
extensive joint working that takes place on a daily
basis as well as recognise the input and involvement
of the communities themselves.. "I’m looking forward
to hearing the details of what the discussions
tonight have given us.”
Members of Maybole Men’s Health Forum were out and about in the town last week delivering a newsletter to every home. The newsletter contains details of the possibility of local people taking on control of all the leisure facilities in the community and running them for the benefit of the people. The unique project has been named Maybole Pathfinder and could eventually see the townspeople in charge of running the swimming pool, golf course, bowling green, football and rugby pitches, the skateboard park and even the town hall. If successful, the project could be copied in communities throughout Ayrshire and the rest of Scotland.
The facilities are
currently owned and run by South Ayrshire Council,
but the Pathfinder project could see these
transferred to some sort of community trust, to be
managed and run by local people. Over the past 18
months, a steering group has been talking to more
than 30 community groups in the town to discuss
their ideas for the future and to listen to their
thoughts. David Kiltie, chairman of the steering
group, explained: “The overwhelming majority of the
groups we spoke to indicated their strong support
for the plans and encouraged us to continue our work
to prepare a business plan and come up with detailed
proposals.” Following approval of funding by South
Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire LEADER Local Action
Group (LAG), the steering group are now set to begin
the next phase of the journey. David said:
“Politicians are forever talking about local people
“owning” their communities.
eventually make that vision a reality. “Taking on
responsibility for all the facilities in the town
would present the people of Maybole with a unique
opportunity to show the rest of Scotland that with
enthusiasm, energy and good business sense a small
community really can revive its fortunes. “After
all, we are the people who live and work here and
who have pride in Maybole. Who better to ensure that
the local facilities are well managed, well used and
developed for future generations?“
Earlier this year, Connor Inglis was presented with Gardenrose Primary School’s first ever Jean Falconer Award for Citizenship. Due to circumstances, the school was unable to get a photograph of the presentation and this was arranged last week. Head Teacher, Mrs Mary Scott said, “In June this year, it was my real privilege and honour to present Connor Inglis, then Primary 7 pupil of Gardenrose Primary School, with the school’s first ever Jean Falconer Award for Citizenship.
“In his Primary 7 year, Connor demonstrated the most
incredible strength of character and bravery to
staff and pupils alike, at a time when his mum, dad
and younger sister had all been in a very serious
road accident. “His quiet determination to support
his whole family, including his younger brother and
grandparents through this very difficult time, was
truly remarkable. Connor has shown us all tremendous
resilience for a boy of his age. He is a talented
artist, and even during his days in school at that
time, he somehow managed to focus on his work to
produce great results.
Connor was presented with the award at the Primary 7
Leavers Assembly in June 2011 to an overwhelming
show of support from fellow pupils, parents and
staff from across the school.” Connor now attends
Gardenrose Primary: Jackie Boughen our devoted lollipop lady has retired this week after 17 years, we gave her a send off yesterday at our whole school harvest assembly. The JRSO (Junior Road Safety Officers) Abbie Valdrighi , Kacey Powell and Jack McCormick presented Jackie with a keepsake book which the children had made for her. Jackie also received flowers and a gift from Mrs Scott and the Parent Council. Jackie, who brought her mother with her, Mrs Todd who was the first lollipop lady in South West Scotland and did her job for 18 years. The children, parents and staff will miss Jackie. We wish her a long and happy retirement.
Carrick travelled to Millbrae on Saturday as league
leaders in a top of the table clash against Millbrae who
were sitting second. Millbrae dominated in the early
exchanges with Carrick under pressure on their own try
line for the first 10 minutes. Carrick then rallied,
dominating for much of the rest of the first half
putting the first points on the board with a Willie
Wyllie try which was converted by his son Connor who was
playing at fly half. The tables started to turn in
Millbrae's favour late in the first half as a stronger
more experienced pack started to dominate up front
leading to an unconverted try and penalty to make the
half time score 8-7 in favour of the home side. In the
second half Millbrae started strongly scoring a
converted try on the 45 minute mark, and from this point
Carrick struggled to get our their own half against the
Millbrae side who managed the wind well to their
advantage turning over ball and kicking carrick back
into the corner. The match finished 18-7 to Millbrae who
stay in second place in the league whilst Carrick slip
to third. Next week carrick have a friendly against
renfrew before a return to competitive action against at
home to McLaren on the 5th november. 2pm kick off.
1. As part of their science topic, Cairn Primary’s P1 class made space-buggies to take them to Planet Opposite.
The topic focuses around a wee Alien visitor who wants to go back to Planet Opposite and the children are helping him! The lesson is all about “opposites” and the children are learning through imaginary play. The space ships were amazing!
2. What Can We Say – THANK YOU!
Cairn’s P4/5 pupils and class teacher, Mrs Tomlinson worked hard preparing for their McMillan Coffee Morning recently. Their efforts were rewarded when the class raised a whopping £547 for this worthy charity. Well done boys and girls, and to Mrs Tomlinson’s group of faithful pancake making friends. A special thanks to Mrs McKissock of Maybole who made the fabulous “Sprinkles” cake for the sprinkles competition and all the parents and friends of Cairn who donated home baking.
3 Lots and lots of Denim and wild and wonderful hair!
Well done to Cairn Primary’s P6/7 class and Mrs McKenzie for organising the Jeans for Genes fundraiser assembly recently. Pupils enjoyed various fun and games throughout the day. Many thanks to pupils and parents for their donations and for making it such a great day. We hope everyone managed to get the hair tugs out!!
4. E is for Ecology
Cairn Primary Pupils were delighted to have a visit from Dr Davy McCracken, a Reader in Agricultural Ecology at Auchincruive. He told the children all about what ecologists do, and why Ecology and Science is important. Primary 2-3, pictured here, loved asking lots of sensible questions, about leather jackets in the grass and what hunts for them, and looking at the amazing bugs from Scotland and from around the world, that he had brought with him. Many thanks for coming along Dr McCracken.
Cairn’s P3/4 class led the school’s Harvest Assembly last week with a fine harvest poem. Pupils dressed up in their farming gear and entertained both pupils and parents with a very enjoyable performance to end the school term. Many thanks to Merklands Seeds for the loan of the bale of hay – it definitely added to the harvest atmosphere!
When the Russian choir ‘Voskresenije’ put on a concert last year at Girvan Methodist Church, they were welcomed by a packed church and an enthusiastic hope that they would come back next year. Well, they are, and the programme will also include Maybole this time. Sponsored by the South Ayrshire Team of the Scottish Episcopal Church, they will put on a concert on Wednesday 26th October 7.30pm at St Oswald’s, Cargill Road, Maybole, and on Friday 28th October 7.30pm at Girvan Methodist Church (St John’s Episcopal).
The small choir of eight
singers with their conductor Jurij Maruk are from St.
Petersburg in Russia. The Carrick events are part of a
UK tour. All members of the choir are professional
singers, trained at the St Petersburg Conservatory of
Music. The concert will be in two parts: the first half
will concentrate on sacred music from the Russian
Orthodox tradition, mainly by Rachmaninov. This will be
a spectacular sound, the harmonies of which are unique
to Russian music. The second half will be Russian folk
songs, which will allow each of the performers to
provide a solo, ranging from soprano to basso-profundo,
where Anatoly Artamonov will display an extraordinary
range of bass notes that few even in the world of
Russian choral music can attain.
Two years ago the choir
visited Culzean Castle whilst they were in the local
area and gave an impromptu performance on the oval
staircase. This resulted in an instant booking to
include Culzean in their 2010 tour. The area
around Girvan has links with Russia. In 1920 the cruiser
‘Varyag’ which fought in the Russian-Japanese war in
1904 hit the rocks off Lendalfoot where it sank. Now the
wreckage lies beneath the sea. For years Russian divers
have been trying to salvage parts of it but they say
very little remains. But what has been salvaged is on
display in Russia.
In 2007, a memorial was unveiled at Lendalfoot in a
ceremony attended by senior Russian politicians, navy
officers and veterans. The locals are proud of their
Russian connection. “It’s a symbol now to the people of
this area of what is Russia and of those who fought in
the 1904 war,” said Provost Winifred Sloan at the
unveiling. The concerts begins at 7.30pm with a 20
minute interval during which refreshments will be
served. Tickets are £5 payable at the door.
Maybole Memorial Park Bowling Club 2011
Gents championship A.
r/u C. Smylie
Archie Kidd singles S. Coughtrie
r/u L. McMillan
Drawn pairs I. Paterson, A.
Kelly r/u C. McArthur, D.
Nom pairs N. Macintyre,
P. Skilling r/u P. McArthur, S.
Nom triples D. McMasters, W. Sloan, G.
Hodge r/u P. McArthur, C.
McArthur, s Carlyle
Nom rinks P. McArthur, C. McArthur, S. Carlyle, A.
R/u I. Pateron, A. Wallace, W. Wallace,
Gents league A. Wallace
Ladies championship J.
r/u M. Hodge
Julie trophy J. Kincaid
Nan McDonald trophy W.
McCulloch r/u J.
Nom pairs J.
Kincaid, H. Hunter r/u W
Nom triples W. McCulloch, M. Hutton, E. Carlyle
R/u F. Henderson, A. Macintyre, M.
Millennium cup nom rinks F. Henderson, A.
Macintyre, M. Hutton, M. Hodge
R/u J. Paterson, N. Garrett, H.
Hunter, B. Park
Ladies league A. Macintyre
r/u M. Hutton
Senior championship N.
Junior championship C. Smylie
r/u C McArthur
Grace Kidd nom mix pairs J. Kincaid, I.
Paterson r/u Ryan McCulloch,
Bonnie trophy F. Henderson, D,
Wallace r/u S.
Carlyle, E. Carlyle
Tom Henderson trophy N. Macintyre, A.
Macintyre r/u I. Paterson, G. Wallace
Two bowls pairs J. Kincaid, D.
Gray r/u R. Ferrol,
Provost shield C. Smylie, A.
r/u S. Tabor, M. Hodge
McKissock rose bowl D. McMaster, A. Kelly,
R/u W. Sloan,S.
Coughtrie, M. Hutton
John Jamieson singles L.
Clark Stevens singles J.
r/u I. Paterson
Crawford salver M. Hutton, C.
Smylie r/u W. McCulloch,
Novice cup E.
r/u J. Bell
Peggy Kelly handicap C.
Ladywell trophy L. Millian
r/u C. McArthur
Junior pairs under 16 G. Wallace, B.
McCartney r/u A. Wallace, D. Gray
Junior league under 14 O.
r/u J. Bell
Junior league under 16 S. McClure
Junior adult D. Bell, J.
Bell r/u A.
Wallace, I. Paterson
Ladies day presidents trophy S. McClure, M.
Hodge r/u J. Kincaid, J.
Maybole Bowling Club held their annual Presentation Dance last Friday October 14.
President Mrs Sarah Chapman presented
Club Champion (Wm Gray Trophy) Lee
McCulloch r/u Andy Clark
President’s Cup Lee
McCulloch r/u Eddie Campbell
Vice President’s Cup William Kennedy
r/u Lee McCulloch
Senior Trophy William
Kennedy r/u William Young
Matthew Reid Pairs Hugh Paterson &
William Young r/u William Grant & Peter Ogg
SBA Triples (Robert Turner Trophy)
Lee McCulloch, Andy Clark & Ronnie Wilson
r/u William Kennedy, William Grant & William Young
SBA Pairs (John Conkie Memorial
Cup) Hugh Paterson & Alex Wotherspoon
r/u William Grant & Peter Ogg
Nominated Mixed Pairs (SBA)
(Shield) Avril Reid & Lee McCulloch
r/u Anne Walker & Derek Walker
Mixed Two Bowl Pairs (Hannah
trophy) Sarah Chapman &William Young
r/u Sandra Clark and William Johnstone
Mixed Pairs (William Reid Memorial
Cup) Anne Walker & William Grant
r/u Bette Coulter & Eddie campbell
Mixed Triples Rebecca
Dewar, Bette Coulter & William J Grant
r/u Helen Sloan, Frank Potter & Avril Reid
Peter McEwan Shield Avril
Reid, Sarah Chapman & Geoff Smith
Isobel Johnstone, Irene Wilson & Peter Ogg
Peggy Kilpatrick Trophy (Senior
nominated mixed pairs) Sheena Brown & William Young
Avril Reid & Alex Davidson
Tom Hind Memorial Cup Eddie
Campbell r/u Anne Walker
The William Bulloch Trophy (Mixed
singles) Sandra Clark r/u William Young
Marble Bowl William J
Grant r/u Anne Walker
Memorial Park Cup (Mixed singles)
William Young r/u Alex Davidson
Club Champion (Ericson Rose
Bowl) Avril Reid r/u Helen Sloan
Webster r/u Sandra Clark
Cup Sandra Clark
r/u Bette Coulter
Ladies Pairs (Flora Conkie
Trophy) Sheena Crawford & Avril Reid
r/u Sandra Clark & Anne walker
Senior Ladies Pairs (Rose
Bowl) sarah Chapman & Elsie Hoggitt
r/u Betty Hannah & Helen Sloan