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The late Alan Murray has been chosen as the 2015 winner of the Matt Dunnachie Award and his wife Kathleen accepted the trophy from Brian Connolly, convener of Carrick Sports Club, in the Carrick Centre recently. The family of the late Matt Dunnachie donated a silver trophy to Carrick Sports Club in 2007 and Mr Connolly told staff and volunteers at the Carrick Centre, “This trophy is awarded on an annual basis to an individual or organisation who has contributed to life in the town of Maybole over the years. “It is the equivalent of the town’s Citizen of the Year Award and this is the first time the Award has been made posthumously. He briefly outlined Alan’s involvement in the town over many years and commented on his work even when he was ill.  more

Saturday, November 28 2015 was the day of the big switch on of Maybole’s Christmas lights, organised by Maybole Community Association. The entertainment started at 3.30pm in the Town Hall with Mark Fletcher, chairman of Maybole Community Council, as MC and there was plenty of music and dance to keep everyone happy. more

The congregation of Maybole Parish Church said goodbye to Rev Nancy Jackson on Sunday, November 29th. Allan Hutchison, Session Clerk, told those attending the service that it was both a happy occasion and a sad one. “One person will be ecstatic about the thought of retiring and having more time to do many of the activities that have been put on hold because of the extra duties she has undertaken for the last 10 months since Rev Brian Hendrie left. “On the other hand, many people will be sad because we are losing a very special person who will, without a doubt, leave us with many memories of a unique ministry here in Maybole.  more

Remembrance Sunday in Maybole began with an ecumenical service in the Town Hall conducted by Rev Jim Guthrie and Rev Nancy Jackson. During the first hymn, the flags of the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland were accepted from standard bearers Stephen Sinclair and Army cadet Calum MacDonald. Readers were Carrick Academy captains Abigail McGradey and Andrew McColm. Following the service, Maybole Pipe Band led the parade to the war memorial for the traditional two minute silence and a wreath laying service led by Rev Guthrie. Piper Andrew Fulton played the lament and Alex Kelly recited Binyon’s Lines and the Kohima Epitaph. more

Culzean Country Park was transformed over the weekend of August 29/30. There was a marvellous display of weaponry, vehicles and other equipment, and you could watch what was cooking in the field kitchen, as well as watch weapon firing and displays. Plus there was an  array of military personnel throughout history.  Maybole Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) was again invited by the National Trust for Scotland to conduct a Parade and Beating Retreat during the Forces in the Field event. more

Maybole’s  Scott Barrie, a 19-year-old piper with the Grade 1 Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band, was the winner of the 2015 Pipe Idol championship at the annual Piping Live week in Glasgow. The competition this year consisted of 16 of the best young pipers from Canada, Australia, Ireland and Scotland. Each competitor had to perform a March, Strathspey & Reel, a Hornpipe & Jig and a medley of their own choosing. The final was judged by four judges in the audience, unannounced to the players and the event was streamed live on Piping Live’s channel, and will be shown on BBC Alba at a later date. more

In 2011, Maybole postman Alex Gemmell asked if anyone could tell him more about this silver tricycle medal awarded by Maybole Cycling Club for tricycling for 100 miles. The medal was awarded to W. McKellar and has the Birmingham Assay Office Anchor stamp. This medal was made by John Gilbert in Birmingham, and bears the hallmark for 1890.  Alex was willing to give the medal to the 'owner' or surviving relatives if they could be traced. As well as local newspapers, the request was posted on and later that year Jennifer Novzen got in touch to say that her great grandfather was former Provost of Maybole William McKellar and she believed the medal belonged to him. more

Alan Murray April 20, 1949 – June 13, 2015 The Carrick Centre in Maybole was packed last week for the funeral of Alan Murray. Rev Richard Moffat conducted the service and four friends of Alan paid their own individual tributes to him. Each added that that they could only cover parts of his life, acknowledging that many others all had their own story to tell of a man who was held in the highest esteem by those who knew him. Tributes included “Alan was a deeply devoted and a very proud family man”; “a great public speaker”; “He always looked for the best attributes in people, and was quick to praise and slow to criticise”; “He gave willingly of his time, effort and energy, to many endeavours and causes”; “He was too full of fun, too full of life, too full of love to settle only for tears”; “A very unique and very special man”. more

Maybole Church gutted by fire during early morning blaze . On Wednesday July 15, fire crews hours spent hours fighting battling to bring the blaze under control.  Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public at 6.15am. The landmark building, which sits on the A77 running through the town, was well alight by the time they arrived. The church was built in 1808 and has lain empty for 10 years since the last service was performed in August 2005. Since then it has fallen into a state of disrepair, and has been a target for vandals. Emergency services said it was too early to comment on the cause of the blaze, but confirmed no-one has been injured. more

Carrick Sports Club enters its 40th anniversary year with a spring in its step after members attending the AGM heard of exciting plans for the future, with funding available to modernise the business model. A grant of has been awarded from South Ayrshire Community Development Fund to cover the costs of architects to look at ways of remodelling the building to become more modern and more accessible to all.The club has a dedicated function suite with a capacity of 130, which is available for a range of social functions and is popular for fundraising activities. The normal charge is waived for all charitable fund-raising activities. The aim is to provide a safe and enjoyable social base with a programme of entertainment. more

The Co-operative Food supermarket in Maybole last week presented two cheques from funds raised by staff through the local charity shop and bag packing. First, store manager Alastair Travers handed over a cheque for £908 to Dawn Ferguson, community fundraiser for Epilepsy Scotland.He the presented a cheque for £700 which will be split equally among four local schools Carrick Academy, Cairn, Gardenrose and St Cuthbert’s primaries.

Maybole’s OAP Association hosted its annual dinner for its members last Saturday afternoon, February 28. Pictured are members of the committee and Alex Kelly who was MC. Entertainment was provided by Hugh Paterson and Friends.

Tuesday, January 27, was Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) and was marked in Maybole with a service at 11am at the Greenside.

This was organised by the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland and branch chaplain Rev Brian Hendrie led the service which was also attended by pupils from all four local schools and members of the public. The service was marshalled by Alex Davidson; Carrick Academy S5 pupil Iain Fisher played the lament and George Taylor, Maybole Branch Chairman laid a wreath on behalf of the Legion. Standard bearers were Ray O’Neill and George Tevendale. more

The Annual Installation of Lodge St. John Maybole No. 11 was held on Friday 9th January when Right Worshipful Master Robert Green was installed by Bro Thomas Wason PM, Bro William Cuthbert PM, and Bro Jimmy Diçkie PM. more

The Carrick Centre and Maybole Parish Church Fundraising Committee
Annual Burns Celebration.  The smiling faces of the entertainers reflect what was a very happy occasion in the Carrick Centre, Maybole on Friday, January 30. The well attended event was a Burns Celebration – Burns for A’. Guests were piped in by Andrew Fulton who also piped in the haggis which was addressed with gusto by Jim Stevens.  After Elizabeth Riome had said Grace, a delicious buffet meal was served by Centre Staff and volunteers.  Alan Murray, with his usual wit, acted as MC and introduced the entertainment. Father and daughter, Jim Stevens and Mhairi Gibson delighted the audience with a lovely selection of songs; and two amusing poems were recited by Elizabeth McCrindle. Deirdre Cuthbertson took charge of some community singing and this was followed by a medley of piping tunes. Roy Birnie gave a comprehensive vote of thanks and the evening ended with Auld Lang Syne.

Maybole Pipe Band bring in the bells at Carrick Sports Club in Maybole, Once again it was a terrific night with a great atmosphere.Vice Versa provided the music but the pipe band was undoubtedly the star attraction. photos


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