The Boag Skatepark Grand Opening!

We are pleased to share the news of the official opening of the Skatepark in Maybole on Friday 19th July at 2pm from Thriving Communities. The team have arranged some other activities on the day to include some graffiti workshops funded by Maybole Community council and some refreshments donated by MCC, Thriving Communities and North Carrick Youth Voice group. It will be a great opportunity to celebrate the completion of this project and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Yvonne Kiltie at CLD.

NCCBC were a significant funder of the new skatepark, which was made possible by Maybole Community Council and SAC.

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Join us in Maybole on 13th July!

It is believed that Robert the Bruce, arguably one of Scotland’s greatest kings, was born in North Carrick, at Turnberry Castle in 1274!
This year, on the 750th anniversary of his birth, we are promoting North Carrick as the Birthplace of Bruce with a Festival at The Glebe, Maybole on 13th July 12pm-5pm. The aim of this and other activities is that North Carrick will become known as ‘Bruce Country’ and more people will visit. 🏰
We hope local people and visitors will join us for a FREE afternoon of jousting, history demonstrations, and fun activities for all ages 🎉
May be an image of text that says '2024 Saturday 13th July Bruce Festival!! Glebe Park, Maybole nccbc NorthCarrick.com NorthCarrick.c 1 Check out www.bruce750.scot for more information! Destination South Ayrshire'
 

North Carrick Communities Arts Trail

CRAG Community Arts SCIO have been awarded the contract to deliver the North Carrick Communities Arts Trail, with Bruce 750 themed sculptures across Bruce’s Web, a project commissioned by NCCBC. The trail which will consist of nine sculptures with augmented reality content will traverse North Carrick travelling from Turnberry in the south, to Dunure in the North, and east to Straiton. Alongside the trail, visitors to the trail will download a phone app with augmented reality elements including a game play element; where you can experience Bruce weaving his way across Carrick once more. 

 

With the Maybole sculpture already under construction, the remaining eight sculptures will be designed through a consultation process with each of the North Carrick communities.

 

This process has already started with CRAG artist David Powell – known for his Culzean and Rozelle steel and willow sculptures – visiting each of the six primary schools to discuss the Bruce 750 project while providing an insight to his own work practice as an artist. 

 

 

The project is designed to celebrate the 750th Anniversary of the birth of King Robert the Bruce; as well as the communities in which the work will be sited. Young artists from each school are working in groups or individually to produce their own designs of a potential sculpture inspired by historical events and items associated with the Bruce, or their community. The artwork could well be modern or traditional in form. The new pieces will have an expected lifespan of 25 years; causing some excitement amongst the children! “I will be 35!”- piped up one the children at a school assembly; this will be a legacy  of the Bruce 750 project that the children can pass down to the next generation and perhaps beyond!

 

With the CRAG Arts team are working with each of the schools to assist them in the initial design process; researching ideas and then producing 2D and 3D concepts from February to March. This is an exciting opportunity for our young folk to take part in a project that will enhance the experience both residents and visitors coming to our area; allowing them to follow in the footsteps of the Bruce and learn more about our community in the 21st century.

 

At the end of the ongoing design process period the community consultation will be held; this when locals can decide which design they would like to be made into a finished work. And that is the exciting bit – for at the moment no one knows what the work will be, or what our budding young artists will produce! How big? How small? What will they be made of? Just some of the questions that folk are asking; but as our young artists will be busy designing over the next few weeks – the answer can only be – Who knows? 

 

Likewise, the augmented reality content will be determined by the sculpture designs with AR providing locals and visitor alike with the opportunity  to experience Bruce in a way not yet experienced! With the design team building in gameplay for the phone app; weaving history and technology together into a unique North Carrick experience!

 

 

The proposed dates for community consultations to be held in community halls and spaces is 23rd – 24th of March so keep an eye open for updates on the project via our social media and that of NCCBC (@Improving North Carrick)

These dates are you chance to have a say on the sculpture in your community!

 

For further info on the project please contact David at cragarts@btinternet.com

Photo of David at his workshop:

Meet the Ayrshire artist who brought Shrek and other fairytale characters alive through willow - Daily Record

Some of the children’s ideas below!

 

 

 

 

Landscaping complete at The Gatherings

What an amazing difference to the rear access of The Gatherings! 🥳
Landscaping works are now complete at the rear of the shop, ensuring safe parking and access for users!
Thank you to the guys from W Kennedy Ltd who worked through all weathers.
 
Book your slot in the refurbished shop now by emailing gatherings@nccbc.org.uk 😀📧
 

Landscaping complete at the rear of the shop!

Landscaping complete at the rear of the shop!

Landscaping complete at the rear of the shop!

King’s Foundation installations at The Gatherings!

Some of the photos as part of the King’s Foundation’s press release about their work in our shop! 👇
We are so pleased to have these amazing pieces as the cherry on top of the full refurbishment of the shop. 😀
 
Email us to book your week in the shop – availability from February!
Email: gatherings@nccbc.org.uk 📧
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

David Kiltie M.B.E JP

It was with great sadness that NCCBC learned of the passing of David Kiltie M.B.E JP on the 14th of November 2023. David was a founder member of NCCBC and a director of the company since its inception. David was also the founder and editor of the North Carrick Community Newsletter which he was rightly, extremely proud of.
David will be missed by all of us at NCCBC and our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go to his wife Margaret and the family.
In the next edition of the newsletter we will follow on with a tribute to David and his lifelong commitment to the town, and his achievements as a true ambassador and friend, not only of Maybole but also of North Carrick and wider South Ayrshire.
 

Introducing… The Gatherings!

📌 THE STORY SO FAR 📌

For many years, this building – then known as ‘Maybole Charity Shop’ – operated as an essential resource for local community groups to fundraise, with a different group taking the shop each week. Gradually, the building fell further and further into disrepair with flood damage from the flat above, and was at risk of collapse. After structural assessments the shop was forced to close until essential repairs were made. NCCBC saw an opportunity, and purchased the charity shop in 2021, securing funding to match the NCCBC contribution via the Scottish Land Fund and the Regenerational Capital Grants Fund, through the Scottish Government. Thanks go to all of the subsequent funders, and Maybole Regeneration Project, who helped facilitate the complete refurbishment of the shop and the flat above, making it all safe for use again.
After a very long and slow start to the refurbishment of the building, NCCBC are pleased to say that the shop is now fully renovated and ready to come back into community use!
The former committee, now operating the shop in School Vennel, have decided to stay where they are, so NCCBC are establishing a new group to operate this shop in a complementary way!
Our survey told us that this should not operate solely as another charity shop, but as a flexible community space that’s useful for things like exhibitions and workshops as well as retail. Groups will be able to book the shop for a variety of purposes, including fundraising!
We are keen to hear from those who would be interested in joining the new committee and helping this exciting new property develop! The new name, ‘the Gatherings’ is a nod to the buildings history as a haberdashery, and our aspirations that it will return to being a place where both people and things gather together.
The shop will be available to book from Feb 2024 at the rate of £115 per week, including a small subsidy to ensure affordability for community groups; a condition of the shop’s funding.
Please contact gatherings@nccbc.org.uk with any enquiries or to get involved.
 
 

The shop before works began:

And the shop now! Just waiting for traditional signwriter to add the new name!

Update on 44 High Street

44 High Street

On Tuesday, October 24th, 2023, the building formerly known as ‘Maybole Charity Shop’ reopened its doors to host the ‘A Year in Maybole’ Exhibition, alongside the reopening of Maybole Town Hall. This exhibition showcased the brilliant results of projects undertaken by icecream architecture over the course of (almost) a year in Maybole, as part of the Maybole Town Centre Regeneration Project. These projects included a range of activities, including skill-building and art workshops with students of Carrick Academy, engaging events organised with multiple local primary schools, events with the wider community, work produced by students at the University of the West of Scotland, the updated Maybole Heritage Trail & Map, and the Maybole Book of Memories.

The shop will have a full reopening celebration in the New Year, and then will be available for booking from February through NCCBC: https://nccbc.org.uk/

 

MINISHANT ECO PARK CONSULTATION – Open to all!

📣 MINISHANT ECO PARK CONSULTATION – Open to all!📣
 
North Carrick Community Benefit Company (NCCBC) in partnership with the Minishant Social and Leisure Group (MSLG) are looking into the potential creation of an environmentally friendly Community Building and Park within the woodland area surrounding the football pitch on school road. This facility would serve the wider community as well as the residents of Minishant.
 
Proposals for an Ecological Walk and Park in the woodland around Minishant’s football pitch date back to March 2020 and a feasibility study has now been commissioned. Community Enterprise and MSLG will be working to consider the local community’s needs while assessing potential opportunities for the site. This work has been made possible due to the Coastal Communities fund. 
 
Please help the project forward by sharing your views! 😀