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The Speakers History

Carrick Speakers Social Club was officially opened on June 27th 1975 by the then MP for South Ayrshire Jim Sillars.

The premises had been vacated by the Co-op and were falling into disrepair and liable to become an eyesore on our already depleted main thoroughfare through the town. In 1974 Tom Cook who was President of the Carrick Speakers Club, an offshoot of the Toastmasters, muted the idea of a Social Club in Maybole. The members of the Speakers Club agreed, formed a steering committee, negotiated with the Bank of Scotland and the brewers and purchased the premises.

This was done through interest free loans by about 100 members of the local community. The work to convert the premises to suit the purposes of a social club was largely done by volunteer labour. Without these volunteers and the goodwill of the whole community of Maybole and district this project would not have been possible. Local tradesmen were also instrumental in doing finishing work etc as was required. By September 1975 a full time Steward was employed and in December the Burns Lounge was completed in the first floor. The third phase of the venture was completed in December 1983 with the addition of the Function Hall which was built over part of the car park. In 1986 the ground floor lounge was completely re-furbished. It is true to say that the building has served the community well for many years and witnessed many changes in the attitudes and social life of Maybole.

After 40 years it would be pleasing if the building continues to serve the town in whatever format is deemed to be of benefit to the whole community as would be the wish of the generation who put so much into it.

Jim Sillars opening The Speakers Club in 1975

Jim Sillars opening The Speakers Club in 1975