In these unprecedented and uncertain times, I wish you all well in the coming months. The vaccine is the only bright light in the not too distant future, hopefully with everyone getting the chance next year!! At the moment any curling seems very unlikely this season.
On behalf of the committee I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
John Steel, President
Instead of curling, our Secretary has been busy sorting through the old Club files and come across a few interesting bits that have been added to the History section. See tab above to read some amusing and interesting facts.
Well the spike in Covid19 cases has brought all curling plans this autumn to a halt. Plans are progressing to start curling in January, but only if the Central Belt moves down to at least level 2. The Stirling Curling Group are planning to run leagues again from January to March and if you wish to play in these, either in a team with Drymen or as an individual, please email our Secretary, Janet
As Summer is coming to an end, you may be thinking of dusting off those curling shoes.
It is still very uncertain as to the exact timing of the opening of The Peak for curling. The NCA has opened for the elite curlers and some restricted club curling may take place in September. Air conditioning in the Peak is being modified to meet new requirements and a tentative date for ice opening in the main arena has been suggested as mid October but many people view this as optimistic and subject to Government rules and community outbreaks of Covid not increasing.
When it does open for curling, session times are likely to be altered to allow for cleaning of stones etc so there is likely to less ice available to serve all the clubs who use the Peak. Clubs will soon be asked to submit revised ice requirements, so over the coming weeks we will be looking at what competitions we would like to keep, depending on ice availability and willingness of players
Scottish Curling’s guidelines to resume curling include the following conditions:
- arriving well in advance already in curling gear apart from shoes
- no socialising on or off the ice
- wearing a mask
- one sweeper only
- opposing skip unable to sweep a stone through the head
- all players standing at socially-distanced marked spots on either side of the rink
- travel to and from separately
Updates will be posted when available. In the meantime stay safe.
Due to the very strange times we are currently living through it has been decided to hold our AGM “virtually”. All the papers for the 2020 AGM have been emailed to members. Please email the club if you have not received anything. Deadline for comments and/or concerns is 26 June 2020.
Sadly, due to the Coronovirus and recent Government guidelines on minimising social contact, all our remaining curling games are cancelled. The AGM is also postponed until later in the year. We do however need to prepare for the next season and our application form will be available soon on this website.
The Ladies recently took on the Gents in our annual battle of the sexes. The Ladies were hopeful of a rare victory having won the first few ends. The Gents rallied late to sneak a few stones in and won 8 – 6, leaving the Ladies to pick up the wooden spoon again. Well done to John, Alan, Andy and Bill.
The Christmas Challenge 2019 was a close call with two teams having 4 ends but Jo Cunningham’s team of Anne Ewing, Fiona Coleman and Chris Bilsland won on points. Winners from last season were also awarded their trophies and photos of some of the awards are captured below.
The 2018-19 Season winners are:
- Opening Bonspiel – cancelled due to ice breakdown
- League Cup – Andy Kinninmonth, Chris, Janet, Anne L
- J Bilsland Trophy – Jim Bilsland Les, Kate, Lorna
- Christmas Challenge – Bill Cunningham, Helen Chris, Les
- Clachan Cup – Janet Simpson, Alan, Fiona, Anne L
- Ladies v Gents – Andy Kinninmonth, Jim, Alan, Bill
- Pairs – Janet Simpson and Anne Lochhead
- Closing Bonspiel – John Steel, Andrew W, Anne E., Anne L.
- Player of the Year – Janet Simpson
This annual match was as competitive as ever, with four teams vying for the trophy. The final was won by the best team on the day – Andy Kinninmonth, Alan Brunger, Mary MacDonald and Sheila Steel, pictured above being presented with the trophy by Chris Bilsland.