Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For your diary

Do you fancy a bit of festive curling? Forfar Indoor Sports are looking for entries for the Graham Arnot Trophy, December 28-30. If the organisers get sixteen teams, you will have one game on the 28th, two games on the 29th with semifinal and final on the 30th. The competition is normally of a high standard, yet is always a fun and sociable occasion. For further information contact Jill at the rink. Contact details are here.

And looking a little further ahead, and you would like the opportunity to play at the Ice Bowl, Dumfries, ACDO Graham Sloan is looking for entries for the Speed Pairs on February 11-12. His contact details are here.

In February 2012, the Edinburgh Curling Club is celebrating its centenary. Originally formed when the old Haymarket ice rink first opened its doors in 1912, the club has acted as the 'mother' club for all of the clubs that have used first the Haymarket rink and, for the past thirty-odd years, the Murrayfield curling rink.

On January 28-29, 2012, there will be a series of centenary bonspiels. Most of these are now fully subscribed, but there is the odd slot available. For £10 per curler, or £40 per team, each curler will have a game of curling, a competitor’s pin and certificate and a buffet meal provided by Bill Fleetham in the club rooms. The winners of each of the bonspiels will progress to a final bonspiel and play for the Centenary Trophy. Winners of the Centenary Trophy will be invited to attend the centenary dinner as guests of Edinburgh Curling Club and will be presented with their prizes.

The centenary dinner will be at the Corn Exchange on Saturday, February 25. The ticket price is £45 per guest and includes a sumptuous curlers’ dinner, a pre-dinner drink and wine on the table. Speakers include Harry Waugh, a long-time member of the club, John O’Neil, a member of Duddingston curling club, and a regular on the after-dinner circuit, and Gordon Addison of the Corstorphine and Musketeers curling clubs.

There are still tickets available. For further information on either event, please get in touch with Ian Seath at