Central Scotland Province Invite

central scotland province 150I have received an invitation from Bill Strang, Secretary of the Scottish Central Province to two events which they are arranging to celebrate their 150th Anniversary:

1. Bonspiel at the Peak on Wednesday 1 October at 5:45 and 7:50.
Bill says that this is an individual invitation to Cawder House to enter a team in the Bonspiel. Each session will comprise 6 ends to allow fellowship with a buffet at the end of the 5:45 session and the beginning of the 7:50 session. Prizes will be awarded to the highest up Guest/Invited Team and the Scottish Central Province team. The cost will be £10 per curler to include ice charges, buffet and a Scottish Central Province 150th badge.

I need to know by 23rd August who would like to take part in this. 

2. The second event is a dinner at the Management Centre, Stirling
University on Friday 17th October. This is open to male and female guests and will be relatively informal but a jacket and tie is required for male guests. There will be two speakers, Jane Brown, President of the Robert Burns World Federation and David Henderson, President of the RCCC. The cost will be £30 per person. If you are interested in attending, let me know and I will pass your name to Bill.



Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Your Club Needs You!

club needs you
Hi everyone

Many of you will know the long history between Cawder House and Keir.

For new members, the Keir Kettle trophy was presented by Archibald Stirling to be played for annually between the Cawder House and Keir curling clubs – a competition which has been going on since 1899 (with a few gaps).

There are records to show that Keir won the annual match two years in succession 1898-99 and 1899-1900 (for which they were awarded a medal by Captain Stirling) whilst Cawder House won the ‘away’ match in 1902. You can read more about the Club’s history on our website here

Our next friendly challenge is an ‘away’ match at Stirling on Wednesday 22nd October at 17:45 and I am looking for names of members who are available to take part.

It does not matter if you are a new or an ‘old’ member, a regular player or a reserve. And if you don’t know where the ice rink is in Stirling, once I have all the names we will arrange to pool cars so no one needs to travel alone.

Let me know asap if you are available to play.



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Members Area Updated

The members area of the site is now fully up to date with the contact details of all Cawder House members and subs for 2014/2015.

As before, this can be found by hovering over the ‘People’ section of the menu bar and clicking ‘Members’.

Obviously we still password protect this area to keep members details private so you will need the new password for this year to access – this should be sent out by Eleanor shortly!

members only

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Building a Curling Rink

Have you ever wondered how a curling rink is constructed from scratch or is it just me?
ice blocksFor those who are as curious as me and who also have facebook there are a number of interesting photographs published on the Kinross Curling Rink page.

They have basically been rebuilding their rink from scratch, replacing the sand base with the more modern concrete and putting in the necessary pipework and insulation for the new plant required.  Throughout the process they have been posting pictures of various stages of the build – and that’s before the ice makers get to work!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I Know What You Did Last Summer….

Ever wonder what your fellow club mates have been up to over the summer?

Well it seems as if one of our more ‘well-kent’ faces was in evidence at the Commonwealth games.  The bad news for the committee is that he wants the club to arrange this type of podium for the prize giving at the end of next season!
Robbie Commonwealth

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Junior Event at Braehead

For those who like to watch the future of curling, there will be an opportunity to in the near future as the European Junior Curling Tour are scheduled to have a round at Braehead in September.

future curlerRunning from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September, it is anticipated that 12 girls and 12 boys teams will take part in the event which is the Scottish leg of the European Junior Curling Tour so pop it in your diary if you want a chance to have a look at the stars of the future.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get Ready…..

Everyone should by no have received Eleanor’s e-mail – reproduced below – on the start of the season.

If you have not yet replied, please contact her as soon as possible with a ‘yes or no’ for what promises to be a fun opening night on the 8th September!

Copy e-mail follows:-

On behalf of the Cawder House Curling Club committee I wish you a warm welcome and thought I should start the communication for season 2014/15 well in advance; there is so much to tell you about the next few months, so you can look forward to a number of emails over the next few weeks bringing you up-to-date ,

Our first evening is on Monday 08 September at 6:00 p.m. Please let me know if you will /will not be coming along to the opening Bonspiel just send me back an email – Yes, No, Maybe.

There will be 7 teams in 2014/2015 with a significant reserve list. So, every session one team will not be playing. If you are unable to play and require a substitute, please contact the Reserve list first before contacting the team not playing. Please let your skip know who will be playing for you.

We are in the process of finalising the teams – there have been a few late changes – and it will be another week or so before it is circulated with the fixture list. We had feedback from members last year that some of the ice times allocated were quite late so this year we have been fortunate in being allocated a variety of times, with more early starts, so make sure you check the fixture list carefully. This does mean that there will be more opportunity to socialise over a coffee or drink after curling and not always have to leave without catching up.

At the AGM there were two points which were referred to the Committee to decide and clarify. Following considerable discussion, the following will apply from the next Season:

1. Subs – playing position

As agreed at the AGM, the Management Committee has drawn up the following guidance to ensure consistency and avoid confusion when a sub is required to cover for a regular member who cannot play due to holidays, work commitments or other reasons (excluding ill-health):

a) Approach a player named on the official subs list – even if it is
the skip who is to be covered

b) The sub plays at lead and the others move up positions

c) A sub required because of the regular player’s ill health may play
in the same position as the incapacitated player

d) Only if no one from the official subs list is available may a
regular playing member be contacted

e) If after these efforts, there is no one available, a non-member may be introduced (e.g. from Virtual Club, Saturday Sweep, or another Club)

2. Subs – payment

Again, to ensure clarity, the following payments apply:

a) Official subs will pay £5 each time they play; they will receive an
invoice from the Treasurer before the end of the season

b) Regular full-paying members will not incur an additional charge

c) Non-club members will be charged £10 and the skip is responsible
for collecting this and passing it to the Treasurer

d) If a regular member has to stand down during the season, they may be given a pro-rata refund at the discretion of the committee and an official sub may step up to fill the gap and pay the balance of the season’s ice fees.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you on 8th September.



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment