A Little Different Again?

Talking of Braehead, a visit to their website shows we are perhaps in for another colour change this season.

Have a look here

It will please some who felt that it was a struggle to see the orange/yellow of last season’s image!

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A Word from Braehead

curlbraeheadBraehead have issued the following ‘New Season Information’ mail to all Braehead clubs with some interesting detail in it:-

Good Afternoon

As we approach another busy curling season I though it timely to let you know of a few changes and initiatives introduced at Braehead.

Please pass this information on to your membership list as it will undoubtedly be of interest to them

· Catering. I am delighted to inform you that Ken Clarke of Redss Catering will be taking on the full catering provision for the bar. Redss have supplied the food for bonspiels and events for a few years and has consistently produced a very high standard. Please continue to direct all enquiries for meeting rooms, functions, bonspiels and catering via myself. Menus currently in print.

· Free Practice. Commencing 1st September we will be making Mondays between 10am and 12pm. a drop in for practice. There will be no charge for this and there is no need to book. In the true spirit of “drop in” you may find yourself sharing a sheet of ice. Braehead members only.

· Open Competitions. Please support our competitions. Braehead Open 27/28 Sept. Ladies Open 3rd December , Robin Brechin and Allcomers Sunday 1st March.

· Try Curling. Following the success of Try Curling last season, when we saw 650 new curlers on the ice for the first time, we have four new dates organised. 12/14 September, 4/5 October. FREE to anyone that wants to give it a go for the first time. Register at http://www.trycurling.com

· Coaching. In a perfect world every club would have a registered coach. Braehead Curling Development Group are making strides with new coaching and upskilling those currently qualified. Please support them in their efforts

· Free Club Ice. A number of clubs have taken advantage of “dead” ice if they have been struggling for members over the past few years, indeed two clubs I know have benefitted enormously through taking a pro active approach and introducing friends and colleagues to the sport. Conditions attached but its worth asking. To be used for development only as an introduction to curling.

· Clipboard monitoring. This season there will be a random check during each session to establish that everyone playing is a paid up member of Braehead. Please support this as paying members should not be supporting and subsidising non members.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and pass it on to your members. As always please call me if anything is unclear


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Strathkelvin Cup

Eleanor is on the lookout for more players for an inter club competition, this time on Wednesday 29th October at Braehead.

As holders, Alma CC are arranging this seasons competitions and need to know competitors as soon as possible.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Eleanor and let her know

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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.



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Your Club Needs You!

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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.



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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!

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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!

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