Loose Ends – 5 June

Some midweek curling matters that should help you prepare for next season…

Are you a male curler over the age of 55 in the Stirling area? If so, then you might like to consider joining Old Fellows Curling Club.

Club Secretary Eric Begbie got in touch to let me know what the club is all about:

Old Fellows Curling Club is the largest and fastest-growing curling club at The Peak, Stirling. It provides specifically for men over the age of 55 who wish to play curling in a social atmosphere during the day. At present we curl on Thursdays at 12:30 but, for next season, hope to extend this to provide optional additional curling on Mondays at the same time. Most of our members meet for soup and sandwiches before games.

Our main competitions are an autumn league and a spring league with, currently, 10 teams in each. We also have several bonspiels, a pairs league, a points competition and a number of friendly games with a variety of ladies’ clubs.

Our annual subscription is £15 plus an RCCC fee of £19 for those members who do not already have a Mother Club. As a Chartered Club, we currently pay ice fees of only £6.50 per game.

If you would be interested in curling with us next season, all I need from you at this stage are name, postal address, e-mail address, home phone number and a note of your RCCC Mother Club (if you have one). I would then add you to our circulation list so that you received all communications in preparation for the coming season. Contact me through our club website – www.oldfellows.org.uk

Do take a look at their website – it features some nice pictures and all the club information.

In the latest edition of Your Curler, I read with interest that there are plans to introduce a new Under 21 Slam for the 2013-14 season. This is designed to improve the current pathway structure for junior curlers with the already established U14 and U17 Slams proving popular RCCC events.

£1,000 prize money will be on offer for winning male and female teams – further details are expected soon.

Finally, competition entry forms for next season’s RCCC events are now available through the RCCC Members’ Database – the closing date for most events is Sunday 30 June so you don’t have long to get teams together if you fancy a crack at the big events in Scotland. Find out more here.

That’s all for now. I hope you have been enjoying the fine weather of late even if it means that curling is a long way off…