The Gathering organised by Penicuik Curling Club members was held over the weekend 23-25 March. It turned out to be particularly successful. Yet again Penicuik turned out an ‘A’ team to run the event. Barbara Gillespie and Janette Lambie manned the Registration Desk on the Friday and supported the rest of the team throughout the weekend. Christine Hope and Pam Ramsay carried out a multi-faceted fund raising campaign with their customary skill and success. Pam aided by Chris managed the changeover of names on the scoreboards. Pam always seemed to know when teams required substitutes and did her best to sort things out. Jean Noble and Linda Hunter took charge of the important scoring task. Jim Ramsay made sure that we delivered transport where and when we had to, and was an excellent MC at the Dinner/Ceilidh and at the prize giving.
This year we had 15 overseas teams, from Canada, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland, in the competition. Penicuik played Niederdorf Old Boys, SUI Wuest, and DAFS in the Preliminary Group Stage. After winning two games they ended up in Final Group C. The Roaring Stones (aka Penicuik 2) played Balfron Wolves, Lausanne Easy Curlers, and Moosehorn IF in their Preliminary Group, and again after winning two of these games ended up in Final Group C. The two Penicuik teams both lost to Slajding Bois who went on the win Group C. The final game of the weekend involved a head-to-head meeting of the two Penicuik teams. The result was a narrow win for The Roaring Stones, reversing the outcome of the same tie in last years’ event. So no prize, but bragging rights for The Roaring Stones this time.
The Penicuik team over the weekend was skipped by Dave Anderson, with Andrew Lambie at Third, and other players drawn from John Glidden, Reg Dunbar, Liz Anderson, Ken Hunter, Craig Brown, and David Gillespie. The Roaring Stones team comprised Murray Hope, Jim Ramsay, Robert Beaton, Ronnie Hope, and John Jacobs. Jim Cowper played with Corriefisters, and Kirsty McWilliams helped out a Canadian team on the Sunday.
As well as raising funds to support the Gathering, Christine and Pam raised over £500 per the Curl Edinburgh 2018 appeal by raffling a jacket that Eve Muirhead had donated to Pam. What a magnificent achievement.
A selection of photographs can be viewed on a sub-page of the Gallery.