Annual Prize Giving Dinner

To round off what has been a successful season of curling, Penicuik Curling Club members met on Saturday 7th May at Glencorse Golf Clubhouse for the annual dinner. It really must have been the ‘go-to’ event of the year with 46 attendees, attracting new and past members and family, as well as our esteemed guests Sir Robert and Lady Faye Clerk. It was great to see so many people there. Everyone had arrived in plenty of time for a quick catch up over a drink or to gaze at the array of prizes and Trophies, which were newly engraved and shining bright after hours of polishing by the Club’s Secretary.

Tables had been set beautifully, with lovely floral arrangements in the centre, individual place names and an Annual Dinner programme for each guest. Once all were seated, the Club’s President Iain welcomed everyone and invited Jim Cowper to say Grace. The catering staff at the Golf Club had provided a lovely menu and did a terrific job of serving dinner which seemed to be enjoyed by all. Then it was time for the highly anticipated part of the night, the prize giving, so President Iain invited Sir Robert to do the honours.

Kettle Winners Dave and Liz Anderson, Ian Neil with Sir Robert. (Jim Hume missing from photo)

A huge congratulations must go to all prize winners from the season. (More photos of the individual Trophy Winners are available in the Gallery page of the Club’s Website) Unfortunately for Dave Anderson, although he went away with an armful of prizes, he also left with an emptier wallet, after having to fill and refill the Kettle with the traditional Rusty Nail.

With proceedings over, Sir Robert thanked everyone for the wonderful evening and congratulated the Club on it’s successes, before David Gillespie provided the vote of thanks to all involved in making it such a terrific evening. There was a little time left for more socialising and maybe the odd drink, but all good things must come to an end and with carriages home awaiting guests, it was soon time to say farewell.

The Curling Social Committee would like to say a huge thanks to everybody who has supported this and other events throughout the year. The 2022 Annual Prize Giving Dinner will be remembered as a tribute to Ronnie Hope who helped organise it with his usual flair and enthusiasm, but who is sadly no longer with us.

Report by Craig Brown and Jean Noble