Author Archives: Robert

Changes to club website

New season, new website. The usage of the site has increased significantly over the last 5 years and today we have moved the site to a new platform. This platform allows content to managed with more ease so we should see much more regular updates to the site.

I have tried to go for a simplistic and professional approach. The club has recently changed its colour to navy and I hope to introduce a bit more colour to the site over the next few months.

With a small amount of training it is possible for non technical people to update content on the site, and if there is enough interest then I will produce a small manual on how this is done. In the meantime if there is anything you would like included please email myself (Robert) or Ken and we can add it.

Final note: I have done this in a bit of a rush so if you notice any errors or typos please email me and I will fix them. I have tried to optimise the site for mobile devices so I am particularly keen on any good/bad experiences viewing the site with such devices.

Club colours and clothing

As mentioned by President Jim at the opening bonspiel the official club colour is now Navy. In addition to this the club now has a new badge. Jim has a catalog which contains pictures and pricing for jackets, jumpers, polo-shirts, and other clothing.

A Wee Hello from The President‏

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WELL, THE COUNTDOWN TO OUR TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF CURLING IN PENICUIK DRAWS CLOSER.

In September we kick things off with our Opening Bonspiel. Please get back to Margaret Carr asap if you want a place in this competition.

Even if you are not lucky enough to secure a place (because you are too slow to respond) you are still very welcome to come and watch the games and join us for the meal and prizegiving.

TO OUR NEW MEMBERS, I bid you a Very Warm Welcome to Penicuik Curling Club and hope you enjoy your time with us. Please put your name forward for the Opening Bonspiel. It is a FUN event and will be a good opportunity to get more settled on the ice.

To the other members, Penicuik has again entered ‘The Linlithgow’ Competition. This is played on a Sunday (usually late morning) roughly every two weeks against other Murrayfield Clubs. If you would like the opportunity to represent our club please get back to me so that your name can be added to the Team Pool.

We have designed a special Bi-Centinary Badge for our sportswear. We have also decided that our Tops will change to Navy Blue instead of Royal Blue. I will get back to you in the near future with new clothing ideas you might like for your Curling activities. All of these products will carry the new Bi Centinary Badge. There is no compulsion to change colours if you don’t want to.

So, I wish you all, GOOD CURLING! I hope you will be active within our club and join in the activities that have been arranged for this our 200th year.

Remember, as Your President, I am here to represent You and Penicuik Curling Club, therefor if you have any suggestions on how our club can be improved please call or email me.

News Catchup (last few months)

Swan Trophy

Penicuik lost the opening tie in this double rink knockout competition to Athelstaneford. Dave Anderson’s rink of Jim Ramsay, Jean Lennie, and Jim Cowper lost by one shot, and Ken Hunter’s rink of Dave Carr, Keith Morris, and Tom Alexander peeled.

Knock-out Competition

Team Lambie and Team Ramsay beat their opponents in the semi-final games to contest the final. The final was reported to be a relatively close game with one high scoring end ultimately giving Team Lambie victory. Congratulations to Andrew, David Ballantyne, Iain Scott, and Ian Neil.

First Points Competition

The medal was won by Keith Morris.

Away Day

The Away Day at Braehead was enjoyed by a small but merry group of curlers. The games proved to be very close with Walter’s team of Iain Scott and Elaine Lambie playing very well to win the competition. The “booby” prize was won by Reg’s team of John Jacobs, Alex Moir and Vic Ramage.

The generous prizes were donated by Dave and Liz Anderson. The staff at Braehead gave us a warm welcome and after “one or two drinks” following the competition we returned from Braehead to the Navaar. We were joined by a number of partners and had a very enjoyable evening.

Margaret Carr

Singles Competition

After the early exits, Walter Brown played Ken Hunter in the first semi-final in a tight game which ended up all square, and which was decided on ‘drawing the house’. Walter played to the back of the four foot but Ken followed up with a shot to the four foot to take the tie. In the second semi-final Andrew Lambie beat Jim Ramsay. Andrew, who had played well weighted shots throughout the evening, went on to win the medal decisively.

Hamish Tait Trophy

Penicuik won this four-cornered bonspiel competition for the second season in a row. Walter Brown with Ken Hunter, Jean Lennie, and Linda McKay ended on +7, and Dave Anderson, Jim Ramsay, Jim Cowper, and Tom Alexander ended on +5, to give Penicuik an aggregate score of +12. The highest individual scoring rink on the night was Keith Anderson’s Merchiston rink on +8. Players from Penicuik, Chartered Surveyors, Merchiston, and Watsonian Club enjoyed supper together in the Murrayfield Dining Room afterwards.

District Medal

Penicuik played two rinks from Kelso CC for a Royal Club medal in Early December. The President’s rink contested a tight game against their opponents and ended up with a peel, but the Vice-presidents rink lost by 8 shots to 3 to Jimmy Green’s strong rink, so Kelso gained the medal. It was a friendly occasion with a number of the Kelso players well know through their participation in the Gathering for many years as ‘Kelso Reivers’

Team Points

Disappointingly only 6 players elected to play in this season’s Team Points, but despite that those who did play enjoyed a great evening of excellent competition. The final outcome of the evening with all disciplines being played was that the team of Iain Scott, John Jacobs and Dave Anderson beat Alex Moir, Murray Hope and Keith Morris by 90 points to 82, with the top scorers being Dave Anderson (42), John Jacobs (32) and Murray Hope (30). Well done to all who turned up including Walter who kept us right but regrettably was unable play because his hip was too painful

Dave Anderson

Merchiston Team Points Match

This annual match was played on Sunday 12th January with 8 players aside as usual. Amazingly the match was tied for the second year in a row; 143 points each (138 aside last year). The Penicuik players were Dave Anderson, Walter Brown, Ronnie Hope, Ken Hunter, John Jacobs, Keith Morris, Iain Scott and Roger Scott. Dave Anderson was the higest scorer on the night on 23 points) followed by John Jacobs (22 points), and Keith Morris tied with John Addinall of Merchiston on 21 points.

Second Points

The competition was as close as it could be with Walter and Pres. Jim peeled as they headed into the final discipline. Walter was on the hack first to Raise and finished up with a commendable 4 points from his last four stones. The pressure was on Jim, but he secured the 5 points to win with his last stone. Our congratulations to the Pres. and our commiserations to the Hon. Pres. Ken and Dave Anderson shared third place. We should also note how well our less experienced members, including Alex Moir and Iain Scott, faired in the competition; particularly when compared with two of our Past Presidents who shall remain nameless (J.C. and yours truly!!). For those of you who have not experienced a Points Competition, we would urge you to give it a try next season. The only person you have to beat is yourself, and it’s great fun.

As we approach the end of the season, competition for the Kettle and the Quaich is as close as it has been for many years, with only 2 points separating the top four rinks in the Kettle, and 2 points separating the top four rinks in the Quaich. With only two games to go, the Hunter rink has a narrow l point lead in the principle Club competition following a couple of poor results from the Brown boys and girls, but Ken also stumbled at his last outing against Reg. Are the nerves beginning to show? Could the Hunter – Brown penultimate match give the Lambie rink, the dark horses, the chance to sneak up at the post? Or will the Anderson rink overcome a rejuvenated McCall outfit tonight to stay in the running?

The Quaich is also up for grabs, although Jean is in pole position. Her final game against the Ballantyne rink will be crucial, but Dave is well behind in shots and ends, and a win for Jean over Martin Hobbs’ rink on 5th March might be enough to secure the title.

It’s all very exciting!

Fund raising Ceilidth

On Friday 15th November, Penicuik Curling Club held a fund raising Ceilidh and Supper in St. Mungo’s Church Hall Penicuik.

Between 50 and 60 people attended, including 15 welcome visitors from West Linton Curling Club and a great night of dancing and socialising ensued.

Supper of haggis, neeps and tatties or stovies was provided by the ladies of the Social Committee and throroughly enjoyed by all. A raffle was also held to help raise funds and the main prize of a Christmas Hamper was won by Elaine Lambie with other seasonal prizes well distributed amongst those attending.

The Club would like to thank the following local businesses for their very generous donations to the raffle:

  • Asda Stores
  • Costa Coffee
  • Sainsbury’s, Straiton
  • Penicuik Wines
  • The Deli
  • Tesco’s Penicuik
  • Pentland Plants
  • Loanhead
  • J.S. Cooper, Roslin

Thanks are also due to Avenue Stores for providing the liquid refreshments and to Rainbow for such great Ceilidh music, ensuring the dance floor was busy all evening.

All proceeds raised will go towards Penicuik Curling Club Bi-Centenary Legacy Fund. This fund will be used to help celebrate the Club’s 200th Anniversary in 2015 and to promote curling in Penicuik and further afield.

Many thanks to all who contributed and made this such a successful evening.

Club History – Book and Painting

The book marking 200 years of our club’s existence is now for sale. “Curling through Two Hundred Years of the Penicuik Curling Club” is a fascinating history of the club and its characters. To quote from the cover, “The book takes the story of Penicuik and its Curling Club from the Napoleonic Wars, through the making of the first Grand Match, and into the political squabbles of earlier years. Ordinary people doing great things, like Dr John Renton, and the James Taits. Great people doing ordinary things, like Sir George Clerk of Penicuik Estates and and Charles Cowan of the paper mills immersed in the rivalry of a winter’s afternoon on nature’s ice.”

The author, Colin Whittemore, takes us by way of a colourful, two hundred years journey to the present day, through two hundred pages of humorous and engaging text. The club is truly indebted to Colin for this mammoth task which, as a non-curler, he has approached with dedication, perseverance and wit.

Order your copy NOW from either myself or Jim Cowper. This is a great read for curlers and non-curlers alike, and at only £16 per copy will make a wonderful Christmas present.

………and don’t forget to order your signed and numbered print of THE FIRST GRAND MATCH  at www.grandmatchpainting.com

Good curling,

Ronnie Hope