Since 1952 Scotland has played the USA for the Herries Maxwell trophy on a 5-year cycle. The last Scottish tour was in 2007, when Scotland brought back the trophy from the USA. Unfortunately, it was recovered by the USA on their return tour to Scotland in 2012.
2017 is the year for Scotland to travel, and most of our club members will already know that past president Jim Ramsay was selected to play in the Scottish team. Jim will join the other twenty players from all over Scotland on Friday, when they ﬂy off to Chicago to begin their monster expedition.
The tour starts in Chicago, with a practice game on Sunday, January 15th, and ﬁnishes off in Boston with the ﬁnal game and closing banquet at Brookline Country Club on Sunday 5th February. From Chicago, the team will travel as far west as Fargo-Muirhead CC in North Dakota; north to Curl Mesabi Curling Club, close to the Canadian border; and south to the Potomac Curling Club in Maryland.
The Islay Team
The Scottish team comprises ﬁve rinks named after Scottish islands, and Jim is down to play as third in the Islay rink (Rink 5). The tour will visit 27 different clubs, and the Islay rink will play 28 matches over 20 days! The Americans are well known for their generous hospitality and, athough difﬁcult, it will be ill-mannered for the Scots not to reciprocate. It is believed that a little alcoholic beveridge will be involved, (for good fellowship only of course!). Jim is travelling in a private capacity, but as a proud past president of one of the oldest curling clubs in the world, he is sure to spread the word about Penicuik Curling Club and pass on our best wishes to our American brother and sister curlers. We can all follow the tour results on their dedicated website https://rccc2017tour.com, where full details of the itinerary and tour photos can also be viewed.
We wish Jim well – just hope he takes plenty embrocation for that dicky knee!
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.
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