On Wednesday evening, the opportunity was taken to present the ‘foundation team’ at the Opening Bonspiel with the ‘ Bonspiel Booby Prize’ Trophy which had been retrieved from the Secretary’s loft where it had been held in safe keeping since last season.
This distinctive trophy of the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Harbour, was donated to Penicuik Curling Club by Team Bambi who were regular entrants in the International Curlers Gathering over the years and who became great friends of Penicuik.
Unfortunately, the Trophy could not be presented at the Closing Bonspiel last year because of the early closure of the curling rink, but you can see from the delight on Craig and his team’s faces that they were honoured to receive it.
On Sunday 19th September the opportunity was taken at the Annual Golf Outing Dinner to mark a very special occasion, namely the 50 year anniversary of Margaret Cowper joining Penicuik Curling Club.
After a short speech, President Iain invited a very surprised Margaret to come forward for the presentation which husband Jim had somehow succeeded in keeping a secret from his wife. The achievement was marked with a warm round of applause from the thirty plus members and guests attending the dinner.
On Wednesday 6th October David Gillespie, ably assisted by Barbara, Jim and Craig, hosted a Try Curling session at Murrayfield Curling Rink for a group of nine friends and guests.
Following a brief introduction to the game and the ice, our participants learned how to deliver stones up the ice, as well as how and why to sweep, and were then able to play a short game which of course ended in a draw.
We hope that they will all want to come back to learn some more of the skills and strategies of the ‘roaring game’ and to ultimately curl with Penicuik Curling Club.
In a joint statement by Curl Edinburgh and Murrayfield Curling Ltd issued on 1st November, it has been confirmed that all curling at Murrayfield rink has been suspended until the end of the year. A further statement on the feasibility of re-opening in January 2021 will be issued in due course.
It has come to our notice that our Honorary President Walter Brown has had a bad fall in which he sustained both a broken ankle and a head injury, resulting in a stay in hospital.
Walter is recovering and is receiving physiotherapy, in the hope that he can get home as soon as possible. Our best wishes go to Walter and also to Christine, his devoted wife, who sadly is unable to visit him at this time because of coronavirus restrictions.
Curl Edinburgh have confirmed that, following today’s Scottish Government announcements, Murrayfield Curling Rink will not reopen as planned on 26th October but will remain closed for at least another week until 2nd November.
The following announcement was received this evening from Edinburgh Curling Club and Murrayfield Curling Limited.
“Following the Scottish Government’s announcement yesterday (Wednesday 7 October 2020), and ongoing discussions with Scottish Curling, we regret to announce that as part of regional restrictions, our curling rink will be closed after Friday 9 October and for 16 days, reopening Monday 26 October.
The Office will be in contact with Club Secretaries next week to re-arrange affected fixtures.
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