Ladies’ Branch President 2017-18
Ladies Branch President’s News Update 2018
Where has the time gone? It has been an exciting, and challenging few months but I must say very enjoyable and I am thrilled, yet amazed that I was able to do so much. Now I am on my last week as Ladies Branch President and I am sorry I have not found the time or the concentration needed to keep up the blog, although it seems to have been removed from the website when the changeover occurred in January.
To show our support for the Junior curlers Margaret Nicol, Morag and I travelled to Perth on 9th December for the under 14 Slam and I went to Forfar on the 28th and 29th for the under 17 Slam. Margaret Nicol attended the Junior Club Challenge on 6th and 7th January at Murrayfield . It is good to see the next generation of curlers coming through and the standard of curling so high. I attended a Board meeting on 12th December at which the change to Scottish Curling was brought up. Pamela Graham gave a presentation. I expressed my concern that ordinary members had not been consulted and that I would not be able to inform the Ladies Standing Committee before the announcement. A vote was taken and passed unanimously by the Board. I do not have a vote, but later it was agreed that the LSC would be notified in advance of the announcement and this was done. I attended the Competitions Committee meeting on 10th January.
In mid-January Bob and I travelled to the Four Nations competition at Stranraer and on the way stopped off to watch the morning and afternoon games of the Glynhill Ladies International at Braehead on Friday 19th. With snow in Europe flights were delayed and some teams struggled to get to the rink on time. We stayed longer than we meant to as the games were so exciting to watch. Binia Feltscher and her Swiss team emerged as winners of the competition. Margaret Nicol attended the banquet in my place on the Saturday night.
The Four Nations this year was organised by Ireland and on the Saturday night after our meal we were entertained by Trim the Velvet a troupe of Dancers from Ireland. They were fabulous and the dance floor of North West Castle fairly rang with the sound of their tapping. Later in the evening our very own Competitions co-ordinater gave his own display. Unfortunately we missed this, but did see the video version – quite a talent. In the ladies competition against England the teams skipped by Liz Paul and Ann-Maree Davidson were successful and so we retained the Connie Miller Trophy. The Men’s teams won the Big Bertha competition against Wales for the first time in a number of years. Back home for a few days then off to Aberdeen where Margaret Nicol and I both attended the Scottish Junior Championships held from 24th – 28th January. For me it was exciting to see two North girls in the finals and eventually one in Rebecca Morrison’s winning team. The following week both Margaret, Morag and I played in friendly games along with the Canadian men’s Touring teams at Murrayfield and in the evening attended their closing banquet when the Strathcona Cup was presented to the winning Canadian Teams.
Next stop was the Scottish Championships in Perth 12th – 17th February and I travelled down at the beginning of the week to watch the curling and also attend a Board meeting on the 13th. Back home mid-week to babysit my grandchildren and collect Bob before travelling back to Perth to watch the rest of the curling. Directly from the Scottish Championships I travelled to Forfar, staying with my Canadian Tour skip Carolyn Nicol and going to the Ladies One day Bonspiel next day. It had been a struggle to find teams to play, but the effort was worth it as an excellent day was had by all. The day ended with two of the Forfar juniors in the winning team and their excitement was a joy to see. It is an excellent way for our newer members to meet and enjoy some friendly competition.
After Forfar I spent a few days at home then I travelled to the Scottish Seniors in Braehead held from the 22nd till 25th February, this year with an increased number of teams. Susan Kesley came through triumphant and represented Scotland in the the World Seniors Championship held in Oestersund, Sweden. From there it was across Glasgow to the Lanarkshire Ice rink and the Henderson Bishop from 26th February until 1st March. After the first day’s curling a civic reception hosted by Lanarkshire Council was held in the Low Parks Museum, a very appropriate venue, being near to the birthplace of Andrew Henderson Bishop in Muir Street. The competition ran all day Tuesday and in the evening there was a supper and fun night at the Ice Rink – I now know what a frog race is. My goodness the concentration on the Ladies faces as they tried to get these frogs to move was a picture! As we were inside, the Beast from the East struck with a vengeance – snow everywhere and no public transport of any kind. But we made it back to our hotel. Next day more snow, but the competition continued. Fiona Motion had a difficult time trying to rearrange tables as there was call off after call off for the evening banquet. Roads were closed, people were stranded, the top table guests were unable to come and there was no entertainer. However with the help of Beryl Niven and some home entertainment an enjoyable evening was had by all. Next day Robin Bishop, the grandson of Andrew Henderson Bishop who gifted the Trophy and should have been our guest at the banquet, was collected from Edinburgh by car and brought through to the Ice Rink to watch the finals and to present the prizes. This year’s Henderson Bishop Competition will remain in the memories for many competitors and spectators and not just for the curling. Winners of the trophy this year was Ayr skipped by Margaret Agnew, and the Cherrystone was won by the Stranraer team skipped by Kate Adams
Next trip was to Aberdeen for the World Junior Championships from 3rd – 10th March. This unfortunately clashed with the World Championship Play off in Perth. Margaret Nicol, Morag Wellman and I shared an apartment in the city, travelling to the game each day.
Unfortunately the week was marred by the death of Hamish, my brother and I had to return home. However I was able to come back and see the finals. Both Canadian teams emerged triumphant and Ross Whyte’s Junior Boys team took the Silver. I had the great pleasure of presenting the medals to all the teams.
Then followed the Morton at Kirkcaldy on the 13th and we thank Gail once again for travelling from Stranraer to help with the Ice Making and to Kirkcaldy Ladies Centre for their hard work in providing lunch and a lovely afternoon tea with home baking. Stirling were the winners with Kinross the runners up.
A few days later Bob and I travelled to the World women’s championship in North Bay, Canada. Again the weather intervened and flights were cancelled, but we were lucky and only suffered a 45 minute delay as the plane was de-iced in a blizzard in London. It was bitterly cold, in North Bay but brilliant sunshine and a very warm welcome from the Canadians. It was great to be there to support the girls, along Margaret and Norman Nicol, Team Fleming’s parents and Jim and Liz Cullen. After a slow start they showed fine form by beating both the Olympic and Silver Medallists, Sweden and Korea and came close in the Canadian game. The competition was won by Jennifer Jones and her Canadian team. Off ice we all spent time meeting with other spectators, officials and competitors.
After the games we travelled to Toronto and toured the city and Niagra Falls. Later we met with relations and stayed on their farms in Stratford before flying back to Scotland.
My last LSC meeting was held at Ochil House on April 3rd and then I attended a Board meeting on 17th April.
I am signing off now. Thank you Ladies for giving me the opportunity to have been your President and thank you to the support I have had from my executive – Margaret, Morag and Gail and also to the office staff at Ochil house.
Ladies Branch President’s News Update 2017
The time has flown by since Ladies Branch AGM in May. My first duty on my way home from Greenacres was to attend the 50th Anniversary of Dalhousie Ladies Curling Club kindly hosted by their Patron Lady Dalhousie at Brechin Castle – a great start to my year as president. I chaired my first meeting on 6th June and attended the Women and Girls in Curling seminar before the RCCC AGM on 17th July, followed by my first Board meeting . Afterwards an enjoyable evening out in Glasgow was hosted by Jim Cullen and at his suggestion Bob and I had walk the next day in Glasgow to see the Billy Connolly murals before travelling home.
On 20th June I was at a Competition Committee meeting and on 6th July the executive made the Henderson Bishop Draw in Ochil House The following week on 12th July I had an enjoyable outing to the Junior Curling Camp at the Peak in Stirling but watched from a distance as they had a ‘whale of a time’ in the splash pool
Over the summer with the help of VP Margaret Nicol, JVP Morag Wellman and Gail Munro I updated the Operating Manual
August brought me to Kelvingrove Bowling and Tennis Club for an Away Day with RCCC office staff and Board members. It was an enjoyable and informative day and we were joined by Alison Lunn and Sarah Birrell from Sport Scotland. Duncan Caithness from Bowls Scotland came along to help with the bowling session. It was a new experience for me to try bowling, but I even managed to win! However in the meantime I will stick with curling.
Our Ladies branch meeting on September 5th was followed later in the day by a Competition Committee meeting and on September 21st a Rules Committee meeting.
On the 30th September I travelled to Kinross to the under 21 Slam, staying with our past President Marion Fraser on the Saturday night It was lovely to catch up with all her news. Back to Kinross for the final day of the slam and then overnight in Stirling ready for our meeting and Ladies Branch Bonspiel the next day.
A busy October followed – a Board meeting in Stirling on the 4th and then after a weekend break to join our Wengen curling friends in a reunion weekend in Perth and a visit to our daughter holidaying in Comrie, Bob and I travelled to Aberdeen to the Mixed Doubles Competition from 12th – 13th. Congratulations to the winners Fraser Kingan and Jane Stirling who will represent Scotland in Ostersund in Sweden in April.
From Aberdeen we travelled down to Stirling in torrential rain for a Competition Committee meeting in Stirling.
Unfortunately due to a hospital appointment I was unable to attend the Priestfield Quaich at the end of October, but this was ably run by VP Margaret Nicol. No trophy for the Ladies this time, but a good day out was had by all.
I attended a competitions Committee on 15th November and on 16th Margaret Nicol and I with hubbies in tow travelled to St Gallen and the European Curling Championships. What a thrill to witness our women take the gold medal and the men the silver. Many congratulations to Eve, Anna, Vicky and Lauren and Kyle and his team of Thomas, Kyle and Cameron
Back home to do lots of preparation for our December meeting – Henderson Bishop Bids, Henderson Bishop Draw and the next One day Ladies Bonspiel to be held in Forfar in February 2018
Sorry I have not done a blog before this, but I have been putting my photos on the Ladies Branch Facebook page – see them here link
I have a busy time ahead in the New Year, but I will do my best to update the blog more frequently. In the meantime my best wishes to one and all for Christmas and New Year 2018!