BORDER ICE RINK

News

18th November 2013 - New Staff
The rink has been running under staffed during the day since the opening of the season with the retirement of both Norma and Jim in the summer.   The new manager Graeme Baxter has brought a few changes to the ice making method and the results have been well received by the curlers.   We are hoping to continue this with the addition of a trainee Assistant Ice Manager Ruaraidh Whyte.   Ruaraidh is a keen young lad who comes to us from the Dumfries Ice Rink with extensive training on ice making.  
With Paul and John we now have a team capable of manning the rink with experience to provide a service to be proud off.


8th November 2013 - Matthew Templeton

The finals night of the Matthew Templeton was well attended and some good games were witnessed.   The low road for the Bibby Trophy was contested between June Swan and Jim Lawson with Jim executing a couple of fantastic shots to win.
The final of the Templeton started in favour of Jim Cullen but Graeme Baxter's come back with a 4 at the 4th end was to much for Jim and the trophy went to Graeme and his team of Stuart Craig, Alistair Hodge and Robert Walker.   Peter Bowyer preceded over the presentations and Richard Forsyth from NFU presented the Bibby prizes and Matthew Templeton's granddaughter presented the prizes for the main event.
It was good to see so many people stay on after the presentation and well into the night.
We thank the drivers who managed to get everyone home, you all know who you are!!!


1st November 2013 - Ladies Sweden Tour
Three Border curlers left Scotland today in the ladies tour to Sweden.   Margaret Robertson, who is team vice captain, Liz Cullen and Nina Clancy who is in charge of entertainment.   Margaret is well suited to her role as vice being a very competitive sports person with a canny head on her shoulders.   Nine will we are sure keep both the squad and the Sweden curlers entertained drawing on her Irish background getting everyone to join in the craic.   Follow the teams progress on their blog by
Clicking Here

25th October 2013 - Local team wins Challenge
The Ladies Challenge high road winners were a quartet of local curlers, who blended together very well for the two day competition. Click Here to see details on facebook. (RW)

14th October 2013 - Prentice wins Super-League
Congratulations to the Borders rink who won the National Super League finals at Forfar this past weekend. They won the final against a rink from Braehead, with the last stone in an extra end!  Click Here to see photo.  Pictured (from l-r) wearing their new NSL winners shirts are Tommy Fleming, Dave Prentice, Keith Prentice & James Dixon. (RW)

18th September 2013 - New Stones

There will 32 pair of new stones on the ice at the start of this season, well, new to Border Ice Rink, the stones are only two years old and the board thought it was to good a deal to miss.    At the time of adding this article the stones are in transit, so we will have everything ready for the start of the season. wm

18th September 2013 - John Stevenson joins staff.
John will join the staff on a part time basis to help with the making of ice and the day to day running of the rink.   Over the past number of years John has shown great interest in the rink and its workings and as well as being an accomplished curler he has spent a large amount of time coaching youngsters including the elite group.    We welcome John and look forward to his valued input. wm

30th August 2013 - Monday Ice Again!!
 
Not so long ago the Monday afternoon curling sessions were suspended to allow for the ice to be made ready for curling after the Sunday skating.   With the new equipment and staffing levels we will now be able to open again for curling on Monday afternoons and we assure you it will be as good ice as any other session thanks to the clean water system.
This has not been allocated to clubs for this season but never the less it is still available for bookings at attractive prices.  wm

30th August 2013 - New Water Filters for BIR

The rink will only have filtered de-ionised water on the ice pad from the start of the 2013-14 season.   The new filters will provide a clean water supply which allows the water to freeze harder at a lower energy level than mains water.   The results will be more economic running of the plant in both energy and wear and tear and a better ice surface for curlers.
Over the years the company have invested in the upgrade of all the equipment and even a technician to operate it all.  wm


5th July 2013 - The new Ice Rink Manager is Graeme Baxter.
Graeme joined the staff on Monday 1st July for what we hope is a long and happy relationship for both the rink and Graeme and his family of Partner Jade and Son Callum.
Graeme will take a little time to settle in and get to know the locals as well as the many aspects of the rink and the job, but we have no fear that he will have things sorted out very quick and get the place ticking his way.   The manager of the rink is responsible for the staffing and there will be extra ice technicians employed to support him, so if anyone would like to help out in this please visit the Situations Vacant page on this site.  wm
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Scottish Secondary School Winners
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18th March 2013
The Kelso team of Cameron Bryce (Skip), Neil Sutherland, Amy Bryce and Callum Potts won the Scottish Secondary School Championships at the weekend at Murrayfield Ice Rink.   We are proud of the team and welcome tha fact that the faith, dedication and hard work put in by the players and coaches has at long last brought recognition to Junior curling in the Borders.   Click Here for score sheet

11th March 2013
Well done to Border Ice Rink in getting to the finals once more in the Maxwell Trophy, The semi finals and Final will be played at Murrayfield Ice Rink on 12th March.

11th March 2013
Well done to the Borders team of Margaret Robertson (Skip), Glynnice Lauder, Venetia Scott and Gillian Smith, winners of the Ladies National Masters

19th February 2013
Another success for the Earlston organisation of the Club Points when the winners were Lees curling club with a tie for second forcing Greenlaw and Coldstream back on to the ice for a play-off which put Coldstream into second place. Click Here for full story.

12th February 2013
We had Border representation in the national Seniors in both male and female sections, Keith Prentice and Tommy Fleming were eliminated in the semi-final but the ladies faired better.   Christine Cannon and Gwen Prentice were both undefeated when they met in the Senior Women’s Final.   It began with Prentice playing a straight raise for two in end 1. Teams swapped ones in end 2 & 3. Cannon blanked next 3 ends, Prentice leading 3 – 1 after 6. Cannon got one back in end 7 then a great last end gave them a steal of two for victory.   Winning team: Christine Cannon (S), Margaret Richardson, Janet Lindsay, Margaret Robertson.  Well done margaret.  

9th February 2013
The Pate Trophy has been around since 1962 and Midlothian have 28 wins and the Borders 24 wins after the good win to-day.   This ended an 8 year domination by Midlothian.

9th February 2013
Directors Trophy came to an exciting end on Friday night with John Strvenson, Bill Byers, Graeme Cowe and Luigi Massari beating the team of directors consisting of June Swan, Bill Cleghorn, Waz Walker and Nina Clancy.  Full scores on the Directors Trophy page,

23rd January 2013
During the last few days there has been a lot of disruption due to heavy snow and drifting, however the low lying towns such as Kelso were never below freezing and the snow turned to sluch pretty quickly.   All main council roads are open and the rink car park while being wet and tracked is usable by most vehicles.
The rink is opan as usual, but a couple of clubs have had to postpone some games.

3rd December 2012
The mixed invitation weekend was a great success with the 9 visiting and 7 home teams enjoying some good curling, but Jim cullen perhaps enjoying it the most.   Jim had a fatastic start with +18 and ended on a high with the games in between good as well seeing him win all 4 games and the competition.
Click Here for results.
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28th November 2012
The Potty Challenge between the Borders and East Lothian was played this year at Murrayfield.   There was a problem getting a full team of 16 players due to the Harry Hogg being played at the same time in Kelso involving 64 daytime curlers.
However we won two games and lost two but lost overall by only two shots, so well done to the players that made the journey to Edinburgh.   To see what happened in the Harry Hogg click here.

5th November 2012
 Keep up with the scores from the Matthew Templeton all this week HERE.
 

23rd October 2012
Amy Bryce aided by James Hair, Caitln Jones and brother Angus topped their section and came second overall in the Asham U14 Slam in Perth at the weekend.
Full details are available on the RCCC website Click Here for a quick link to the results page.

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18th October 2012

Buddies success

22 newcomers attended a Try Curling session on 6th October at Border Ice Rink, sponsored by Border Curling Development Group and RCCC. Buddies from 10 clubs came along, played a few ends with the beginners and socialised afterwards over tea and coffee. Hopefully we have convinced some newcomers to keep playing.

Thanks to all the coaches and buddies who came along.

Website
Our regular visitors will notice a lack of updates on the website recently.   This was due to a failure with the host and editing was unavailable over the past week.
28th September 2012
Good Feedback on Kelso Stones
During the summer the stones at Kelso were dressed to provide a better draw.   The feedback has been good and regulars report a good draw on all areas of the ice.
A word of warning is: Ensure you put a good handle on your stone on delivery to get the correct draw!!


20th September 2012.
Border Ice Rink Club AGM.
President Harry Dodds opened the well attended 48th Annual General Meeting of the Border Ice Rink Club with a tale of how he has now got two Blue Blazers and moved on to the more serious matter of intimating the passing of some of our members over the past year to which a silence was observed in memoriam.   In retiring from the chair harry proposed Peter Bowyer to take over as president, who in turn called upon David S Kerr to be his Vice.   With the retirement of George Whiteford and Martin Dudgeon the two vacant places on the committee were filled by Helen Mathieson, Greenlaw and Roddy MacLean, St Boswell's.
The meeting agreed to increase the subscription for membership to £28.00 for the coming season.
There were a short report from Directors by Douglas Eliot, Chairman; Wendy Henderson Ladies Section President and Liz Cullen, Area Curling Development Officer.
The meeting was closed with a vote of thanks
to the chair by David S Kerr at 8.28 pm.

12th September 2012.
Making Ice.

With the new barriers in place and the floor painted Jim is now adding water to build up the ice level ready for the start of the season on 25th September.   Before all this happens there will be the formality of the Club AGM on 20th Sept' at 7.30 pm in the Clubroom.

9th June 2012
Border Ice Rink Repairs
Just when you think you are on top of things another problem comes along.   The high level of moisture in the building has caused problems to the flooring around the rink over the years and sections are replaced most years.   This year has developed into a bit more of a problem as the barrier supports have all but rotted away, so a total rebuild of the walkway and barrier using concrete, steel and plastic with no wood includes was agreed by the board of directors.   This is a slightly more expensive method but will work out cheaper in the long run due to the durability of the materials used.

3rd May 2012
Border Province AGM
The well attended border Province AGM saw the election of David S Kerr as president and Bill Byers as Vice President, on to the committee are Bert Duncan, Colin Martin and Kenny Alison.   The main discussion of the meeting was the proposed change to the Border League to make the two sections into divisions with a promotion and relegation process.   This came to a vote and the Status Quo won the vote by 11 clubs to 3.
Bill Cleghorn invited any interested person who would like to take over the role as province secretary in 2013 should contact him or any member of committee.
Details of the Province committee and competitions can be found HERE.

27th March 2012
Ice Diamond Award.
Finals day was the usual success with the winners and losers having their own opinion on how successful it really was.
The schools were the first to finish and the cup was won by Newtown1, in a very close last stone decider, the winning team being Megan Wilson (S), Amber Blacklock, Chloe Richarson.   The plate was won by Ednam with the team of James Crombie (S), Robert Hastie,  Erin Laing Nicola Crombie.
The Ladies League finished with a good win for Glynnis Lauder (S), Venetia Scott, Gillian Smith and Hilary Bowyer.
The Border League was a fairly close affair and Jim Cullen's Earlston team just slipped off the pace to let James Dixon (S), Andrew Dixon, Harvey Curle and Richard Murray in with a closing shot to give Glendale the trophy for 2011-12 Leaving The Colin Stirling Salver to Earlston.   All the Page Play-off and final ice was paid by Agrii as was some hospitality after the game, thank you Neil McLean for all you have done.

27th March 2012
Taking advantage of a full house, BIRC President took to the floor to announce the winner of the prestigious "Ice Diamond Award" for services to curling.   The award came to Kelso after being presented to the Border Curling Development Group, it has since then been awarded locally.   The first winner was Jim Buchanan, then Bill Cleghorn and this year the honour fell on a very worthy winner who has put more hours into the development of curling than than most, by now you know it was Helen Mathieson.   Well done Helen.

12th March 2012
Well done to Amy Bryce and her team of Angus Thomson, Kirsty Fairbairn Greg Cessford and Jack Fleming in winning the RCCC under 13s Funspiel at Dumfries at the weekend.   Winning all three games put them on top position, praise is also due to the coaching staff and Youth Chex for their sponsorship.

Hard lines to the border teams in the Masters with only Fiona Turnbull qualifying from the sections, but failing to get to the final, well done for getting so far.

9th March 2012
The final four teams have been decided to play off for the Agrii Border League final with the first games on the 20th March, click on
Page Play-Off for the draw.

18th February 2012
Borders Fair well against the American team, BUT.
At the 7th end the Border teams were slightly ahead and needed to hold their cool to be one of the very few rinks to actually beat them.   However the last end was to change all that and we won only one of the four games.   There is more details on the
USA site and our own Site.

12th February 2012
Once again Keth Prentice (BIR) and his rink of Lockhart Steel (Hamilton), Robin Aitken (Murrayfield) and Tommy Fleming (BIR) won the national senior championships and will represent Scotalnd in the Worlds.   Lets hope there is no "Iclandic Ash" to ground their flights this time round, so they can get to the finals.

3rd February 2012
In a well entered competition sponsored by Cullen Kilshaw James Stark picked up the trophy for the 4th time in five years, beating Graeme Wilson in the final.   This year saw the introduction of a Low Road.
Click Here for details.

13th January 2012
After the Famous Grouse Border Bonspiel the usual Quizspiel was held in the club bar.
There was an entry of 13 teams and the outright winners was once again the Roxburghe team of Oliver Stark, Ian Fleming, Harry Sangster & Gordon Watson, picking up the Vouchers sponsored by The Waggon Inn and President John Hutchinson.
Many thanks to all our other sponsors.

13th December 2011
Maxwell Trophy Game Border V Hamilton
Borders lost 2 and won 1 on their visit to Hamilton to-day.   On good Ice (but not as keen as Kelso especially towards the end of the game) all three games were strongly contested.
The results were (Hamilton first) T Allan 8 J Stark 6; B Smith 7 R Forsyth 4; H Neilson 4 K Prentice 8


6th December 2011
The American tour due to visit Kelso on 17th February 2012 have named their team and this can be found on their
Web Site.

30th November 2011
The Border coaching staff have selected the Jnr teams for the south competition at Lockerbie on 22nd December 2011.
Under 15s: Neil Sutherland (S), Callum Potts, Leslie Kerr, Stuart Shaw.
Under 13s: Amy Bryce (S), Angus Thomson, Gregg Cessford, Kirsty Fairbairn.
Reserve: Jack Fleming.


29th November 2011
Our Border Under 17 Curling team of Cameron Bryce (Skip), Neil Sutherland, Callum Potts and Amy Bryce have been competing at Greenacres in the RCCC Under 17s Competition.
They won there section, but were knocked out in the quarter finals by the eventual Winners. (6 Shots to 4).   They won 4 ends only losing 2 ends , ( but the ends were of 3 and 4 shots)
Carswell (of Greenacres) the winner won the final 11 - 2 and the semi 6 - 2.

The Borders gave Carswell his hardest game and were lying shot on the pot lid at the last end, leading 4 -3.  Carswell promoted one of his stones from outside the front of the house with an angle raise and removed Cameron's shot.   What might have been, had he not suceeded with this fantastic shot??
We may have a future good young team from the Border Ice Rink, keep your eyes on this space.

18th November 2011
Details have been released for the incoming
USA Men's Curling Tour and Male curlers are invited to intimate their interest in playing by the 16th December 2011.

15th October 2011
Kelso and Roxburgh both record wins in the first Province games of the season in the
Melrose Kettle

1st October




30th September 2011
Curling now well under way. It has been an unusual start with summer temperatures and high humidity.
Jim has continued to make ice; ignoring the dust and a good view of the car park from the ice pad !
Construction is now complete and the Zamboni is in its new home ready for its first cut this Saturday.


9th August 2011

LATEST NEWS from BORDERS CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP

The Group recently had a meeting with Caroleann MacLellan, the representative of Peoples Millions, Big Lottery, from whom they won the grant of £47,686.00 last year.  The purpose of the meeting was for Caroleann, to evaluate how the 8 to 80+ Project has been delivered & received by Borders curlers.  This Project is now in its final stage, with some residue funding left over, to allocate between September/October (due to the snow last season). 

This amazing funding has been a wonderful boost to the number of new curlers, young curlers, established curlers, wheelchair curlers – indeed the Border Ice Rink entirely!  It has probably been the greatest achievement of the Border Curling Development Group thus far?!  Caroleann was very pleased with the way the Project had been set out, delivered, records kept & communication of all.  The final end of year report was apparently a role model for other projects?!

The Group attended both Border Union Show & Duns Show & spread the word about the funded Come & Try ice available, for all who would like to come along to try (FREE) the sport of curling from 1.30pm onwards on 22 October, 2011.  Please encourage any friends to give it a go – come along with them to help, always appreciated!

The Curling stand will be at Kelso at St James Fair Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4 September, any people willing to help man the stand, will be most welcome.

The Monday Club youngsters are hoping to benefit from sponsored ice during the coming season, as the Group feels that extra ice would encourage/enable continuing successes.  There will also be the facility of an 8 to 80+ sheet (FREE) per local Club available this season for Club newcomers, similar to last season.  This ice can be booked for any time in the season but MUST be “booked” by the end of October so that it will be paid within the 8 to 80+ Project timescale.  Please enter details of all participants as previously, in the Club files, as this helps all to build a data base for the Project.

If any curler has a few hours spare – why not try to attend the Assistants Coach Course being held at our Ice Rink on 1st October  2011 – ask Liz Cullen for further details.  There is no cost involved as the 8 to 80+ Project is funding these courses.  The coaching staff is always needing new recruits!

THANK YOU Border curlers & friends for supporting the Group in these worthwhile enterprises.  The Group would love to hear about new members in particular, but indeed, of any way the Group could help their Club.



15th July 2011
At long last the work has started on the extension at the rink to house the Zamboni ice cutting unit.   This new building will be erected on the side of the rink just below the rink-side changing rooms and will have a large under-floor tank to which the ice removed from the rink will be deposited for melting.

27th May 2011.
Ian Middlemas dies at 83.   Ian was member of the Kelso Club, a director of the Border Ice Rink and for many years was the licence-holder of the Abbotseat Bar.   Ian was involved with curling for many years playing for Kelso, but was a loyal and hard working director of the company applying his knowledge of the retail drinks industry (at both sides of the bar) being a director of the local drinks company A Middlemas & Sons.

15th May 2011.
The following letter is extended to all who sponsored her for the very worthwhile cause.
Mrs Helen DG Mathieson
The Smiddy,
Mersington
GREENLAW,
Berwickshire, TD10 6UL
Tel/Fax 01890 840 204 or Mobile 07967 87 3438
E
mail: 
thesmiddyfolk@btinternet.com 
Dear All fellow curlersMay I through our web page, express my heartfelt thanks to all who sponsored me during my Pink Ribbon Walk for Breast Cancer Care on Saturday 14 May.  I walked the 10 mile course through lovely Perthshire in sunny, breezy & sometimes hilly conditions & enjoyed every minute.  My efforts raised £450.00 and I accomplished the walk in under 2 hours 15 minutes & was over the finish line among the first dozen.  All competitors were given a huge cheer & best of all at the end of the walk a free massage – bliss!Thank you, all curlers &Borders folk, for your generosity to this worthwhile cause.Yours in curling (& walking now!)Helen DG Mathieson.

27th March 2011.
A Kelso team under the banner of "Kelso Reivers" won the "
Edinburgh International Gathering" at murrayfield at the weekend.   The team of Jimmy Green, Bill Cleghorn, David Kerr and Andy Adams took on challenges from teams from Switzerland, Sweden and Italy as well as three home teams to end the weekend with 6 wins and the title.   The Reivers rotated their playing positions for every game which obviously did not do them any harm.   Click on the link for details and photos.

22nd March 2011.
Following the two league finals Harry Dodds surprised Bill Cleghorn when he was presented with the Ice Diamond Award for his services to curling at Border Ice Rink.   Bill thanked everyone for their support but hastened to point out he was only one of dedicated team of curlers working for the good of curling and accepted the award on their behalf.

22nd March 2011.
In two very close finals the Ladies League and Border League kept a full house of spectators on the edge of their seats. 
The
Ladies League game on sheet 2 was sitting at an extra end with Fiona Trumbull's counter sitting 4 feet from the button with Marion holding the last stone of the game.   Marion could opt to hit or promote any one of her two front stones, opting for the promote she played a corker and took a one to go two up and win the game.
The
Agrii Border League final looked like a run-away after Balfour Stewart took  5 at the second end, only to see Colin Martin come back with a 4 in the 3rd.   A blank at the 4th was followed by exchanges of one's to force an extra end which was won by Duns.

13th March 2011.
Kelso High School in
National Schools Finals starting Friday 18th March

12th March 2011.
The Borders Vurtual Club was one of many who took part in the
National Virtul Club Bonspiel.   The Border team performed well just failing to qualify for the Semi-Finals.

9th March 2011.
Congratulation to the Border Girls for winning the Morton Trophy.  1st time in 22 yrs.  Also thanking everyone who played in the Morton games, ensuring we had enough points to qualify and also thank you to the supporting team yesterday.  We made plenty noise.
The teams were:
June Swan (skip), Glynnice Laucer, Isabel Nisbet, Violet Reid
Margaret Robertson (skip), Wendy Henderson, Liz Cullen, Marion Millar
Venitia Scott (skip), Joan Dixon, Judith Dixon, Moira Davison.
Click Here to see the score sheets, or here for the earlier qualifying rounds.

5th March 2011.
Betty Wilson, Coldstream & Hirsel C C died on Friday 25th February.   Betty was a well known curler at home and abroad as a club member, a past president of both the RCCC Ladies Section and of the Border Ice Rink Ladies Section.   Her Late husband Willie Wilson was also a past President of the RCCC and was the inspiration behind the founding of the Border Ice Rink.   Betty has not curled for many years but was still a visitor to the Border Ice Rink, in particular to the Directors Trophy which she sponsored for many years.   Betty did not enjoy the best of health recently but was planing to attend the Coldstream Club dinner this spring.   The very well attended funeral at Lennel cemetery and afterwards at a service of remembrance at Coldstream Parish Church was made up from friends she had made across her diverse range of interests.   Betty was in the course of her lifetime an active church member; bridge player; councilor; bowler; hockey player (goalkeeper); curler; Justice of the Peace and served on many other committees as well as being devoted family person.   She will be missed by all and Border Curlers unite in offering our deepest sympathy to the family now that she has gone to play in that grand match above.

4th March 2011.
The Border Province played a Waldie Griffiths match to-day which resulted in a close win for the Borders over the Peebles Province.   The 33 - 26 win records a score of +1.75, which will not be good enough to win the silver.

19th February 2011.
As the season draws close to an end the League places are fought for and some of the longer runnig competitions come to a climax.   This week saw Yester end the Border Chainsaw
Harry Hogg on a high some teams secure a place in the Agrii Border League.   Michael Sutherland sponsored the Open Pointswith Angus Duncan just managing to pip Luigi Massari in the play-off.

14th February 2011.
The annual
Mari Curie Bonspielplayed at Kelso over the weekend raised a handsome pot for this very worthwhile cause (the total is not yet known).   The many sponsors and players alike all contributed greatly to make this another fine weekend of curling and fund-raising.   The dinner on the Saturday night was a great success and one comment made was "The table decoration and attention to detail in the colour matching of the seats made the club room look splendid"

10th February 2011.
Borders went to Murrayfield in the recent round of the Maxwell trophy, but only managed one win out of the three games resulting in 4 - 2 in favour of the Edinburgh rink.

14th January 2011.
Border Bonspiel & Quiz.
Earlston were the early run away leaders with three wins taking them to an average of +5.67 shots up.   This in a normal year would be classed as a winning score, but Ayton Castle had different plans when Colin Martin's team had a big 20 - 1 win over Teviotdale to push the ayton score to +7.33.
James Dixon presided over the presentation and presented the trophy to Bobbie Forrest the Ayton Vice President in place of President Jimmy Hodge (To whom we all wish a speedy recovery from his accident) Ladies Section Vice President, Wendy Henderson presented the bottles of Grouse to the Ayton players.
The evening was rounded off with the annual Quizspiel which filled the club for the evening and the very narrow winners were "Streamers" from Coldstream (M Hall, W Murray, G Lauder & Robert Walker) with 71 points and close on their heels with 70 point were last years winners "Rox Steady"
 from the Roxburghe Club.

6th December 2011.
The
Border Bonspiel sponsored by the "Famous Grouse" will be held on the 12th & 13th January and the draw is now available here.

29th November 2010.
The rink remained closed on Monday, it is hoped to open for the Border League games Tue 30th at 2.30 pm.   Clearing the snow from the park will be done AM Tuesday.

28th November 2010.
Due to heavy snow in the local area of the Borders there has been some games cancelled.   Duns called off a club game and the Province match between Peebles and the Borders has also been postponed.   The Henderson Bishop games went ahead.  The rink was closed on Saturday due to the cancellation of the Berwickshire Bonspiel.   The decision was also taken to close the rink for skating on Sunday.   A review will take place on Monday to assess the next actions.

22nd November 2010.
The Past Presidents day on Friday 19th was the usual mixture of socialising and curling, perhaps in that order.   The curling just in case you are interested was won by Ian Dykes (Skip), Bill Mitchell, Rob Fortune & Jim Buchanan.

19th November 2010.
The committee of the Border Ice Rink Club have honoured Ian Hill for his 21 years of bar duties at the club with an Honorary Club Membership.   Ian who is still curl's for the St Ronans club was delighted with the news and thanked the committee for the honour.   Well done Ian, we all wish you and Frances a long and happy retirement.

17th November 2010.
Local Curler Andrew Reed teams up with fellow English curlers to compete in the European Curling Championships at Champery, Switzerland on 3rd - 11th December.   There is also a ladies English team and of course ladies and gents teams from Scotland, so plenty to keep an eye on.
Good luck Andrew.   You can follow the progress of all teams at
http://www.ecc2010.ch/

13th November 2010
Border Ice rink Ladies section entertained a
Canadian touring team, with lunch, curling and afternoon tea.   The games ended all square with both sides scoring 29 shot and two wins each

12th November 2010
Matthew Templeton and Bibby have close games.   The main event for the Matthew Templeton Trophy was going James Starks way until Keith scored a 5, to go 3 up, the next ends went to James leaving Keith only scoring at two ends but with an advantage of one shot to deny team Stark from lifting the trophy for the fourth year in a row.   Keith like James has also had three wins in a row back in 1985 - 87.

30th October 2010
Kelso snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Melrose Kettle.
Visit Melrose Kettle Page..

26th October 2010
The board of directors are pleased to report that the acquisition of the Zamboni Ice Cutting unit is now complete and the unit is in store waiting on the building of the storage area at the rink.

24th October 2010
BIR was host to 120 curlers in the
Indoor Grand Match yesterday (Saturday). there is a report on the Kelso activities Here.   You may click on  Borders for the results at Kelso or All for other all 15 rinks.

6th October 2010
In the Greenlaw Club's Buchanan Trophy on Tuesday night the final end resulted in an 8 END for Jim Purdie and his rink of John Stevenson, John Logan and Jim Fleming.   The game had been going their way as they entered the 8th end at 9 - 3 up against John Barker and the team of Ken Sangster, John Fleming and Graeme Addison, but the 8 ender just put the hat on it!!

6th October 2010
Due to lack of ticket sales the BCDG have decided to cancel the Harvest Supper Dance due to be held in Ednam Hall on the 15th October.

20th September 2010
The curling season draws ever closer and the final preparation goes ahead at the rink.   The ice is now formed and the rings are just about to be painted.   Raymond the new Barman is helping Paul and Jim with the painting as his introduction to the job.   Joe is spending a bit time at the rink giving the Bistro a little fece lift and getting set for the season.
For those of you expecting to see Jim riding around in the Zamboni Ice Cutter, you will have to wait just a little bit longer.   There will be an extension added to the side of the rink encroaching ever so slightly in to the car park, this is being built to house the Zamboni and accept the ice cuttings for draining.   Until this is built there is no practical way of using the machine.

16th August 2010
The curling stones at Kelso have been in service for many years, but they never last forever.  Twelve years ago the stones had new granite running surface inserts fitted, these inserts were due to be honed to give them a better draw, something we have lacked in recent years.   This work has now been done at the stone manufacturer "
Kay's of Scotland" based in Mauchline, Ayrshire.   The advantage of this rework is a stone that will draw more; the disadvantage is that the player will have to put on a positive handle.   Players who put on very little handle may find the stone taking the other handle!!!   Thank you! to Bert Duncan who provided all the transport of the one and quarter ton of granite to and from Mauchline with his sidekick Jim Keddie riding shotgun to protect our precious stones.   This is another part of the continuing programme to produce better facilities for the sport at Border Ice Rink.  
As mentioned in an earlier report the BIR have acquired a Zamboni Ice cutter, but the installation of this unit into our rink will take a little time as there is some building work to be done to house the unit and we will be at the mercy of the planners and builders!!

31st July 2010
The AGM of the Border Ice Rink Club is on the horizon and there will be some changes to the constitution to bring it up to date with some recent changes.   None of the changes are contentous in any way but have to be addressed.
CLICK HERE to see the proposals.

11th July 2010
Border Ice Rink are pleased to welcome Liz Cullen to the staff as "Border Area Curling Development Officer" (Border ACDO).   Liz is well known in the Borders and in particular to the Border Curling Fraternity.   Liz has decided to take early retirement from her position as Principal Teacher, Learning Support at Earlston High school.  
Liz starts during august with some initial training, updating of contacts and records before settling into the position on the 1st September.
"We all wish you well in your new role Liz and you can be assured of our support."

24th June 2010
Border Ice Rink Ltd continue to strive for better ice at an affordable price at Kelso.
Many curlers have noticed the steady improvement in curling ice quality over the last couple of years.   The first investment was in the De-Humidifier, then there was the "De-ionised Pebble Water" the "Refrigeration Plant" was then updated and then the "Nipper" & "Ice-King" added during the last season.
To continue these upgrades and improvements the stones are being re dressed during the summer to obtain better performance.   The recent good news is that the rink has purchased a "Zamboni Ice Cutter".   This new bit of kit will cut the ice surface down and prevent the build up of ice thickness.   The advantages of this is: Better control of Ice Surface Temperature.   More economical to maintain the ice temperature.   Reduce the amount of water used.   Kinder to the environment.
The end result will be "better ice for all curlers" - it is hoped!

22nd June 2010
Lorna Shaw has been accepted by the RCCC into the Elite Coaching programme.   This is the first time a border curler has been accepted.   Well done Lorna and GOOD LUCK! from all at BIR.

15th June 2010
Our hard working development group never give up do they?   This summer there will be two fund raisers to help fund future development projects.
1.  A BBQ in the lovely walled gardens at Roxburgh Barns (Courtesy of the Stark Family) will be held on Sunday 18th July starting at 2.00 pm and tickets are priced at £7.50.   Please bring your friends for a lovely afternoon out in the nice warm sunny day that is promised.
2.  The second event is a new venture, being a "Harvest Supper Dance" in Ednam Village Hall on Friday 15th October at 7.30 pm, and tickets for this are priced at £15.00.
Tickets for both the above are available from BCDG Committee or by email to
Helen Mathieson

2nd May 2010
Border Development Officer, Jim Buchanan will have a stand in the Volunteer Hall, Gala at the "Big Event" on 26th May.   The event is open from 12 noon 'till 6 pm.
The purpose of Jim being there is to support the Gala Water curling club and try and develop more interest in curling from that area.   If any curler wants to come along on the day please do.

26th April 2010
Margaret Sturrock Sadly Margaret lost her fight against her long illness.   Dave was very pleased to see so many curlers come along to
Hundy Mundy Wood on Monday and thanks everyone for their attendance and good wishes.    Margaret was Ladies Branch Secretary for many years and will be missed around the rink, but Dave said he would be back during next season to see everyone.

15th April 2010
BCDG give details of the Peoples Millions Project and how clubs can apply for FREE ICE to develop the sport. 
Click Here for details.

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Douglas, Oliver, Frances & Ian

27th March 2010
After 21 years of association with the Ice Rink Bar, Frances and Ian Hill retire.   In a very busy club after the End Of Season Bonspiel, Oliver Stark presided over the presentation to Frances and Ian.   Ian started at the bar helping his brother Dave 21 years ago but for the last 15 years has been the Bar Steward and has latterly been assisted by his wife Frances.   Frances is not a stranger to the rink in other ways, she has been the club cleaner for the last 9 years as well as pulling pints in the old Abbotseat public bar as well as the club.   Oliver presented the couple with a cheque, being the result of a collection by the members.   Douglas Elliot also presented with them with a cheque from the directors on behalf of the shareholders.   In a joint reply Ian and Frances said they would use their new camcorder (the present picked by themselves) to video their holiday's and thanked everyone for their kind donations and good wishes.
The Border Curling Development Group won the Ice Diamond Award last year and have asked for this to be presented anually to a border curler, club or group who have given exceptional service to curling in the Borders.
Jim Buchanan our Development Officer also retires next month and the committee have selected Jim as the first recipient of this trophy.   This was presented to Jim by Oliver Stark.

27th March 2010
The last competitions of the season were the
Weekend Trophywon by Ryan Hogarth and the End of Season Bonspiel, won by Gary Craig, Alan Collett, Mrs Rineke Sangster and Jim Buchanan

6th March 2010
The coaches and volunteers at the rink had a very busy afternoon and evening on the Saturday Come and Try event.   With over 100 new curlers passing through their hands there was little time for rest.
The event follows on from the TV coverage of curling at the Olympics.
There were new curlers trying the sport from all over our normal catchment area, but being the most southerly rink on the east side of the country we also attracted people from Newcastle, Co Durham and Yorkshire.

27th February 2010
The Board of BIR Ltd have had requests for earlier evening times for curling and all are invited to comment on their preferred time in
this survey, please complete and send to voice your preferred choice.

27th February 2010
The Henderson Bishop Finals were played at Lockerbie on 22nd - 25th and the home team were the victors of a close final against Kinross with a final score of 7 - 6.
The Border team of June Swan (S), Glynnice Lauder, Gillian Smith and Joan Forrest reached the final of the low road for the "Cherry Stone Trophy", But after a very hard fought battle which went to the last end the Borders lost to Lanarkshire by 5 shots to 7.    Well done ladies, a very fine effort!!!

9th February 2010
The Border Ladies team of June Swan (S), Glynnice Lauder, Gillian Smith & Myra Thomson won the Aberdeen Ladies Invitation in January.    This competition is an invitation to any national or  international Ladies team who have won any major competitions

14th February 2010
Marie Curie Bonspiel won by local skip James Stark.   When we enter the winners of border competitions it is a simple case of cut and paste the name James Stark.   Well done to the winners and to all who played in this great fund-raiser.  
Click Here for results.

5th February 2010
Team Stark keep a firm hold on the Directors Trophy with an easy win over the Yester rink Skipped by Johnny Shedden
click here for full results report.

5th February 2010
The new display stand housing a record of all the past winners of Border Ice Rink Club competition winners was unveiled by Tommy Neilands at Border Ice Rink tonight.   Tommy was asked to perform the honours as his name was on the very first year of winners for winning the Cunningham Trophy for the 40 and under age group (he was unable to defend the title as the following year he was to old).
This new display will be a record for all to view and will be located in the club lounge.

1st February 2010
Congratulations to the border team of James Stark (S), Andrew Reed, Stuart Craig & Alastair Hodge who are the first full Borders team to win the Yara Farmers Curling Tournament at the Dewars Centre, Perth, last week.   With a hard fight and some close games to get to the final, he had a good result in the final with a win of 6 - 1.  See full results
HERE

19th January 2010
The start date for the 8 to 80+ Project will be 30th March 2010. click here for details.

17th January 2010
The first full week of the
Virtual Club got going with 12 new mew members yesterday.   The club also had a short meeting and organised themselves with a small committee.
The
Virtual Club is a progression from the beginners classes and a feeder to the main curling clubs.

8th January 2010

Statement from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club concerning the Grand Match

It is with great disappointment that The Royal Caledonian Curling Club has made the

decision not to hold the proposed Grand Match on the Lake of Mentieth.

Following extensive discussions with a wide variety of interested parties including

Central Scotland Police, The Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance

Service, and Stirling Council it has not proved possible to address all health and

safety concerns and receive the full backing of the Emergency Services within the

timescales involved.

Without achieving this it would be impossible to gain the necessary insurance to hold

the event. Every possible effort has been made to facilitate this unique event but it

has been acknowledged that public safety must remain the primary concern.

All parties involved will continue to investigate options available to organise such an

event at some point in the future, and insure that this iconic spectacle is made

possible for the curlers and the public’s safe enjoyment.

The Royal Club would like to thank all interested parties for their endeavours to stage

this match.



6th January 2010
Due to the hard packed ice followed by a fresh fall of over 12" of snow traveling to the rink was a problem and most games and competitions had to be canceled.   The management decided to comply with the request of the local authorities and close the rink to prevent unnecessary traveling.
It is intended to open on Saturday 9th as normal.   Thanks are extended to Ian Fleming from Sucklawridge for his skilfull clearing of snow from the car park.

5th January 2010.

The BIR Ladies Pairs have been postponed due to bad weather and the new date penciled in is 16th & 17th Feb.   Check here and on the board at the rink for confirmation.

5th January 2010 - 15.00 pm
By Colin Grahamslaw
The Grand Match Committee met today (5th January) to discuss the potential for a Grand Match.
The sites at Piper Dam and Loch Leven are not currently playable as both have a covering of frozen snow.
The Committee is hopefully that the Lake of Menteith can be used and a number of meetings will be held with various local partners and authorities over the next couple of days to try and make it happen. The ice level is currently between five and six inches (a minimum of seven inches are required for a Grand Match). There was a light dusting of snow in the area last night, weather conditions permitting, it is hoped that a Grand Match may be called early next week (week beginning the 11th January).
A further update will be issued on Friday 8th.

5th January 2010 AM
By RCCC
Many people have been enquiring about the possibility of a Grand Match taking place.  All of us at the Royal Club are excited at the prospect of a Grand Match taking place for the first time since 1979.
The Royal Club has two approved sites based primarily on safety and accessibility.  These sites are at Piper Dam near Dundee and on Loch Leven near Kinross.  Both of these sites are being monitored closely but are covered in frozen snow, making play impossible at the moment.  We need a slight thaw followed by another cold snap before these locations will become playable.
The site of the Grand Match in 1979, Lake of Mentieth was removed from the list of approved locations a number of years ago for various reasons.  There is a meeting later today to discuss how these issues might be overcome.
The ice needs to be seven inches thick before play can commence and five inches before the Royal Club will mark out the rinks.  All the locations currently have more than four inches of ice.