A Brief History of Bearsden Curling Club.
The club grew out of the Bearsden Skating and Curling Association which was formed in 1907, and who had a pond in what is now Colquhoun Park where it can still be seen. The members of the Association in the beginning seem to have been householders from the wealthier houses of the Burgh.
In 1911 Bearsden Curling Club broke away from the Skating and Curling Association as a body in their own right, and was admitted to membership of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club.
Two years later, it was decided to allow Ladies to join, although it was to be another nineteen years before the first Lady Skip was elected.
In those days of long cold winters most, if not all curling would have taken place outdoors, but from the earliest years indoor curling was available at Crossmyloof Ice Rink and gradually this became the centre of the Club’s activities.
Curling also took place on an ad hoc basis on various freshwater lochs around the area, notably Loch Ardinning and the Mill Dam in Strathblane. ( Then as now, it seems, the ice in Colquhoun Park was rendered unplayable by those with no interest in skating or curling ! )
When Crossmyloof closed in 1986, the centre of activity moved to the Summit Centre at Finnieston until it too closed in 1998.
A year later the new Braehead Rink opened, and the centre of the Club’s activities has remained there since.
Up until 1995, the Club had been in the total control of a committee of eight elected skips (with 2 retiring every year), who made all decisions on both curling and administration, but the constitution was changed that year and democracy came to the club for the first time !
The new constitution means that all of our office bearers are elected annually, and committee members are elected for a three-year period. It is our aim to try and keep the gender balance equal in both membership and administration. Our first Lady President was elected to serve for seasons 2001 to 2003.
It is no longer necessary to be a resident of Bearsden to become a member of the club, and both junior and wheelchair members are welcome.
Many of the Trophies that members play for today, in a wide variety of competitions, have their roots deep in the Club’s past, and were presented by Members unknown to most of today’s curlers, but our internal competitions, and participation in external competitions, friendlies and away weekends, gives all of our members the chance to participate at every level of the sport.
The hundredth anniversary of our admission to the RCCC was celebrated throughout season 2011 / 12 with special Bonspiels, a grand Gala Evening and Dinner and even a Civic Reception !
Bearsden Curling Club now looks forward to providing sociable and competitive curling long into the future !
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