The BCDG Junior Section is growing at speed and it is now time to move this initiative to the next stage of the development of a thriving Junior Section in the West of Scotland.
We require your suggestions for the name of our New Junior Club
Please email your suggestions to
There will be a prize for the winning entry which will be selected by our Junior Members
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We are delighted to announce that Braehead member Alasdair Schreiber, who will be well known to most of us who regularly play at Braehead, has been selected to join the Great Britain Men’s Team to participate in the World University Games in Granada, Spain in February 2015.
Alasdair will join Kyle Smith, Grant Hardie, Thomas Muirhead and Stuart Taylor in a 5 man team to represent GB. The Men’s Team Coach will be David Ramsay.
On behalf of the Braehead Members we wish Alasdair and his team mates the very best for the Tournament, bring back GOLD boys!
Wednesday 10th December 2014 - 2pm until 4.30pm
Friday 12th December 2014 - 5.15PM until 8.15PM
David Horne would like to invite All Braehead daytime Clubs to bring or send along at least one or perhaps more adults who would like to “Try Curling”.
His plan is to have several coaches to provide a basic introduction to curling for about 30 minutes and then play a few ends of fun curling. Club members who come along can assist the coach and then play an active role in the fun ends of curling
The charge for club members and their guests will only be £5.00pp and this will include coffee/tea and a mince pie after the curling.
Clubs will have the opportunity to provide information to any potential new curlers about their own club and perhaps be able to recruit some new members.
For more information or if your club can provide one or more potential curlers to take part please contact David Horne
0141 885 4611 (Then key 3 + 2)
Team Lindsay from Maxwell Ladies Curling Club, who play on a Friday morning at Braehead, won this year's Braehead Ladies Open.
Skip Valerie Lindsay, third Jane Paterson, Second Beverley Gardiner and Lead Liz Scott were delighted with their win. The trophy was presented by Bruce Harley of Intu Braehead. Skip Lindsay (2nd right) thanked intu Braehead for running the annual event and gave special thanks to the visiting teams from various other Scottish rinks for joining us all at Braehead for an excellent day's curling in a friendly atmosphere. She hoped those who had attended would encourage other teams to join us next year.
Words and Photo Liz Scott
Everyone at Braehead will be deeply saddened to learn of the death of Norman Cathcart after a short illness. He will be hugely missed by all who knew him, and particularly his wise counsel on all things curling.
Norman, on his own initiative, established the Braehead Curling Development Group some 6 years ago, with many successful new initiatives to support curling development at Braehead.
It was an enormous privilege for all of us on the BCDG to work along side him, and his hard work and careful planning has given all the curlers at Braehead much to be thankful for.
He was someone who worked tirelessly for the sport, in developing new ideas, and the RCCC Ice Diamond Award was very well earned.
The Community of Curlers at Braehead, Greenacres and across Scotland, have lost a highly valued friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret, the family and their friends.
Gary Macfarlane – Chair of the BCDG
I am very grateful to Robin Turner of Drystanes Curling Club for the following:
I have known Norman for all of 40 years, firstly as young man-about-town, and law apprentice serving his time at Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie, later through curling at Greenacres on Sunday mornings with the Pioneer Curling Club and for over 25 years in Drystanes.
I have also spent many happy, and occasionally fruitful days in Norman’s company with fishing rods in hand on various Scottish lochs with the Phoenix Angling Club and chasing the elusive salmon on the River Dee at Ballater.
Norman’s contribution to curling was immense. Past secretary of Drystanes Curling Club, he passed the brush to me around 10 years ago but was always thereafter a willing sounding board whenever I needed advice.
He was a qualified coach, former President of Glasgow Province Curling Club, former RCCC Area Representative for Glasgow Province, founding member of Braehead Curling Development Group, staunch supporter of Wheelchair Curling, winner of the Ice Diamond in 2013 etc. In the citation for the Ice Diamond Award, Norman was described as a quiet, unassuming and modest person, who ‘just gets on with things’ and makes things happen.
Perhaps Norman’s greatest claim to fame, and his legacy to curling, was that he was the driving force behind the development of the Virtual Clubs which is now the main route into curling for all novice curlers. Norman developed the idea during his time as Area Representative, organised and ran a successful trial at Braehead for 3 years, following which the concept was rolled out nationwide by the RCCC; there are now at least 15 Virtual Clubs the length and breadth of Scotland.
Norman will be greatly missed by us all. At Norman’s request, the Funeral Service is to be private for family only. It will be followed by a Memorial Service at St Columba Church, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4AS at 12.30pm on Thursday 4th December 2014 to which all are invited.
Our thoughts and condolences go to Margaret at this time.