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Asham under 21 Slam

The last leg of the Asham Under 21 Slam was held at Lockerbie last weekend and attracted team 18 teams of young curlers from all over Scotland including a girls team from Latvia.
As ever the standard was very high and many spectators who came along were certainly not disappointed. The competition is keenly sponsored by local businesses and grateful thanks go to Dryfe Veterinary Group, Henderson and Mackay, King’s Arms Hotel, C M Kirkpatrick and McJerrow & Stevenson for their continued support.
Alistair Stevenson thanked Asham Curling Supplies for their support of the competition before presenting the trophy and prizes to the winning men’s team of Ross Whyte (skip), Callum Kinnear, Ryan McCormack and Duncan McFadzean who defeated David Baird’s team of Fraser Kingan, Robin McCall and Gavin Barr.
Marion Murdoch presented the Murdoch Salver to the winning ladies team of Madara Bremane (skip) Megija Graumane, Laura Gaidule, Evelina Barone and Zane Brakovska who beat Amy MacDonald (skip), Amy Bryce, Eilidh Yates and Layla Al Saffar.
Ross Whyte’s team has again successfully won the Slam overall which will be presented to him at the Junior Championships.

Winning Men L to R: Duncan McFadzean, Ryan McCormack, Callum Kinnear, Ross Whyte and Alistair Stevenson.

Winning Girls L to R: Evelina Barone, Zane Brakovska, Madara Bremane, Marion Murdoch, Laura Gaidule, Megija Graumane

 

 

Students from Bristol University with Kate & Toby McCartney & The NLP Training Co

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USA Women Curlers come to Lockerbie.
On Saturday 12th November the South of Scotland Ice Rink at Lockerbie had the privilege of hosting a grand curling match between 20 American women curlers and 20 women representing Lockerbie. The visitors were on a three week tour of Scotland, playing against local teams in 17 centres. They arrived mid morning and were taken to visit the garden of remembrance where they paid their respects to those who had lost their lives in the Pan Am tragedy in 1988. Returning to the ice rink a relaxed and sociable lunch was followed by a keenly fought curling match that saw the American women win in 4 out of their five games. Despite losing out on this occasion, the Lockerbie Ladies thoroughly enjoyed their games and there was great camaraderie on the ice and afterwards in the lounge. Supper and songs rounded off a very memorable day for all. Friendships were forged and from all the Lockerbie Ladies to our new sister curlers from across the pond, “haste ye back”Photo by G E Photography (www.ge-photography.co.uk)

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KINNEAR TAKES GREENACRES TITLE AT ASHAM UNDER 17 SLAM

The Baljaffray Trophy, the third Asham Under 17 Slam of the season, took place at Greenacres Curling Rink from Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th November.

Team Kinnear (pictured right) continued their winning streak, having now claimed all three Asham Under 21 Slam event titles so far. The semi finals were contested by Farmer, Davie, Kinnear and Gallacher – with Kinnear and Farmer making it to the final, leaving Gallacher and Davie to play the 3/4 game. Although Kinnear took a 3 in the first end of the final, Farmer answered with a 2 in the second. There wasn’t much between the teams going into the seventh end, with the score 5-4 to Kinnear, however a three in the seventh sealed the win for them.

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Curling: Hannah Fleming bids to slide up the rankings

HANNAH Fleming is in somewhat of a strange position; she is one of the best in the world at her sport, yet she is not the best in Scotland.

The curler has been rapidly increasing her stock on the international stage in recent months but has the not insignificant challenge of having to topple Olympic bronze medallists and former world champions Eve Muirhead and her team if she is to claim the honour of being number one in Scotland.

Fleming and her team are making good progress, though. The 25-year-old from Lockerbie is a former world junior champion but it has taken her a few years to make a real mark on the senior scene.

A change of team this season means that Team Fleming is made up of Fleming as skip, Alice Spence as lead, Vicky Wright as second and Jennifer Dodds as third and the new combination has really clicked.

This week, Team Fleming are playing in their first ever Grand Slam event in Cranbrook, Canada and Fleming admits qualifying for the competition is a major step forward.

“It’s really exciting to have made it to a Grand Slam because this has been a goal of ours for a really long time,” she says.

“When we were setting our goals at the start of the season, getting to a Grand Slam was a target but we thought it might be a bit of a stretch. But we’ve had a few good tournaments recently and managed to get there, which is great.”

Fleming may have been top of the pile as a junior curler but with the transition from junior to senior being notoriously precarious, Fleming admits the step up has taken some getting used to.

Team Fleming are now ranked a career-high 26th in the world and Fleming is confident that her new team has the potential to continue to climb the rankings as the season progresses.

“The thing that’s been frustrating since moving from junior to senior is that we always showed glimpses of potential but we’ve had to really work on becoming more consistent,” she says.

“For me personally, my consistency has improved and knowing that I’ve got a good team behind me helps a lot because it gives me confidence.”

The challenge for Fleming is that to become the top team in Scotland, she needs to become one of the best teams in the world.

Team Muirhead, skipped by Eve Muirhead, has been at the sharp end of world curling for a number of years and with only one team from each country qualifying for major championships, Fleming has yet to make an appearance at the Olympics or World or European Championships.

As Fleming’s team has yet to overcome Muirhead at the qualifiers, the more established skip has monopolised the major championship appearances to date.

While having such strong competition must be, at times, frustrating, Fleming is also quick to point out the positives of having one of the world’s best teams on her doorstep.

“It’s definitely tough having such hard competition and to beat Eve, we need to be the best in the world,” she says.

“Having Eve and her team to compete against means that we’re getting world-class competition all of the time in Scotland. We feel that we’re getting closer every year and it’s a great gauge for us as to where we are on the world stage.

“In some ways, it’s not great having them in Scotland because they’re such a strong team but in other ways, it’s brilliant because it’s such good competition for us and it shows us what we need to work on.”

With such strength in depth in Scottish curling, the sport is in a good place. This is highlighted by the major events that are coming to these shores, the latest of which is the European Championships which begin in Glasgow next week.

Disappointingly for Fleming, Team Muirhead are Scotland’s representatives but she knows how important it is to have top-level curling on show in Scotland in order to develop the game further.

“Hopefully the Scottish people will go along and get a taste for curling,” she says. “Curling’s a really great sport and even though it’s getting bigger, it still needs more publicity so having world-class curlers competing in a major competition in Scotland can only be a good thing for the future of the sport in this country.”

Unlike Muirhead and her squad, Fleming and her team are not full-time athletes. She is supported by British Curling but also works part-time as an estate agent in her home town.

“I actually like having a focus other than curling so I think this works well for me,” she says. “ We’re aiming to keep creeping up the world rankings and get invited to more top events.”

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U.S. EDGE AHEAD OF SCOTLAND AS USWCA TOUR GETS UNDERWAY
Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 9:51am
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Following their arrival in Scotland on Saturday 5th November, and a couple of days acclimatisation including a reunion with the 2011 US tourists, twenty women curlers from all over The United States of America began their tour on Sunday 6th with an opening banquet at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrewshire.

Their quest to win the Marguerite Roberts Quaich began with a game at Braehead followed by a welcoming lunch hosted by the Braehead Ladies Branch. On to Greenacres (pictured) and they took to the ice again and an evening of warm hospitality. The U.S. women are edging ahead after two games, the current running score being 71 – 62. With many more games still to go, Scotland’s women look forward to narrowing the gap.

The Tour continues at Waterfront in Greenock today and then onto Stranraer, sightseeing and curling at a total of twenty venues around Scotland:

Waterfront, 8th
Stranraer, 9th/10th
Ayr, 11th
Lockerbie, 12th
Dumfries, 13th
Kelso, 14th
Edinburgh, 15th/16th
Kirkcaldy, 17th
Kinross, 18th
Forfar, 19th
Aberdeen, 20th
Inverness, 21st/22nd
Perth, 23rd
Stirling, 24th
Hamilton, 25th

 

Success in Inverness for Davie and Whyte at the Asham Under 21 Slam, read more about it here: http://www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org/?p=18908

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Weekend round-up – Team Jackson triumph in Prague, while there are quarter-final runs by Team Murdoch and Team Aitken/Mouat in Okotoks and Geising respectively: https://theroaringgameblog.com/2016/10/31/team-jackson-victorious-in-prague/

 

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Team Kinnear have taken their second Asham Under 17 Slam title of 2016/17 – click for more from the weekend http://www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org/?p=18864

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So proud of my team today winning the low road today at the u17 Hamilton slam. Thank you to Stuart for subbing for us xx🏆

 

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Asham under 17 Slam – Stevenson Trophy
High road winners Mathew McKenzie Duncan McFadzean Ryan McCormack skip Callum Kinnear , sponsors JEM Stevenson & Gordon Dinwoodie.
Low road winners Adam MacDairmid Cameron Paterson Adam Keron Skip Blair Haswell , sponsored by Lockerbie Rotary Club.

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LOCKERBIE CLAIM SCOTTISH PAIRS TITLE
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:02pm
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The Scottish Pairs Championship was held at Stranraer Ice Rink this weekend, from 18th – 20th March. There were 24 duos taking part in the Championship, who each earned the right to compete from qualifying events held at their local ice rinks.

The teams were split into four sections, with the top two teams from each section progressing to the quarter finals on Sunday morning. By 3pm on Sunday the final two teams left to battle it out in the final were Lockerbie and Murrayfield 1. The Lockerbie team of Scott Hamilton and Robert Hamilton (pictured with Billy Howat) came out on top to claim the Scottish Pairs title, with a final score of 5-2.

For line scores from the weekend, visit the Scottish Pairs Championship page.

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AYR WIN THE HENDERSON BISHOP TROPHY
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 4:11pm
Winners – Ayr
The Henderson Bishop was contested at Lockerbie Ice Rink 29th February – 3rd March. The Ayr team (pictured right) of Margaret Agnew, Gail Thomson, Alison Cunningham and Anne Anderson came out on top 9-5 against last years winners Murrayfield 2 in the final to claim the title.

The Inverness team of Yvonne Birnie, Linda Hoskins, Alice Holland and Phyllis Tulloch (pictured below) were winners of the Cherrystone Trophy after winning the final against Stirling.

For all line scores from the competition, visit the Henderson Bishop Trophy.

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Cherrystone – Inverness

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LEAGUE WINNERS…………..the final of the Ladies League was played last Thursday afternoon at Lockerbie Ice Rink with victory going to the Ruthwell rink of Jane Hogg (skip), Eileen Broatch, Margaret Rodger and Susan Drummond
Runners up were the Dryfesdale rink of Marion Murdoch (skip), Anne Gordon, Tina Johnson and Penny Bourner. Helen Hally presented the trophy to the winners and thanked both teams for a very enjoyable final.
Back L – R Tina Johnson, Marion Murdoch and Anne Gordon
Front L – R Margaret Rodger, Jane Hogg, Eileen Broatch and Susan Drummond

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Andrew McClune Memorial bonspiel 2016

Jill Callander, representing Magnox Ltd, presented Gordon Ferrie from Lockerbie Curling School with a cheque for £350 to support the Andrew McClune Memorial bonspiel for Regional Secondary Schools.

The bonspiel is held annually in memory of Andrew, a keen curler and former Head Boy at Lockerbie Academy.

This year’s event will be held on Monday 14th March at Lockerbie Ice Rink and will be contested by all of the Regions main curling schools including defending champions, Wallace Hall Academy, and Stranraer Academy. Local school, Lockerbie Academy, will provide two teams who will strive to regain the trophy. However, the warm welcome, sportsmanship and the opportunity to socialise with other young curlers every year is paramount.

This year Rostrum Sportswear Ltd is also co-sponsoring the event.

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2017 SCOTTISH MEN’S TOUR TO USA – TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT
Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 2:00pm
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The Royal Caledonian Curling Club is pleased to announce the twenty male curlers to tour the United States of America for three weeks in January 2017 to play for the Herries Maxwell Trophy:-

They are:

Alan Arnot (Evenie Water)
William Arnot (Lundin and Montrave)
William Byers (Earlston)
Alex Dickson (Crocketford)
John Good (Haddington)
Callum Harvey (Oxenfoord)
John Hodge (Duns)
John McDermott (Ardgowan)
David McIntyre (Troon Portland)
Albert Middler (AWW)
Clarke Perry (Drystanes)
James Ramsay (Penicuik)
Alan Roe (Wishaw)
Frank Ross (Athelstaneford)
Gary Rutherford (Auchterarder)
Ian Sands (Glendoick)
David Sillito (Glasgow XX)
Kenneth Spence (Corrie)
Clive Thomson (Glasgow Academicals)
Ian Young (Suttieside)

Kenny Spence from Corrie Curling Club will be representing Lockerbie Ice Rink we would like to wish him all the best from the Rink

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POP UP EVENT
THURSDAY 10TH MARCH

Mince and Tatties night
4 ends of curling at 8pm
Mince & Tatties Supper at 9pm.
Veggie option available

Event will go ahead with 8 names
Only 24 places available!
Contact the office or put your name and phone no below to book your place

Name and phone no:

Adults £10, Under 16s £7.50

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POP UP EVENT
WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Curling and Pasta night
4 ends of curling at 8pm
Pasta Supper at 9pm.

Event will go ahead with 8 names
Only 16 places available!
Contact the office or put your name and phone no below to book your place

Name and phone no:

Adults £10, Under 16s £7.50b

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POP UP EVENT
WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY

Haggis and Hurry
4 ends of curling at 8pm
Haggis Supper at 9pm.

Event will go ahead with 8 names
Only 16 places available!
Contact the office or put your name and phone no below to book your place

Name and phone no:

Adults £10, Under 16s £7.50

 

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****attracted** ****A****sham Under ****21**** Slam ****competition ****was held last weekend at Lockerbie**** Ice Rink and 18**** teams**** ****of young curlers**** ****from ****Denmark, Netherlands, England and all over Scotland. A very high standard of play by all the young curlers made for a very exciting ****and successful ****weekend****.**** ****Th****is final leg of the ****competition is sponsored by local businesses and ****grateful thanks go to**** D****ryfe Veterinary Group, Henderson & Mackay,**** ****The Butchery,**** Kings Arms Hotel, C M Kirkp****atrick and McJerrow & Stevenson for their generous support.**

**Asham Curling Suppliers**** and the local businesses**** were thanked by ****Alistair Stevenson ****for ****their ****continued ****sponsorship and support ****for this highly**** competitive U****nder ****21 Slam****.**

**Marion Murdoch presented ****the Murdoch Salver ****to the winning ****Junior Women’s**** team of Katie Murray (skip), ****Rebecca Morrison,**** ****Hailey Duff and ****Mili Smith who played in the final game beating Lesley Young (skip), Beth Dandie, Jane Barr and Nicola Joiner.**

**Billy Howat****, President of the RCCC presented**** the trophy and prizes to the winning Junior Men’s team ****of ****Cammy McNay**** (skip)****, Finlay Campbell, Ryan McCormack and Angu****s**** Bryce**** ****who defeated**** ****Craig Joiner (skip), Euan M****a****cD****iarmid, ****Robin McCall and Craig Patterson ****in a****nother**** closely fought ****final.**

**The ****final ****outcome ****of the Under 21 Slam for 2015/16 ****resulted in Ross Whyte’s team**** and Katie Murray’s team winning the Slam outright who will be presented later at the Scottish Junior Championships.**

**Gents L**** to R****, ****Alistair**** Stevenson, ****Angus Bryce, Ryan McCormack, Finlay Campbell, Cammy McNay ****(skip) ****and Billy Howat.**

**Ladies****: ****L**** to ****R ****Billy Howat, Mili Smith, Hailey Duff, Rebecca Morrison, Katie Murray**** (skip)**** and Marion Murdoch.**

Remember skating Sunday 3rd January 2016

 

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The Matt Murdoch Curling Foundation returns with another opportunity for two junior curlers from Scotland to attend the Trillium Curling Camp in Canada in 2016. Applications are now open, find out more http://www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org/?p=16484

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You can also enter at bar or office will be a fun night

 

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Winning Curlers
A trio of wheelchair curlers who train at Lockerbie Ice Rink made the long trip to Inverness last week but it was all worthwhile when they lifted the winner’s trophy at the 4th Highland Wheelchair Curling Triples Competition. Mary Bell from Dumfries, Ted Bidgood, who lives in Hornsby, near Brampton in Cumbria, and Keith Thorn from Annan are all members of Lockerbie Wheelchair Curling Club and, having heard good reports about the curling and hospitality at this competition in previous years, decided they would like to try entering as a Triple. It was a challenging week for all 8 teams competing with 9 games played in 3 days. After the round robin section, Team Bell were lying in second place, having won 5 out of their 7 games, and moved into the High Road section of the playoffs. They won a tied semi-final by scoring in more ends than their opponents and progressed to the final which they won convincingly by 7 shots to 2 and were presented with the Tesco Trophy.
Lockerbie Wheelchair Curling Club meets every Tuesday morning from September through to March at 10.30am. For details contact Isobel Cowan – cowan_family@talktalk.net

 

 

 

SCOTTISH CURLERS SET FOR 2015 LADIES TOUR TO CANADA
Twenty four lady curlers selected frfom all corners of Scotland are embarking on a three week tour of Quebec and Ontario, Canada this Friday (November 6th) where they will enjoy a packed itinerary of curling and social activities with their Canadian hosts.

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club engages in a number of friendship tours both incoming and outgoing for men and women and this Canadian-Scottish women’s tour started in 1955 operating on a five year rotational basis; Canadian curlers visit Scotland followed five years later by Scottish curlers visiting Canada.

Ladies Tour badgeThe group will arrive in Montreal and travel by coach to Quebec City to experience Canadian history. Then it’s on to Montreal, Montebello, Ottawa, Russell, Gananoque, Kingston, Ajax and Toronto. Next a flight to Sudbury, coach travel to Saulte Ste Marie, flight back to Toronto, coach travel to the Niagara region and end with a final game and Closing Banquet at the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club on November 26th.

Tour Captain Margaret Richardson said “This is a once in a life time trip and if we have as much fun on the Tour as we have had planning and organising it then it will be a truly memorable trip for all who take part.”

Find out more and follow tour progress with regular updates, photos and results throughout the tour on the dedicated website Scottish Lady Curlers Tour of Canada 2015

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SOUTH OF SCOTLAND WINS ASAM 2015 INDOOR GRAND MATCH

The South of Scotland were crowned winners of the Alan Steel Asset Management (ASAM) 2015 Indoor Grand Match (IGM) with a 2154-1928 shots result over the North after a full day of competition on Saturday 24th October.

 

Lockerbie Ice Rink held a very successful Indoor Grand Match with 30 teams taking part throughout the day with a lot of fun being had by all .Photo’s of the day in Gallery 2015/16

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Lockerbie Ice Rink is 1 of 17 venues to host the Indoor Grand Match on Saturday 24th October, come along & cheer on the teams from near & far .Bar opens at 11am curling starts at 10am till 5.30pm and this will be a very social event .There will be a Quiz at 7pm till late come along and join in for a Great finish to your Grand Match day.

 

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SPORTS ACADEMY – Children were on the ice at Lockerbie Ice Rink on Friday 16th October curling with development officer, Marion Murdoch. For children wanting to curl, the times of weekly curling are as follows: –
Secondary Schools (Wednesday’s – 3.50pm – 5.10pm)
9 – 11 years old (Tuesday’s 3.50pm – 5.10pm)
Mini Rockers 6 – 8 years old (Thursday’s 4.15pm – 5.00pm)
For further information please contact Lockerbie Ice Rink on 01576 202197 or e-mail icerink@btconnect.com

 

Still time to get your 100 Draw

 

100 Club

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Team Bryce are Angus Bryce, Matthew Makenzie, Robbie McCormack, Ross Owen.

The first of this year’s Asham Under 14 Slams took place at Forfar Indoor Sports on Sunday 11th October with teams from as far afield as Elgin, Ayr, Kelso and Dumfries taking part alongside local representation.

The young curlers played with great skill, effort and enthusiasm throughout the round robin group games. Some were able to master the fast swinging ice conditions provided at Forfar better than others to qualify for the high and low road semi-finals. Team Mackintosh, Gallacher, Bryce and Young qualifying for the High Road and Murry, Borders Juniors, Rankin & Rowley the Low Road.

In the High Road Semi’s the experienced teams of Bryce and Gallacher had comfortable victories and progressed to the final. The Low Road Semi’s were much closer games with Rowley held on to an early lead to win to win 4-3 over Murry and Rankin coming from 2-0 to win 4-2 against Borders Juniors.

In the High Road Final Bryce stole in the first 3 ends to establish a 4 shot lead going into the last end. This was too much for the Gallacher team who could only secure one shot against the experienced Bryce team.

 

David Murdoch Photo

 

David Murdoch, Olympic Silver Medallist, paid a visit last week to his home rink at Lockerbie Ice Rink.
The visit was scheduled round a curling training session bought last year at the Matt Murdoch Memorial Day in aid of the British Heart Foundation in memory of David’s dad. Parents of Jack Strawhorn and Jake Hathaway gifted the boys with a session by David. In turn David coached the boys who benefited from lots of technical training on their delivery, sweeping, shot making, angles and much more to help improve their game in curling.
L to R Jack Strawhorn, David Murdoch and Jake Hathaway

 

 


Lockerbie Ladies Alumni Photo 2015 (2)

The first Lockerbie Ladies Alumni awards took place at Lockerbie Ice Rink @ last Tuesday afternoon. These awards were made to women who have been active curlers in the past and have contributed to the sport over the years, but are no longer curling.

Fourteen women attended to receive their awards and the collective curling experience of these women was impressive. They watched the Opening Bonspiel with great interest and their analysis of play demonstrated a sharpness undimmed by time. The ladies were then presented with their Alumni Brooch by Tricia Swan from The Queens Hotel, sponsors of the Lockerbie Ladies Alumni and flower corsage from Flowers by Fiona, Moffat.

Standing L to R: Ann Muir, Kay Goldie, Kay Smith, Gillian Kennedy, Tricia Swan, Mona Carruthers, Kate Miller, Sheila Hastings, Mattie Meechan and Helen Hally, Lockerbie Ladies President.

Seated L to R: Linda Imrie, Christine Gibson, Barbara Tuddenham, Vi Miller and Maureen Tough.



New Skate Aids at Lockerbie Ice Rink

Lockerbie Ice Rink opens for the skating season this weekend.

New for this winter are our skating aids for children. Lockerbie Community Council have given the Ice Rink a grant to help buy three penguins and a snowman which can be hired to give youngsters help when learning to skate. These will be available for the Saturday morning sessions which are restricted to under 16s. Skating starts at 10.30am till 12.30pm with doors open at 10.15am. The cafe will be open with hot lunches available from 12 – 2pm.

 

The afternoon skating sessions will start and finish an hour earlier than last year on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday 1 – 3pm and Sunday 1.30 – 4pm. Skating club and tuition will be on Sunday mornings as usual. The cafe will serve lunch from 12.30 – 2.30 on Sunday.

Ice rink can be contacted for further information

Phone: 01576 202197

Email: icerink@btconnect.com

www.lockerbieicerink.co.uk

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