It is three weeks since the announcement that intu Braehead intends to close the only Curling Rink in the Greater Glasgow area at the end of March 2020 leaving 700 curlers with no local curling rink.

Braehead Curling Development Group took the initiative and held two emergency meetings attended by over 200 curlers at very short notice to hear the opinions of the Curlers and Clubs affected.   Bruce Crawford, CEO of Scottish Curling, attended both meetings.

Statement from The Braehead Curling Development Group

We have now completed the two Emergency Meetings and very much appreciate the attendance and support, over the two evenings, of nearly 200 members and guests.

We also thank Scottish Curling, represented by Bruce Crawford CEO, for their support on both evenings.

The Members were again advised that the Curling Facility at Braehead will close at the end of the current season, end of March 2020.

Intu representative Scott Martin answered questions raised by the Members and Guests.

The Members and Guests discussed the options available to them for the 20/21 season.

The Members and Guests discussed a variety of long-term visions for providing Curling in Glasgow.

There was overwhelming support from the Members, Guests and Scottish Curling to explore the providing of a new/another facility in Glasgow or Renfrewshire.

The Meetings agreed a Working Group should be formed to move potential options to a Feasibility Stage and report back to members early in the New Year.

The Braehead Curling Development Group undertook to seek interest from members and individuals beyond who could bring certain expertise as will be required by the Working Group. Given the urgency to move to full Feasibility Stage the Braehead Curling Development Group will take the lead in forming the initial Working Group.

We would like to thank all who have attended the meetings and those who have separately reached out. We have no doubt your passion, expertise and determination to deliver a new Curling Facility to serve Glasgow will prevail.

We look forward to working with you all closely over the coming weeks and months.

Yours sincerely,

 

Alan Hannah

BCDG – Chairman

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The Braehead Curling Development Group will host two Emergency Meetings, dates and times as follows:

Tuesday 26th November 2019 @ 6.30pm

Wednesday 27th November 2019 @ 6.30pm

The meetings will be held in the Marketing Suite, 3rd Floor within Braehead Shopping Centre.

We felt it important to offer two times to ensure all have an opportunity to attend.

The meetings will be open to members, curling guests and stakeholders.

The Agenda for the meetings will be as follows:

  • Introduction
  • The Short Term – until the end of the current season
  • The Medium Term – Season 20/21
  • The Long Term Vision
  • Form a Working Group
  • AOCB

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting with a view to turning this sad situation into a positive for Curling.

A sad day for all at Braehead, closure advise at the end of the current season.

An open meeting will be called next week, dates and times to be advised.

Scottish Curling have added another date to their Roadshow to be hosted by Greenacres Curling Club on Tuesday 10th December 2019 from 6.30pm.

Mrs Janie S Glen was the Glasgow Ladies Curling Club Secretary in the 1930s who promoted and developed many Inter Club games throughout Scotland.

A colourful meeting at Ayr for the annual match between Glasgow Ladies and Ayr Ladies for the trophy. Very exciting competitive curling which went down to the last stone with a Peels result. Glasgow Ladies being the present Holders retain the Trophy.  These two Clubs have played annually for 70 years and it has always been incredibly close games and always played in the true spirit of curling.

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