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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Message from the President

 

EAST LOTHIAN PROVINCE COMPETITIONS

 

As you will be aware due to the current COVID-19 restrictions Murrayfield Ice Rink is currently closed and will be until at least early January 2021.  As a result the competitions scheduled for November and December will not go ahead as planned.  Dates in January will be dependent on the restrictions being lifted and a go ahead being given by the Ice Rink, at which time the competitions may be rescheduled depending on the availability of ice.

In these difficult times it is frustrating and unfortunate that we are unable to plan with any degree of certainty for next year and clubs will have to await updates from Murrayfield and the Province once decisions have been made.

 

Kind regards and best wishes,

 

Walter Scott

President

Monday, 2 November 2020

Closure until January 2021

As you are no doubt aware, Murrayfield has announced that it will be closed for Curling until January 2021 - see their notice, below.

Further news will appear on this website regarding Province Competitions and the curling rink, when the information comes to hand.


Murrayfield Curling Limited 
Edinburgh Curling Club

It is with considerable regret that we, Murrayfield Curling Ltd, after consultation with Edinburgh Curling Club, have made the decision to suspend curling at Murrayfield until the end of December.

This decision became inevitable after full consideration of the details emanating from the Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday 29th October.

For some weeks, we have been awaiting the outcome of lobbying of the Scottish Government by Scottish Curling with the assistance of SIRA (Scottish Ice Rink Association) to classify us as an indoor individual exercise activity, given the extensive efforts that we, along with all curling rinks in Scotland, have introduced to create as safe an environment as that required for individual adult exercise in gyms. To date we have not been successful and as result of the requirements of the Government’s Tier 3 conditions we as a sport are limited to group exercise for under 18s only. It is unfortunate for those members below the age of 18 that they are denied access, because self evidently the economics of running an ice rink for that age group only, are not sustainable.

Despite the hope that Edinburgh City, at the date of the next review on 9th November, may be reclassified as a Tier 2 local authority, which would remove the above over 18s restriction, there is no guarantee of that being the outcome. In any event, when taken along with the fact that travel from other local authority areas that we draw our membership from, with a higher Tier status, would not be allowed, it becomes enormously uncertain how many of our members would actually be able to curl. Waiting to see if matters would improve whilst continuing to incur costly levels of expenditure to maintain the ice is not a viable option and so we felt we had no option but to take the above decision.

Over the coming weeks, we will be evaluating the evolving situation with the possibility to start curling in January 2021 and we will advise you of our plans nearer that date. Those plans will be influenced by the willingness of Clubs to attempt to reschedule games already lost (and to be lost between now and December) and our ability to find ice times to match demand. We will be in touch with club secretaries over the coming days to discuss how they wish to proceed.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Competition Draws

 The draws have now taken place for the Knockout and the Pairs.

These, along with amended session times can be found on the Fixtures tab (above)

Friday, 30 October 2020

Curling Postponed - again

Following recent government announcements, Murrayfield Curling will remain closed until at least 9th November.

Further announcements when information is available.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Covid 19

Please note that we have added a new Covid 19 tab (above) to our website.

This contains a risk assessment, and symptom chart.  Each club/player should make themselves familiar with the details on this page prior to competing in any province event or representing the province.

There are also two short 'Return to Curling' videos (on right under links).  One produced by Scottish Curling and the other specific to the Curl Edinburgh facilities.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Ice Times for Province Competitions

The Province has now received confirmation of their ice allocation for the next season from Murrayfield as follows:
Province KO First Round: Sunday 22nd November at 15.00hrs.
Province Pairs: Saturday 5th December Play off at 12.45hrs
                                                                      Finals at 15.00hrs
Province KO First Round: 12th December at 12.45hrs
Province KO Semi Finals: 10th January 2021 at 14.30hrs
                                Finals:                                   at 16.45hrs
Province Bonspiel: 15th January 2021 First Play off 3 sheets at 11.45hrs
                                                                    First Play off 2 sheets at 12.15hrs
                                                                    Second Play off 3 sheets at 14.30hrs
                                                                    Second Play off 2 sheets at 15.00hrs.
                                                                    Presentation of prizes for all competitions.
The draw for each of the competitions will take place at the Province Zoom meeting on 30th September at 7.00pm.
We have submitted an application to take part in the Waldie Griffith Province competition but await notification of the draw from RCCC.
We will make a decision on the Border's Challenge at the next meeting.
The Edinburgh Area Bonspiel is usually the first Friday in December (4th) but we wait confirmation of this event.