Dumfries Birthday: an invite

Our friends at Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association have asked us if any Deeside players would like to play in their season-opening Bonspiel. The competition is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, and celebrates 20 years of curling there.

Four matches to be played, with fees at £5 per match (£2.50 juniors).

For full details see the poster, draw, and competition rules(pdf), or email hoggjim@gmail.com.

The competition clashes with the FPOW pre-season social, which is on Sunday 9th September.

Cycling fundraiser for Welsh Curling

Photo of Martin delivering a stone

Martin Gregory

(updated) A member of the First Province of Wales has taken the bull by the horns when it comes to the finances of the club.

With a bit of fitness training, a little inspiration from events in London and around France plus a rediscovered love of cycling, Martin Gregory set off to Scotland.

Martin Gregory (with bike) in front of stone buildings

Martin (with bike, Kendal)


This August Bank Holiday weekend (25th-26th August) Martin cycled more than 160 miles to the English/Scottish border, and kept going all the way to Edinburgh.  The total journey, completed over 2 days, was 255 miles, taking 16 hours and 35 minutes on the move.  He had already got around £500 pledged, with proceeds going towards the FPOW finances.

Read more details about the fundraiser

This item was originally posted on 1st August, before the ride. It has been updated to include details and photo.

Four Nations 2012 – review

Wales lost virtually all the trophies at the Four Nations at the weekend, although there were some very tight contests.  The one that Wales won was the Welsh Stone (known as “Big Bertha”), awarded for overall victory over the teams from Scotland, 43-24. The other results saw Ireland sneak past Wales in the final round of matches to take the Meikle Trophy 25-24, and England take the Kay Trophy 28-24.

For more details, see the full Four Nations weekend report on the Royal Caledonian Curling Club site.