Club AGM on Saturday 4th April

Dear fellow curlers,

As the season draws to a close there is one final event that I hope you are all aware of and that’s the club’s Annual General Meeting.

The AGM will be taking place at 4pm on Saturday 4th April and it’s very important that you try to come along if you are interested in how the club will be run next season. Is the best opportunity to have your say about what you like and what you feel needs improving at the club.

Will there be a chance to curl?

Yes. We have 1 sheet booked at 2pm. Depending on numbers we will either run a social game or run a fun mini-points competition.

Who can attend the AGM?

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. However, you need to have joined the club in order to have a vote (if you are unsure whether you are a club member then please contact us and we can sort this out).

The committee elections

Just to remind you, we are looking for members with a keen interest in how the club is run to step forward and join the committee for next season. In particular, we are looking for enthusiastic members to fill the following positions on the committee that will become vacant at the end of this season:

1. Vice-President
2. Secretary
3. Marketing Officer
4. Committee member without portfolio

Please reply if you are interested in helping your club in this way. Even if you can’t make the AGM you can still volunteer. We can’t stress enough how important it is for members to volunteer for the committee because without the committee there would be no club. The full committee has 9 people on it so the amount of effort is pretty low once it is divided amongst all these people.

Other business for the AGM?

If you have issues that you would like to be discussed at the meeting that are not in the agenda then it’s best if you send these before Saturday so that we can schedule these in.


The AGM will give use a chance to hand over the trophies to the winners of this season’s club competitions. Please come a celebrate these achievements.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, if not, have a great summer,

Adam on behalf of the
SECC Committee


Letter From The President 12th Feb 2009

Letter From The President 12th Feb 2009

As we eat into February it has been a busy season as ever for the club and its’ members.

Club member Tom Jaeggi played in the England Men’s team skipped by Andrew Reed, while Suzie Law was part of the Kirsty Balfour 5 that retained their position in the A Division in Europe, narrowly missing out on a spot in the World Championships.
The team also played in the Glynhill International in Scotland and made people sit up and take notice, giving Canadian Jennifer Jones’s current World Champs a good game.

Straight after New Year Anna Fowler skipped her team of Sophie Hickling, Kate MacKenzie, Naomi Robinson and Hettie Garnier as the first ever England Junior Women’s Team.
This was in Denmark for the European Challenge, and they won their first game against Slovakia.
It was a great learning experience for them, and they have already set up a squad training programme with their coach Ian Baxter.

In the recent English Nationals at Greenacres there were plenty of SECC members playing – and winning!
Suzie Law played in Team Balfour to take the women’s title, while Jamie Malton skipped his team of Michael Opel, Henry Carter and Keith Wilson to take the men’s.

The Mixed League has finished with the win going to John Brown’s team.
Speaking of John Brown, his Jubilee Novice trophy is the next club minispiel.
He started this to celebrate his 25 years back in English Curling. As someone who started playing 3 years ago, it’s my last chance to skip a team in this and I’d love to win it as a nod to John’s work.
To skip you must have played 3 years or less, and each team must contain 2 players of 3 years or less.
The other players can be more experienced but they must play front end, so they don’t skip by ‘proxy’!

This takes place on Mar 7th so let Lizzie know if you’d like to take part.

The rink’s Sunday Social takes place on Feb 22nd. A tournament from 10-4 of the friendly variety, with lunch thrown in for £20 it’s a great way for club members to meet the other regular rink players and vice versa, so let me know if you are interested in that – again novices more than welcome to enter individually.

Talking of novices, it is great to note that we are now around the 30 mark for new players in club matches, and the Open league has shown many of them to people for the first time.
I will say that I have had a couple of novices come up to me and say their enjoyment is being lessened by people watching them like a hawk and criticising their bad shots.
Giving advice is great, it’s how I learnt a bucket load, but let’s be careful to nurture the brand new players, and not scare them off!
It’s a bit like hooting your horn at a learner driver – we were all learners once, so hands off your hooters.

Congratulations to Adam Bermange and Anna Terry who tied the knot on Feb 8th – Adam is already saying his new ring is playing havoc with his delivery (that’s his story anyway).

I think that’s about it – no doubt I will think of something else as soon as I hit send, but for now as ever I wish you,

Health, Happiness and Good Curling,


SECC Members Playing in Euro Mixed

The European Mixed Championship starts Sep 22nd in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
We did have 3 club members playing, but with Andrew Reed unfortunately having to pull out, we now have 4 members playing.

Alan MacDougall is skipping the rink of Lana Watson 3rd, John Sharp subbing at 2nd and Suzie Law playing lead – Good luck England!!

Committee Update #7 – 21st Aug 2008

Dear Fellow Curler,I hope all is well with you.
The club committee met this week.
We made further plans for the bbq on Sat 6th Sept. It should be good fun, a chance to catch up with each other over some food and drink, and do some fundraising for the club.

If any of you would be prepared to donate something for the silent auction, then it would be appreciated – do let us know.

We also need to know if you will be attending, to sort the food buying, etc. So far we have had 6 replies, so a gentle nuge on that front!

We do have Giant Twister, so will need more than 6 just for that alone!

If you need the form again, let us know. (Hitting reply to this will go the committee email, so that’ll do the job fine).

We also need to give a nudge on membership forms. To date we have in the region of 10 members for next season, and the leagues will be a bit thin on the ground at that rate!

Obviously lots of people are away or not thinking about curling yet, but it does make life easier for us if we know sooner rather than later who will be playing and who will not.

Once the memberships are back we can issue a final games calendar.

For those not playing in leagues, there are other events down, which you may wish to note in your diary –


5th Oct – Come and try – a great opportunity to introduce your friends to curling!

18th Oct – Coach the coaches. This will leave you able to take newbies onto the ice.

25th/26th OCT – The English Masters. Sponsored by Glenfarclas whisky, with £300 of whisky prizes, open to teams of any 4 curlers.

£40 entry, guaranteed 4 games. This is a rink event, but should be well supported by SECC and friends!

15th Nov – Umpire course. If you want to learn about umpiring, then the rink is holding this event with Leslie Ingram-Brown.

22nd Nov – Points competition, fiendishly difficult but great fun, and popular when introduced last season.

23rd Nov – Come and Try

20th Dec – The Great Gordino Classic. 2nd staging of this, a minispiel.

18th Jan – Come and Try

31st Jan – Points

14th/15th Feb – Alexander Fleming Trophy, over 50 years old, a lovely trophy put on by London CC.

7th Mar – Novice minispiel, 4 any curlers leas than 3 years experience, playing for the excellent John Brown Jubilee Trophy.

4th Apr – Points

So you can see there is plenty to get your teeth into. You can check dates with your diary and register your interest for any of these.

We also still need players for the ECA Interclub tournament. 2 SECC teams allowed. This is open to full members of the ECA, and will be held in Kelso 11th/12th Oct, alongside the ECA Mixed Doubles.

There is also a spot for an ECA Southern Area Rep. James Hustler is one representative, and we can have 2, so if you’d like to do that let us know.

The Area rep is the liason between club and ECA, and you will go to any ECA council meetings.

Ok, that’s it for now – look forward to seeing you at the BBQ and if you have any questions, just hit reply!

‘Til Next Time,


SECC Committee

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Letter From The President #6 23rd July 2008

Letter From The President #6 – 23rd July 2008

Dear Fellow Curler,
I hope everything is well with you as we crash on through the summer – nights drawing in, not long til the Xmas stuff is in the shops, the lot!

The club committee met this week.
Susan Young is head BBQ honcho, so you can expect to hear from her soon asking you to let us know if you’ll be coming, with a cheaper entrance for early bookings.
Sat Sep 6th is the date, and if anyone wants to offer their services in helping out on the day, do let us know – also if anyone has an activity idea they think would be good.

Our posters, fliers and promotional material has arrived, and it looks great! No doubt when you see it you’ll be wanting to congratulate Adam’s work, and it sets us up nicely to have a crack at our target of recruiting new club curlers from the non-club bookings at the rink.

Jo and I went to an event about funding for sports clubs, and we got a book which is packed from cover to cover with all sorts of funding avenues – did you know for example that the Football Foundation funds any sport, not just football? (you do now)
A main point to consider is that a lot of sports grants will not pay the whole cost of a project, the club has to contribute. This means we cannot create projects willy nilly, we would have to be accutely aware of club budget. It makes sponsorship a more attractive route at present.

You can aslo expect to hear from Secretary Suzie, who will be sending out the membership forms – our admin time line is as follows – once the membership forms come back, Lizzie can then properly finalise the games calendar once we know who the members are. Once that’s done Jo can then send out invoices to everyone based on the games they are commited to.
Please aim to return your membership forms as soon as possible.

You will notice on the membership forms that the rink and club have kept our fees the same as last year.
The increase comes from a new ‘associate member’ sub from the ECA. This means that any member of our club has to pay either £23 or £10 to the ECA, and we have set our subs to reflect that increase.

This measure was voted at the ECA AGM in Sheffield, and has caused some debate, (most notably in my head).
The associate member does not get voting rights, or allowed to play in the nationals, or in the InterClub.
It does allow play in the 4 Nations.

Another measure voted was to change the ECA voting structure to 1 member 1 vote, with the provisos of no proxies, and that the AGMs would continue to be held in Sheffield.

My main debate about these changes is that it was pointed out to me that the ECA constitution was not followed, and as such the changes were invalid.
The ECA has responded that because no one protested at the meeting the changes are valid.
The committee meeting this week took a final position that it was a technicality borne from human error, and was not something to get bogged down in.
However, we would write a letter to the ECA via our rep, expressing our concerns and expecting those concerns to be addressed.

I also put a proposal for a club EGM to let the members choose if they still wanted to be in the ECA. That was not voted through.

Our next meeting is Augst 19th – please be aware that Aug 31st is the closing date for the ECA Seniors, the ECA Mixed Doubles, and the InterClub.
Dates and locations for these competitions can be found on the forum, link below.

Ok, that’s it for now, feedback welcomed and encouraged as ever. Remember we won’t know what members want unless members tell us!
Enjoy the summer and it’s over and out from me!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness
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