Curling club anniversary celebration set for June 9

WINCHESTER – It’s been 90 years since a collective of likeminded enthusiasts came together with one goal – to form a curling club in the village.

Although there were times of financial hardship and fluctuating membership, the club persevered through the Great Depression and the war years, near the end of which women were invited into the fold.

This year marks the historic milestone for the Winchester Curling Club, which will be celebrated Sat., June 9 at the Joel Steele Community Centre, a short walk across the parking lot from the historic facility.

The historic Winchester Curling Club marks its 90th anniversary this year.

Beyond the expected trip down memory lane, the evening will also feature guest speaker Lisa Weagle, who was a club member in her teen years. For nearly a decade, Weagle has been lead for Team Homan, which most recently represented Canada in women’s curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

Weagle and the rink also won gold at the 2017 Women’s World Curling Championships, and are three-time Canadian Women’s Curling Champions.

Marleen Fawcett and Mountain Breeze will provide musical entertainment following the evening’s official program.

Since day one, the club has seen many changes, including a relocation of the facility, the transition from throwing “irons” to “rocks,” an upgrade to an artificial ice surface, and the start of the junior and Little Rock programs to introduce children to the game.

The volunteer-run organization continues on, even with boom years in membership and others where the curling population has been lean. The village club has continued on, this at a time when small town facilities throughout Canada are closing due to low usage.

June 9’s event gets underway at 7 pm with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, with the official program starting at 8 pm.

Tickets are $25 each, and can be purchased by contacting Alison Summers at 613-774-2747.