Sadly the usual date in March was not available. This was due to the World Junior Curling Championships being held at Perth, and the ’ice’ not being available during that period.
As a result this year’s competition suffered from the lack of Lodges taking part.
The Annual Competition for the ‘Glen Caladh’ Cup, did take place but sadly there were only four rinks taking part. Some of the Brethren playing for other Lodges, in the true Masonic spirit.
At the end of the afternoon’s competition Lodge Kildrummie No. 906 from the Province of Perthshire East emerged as winners with Lodge Balgonie, No. 764 from the Province of Fife and Kinross being the runners up.
The Annual Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire East competition was played during the event with Lodge Kildrummie winning the MacDonald Cup and Perth Royal Arch No. 122 coming runners up and winning the MacPherson Medal.
Traditionally this competition has always been played during the month of March with the second Monday in the month being the preferred date. However with the uncertainty of the availability of ‘ice’ at Perth during the month of March, enquiries are on going in an effort to identify another venue.
Once again the future of this event falls into the ‘doubtful category’. Every effort is being made to keep this competition alive and once details of a date and venue are confirmed details will be placed in the Grand Lodge Website.
In the meantime if there are any Lodges wishing to participate in this event and wish more information then enquiries can be directed through the Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire East who will pleased to provide details of the Curling Convenor.
(Interestingly, Freemasonry and Curling was the subject of a presentation by Prof. Andrew Prescott at the annual symposium of The Lodge, Hope of Kurrachee, No. 337 on Saturday, 5th March. For more details click here or on the previous link - Ed.)