Stewarton Heather Curling Club
Stewarton Heather was formed in 1842 and is the sole survivor of two clubs Stewarton Curling Club and Stewarton Heather Curling Club.
Stewarton played at Clerkland while Stewarton Heather played at Fullwood. The Stewarton club members were mainly from the textile industry and The Heather were from agriculture and land workers, now, there is a very broad mix from all walks of life.
In 1884 a former member John Currie went to visit friends in America and set up our sister club, Waltham Curling Club in Illinois USA. They still play for the John Currie trophy annually.
We are a mixed club with no age limit, where everyone is welcome no matter his or her ability. Based at Greenacres Curling Club, current members include juniors right through to senior citizens, along with a few national and international level members.
The club has two league competitions, the Wm. Cuthbertson Cup which is played before Christmas and, the Wm. Howie Cup which is played in the New Year. This allows players to take part in a league even if they can only commit to half a season. Each league has between 9 and 11 rinks with promotion and relegation for the top/bottom rinks. To give everyone a chance of promotion, new rinks are drawn every year, and this is a highlight of the evening following the Annual General Meeting.
The Glazert Cup, our Pairs competition, is played over one day. It consists of a round robin followed by high and low road finals. This format ensures everyone gets at least 3 games.
For the individual, the Corsehill Cup is our Points competition where players attempt predefined shots to try and prove they are the best all round player in the club. To encourage everyone to come and have a go, we also have a handicap competition where all players are given a handicap and the winner is awarded the Tom Reid Trophy.
As a member of the Ayrshire Province, we enter teams in the Eglinton County Curling Game (Eglinton Jug), the Province Medal, the Province Knockout and the Rink Championships. Over the past few years, Stewarton Heather teams have won the Eglinton Jug or won through to the National finals of the Province Knockout and Rink Championship competitions.
For the social curler, throughout the season we play social inter club matches against East Kilbride & Haremyres, Galston & Haymouth, Sorn, Kilmaurs, Riccarton, and Dunlop curling clubs.
If you would like further information or would be interested in joining the club, contact Peter Barrett (07717 503431 or [email protected]) or any committee member.