The 2020 edition of the Chester Curling Club’s 37th Annual, Snowball Mixed Bonspiel, was by all accounts a huge success. It provided for a fun filled event with keen curling competition and renewed friendships and rivalries that are synonymous with our club’s character. There were 12 teams participating in all, including many local hybrid and league teams, as well as, teams from Halifax and Windsor.
Friday evening draws got off smoothly as teams were eager to get an early read on the ice and have that first game behind them. When teams were finished, they were able to relax with live entertainment and enjoy refreshments, and fine hors d’oeuvres. Although there were a couple minor power outages followed by a “one hour-ish” outage on Saturday, it did not dampen the spirits of the participants. This rather contributed to a festive atmosphere and the seventh end “candle light” snack and beverage break that everyone seemed to enjoy and take in stride.
Once again we wish to congratulate the winning teams;
- 1st Team Taylour Stevens, Adam Cocks, Kate Callaghan and Bret Dorey
- 2nd Team Dan Fraser, Haylee Nauss, Wendy Sheppard and John Sheppard
- 3rd Team Greg Rafuse, Micayla Dorey, Patrick Fraser and Rachel Wilwang
- 4th Team Renata Graham, Charles Walker, Darlene Gates and Ken Johnson.
We wish to extend a huge “Thank You” to our dedicated volunteers, without which, the Snowball would not run as smoothly or be as successful. Special thanks goes out to the following; Carla Rafuse, overall coordinator, MJ Barkhouse and her helpers, Diane and Cindy, for the wonderful meal and Beth Atherton with the junior curlers for serving, Danette Grey for procurement, food prep and set-up, Linda Townson and Norma Swinamer for food prep, set-up, Beth Bleasdale for canvassing, bartenders Morven McLaughlin, Tommy McLaughlin, Dean Dunford and Dale Rafuse.
Thank you, Kevin Koloff and the Gypsy Minstrel Band, for the live entertainment.
To all club members who donated food, be it the painstakingly decorated and (very tasty) star cookies, loaf cakes or store bought items, we are most appreciative. And here is a “shout out” to Dan Fraser, our MC, for the banquet and awards presentations.
Lastly, let us not forget the excellent and challenging ice provided by Randy Cocks.
Well done and thank you all for making your curling club a welcoming place to be!
The Chester Curling Club would like to thank our Community and private Sponsors for their gracious gifts:
- Big Red’s
- Castle Building Supplies
- Chester Golf Course
- Chester Irving
- Chester Pharmasave
- Fo’c’sle Tavern
- Hubbards Chiropractic
- Kiwi Restaurant
- NAPA Auto Parts
- Osprey Golf Course
- Senses Nordic Spa
- Sobey Sode Riverside Meat Market
- Sherwood Golf Course
- Stretch Diner
- Tanner Brewing Co.
Monday, February 17, 2020
Church Memorial Park invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Eleanor Pew Morris Memorial Arena
Come and enjoy events for all ages:
- Skills competitions
- Hockey Games
The celebrations begin at Noon
- Commemorative Curling Games (Noon to 2:00pm)
- Official Puck Drop (2:30pm to 3:00pm in the Arena)
- Official Stone Throw (3:00pm to 3:30pm)
More information can be found on facebook and the-park.ca.
February 14-15, 2020
Chester Curling Club would like to invite you to enjoy a weekend filled with good curling, good friends and good food at our annual Snowball Mixed Bonspiel!
The 2 day format remains popular so each team will play one game (two draws 6:30pm and 9:00pm) on Friday night and two games (four draws TBD) on Saturday.
Click here to find out more
The 18th Annual Chester Ladies Day Spiel takes place on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Entry Fee is $120.00 and is limited to 16 teams so please register your interest as soon as possible.
The streets and business throughout our charming village are decorated with giant cut-out "gingerbread people" displaying their Yuletide spirit. Activities such as gingerbread house building competitions, Christmas Craft Fairs and Christmas-themed plays all help us to celebrate the festive season.
Click here to find out more
Visit the Chester Curling Club to celebrate our 50th Anniversary and the many volunteers that have made our club what it is today,
Give curling a try for free.
The day will showcase the following types of curling:
- Little Rocks
- Doubles Curling
- Stick Curling
- Regular Curling
View more details here.
League curling starts week commencing the 21st October
Day Curling - Tuesday 22nd October 9.30am
Social League - Tuesday 22nd October 7.30pm
Stick League - Wednesday 23rd October 1.00pm
Ladies League - Wednesday 23rd October 7.00pm
Mens League - Thursday 24th October 7.00pm
Mixed League - Friday 25th October 7.00pm
Our Executive have been very busy over the summer planning the upcoming curling season at our Club...catch up on the latest news in the September newsletter.
New committees, campaigns, board members and events...2019-20 is shaping up to be an exciting year ahead.
To view this latest edition, download a copy here.
Now that curling is over for the year (and the Club is closed), we have something exciting to look forward to next season... celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Chester Curling Club!
The Executive is working closely with The Church Memorial Park staff in planning various activities to commemorate the opening of The Eleanor Pew Morris Memorial Rink on February 14th, 1970.
Thanks to a recently re-discovered scrapbook from the Ladies Division, newspaper clips and photos have been preserved showing the early history of the Club and women's curling in Chester.
Stay tuned for more details on plans to mark this great occasion...
Here are a few snapshots from the scrapbook...
The Official Programe (below) displays the list of invitees and scheduled events for the opening day.