The first written note of Millport Curling Club was in 1838 at the founding of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club.
The first President was John Wishart from report of a meeting held in the Kelburne Arms. The bothy was built by William Wishart about 1845. In these early years curling on Cumbrae was run less formally but from 1925 the Curling Club has flourished and more recently ladies were admitted to the club as members. The Club has been and remains active in many competitions organised by the Argyll Province and the Royal Club.
Saturday 2nd November 2013
Millport Golf Clubhouse
Ham Hough and red lentil soup
and crusty bread
Goat's cheese and roast pepper tower
with balsamic glaze
Chicken liver and cognac pate
Fruit chutney and Orkney oaties
28 day matured roast rib of beef
Pan fried shallots and claret jus
Oven baked with asparagus and sun blushed tomato pesto
Roasted Mediterranean vegetable lasagne, with garlic Ciabatta and rocket salad
Sticky toffee pudding with lashings of butterscotch sauce
and vanilla scented Chantilly cream
Lemon curd and raspberry tart
with bramble compote
Trio of ice creams
Tea and Coffee
Alister Gordon will pipe a welcome to club members and guests
Janie Cameron, Club President
will introduce the top table and welcome kindred clubs
Cutting of cake and toast to kindred clubs
Curlers Grace ---- Eddie Hughes
Toast to the Queen ---- Alex Forrest
History of the club ---- Janie Cameron
Toast to Millport Curling Club
Alan Durno, President RCCC
Toast to RCCC
David Horne, Curling Development Officer at Braehead
William McNeil on piano
Toast to Jack Frost
Bert Thompson, Retired Police Inspector
Vote of thanks ---- David Cameron.
Guests return to the adjacent island of Great Britain on 8:00PM ferry.
Dr Robert Houston M.B. , Ch.B. 1918 - 2017
'Doc' Bob Houston was a well respected Gentleman who lived a long life having been born a few days after the end of World War 1 . He obtained his medical qualifications at Cambridge and then went into General Practice in Glasgow .
On retiral Bob and his wife Lilian moved to Millport . Hillcrest in West Bay became their home and it wasn't long before Bob's passion for sport saw him joining in Curling and his abiding passion Golf . He curled with us for many years and also served on committee . As a skip he always played to win, however , he was quite happy to interrupt the game to show a beginner where he was going wrong . At times Bob's enthusiasm was quite remarkable . He developed a throat problem and the treatment for this resulted in him temporarily losing his voice .Undeterred , he bought a whistle and used it very effectively to convey instructions to his rink !
Bob's sense of humour was always evident . When he was asked a couple of years ago how he was keeping ,he replied with a wry smile ,
" I thought that this old-age was going to be a dawdle , until I got to 94! ".
Our thoughts at this time are with Lilian and the Family