It’ the New Year, and the new President Pam Bartel has recently alerted the Friars’ Briar community via email that the Waterloo planning committee is working towards another memorable Friars’ Briar in March 2020. Registrations are open with registration forms for teams and individuals available on the website as usual. Be sure to look at the Information tabs for Travel and Accommodation recommendations.
Some changes of note should be taken into consideration. As the KW Granite Club ice is not available for Monday night, the Briar will have Monday morning and afternoon draws to accommodate. It is strongly advised, therefore, that Friars plan to get to Waterloo on Sunday, so as to be available for the Monday draws.
As well, the planning committee has included all luncheon costs in the registration. This is in addition to the usual Banquet, Opening and Closing meals that have always been included in the registration costs.
That said, let’s get the registrations in and help the Frairs’ Briar in Waterloo this March 2 through 6, 2020 be another successful gathering!
In accomplishing the feat they tied up the game in the sixth end. Members of the team included skip Guy Scholz along with other members George Budd, Rod Semeniuk and Ron Fengstad.
As far as one can recollect, this is the first time that an 8-ender has occurred in the history of the Friars’ Briar.
Take a look at the picture and count those yellow stones!!
Further details will follow as soon as the ‘working group’ in BC announce same.
The delay in making this official stems from not knowing for sure where the big Brier was going to be held. As of this date, this is still uncertain (though we are assured it will not be in BC!).
The Roots of Friars’ Briar
“The roots of the Friars’ Briar goes back to 1978 when clergy from Ontario and the Western provinces decided that the political tensions that were dividing east and west across our country did not have to define how we related to each other as national faith communities. At the inspiration of Rev. Don Amos, a vision emerged to build better relationships between faith communities across our country by connecting clergy from various religious traditions in a national curling bonspiel.
This March in Ottawa will mark the 38th year that clergy and lay people from across our great country have been engaged in interfaith dialogue while enjoying a week of competitive curling. For the first time, the Friars’ Briar will be hosted in our nation’s capital, a fitting symbol of the Friars’ Briar vision for building national unity across faith traditions.
Please join us in Ottawa this March to enjoy some great curling and to keep the vision alive.”
David Martin, President (Friars’ Briar)
The rocks are already flying, as are the leaves, and our friends in Okotoks are well on the way to preparing another great Friars’ Briar Event. Make sure you get the date on your calendar or you will miss out on some great curling and fellowship. See their welcome letter from the Okotoks organizing committee. We will be just a short hop from Calgary and with a short drive we’ll have access to the big name rinks throughout the week.
Talk it up at your curling club, pass on the info to those who don’t have email, bring an interested friend, and remember to register before the event fills up. The website will have all the details posted soon and you can use it to register online.
Get your plane ticket, save up for gas money and meet us at the Okotoks Curling Club!
Your Curling Chuckle for the Day:
See you in Okotoks, AB, MARCH 2 – 6, 2015
David Martin, President
Friars’ Briar Association
Welcome to the new Friars’ Briar website! We trust you will soon find everything you need to make your way to the 2014 Briar in Richmond, BC on March 3 – 7.
The Richmond hosting committee has been hard at work to make this a memorable Briar event. Sadly, Kutch Imayoshi, one of the key planners, passed away this fall and will be dearly missed. In tribute to Kutch, let’s make this one of the best attended Briars ever and show the folks in Richmond that clergy curling is alive and well in Canada!
If you need assistance of any kind, please feel free to be in touch.
Happy curling and see you in Richmond!
David Martin, President
Friars’ Briar Association
Thanks to FB member Al Cosh (Alberta) who forwarded an interesting story he found in The Curling History Blog entitled The Prisoners of War who curled in Oflag IX A/H by Bob Cowan. Al thought it of interest to the FB members, so an introduction below:
Many years ago, when I first heard the story that WW2 prisoners of war had been sent curling stones so that they could play during their captivity, I was somewhat skeptical. But in 2007 I decided to follow it up, and contacted the National Ex-Prisoner of War Association, who distributed my query for more information. A couple of years later a response was posted in the ‘guest book’ from family of Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel) R K Montgomery to say he remembered that some POWs in Oflag IX A/H in 1943 and 1944 ‘flooded the dry moat and then it froze so that they could go curling on the moat. It was a popular pastime’….. (Read the whole story)
In contacting Bob Cowan in Scotland about linking to the article he indicated,
Good to hear from you, and, indeed, I know of the Friars Briar, and I have enjoyed browsing your revamped website this morning.
Glad to hear that the POWs’ piece was of interest to one of your members. That was a fun article to do the research on, and it seems to be gathering some interest. Hopefully, down the line, someone who knows a bit more will come across the article, and we will learn more about this little snippet of curling history. That’s always the hope about any article that goes on the blog. David and I have posted more than one hundred articles about various and diverse aspects of the sport’s history since we got going in 2008. It is always my intention to get something new up at least once a month.
If any members of the Friars’ Briar can contribute to this story, feel free to contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org . Meanwhile, The Curling History Blog link has been added to the new Curling Links tab of the FB Website for future contacts.