Pre 1900 Curling

Season was very intermittent with no play some years.

The season consisted of an early committee meeting to check that the pond was fit for play, place actions for work, then wait for a freeze.

When the pond froze then play could be on several successive days with club games and matches against other local clubs. Obviously such a profile of games favoured certain occupations and the self-employed feature large in the members of those days. Farmers were the mainstay of probably most clubs in those days, but in the more urban setting Bellshill had publicans as another major component, they were good hosts for committee meetings and dinners.

At the end of the season there would be a supper held in a local inn, usually one owned by a club member. This would also include the singing of songs by members, prize giving and Auld Lang Syne to end.

Prizes were sometimes stones, often handles, sometimes both. The president and vice president had the honour of buying and presenting prizes

When the freeze came a meeting was held to decide who to play against. Clubs were often based on parishes and hence such matches were known as parish games.