In the early summer of 1894, a new two-sheet curling rink was built in the centre of Mount Hope on the property of John Dickenson. Natural ice, coal oil lanterns and outdoor plumbing were the order of the day with internal heating accomplished by sweeping and a nip from a flask. The first year’s membership of 60 men paid .25¢ for this privilege. The first president was William Calder, “imported” from Carluke to get the new club organized. In 1899, George Neale, a local wagon maker and curler, took on the club secretary job and kept the position for 40 years until his death in 1940. He was awarded an honourary life membership in the Ontario Curling Association in 1936 for his interest in and service to curling.
The new club soon hit the provincial curling headlines by winning the Governor-General’s trophy in 1912, a double-team event, winning 32-31 over Orillia. Glanford teams have competed in this event ever since but never duplicated the success of Charles Dalton, Fred Goodman, Dick Macdonald, Charles Sparham, John MacDonald, Herb Dickenson, George Neale and Oscar Armstrong.
A major event took place in 1955 when artificial ice was installed, leading the way for ladies’ curling a year later. By this time, the fees were $30 per year for the improved ice and electric lights, but toilet facilities were still outdated. In 1959, the present curling surface and building went up, expanding the club to three sheets of ice.
Many smaller changes have taken place over the years, with one of the better improvements being a hook-up to municipal sewer and water lines in 1990. In 1994, the club celebrated its centennial on the same spot that the Calders, Jeromes and Dickensons started 100 years ago.
In 2007, the club congratulated Team Keys (Cathy Keys, Sharyn Wilson, Vicky Polkinghorne, Jackie French) for winning the Ontario Provincial Masters. The club now proudly displays the first ever provincial banner won by the Glanford Curling Club.
Glanford is now into its second century of curling and shows all signs of celebrating a bi-centennial in 2094.
In order to acknowledge and thank some members of the Glanfotrd Curling Club for their life long extraordinary contributions made to the operation of the Glanford Curling Club and the dedication to the sport of curling, the Board of Directors has awarded lifetime honourary memberships to a number of individuals.
The criteria for consideration for an hourary membership is:
i) Should have 30 years of membership at Glanford,
ii) Should have shown a lifetime dedication to curling on and off the ice,
iii) Should have indicated a genuine interest by donated and meritorious service to the club.
The Glanford Curling is proud to have awarded an honourary membership to the following individuals: