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The Berwick Curling Club is committed to collecting, using, and disclosing your personal information responsibly and to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality, and security of such personal information.

Personal information includes information that tells us specifically who you are, such as your address, telephone number and e‑mail address. However, publicly available information, such as a public directory listing of your name, address and telephone number is not considered personal information.

We have adopted the following privacy policy that guides how we collect, use and disclose personal information about our members and prospective members. Our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting, using, and disclosing your personal information against your reasonable expectations of privacy.

1. Definitions
In this policy:

"Business" means the business of operating the Berwick Curling Club which includes the Web site;
"Membership" means a membership in the Berwick Curling Club;
"we", "us", "our" and the "Club" refer to the Berwick Curling Club Limited, located at Larsen Curling Centre,225 Veterans Drive,Berwick, NS
and/or www.berwickcurlingclub.com;
"Web site" refers to the web site found at www.berwickcurlingclub.com;

2. Collection of Personal Information
Our primary purpose in collecting personal information from you and about you is to ensure the provision of high quality products and/or services. We only collect personal information from and about you that we consider necessary for achieving this purpose and to permit us to conduct the Business diligently.

3. Use of Your Personal Information
We may use the personal information we collect from and about you to:

  • ensure the provision of high quality membership services;
  • inform you about online and offline offers, membership services, updates and events (including expiry and renewal of your Membership);
  • enable us to contact you;
  • establish and maintain communication with you;
  • assist us in complying with legal and regulatory requirements;
  • invoice you for products and/or services;
  • collect unpaid accounts;
  • enable a corporate re-organization, a merger, or acquisition with another entity;
  • provide you with information concerning the business operation of the Club.

We may also use your personal information as may be described to you at the time of collection. We may compare and review your personal information for errors and omissions and for accuracy. If you choose to provide us with your financial information, we may use your address and financial information to bill you and to provide associated support. We may use personal information about you, in a non-personally identifiable manner, to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyse Memberships, to improve our content and product offerings, and to customize our Web site's content, layout, and services. These uses are to enable us to improve the Business and to better tailor the Business to meet your needs.

4. Disclosure of Personal Information
As a matter of policy, we do not sell, rent, or lease any of your personal information to third parties without your explicit consent. However, there are a variety of circumstances where we may need to disclose some of your personal information, including the following:

  1. We may disclose your personal information to an individual who, in our reasonable judgement, is seeking the information as your agent. For example, we may provide your personal information to your legal representative if we are satisfied that the individual is requesting the information on your behalf.
  2. We may disclose your personal information as may be required by law.
  3. We may aggregate personal information and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for marketing and promotional purposes.

5. Control of Your Password
You are responsible for all actions taken with any user ID and/or password used to access the Web site. Therefore, we recommend that you not disclose your password to any third parties. If you choose to share your user ID, your password or your personal information with a third party, you are responsible for all actions resulting therefrom. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over certain personal information. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately change your password.

6. Access, Review, Change and Destruction of Your Personal Information
You may access, review and/or change the personal information we have in our files by submitting a written request to do so to our Privacy Information Officer at the address below. We ask that you promptly advise us of any changes to your information. Upon your written request, we will destroy, as soon as reasonably possible and in accordance with our internal policies and applicable law, any and all personal information that we have in our files about you. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we will retain in our files some personal information in order to enable us to collect any unpaid accounts and/or as may be required by law.

7. Other Information Collectors
Except as otherwise expressly included in this Privacy Policy, this document only addresses the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we collect from and about you. To the extent that you disclose your personal information to other parties, different rules may apply to their collection, use or disclosure of such personal information. Since we do not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of such third parties.

8. Protecting Your Privacy
The personal information that is retained by us is kept in a secure environment and we use reasonable procedural and technical safeguards to protect your personal information against loss, theft and unauthorized access or disclosure. While we employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the Club, we cannot ensure perfect security, particularly in relation to the Web site.

9. Amendments to This Policy
We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by mailing (including regular mail and email) any amended terms to you or by posting the amended terms on the Web site or at the Berwick Curling Club. All amended terms shall automatically be effective five days (5) days after mailing or on the date of posting.

10. Privacy Information Officer Access, Questions, or Concerns
The Privacy Information Officer for the Club is the Club Manager.

If you wish to access, review and/or change your personal information contained in our files or if you have any questions or concerns about our privacy principles outlines above or about our practices, please contact us at:

The Berwick Curling Club
PO Box 426
Berwick, NS
B0P 1E0

Phone: 902-538-8488

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Howard Margeson

Howard Margeson was one of the original members of the B.C.C. He has been a past president and member of the board of directors. He provided the heavy equipment used to build the current club.

Howard was best known however as an exceptional curler both in Valley curling circles and at the provincial level. In 1944 Howard’s team lost in the final at the British Consul play downs (now the Labatt Tankard). In the same year he also lost in the finals of the Western Counties and the Johnson Senior Bonspiel. His team included his father, E.W. Margeson, Wayne Early and Waldo Lovelace.

Howard is also a member of the Western Counties Curling Hall of Fame having completed eight or more Western Counties Bonspiels.

Roland Woodworth

Roland Woodworth designed and heped to build our current curling club. He is a past president and former member of the board of directors. Roland was also well known as an exceptional local curler. The story is told of his take out weight being so strong that the rock would vibrate on its path down the ice. Roland played with Howard Margeson, Rod Bethune, Glendon Dakin and Clifford Adams. As a team they enjoyed much success in local curling venues.

Roland is also a member of the Western Counties Curling Hall of Fame having completed eight or more times in the Western Counties Bonspiel.

Rod Bethune

Rod Bethune was responsible for the construction of our current club. He initiated the process and served in a supervisory role throughout the build. He also served as club president in 1964 and later as icemaker for several years.

Rod was also a well known local and provincial level curler. His team made the final 8 one year in the British Consuls Bonspiel (now Labatt Tankard). His team mates included Ron Thorpe, Clifford Adams, Howard Margeson, Glendon Dakin and in later years is his son Brian Bethune, Dave Miller and Bill Wilson.

Rod is also a member of the Western Counties Hall of Fame having competed in eight or more Western Counties Bonspiels.

 

Brian Bethune

Brian Bethune helped to build the current club. He has served as president more than once, been involved as an enthusiastic instructor/coach for our junior program and was responsible for the installation of our on ice cameras and monitors that we now enjoy.

Brian was also a well known and accomplished local and provincial level curler - winning the prestigious Western Counties Bonspiel as skip in 1972 - the 1st Berwick team to win in the 96 year history of the event. He went on to win 3 years in a row. Brian’s teammates included his father Rod Bethune, Bill Wilson and Dave Miller.

 

Carol Hampsey

Carol has been an active member of our club for over fifty years. She has been president and a member of the executive as well as a valued volunteer preparing meals for bonspiels and fundraising.

Carol curled as mate with Yvonne Martin and won the Nova Scotia Seniors event in 2002 and 2003. This team also won the Nova Scotia Masters in 2003 and 2004. They competed at the Nationals in St. Thomas, Ontario (2002) and Assiniboia, Saskatchewan (2003), Lethbridge, Alberta (2003) and Kelowna, B.C. (2004)

 

Stewart Ladies Curling Team

Lead: Vivian Bezanson
2nd: Mildred Woodworth
3rd: Helen Kervin
Skip: Mildred Stewart

Members of this team were all long time members of the Berwick Ladies Curling Club. All of them worked for many years preparing meals for curlers and fundraising to benefit the club. They were very well known local and provincial level curlers.

They won the first senior Ladies Bonspiel in 1973 and competed in Ottawa for the National Championship. This team also won the first Ladies Masters Curling Bonspeil.

Vivian Bezanson recalls how calm under pressure skip Mildred Stewart was. She also remembers the team not changing their socks or their seats in the car prior to big games for fear of changing their luck.

 


Each Club member will be sold 1, 200 Club tickets when they pay their membership. Members can then either sell the tickets or put their own name on them.

When a person’s name is drawn, their ticket goes back in for future draws, so the same ticket has the possibility of winning multiple times.

$2000 in Prizes!!

2018 ticket

DRAW DATE AMOUNT WINNER
November 6, 2019 $50 Al Pardy 
November 13, 2019 $50 Rob Devine 
November 20, 2019 $50 Shelly Peters 
November 27, 2019 $50  Jill Alcoe-Holland
December 4, 2019 $100 Merrill Buglar 
December 11, 2019 $50 John Amirault 
December 18, 2019 $50 Jesse Kemp 
January 8, 2020 $50 John Amirault 
January 15, 2020 $50 Arlene MacArthur 
January 22, 2020 $150 Matt Balsor 
January 29, 2020 $50 Muriel Morgan
February 5, 2020 $50 George Boyd
February 12, 2020 $50  Sherilyn Kinsman
February 19, 2020 $50  Peter Sawler
February 26, 2020 $200 Chris Easson 
March 4, 2020 $50 Jared West 
March 11, 2020 $50  Joan Aalders
March 18, 2020 $50 Eric Morse 
March 25, 2020 $50 Lynn Charlton
April 1, 2020 $250 Don Allen 
Club Closing $100  Debbie Hubbert
Club Closing $100 John West
Club Closing $100 Kevin Siddal
Club Closing $100 Greg Hubbert
Club Closing $100 Brad Hollingsworth
     

Joyce Woodworth, Marnie Bethune, Midred Stewart, Joyce Stevens , Marge Murphy and Marion Dakin

In the early 1960's when our current club was built it did not include a kitchen. We had no cupboards, no pots and pans, dishes, or cutlery. For this amazing group of women this posed no problem. Every Saturday morning for the next many years during the curling season they would gather at the clubhouse, bringing their own pots, dishes and cutlery and prepare a bacon and eggs, toast and coffee breakfast for curlers. They would repeat this activity the same afternoon with brown bread and baked beans for supper. Most of these women curled, and also had small children at home to look after. They made it work. Slowly they raised enough money to outfit our kitchen. After the Saturday night suppers, tickets would be sold and a wheel spun with the winners taking home cakes, pies or some other baked treats. The same group of women provided these prizes. It is because of the incredible efforts of these women and others that we enjoy the club that we have today.

 

Andy Hopkins

Born in Bear Point, Shelburne County, Andy discovered at an early age he loved sports and nothing would stop him from competing! He excelled at track and field (running a 10.6 in 100 yard dash). From 1949-1959, he attended The School for the Deaf in Halifax, returning to the South Shore, armed with the “Power to Believe”. Playing defence on his hometown hockey team, they would finish runner-up in the Yarmouth-Shelburne League in 1961-1962.

In 1963 The Berwick Register lured Andy to the Valley. Little did anyone know the impact he would have on the area. Later on he would write an article on curling for The Register and as an educator he taught sign language at various schools in the Valley. He married his wife Nancy in 1966.

Soon badminton would peak his interest. Andy played mostly doubles tournaments from Greenwood to Wolfville. He fondly remembers the fine play of Don Weir, Gerald Chase, Madeline Rice, Denton Graham and Mildred Stewart. He would pick up on hockey again in The Berwick Suburban League, playing defence against the likes of Jim and Pat Hampsey and Richard Palmer. All along he pitched, caught and played outfield in the Berwick and Area Slow-pitch League. His talent was so impressive that he was selected to play for the Calgary Warriors in the 6th Annual Canadian Deaf Slow-pitch Tournament held in London, Ontario in 1987.

It appeared Andy saved his best for curling. Joining the Berwick Curling Club in 1978, he played in numerous bonspiels, Mixed, Men's and Senior Categories, often receiving many trophies and awards. His greatest thrill was posting an 8 Ender in 1999. Twice he had 7 Enders. He, along with Gerry Millett, Leonard Amero and Fay George represented Berwick at the Nova Scotia Mixed bonspiel in Bridgewater in 1995.

However, Andy's greatest contribution was bringing Provincial and National attention to Nova Scotia Deaf Sports. He played in the Canadian Deaf Curling Championships, an astounding 12 times from 1984 to 2006. He was Host Chairman of the event in Halifax in 1990.

He started bowling for the Kentville Advertiser out of New Minas Lanes in 1980. He soon developed a 95 average and on different occasions thrilled the gallery with 4 straight spares and 3 strikes in a row. In 1970 The Eastern Bowling Association for the Deaf (E.B.A.D.) was formed in Saint John, N.B. Not only did he compete, but was E.B.A.D. Host Chairman five times.

In 2004 he was honoured with the Special Award of Dedication from the Nova Scotia Deaf Sports Association.

 

1943/44 Men's Curling Team

This team made unequalled history in the winter of 1943-44 in three major curling events, even though no championship had been won. The "Father and Son Rink"(so dubbed by the bonspielers), skipped and mated by Howard (son) and Ern Margeson (father), respectively, together with their teammates Waldo Lovelace and Wayne Early on no less than three occasions came within an ace of bringing home the championship trophy.

In their first major event of the season the team was runner up for the Ralston Cup in the Western Counties bonspiel. Their next event was the Provincial Johnson Cup Championship in Truro where they received the J.D. MacKenzie Shield for runners-up in that event.

After winning the club championship the team entered the Provincial Championship being held at the Halifax Curling Club. Twenty of the most skilled rinks from all over Nova Scotia had assembled there. Berwick lost their first game to Kentville, then rallied to eliminate team after team. First it was Bridgewater, then Windsor, Dartmouth and finally a 12-10 extra end thriller over Yarmouth. They advanced to the final three where they lost to Halifax 11-6. Halifax then beat Sydney 14 to 7. In the format of the championship the Berwick team met Sydney for the runner up, and showing real form, they defeated the Cape Bretoners by a score of 10-5.

Owing to shortages of hotel accommodations many players slept in Pullman Railway Cars, at the CNR terminals. The last night the Pullman Cars had been withdrawn leaving players scratching for sleeping quarters in hotel lobbies and furnace rooms. As well as this inconvenience players carried their own curling stones in wooden boxes weighing 44 lbs. each.

Three major bonspiels, three runner up titles, an incredible accomplishment for these Berwick curlers.

Skip: Howard Margeson
Mate: E.W. (Ern) Margeson
Second: Waldo Lovelace
Lead: Wayne Earley

 

1962 Berwick Legion Men's Curling Team

One of the more interesting stories in the sports history of Berwick involves the 1962 Berwick Legion Curling Team – a team that won a provincial championship when it didn’t have a home rink in which to play or practice. According to team members, the story of the Berwick Legion curling championship team really began in the mid 1950’s. At that time, Berwick had no curling rink of their own but through the generosity of the neighboring Middleton Curling Club; Berwick curlers were able to use their facilities several times a week. Among this group of dedicated Berwick curlers were four who decided to enter a team in the eligibility depended on being a Legion member and a member of a curling club. Thus, started the curling adventures of George Adams, Jim Barrett, Rod Bethune, and Reg Stevens.

Initially the Berwick foursome felt that if they concentrated on curling rather than indulge in the more “social” aspects of the sport, they would have an excellent chance since obviously the other teams would be there for that rather than actually trying to win the curling championship. However, the Berwick rink soon discovered that the competition was in earnest and every team was there for the same purpose – to win the championship. The level of curling skill was high. Thus, for five or six years, the Berwick quartet never reached the finals but they stayed together as a team and finally their dogged determination paid off. In 1962, they reached their goal and became provincial Legion champs earning the right to represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian (Dominion) Championships. By all accounts, a popular representative since the Berwick group had worked so hard to get there and always displayed great sportsmanship even in their losing years.

Among the most engaging and entertaining stories connected with this team are those involving the preparation of the new Nova Scotia Legion champs for the Canadian championships held that year in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Since the team didn’t have matching curling sweaters, there was a frantic around of knitting by spouses and curlers alike to ensure that the team was suitably attired. With suitcases packed with new curling sweaters, a supply of Berwick Curling Club pins, a trunk full of the Annapolis Valley’s best apples and the generous financial support of the Berwick Legion, the 1962 champions headed off to the Canadian championships. Although they were not winners at this level, they represented Nova Scotia, their home club and Legion post, and the Town of Berwick extremely well. Even on the trip home, the experiences of the team were somewhat unusual. A late winter storm forced the group to overnight in Moncton before returning home with their tales of some exciting Canadian championship curling.

Members of 1962 Berwick Legion Curling Team

Nova Scotia Legion Champions

Skip: George Adams
Mate: Rod Bethune
2nd: Jim Barret
Lead:Reg Stevens

 

Thorpe Men's Curling Team

During the late 60s, the 70s, and the early 80s, the Berwick Curling Club was well respected locally and across the province for having strong, competitive teams. With the recruitment of Dr. Ron Thorpe, Tom Beattie, Dave Miller, and Bill Wilson, the Berwick Curling Club became even stronger. Looking more like NFL linebackers than curlers, these four men combined style, strength, strategy, size, agility, shot making, and tremendous “sweeping ability”. Back in the day before push brooms, these men drew raves from spectators for their sweeping efficiency, pounding in unison with corn brooms, rink rats, and mid westerns (with leather inserts). One Digby Hall-of-Famer, Hymie Webber, even checked their brooms one day for real vacuums!

All the practice and play would pay off. Most of the games played in the Berwick Curling Club were full of tension and excitement. All of the teams wanted so dearly to represent the club, especially at the provincial level. There was even the odd call to world champion Ernie Richardson for a bit of advice.

Holes-in-one in golf are rare, but eight enders in curling are extremely rare. In January 1971, the boys pounded Dr. Thorpe’s last rock all the way to the rings to score the first eight-ender in Berwick Curling Club history and to win the right to represent Berwick in the famous Johnson Cup, played in Halifax.

It was fun to watch Dr. Thorpe’s methodical approach to the game, Tom Beattie’s style of bringing the rock back to should height and finishing with a gentle delivery, and the shot making and sweeping of Dave Miller and Bill Wilson. Bill became known as “Double” Wilson for his ability to make double take-outs when needed the most. And they were hugely successful. They were runners-up four times in provincial play; the 1971 Johnson Cup, the 1972 Provincial Branch Junior, and the 1973 and 1975 British Consols (the provincial men’s championship now known as the Labatt Tankard). As Dave Miller said about the team, “We were pretty strong”.

One of the most prestigious events of the time was the Western Counties Bonspiel, which brought together the best curling teams from throughout the western part of the province, included several that went on to provincial championships. The individual members of the Ron Thorpe Curling Team, on various teams over three decades, won nine times. Bill Wilson was elected to the Western Counties Hall-of-Fame as a five time winner. Dave Miller won twice and Dr. Thorpe and Tom Beattie each won once.

Not only were these curlers great ambassadors of the game, but they also gave freely of their time to make the home club successful; holding office, working on committees, and running bonspiels. It would be interesting to put this team up against today’s teams.

Skip: Doc (Ron) Thorpe
Mate: Bill Wilson 
2nd: Dave Miller
Lead: Tom Beattie


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