In the years since the centenary, Sauchie and Bannockburn continued to go from strength to strength, with the membership capped at 80 and a waiting list introduced in the 1970’s. Ladies were also introduced to the club in the 1960’s and remain an important and welcome addition to this day. Curling was by now played mostly at Falkirk until its closure in 1976. For a few years games were played where ever and whenever ice was available, notably Kinross, Crossmyloof and Perth, until the first Ice Rink opened at Stirling in 1980.
Throughout the years the club has continued to enjoy a healthy social life, with numerous curlers courts, summer golf outings, quiz nights, and although the once very successful dinner dance was phased out some years ago, the annual prize giving now takes place at the AGM, which is followed by a cheese and wine party and is always well attended by our members. The dinner for our 150th anniversary celebrations at the Golden Lion Hotel continued this tradition and we look forward to many more to follow.
The strong tradition of family support has continued to follow the example of the Muirheads who have had at least one family member at all times throughout the clubs history. Still going strong today is Jimmy Muirhead, a member of the club for 64 years and now an honorary member. Jimmy is also the proud holder of a 50 year medal for continuous membership of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. His son Hamish also curled for many years.
Alex McWattie’s daughter Moira and husband Dair Anderson, along with their sons Graeme and Craig have ensured ongoing representation of the family input into the third generation, and at one point there were 9 members of the extended Anderson family in the club at the same time. Another farming family the Brisbane’s, have provided four generations of curlers. Currently John Brisbane and his son Stephen are active curlers, John’s father Stewart and uncle Jim were both club members, and his grandfather, also John starting the tradition.
Other families in second generation curling are the Morrisons, with Iain and brother Logan and their wives Nan and Val, with Iain’s son and daughter Alan and Avril. The extended Ogilvie family, Janice, Margaret, Irene and Angus Kerr, Bob and Margot Ferrier. The Hopes (Campbell, Jenny, John), the Patricks (Andrew, Eleanor, Graham), the Sloans (Hugh, Jennifer and Derek), the Watts (Alan, Alexander, Thomas and Elspeth) and Donnie and Laura Macleod.
The family tradition appears again when Kirsty Bullions (now Wilson) became the first Lady President in 1989. Her father Willie and brother Alex were stalwart members in years gone by, and family trophy is played for in annual competition. Since this ground breaking appointment the club have had two further Lady Presidents in Marion Johnston and Irene Hird.
On the ice by far the most successful curler in the modern game has been Iain Morrison along with fellow members Mary Scobie and Janice Ogilvie (and Jim Muir from another club) who consistently represented Stirling in the Scottish Mixed Championship. The team were victorious in winning the Scottish Mixed in 1985 and 1989, having played in the Scottish Final on three occasions. Iain himself won the Scottish Seniors Championship playing with a Hamilton rink and competed in the Scottish Men’s Championship with his own team very creditably over a number of years.