By Jason Chamberlain – Northumberland News

NORTHUMBERLAND — You don’t have to put on skates to get out on the ice this winter.

The Colborne Curling Club, at 8 Durham St. N., is looking for members for the upcoming season. Offering leagues for both men and women of all ages and skill levels, the club has something for everyone.

“It’s fun, and good exercise,” said Anita Gutteridge, chair of the membership committee for the club and a long-time curler. “It helps the winter go fast, and you meet wonderful people. It’s the good shots that keep you coming back.”

The season begins the first week of November, so there is plenty of time for interested parties to learn more about the game before deciding whether or not to sign up. The cost of yearly membership is $240 for a single participant or $480 for couples. For juniors (19 and under), of whom the club had 14 last year, the cost is $25 for returning players and $10 for newcomers. Juniors play on Sundays only.

Bonspiels, special events and tournaments often come with additional charges.

Whether you’re a seasoned curler looking for a challenge or a rookie who wants to learn a new sport, the club can oblige you with both recreational and competitive leagues and draws, as well as a membership body that welcomes newcomers.

“Everyone is always very friendly and cooperative,” said Gutteridge. “They know how to have a good time.”

New curlers don’t have to sign up for the game sight unseen either, as the club will host an open house and registration week from Oct. 26-30, from 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone can come and try the game for themselves before paying.

For more information on the club, contact president John McKnight at 905-355-3739.

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