Week 5 is not a club. It has
no constitution, no annual general meeting, no officers, no membership
fee. Whatever it is, if you are in residence at Forest Hills,
Kinlochard, Scotland during week 5 (week 1 is the first week in
January, Saturday to Saturday, not including Hogmanay - New
Year's Eve - count from there) you are part of it. The focus
of Week 5 is curling. Created and nurtured by the enthusiasm
and dedication of Gordon and Isla Gilchrist, it boasts four curling
competitions: a league of (usually) eight rinks, played in two sections
with semifinals and a final; a pairs competition, played as a knock-out;
a bonspiel; and points.
Complete beginners are encouraged to take part in
all the competitions. There are many proficient curlers who
began their curling with week 5. This includes not a few who
live far from a curling rink, and whose curling is limited to one
or two weeks each year. Their prowess puts many regular club
curlers to shame.
The range of activities promoted by Week 5 is not
limited to curling. Other competitions include fancy dress
(for the children though any adults brave enough to compete would
not be excluded), snooker, and mini-curling (also for the children).
There are quizes, a treasure hunt, a raffle (for funds to buy prizes
and subsidise the activities), and, on the last night, a dinner
and ceilidh. Prizes for the main competitions are presented
just before the dinner.
Week 5 is, above all, convivial, and its logo symbolises
this. The second letter e is reversed, so that the pair of
them resemble two gossiping heads, and the curler clutches a glass
instead of a brush.
I created this site in February 2003.
Characteristically for Week 5, it is unofficial and unauthorised.
I just did it. Obviously it may not be the only Week 5 site,
now or in the future, but I hope that it will be of interest.
Contributions and suggestions will be welcomed.
Note however that a Web site is intangible. It cannot be shoved
in any place, intimate or otherwise.
Your photos and text will be added to the site, provided they are
legal, decent (within reason) and not contributed anonymously.
You can send them as email attachments. I will reduce the
file sizes of your photos to around 20-30 KB. Alternatively
you can send hard copy - email your address and phone number and
I will contact you.
There is a News Page
for messages, announcements, and discussion. Send
me your contributions.