The object of the game is to place disc shaped stones as close to the
bull’s eye on the target. You can propel the stones along the floor by
hand, or by specially designed pusher or by using a ramp if sitting down
to play. The game can be played in singles, in pairs or by a team of four.
One team will have red stones and the other blue. Various strategies are
used to win each ‘end’ and the score is cumulative. The game is played
on a area the size of a badminton court. This has quickly become a
popular sport and now disabled people can play with or against
able-bodied people on a equal level. Blind Life Members were invited
to a demonstration event and got the bug.
They received funding for the equipment necessary and it has taken off from there. In 2008 Blind Life in Durham joined GBKA (Great Britain Kurling Association). Every year the GBKA hold competitions which are open to all member groups. As a member, Blind Life in Durham attends and have been fairly successful over the years.
St Pauls Centre, St. Pauls Gardens, Spennymoor DL16 7LS, . Saturdays from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Wolsingham Community Sports Hall, DL13 3DN. Sundays 2.00 - 4.00pm or Wednesday 6.45pm– 8.45pm
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Thursdays 1.30 - 3.30pm
Sundays until end April
|14 January 2016|
8 January 2017
| 22 January|| 31 January|
|11 February|| 5 February|
|25 February|| 19 February|| 21 February|
|11 March|| 5 March|
|25 March|| 19 March||28 March|
| 8 April|| 2 April|
|22 April|| |
then Wednesday Evenings
6.45pm - 8.45pm
| ||10 May|
|24 May|| |
| 3 June|
7 June - Blind Awareness Event
6pm - 9pm
| 17 June||21 June|
| 8 July||5 July|
|29 July|| 2 August|
|12 August||16 August|
|26 August||30 August|
| 9 September||13 September|
then Sunday Afternoon
2.00 - 4.00pm
| 7 October|
15 October - In house competition
1pm - 4pm
|21 October|| 29 October|
| || 12 November|
|18 November|| 26 November|
| || 10 December|
We had another good year for the Blind Life Awareness Competition with eight teams
entering. They were: Blind Life 'Real McCoys'; C A Group; Barclays (Teams 1 and 2)
Wolsingham Primary School; TSB; Police; and LEAPs.
The Winners this year were Barclays (Team 2) and the runners up were the team from
LEAPs. Both teams were presented their trophies and medals by
The County Durham Lord Lieutenant, Sue Snowden. Sue chatted with several of the
players and was impressed by what the charity does for its members.
The amount raised on the night was £440 and Guess Teddy's Birthday raised £38.
The Blind Life Awareness Competition, sponsored by Specsavers in
Bishop Auckand, was another really good year. Six teams took part;
2 from Barclays;1 Durham Police; I from Thorn's; 1 from LEAPS;
and 1 from Blind Life in Durham. The Real McCoy's (Blind Life)
won again with the team comprising of Julie Fox, Emma Gilfoyle,
Elsie Snowdon and David Stephenson. The LEAPS team were
runner's up and the best blindfold was won by a lady from Thorn's.
£343 was raised on the night and £100 was donated by
North Star Housing and Gregg's in Crook provided some of the buffet. An employee
from Barclays hopes to double the £443 with their Employee £ for £ scheme.
This year (2015) the Blind Life team the ‘Real McCoys’ once again took
on 7 other teams in the competition from TSB Crook, Barclays, Police,
Bishop FM, 2 teams from the 3 Towns Area Action Partnership and Specsavers who
sponsored the event.
The ‘Real McCoys’ saw off their competitors once again in this year’s competition.
Councillor Tomlinson presented the trophy to the team which will have its name
added once again, each team member also received a winners medal -
The runners up received silver medals which were collected by
Sandy Denney and Helen Pinkney from the 3 Towns AAP.
A highly entertaining night was had by all, over £500 was raised on the night as
well as the blind awareness of competitors due to them having to wear blindfolds.
Once a year, Blind Life holds a fundraising Blind Awareness New Age Kurling
competition. This year (2014) it was sponsored by Specsavers, Bishop Auckland.
Various teams who do not have a sight impairment, took part and wore
blindfolds. The teams were, The Real McCoys, Barclays, Durham
Constabulary, Jack Drum Arts and LEAPS. It was a good night and
everyone enjoyed themselves. A prize for best blindfold was won by
Paddy Burton from Jack Drum Arts and the winners of the competition were
"The Real McCoys" from Blind Life. A total of £355 was raised.