Come out, visit, stay and play. Help us to make new history at our Stayner Granite Club.
In 1961, Stayner Granite Club started curling in the old arena. It was located in the southeast corner of what is now Byng Public School’s playground. They curled there for two years and members started to build the new club in 1962 where it stands today. Jack Braithwaite was the main person in charge, putting in 693 hours. All members were paid for their materials but their labour was volunteered. The men did the labour and the ladies did the fund raising to help pay for the new building. The club started curling in the new building for the 1963/64 season with the grand opening in December 1963.
The building was constructed of beams made from Douglas Fir trees coming from British Columbia, as was the smaller beams, installed in the early 1980’s per instruction from the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The original ice plant came from the old Besse dairy which was located on the main street of Stayner. Our first ice maker was George Sproule. George did the ice for almost 40 years. He would put in the ice and then left the rest of us to take care of it, as he went off to Florida for the winter.
The building was sold/turnover to the Town of Stayner which is now the Township of Clearview and remained the same as it was built until the last ten years. Since that time, the club along with the help of the Township, have updated the interior of the club, installed a new floor, put in a new furnace and a new dehumidifier.
Anne Hanna is our longest standing curling member starting when the club first opened in 1963. The Club has been and continues to be a Great Place to spend the winter, both from a curling and social aspect. We currently have roughly 175 members coming from Stayner and the surrounding area and we continue to welcome new curlers of all ages.