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THIS WEEK'S FAVOURITES:    March Newsletter  Team-by-Team Fixtures  Fantasy League  Starred Bowlers
2019 FIXTURES:   
Section 1   Section 2   Section 3   Section 4   Section 5  |  Section A   Section B   Section C 

21 March 2019


All new teams in our Leagues for the 2019 season who intend submitting match results via Bowlsnet should ensure that they have a new Username and Password before the season starts. Clubs who have new teams in the 6-Man League should note that your 10-man team Password will not work for your new 6-man team (and vice versa). Please get in touch and get set up for the new season. I know that some clubs will be ringing me frantically on the opening day of the season telling me that Bowlsnet will not accept their password, don't you be one of those clubs! 
Contact Us

20 March 2019


All Clubs can collect their 2019 League Handbooks from 12noon to 2,00pm on Monday 25 March at Paddock I&C. Those clubs that still use the match result postcards can also pick up some of these for the new season at the same time. Don't come early, don't be late, there will be no-one there. If you can't make that time then please contact the Interim General Secretary, Allan Dobson,on
07974271293  to make alternative pick up arrangements.

19 March 2019


Would the individual who sent me a 'Contact Us' query about handicapping care to contact me again but this time leave me some contact details so that I can reply to their question.  Contact Us Again

19 March 2019


The countdown to the start of the new season continues with just two weeks to the first set of 10-Man League fixtures on 2nd April. That date is significant for two other reasons as well. It denotes the end of the Close Season Transfer Market so get those late transfers to the League Secretary pronto. Also that date signifies the closure of entries for our unique Fantasy League competition. With 44 entries already received and free entry to compete for a £120 Prize Fund, plus £5 off your £30 purchase at Well Bowled for every entrant and the option for an easy Lucky Dip entry makes it a no-brainer. Get your entry in now.
Enter Now

18 March 2019


The Bumper 16-page issue of the April Newsletter will be out early next week. This issue contains the much anticipated team-by-team preview of the 2019 season. Examining every one of our 94 teams chances for the coming season whilst forecasting the top and bottom two teams in each of our eight sections. It is a great aid for all those still ponteficating over their Fantasy League selections. Don't miss your early copy of this issue by subscribing now. Subscription is free for ever.  Subscribe Now 

17 March 2019


The 2019 total prize money on offer for those teams enjoying successful league seasons is the highest ever offered by the Vets League. That total now passes £1,000 with £100 for each of the five 10-Man Section winners with £50 to the runners-up in each Section as well. The three Section winners in the 6-Man League will each receive £70 with £30 to the runners-up. That adds up to a total of £1,050 on offer this season. Add that to the £2,455 prize fund previously announced for team and individual KO competition successes then that makes a grand total of £3,505 to be won this coming season.

16 March 2019


Now that the allocation of the £2,455 Prize Fund for our Individual and Pairs competitions has been finalised it is time to start encouraging members to get their entries in to the six different 2019 KO competitions open to individuals and pairs. Our online entry form makes life easy for you and all entries this year will cost just £2 per bowler per competition.  
Entry Form

16 March 2019


We are still waiting to hear from the printers on a definite date when the handbooks will become available. We are hopeful of inviting clubs to collect them on Monday 25 March but this is still to be confirmed. You will hear it here first when a date can be shared with any certainty.

15 March 2019


The Management Committee had a scheduled meeting last Monday with a wide range of topics discussed. The allocation of a total Prize Fund of £2,455 for our 10 Individual, Pairs and Team knock-out competitions was finalised and is provided in detail on our Meeting Notes page. Lot more topics covered as well with notes of those included in our regular update to members.   Meeting Notes 

14 March 2019


The Management Committee finalised the Starred Bowler ratings at their meeting on Monday. The rule changes this year mean that only teams in Sections 1 & 2 have Starred Bowlers now and these default to the top 3 Singles averages and top 2 Pairs averages per team. Those can be changed if circumstances dictate and a number of those have varied from that base position this year. The full listing of all Starred Bowlers is now available online and a review will be undertaken six weeks in to the season to ensure that all the Starred Bowlers are actually bowling and also bowling to the expected level.  Starred Bowlers 

14 March 2019


It is with regret that we inform you of the passing of John Ashworth a former stalwart bowler of Skel Windmill and former Veteran's League representative for that club.  R.I.P.

13 March 2019


The Annual Raffle Draw has been made with every club buying tickets which all went in to the hat at Monday's Management Committee meeting. The £100 first prize went to Thongsbridge with Meltham (£50) and Holmfirth (£25) claiming the minor prizes. We had also received a huge sack of 500 tea bags courtesy of Yorkshire Tea so fourth out of the hat won that as well and that went to Broad Oak. The full draw being:

1 425 £100 Thongsbridge BC
2 323 £50 Meltham BC
3 228 £25 Holmfirth BC
4 125 500 Tea Bags Broad Oak

12 March 2019


I know that many of you wait for my Pre-Season Team-by-Team Preview (in April newsletter) before completing your Fantasy League entry - very wise! However there is nothing stopping you getting that entry in now and you can make as many amendments to those selections as you like right up to the 2 April closing date. With £120 in the Prize Fund and eight guaranteed winners there is every good reason to get involved. Remember it is completely free of charge to join in and the option to let us make a Lucky Dip entry on your behalf is there as well. Last year the League Runner-Up and one of the KO Winners came from Lucky Dip entries. Get involved.   Full details 

11 March 2019


The online copy of the League Bye-Laws has now been updated to include the changes made at the Half-Year Meeting and the AGM. These are the full set of riules your teams will be playing to in the 2019 season. All the latest changes are helpfully highlighted in yellow to ensure that your team does not fall foul of these amendments. Club Reps and Team Captains should be well aware of all League Rules.   Bye-Laws

10 March 2019


All new teams in our Leagues for the 2019 season who intend submitting match results via Bowlsnet should ensure that they have a new Username and Password before the season starts. Clubs who have teams in the 10-Man League should note that your 10-man team Password will not work for your new 6-man team (and vice versa). Please get in touch and get set up for the new season.   Contact Us

9 March 2019

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' THE FIRST 50 YEARS 1970-2020 '
A new record of the Veterans' Leagues will be published at the end of this year. 'The First 50 Years 1970-2020' will commemorate the Anniversary of our Association by compiling a 250-page plus history of our Leagues. I am currently asking clubs to forward me any copies of new and old team photos, old photos of your green and clubhouse and any interesting facts about your club and it's bowlers. Remember this is a history about the Veterans League so other team records will not be included. I am currently working my way through over 8,000 Examiner press cuttings in 3,350 files on bowling collected by Peter Muff and scanned on to computer by John Hodgson. I am also very grateful for other good material already received from Bob Swan, Neil Hinchliffe, Dougie Mellor and Lindley BC. Bob Haigh is updating his collection of green photos for me but I still need more old team and individual bowler photos to make this a truely one-off record of our League. Acknowledgement of any material used will be included in the printed version.

8 March 2019


The 2019 Handbooks are now with the printers but we don't have a delivery date yet. We are running a little late this year with the General Secretary being taken ill mid-production but almost there now. As soon as we have a firm delivery date we will arrange a date and time when they can be collected by clubs. Apologies and thanks for your understanding.

7 March 2019


There is a new Registrar for the Yorkshire CCGBA. All bowlers in our Leagues have to be registered with the BCGBA via the Yorkshire CCGBA and there is a one-off increased fee of £12 to obtain that registration. All clubs should note the details of the new YCCGBA Registrar. It is Steven Cochrane of 'Montrose', Ripley Road, Knaresborough HG5 9BY  Tel: 01423-867820. His email address is

6 March 2019


There is an update on the previous announcement that Skel Windmill would not be playing on their own green this season. The club have since been advised to use the green as much as possible to aid their legal standing should matters get difficult further on. That being the case they are now planning to use The Windmill green for all their Veteran's League matches this season. They currently have power routed via the pub but should that be threatened then they will get their own generator in place, They also intend getting a Portaloo positioned on site. So business as usual on The Windmill green and the League expects all clubs to support them during a difficult time for them all.

5 March 2019



There is a Management Committee meeting next Monday (11th) when the main business to be covered is confirmation of the list of Starred Bowlers for the 2019 season. The provisional list has been on this website since November but now nearing the end of the Transfer window it is time to ratify those ratings with the full knowledge of what it means for each team. The rule change means that only (and all) Section 1 & 2 teams have Starred Bowlers this year. Any club that wishes to appeal against their provisional selections needs to put that appeal in writing to the League Secretary before next Monday's meeting. That should include the grounds for appeal and suggested replacement names.
Provisional Listing 

4 March 2019



The Special General Meeting that followed the Annual General Meeting supported a rule change proposed by the Management Committee. That change was to Match Play Rule 1c) and in essence means that only (and all) teams in Sections 1 & 2 will have Starred Bowlers from now on. Starred Bowlers are only allowed to play for that Club's top team. Where clubs have a B or C team in either of those two Sections they are allowed to play for the A team as well. Starred Bowlers cannot play in the 6-Man League at all. No teams in Sections 3, 4 or 5 or any 6-man team have Starred Bowlers. This change potentially allows up to 75 previously Starred Bowlers to play for a second team in our Leagues.  Rules 2019

3 March 2019



The Skel Windmill teams in the Bistro and Team KO have both been withdrawn as is the normal for them. They have a number of bowlers who play in a Thursday League and as a consequence struggle to field a team for mid-week KO fixtures. That means that Marsh Lib get a bye in the Bistro and Lindley Lib A get through to Round 2 of the Team KO.  Bistro  Team KO

3 March 2019


The green that was featured on the photograph of the five young(ish) bowlers was Outlane as correctly guessed by quite a few of you and we had a few wrong answers as well.

2 March 2019


I am very peased to announce that we have another two Patrons supporting the Association's 50th Anniversary. Bill Blackburn of Lindley BC and Brian Faichney of Canalside have both made donations to the Golden Jubilee Celebration Fund so we are delighted to add their names to the growing list of Anniversary Patrons. All the names on that list as known at 4 March will also be included in the 2019 Handbook with the full list appearing in the 2020 Anniversary Handbook. We look for a minimum £10 donation to join that list and we will continue to update that exclusive members list on this website and the monthly newsletter right through the year. Thank you for all the generous support received to date.   Become a Patron 

Peter & Judith Muff Life Member
David Sykes Brockholes BC
Jeff Jacklin Kirkheaton Con
Philip Walker Lindley BC
Allan Dobson Kirkheaton C&BC
Bob Swan Cowcliffe BC
David Union Outlane BC
Jeff & Ann Smith Meltham BC
Paul Rushworth Broad Oak BC
Ian Crawford Longwood BC
David Blackburn Thorpe Green BC
Brian Faichney Canalside S&SC
Bill Blackburn Lindley BC

2 March 2019


Several correct answers to yesterday's conundrum were received and correctly identifying (LtoR) Peter Read, Paul Rangeley, Graham Howe, Roger Crowther and Chris Squires all of Longwood at that time. A couple of responses also answered the question I didn't ask so I will open that up as well. On which green was this photo taken?  Name it

1 March 2019


Five young team-mates, forty years ago and all now playing in Section 1 of the the Veterans League. So who are the Famous Five and which club were they bowling for when this photo was taken? 
Name them  (Click on the image for a larger copy)

1 March 2019


The March issue of the HDVBA Newsletter is now widely available to all-comers. This 13-page issue is in a new colourful format and contains lots of news and updates about bowling in the Veterans League. It includes a new 'My Bowling Life' feature on Dougie Mellor. Dougie is a Lockwood Con bowler and past President of the Yorkshire CCGBA and the story looks back on his bowling and private life with copy of photos and press cuttings from his collection. Plenty more articles to savour as well. All 26 previous issues of our monthly publication are always available for free download and viewing.  March issue  Past issues  

28 February 2019


The entries continue to stack up for the 2019 Fantasy League competition and we have two Sections where we have definite front runner selections. They are in the top two Sections of the 10-Man League where Lockwood Con are included in 19 of the first 21 entries. Then in Section 2 Crosland Moor have collected 12 supporters so far but after that the other six Sections have a wide choice of selections. So are you going with the flow or sticking your neck out with a different top two that will make all the difference in the race for the £120 prize fund on offer. Remember it is completely free of charge to join in and the option to let us make a Lucky Dip entry on your behalf is there as well. Last year the League Runner-Up and one of the KO Winners came from Lucky Dip entries.
Full details 

27 February 2019


The Bumper March issue of our monthly Newsletter has now been sent to all names on our mailing list. If you believe you are on that list and can't see your copy in your In-Box then please check your Spam folder before contacting us for another copy. This 13-page new format issue has lots of news and updates as well as a great My Bowling Life feature on Lockwood Con bowler and past Yorkshire CCGBA President Dougie Mellor. You can still get your early copy by joining our mailing list through a free life-time subscription.  Subscribe Now

26 February 2019

Congratulations to our Treasurer Alan Stephenson on being elected as the President of Yorkshire CGBA. This is a great honour and adds to Alan's history of serving the bowling world at local and County level. Alan was Yorkshire CGBA Treasurer from 2008-16 and was President of the HDVBA from 2015-18. He now faces a full year of appointments around the County as well as leading the organisation through a year of meetings and events in addition to continuing in his role as our Treasurer. Congratulations Alan, well done, well deserved and enjoy your year.

25 February 2019

The March issue of the monthly newsletter will be out later this week. We have a new colourful format with lots of great features including a new 'My Bowling Life' contribution, this time from Dougie Mellor of Lockwood Con. Many other news items as well with all the KO draws, a full update on the Annual General Meeting with more news on dates for two major events in the 50th Anniversary Calendar. Lots of other good stuff as well so make sure you get your early copy by subscribing to our mailing list. Subscription is free for ever.   Subscribe Now 

24 February 2019

Management Committee member Allan Dobson has offered to act as the Interim General Secretary during John Hoyle's absence. John hopes to be able to resume his role later in the year but is going to be absent for a while through illness. Allan can be contacted on his mobile (07974271293) or by email at

23 February 2019

We have had some withdrawals from two of our team knock-out competitions. Both the Elland C&BC teams have conceded their Round 1 ties in the Bistro allowing Crosland Moor and Marsh Utd A to progress to Round 2. Rastrick have also withdrawn from their tie versus Kirkheaton C&BC A. Then in the Team KO the Elland A side have pulled out to enable New Mill A a straight passage through to the next Round. Rastrick also step aside in the Team KO to let Thorpe Green progress unhindered, All withdrawals are as a result of team raising difficulties which these clubs traditionally have for mid-week fixtures with many of their bowlers playing in other Thursday leagues.
Bistro   Team KO 

22 February 2019

Sorry to report the passing of former Lockwood Con bowler John Shaw. John was well known and well regarded in Huddersfield bowling circles and it is indeed sad news for many. His funeral will be held at 10.00am at Huddersfield Crematorium on Saturday 2 March.

22 February 2019

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There was one Special Award made at the Annual General Meeting on Monday when Ken Williams of Slaithwaite received a Long Service Award. This award goes to bowlers who are still active in our League upon passing their 90th birthday. Ken is still very active for Slaithwaite having won 6 of the 15 10-Man League games he played in last season and coming third in his team's Pairs Avearges. The photo shows HDVBA President Alan Hirst making the presentation at the AGM. Click on the photo for a larger copy.


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