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Winter Bowling in Huddersfield Part 7



Part 7: A Recap & Winter Bowling in 2024 by Dave Parkin

The Final Episode

 Once upon a time, if you weren’t one of the GRIFFIN members, winter bowling options were abroad in Portugal, Spain, Cyprus & even the USA on organised holidays by The Examiner bowls correspondent, Peter MUFF.

In 2024, local bowlers are spoiled for choice for playing & watching bowling in the winter months.

We all know about the three days of Huddersfield Winter League (Monday, Wednesday & Thursday).


There is also an outdoor league at Halifax on a Thursda


Milnsbridge on a Friday


Heckmondwike on a Wednesday & a Saturday


The greatest rival & a source of inter-club matches for the GRIFFIN is the SPEN WINTER SWEEPS on a Saturday where 40 bowlers fight out each week.

Below is a post from The GRIFFIN private FB group that has 470 members.

The GRIFFIN plays some very different rules and here are a selection: 

  • You get two throws of the Jack to set a mark

  • You use you own Jack & can use any type of woods

  • The final starts from the centre of the green

  • Cut straws to measure (mentioned below)

  • Or even use a mobile phone that was used once.


Here are some of the GRIFFIN records

  • One change is that Harold Barlow also won 5 sixteens in the first full winter season, 1968/69 to match Siggy’s 5.


I hope you have enjoyed this series of memories & special thanks for Mark ATKINSON for use of the GRIFFIN stats.


Dave Parkin

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