Welcome to the Chesterfield branch. The Chesterfield Branch was set up iin January 2010 .
The first meeting took place on 26th January 2010 at Chesterfield Labour Club.
Despite the football match, the evening was a great success with 26 people attending (15 apologies).
It was decided that the Branch would be known as the Chesterfield Branch.
A little about what led up to the formation of the Branch, The first Chairman was the guiding light behind the formation of the branch. He called a meeting using the WFA members database, of those who lived in the area Sheffield/Doncaster/North Notts/North Derbyshire. A group met at the Chesterfield labour club, about end of 2009/start 2010. There was interest in setting up a Sheffield/South Yorkshire branch and a Mansfield Branch, but it was decided at that meeting mentioned above that Chesterfield was central geographically to both country and city. so the two interested parties joined forces and set it up in Chesterfield, and has never looked back since with attendance blooming.
The objectives of the Branch is to :promote good fellowship and to further interest in the Great War (the War to end all Wars)We meet at Chesterfield Labour Club, 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, 1st Tuesday of the Month.
(Entrance to Club 'free' car park is on Tennyson Ave reached via St Margaret's Drive from Saltergate direction (one way system)
Members of The Western Front Association and non-members are equally welcome to attend. We ask for a modest £3 donation on the door to assist in covering room charges and speaker expenses, The Club licensed bar is available for use by all attending our meetings.
Please note: as we use a private club's premises on your first visit we will ask you to complete a temporary club membership form at our Welcome desk. This is required to fulfil the Club's Licensing Regulations and is regardless of whether or not you will use the bar. The annual one-off cost is covered by the branch out of your donation.
(After the speakers talk there is a Q&A session with the speaker, followed by a raffle, raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for £1 per ticket.)
Any new visitors will be assured of a welcoming and friendly atmosphere among a group of like-minded enthusiasts
Please have a look at the following links (which you may find of interest)
2019 Office Bearers
(Chair) (Vice Chair) (Secretary) (Treasurer)
Tony Bolton Mark Macartney Grant Cullen Jane Lovatt
Jon-Paul Harding Peter Harris Andrew Kenning
Gallery Of Speakers
Tony Bolton Niall Cherry Peter Hart John Derry Richard Pullin
Rob Thompson Alan Atkinson Malcolm Sime Murray MsVey Charles Beresford
Arthur Lacey David Tattersfield Stephen Badsey Peter Hodgkinson Sean Godfrey
Andy Lonergan John Sneddon Bill MacCormick Spencer Jones Jerry Murland
Phylomena Badsey Steve Warburton Simon Peaple John Beech Tim Lynch
David Humberston Jonathan Steer Peter Dennis Bryn Hammond Grant Cullen
Stephen Barker John Beckett Jonathan D'Hooghe Rod Arnold
Upcoming Branch Events
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