Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association.
We meet on Saturdays at 2.30pm
The branch venue for our monthly meetings is easy to find, being in "The Hive" block of Manor Academy, Millfield Lane at Nether Poppleton. The postcode (for Sat Nav purposes) is YO26 6PA.
Millfield Lane can be accessed off the A1237 (York's northern ring road).
Above: A street view of the venue, showing the ample (free) car parking that is available.
From the school car park go to the service road on the right hand side of the complex and follow the footpath past the cycle shed. Walk on for about 100 yards, and the entrance to the Hive is directly in front of you. Go through the automatic doors and turn immediately left up the stairs (a lift is available for anyone with mobility problems).
Above 'The Hive'
See map in the lower left area of this page for the location of our venue.
We don't make any charge but request a donation on the door of a modest £4 which includes refreshments.
There is a large free car park on site. In the unlikely event that the car park is full, there is plenty of free off-street parking immediately opposite the school.
The number 10 bus (out of York City Centre) runs every half hour and stops directly outside the school.
After the presentation, but before the Q&A session with the speaker, we have a break with refreshments available.
Members and non-members of The Western Front Association are equally welcome.
Any new visitors are guaranteed a friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome from a group of like-minded enthusiasts.
The 2021 speaker programme is detailed below. No apology is made for the emphasis on operational history in the BEF in France and Flanders, which is the most popular type of talk. However, we do have a good selection of other presentations as well, covering social history, life 'off duty' and naval operations.
As ever we have managed to book some highly respected and well known speakers as well as some speakers who are new to the branch.
We look forward to welcoming you to our branch meetings.
Upcoming Branch Events
William Leefe Robinson was a modest young man who became an overnight sensation for shooting down the first airship over London on the night of 2/3 September 1916. While the bombs fell from the 'zepps', Lt Robinson took off in his biplane and tailed the airship - strafing it with his machine guns. After two passes, he concentrated his fire in one s…Event Details
Chris Taft, from the British Postal Museum will outline the contribution made by the postal service to the First World War. It will explore not only the vital work of managing the postal system at home but the huge task of delivering mail to a world at war. It will also explore the role played by women who had to carry on the postal business at hom…Event Details
The British Army went to war with a cadre of officers who had been promoted largely on the basis of seniority. With the rapid promotion of junior officers and the influx of civilians, did a meritocracy establish itself? Who were the men who commanded the infantry battalions of the BEF in 1918? What were their qualities? Members and non-members of…Event Details