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 (image below). The postcode (for Sat Nav purposes) is YO26 6PA
Millfield Lane can be accessed off the A1237 (York's northern ring road).
See map in the lower left area of this page for the location of our venue.
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. 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).
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.
Above: A street view of the venue, showing the ample (free) car parking that is available.
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 2019 speaker programme which is detailed below is slightly more diversified than in previous years in that we have looked at 'other theatres' with talks on several 'side-shows' as well as a look at the political context of the war in what is sure to be a well attended meeting at the end of the year. No apology is made for the emphasis on operational history, which seems to be the most popular type of talk. The programme also includes a 'double header' event in May which will start half an hour earlier than usual. 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.
Upcoming Branch Events
The Königsberg was the first of a new class of 3,000 ton light cruisers named after famous cities in Germany. Built at Kiel and commissioned in 1907, she was a fast well armed vessel designed to protect Germany’s interests in foreign parts. She was sent to German East Africa under the command of Fregattenkapitän Max Looff and arrived in Dar es Sal…Event Details
This presentation will explore the role of the British Army in the defeat of Germany, with particular reference to General Byng's Third Army during the Hundred Days campaign. Starting from north of Albert on 21 August 1918, the Third Army fought its way across the old Somme battlefield, liberated Bapaume, broke the Hindenburg Line and captured Camb…Event Details
A great deal of energy and controversy have been devoted to the study of the causes of WW1 but it is worth asking what its main consequences were. The most obvious result was the disappearance of the empires which had dominated in 1914: German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Turkish. New or reconstructed countries appeared like Poland and Czechoslov…Event Details