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
There was a largely unacknowledged but quite widespread assumption that little was to be expected of the 2nd Line Territorial Force divisions. Of the original fourteen 2nd Line divisions, seven eventually served on the Western Front; the remaining seven were disbanded at home. By examining their difficult early years and their service in France, th…Event Details
This is the second of two talks this afternoon Bullecourt was part of the wider Battle of Arras in May 1917, it was here the 62nd (West Riding) Division 'cut their teeth' in action for the first time. The 2/6th West Yorkshire Regiment - Bradford Territorials - made a costly attempt to take this fortress village. Using eye witness accounts, letters…Event Details
Now that the Great War is more than a hundred years behind us, and after five years of centenaries, it is perhaps a good time to reflect on the overall performance of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. The BEF, especially its generals, still has a bleak reputation. Those seeking examples of military ineptitude often look no fur…Event Details