Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association. 

We meet on Saturdays at 2.30pm

Venue

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.

Car Parking

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.

Buses

The number 10 bus (out of York City Centre) runs every half hour and stops directly outside the school.

Refreshments

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

'Mountains Mules & Malaria: the Salonika Force 1915-18' by Alan Wakefield
14 Sep

'Mountains Mules & Malaria: the Salonika Force 1915-18' by Alan Wakefield

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
14 Sep 2019 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

The Salonika Campaign is very much one of the forgotten episodes of the First World War. Regarded as an unwanted sideshow the British still committed 228,000 soldiers to a multi-national Allied force in the Balkans fighting the Bulgarians. This talk sheds light on the experiences of British soldiers serving in Macedonia between 1915 and 1918. Much …

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Yorkshire Branch Battlefield Tour
25 Sep

Yorkshire Branch Battlefield Tour

Flanders battlefield tour
25 Sep 2019 18:00
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

The annual Yorkshire branch trip to France will take place between 25 and 30 September.  It is intended to look at the Battlefields in the Flanders 'flat lands' around Neuve Chapelle and Loos. The trip will be run by Battlehonours Ltd and guided by Clive Harris. As with previous trips we will use an local company who always provide a luxurious 50-s…

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'An Ambulance at Arras' a talk by Alistair Hollington
12 Oct

'An Ambulance at Arras' a talk by Alistair Hollington

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
12 Oct 2019 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

The Royal Army Medical Corps' field ambulances were vital for the survival of wounded soldiers, and were exceptionally busy at the Battle of Arras in 1917. The flow of casualties down the evacuation chain from the Regimental Aid Post to the Casualty Clearing Station can gauge the effectiveness of the various field ambulances, as can the ability of …

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