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 2020 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.
The programme may well evolve as we hope to include a 'double header' event, possibly in May which - if it is arranged - will mean the afternoon's talks 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.
We look forward to welcoming you to our branch meetings.
Upcoming Branch Events
The Medium Mark A 'Whippet' Tank was a new type of tank thought up just two weeks after the first Mk I's lumbered into action in September 1916. The prototype appeared in February 1917 and the production 'Whippets' first saw action in March 1918, continuing until the end of the war. This talk covers the design, prototype and operational use of the …Event Details
In this talk, Sarah Reay will tell the story of an Army Chaplain from Yorkshire, the speaker's grandfather from Christmas Eve 1914 to the end of hostilities. His descriptive account, from his own personal letters and writings, illustrates the value of faith during war - the balance between serving God and carrying out his duties as a captain in the…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