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.

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. 



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 Brigade: the 'Building Block' of the BEF 1914-18
12 Dec

The Brigade: the 'Building Block' of the BEF 1914-18

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
12 Dec 2020 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

In this presentation, Rob Thompson will look at the development of the brigade in the BEF and its increasing importance in battle. Rob will explore the evolving nature of the brigade as it became more than a bridge between the ever-distant divisional HQ and the increasingly important battalion in the front line.

Event Details