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. 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. 

 

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 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 includes a 'double header' event in May. This means the programme in May 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 21st Division on the Somme: a talk by Derek Clayton
07 Mar

The 21st Division on the Somme: a talk by Derek Clayton

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

The 21st Division took part in three phases of the Battle of the Somme. They attacked just north of the village of Fricourt on 1 July, capturing and holding the day's objectives. They then assaulted the Bazentin Ridge on 14 July before assisting in the capture of Gueudecourt in September. These three ultimately successful engagements did much to re…

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Byng of Vimy: a talk by Prof John Derry
04 Apr

Byng of Vimy: a talk by Prof John Derry

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

A cavalryman by profession, Julian Byng served on the Western Front and Gallipoli before becoming Commander of the Canadian Corps, gaining sensational success at Vimy Ridge. Always interested in the welfare of the men he commanded, he improved methods of training and was a capable commander of Third Army. After the war he was Governor-General of Ca…

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Corporal Vince Schürhoff (Part II): Life Off-Duty
09 May

Corporal Vince Schürhoff (Part II): Life Off-Duty

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
09 May 2020 14:00
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

Corporal Vince Schürhoff came from a Birmingham business family that was German on his father’s side. He joined the British army in 1914 and served with 16th Warwicks until 1916. He was then seconded to signals intelligence work and later transferred to the Royal Engineers (Signal Service).  Employed in a variety of intelligence roles, he was award…

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