The Western Branch is one of the nine branches of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers (church bell ringers). The branch represents towers and ringers within the old West Riding of Yorkshire from South Huddersfield through Calderdale (Halifax), Bradford, and into the Yorkshire Dales. At the last count, we have 62 churches with a ring of 5 or more bells, and over 400 ringers spread amongst them. Although the Branch is geographically large, we aim to keep good contact between ringers by holding our activities in as many locations as we can, and encouraging members to travel outside their normal ringing area. A number of smaller clusters have risen informally to cover local needs, especially training, supported by the Branch. Also in the south, the Halifax Archdeaconry Guild holds meetings and act as a cluster alongside the Branch, and members tend to belong to both organisations.
There is plenty of ringing, most towers are active, and indeed there are very few towers with bells that are considered unringable. Visitors can be assured of a good welcome wherever they go, and information can be obtained from the Branch Secretary, Bob Schofield.
31st July 2021
Western Branch 8/10/12 Bell Practices - at Halifax Minster - last Friday of every month: 19:30-21:00, starting on Fri 27 August.
This is your opportunity to ring on higher numbers
26th January 2020
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15th May 2019
5 teams took part in the striking competition, held at Oxenhope on the evening of 15th May 2019.