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, Sheila Bloomfield.
26th January 2024 7:30
Monthly 8/10/12 bell practice for the BranchRead More
20th April 2024 10:00-5:15
Joint trip to the Liverpool area. Please contact the Branch Secretary, Sheila Bloomfield, for more details.Read More
8th July 2023
The second Branch Quarter Peal Week of the year was held from 8 to 16 July 2023. 11 quarters were rung. Many included firsts of method - well done in
25th February 2023
12 members undertook the Assoiation of Rnging Teachers module 1 course at Oxenhope. The course lasted a full day and the trainees, from across the Association wil now be looking
18th February 2023
Congratulations to ringers completing a quarter during the week, especially those completing a first.
Guiseley: Bob Doubles, Finlay Kemp,1st as conductor ((Also Jeffery Cooper celebrating 75 years ringing)
Settle: Julia Thornely, 1st