Western

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.

 

Upcoming Events
8/10/12 Bell Practice
Halifax Minster

23rd February 2024 7:30
Western Branch

Monthly 8/10/12 bell practice for the Branch

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Branch AGM
Lightcliffe

16th March 2024 TBC
Western Branch

Tea and meeting at Lightcliffe near Halifax, ringing at 3 towers to be confirmed.

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8/10/12 bell practice
Halifax Minster

22nd March 2024 7:30
Western Branch

Monthly 8/10/12 bell practice for the Branch.

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Latest News
Winter Training Courses
20th January 2024
Western Branch

The Branch organised a series of 4 Training Courses for winter.  The subjects were Listening & Striking; Five/Six Bell Methods; Leading Down & Up in Peal; Introduction to Conducting. Each



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Branch Quarter Peal Week
8th July 2023
Western Branch

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



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ART Module 1 Training, Oxenhope
25th February 2023
Western Branch

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



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