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.


Upcoming Events
Joint meeting with Rochdale Branch
Todmorden Units and Heptonstall

13th August 2022 14.45 to 20.30
Western Branch

Todmorden Unitarian 14.45 to 16.45

Tea at Heptonstall 17.30 to 18.30 

Ringing at Heptonstall 18.30 to 20.390

Names for tea to Bob Schofield (bob.schofield@btinternet.com) by Tuesday 9th August.

Everyone welcome.

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8/10/12 Bell practice

26th August 2022 19.30
Western Branch

Everyone welcome to ring on higher numbers.

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Latest News
Western Branch 8/10/12 Bell Practices
31st July 2021
Western Branch

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

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Newsline published
26th January 2020
Western Branch

Latest Newsline has been published.


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Ilkley wins 6 bell striking competition
15th May 2019
Western Branch

5 teams took part in the striking competition, held at Oxenhope on  the evening of 15th May 2019.

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