The Leeds and District Branch encompasses a wide and diverse area including the city of Leeds, the area north as far as Birstwith and Hampsthwaite on the southern edge of the Dales, towers as far south as Horbury and Thornhill and as far west as Sherburn in Elmet and Pontefract, but not all of the towers in between!
We have 34 ringable towers with five or more bells, including one 12 bell tower (Leeds Minster) and one 10 (Pontefract, St. Giles). In addition, there are 6 towers with three or four bells, including Spofforth which has its own band. The branch also has its own ‘dumb bell’, at Chapel Allerton, and this is available to anyone in the branch (after training) for teaching and practise.
Leeds University students (LUSCR) are based at Burley and frequently join in branch events.
We hold regular monthly practices, usually on the second Saturday of the month, with our AGM and striking competition in June.
We try to vary our meetings to appeal to as many people as possible, rotating around different areas of the branch, trying different times of the day and hopefully catering for different levels of ability. If there’s something you’d like to do that hasn’t been tried yet, then please let the committee know.
Everyone is welcome to join us at our meetings. If you’re not a member of the YACR, then come along and give it a try before you join. If you’d like to be kept in touch with what’s going on in the branch and the Association, then ask the secretary to add you to the circulation list.