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.


From the Ringing Master

I’m Andy Sutherland and I was elected Ringing Master of the Branch at the AGM in March 2015.
Over this period we have held meetings in the majority of months, usually on the 3 rd Saturday, and
with a mixture of standard “meeting plus tea” events, training based events, joint events with other
Associations such as the Rochdale Branch of the Lancashire Association, and events with a more
social focus such as “Ring and Walk” and, last year, a treasure hunt.
Additionally the Branch has focussed on providing opportunities and training which we think it may
be difficult for individual towers or local groups of towers to provide. These currently include:

  • Monthly 8/10/12 bell practices, usually on a Friday evening at Halifax Minster. The range of
    methods covered depends on who attends, but we do usually manage to ring on 10 and 12,
    almost always Call Changes and Plain Hunt, usually Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman, and
    very occasionally Yorkshire Maximus. See events listing for forthcoming dates.
  • A Conducting Club. This provides opportunities for people to ask questions about, discuss
    and practice conducting, particularly focussed on Plain Bob Minor. We are always keen to
    hear from Branch members who would like to join – please contact me for further
  • A series of training courses on “Plain Bob Major and Beyond” aimed at taking people from
    ringing Plain Bob Major (or thereabouts) through Little Bob to Yorkshire Surprise Major. In
    order to provide adequate teaching time these are by invitation only and unfortunately full
    at present, but we hope to be able to add a small number of people in due course, probably
    in late 2020.

If you have comments on the ringing in the Branch; what the Branch could do, how the Branch
can help your tower, or how you can contribute to the Branch, do please get in touch – either via
the Committee or via my email which is sutherlandandy686@gmail.com   I hope to get round
some more of the practices in the branch over the coming months, and will be interested to hear
your views.  I look forward to meeting you then, or at one of the Branch meetings.


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