Welcome to the website of the Suffolk Branch of the Western Front Association.
The Suffolk Branch is one of the most friendly, lively and active branches of the Western Front Association. It was formed back in the mid 1990s by Stuart Bufton and Fred and Angela Hodson. Early notable members included Bill Hinchcliffe, Dave Empson, Taff Gillingham, Derek Pheasant, the late Barrie Thorpe and Professor Peter Simkins, who then still lived in Suffolk. Since then it has gone from strength to strength.
With average monthly attendance figures in excess of 50 people, the branch is steadily growing.
In addition to our monthly meetings, we hold several social events throughout the year. Day trips, quizzes and themed evenings, all help to support the branch and cement the special 'family' spirit that we have. In 2008, we broke into new territory by hosting our first three-day education seminar, aimed at local schools, the public and the WFA. It was an immense success and we are hosting another one very soon!
All our monthly talks are varied and exciting. We try each year to cater for our branch members requests and our excellent Speaker Secretary never fails to amaze us with a balanced mix of speakers. We have had several speakers return to us over the years, but we have not as yet, heard the same talk twice!
Many of the great and good of Great War world have come to us over the years: Gary Sheffield, Richard Van Emden, Lisa Sentance, Brian Bond to name but a few, and we have also been the starting point for many new speakers who have since gone on to become great names in the Great War academic world.
If you've got an interest in the history of the Great War, why not come along and meet us? We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!
Another Successful Battlefield Tour
We've recently returned from another highly successful battlefield tour covering the six Battalions of the Suffolk Regiment and their service on the Somme in 1916. Read more about our tour here:
Our 200th Meeting
The Branch has reached an historic milestone. After fifteen and a half years in existence, we have just celebrated our 200th meeting. Former Branch Speaker Secretary, Vivien Whelpton looks back at our historic and unique 200th meeting. Read more by clicking the link below:
The branch also has its own full colour monthly newsletter, available at each meeting. In this we have regular features such as local soldiers remembered and news of up-and-coming events, both locally and nationally. Past editions of this can be found by clicking on the link below: