This is the website for the Lincoln & North Lincolnshire branch of The Western Front Association, a national educational charity. Through the work of the Association we aim to educate the public about the Great War. We do not seek to justify or glorify war. We are not a re-enactment society, nor are we commercially motivated. We are entirely nonpolitical.
The Western Front Association
The Western Front Association (WFA) was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the First World War (1914-1918). The WFA works to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all, from all sides, on all Fronts: on land, at sea, in the air and on the Home Front.
There are over 6,000 worldwide members in the WFA. They have expertise and knowledge on a huge number of topics related to the Great War of 1914-1918. Members include professional and amateur historians, collectors, teachers, family historians and students. The common interest is the study and Remembrance of the Great War and applications for membership are welcomed from anyone with like-mind.
You can become a member of the WFA, or renew your membership, through the national WFA e-shop. The price of a single UK adult subscription is just £29 annually (correct as of Jan 2017) which offers fantastic value for money.
Benefits of WFA membership
- Stand To! – The WFA print magazine, three times a year.
- Bulletin – The WFA in-house magazine, three times a year.
- Trench Lines – The WFA eNewsletter every month.
- The chance to get involved with over fifty branches across the UK and around the world.
- Access to the Western Front Association renowned collection of trench maps – all available on DVD.
The Lincoln & North Lincolnshire Branch
The Branch meets every sixth week (see 2017 Diary) at Sobraon Barracks, Burton Road, Lincoln, LN1 3PY. We ask all members and attendees to arrive fifteen minutes before the presentation begins at 7 p.m. You do not need to be a member of the WFA to come to our meetings and we strongly encourage everyone with an interest in the Great War to attend. There is a suggested donation of £4 per meeting which helps us pay for the room hire and includes complementary tea, coffee and biscuits.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A WFA MEMBER TO ATTEND OUR MEETINGS
We welcome anyone with an interest in the Great War to attend our meetings. Amongst our members and regular attendees you will be able to draw upon a great wealth of knowledge. We have academics, published authors and many others with their own niche areas of expertise who are all mutually supportive in educating others about the War
What can I expect at a Lincoln WFA meeting?
The Chairman will open the evening at 7 p.m. and welcome all attendees before leading a minutes silence to remember those who fell during the conflict. The speaker for the evening will then be introduced who will begin the presentation about a topic relevant to the Great War.
Halfway through the presentation there will be a 15 minute interval where there will be opportunity to refresh your drinks and stretch your legs. Before the end of the interval a raffle will be drawn when any donated books will be given as prizes.
The presentation will then resume and run to it’s conclusion, usually around 9 p.m., then the speaker will answer any questions you may have.
What else is going on?
The Branch tries to arrange at least one battlefield tour per year to France, Flanders or other battlefields of the Great War. All tours and trips are priced at cost and subject to demand. We are also fortunate to have the knowledgable Mike Credland as our Memorials Officer who runs a tour of local memorials each year.
In early December we hold a ‘show and tell’ evening where attendees are encouraged to bring in family heirlooms, militaria etc. and talk about their ancestors or tell any other War related stories. Later that month we have a more-formal sit down Christmas lunch, usually held in a hotel function room in Lincoln.