BHI Branches

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UK and Overseas

The first BHI branch was established in Manchester shortly after the Second World War. It was an initiative that was quickly replicated up and down the country. More recently we have even begun to see BHI branches established overseas.

BHI branches are entirely autonomous. They are set up ‘by the members for the members’, invariably rely for their existence on the energy and commitment of a few committed volunteers. If you are lucky enough to live within travelling distance of a vibrant BHI branch you should try sampling one of their events. You will always find a warm welcome.

For specific branch activity as well as other horological events, see the Horological Events Calendar.

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bristol

Branch Secretary: David Spicer
Tel:
01278 691264
Website: http://westcountryclockfairs.co.uk/BristolBranchBHI/

Meeting Details: We meet monthly on a Monday at the ‘Globe Inn’ near Bath where we have our own dedicated and comfortable room with video cameras, multi-media projectors etc. and an excellent selection of food and drink is available.


You are warmly invited to attend any of our Branch meetings where you will find a friendly group of keen amateur and professional horologists from all walks of life. You do not need to be a BHI member to come to our Branch meetings.

Visit the BHI Bristol Branch Website

cheltenham

Branch Secretary: Denise Hargreaves
Email: dkah26@gmail.com
Tel: 01594 825662
Mob: 07503 212449
Website: www.bhicheltenham.uk

Meeting Details: Our meetings are held usually at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of Feb-May and Sept-Nov (inclusive) at: Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports Association (CACSSA), Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham. Gloucs. GL51 9SL


Our membership includes both professional and amateur horologists: clockmakers, watchmakers, restorers and collectors. We meet eight times a year: six evening meetings at which speakers from all branches of horology (and associated areas of interest) provide both education and entertainment for our members; a summer outing with either a horological or associated historical or engineering theme; and the Autumn AGM which is followed by a wine and cheese party for the attendees.

Visit the Cheltenham Branch Website

ipswich

Branch Secretary: Richard Curtis
Tel: 01787 224609
Email: secretary@ipswichbhi.org.uk
Website: http://www.ipswichbhi.org.uk

Meeting Details: The Branch holds INDOOR MEETINGS on the fourth Tuesday of each month from February to June and from September to November in the well-appointed premises of St. Mary’s Church Room, Bramford, Ipswich, IP8 4AT.


Formed in 1954, the Ipswich and District branch has an active membership covering the whole of East Anglia.
Indoor meetings include lectures, demonstrations, sales and open evenings where members can show their latest projects; buy and sell items; discuss problems and share ideas. Books from our extensive BRANCH LIBRARY are available for members to borrow free of charge. There are usually VISITS AND TOURS in July and August and an ANNUAL DINNER in January.
Professional and experienced members are always on hand to give advice and support to those with less expertise. Members receive a branch NEWSLETTER in advance of each meeting.
The Branch supports cultural events in the area and has taken on the management of the twice yearly ESSEX CLOCK FAIR.

Visit the Ipswich Branch Website

kent

Branch Secretary: Alan Gibbons
Tel: 07856 719096
Email: ticgroup1@outlook.com

Meeting Details: We meet most months at 7:30pm at the Brents Tavern in Faversham on the third Thursday.


The room above the bar is equipped with projector screen for any display purposes by guest speakers. All are welcome to our meetings BHI member or not.

Email the Kent Branch

leicester

Branch Secretary: Colin Reynolds
Tel: 0116 2888747
Email: colin.reynolds747@gmail.com

Meeting Details: The Leicester Branch meet on the second Monday in most months.  We meet at the BRITE Centre Braunstone Avenue Leicester LE3 1LE, with meetings starting at 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. A small donation to meeting is requested and refreshments are provided.


We have a broad spectrum of members with a wide range of interests. Talks and visits are arranged for our programme which can be sent on request. The venue has excellent meeting facilities adequate parking and is only a mile from the M1 junction 21 and M69.

Email the Leicester Branch

lincolnshire

Branch Secretary: Matt Ardron
Email: m.ardron@outlook.com

Email the Lincolnshire Branch

merseyside, north wales and west cheshire

Branch Secretary: John Griffiths
Tel: 0151 644 0186
Email: johngriffiths_horologist@talktalk.net

Meeting Details: Meets at 7.30pm, the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Ruskin Centre, St Helens, except during July and August. For meeting topics, see the current Horological Journal and the Horological Events Calendar.

Email the Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch

milton keynes

Branch Secretary: Alistair Pollard
Tel: 01462 686190
Email: ajpollard@hotmail.com

Email the Milton Keynes Branch

north east

Branch Secretary: Richard Humble
Tel: 01642 289102
Mob: 07740 461287
Email: richard.humble@ntlworld.com

Meeting Details: We meet at Bullion Hall, South Approach, Chester-Le-Street, DH2 2DW at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of January and alternate months thereafter.


Members of the BHI in the North East region are welcome to attend the BHI North East branch meetings and join us on group visits. Our meetings are an opportunity to meet with friends and maybe discuss that problem which is currently on your workbench! Attendees are from a variety of backgrounds: both professional and non-professional horologists, who range from makers and restorers, through collectors and researchers, to those who just like to discuss their horological interests. Why not pop along to a meeting and introduce yourself!

Email the North East Branch

north london

Branch Secretary: Gordon Rowley
Tel: 0208 5908955
Email: g.rowley1@tesco.net

Meeting Details:

Email the North London Branch

oxfordshire

Branch Secretary: Dave Hamer
Tel: 01869 338170
Email: dwm.hamer@gmail.com
Website: www.bhioxbranch.co.uk

Meeting Details: We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month (closed in July,Aug, Dec) at  ‘The Minstrals gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel’, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14  3JD at 7.30 for 7.50 start.


There is normally a presentation and we welcome all to come and chat and help each other. Entry is £5. Those doing the DLC or studying horology are free. Interested parties should email me and I can add them to my circulation list. I send a meeting reminder out the week before each meeting.

Visit the Oxfordshire Branch Website

scotland

Branch Secretary: Zen Chowaniec
Tel: 0141 7752684
Email: secretary.bhi.scotland@gmail.com
Website: http://bhieastofscotland.com

Meeting Details: Unless otherwise specified meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month, at 2.00 pm, in the Cellar Bar Function Room, Canons’ Gait Bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ.  Members and visitors alike are welcome to join us for an optional bar lunch at 12:30.


The Scotland Branch was formed in July 2016 with the amalgamation of the East and West of Scotland Branches.  Our membership is around 130 of whom about 15% are Members or Fellows, the great majority being Associates.  Regular meetings are held from September till May each year at which invited speakers talk on a range of horological topics.  We also arrange occasional visits to places with interesting horological collections.  Visitors and guests are welcome to attend Branch meetings.

Visit the Scotland Branch Website

sheffield

Branch Secretary: David Mears
Tel: 0114 2397856
Email: david_mears@hotmail.com

Email the Sheffield Branch

south london

Branch Secretary: Mick Welch
Tel: 0208 6470207
Website: www.slbbhi.co.uk
Social Media: Twitter, YouTubeInstagram (@southlondonbranchbhi)

Meeting Details: Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at The White Hart Barn (Godstone Village Hall) Godstone Surrey, RH9 8DU.


The South London Branch has around 100 members. We hold monthly meetings, publish a monthly newsletter and hold an annual auction. In addition we have workshop facilities in Caterham and run a number of courses for our members. The branch has a library consisting of over 300 horological books. We organise around three outings a year of horological interest. This year we are organising an “Open Day” where the aim is to promote awareness of horology and the activities of the BHI.
We are always happy to welcome new members.

Visit the BHI South London Branch Website

south west

Branch Secretary: Phillip J Gale FBHI
Tel: 01208 77191
Email: phillipgale47@gmail.com
Website: www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

Meeting Details: We meet at Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter, EX2 4NP on the first Wednesday of the month. (Unless otherwise stated)


The South West Branch was inaugurated 27 years ago. We are a very friendly and welcoming branch and have a core membership that has supported it over those years. We have been able to get speakers from around the country. We are well known for the outstanding quality of reception we give our speakers. We have also set up a charity “The South West Horological Trust” and from these funds we hope to help Horologists in the South West of England.

Visit the BHI South West Branch Website

sussex

Branch Secretary: Clive Steer
Tel: 01424 844427

wessex

Branch Secretary: Richard Steedman
Tel: 01962 676114
Email: richard.steedman@btinternet.com
Website: www.wessexbhi.co.uk

Meeting Details: We meet on the first Wednesday of the month (except Jan, Jul, Aug) at Lyndhurst Community Centre, High street, Lyndhurst  SO43 7NY. Gather from 7pm for meeting start at 7:30pm.


The Wessex BHI branch brings together the local community of enthusiasts, collectors and clock and watch makers. We hold bi-annual auctions with a variety of lots, as well as skills evenings and talks on various horological subjects.

Visit the Wessex Branch Website

yorkshire

Branch Secretary: Martin Wigglesworth
Tel: 07949 050066
Email: martin@banana.co.uk

News for the Yorkshire Branch of the BHI is available at the following social media sites. Use an account to follow, or visit the address/URL to view without an account.

Twitter: @BHIYorksBranch
You do not need to sign up to Twitter…to view without an account, just go to https://twitter.com/BHIYorksBranch

Instagram: @bhiyorksbranch
You do not need to sign up to Instagram… to view without an account, just go to https://www.instagram.com/bhiyorksbranch

Facebook: @bhiyorksbranch
You do not need to sign up to Facebook… to view without an account, just go to https://www.facebook.com/bhiyorksbranch

Email the Yorkshire Branch

ireland

Branch Secretary: Raymond Farrelly
Tel: +353 28 6632 8776 (04866 328776 from Eire)

Australia

Branch Secretary: Martin Foster
Email: martin-foster@bigpond.com

Email the Australia Branch

norway

Branch Secretary: Eric Odegaard
Tel: +47 691 52407

south africa

Branch Secretary: Herman Holzhausen
Tel: +27 185 961992