Cheltenham German Club

For everyone interested in German language and culture

                                                                              GRINDELWALD, SCHWEIZ


About twice a month we meet to speak German and chat informally about work,

holidays, family, the news, etc. There’s no set topic and we are all at different levels

but it works very well in a relaxed and friendly way. I send a reminder by email but

do check the site or your emails in case of cancellation or you can ring me on

01684 772966.

Unfortunately, the Boston Tea Party Café where we have been meeting for some

time is going to be closing at 8 pm from now on. Anyway, thanks to the staff there

who have been most helpful and friendly.

We had our first session at the Bank House on 12th October and the general consensus was that it was fit for

purpose. There is no music, we can reserve a space, the staff are friendly and the drinks are reasonable. The

only drawback is that it is upstairs and there is no lift. Anyway, we shall meet there until further notice. Thanks to

Elinor Kollmann who suggested the Bank House.

To find the area they call the Library, go upstairs and turn right where you’ll find the bar. Right at the end is a

smallish area separate from the rest. Hopefully we shall be there but if you can’t find us for some reason, ask

the bar staff or ring my mobile 07944154419.



The Bank House (Wetherspoons),

15–21 Clarence Street
GL50 3JL

01242 240940

                                                    Stammtisch dates for 2017:



November 23rd

December 14th

                                       DAYTIME CONVERSATION GROUP


There is also a daytime German conversation group organised by Hazel Hanson which meets from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon on the first Thursday of the month. The meetings are held in the Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, GL50 1HQ, usually upstairs. Drinks can be ordered at the bar downstairs and these will be brought up to us.

The dates for 2017:

5. Januar
2. Februar
2. M
6. April
4. Mai
1. Juni
6. Juli
3. August
7. September
5. Oktober
2. November
7. Dezember

Hazel writes:

Ich habe keine Gesprächsthemen für nächstes Jahr geschrieben. Aber wenn ihr wirklich Themen wollt, schlagt ihr einige bitte vor!

Ich wünsche euch ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und freue mich auf euch im neuen Jahr zu sehen.

Hazel's phone number is 01242 254105 and she is happy to answer any questions about

the group.

Hazel's email address is:

[email protected]


Another group:

 "Teutonic Tuesdays" Autumn 2017

Claire Spanner writes:

Our charity Global Footsteps at 16 Portland Street, Cheltenham, Tel: 01242 577893 will also be hosting German conversation café on Tuesdays from 11.00 - 12.30 a.m. Term time only.


The aim is for German-lovers to chat in the language and share coffee & cake.  The cost is £5.00 per person.  I appreciate there are other groups going on - but this might be a time and place to suit some of the members.

 Claire says:

Teutonic Tuesday will re-start on the 5th September at 11 a.m. Bring an article in German to share, have coffee and cake together, then chat about the reading or generally. Lots of fun and only £5 per person. Term-time only. Profits go to help the charity.

Global Footsteps is an educational charity which links grassroots communities around the world
to build resilience and resourcefulness.

They do this by building and maintaining local and global partnerships,
fostering cooperation and understanding across cultures,
and bringing people together to volunteer and learn.

Do come along.


Claire's mobile number is 07875 550070.

[email protected]



Calling Alumni of Pates Grammar School

Samantha Attwood from Pate's Grammar sends the following message:

We are celebrating 40 years of our exchange partnership with Lina-Hilger Gymnasium, Bad Kreuznach

this year, and wonder if any of your members happen to be alumni who were involved at all in earlier

years? We are inviting alumni to a celebration / learning event on Saturday 4th November. If you were

on the exchange or know of someone who did, her email is

 [email protected]


Below: Lina-Hilger Gymnasium


Film club and the German days

at Stoke Lodge.

Christel Stöcker-Danby has let me know about

German Saturday

courses and talks at Stoke Lodge.

Stoke Lodge Adult Learning Centre

Shirehampton Road

Bristol, BS9 1BN

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0117 903 8844



Don’t forget, Advent that important time for Germans with its “Vorfreude” comes at the end of November. I’m off to Hamburg then so I should get a dose of Christmas feeling, not to mention Glühwein! However, if you can’t make it to a Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt in a German speaking country this year, perhaps a visit to these German style markets will do the trick:

Bristol – Quite a German feel as some of the stallholders come from Osnabrück and there is a Bavarian Beer Garden. Glühwein, Bratwurst, Lebkuchen and German decorations on sale.

Broadmead Shopping Centre, 10/11/17 – 24/12/17, 10am – 7pm

Cheltenham - our very own, much maligned market on the Prom, with a Bratwurst stand.

23/11/17 – 16/12/17

Oxford – Broad Street, Glühwein and Bratwurst available. Carols and bands some days.

07/12/17 – 17/12/17

Thurs – Sat 10:00-20:00

Sun – Wed 10:00 – 19:00

Sun 18th 10:00 – 18:00

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market – lots of German stalls, supposed to be the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria with lots of stalls from Frankfurt. Now open after Christmas. In Victoria Square.

16/11/17 – 24/12/17

Weekdays 12:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 21:00

Sat, Sun 10:00 – 21:00

Leeds Christkindlmarkt – you can probably get to Berlin more quickly but this has a good reputation and authentic German atmosphere and food The Frankfurter Scheune has different kinds of Bands and artists and the Alp-Chalet has a German menu and German beers. Many stalls from Frankfurt-am-Main. Sieht gut aus.

Millenium Square, 10/11/17 – 24/12/17

10:30 – 21:30

Sunday 10:30 – 19:30


I am off to Hamburg at the end of the month s I'll let you know what the Christmas markets there are like.

Let me know if you get to a German market and send me a review. Frohe Weihnachten!


Luther Reformation

2 programmes Indulgences and The Bible for All on

BBC4 Tuesday, 17th October and the following

day at 22:00. (contains some violent scenes) 

In German with subtitles

Sorry I gave the wrong date for the 2nd programme. It was shown on Wednesday


at 22:00. Hopefully you can catch it on i-Player if you missed it.



Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz

13 September — 26 November 2017

At the Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square,

Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS


Cheltenham is in the Göttinger Tagesblatt. Thanks to Richard Woolley for the link.


                                                                                                     OTHER EVENTS 

                                                WALKS IN BATH AND BRISTOL IN GERMAN

We've been contacted by a German speaking guide who has the following message:

I wondered if you and your conversation class may be interested in my walks. My name is Christel, I am a native German speaker and teach in adult education in Bristol. After my training as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, I started offering German walks to German speakers and learners. The last two years I had mixed ability speakers and after introducing necessary vocab, I did a small, slowly spoken presentation about the place. After a little quiz in pairs or threes, we moved on to the next stop. It was lots of fun and we usually ended up drinking a coffee together after finishing the walk.

This year I will offer German walks again, starting in Bristol on Thursday 20/4 at 2 pm in front of the Llandoger Trow. Attached are the dates for this year. There is more information on my website.


Jo Dean’s award

Some of you may have heard that Jo Dean, former secretary of the club was presented with a well-deserved award by the Cheltenham Arts Council for her services to the German and Italian Clubs, Town Twinning and other contributions to the town.

See the News and Reports page for a message from Jo.


'Enlightened Princesses' exhbition explores role of German princesses in Britain during 18th century

22 June - 22 November 2017 | Kensington Palace, London


Opening at Kensington Palace in June, a major new exhibition 'Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World' explores the lives and achievements of three German princesses whose marriage into the British royal family placed them at the very heart of progress in the eighteenth century.

The princesses played a vital part in the shaping of the nation’s culture and redefined what it meant to be a royal woman, creating a legacy which resonates in the world today.

The exhibition draws together for the first time at Kensington almost 200 objects from across the globe - including many highlights from the British Royal Collection, the royal collections of Denmark and the Netherlands.


The popular German comedian is touring Britain this year. His Cheltenham event in March is sold out but there may be returns or other cities you are interested in.

All details on the tour website:

21 September ? 17 November
Preview: Friday 20 September, 6.30pm
Friedrich Kunath is an enigmatic presence in the work he creates. For his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, new paintings and sculptures are presented alongside his recent film You Go Your Way and I?ll Go Crazy (2012).
The exhibition title references Raymond Moody, American psychologist and best-selling author of Life after Life (1975), and British 1960s rock band The Moody Blues. Kunath?s playful discourse between joy and melancholy asserts the triumph of life over death, something he often refers to as ?sad optimism?. 
In paintings that fluctuate between humour and pathos, Kunath combines iconography from Renaissance woodcuts, landscape engravings, still lifes, slapstick cartoons and pop culture of the 1960s and 70s.  
Embodying what Kunath describes as ?radical elegance?, the central protagonist in You Go Your Way and I?ll Go Crazy is an ageing LA artist, who appears to unravel at the seams. Stylish yet forlorn, he sails, swims and plays tennis alone; the affluent trappings belie his evident malaise. Continuing one of the film?s motifs, a tennis court takes centre stage in the Upper Gallery.
A cast of sculptural characters in connected pairs, including sea otters, ghosts and gnomes, sit alongside oversized burnt matches, large brown loafers filled with plastic fruit, and a seal balancing the polyhedron from Dürer?s Melencolia I on its nose.
Friedrich Kunath will be in conversation with cultural critic Michael Bracewell on Saturday 21 September at 1pm. More details and booking information can be found at .   
Bath Christmas Market 2013
Thursday 28th November - Sunday 15th December 2





If you like both walking and speaking German, as well as meeting German speaking people, you could think about going on one of Neil McDonald's Anglo-German walks.

Between 6 and 16 native English and German speakers will walk and speak in each other's languages.

The holidays take place this year in St Johann, south of Salzburg, Füssen in the Bavarian Alps, Monschau in the North Eiffel and Boppard on the Middle Rhine as well as four centres in England: Berwick-on-Tweed, Callender, the Welsh Mrches and the Forest of Dean. Each holiday lasts 6 days, 7 nights B&B and evening meal and consists of an 8-13 mile walk on 5 of the days.

I have more details about 2017 programme and a brochure. (Greg)


Neil MacDonald

Anglo-German Walks

34 West End Rise



LS18 5JL

Tel: 0113 2581543

Email: [email protected]


See also Rosemary Campbell's report of last year's holiday on Rügen on the News and Reports page.




We are affiliated to the BGA. Most of their events are in London. Their working language tends to be English but if you are in London, they are often very interesting.

For BGA Events - see website


Remembrance Day Service at German War Graves, Cannock Chase, Sunday 27th November

Michael Morpurgo reads "The Best Christmas Present in the World" Saturday, 9th December, St Mary's Church, Barnes.

Reenactment of the Christmas Eve Football Match, Sunday, 10th December, Barnes Elm Sports Ground.

Carol Service: Thursday, 14th December, Christuskirche, Knightsbridge

Annual New Year reception, 17th Jan, 2018

Please see the BGA website for full details.



 BGA contacts:


Kirsten Brak, Assistant

BGA Executive Office

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Kirsten Brak, Assistant

BGA Executive Office


A message from the BGA

Our friends who run the Eaton Square Concerts at St. Peter's Church, close to Belgrave Square, have invited BGA Members and Friends to attend their concerts at a special price. We are delighted therefore to give you the following information. Using the code ESCGERMAN tickets for BGA members are £10 instead of the normal £18. This code can be used directly when booking tickets on the Eaton Square Concerts website at or should be given to the ticket agent when purchasing a ticket over the telephone using their dedicated telephone line 0207288 6511. The discount also applies to cash purchases at the ticket desk on the night of a performance upon mentioning the code.

Kind regards,

Maike Kolpin


BGA Executive Office






    German Expressionism at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.

Permanent exhibition.

"We are proud to host the largest collection of German Expressionist artwork in the UK, and with support from Arts Council England have re-displayed the collection.

Our new gallery uses cutting edge museum design to uncover the remarkable story behind our collection. Exploring how and why German and other Expressionist artists revealed their innermost emotions through art, dance, music and drama."

Over 100 paintings, sculptures and lithographs are on show by artists including Paul Klee, Otto Dix, Franz Marc (Red Woman, 1912), Max Beckmann and Ernst Neuschul (Messias, 1918).

Free entry

See a report on a recent trip there on the Archiv page.