Cheltenham German Club

For everyone interested in German language and culture

                                                                              GRINDELWALD, SCHWEIZ



About twice a month we meet on Thursday evenings at around 7pm to chat in German

about current events, work, family, travel and holidays, etc.  There is no topic to prepare

and we aim to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening, so do come along.

An email reminder will be sent but do check your emails or the website or give me a call on

01684 772966 as we do sometimes have to cancel if there is something on at the venue or if

the weather forecast is horrendous.



Boston Tea Party

45-49, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JS

Tel: 01242 573 935


Do come and jin us at the Boston Tea Party. 

It is quite large, there's no loud music and
it's handy for the bus stops and town. It's near the


Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and hot drinks are available.

The only downside is that they close at 9pm, so we've made the time 7-9 pm.


                                                    Stammtisch dates for 2017:



September 21st

October12th and 26th

November 9th and 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.?


Claire's mobile number is 07875 550070.

[email protected]


                                  BIERKELLER COMES TO CHELTENHAM

 See report from Richard and Greg on News page.



The 2017 Cheltenham/Göttingen

Twinning, 22nd-27th July.

See the Partnerstadt page for details.

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


At the Roses:


Based on Hans Fallada’s book. In English.

Friday, 1st Sept, 6:30 pm

Monday, 4th Sept 11:15 am and 7:30 pm

Tuesday, 5th Sept 11:15 am and 4:00 pm

Wednesday, 6th Sept, 2:00 pm

"The pen is mightier than the sword in this inspiring true story of Wartime resistance set in Berlin during WWII. When a German couple lose their son at the front, they turn their grief into resistance and begin disseminating handwritten postcards denouncing Hitler and the regime around the city, which soon attract the attention of the Gestapo."

1hr 43mins
Dir: Vincent Perez 
Cast: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl

Roses Theatre,

Sun Street,


Box Office 01684 295074


Jo Dean has sent me details of the following:

      On 10 September in the Music at Park House series of concerts, Carol Hubel (viola), Michael Bochmann (violin) and Paul Turner (piano) will be presenting a Schubertiade, to include Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, a Schubert Violin Sonata, Schubert Intermezzi and The Shepherd on the Rock.

 Helmut will be page-turner as ever!

 The recital begins at 3 pm and ends at 4.45 pm. There is an interval when tea and biscuits are served and the garden is open.  Entry is free, there are no tickets, but a donation is expected.

 Park House is the home of musician and teacher, Yoko Arai. It is on the corner of Thirlestaine Road and Old Bath Road, GL53 7AS. 

 Parking is available either outside the house on Thirlestaine Road or across the mini-roundabout in Charlton Park Drive.


      Some of you may remember former German Club member Celia Hargrave. She and her husband open their garden for the National Gardens Scheme and the next date is Sunday 10 September.  To find all the info type in NGS + Trench Hill, Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire GL6 6TZ
If members do visit do mention to Celia and Dave the German Club connection. 

                                                                                                     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:


If you are in Liverpool in the near future you may be interested in this exhibition.

23 June-15 Oct

At the Tate, Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4BB

This exhibition presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) - two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.

Featuring more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, Portraying a Nation combines two exhibitions: Otto Dix: The Evil Eye includes paintings and works on paper that explore Dix’s harshly realistic depictions of German society and the brutality of war and ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander which presents photographs from Sander’s best known series People of the Twentieth Century, his attempt to document the German people. In painting and photography, these works from a pivotal point in the country’s history reflect both the glamour and the misery of Weimar Republic.

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


Oktoberfest Wednesday, 27th September at the Bavarian Beerhouse.

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.