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:



March 23rd

April 13th and 27th

May 11th and 25th

                                       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]


Also news of another group:

 Teutonic Tuesdays

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's mobile number is 07875 550070.



                                  BIERKELLER COMES TO CHELTENHAM

 See report from Richard and Greg on News page.



                                                                                                     OTHER EVENTS 

Talk by David Clarke. Cheltenham Poetry Society: The Landscapes of Post-War German Poetry.

David says,

I hope that some members of the Cheltenham German Club will be interested in a lecture I have been invited to give to Cheltenham Poetry Society on 29 March at 18.30 in the Pitville Rooms, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 9SA. The talk will be in English with English translations of the poems discussed. It will last about an hour with discussion. £3 on the door.

“Poet and academic David Clarke considers the meaning and function of landscape in poetry generally and the particular uses of landscape in the German context with references to a selection of poems from 1945 to the present day.”


Graham has reminded me that BBC4 showed the first 2 parts of Heimat, the epic German film series and this is available on BBC i-player.

Jo Dean’s award

Some of you may have heard that Jo Dean, former secretary of the club is to be 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.

Jo has written to me:

On Thursday 23 March at 5 for 5:30 pm the annual Cheltenham Arts Council awards ceremony will be held at Cheltenham Playhouse, Bath Road GL53 7HG. The event usually begins with a glass of wine or soft drink.

I hope very much that some of you will attend as I am to receive an award and will feel much happier if I have the support of some German Club people. May I here thank the Committee for nominating me and especially the Secretary, Anne, for writing it? Having attended a number of these ceremonies in the past, including the one when John Kennett received an award, I know that they are very pleasant events and make one ever more aware of how fortunate we are to have so many cultural societies in Cheltenham and to be brought together under the umbrella of Cheltenhma Arts Council.

The Mayor of Cheltenham, Chris Ryder, will make the presentations. Chris is a good friend, for it was she who organised the flowers for our lunch party a few years ago at Pittville Pump Room, which some of you attended.

The ceremony will end at approximately 6:45 pm. It is a Stammtisch evening so that should give people time to get to both events. I look forward to seeing you.


If you would like to attend the award ceremony when the Joyner cup will be presented by the mayor, it is on at the Playhouse Theatre on Thursday, 23rd March, 5 for 5:30 pm.

FILM: Toni Erdmann (15)

At The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury,

GL20 5NX.

Wednesday, 12th April at 7:30 pm.

01684 295074

£5.00 - 8.00

Dir: Maren Ade

(Germany 2016, running time: 162mins)

German language with English Subtitles

Maren Ade’s film Toni Erdmann, nominated as Best Foreign Language Motion Picture at The Golden Globe Awards is hilariously funny.

Winfried (Peter Simonischek) enters his daughter Ines’ life as her CEO’s life coach Toni Erdmann, beautifully disguised in an ill-fitting suit, wearing a wig and fake teeth. Using his alter ego, Winfried tries to save the relationship he has with his daughter. An insightful film about a prank-prone dad which will make you laugh throughout.  

Martin Luther & the 500th Anniversary of the Start of

the Reformation

 7th April 2017


Bristol Anglo-German Society is pleased to invite you to hear the Right Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington talk on Martin Luther & the 500th Anniversary of the Start of the Reformation.

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther's protest, which began the Reformation in Germany. In this lecture, Bishop Graham Tomlin explores what led to this seismic event in European history and some of thekey themes in Luther's thought.

The talk, starting at 8pm, will be preceded from 7.30pm by a drinks reception in the foyer of Bristol Grammar School's new 1532 Performing Arts Centre on Elton Road, with a glass of wine or fruit juice included in the modest ticket price (other drinks will be available from the pay bar).


The entrance to the new combined 1532 Performing Arts Centre is located close to the junction with Elmdale Road.

Some limited on-site parking, including with level access to the venue, is

available. If you have a particular need for such a space, please let us

know by e-mailing

[email protected] and we will try to accommodate you.

Otherwise street parking in the area is free after 6pm.



Cheltenham / Göttingen Twinning, 22nd to 27th July

Over a hundred visitors from our German twin town will be in Cheltenham. See the “Partnerstadt” page.

Accommodation is required. Also for 15 young people who are visiting between 2nd and 31st July.


'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.

Göttingen Twinning visit 22nd – 27th July 2017

Annette still needs accommodation for this event.  See “Partnerstadt”  page.


Chris Phillips has found this link which may be of

interest to some members.

The group are playing at Oxford, Bristol and

Birmingham in the summer.


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.


On 26th and 27th May, there are various German and Beethoven themed events in Oxford.

Traditional Burgerfest

    1. Date: 27th May 2017
    2. Location: Broad Street, Oxford
    3. Time: 12:00 - 16:00
    4. Cost: Free

Classic German street festival, complete with performances from visiting German cultural groups as well as local performers and street food. Free entry.


Oxford/Bonn 70th Anniversary Logo Competition


Children and adults are invited to submit their design for a logo to mark the 70th anniversary of the Oxford-Bonn twinning link, culminating during this year’s Bonn Week celebrations (Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 May 2017).

Prizes will be given to the winner of each of the categories below:

  • Primary School age entry
  • Secondary School age entry
  • Adults/general public entry
  • Overall winner

The design must:

  • make reference to the 70 years of Oxford-Bonn twinning links
  • be usable for a variety of events (e.g. music, educational, family, dance, sport)
  • make reference to the current Bonn-Oxford logo (above)
  • be landscape or square format
  • be in JPEG format
  • be appropriate for use on posters, leaflets, brochures, and other marketing material (e.g. t-shirts, mugs, and bags).

The overall winners’ design will be used on marketing material for Bonn Week and future twinning events and, therefore, should represent the two cities, their rich culture and strong twinning links.

The competition will run from 13 January to 13 February 2017.

All entries must be sent via email to [email protected] with the entrant’s name, age, email and their school’s name (if applicable).

History of Oxford-Bonn Link

On 6 June 1947, the Military Government of North Rhine Westphalia suggested that a scheme for the exchange of information between Bonn and Oxford might be considered and, from such humble beginnings, the link has developed into a strong and resilient twinning partnership.

For 70 years, exchanges have taken place in areas including sport, music, and the arts.

Every four years, we celebrate Bonn Week in one of the twin cities. Oxford has the great pleasure of hosting Bonn Week 2017 - its 70th anniversary. 

Bonn Week was established to promote the twinning partnership between the cities of Oxford and Bonn.

More information:

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

Latest news:

Our next event (an evening with BBC Chief Correspondent Gavin Hewitt is on 29th March - below) is already fully booked with a waiting list.

Please also make a note for your diairies:

Twinning Conference – Bristol – May 12th 2017

Parliamentary Day Luncheon  – June 13th – House of Lords – further information to follow

AGM and Summer Drinks Reception – July 12th – further information to follow

We also have another couple of events prior to the summer break in the pipeline.

For further details contact email below.


in conversation with The Lord Watson of Richmond CBE

 Wednesday 29th March 2017 - 6:30 pm for 7 pm

34 Belgrave Square

London SW1X 8QB

 We are delighted to announce that, at the invitation of Tania Freiin von Uslar-Gleichen, Deputy Head of the German Embassy, who will be hosting the event together with The BGA, Gavin Hewitt will give his views on the UK-EU relationship - with particular reference to UK and Germany - and the impact on Europe of developments outside the region ? including the Trump administration (last year he covered the Trump campaign).

 Following his talk Gavin will be in conversation with Lord Watson, President of the BGA to further the discussion and there will of course be time for a Q&A at the conclusion.

 Gavin joined the BBC's Panorama as a presenter in 1984 and was in East Berlin when the Berlin Wall came down. He also made the film "Escape From Tiananmen", which broke the story of Operation Yellow Bird - the underground network used to smuggle student leaders and others out of China.

 From 2009 until 2015 he was based in Brussels and covered the eurozone crisis and the election campaigns of Sarkozy and Angela Merkel. In 2013 he wrote a book about the crisis in Europe called ?the Lost Continent.?

 He has been the BBC's Washington Correspondent on several occasions and made three documentaries about President Bill Clinton. In 2008 he covered the Obama campaign. In 2003 he was embedded with US forces for the invasion of Iraq. He later gave evidence to the Hutton inquiry about David Kelly and the so-called ?dodgy dossier.?

 He has written three books and has won an RTS, a BAFTA and a Broadcast award.

 We do hope you will join us for this special event.   As space is limited please reserve your place early to avoid disappointment. 



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Kirsten Brak, Assistant

BGA Executive Office

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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.