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
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
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
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
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:
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
Hazel's email address is:
"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.
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.
Calling Alumni of Pates Grammar School
Samantha Attwood from Pate's Grammar sends the following message:
celebrating 40 years of our exchange partnership with Lina-Hilger Gymnasium,
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
Film club and the German
at Stoke Lodge.
Stöcker-Danby has let me know about
courses and talks at Stoke Lodge.
Stoke Lodge Adult Learning Centre
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!
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.
Cheltenham is in the Göttinger Tagesblatt. Thanks to Richard Woolley for the link.
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
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:
ANGLO-GERMAN WALKS 2017
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)
34 West End Rise
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.
BRITISH GERMAN ASSOCIATION
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 www.britishgermanassociation.org
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.
Kirsten Brak, Assistant
BGA Executive Office
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 www.eatonsquareconcerts.org.uk 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.
BGA Executive Office
KUNST IN LEICESTER
German Expressionism at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.
"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).
See a report on a recent trip there on the Archiv page.