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
When the Boston Tea Party started closing early we moved over to the Bank House and the general consensus
is that it is fit for purpose with no loud music, moderately priced beer and friendly staff. We can reserve a space.
The only drawback is that it is
upstairs and there is no lift. Anyway. 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
July 12th and 26th
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 2018:
Hazel's phone number is 01242 254105 and she is happy to answer any questions about
Hazel's email address is:
"Teutonic Tuesdays" 2018
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.
Madi Hartley has written the following:
Global Footsteps Deutsche Gruppe
Wir sind eine Gruppe die gerne Deutsch spricht um unseren Wortschatz zu erweitern, unsere Aussprache und unser Verständnis zu verbessern und ab und zu ein bisschen Spaß haben. Die Treffen finden Dienstags in der Schulzeit von 11:00 bis 12:30 statt.
Die erste Halbstunde beginnt mit einer guten Plauderei und einem Getränk mit Imbiss (öfters ein leckerer Kuchen).
Dann gehts los mit herausfordernder Arbeit. Wir bringen allerlei Artikel die eine Reihe von Themen halten - unter anders von Zeitgeschehen, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Natur- und Erd- Kunde, Kunst und Kultur reichen. Manchmal gibt es auch ein Rezept, Gedicht, Lied oder Rätsel. Wir untersuchen jeden Artikel, indem wir ihn zuerst lesen, um unsere Aussprache zu verbessern, und dann übersetzen wir ihn in Englisch. Wir arbeiten als Team und können meist relativ leicht interpretieren, aber manchmal stoßen wir auf schwierigere Artikel, die eine ausführlichere Diskussion und Analyse des Kontextes erfordern, was sehr hilfreich ist um die linguistischen Fähigkeiten auf dem neuesten Stand zu halten. Besonders gerne lernen wir neue umgangssprachliche Ausdrücke.
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. July 3rd. Short illustrated talk on Caspar David Friedrich in German.
Claire's mobile number is 07875 550070.
German film at the Roses
July, 18th at 2pm and 7:30pm.
“Aus dem Nichts” 2017 (18)
Diane Kruger won the best actress prize at Cannes for her searing performance in this provocative, psychologically complex revenge thriller from acclaimed director Fatih Akin. Katja’s life is torn apart when her Kurdish husband and six year old son are killed in a neo-Nazi terror attack. Consumed by grief and furious at the failure of the legal system to bring the perpetrators to justice, she takes matters into her own hands.
In German with subtitles in English.
The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, Glos, GL20 5NX
Box Office 01684 295074
SOMMERSPAZIERGANG, AUGUST 2018
As it’s a long time from the May AGM and talk till the September meeting, we shall be organising a German Club walk like we did last year. It will start around 2pm on Saturday, 4th August and all members, families and friends are invited. We will start at the Car Park at Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5JD and walk for about an hour and a half, after which we can have a drink and snack at the snack bar by the entrance.
I will contact the Castle so that we can use their facilities. I would recommend sturdy shoes. Don’t forget, if you don’t wish to walk you can join us there later, say 3:30, for a sociable chat. We shall still walk in showery or drizzly weather but in the event of persistent heavy rain, we shall meet at the White Hart Inn, Winchcombe for a drink and social chat instead. I’ll send timings for that at a later date.
To get to the Car Park, go down Vineyard Street from the Main Street and follow the signs for Sudeley Castle and park in the large free car park at the end of the drive.
If you’re travelling from Cheltenham by bus the 11:15 606 gets in at the War Memorial rather at 11:37 which is too early, details on
I can send out a request on email if you would like a lift. Also maybe let me know if you’re coming by bus so that we can wait for you.
Thanks to Sue Moos for organising the walk. Have a read of the report of last year’s walk on the News & Reports page.
Wir drücken die Daumen für gutes Wetter!
Goethe à l'anglaise: singing the poet's song in a strange land
8 June 2018 6.00pm — 7.00pm
Convocation House, Old Bodleian Library, Oxford
Dr Derek McCulloch
Friends' Administrator - [email protected]
Veteran translator and music historian Dr Derek McCulloch returns to the Bodleian Library to celebrate his 80th birthday and to discuss the nature of 'song', its relationship between words and music, and when it is not a song.
How should a foreign eighteenth century song, for example to a text by Goethe, be performed in a new linguistic and cultural environment? With the aid of Café Mozart he gives the unequivocal answer provided by eighteenth century practice - one that may come as a surprise to many.
A selection of related items from the Bodleian's collections will be on display in the Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, between 10am-5pm on the day.
Tickets cost £10
Booking is required. Each online transaction is subject to a £1 booking fee.
The fastest way to book tickets is online. To book tickets by telephone please call the Ashmolean and Bodleian Box Office on +44 (0)1865 278112. Telephone transactions are subject to a £2 booking fee.
Gustav Klimt at the Pinacothèque, Paris
The Pinacothèque de Paris holds until June 21th the exhibition called “In the time of Klimt, Vienna Secession.”
Also Gustav Klimt at the Atelier des Lumières is the beautiful and unique experience from April 13 to November 11, 2018. In a huge 2000-sqm room, you wander around the Austrian painter’s most beautiful paintings listening to Viennese waltzes.
Isokon Gallery, Hampstead | The story of a new vision of urban living
Mike and Christina Phillips are interested in this gallery which is housed in a modern apartment block opened in 1934 as an experiment in new ways of urban living. This follows on from Mike’s recent talk on the Bauhaus. Also recommended by Wolf Burchard. There is also a display on Lásló Moholy-Nagy a pioneer of the Bauhaus movement.
Deutsche Stadtrundgänge für alle, die Bristol, Bath, Wells und
Mit Blue Badge-Fremdenführerin und Deutschlehrerin Christel
Bristol, Bath, Wells & Cheltenham
Zweistündige deutsche Stadtrundgänge für nur £9,00, drei für £22!
Christel Stoecker- Danby
Blue Badge Tourist Guide and German Tutor
mobile: + 44 (0)7443 621642
Donnerstag, 5. April 2018, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Bristol- Hafen und Handel
2. Freitag, 20. April 2018, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Bristol's German Link 1
3. Donnerstag, 16. Mai 2018, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Bath 1- Von Mönchen & Bürgern
4. Donnerstag, 28. Juni 2018, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Clifton-Kurstadt und Villenvorort
5. Donnerstag, 5. Juli 2018, 17.00-19.00Uhr
Bath- Das 'Las Vegas' der Georgianer
6. Samstag, 7. Juli,2018 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Cheltenham- Kurort& Bildungsmetropole**
7. Donnerstag, 12. Juli 2018, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Bemerkenswerte Frauen Bristols
8. Montag, 23. Juli 2018, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Bristols Kirchen, Klöster und Kapellen 2
9. Montag, 13. August 2017, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Wells- Stadt contra Klerus
10. Donnerstag, 30. August 2018, 17.00 – 19.00 Uhr
Bemerkenswerte Frauen Baths
11. Donnerstag, 6. September, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
Bristol's German Link 2
For more info : http://bristolzufuss.weebly.com/
**Neu !!!!! 6. Samstag 7. July
2018, 14.00 Uhr -16:00 Uhr
Cheltenham- Regency Kurort: Gesundheit,
Vergnügen & mehr
Cheltenham - Regency Spa: Leisure & Pleasure & more
Georg III. machte Cheltenham populär, wo sich außer dem Kur- auch der Kulturbetrieb und die Vergnügungsindustrie etablierten, die auch noch heute eine Vielzahl von Festivals organisieren, unter anderem Pferderennen. Die hier gegründeten Privatschulen für Jungen und Mädchen, Cheltenham College und Cheltenham Ladie's College, zählen auch heute noch zu den angesehensten des Landes.
Treffpunkt: Vor dem "Wilson", Kunst- und Stadtmuseum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT
FUN AND FRIENDLY GERMAN 2018
Joan's classes restart on 3rd Jan. 2018 and new members are always welcome.
The group currently meets at my house in Churchdown, each Wed. evening from 7ish until 9.30ish on Wed. evenings for conversation, listening and reading German of a level suitable for group members, who all have some knowledge of German. We are all very friendly and supportive of each other’s needs, and aim to make this also a bit of a social occasion, with time for informal chat and a break for refreshments.
Charge for the evening is £10, to include refreshments and photocopying of most learning materials. Payment is only made on attendance. Class numbers fluctuate, but there are currently 3 or 4 regular attendees, who improve their language skills through stimulating discussions, practical language exercises and activities.
Please come along and see if this group meets your needs!
Email : [email protected] or Text 07711 371503 for more information.
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
ANGLO-GERMAN WALKS 2018
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 in 2018 in Merano, Rügen, the Harz Mountains and Schwaben Alb as well as four centres in the UK: Hadrian's Wall, Trossachs, Whitby and Haworth. 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 the 2018 programme and a brochure. (Greg)
34 West End Rise
Tel: 0113 2581543
Email: [email protected]
See also Rosemary Campbell's report of a previous year's holiday on Rügen on the News and Reports page.
BRITISH GERMAN ASSOCIATION
Most of the BGA's 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
Please see the BGA website for full details.
Kirsten Brak, Assistant
BGA Executive Office
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.
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: