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.

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 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 2019:

January 10th and 24th

(No meeting in December as The Bank House will be busy with parties, etc.)

                                       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 2018:

6. Dezember

Termine für Ihr Tagebuch 2019

Hier sind die Termine der deutschen Gesprächsgruppe für 2019. Die Treffen finden immer am ersten Donnerstag des Monats von 10.30 bis 12.00 Uhr statt.
Schöne Grüße



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" 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.


Claire's mobile number is 07875 550070.

[email protected]


               Weihnachtsmärkte 2018

Don’t forget, Advent that important time for Germans with its “Vorfreude” comes at the end of November. 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 (see photo)– 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, 09/11/18 – 23/12/18, 10am – 7pm

Cheltenham - our very own, much maligned market on the Prom, usually with a Bratwurst stand and Glühwein. Now in its 16th year.

22/11/18 – 15/12/18

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


Thurs.-Sat. 10:00 to 20:00

Sun. – Wed. 10:00 to 18:30

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.

15/11/18 – 23/12/18

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, 09/11/18 – 22/12/18


                         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.



The popular German comedian is touring Britain again next year. His Cheltenham event on 14th April 2019 in the Town Hall has tickets for sale or there may be other cities you are interested in.

All details on the tour website:

2018-Zu Fuß

Deutsche Stadtrundgänge für alle, die Bristol,  Bath, Wells und Cheltenham besser

kennenlernen möchten.

Mit Blue Badge-Fremdenführerin und Deutschlehrerin Christel

Stadtrundgänge in 

Bristol, Bath, Wells & Cheltenham

Zweistündige deutsche Stadtrundgänge für nur £9,00, drei für £22!



Christel Stoecker- Danby
Blue Badge Tourist Guide and German Tutor
[email protected]
mobile: + 44 (0)7443 621642

Further information under.../ Was ich sonst noch mache.....


1.  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 :


**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




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 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

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 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)


Neil MacDonald

Anglo-German Walks

34 West End Rise



LS18 5JL

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.




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



 BGA contacts:


Kirsten Brak, Assistant

BGA Executive Office

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Kirsten Brak, Assistant

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.