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.

We have been meeting at the Bank House for a year now and we usually have enough room in the library area

by the bar upstairs.

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:

May 16th

                                       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.

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:

 "Guten Montag"

Claire Spanner who organises this group writes:

Die 'Guten Montag Gruppe' lädt Euch herzlich ein, um in freundlichen Kreis, Deutsch zu sprechen.  


Neue Botschaft: Die deutsche Gesprächsgruppe bei Global Footsteps Café in Portland Straße wird ab Montag den 7ten Januar anfangen.  Ich habe den Tag gewechselt - und jetzt wird es jeden Montag ab 11 Uhr stattfinden.  Es wird um 11 mit Kaffee und Kuchen los, dann von 11.30 bis 12.30 mit aktuellem  Artikeln, Filmen, Rezepten, Nachrichten usw.  Die Gruppe heißt 'Guten Montag'.  Es kostet £7.00 pro person - am besten wenn möglich die Studenten könnten im voraus bezahlen £42 je halb Semester.


Also, jeden Montag 11 bis 12.30 bei Global Footsteps Café, 16 Portland Street, Cheltenham.


Ruft Claire unter: 07875 550070 an, oder per E-Mail: [email protected].

£8.00 pro Person pro Woche. (£7.00 per session if you pay 6 weeks up front or £8.00 if you pay as you come.)


 Term time only.


Madi Hartley has written the following about this group:

                                               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 erste Halbstunde beginnt mit einer guten Plauderei und einem Getränk mit Imbiss (öfters ein leckerer Kuchen).

Dann geht's los mit herausfordernder Arbeit. Wir bringen allerlei Artikel die eine Reihe von Themen halten -  unter anders von Zeitgeschehen, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Natur- und Erdkunde, 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]



                                                       FERNSEHEN - DEUTSCHLAND ’86

On More 4, starting on Friday, March 8th at 9 pm for 10 weeks. The sequel to German spy series Deutschland 83

In German with English subtitles.


                                 AUSSTELLUNG – Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany, 1919-33

Tate Modern until 24th July

And to go with our February talk on translating the classics, you may like a visit to the Weston Library in Oxford:

Babel: Adventures in Translation

15 February 2019 — 2 June 2019


ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library


Weston Library Information desk | 01865 277094


Babel: Adventures in Translation takes visitors beyond the ancient myth of the Tower of Babel and society's quest for a universal language to explore the ubiquity and power of translation in the movement of ideas, stories and cultural practices around the world.

Through a stunning selection of objects ranging from a second century papyrus book and illuminated manuscripts to animal stories, religious books and a bilingual road sign, Babel explodes the notion that translation is merely about word-for-word rendering into another language, or that it is obsolete in the era of global English and Google Translate. Treasures from the Bodleian Libraries' collections, both ancient and modern, illustrate how stories have travelled across time, territory, language and medium.

Highlights on show include a 4000-year-old bowl inscribed with a language that still resists deciphering, an unpublished Tolkien notebook revealing how he experimented with Esperanto before creating his fictional Elvish languages, and an experimental 1950s computer programme designed to generate love letters. Exploring themes of multiculturalism and identity, the exhibition considers issues that are more relevant than ever as Britain approaches Brexit. It also tackles the tricky question of how to translate for the distant future. 

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm


Free admission

Library Lates: Babel

8 March 2019 7.00pm — 9.30pm


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library


Weston Library Information desk | 01865 277094


As Brexit leads some to fear isolationism, join us for an interactive celebration of languages and cultures at the Weston Library. This Library Late event is a chance to immerse yourself in a multicultural experience with music, dancing and fun language activities that showcase linguistic and cultural diversity in the UK and beyond.

Library Lates include a wide range of drop-in activities; the full programme will be made available before the event to help you plan your evening.

Your booking for this evening event includes access to the above exhibition


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.


                                           Cheltenham Big Party Visit to Göttingen 2019

The dates for the visit are Thursday 25 July to Friday 2 August 2019. See the Partnerstadt page for full details


                         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:

                                                                                 2019-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 £10:00 drei für £25:00



Christel Stoecker- Danby
Blue Badge Tourist Guide and German Tutor
[email protected]
mobile: + 44 (0)7443 621642
1.  Mittwoch, 27. März 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr​  
​         ​Bath 1- Von Mönchen & Bürgern
2. Mittwoch 17. April 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr          
​        Bemerkenswerte Frauen Bristols     
3. Samstag , 27. April 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr ​        
​       Cheltenham- Regency Kurort & mehr
4. Mittwoch, 15. Mai 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr​
        Bemerkenswerte Frauen Baths
5. Dienstag, 4. Juni 2019, 14.00-16.00Uhr
         Bath- Das 'Las Vegas' der Georgianer
 6. Dienstag, 30. Juli,2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
        Clifton-Kurstadt und Villenvorort 
 7. Montag, 12. August 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr 
         Bristol- Hafen und Handel ​   
8. Mittwoch, 14. August 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr 
​          Bristols Kirchen, Klöster und Kapellen 2
 9. Mittwoch , 21. August 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
             Bristol's German Link 1
 10. Dienstag, 27. August 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
​        Wells- Stadt contra Klerus  
11. Donnerstag, 29. August 2019, 14.00-16.00 Uhr
          Bristol's German Link 2

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 2019 in Weißensee, Nordschwarzwald, Bayerischer Wald and Bad Schandau as well as four centres in the UK: Forest of Dean, Wales, Berwick-on-Tweed and Western Lakes. Each holiday lasts 6 days, 7 nights B&B and evening meal and consists of an 10-13 mile walk on 5 of the days.

I have more details about the 2019 programme and a brochure. (Greg)

Or contact:

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

British-German Association (BGA)                                    
34 Belgrave Square                                                                                              
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British-German Association

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Account Number: 00513482
Sort Code: 30-97-81
IBAN: GB59 LOYD 3097 8100 5134 82

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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.







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.