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Current programme (monthly meetings):

  • "25 years of Anglo-German Walks "

Sun. 17th September 2017, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

WGC committee member Neil McDonald will tell us about his Anglo-German walks programme, which has recently clebrated its 25th anniversary. Neil has kindly agreed ot step in at the last minute because Mark Green (previously advertised to talk on Leibniz at this meeting) can no longer come on this date. We hope to re-schedule Mark for a date in 2018.

  • Our own "Antiques Roadshow"

Sun. 15th October 2017, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

This is your chance to bring along an old object or family heirloom and tell us something about it in German. WGC member Karl Hesse, an antiques dealer, will be on hand to give his expert opinion. More details will be e-mailed to members.

  • "Gerhards Brezeln"

Thurs. 16th November 2017, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

Dr Gerhard Zieboll will tell us about his home-based business making German-style Brezels and sour-dough breads. The talk will be in German with English summaries and there will be samples to taste.

  • Members' Weihnachtsfeier

Sun. 17th December 2017, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

Our Christmas celebration for members, along the usual lines with food, drinks, readings, games/quizzes and music.

  • "Assignment in Berlin"

Sun. 14th January 2018, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

Brian Burton, who lived in Berlin 2003-04, will describe a trouble-shooting assignment at the British International School in Berlin, with amusing anecdotes about the school and his year in the city. The talk will be in English.

  • "Gregor Mendel - Founding Father of Heredity? - And unlikely warrior in the Cold War"

Sun. 18th February 2018, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

Dr Kersten Hall, of Leeds University, will talk to us in German with English summaries about Gregor Mendel. Here is his description of his presentation: 'Open a biology textbook and you'll find the 19th century abbot Gregor Mendel hailed as a lone genius. Mendel's research into pea plants, written in German in 1865, is today hailed as being the birth of our modern science of genetics. But if Mendel could somehow be transported from the tranquility of his monastery garden in a corner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the 21st century, he would not only be bewildered to see himself lauded with such accolades but also horrified to discover that, thanks to his ideas, scientists in the Soviet Union suffered persecution during the Cold War...'

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Current programme (student events):

These events are for foreign-language teaching assistants and other foreign students of ALL nationalities. We will chat in English at these events, so you can practise colloquial expressions!

Note that these events have now finised for the summer. Watch this space in Sept/Oct for information on future events

For all of these events, it is important to check this website the evening before, in case we have to cancel them because of bad weather.

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What else is on?

  • Reading Group:

This meets every few weeks, at Fleur's home in Burley in wharfedale, to read from and discuss books, short stories and other literature. The group welcomes new members.

The next meeting is on Thursday September 28th at 7.30pm at Fleur's house. Our next book is Robert Seethaler's " Der Trafikant" (The Tobacconist). Franz, a young man from the Austrian Lake District,  comes to Vienna to work as an assistant in a tobacconist's shop where Sigmund Freud is a regular customer. Franz's personal life is inevitably affected by political events during 1937-1938 in that city.

If you would like to take part in this group, please contact us for further details.

  • Sprachcafe:

Language Café at the Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 7PH. Members of local German clubs meet for a coffee and a natter in an informal setting. It's usually on the first Monday of the month between 10am and 12noon and is a chance to speak German and/or listen to the spoken word. Just turn up!

  • Skipton Puppet Festival:

This takes place between 29th September and 1st October at various venues in Skipton. Two German and one Austrian puppet shows are on offer this year. Please consult their websie for details www.skiptonpuppetfestival.co.uk

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