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Current programme (monthly meetings):

  • Austrian Evening

Sun. 13th May 2018, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

Several of the German-speaking foreign language assistant teachers working in West Yorkshire schools this year are from Austria and they would like to share their knowledge of it before returning home. They will give us a presentation about their home towns and include a few examples of how Austrian German language differs from the German spoken in Germany. There will also be some Austrian treats.

  • "Theodor Storm "

Sun. 17th June 2018, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

Lisa Humphreys, of Leeds German Circle, will tell us, in German with English summaries, about the life and works of Theodor Storm, the famous Germany writer and poet.

  • "Assignment in Berlin"

Sun. 15th July 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.

  • Celebratory Barbecue

Sun. 19th August 2018, 2pm, in Ben Rhydding.

We will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wharfedale German Circle with a barbecue, a birthday cake and lots of conversation. For WGC members and a few invited guests only.


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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!

  • Sunday 22nd April: A walk in the Yorkshuire Dales near Grassington

This event is a Dales ramble: a circular walk of about 6 miles from Grassington, along the river Wharfe to Burnsall, then across country to Thorpe and Linton and then back to Grassington via Linton Falls. We will be in Burnsall at lunch time where there is a pub, a cafe and a kiosk selling snacks, but bring a packed lunch if you prefer.

Please let us know in advance (by Friday 20th April) if you will be coming along. Please wear walking boots or very sturdy trainers; some of the route will be across open fields of rough grass, there will be lots of stiles to climb over and it could be muddy in places. Bring a waterproof jacket and remember it can be a lot colder in the Dales than in Leeds!

We will be using the 874 bus to get to Grassington (whchi starts in Wakefield and goes via Leeds, Headingley, Otley and Ilkley before continuing into the Yorkshire Dales. However, at least one car will be going from Ilkley to help those who cannot use this bus.

  • Sunday 29th April: Ilkley walk and cakes

This is a walk of about 3 miles on Ilkley Moor to look at some of its landmarks such as White Wells, the Rocky Valley and the Cow and Calf rocks. We'll follow it with tea and cakes at my house, where a few of us will have been baking while you walk!

Meet Neil and Tim at Ilkley rail/bus station at 14.48pm. There is a train from Leeds at 14.02 that arrives at 14.29. Or the X84 bus leaves Leeds at 13.35, is in Headingley at 13.52 and arrives in Ilkley at 14.48. Please wear boots or sturdy shoes/trainers, as the route will involve rocky paths that may be muddy. Warm (and preferably waterproof) clothing too please.

Please contact us in advance if you want to do this walk. Alternatively, you can arrive at my house in Ben Rhydding (near Ilkley) later in the afternoon and just sample the baking; again, please contact us if you want this (lazy bones) option!

  • Wednesday 2nd May: A walk from Leeds Univeristy to Roundhay

Meet us on the Parkinson Steps at the front of Leeds University at 11am.

Peter Rice will lead the walk. The route (about 5 miles) follows footpaths and goes through several parks and other green spaces, so that very little of it is along the pavements of built-up streets. Please wear suitable sturdy trainers or boots because it could be muddy. There'll be a chance to stop for a snack lunch at a pub (or bring a sandwich). A cup of tea or coffee will be available in Roundhay.

There are then plenty of buses back to Leeds centre. As usual, you can just turn up for this walk, but it helps us if you can let us know in advance.

  • Sunday 20th May: Ilkley walk and barbecue

Our Bye-Bye Barbecue is for all of you who have come along to our WGC events during the past 9 months. It will be on the afternoon of 20th May and preceded by a woodland and riverside walk in Ilkley. Further details will be e-mailed to you.

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.

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!

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