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Current programme (monthly meetings):

  • “Living in Leipzig and travels through Germany”

Sun. 16th June 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale at 7.30 for 8pm.

Lee Wiltamuth, a young choral director, will tell us in German with English summaries, about his time in Leipzig, where he studied at the Volkshochschule, and also about his travels through Germany during is four and a half years there.

  • “Living in and leaving the GDR”

Sun. 14th July 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale at 7.30 for 8pm.

Tina Davies and Janet Smaje, members of the Doncaster-Herten club, will tell us, mainly in English, about Tina's life in, and escape from, the German Democratic Republic in the 1970s.

  • Members' Sommerfest - Kaffee und Kuchen

Sun. 11th August 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale at 3.30 till 5.30pm.

Note that this is an afternoon event. Come to our summer celebration to sample some typical German cakes with tea or coffee. If the weather permits, we may well set up the tables outside.

  • A dual life in Skipton and Switzerland

Sun. 15th September 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale at 7.30 for 8pm.

Our speaker will be Ueli Lempen, the elder son of Daniel & Liz Lempen who spoke to us about the Lempen Puppet theatre in Skipton. Ueli was born in Skipton and Daniel is Swiss. During the winter season Ueli is a ski instructor in the family village in Switzerland. In summer he is a tennis coach in the Skipton area. He will tell us, in German with English summaries, about his "dual life".

  • “Gottfried Leibniz”

Sun. 13th October 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale at 7.30 for 8pm.

We welcome back Mark Green, German Honorary Consul, who will tell us, in German with English summaries, about the German polymath Gottfried Leibniz, “the man who knew it all!”. He is said to be the inventor of calculus, rivalling Newton, and to be the man behind the binary numbering system.

  • “Lustige Ortsnamen” - Amusing place names

Sun. 17th November 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale at 7.30 for 8pm.

Christel Richter has given several talks that have raised a chuckle at Leeds German Circle, so we asked her to come to tell us about her observations on amusing place names in Germany. Some of these are funny for the local population, but mostly they seem amusing to British eyes. There are many illustrations in her PowerPoint presentation, but the talk will be mainly in German, so the more German you know, the funnier you will find it.

 

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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! Many of our events are done in Association with FLAC, the Foreign-Language Assistants' Committee at Leeds University.

We have just finished our programme of events for the 2018-19 academic year and are already planning our events for the new intake of assistants in the autumn. We will post our events here soon; they will begin in mid-October.

If you would like to take part in any of these events, please contact us.

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 Mon 10th June at 7.30pm. The topic is a book by Ruth Kluger: “Weiterleben” about Ausschwitz survivors.

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 German, in an informal setting. It's usually on the first Monday of the month between 10am and 12noon (except public holiday, when it is delayed by one week) and is a chance to speak German and/or listen to the spoken word. Just turn up!

  • Interested in German poetry?

Sandra Burnett of Otley Poets contacted the WGC to see if any members would like to help with the poetry project they are involved in, which is helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Leeds-Dortmund twinning. This help is likely to be either translating poems written in English by local poets (into poetic German) or working with poems already literally translated into German by others, in order to make them more poetic-sounding. Please contact Sandra direct at sandraburnett3@gmail.com

 
 
       
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