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Current programme (monthly meetings):

  • “Koffer gepackt und überlebt (the Little Suitcase)”

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

Judith Rhodes will tell us about the experiences of her mother, Ursula Michel, who escaped from pre-war Ludwigshafen, Germany, using the Kindertransport. The talk will be in English, but will also include a short German film.

  • Assistants' Impressions of Life in the UK

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

Five German teaching assistants, (plus perhaps one from France and one from Spain), will answer your questions about their impressions of life in the UK. Please think of some questions to put to them about their experiences. Questions can be in English or German and the German assistants will answer in German but will also interpret to give a quick summary in English.

  • AGM plus mini-Vortrag

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

Annual General Meeting followed by a short presentation in German by WGC member Jacquie Briggs about her family trip to Disneyland, Paris.

  • “Carl Zuckmayer und die Tradition des preußischen Militarismus”

Sun. 19th May 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale at 7.30 for 8pm.

WGC member Peter Lodge will tell us (in German with English summaries) about this 20th century German author and playwright, who dealt frankly and critically with painful aspects of German history (including the rise of National Socialism and the 2nd World War) without ever losing his zest for life and sense of humour.

  • “Living and working in Leipzig”

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

Lee Wiltamuth, a young choral conductor, will tell us in German with English summaries, about his time in Leipzig where he worked at the Volkhochschule.

  • “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.


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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.

Wed 6 Feb: (in association with FLAC) trip to National Coal Mining Museum, near Wakefield led by Peter Lodge

Wed 6 March: (in association with FLAC) trip to Halifax led by Peter Lodge

Sun 17 March: Baking Day and walk on Ilkley Moor followed by tea and cakes. See also the evening WGC meeting on 17th March, mentioned above.

Sat 23 March: (in association with FLAC) trip to Whitby

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 11th Feb at 7.30pm at Fleur's house. The topic is a book by Stefan Zweig “Der Rausch der Verwandlung”.

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

  • West Yorkshire German Circles' Annual Dinner

Wed. 3rd April 7 for 7.30 pm at Healds Hall Hotel, Leeds Road, Liversedge, WF15 6JA, hosted by Huddersfield German Circle with Guests of Honour Mark Green and his wife Anna. The cost is £26.50.

If you would like to go to this dinner, please contact us before 18th March.

  • 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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