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Current programme (monthly meetings):

  • "German food "

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

Club member Ellen Boon has been visiting Germany regularly for the last 20 years. In her talk she combines three of her passions: Germany, Photography & Food! She will talk about everything from her first impression of German cuisine right through to regional / seasonal specialities she has tried in both restaurants and German homes and also explain a bit about the background & ingredients of these dishes. There will also be a short quiz. The talk will be in English with some German vocab where appropriate.

  • Celebratory 30th AGM

Sun. 15th April 2018, 8pm in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Wharfedale German Circle. After the formal AGM the members will celebrate with some food, drinks, music etc.

  • 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 their home country before returning home. The finer details of the evening are still being planned, but may well include a PowerPoint presentation and some Austrian treats.


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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!

  • Saturday 17th March: A walk from Leeds University to Roundhay

This event has been CANCELLED because of snow/ice weather forecast for Saturday 17th March.

We hope to reschedule it for after the Easter school holidays.

  • 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 befroe continuing inot th eYporkshire 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!

  • 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. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 21st March.

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!

  • 52nd Yorkshire German Circles' Annual Dinner:

This year's hosts are the Calderdale Group. The dinner is on Wednesday 11th April at 7pm for 7.30pm at Healds Hall Hotel, Leeds Road, Liversedge, WF15 6JA. Tickets cost £26 for three courses plus coffee. Your chance to chat to memebers of other local German clubs and to hear their news from the past 12 months.

If you would like a ticket, please contact us by 18th March.

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