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Current programme (monthly meetings):

  • “Heinrich Schliemann -the rediscoverer of Troy?”

Sun. 14th October 2018 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

We are pleased to welcome back to the WGC Mark Green, Hon German Consul, who will be telling us about the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who was involved in the rediscovery of Troy. However, you will notice a question mark in the title of this presenation, as there is now some controversy about his work there. Mark will concentrate on the life and character of Schliemann, who was a great self-publicist. As usual, Mark will deliver his talk predominantly in German with occasional English summaries.

  • "German Food"

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

Postponed from snowy March! 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.

  • Weihnachtsfeier

Sun. 16th December 2018 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

We will be rounding of our 30th anniversary year with our usual Christmas celebration. More details later.

  • “The Moin-Moin Bäckerei in Ilkley”

Sun. 13th January 2019 in the URC Salem Hall, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.

The owner of the bakery, Liam Wilton, lived in Hamburg from 2013-17 working for a tobacco company. When he moved there he knew 5 words of German and picked up the language through an intensive one-month course, colleagues, and the sports clubs he joined. He will tell us how he started and developed the bakery and will bring some samples. The talk will be in German and English

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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, 13 October 2018: Ilkley Treasure Hunt

Join WGC members for a look around the small town of Ilkley. It has Roman and Victorian history and is on the edge of the moors and dales.

Meet us at Ilkley railway/bus station at 12.05pm. There is a train from Leeds at 11.33 or one from Bradford Forster Square at 11.16. Or there is the X84 bus, which leaves Leeds at 10.45 and goes through Headingley at 11.02 and Otley at 11.32, arriving in Ilkley at 12.02. There are also buses from Keighley and Skipton to Ilkley. Bring a packed lunch if you wish.

After the treasure hunt (on foot) around Ilkley town centre, there'll be hot chocolate and then a walk along the edge of Ilkley moor (please wear sturdy trainers/boots and it's always a good idea to have a waterproof jacket). We'll finish the afternoon with home-made tea and cakes in Ben Rhydding, from where you can get the train/bus back to Leeds/Bradford etc.

This is a “just turn up” event, but it would help us with our catering if you can contact us in advance by e-mailing us at wgcircle@gmail.com.

  • Saturday 10th November: Skipton

We thought you might like to have a look around the market town of Skipton with us. Sheila Clark, who is a member of the WGC and also of Skipton's Civic Society will then give us a guided walk around Skipton, taking in its interesting old buildings. She'll tell us about Skipton's past as a mill town and its importance as a market town at the gateway to the Dales National Park. In the afternoon you'll be free to explore, perhaps visiting the market and/or castle.

Meet us at Skipton railway station at 11.00am (there's a train from Leeds at 10.18 or one from Bradford at 10.11). Or you can catch the X84 bus from Leeds at 8.45 (via Headingley at 9.02, Otley at 9.30 and Ilkley at 9.55), which arrives in Skipton at 10.25 and then walk from Skipton bus station to the railway station (about 8 mins walk).

This is a "just turn up" event, but it helps us if you can let us know in advance.

  • Saturday 24th November: Walk from Leeds University to Roundhay Park

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.

Please remember to check your e-mail the evening before this event, in case we have to cancel it due to bad weather.

  • Saturday 8th December: Saltaire

We will look around the enormous former woollen mill (now contains shops, restaurants and art galleries) and the surrounding houses and other buildings in Saltaire village, all built by a Victorian industrialist Titus Salt for his workers, 160 years ago; it is now a World Heritage Site. For those who want more exercise, in the afternoon we may also offer a short countryside walk along the canal and river, and back through the park, if the weather is fine.

We will meet you at Saltaire railway station, at 10.25am. There is a train from Leeds at 9.54 and one from Bradford Forster Square station at 10.11. It is the Skipton train, but be careful: not all trains that go to Skipton stop at Saltaire! Also be careful because Saltaire station is very soon (2 minutes) after Shipley station.

The first place we will visit is Saltaire church, which we will arrange to be opened especially for us. Please be prepared to give some coins as a donation in the church. However, apart from this, no other entrance fees are required during the day. There are several pubs and cafes where you can get a drink or lunch (or bring a packed lunch to eat outdoors).

This is a "just turn up" event, but, as usual, it helps us to know if you plan to come along.

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 Wed 3rd October, when the topic is the role of Mozart's sister Nannerl on his life and her own musical talent.

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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