We are a multinational, non-profit-making group dedicated to sharing personal experiences and knowledge of the people, culture, traditions and language of Germany and German-speaking countries. We welcome anyone with an interest in Germany, Austria, Switzerland or the German language. We hold monthly meetings between September and June.

We feature high quality guest speakers covering a wide range of subjects with a German connection. Occasionally our own members are happy to speak. We also have a quiz night, meals out, a visit to the Leeds German Christmas Market, a Christmas Party, and a Summer Barbecue! Both German and English are spoken at all events, so no-one is left out.

We have close ties with other German groups in the Yorkshire region, including Wharfedale German Circle, Huddersfield German Circle and Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages - German.
We also have links with Neil McDonald, who organises Anglo-German walks:
For details of the Calderdale (Halifax) and York German circles please contact the secretary.

Our meetings usually take place in Headingley, at St Columba's United Reformed Church Hall. Other venues are St Luke's Church House and, for the quiz, The Original Oak. Meetings start at 7:30 PM, with a standard admission charge of £3.00, which usually includes refreshments, and gives instant membership. The cost of meals out, the quiz, the Christmas Party, plus trips and vists etc. and the Barbecue will be announced nearer the times of these events.

We have a very successful Language Cafe, held at the Lawnswood Arms from 10 till 12 noon on the first Monday of the month, except for bank holidays. All standards of spoken German are accepted, from complete beginner onwards

The club is affiliated to The British German Association: We are also affiliated to The Anglo-Austrian Society. We are linked to the Yorkshire German Network.

ER & GE (UK) have again agreed to be an official sponsor of the club. We remain grateful for their continued support.


The Club was formed in Autumn 1996. Trudi Kaiser had been running her own group at Swarthmore. When Trudi retired, Dorrit Pinder was invited to take over. She stepped in and organised meetings at Swarthmore on Saturday afternoons, where she was joined by about seven others. Some of them are still members! Games and conversation evenings (sometimes hard work!) were organised and various venues/pubs etc. were tried. Weekday evenings soon replaced Saturdays. When, some eighteen months later, it was felt that different activities were needed, Dorrit began to invite speakers, St. Luke's Church House in Headingley became the regular venue, and events like the Christmas party and the summer meal (then held at The Berghof in Todmorden) were established.

The club's membership (and also the committee!) grew as time went on and, by the 2001/2002 season, larger premises were needed, resulting in a gradual move to St. Columba's and the Leeds Anglo German Club as it is today.


(Germany) (Austria) (Switzerland)

We cordially invite anyone with an interest in Germany, Austria, Switzerland or the German language to our events. We welcome students and ex-students of German who would like the opportunity to listen to and speak the language in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Members of other German groups are always welcome.

->PROGRAMME 2015-2016 (this programme began on 14.9.15)    (Click here to view)

->PROGRAMME 2016-2017 (this programme began on 12.9.16)    (Click here to view)

->PROGRAMME 2017-2018 (this programme began on 19.9.17)    (Click here to view)

Tuesday September 4th 2018


Die Wiederentdeckung von Troy

Mark Green, Honorary German Consul

Mark will talk about the archaeologist who is either famous or infamous.

Talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Monday October 8th 2018


Peter Gibbard, Chair of Friends of York Art Gallery

Peter will speak about the Gallery’s post-war Director (1948-68), whose vision and business acumen shaped the venue that we enjoy today.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday November 7th 2018


Mike Spencer, Committee Member

We return to The Original Oak for our popular German and general knowledge quiz. Questions in German and English, plus Kartoffelsalat, Würstchen and prizes. Enjoy a drink or two. Come in teams of 3 or 4 people or just come on your own and join in!

Students most welcome!

Please contact the secretary by November 5th if you would like to come.

The Original Oak, Headingley

7:30 - 10:00

Tuesday November 20th 2018


Christel Richter, Former Journalist

Christel will entertain us with details of travelling around in the well-known and most popular make of car in the DDR/East Germany.

Illustrated (PP) talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Saturday December 1st 2018


A German Christmas Party, with good food, good company, Glühwein and entertainment. A lovely festive occasion! A warm welcome for everyone. Musical accompaniment by Jackie Armitage.

Please let the secretary know by November 28th if you would like to come.

The Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel, LS16 8DW

7:30 till late

Monday January 14th 2019


Dr Claudia Sternberg, Leeds University

A comparative project about the Engländerlager Ruhleben in Spandau and Lofthouse Park Camp in Wakefield during the First World War.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday February 13th 2019


Haddon Willmer, Emeritus Professor of Theology, Leeds University

Haddon will introduce us to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s prison poems, written between 1943 and 1945.

Illustrated talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday March 13th 2019


Please join us for a short business meeting followed by pizza and wine - and a chance to socialise. Your ideas and suggestions will be welcomed!

St Luke's Church House

7:30 - 10:00

Tuesday March 26th 2019


Roy Watson, Committee Member

Roy will follow last year’s talk with one to mark the centenary of this ground-breaking and influential institution.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday April 3rd 2019


Healds Hall is again the venue for this enjoyable annual event, hosted this year by the Huddersfield German Circle. An opportunity to join our friends from the Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wharfedale and York German Circles for a very pleasant evening. Enquiries to the Secretary.

Healds Hall Hotel, Leeds Rd, Liversedge, WF15 6JA

7.00pm for 7.30 pm

Monday April 29th 2019


Brigitte McCartney, Former Teacher, German Church Leader.
Brigitte ist wegen der Liebe nach Großbritannien gekommen!

Brigitte’s friend luckily kindled her interest in this ancient city, so much more than somewhere en route from the north to Switzerland or Italy.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday May 22nd 2019


Prof. Frank Finlay, Prof.of German, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, Leeds University

Frank will tell us how clichés develop and where they can lead. Böll’s legacy for the 21st century.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Monday June 10th 2019


To be announced.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Saturday June 29th 2019


Another special event - details later.

July/August 2019

GRILLFEST bei Max und Sheana

Date and details later.


Language Cafe/Sprachcafe

The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd, LS16 7PH
10am till 12 noon

Monday 3rd September 2018   Monday 4th March 2019            
Monday 1st October 2018   Monday 1st April 2019            
Monday 5th November 2018   Monday 13th May 2019             
Monday 3rd December 2018   Monday 3rd June 2019             
Monday 7th January 2019   Monday 1st July 2019             
Monday 4th February 2019   Monday 5th August 2019             

The Red Ladder Theatre Co. is performing Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children (in English) from 28th September to 20th October, with Pauline McLynn. Ring 0113 2137700 to book.

There may be another play with German connections in the autumn. More details when they are available.

The Leeds Christkindelmarkt will be held from 9th November to 22nd December. We plan to arrange two visits as usual.


(St Columba's)
St Columba's URC
70 Headingley Lane
(St Luke's)
St Luke's Church House
9 Alma Road
Otley Road


For further information, and/or to request the full programme of events, please contact:

Jane Millward (Secretary)
phone: 0113 2687697
Max Dudley (Chairman)
phone: 0113 2370389

Or write to the following address: 27 Turnberry Avenue, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7TJ.

Last updated 27th August 2018

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