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 Section.
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. (Click here for full details.)

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)

Monday September 12th 2016


Dr Caroline Summers, Leeds University

Caroline, the project leader, will talk about the Skipton POW Diary written by German officers towards the end of the First World War and its recent translation into English.

Talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Monday September 26th 2016


Dr Martin Kapel, Company Director and Secretary

Born in Leipzig, Dr Kapel has lived in Leeds since 1962. He will tell us about the development of our calendar.

Talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Tuesday October 18th 2016


Eddie Lawler, Former Open University Lecturer

A tour of the city’s history and how it looks today.

Illustrated talk in German and English

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Monday November 7th 2016


Mike Spencer, Committee Member, with David Hope and help from other Club members

This year we are back at The Original Oak for our German and general knowledge quiz. Questions in German and English, plus Würstchen, Kartoffelsalat and prizes. Enjoy a drink or two.

Students most welcome!

Come in teams of 3 or 4 people or just come on your own and join in!

Please contact the secretary by November 4th if you would like to come.

The Original Oak, Headingley

7:30 - 10:00

Wednesday November 23rd 2016


Dr Gerhard Zieboll

Originally an organic chemist, Gerhard now runs a home-based business making German-style pretzels and sourdough breads. He is also developing additional varieties with lower gluten content. He will bring samples of his products for us to taste! An evening with a difference.

In German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Saturday December 3rd 2016


A German Christmas Party, with Glühwein, good company, good food, and entertainment. A lovely, festive occasion. There will be a warm welcome for everyone!

Please let the secretary know by November 30th if you would like to come.

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

7:30 till late

Monday January 23rd 2017


Eddie Lawler, Former Open University Lecturer

Eddie returns to tell us about a young German in Bradford in the 1840s. His talk will include a short play.

Talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Tuesday February 21st 2017

Mark Green, Honorary German Consul

Topic to be announced later

Talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday March 8th 2017


Please join us. Your suggestions and ideas will be welcomed! The business meeting will be kept short, followed by a chance to enjoy pizza and wine and to socialise.

St Luke's Church House

7:30 - 10:00

Wednesday March 22nd 2017


Dr Kara McKechnie, Leeds University

Kara has a special interest in Wagner. She is also the author of a book on opera and has connections with Opera North.

Illustrated Talk in German and English

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday April 5th 2017


We are returning to Healds Hall for this really enjoyable annual event, following last year’s success. Bradford are the hosts this year. We will join our friends from the Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wharfedale and York German Circles for an excellent meal. Not to be missed!

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

7:30 PM for 8 PM

Monday April 24th 2017


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

In October 2017 it will be the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg.

Illustrated talk (PowerPoint) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Tuesday May 16th 2017


Professor Frank Finlay, Professor of German and Dean of the Arts Faculty, Leeds University

Frank will give us a broad overview of the literature of West Germany.

Illustrated talk in German and English

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday June 14th 2017


Roy Watson, Committee Member

A look at zeppelins from Roy’s unique perspective and also the Lake Constance region.

Illustrated Talk in German and English

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Saturday July 1st 2017


A special event. Details later!

July/August 2017

GRILLFEST bei Max und Sheana

Date and details later.


Language Cafe/Sprachcafe/Stammtisch

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

Monday 5th September 2016   Monday 6th March 2017            
Monday 3rd October 2016   Monday 3rd April 2017            
Monday 14th November 2016   Monday 8th May 2017             
Monday 5th December 2016   Monday 5th June 2017             
Monday 9th January 2017   Monday 3rd July 2017             
Monday 6th February 2017   Monday 7th August 2017             

Proposed Events

Visits to the language cafe at The Watergate Tearooms in Hebden Bridge. (Dates to be confirmed.)

Two visits to the Leeds Christkindelmarkt, in November. (Dates to be announced.)

Other possible visits include Ilkley Toy Museum, where there are some German toys, the Leeds Bierkeller and the German restaurant in Malton.


(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 Tuesday 23rd September 2016

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