Due to the Coronavirus, the language café on 6 April has been cancelled. Until further notice, please  contact the secretary to check whether later events will go ahead.

If anyone visiting our website would like to join this meeting, details as below, please would they email the Secretary, Jane , on

We are holding our next evening Club meeting on Zoom on Tuesday 20th October at 7pm:

The German Education System in the 90s-00s - A Personal Account by Sarah Oxley in German and English

Travel back in time to experience Germany's school system of Lower Saxony in the 90s-00s. Find out what it was like for an English girl with just two words of German!

Das deutsche Bildungssytem in den 90-zigern und OOs - Ein persoenliches Bericht von Sarah Oxley

Reist mit mir in die Vergangenheit um das deutsche Schulsytem von Niedersachsen von erster Hand mitzuerleben.

Erfahrt wie sich ein Englisches Maedchen mit nur zwei deutschen Woertern in den 90-zigern und 00s zurecht gefunden hat.

All welcome!

Looking forward to “seeing“ you again!

The Zoom invitation/link for joining will be sent out on Monday 19 October.


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)

->PROGRAMME 2018-2019 (this programme began on 4.9.18)    (Click here to view)

Wednesday September 11th 2019


Mark Green, Honorary German Consul

Mark will talk about this daring character - nobleman, author and landscape gardener.

Talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Monday October 14th 2019


Roy Watson, Committee Member

In the institution’s centenary year this talk will focus on the architectural heritage of the Bauhaus.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Monday November 11th 2019


Mike Spencer, Committee Member

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 or just come on your own and join in!

Students welcome!

Please contact the secretary by November 9th if you would like to come.

The Original Oak, Headingley

7:30 - 10:00

Tuesday November 19th 2019


Lisa and Saskia

Lisa comes from Germany, Saskia from The Netherlands. Lisa will tell her life story and, of course, how they came to set up a baking business in Leeds. They will bring samples of bespoke biscuits and Northern European treats…

Illustrated talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Saturday December 7th 2019


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

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

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

7:15 till late

Wednesday January 29th 2020


Haddon & Hilary Willmer. Haddon is Emeritus Professor of Theology, Leeds University. Hilary is a former Director of The Leeds Church Institute.

Hilary and Haddon lived for the year 1973-4 in a village near Tübingen, developing long-lasting friendships, and through them, coming to know more about Germany, past and present.

Illustrated talk in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday February 12th 2020


Peter Lodge, former Head of Modern Languages, Horsforth School and Woodhouse Grove

Peter will speak again of the 20th Century German playwright who dealt frankly and critically with German history without ever losing his zest for life and sense of humour.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday March 11th 2020


Our short business meeting will be followed by pizza and wine, with a chance to socialise. Your ideas and suggestions will be welcomed!

St Luke's Church House

7:30 - 10:00

Tuesday March 17th 2020 *NOTE CHANGED DATE*


Anne Buckley, Lecturer in German and Translation Studies, Leeds University

Anne will bring us up to date on the POW diary translation project.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Wednesday April 1st 2020


Leeds Anglo German Club is hosting this enjoyable annual event. An opportunity to join friends from the Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wharfedale and York German Circles for a very pleasant evening.

Please contact the secretary if you would like to come.

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

7.00pm for 7.30 pm

Monday April 27th 2020


Brigitte McCartney, Former Teacher, German Church Leader.

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 13th 2020

Topic to be announced

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

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Monday June 8th 2020

WILHELM BUSCH 1832 - 1908

Lisa Humphreys, Committee Member

Lisa will entertain us with a talk about the well-known author, humourist, poet, illustrator and painter.

Illustrated talk (PP) in German and English.

St Columba's URC

7:30 - 9:30

Saturday June 20th or 27th 2020


A special event - details later. Date to be confirmed.

July/August 2020

GRILLFEST bei Max und Sheana

Date and details later.


Language Cafe/Sprachcafe

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

Monday 2nd September 2019   Monday 2nd March 2020            
Monday 7th October 2019   Monday 6th April 2020 - cancelled            
Monday 4th November 2019   Monday 4th May 2020**             
Monday 2nd December 2019   Monday 1st June 2020             
Monday 6th January 2020   Monday 6th July 2020             
Monday 3rd February 2020   Monday 3rd August 2020             
**To be confirmed.

Leeds/Dortmund50 or LD50 : Two weeks of special events 30th September to 12th October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twinning of the two cities. Full schedule of events and broadcasts at:

Skipton Puppet Festival October 4th to 6th 2019

The dates for the Leeds German Christmas Market (Christkindelmarkt) are Friday 8th November till Saturday 21st December. We will arrange 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 10th September 2019
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