'Es war halt eine schöne Atmosphäre' - our December 5th Advent evening brought the German Christmas spirit to North Staffordshire. Jane led us in making lanterns to hang on the Christmas tree then Insa, Richard, Jenny and John read Christmas poems in German and English chosen by Walter. We lowered the lights for Christine's reading of 'Vier Kerzen im Advent' from the website www.weihnachtsstadt.de. The buffet delights included Jane's pastry and pesto Christmas tree and Lesley's Rumtopf (begun last May). Wir wünschen frohe Festtage und alles Gute für's Neue Jahr 2020!
Club Chair Christine Conlin appeared on BBC Radio Stoke's Breakfast Show with Sophie Calvert on November 9th, giving an interview marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
You can hear Christine talking about her five years in West and East Germany back in the 1970s, what she was doing on November 9th, 1989 and giving a plug for the Club's wall-themed meeting on November 14th.
Her interview at around 07:10 starts at 1:10:00 into the recording of the Breakfast Show of 09/11/19 on https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07rsx60.
"Ja, mir sind mit'm Radeln da!" 3 Stoke cyclists biked 900 miles from Stoke to Erlangen last summer raising thousands local charities. Alex Findler of Fenton and Matt Kerr of Basford told our October meeting about their 11-day ride with Mark Allman of Meir Park to Stoke's twin city in Northern Bavaria. From the Glebe pub in Stoke, where the idea first started as a joke, their route took them through France, Belgium and the Netherlands to the German border near Düren. They cycled via Koblenz, Mainz, Frankfurt, Würzburg to Erlangen where they raised the Staffordshire and Bavarian flags by the market place fountain. Said organiser Alex, "None of us were experienced bike riders, but we cycled on average 70 miles a day. We only got four punctures!" Thanks go to Stafford-based fixings manufacturer Scell-it® who arranged their accommodation and Tunstall-based Tile Mountain who has provided financial support and cycling wear.The trio raised £5K for Douglas MacMillan, The British Heart Foundation, and child bereavement charity 4Louis. Their justgiving page is still open at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stoke2erlangen and Stoke2Erlangen
ALL ABOUT PILATES
WITH AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!
Pilates - the name of the body-strengthening exercises and the German-born man behind them was the theme of our September meeting. First we learned about Joseph Pilates' lifestory as gymnast, boxer, circus artiste, self-defence teacher, WW1 enemy alien in an Isle of Man internment camp, his move to New York where he founded his exercise programme and invented many pieces of exercise equipment. Then Pilates tutor Avis Hopkins put us through some of the 34 Pilates moves. Probieren geht über studieren, und hoffentlich gibt's keinen Muskelkater!