December 2011: On December 15th we will be having a traditional German Christmas dinner with goose legs or turkey or a vegetarian option, veg, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, potatoes, dumplings and gravy.  We are pleased to announce that we can offer this meal for £6 per head. As there are costs, planning and preparation involved, you will appreciate that payment for the food has to be received by December 5th. If you are not a member and would like to take part in this, please include the £4 entrance for December in your payment. Please make cheques payable to North Staffs Anglo-German Club.


Also, this week Thursday 12-2pm, Lesley and I are invited to Chrisoula Sirigou’s European Lunch show on Red Shift Radio once more. Here is the link if you want to listen in real time, else click on European Lunch in the programme to listen later: http://www.redshiftradio.co.uk/ . We are grateful for this free promotion of the Club and hope that many of you will have a chance to listen in


November 2011: Thanks again to everyone for coming to last week’s meeting. Numbers were as usual around 30 again. The German buffet was delicious; thanks for everyone who helped with the food.

Derek Reynolds gave an interesting talk about the Dreieich Twinning Association of Stafford. Their exchange seemed quite different to what Karen Tsang told us about the Stoke-Erlangen link.

 

Some committee decisions: We are shortly to purchase a memorable web address, some business cards to be distributed among members and we’ll put some money towards our December meal.

 

On December 15th we will be having a traditional German Christmas dinner with goose legs or turkey or a vegetarian option, veg, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, potatoes, dumplings and gravy.  We are pleased to announce that we can offer this meal for £6 per head. As there are costs, planning and preparation involved, you will appreciate that payment for the food has to be received by December 5th. If you are not a member and would like to take part in this, please include the £4 entrance for December in your payment. Birgit’s address is: 14 Ashcroft Avenue, S-o-T, ST4 6LZ. Please make cheques payable to North Staffs Anglo-German Club.

 

 

October 2011: Our October meeting was yet another successful night with nearly 30 people sharing our own German buffet which was plentiful and a little bit of home from home. Thanks to everyone who helped prepare the food. Again there were six new faces amongst well over 30 visitors.

 

Our special guest was Karen Tsang from Stoke-on-Trent council who gave us an introduction about the state of the twinning with Erlangen. She mentioned a number of things which are planned for next year. For instance, there are a few Gymnasien (grammar schools) in Erlangen wishing to have exchanges with Stoke schools. If you know of any young people who are looking for an internship in Erlangen, Peter Steger has offered to organise that. She also mentioned Stoke’s Beer Festival in May with which I believe we should get involved. Interesting opportunities for cultural exchanges were pointed out to us and Karen sounded very enthusiastic about a cooperation with the Club in the future.

 

Derek Lloyd accompanied me last Thursday to Bret Shah’s Love Stoke radio show on 6 Towns Radio. We had a lot of fun and talked plenty, unfortunately not too much about the Club which is why we will probably have to go again…

 

 

September 2011: We had a really interesting evening last Thursday. There were eleven new faces and again over 30 people attended our September meeting. This time we started a discussion about our Club’s involvement with the Erlangen twinning.

 

Thanks again to Birgit, Lesley, David and Terry for meeting up with Peter Steger (PR Erlangen), when he visited Stoke in August, and reporting back to us. Peter Steger was very keen on getting in contact and liaising with us in the future. He has written extensively about his visit. See article and picture here: http://www.erlangen.de/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-936/2985_read-23917/ .

 

Some interesting points were raised: exploring Stafford’s successful twinning with Dreieich, getting in contact with the Franconian Society (expats living in Erlangenhttp://www.germanyexpat.org/2010/10/franconian-society.html ), participating in Irmgard’s exchange with the VHS (evening school) in Erlangen, keeping Karen Tsang (Investment Development OfficerEnterprise & Skills, City Renewal Services, Stoke) and Peter Steger informed about our activities and at the same time being cautious about getting too involved with the Stoke council which was felt to possibly hinder rather than advance ties with German groups.

Thanks again to everyone for coming to last week’s meeting. Numbers were as usual around 30 again. The German buffet was delicious; thanks for everyone who helped with the food.

 

Derek Reynolds gave an interesting talk about the Dreieich Twinning Association of Stafford. Their exchange seemed quite different to what Karen Tsang told us about the Stoke-Erlangen link.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Thursday, 7. July 2011 we had another successful meeting with around 35 people. The BBQ was great and we enjoyed the time together. We agreed on a few things which are worth mentioning here.

 

First of all, we voted for six committee members to represent the group and look after its interests.

 

Petra Cox was elected to the office of Chairperson

Sheena Lemme to the office of Treasurer

Birgit Lemme to the office of Secretary

 

Lesley Rollason in support of the Chair

David Lloyd in support of the Treasurer

Dawn Birks in support of the Secretary


 

We also decided to pay a membership fee in order to secure payment for our venue.

 

We agreed on £18 full membership, £10 reduced membership (children, students, over 65s) for 12 months as well as £4 entrance for non-members and visitors at the door. Most of those present last Thursday have already paid.

 

You will find the Membership form in our "Download Area".

 

 Furthermore, we decided to skip the August meeting due to too many absences during the summer holidays.

 

We will meet again on September 1st.

 

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We are happy to announce that we found a new location!


From June 2011 we will meet at the 

 

Longton Rugby Club 

Eastern Rise

off Stanley Matthews Way

Trentham Fields

Stoke-on-Trent

ST4 8GR

 

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For our October meeting we intend to organize an Oktoberfest with an Oompah Band and German food. The Oktoberfest could be open to the public.

 

In that case, we would move our October meeting to the following Saturday the 8th of October.