The English Stammtisch Bielefeld was founded in the 1970s by a lecturer from the Pädagogische Hochschule Bielefeld, the forerunner of the University Bielefeld. Initially the Stammtisch was an informal meeting place for staff and students. The circle soon expanded as everybody interested in speaking English was invited to join in.
As an informal group, there are no membership fees or other regulations. We only meet to enjoy talking English. Conversational English proficiency is the only requirement to take part. Both native and non-native speakers are welcome. However, fun, not perfection, is the aim.
In the forty or so years since the Stammtisch was established, it has been visited by people from all over the world. Students and visiting lecturers from India, China, Japan, Australia, the USA and many other countries have joined us during their time in Germany. Today, not only university students and staff meet at the Stammtisch, but people of all ages and professions.
For at least the last thirty years the Stammtisch used to meet in the quiet fin-de-siècle ambience of Augustus (August-Bebel-Straße 47 on the corner of Heinrichstraße). As Augustus closed at the end of 2012 we started looking for a new location.
From Friday 5th of July 2013 (till further notice) you can find us at Queer´s, Neumarkt 1. Stammtisch still meets Friday evenings from 8 pm. This includes holiday times as well. Stammtisch does not close.
As Queers has closed down permanently, Stammtisch has moved again. Our new base is LITERATUR CAFE, Neumarkt 1, Bielefeld. So from May 1st, 2016 we will meet at LITERATUR CAFE which opposite the former Queer's - you cannot miss it.
Attention!!!!! We are looking for a NEW PLACE
Please join English Stammtisch at the new place which will be posted soon - we are still looking.
Be seeing you there.
we are still trying out different locations for our Stammtisch, this Friday (January 20th) we will meet at the Alfama former Ratscafé, Niederwall 12. (It got the vote, because it is really central, by the way.)
this Friday (13.01.2017) STAMMTISCH meets at Alex's from 8ish onwards. Last time when we met there it was fairly quiet - let's find out - if not we can always practise sign language.
Sorry about last week, we did not know that Alfama was closed - it will reopen on January 14th, 2017.
On Saturday we are meeting again for a round of fish and chips (or something else, if you favour) at Lord Nelson's, at about 7.30. Hope to meet you there!
Hi Stammtisch friends,
this Friday (December 30th, 2016) we will meet at NEW ORLEANS, Feilenstraße from 8pm onwards. We have not reserved a table so you will have to look around and listen to find us. Surprise, we will be speaking English - hopefully.
And cheer up, it is only the end of the year - another one is just around the corner.
Be seeing you there