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.
Please join English Stammtisch at the new place Cafe Alfama, Niederwall 12.
Be seeing you there.
just a piece of information about Stammtisch activities:
On Sun Apr. 30th, some of us will visit a carboot sale at Dempsey
barracks in Sennelager, Husarenstr., starting at 10:45. It is a pure
private sale and the British are very fair about prices (books and DVDs
from 0,50 EUR onwards!). Only the guy from the British shop "Little
England" in Sennelager offers some of his goods directly imported
from GB. And they serve the "Full English" breakfast (good quality), e.g.
single items of the full English, like eggs, and tea in the dining hall.
About noon a fish'n chips van uses to show up and a guy who
offers German "Bratwurst". Wind and weather permitting it will be a lovely Sunday trip.
Ow! That was a lot of ad...If you go by car you are advised to arrive early (or really late, risking
the best items from the flea market) because of the parking. (Space
being in little streets either before or after you reach the barracks.)
The street along the barracks will be jammed with British cars (and
their "boots" ;-)) around opening time.
We liked Alfama so much that we want to keep on meeting there - so why don't you join us there. The more the merrier.
C U there
In case you cannot make it on Friday, some of us are going to meet at LORD NELSON's on Detmolder Str. on Saturday (Feb.4th) to enjoy some fish and chips and possibly some English beer.
Hi Stammtisch aficionados
We enjoyed Alfama's hospitality so much last week that we want to give it another try. Good food and a good selection of beverages. Last Friday there were about 10 of us - so why don't you join the crowd?
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.