40 year twinning anniversary logo Recent Association Events                                    LAST UPDATED: March 12, 2019




Members' German Dinner - Wednesday 6 March, at 6.15 for 6.45 pm

We enjoyed a German-themed 3-course dinner in a comfortable and welcoming venue


Where:               Weybourne House, St Catherine’s, Hitherbury Close, Guildford GU2 4DR (off Portsmouth Road) with ample parking and disabled access.


Ticket price:     £23.50 per person (there was a cash bar for drinks)




Starter:              sautéed creamy mushrooms on toast with salad garnish


Main course:     pork with Riesling sauce and shallots OR


                           (vegetarian) goat’s cheese and red onion tart


Vegetables:       sautéed potatoes with rosemary


                           red cabbage German-style


Dessert:             mixed berries with ice-cream OR


                           cheese and biscuits


Coffee/tea and mints



Mini German Christmas Market - Sunday December 2, 2018 (11:00am to 4:00 pm)

 Where:      Guildhall, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA


Visitors were able to experience:

 - stalls selling: traditional wooden toys, gifts, cards, candles, German bakery, secondhand German books, CDs and DVDs;

 - tasting of fine German wines;

 - refreshments - Glühwein, coffee and cake; and

 - a Tombola.


The Market was open to the public, with free admission.




Autumn Lecture - "German Art - a personal view from the bridge" - Monday November 26, 2018, 7.15pm


 Speaker:   Ian Charnock, Retired Head of History of Art, Guildford High School & St George’s, Ascot


 Where:      Council Chamber,  Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB


Open to the public: free admission.

Mr Charnock is a distinguished art historian and a gifted teacher, lecturer and author. He studied history of art subjects at universities in Wales, London, Oxford, and Spain and was head of History of Art at two local schools for many years and a senior examiner at AQA. He has published numerous articles and reviews on Art History, plus two books on Sherlock Holmes.

He talked to us about German art, including the German tradition of wood sculpture.


 16+ seminar: “Introduction to European film” Wednesday October 3, 2018


Speaker: Professor Phil Powrie, Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Surrey

Where:    Guildford High School, London Road, Guildford

The first in our new initiative of enrichment seminars for local sixth-formers.

Admission restricted to 6th-form students at Guildford schools and their teachers: free of charge.



Members' summer lunch party Sunday August 19, 2018


Where:      Merrist Wood College, Holly Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford GU3 3PE

Once again, our lunch party was held in the college’s beautiful and historic wood-panelled room opening on to a lovely garden.

 Members and their guests only.


Picnic in the Castle Grounds Saturday June 2, 2018


Where:      Guildford Castle grounds

At this event organised by Guildford Borough Council, the Association ran a stall in the grounds of Guildford Castle to promote the twinning, with fun activities for children.

Association members were encouraged to bring a picnic and their children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces … suitable for adults too!

This event was open to the public, with free admission.




Film & Conversation with Telemach Wiesinger - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

Speaker: Telemach Wiesinger 

Where:    The Guildhalll, High Street, Guildford  GU1 3AA

Telemach Wiesinger, a German photographer and film-maker with a poetic sensibility, presented and discussed (in English) a selection from his works. Presentation followed by Q & A.

Referencing early film aesthetics, Telemach's short film poems in black and white, largely composed of sequences of single camera set-ups and continuous takes, create a strange tension between movement and stasis, permanence and transience. He often works in collaboration with composer and multi-instrumentalist Tobias Schwab.

Open to the public. Tickets: £7.00 standard, £6.00 Association members.


Annual General Meeting - Thursday 24 May, 2018 (7:30 pm)

Where:      Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB.

Members only.


Spring Lecture: "What is German about German music?" - Monday 16 April, 2018

Speaker: Professor Erik Levi, Visiting Professor of Music, Royal Holloway College, University of London

Where:    Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB

Professor Levi is a musicologist, performer, author, critic and broadcaster and a worldwide authority on German music of the 20th century especially during the Nazi era. He explored for us - as Richard Wagner attempted in the nineteenth century - the features of German music that make it distinctive from other musical traditions. You can see his slide presentation, which includes audio files of the musical examples, here .

(4 files are available, all in Microsoft "Powerpoint" format. File 1 is the text presentation; and each of files 2, 3 and 4 contains one of the audio-enabled musical example sets with which Professor Levi illustrated his talk. To launch the audio components in those 3 files, when viewing the presentation, just click on the loudspeaker icons: .)

Open to the public: free admission.



Members' German Dinner– Wednesday 28 February 2018

Where:      Weybourne House, St Catherines, Hitherbury Close, Guildford GU2 4DR (just off Portsmouth Road) – ample parking and disabled access

Members and their friends only.


Mini German Christmas market – Sunday 3 December, 2017

Where:   Guildhall, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA

Open to the public: free admission.

Sale of traditional wooden toys, gifts, cards, bakery from Germany, mostly from Freiburg, with refreshments - Glühwein, coffee and cake.


Autumn Lecture: "German democracy: how is it different?" - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Speaker: Dr Emanuele Massetti, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, University of Surrey

Where:   Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB

Open to the public: free admission.

Dr Massetti’s research includes the study of federalism and multi-level governance, and electoral systems/reforms across Western Europe. He explained to us the current constitutional set-up of Germany, with a look at its historical background and some insights into its workings in practice, plus a comparison with the British and other systems.

You can see his slide presentation here.