Forthcoming and Recent Events


We hold a number of social and fundraising events throughout the year. Following are entries of events - future and past.

Check your diary and join us, we look forward to seeing you!

Forthcoming Events

German conversation

We now have two monthly German conversation tracks, a ‘Stammtisch’ and a ‘Conversation Evening’. There were good reports of the June Stammtisch that took place in the ‘Biergarten’ of the Oddfellows Arms. The next Stammtisch is on Saturday morning 31st August. Conversation evenings resume on 16th September. Do join us whatever your level of German. See the German Conversation page for further details.

Friends social evening

On 11th June a group of members enjoyed an informal drink and a chat (in English) at the Oddfellows Arms in Amenbury Lane. In spite of the frightful weather for June, we spent a pleasant evening which will be repeated on 10th September at 7:30pm. Do come and join us in September, shortly before we take-off for our visit to Alzey!

Recent Events

2019 - 40th Anniversary of the 'Friends of Alzey'

Having been founded in 1979 the 'Friends of Alzey' celebrated our 40th anniversary on Saturday 27th April 2019 in Park Hall. We held a special Tea Party in the afternoon in place of our Annual Dinner to mark this milestone in our history. Click here for the report commemorating the event and here for the photo album.

Written for the 30th anniversary, a short report about the history of the 'Friends of Alzey' from one of the founder members of the Friends is available to view. Click here for the Reminiscences on the Origins of the Friends of Alzey.

2019 - Friends of Alzey Annual General Meeting

Our AGM took place on February 21st at the Skew Bridge and was very well attended. The committee members and officers were re-elected and the Treasurer and Chair presented reports on last year’s activities. After the business of the meeting an excellent meal was enjoyed together and those members who will travel to Alzey in September were able to share their anticipation of the wonderful weekend to be spent at the wine festival.

See links for the Friends of Alzey Chair report for 2018 and the photo page of new members enjoying the evening.

Fish & Chips Quiz Night: Saturday, 27th October 2018

"Well organised" and "great fun" – feedback from some of the fifty or so participants in our quiz night at Park Hall in October endorse the committee's verdict that the event was a once again a great success. The question rounds and 'marathon puzzle' were expertly put together by Ginny and her team, with the 'Which castle is shown in this photo?' round drawing the evening's most intense buzz of discussion (and stimulating some castle tourism to boot?). The fish and chip supper from Harpenden Fish & Chips was well received and allowed a welcome interlude for conversation with friends old and new. Thanks to the generosity of our members and their guests the evening raised a substantial sum towards the hosting of our Alzey visitors in 2020. Ginny's team and Park Hall have already been booked for October 19th 2019 – see you there!

Visit to the Houses of Parliament with Bim Afolami MP

Friends of Alzey members were invited to join a tour organised by Bim Afolami MP on 18th October. The walking tour lasted a little over 2 hours. It was well organised and interesting, even for members who had visited Parliament before. Thanks were given for the invitation.

2018 Annual Dinner 17th March with guest speaker Bim Afolami MP

60 people braved falling snow to attend our Annual Dinner at Park Hall on Saturday March 17th. Good food and good company were enjoyed by our long-standing members, new members and their friends alike. This year we welcomed four A level students who study German at Sir John Lawes School and their teacher, Mrs Susanna Leaver. Their attendance was made possible by the generosity of last year's guest speaker, Mrs Anne von Fallois. Bim Afolami MP spoke after the dinner about the influence on him of German philosophy and politics. He was thanked in both German and English by the Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy, who earlier had had the opportunity to speak to and question Mr Afolami. Wine from the Alzey town winery was presented to our guest speaker as a mark of our thanks.

The committee all worked hard to make the evening such a success that the guests seemed reluctant to go home, chatting animatedly amongst themselves at the end of the proceedings. Thanks go also to Yvonne Bamford for her catering and to Steve Jones of Nang Noi Thai Restaurant in Vaughan Road, and to other friends of our organisation, who kindly donated a raffle prize.

STOP PRESS
Congratulations to the students of German – in the week after our Dinner they were declared winners of the Goethe Institut's debating competition. This is a wonderful achievement; their prize is a trip to Germany. We hope they enjoy their time over there and say hello to Alzey if they happen to pass through!

Publicity Event Harpenden, 2nd September 2017

On Saturday, 2nd September 2017 we held a publicity event in Harpenden's town centre to raise awareness for the town twinning activities. The Friends of Alzey committee was present in full:


Anne von Fallois Talk - Saturday, 18th March 2017

On Saturday, 18th March 2017 we held our annual Social Evening which included a delicious three-course dinner with coffee. One of the highlights of the event was the guest speaker of the evening: Anne von Fallois, Former Director General for Domestic Affairs at the German Federal President's Office. She delivered a very interesting talk entitled 'A citizens' Europe: Fostering civil relations in challenging times.' A copy of the talk can be downloaded here: Anne von Fallois Talk, 18 March 2017