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So many Polish neighbors, bringing their language, their culture, their food, their customs to give ever more richness to the amazingly diverse British culture and we know nothing about them.

Well, here is an idea that we endorse, albeit tucked away in a corner of the Iles.

After almost three years of successfully running the Saturday Polish School, Dr Beata Kohlbek, director of the Union Language Centre, has launched a new Polish Language Club in Berwick (Northumberland).

The club, which received funding from the Big Lottery Fund, is aimed at non-Polish speakers and runs one Saturday morning a month.

The friendly and relaxed atmosphere gives both children and adults the chance to learn a few words of Polish and find out more about Poland; a country famous for its culture and steeped in tradition.

The Club provides a wonderful opportunity for local people to get to know their Polish neighbours, have a better understanding of who they are and where they’re from, creating an environment in which both communities can work closer together in the future.

The second of four workshops was held on Saturday, and there are two more meetings scheduled for Saturday, March 17 and Saturday, April 28, both at 9.30am for an hour. If the Polish Language Club proves to be a success, there is every hope that it will carry on – perhaps even in other cities, is our suggestion.

If you are interested in going along, the address is:

Saturday Polish School
Sure Start
Ladywell Place
Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2AE

(Adults are £5 and children are free).
For more details e-mail [email protected]



Dr Beata Kohlbek, who holds the Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching, and has over 20 years of language tuition experience, gained in Germany and Britain.
Dr Kohlbek spent her early life in Poland before moving to Germany where she completed her English and History MA at Dusseldorf University. In 2006 she was awarded her PhD from the Dept. of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University.

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