Bradford and Harrogate Italian Circle


The “Circolo Italiano” was founded in the early 1970s, with the aim of bringing together adult students of Italian to exchange experiences of Italian culture. The meetings lasted about 2 hours and were usually conducted in English!

Nowadays the format is different. After registering, members spend some time speaking Italian according to level of proficiency. This is followed by a talk on some aspect of Italian culture and is usually in Italian. The speakers are frequently members, but we also invite outside speakers and the topics have been wide-ranging. The talk is usually followed by a question/comment and answer session - and after that a communicative activity for all to join in. Finally lunch, which consists of minestrone (made by members), bread and cheese - and a glass of wine: Italian of course! The membership stands at about 40 at present.

Why not come to our next meeting?

You do not have to become a member but you will be made welcome and invited to join in. For further information please contact the Secretary who is happy to answer queries on: anne.spiers@btopen world.com 

The venues are:



St Peter’s Church Hall, Moorhead Lane, BD18 4JN

Car parking is available off-road



St Andrew’s Church Hall, High Street, Starbeck, HG2 7JE

Car parking is available close to the hall

On foot, just 5 minutes walk from Starbeck station


photo di Sally Wootton


photo di Sue Bennett


photo di Sally Wootton

DVDs – new guidance for borrowers

Browse the lists below to choose a dvid you would like to borrow.

  1. Contact Sally Wootton, either by email or at the next the Circolo Italiano meeting, so that she can locate the dvd and arrange for it to be brought to the next meeting for you.
  2. When you collect the dvd, record your name and a contact number / email address on the record card offered to you.
  3. Either return the dvd at the next meeting OR arrange to return it by post. Your return of the DVD will be recorded on the card.

If you would like to add Italian DVDs to this list, please send the following details to Sally:

    Title of film (and date if you know it)

    Name of director

    Your own name and a contact number.

    Do you know about  OUR LIBRARY OF BOOKS?

    It contains fiction in Italian, fiction and non fiction in English with Italian interest - 

    travel books, cookery books, "coffee table" books 

    and some Italian grammar books suitable for those who want to brush up their language skills. 

    and all except the heavier "coffee table" books are brought to meetings.

    Please contact the Librarian (sally.wootton@yahoo.co.uk) if you are interested seeing one of the heavier books


    We limit borrowing to one book per person. There are no fines

    but if you think you may have had a book for a long time please return it as soon as possible.

    And if you have books you would care to donate we will be happy to welcome them to the Library!

    So far in the database below lists 171 publications

    (some newly donated books may start circulating before being added to the database)