19th March 2020. Richmond Council has announced that the reaffirmation of the twinning, which had been due to take place in Richmond in June of this year, has had to be postponed because of the current health crisis. Please click on the “Latest News” link above to read a statement from the leader of Richmond Council, Gareth Roberts.
The postings below reflect the original planning – much of which will hopefully take place at a later date.
Many Richmond clubs & associations already have partners in Fontainebleau & Konstanz & will be arranging joint activities. However any club or association can participate in the weekend of festivities simply by adopting a French or German theme.
For further details please write to
The celebrations will begin with a real tennis tournament between le Cercle de Jeu de Paume de Fontainebleau & The Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court, at the Château de Fontainebleau on 13th-14th June. This will commemorate both the 500th anniversary of the famous meeting between Henry VIII & François I on the Field of Cloth of Gold & the 60th anniversary of the twinning.
From Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June there will be an exhibition by Richmond Art Society in collaboration with Art Fontainebleau at the Landmark Art Centre, Teddington, as an appetising hors d’oeuvre.
Saturday 20th June. 5 – 7 p.m. Queen Charlotte Hall Theatre, Parkshot, Richmond.
“When the Lights go On Again.”
“Poetry Performance” are using poetry, music, original letters & memoires to mark happenings leading up to Victory in Europe Day & the subsequent 75 years of peace. This event has been planned to co-incide with the reaffirmation of the partnerships between Richmond, Fontainebleau & Konstanz.
Tickets (costing £10) can be obtained on line at
If paying by cheque please make payable to “Poetry Performance” & send to Heather Moulson, 10, Tayben Avenue, Twickenham, TW2 7RA
Please note that this event has been postponed because of the coronavirus.
Programme for the Anniversary Weekend
Friday 26th June.
5 p.m. Official reception for the mayoral parties at Orleans House. A tree will be planted in the gardens & the mayors will unveil a new information board about the twin towns.
6 p.m. A second reception at Stein’s on Richmond Riverside for all guests.
6.45 p.m. (approx) The mayors will arrive by rowing boat.
7 p.m. (approx.) The mayors will unveil a second information board about our twin towns in the Terrace Gardens.
Saturday 27th June.
10 a.m – 4.30 p.m. Musical performances & dancing on Richmond Riverside Terrace by Richmond Brass Band, St. Margaret’s Elastic Band & Union Musicale de Fontainebleau, two Fanfahrenzuge, die Fahnenschwinger & die Dudelsack Gruppe from Konstanz, plus Morris dancers from England & La Bourée du Coucou from Fontainebleau.
1-2 p.m. A private tour of Turner’s House in Twickenham for our overseas guests with a 50% reduction on the admission price. (Only four pounds). Numbers are limited so please contact
to reserve your place.
For further information please click on the following link.
Turner spent some time in Konstanz & Fontainebleau & painted both places.
A guided tour of Twickenham Stadium for our overseas visitors. Timing to be confirmed.
The opportunity to play Lawn Tennis on the grass tennis courts of Whitton Park Tennis Club (free of charge).
A special service at Hampton Hill United Reformed Church on Saturday afternoon to celebrate both the reaffirmation of the partnerships with Fontainebleau & Konstanz & the 150th anniversary of the church
For further details please click on the following link:
Overseas visitors will also be free to visit the local world famous sights such as Kew Gardens & Hampton Court Palace.
4.45 p.m. A revue by the Richmond Shakespeare Company at the Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham.
6 – 8 p.m. “The Sixties on Thames” at the Eel Pie Island Museum.
The museum, in central Twickenham, celebrates all that has made this tiny island in the Thames so famous – from its heritage working boatyards, nestling side by side with the island’s creative community, to the significant part the Eel Pie Island Hotel played in the 1960s British Blues Explosion, helping superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Rod Stewart & many more kick start their musical careers. All presented with music playing from the museum’s extensive collection of vinyl records. (Translation packs available in French & German.)
Entrance Free. Wine (small charge) & water (free) available.
To see photographs & archive footage of the island please click on the following link to watch a documentary made by the museum staff.
7 p.m. A formal dinner, hosted by the Mayor, for invited guests at York House.
Sunday 28th June
9.30 a.m. An ecumenical service at St. Mary Magdalene’s, Richmond
11 a.m. A parade from Richmond Bridge, via Marble Hill & Orleans House, to York House. The streets will be lined with the flags of the three nations. There will be marching bands, flag wavers & dancers.
If your group, school or association would like to take part in the parade please write to
Approx. 12 noon. York House. Everyone will be invited to picnic in the sunken garden next to York House. The bands will play, there will be a karate display & poetry readings. There will also be a twinning exhibition inside the Terrace Room of York house.
At 1 p.m. approximately the mayors will sign the reaffirmation documents.
The rest of the afternoon will be free for everyone to attend a wide range of community events including:
1 – 4 p.m. Richmond Brass Brand performing a mixed repertoire of English, French & German pieces in the Diamond Jubilee Gardens, Twickenham Riverside. (Entrance free. Seating provided. Refreshments available or bring your own picnic.)
3 p.m. A polo match between Ham Polo Club & their partner club in Fontainebleau in Petersham.
7 p.m. The Hammond Theatre, Hampton School.
A performance of the European Youth Orchestra, comprising musicians from Fontainebleau, Konstanz, Lodi & Richmond. Admission free.
If you would like your club, association or society to participate in the celebrations please write to
or telephone 0208 890 0202/ 0208 892 5244
For a downloadable version of the official poster for the event which is copyright free please click on the following link.
The 55th Anniversary
The 55th anniversary was held in Fontainebleau in 2015. For details of the programme then please click on the following link.