2020 Reaffirmation

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The official 2020 poster designed by Selim Bener (aged 11)

The 60th anniversary of the twinning of the three towns will be celebrated in Richmond in 2020. The highlight of the year will be a long weekend of festivities from 26th – 28th June involving the whole community. We hope to welcome many guests from both Fontainebleau & Konstanz as well as from the rest of the world.

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Children from the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule, Konstanz, at Hampton Court Palace in 2018

The celebrations will begin with a real tennis tournament between the Jeu de Paume Club & The Royal Tennis 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.

Field of cloth of Gold

This will be followed by the reaffirmation in Richmond from 26th-28th June.

A provisional formal programme, around which community groups can plan their own activities, is outlined below. Everyone is welcome to attend each event unless otherwise indicated.

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. All residents of Richmond can also attend the public events.

Formal Programme

Orleans House

Friday 26th June.  An exhibition, a naming ceremony & reception, jointly hosted by the Richmond in Europe Association & Richmond Council, for invited guests at Orleans House Gallery.

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The Octagon Room, Orleans House

Saturday 27th June.

Midday. A tree planting ceremony in the Terrace Gardens, Richmond Hill followed by performances & activities on Richmond Green.

6.45 p.m. A revue by the Richmond Shakespeare Company at the Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham.

7 p.m. A formal dinner, hosted by the Mayor, for invited guests at York House.

Sunday 28th June.

Morning. 9.30 a.m. A service at St. Mary Magdalene’s, Richmond followed by a riverside parade from Richmond Bridge, via Marble Hill & Orleans House, to York House.

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York House sunken garden.                                                        Photo by Rodney Mantle

There the formal reaffirmation ceremonies will take place, the bands will play & everyone will be invited to picnic.

The afternoon will be free for everyone to attend community events, including a polo match in Ham.

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The European Youth Orchestra performing in Twickenham in 2017.

Evening. A performance of the European Youth Orchestra, comprising musicians from Fontainebleau, Konstanz, Lodi & Richmond.

If you would like your club, association or society to participate in the celebrations please write to 

richmondineurope@hotmail.com

or telephone 0208 890 0202/ 0208 892 5244

The 55th Anniversary

The 55th anniversary was held in Fontainebleau in 2015. For details of the programme then please click on the following link.

55th Anniversary Programme 2015