2020-21 Reaffirmation

Twinning information board
One of the new information boards which have been commissioned by REA to commemorate the reaffirmation.

Aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben.

(Postponed is not cancelled.)

On 19th March 2020 Richmond Council 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 until next year because of the current health crisis. The following statement was issued by the council leader, Gareth Roberts.

“It is with great regret that I announce the postponement of the ‘Celebrating France & Germany’ event which was to mark the re-affirmation of Richmond upon Thames’ twinning agreement with our partner towns of Konstanz, Germany & Fontainebleau, France. This was to be marked in spectacular style across the weekend of 26th-28th June 2020, with the people of Richmond celebrating alongside visitors from our partnering towns, everything from flag throwing to youth orchestras. The current restrictions on travel & public gatherings, due to the coronavirus emergency, mean we cannot plan with certainty that our communities will be able to come together and take part in this weekend festival.

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Richmond mayor, Nancy Baldwin, with poster competition winners, Clara de Sancha & Selim Bener, plus REA chairman, Alan Mockford, & Gareth Roberts.

The re-affirmation takes place every five years. This was Richmond upon Thames’ turn to host the celebrations & to make a clear statement about our support to our European partners. In turn Fontainebleau & Konstanz re-affirm their commitment to each other, & both to Lodi in Italy, and in turn Fontainebleau with Sintra, Portugal & Konstanz with Tabor, Czech Republic. So it is a truly European affair which means it is postponed with a very heavy heart.

My thanks go to all the very many people who have worked to set up the re-affirmation weekend, some endlessly for over two years, this includes the hard work of local community group, the Richmond in Europe Association, and their French counterparts, ARCIF, as well as the dedication of council officers across the three partnering organisations. It is also disappointing that the postponement means that we will not be able to include our much loved partners from the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall, who will soon move from their base in our borough. The re-affirmation would have co-incided with marking their Freedom of the Borough to parade through our streets, joining our partners from across Europe. This would have also jointly marked Armed Forces Day.

We will work with our community & our partners across Europe to formally mark the re-affirmation of our twinning agreement at a later date, likely to be in 2021. We don’t need the formality of signing a re-affirmation to state our continued allegiance with our European partners & we send our best wishes to the communities across the twin towns & hope that all stay safe & strong during the current crisis we are each experiencing.

Councillor Gareth Roberts                  19th March 2020

The official 2020 poster, designed by Selim Bener

The postings below reflect the original planning and we very much hope that much of this, plus even more, will now take place in 2021.

Poster in Konstanz
The reaffirmation is being widely promoted in Konstanz, including in the local tourist office.

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 


L'etang aux carpes
Le Château de Fontainebleau

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.

Field of cloth of Gold edit
The famous painting of the Field of Cloth of Gold which is displayed at Hampton Court Palace.

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.

when the lights go on again

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

Programme for the Anniversary Weekend

Orleans HouseFriday 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.

richmond riverside terrace

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.

morris dancing

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.

W. Havell c. 1814 pencil and brown wash Sandycombe Lodge
©Turner’s House Trust

For further information please click on the following link.

Turner’s House

Turner spent some time in Konstanz & Fontainebleau & painted both places.

Konstanz viewed from the Rhine by Turner                     Image courtesy of York Museums Trust

Twickenham StadiumA guided tour of Twickenham Stadium for our overseas visitors. Timing to be confirmed.








Whitton Park LTC
Members of Whitton Park LTC welcomed Jürgen Kern (on the right) from TC Konstanz in 2019

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:

Hampton Hill United Reformed Church

Overseas visitors will also be free to visit the local world famous sights such as Kew Gardens & Hampton Court Palace.

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

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.

Eel Pie Island

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

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The Konstanzer Fahnenschwinger will be parading through the streets of Richmond

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


York House sunken garden.                                                        Photo by Rodney Mantle

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:

Richmond Brass Brand

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.)

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“Polo” by Gwen Spencer of Richmond Art Society (in pastel)

3 p.m. A polo match between Ham Polo Club & their partner club in Fontainebleau in Petersham. 

Chris Cull
The European Youth Orchestra performing in Twickenham in 2017.

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.

Celebrating Friendship with France & Germany poster

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