Promoting sporting, cultural and educational links across Europe
19th April. 6 p.m. Die Nacht der lebenden Bücher. Grenzerfahrung.
Konstanz is hosting a living library during which 6 young adults will describe & discuss, in German, their border experiences. Eleri O’Connor from Richmond will be talking about the implications of the ending of free movement for young people in the UK. REA members are warmly invited to attend.
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April – May. Seven new borough boundary town twinning signs are currently being installed in the following locations: Rugby Road & Hounslow Road, Whitton, London Road Twickenham, Oak Avenue & Lower Sunbury Road, Hampton and Queens Ride & Mill Hill Road, Barnes.
Sunday 9th May. 3 p.m. The mayor of Richmond, Geoff Acton, who is also one of the three patrons of REA, (alongside the mayors of Fontainebleau & Konstanz), will officially unveil the new sign in Mill Hill Road in Barnes on Europe Day.
Unfortunately owing to Covid 19 regulations only 6 people may attend this particular unveiling, but another unveiling in Hampton, when 30 members may attend, is being planned for after 17th May.
The pre-existing 15 signs have already been refurbished.
9th May. Europe Day. The 71st anniversary of the Schuman Declaration
On 9th May 1950 the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, proposed the creation of a European Coal & Steel Community in order to prevent another European war. Its founder members were France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg. Membership of this community gradually grew & it is now known as the European Union.
None of its member states has been at war with one another for 76 years & this peace is celebrated throughout Europe on 9th May each year.
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On a date yet to be determined David will lead REA members on a guided tour of the Mausoleum of Napoleon III & Empress Eugenie in Farnborough. Tours usually take place at 3 p.m. on a Saturday, but the mausoleum is currently closed because of Covid 19. For further information about the mausoleum please click on the following link.
The next Europakonzil will take place in Konstanz. The Konzil promotes the benefits of European co-operation & the theme for the 2022 meeting is “The Climate Emergency.”
As in 2017, Richmond will be sending a large delegation of young people to join those from Fontainebleau, Tabor, Lodi & Konstanz. Last time there were 100 young delegates from the five nations. English was the lingua franca. So successful was the Konzil in 2017 that it was nominated for two awards in Germany & won prize money totalling €1250.