Forthcoming Events


The Misfortune of the English

Das Engländerdenkmal am Schauinsland

25th April-28th May. This well reviewed & thought provoking play set in 1930s Germany can be seen at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond.

For further details please click on the following link.

Further details.

The European Unity League

Tuesday 24th May.  7.30 p.m. Members are invited to a lecture on the European Unity League by Professor Ulrich Tiedal of University College London in the Old Town Hall in Richmond.

For further information place click on the following link:  

Further Information

Wanja Mary Sellars & Elena Knight star in the dark comedy Love me Tender.

Thursday 9th June.

A Film Gala Evening for Ukraine


The Exchange Cinema in Twickenham.

Three award winning short films will be shown to raise money for Ukraine:

Love me Tender (15+)

Final Curtain (15+)  A chilling thriller set in Dublin &

Bolt (15+) A Dublin band need to find a new sound & get it in a most unusual way.

Bar opens at 6.30 p.m. First screening at 7.15 p.m. All profits will go to the Prosperity/London Donations for Ukraine.

Tickets £14. For further details please click on the following link.

Box Office

REA Annual Garden Party

Saturday 11th June

Members pose for a group photo at the garden party in 2021

The annual garden party will be held at 5, Longfield Drive, East Sheen on Saturday 11th June from midday onwards. A delicious buffet lunch will be provided as usual. Cost £10 per person.

The garden party is one of the highlights of the social calendar & provides a relaxed opportunity to get to know other members. 

REA chairman, Alan Mockford, (left) with the head of the German School, Claudia Wolff-Lieser in March 2022.

Thursday 16th June. 5 – 6.30 p.m. A Modern Foreign Languages Evening to promote the learning of foreign languages & culture hosted by Orleans Park School in conjunction with the German School & supported by REA. (Further details to follow).

Friday 24th-Sunday 26th June. Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. This will include exhibits from artists from Fontainebleau. Madame Evelyne Wenzel, the President of ARCIF, will be the guest of honour.

Evelyne Wenzel (left) with Marie Mangeot of the friends of the Château de Fontainebleau.

Saturday 10th September. 12 noon – 4 p.m. National Rejoin March from Park Lane to Parliament Square.

Many REA members joined the People’s Vote marches in 2019

For further information please click on the following link:  

National Rejoin March

Das Europakonzil

Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz

26th-28th September 2022

The Europakonzil, which comprises youth delegates from Konstanz & its twin towns of Richmond, Fontainebleau, Tabor (in the Czech Republic) & Lodi (in Italy), promotes the benefits of European co-operation. The next meeting will take place in Konstanz from 26th-28th September & the theme will be, “Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz.” (Together for climate protection). 

Delegates in 2017
Oberbürgermeister Uli Burchardt with delegates & representatives of the twinned towns.

15 youth delegates from each town have already been selected & they are being paired with a youth delegate from another country. English will be the lingua franca.

Two decision makers, (senior council officials or councillors), from each of the 5 twin towns will also be invited, as will two representatives from each of the town twinning associations.

The last meeting  of the Europakonzil took place in 2017. So successful was the Konzil in 2017 that it was nominated for two awards in Germany & won prize money totalling €1250.

For a press report about the award winners in 2017 please click on the following link.

Press Report

The victorious team.

If you have any questions about the 2022 Europakonzil please contact Slavica Stella

A tour of Farnborough Abbey

Napoleon III, the last Emperor of the French, died in exile in England & his body lies in the Imperial crypt of St. Michael’s Abbey Farnborough. At a date to be confirmed in the spring, David King, will lead a tour of the abbey for REA members.

Napoleon had very strong connections with both Fontainebleau & Konstanz. As Emperor, he refurbished his favourite palace at Fontainebleau & he spent his childhood at Arenenberg on the shores of Lake Constance, overlooking the town of Konstanz itself. It was said that, as a consequence, he spoke French with a slight German accent.

The villa at Arenenberg where Napoleon spent his youth.

If you missed David King’s lecture on Napoleon III you can view a recording on the REA YouTube channel by clicking on the following link.

REA YouTube Channel.

Foreign Language Films

Watermans in Brentford screens films in both French & German. 

Richmond Film Society meets at the Exchange opposite Twickenham Station. Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Tickets £5 (students £4)

The Exchange Cinema, 75, London Road, Twickenham

All films not in English are shown with subtitles.

Curzon Richmond also screens films in French & German with English sub-titles.

For further details please click on this link.

Film Reviews

Please click on the following links for reviews of films seen by REA members. 

Villages, Visages (2017)  by Carol Wain