Forthcoming Events

Napoleon III

Napoleon III

Thursday 10th December at 7.30 p.m. members will be treated to an on-line lecture on Napoleon III by David King M.A., Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, Officier de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres, prior to a visit to Napoleon’s magnificent mausoleum in Farnborough next year.

Napoleon II’s childhood home at Arenenberg.

Napoleon spent much of his childhood in Arenenberg, on the shores of Lake Constance, and of course lived in the château de Fontainebleau when he became emperor.

To receive a free invitation to the on-line lecture please write to

Le château de Fontainebleau

Monday 14th December. 5.30-7.30 p.m. Mieux connaître votre ville jumelle: Fontainebleau.

REA members are invited to get to know the Bellifontains & find out more about their beautiful town & its traditions in an on-line exchange on Zoom hosted by ARCIF, our counterparts in Fontainebleau. To register for this free event please write to

For further information please click on the following link.

Further Information – Zoom Exchange

L’etang aux carpes


The last AGM was held in the Salon of York House.

Wednesday 27th January.  7.30 p.m. The 43rd REA Annual General Meeting will take place on Zoom. 

The Mausoleum of Napoleon III & Empress Eugenie

Date to be determined. 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 official poster for the reaffirmation which had been due to take place in 2020. Designed by Selim Bener aged 11.

September 2021. (Date to be confirmed)

It is hoped that the reaffirmation of the twinning, which had been scheduled to take place in Richmond in June 2020, but which had to  be postponed because of the coronavirus, will now take place in September 2021.

We hope that the situation will be much better next year, but if foreign travel restrictions are still in force the reaffirmation ceremony will be streamed live to Fontainebleau & Konstanz


Das Europakonzil

Europakonzil der Konzilstadt
Delegates in 2017
Konstanzer Oberbürgermeister, Uli Burchardt (back row left), with some of the delegates from the 5 nations in 2017

25th-27th April 2022

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.

The award winners with their cheque

Press Report

anjaFor further information please contact Anja Deschler

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.

Further details on:

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