Forthcoming Events


A Picnic in the Park

Europhiles marching through London before the pandemic.

Saturday 22nd May.  REA members & friends are invited to a European themed picnic in Wimbledon Park at midday. This will be a welcome opportunity for Europhiles to meet & get to know one another in a pleasant & relaxed setting. 

For further information please click on the following link:

European Picnic

Monday 7th June. 6 p.m. (UK time)  A webinar with Sandro Gozi, the former Italian minister of European affairs, hosted by ARCIF in Fontainebleau.

25th-27th June.  Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition at the Landmark Centre, Teddington.

RAS is twinned with Art Fontainebleau.

The last garden party in 2019. As always blessed with glorious weather.

3rd July. 12.30 p.m. REA Annual Garden Party in East Sheen. Further details to follow.

18th July.  3 p.m.  The new town twinning sign in Oak Avenue, Hampton will be officially unveiled by local councillor and REA member, Avril Coelho. Members are invited to the ceremony & the Middlesex Yeomanry Band will perform a variety of English, French & German music.

Altogether now there are 22 of these magnificent signs, which greet you as you enter the borough.

The Middlesex Yeomanry Concert Band

Napoleon III

Napoleon III

Napoleon III spent much of his childhood on the shores of Lake Constance, as Emperor he lived in his magnificent palace at Fontainebleau & he died in exile in England in 1873.

Members were treated to a fascinating online lecture on the life of Napoleon III by David King on 11th February which can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Napoleon III lecture

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.

Mausoleum Link

The mausoleum of Napoleon III


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