Forthcoming Events


25th-27th June.  REA members are invited to the Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition at the Landmark Centre, Teddington. Richmond Art Society is twinned with Art Fontainebleau.

REA Annual Garden Party                Saturday 3rd July

The last garden party in 2019, which was, as always, blessed with glorious weather.


The Deputy Mayor, cllr. Suzette Nicholson

Saturday 3rd July. 12.30 p.m. The REA Annual Garden Party will be held as usual at 5, Longfield Drive, East Sheen. SW14 7AU

The guest of honour will be the deputy mayor, cllr. Suzette Nicholson.

A sumptuous buffet lunch will be provided al fresco by Brenda Morris and her team at 1.30 p.m. 

Cost £10 – payable on the day.

It’s a great opportunity to meet up with old friends & to get to know new members. To reserve your place please write to Carol Wain at

There will be a maximum of 30 people.

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

Climate Change Week

1st-8th November.  Lots of joint activities are being planned with our twin towns for climate change week, which co-incides with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) which is being hosted in Glasgow. Further details to follow shortly.

For information about COP26 please click on the following link.


Phemina Photo Festival in Fontainebleau

Le Château de Fontainebleau reflected in the l’étang aux carpes.

6th-14th November. A photography exhibition in Fontainebleau, on the theme of women, organised by the “Association Arts et Culture Solidaire”. Submissions are invited by 30th June from men & women photographers in all Fontainebleau’s twin towns, including Richmond. (Please note that the deadline for entries has been extended until 30th June).

For further details please click on the following links or write to

Information in English

Information in French

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 youth delegates to join those of a similar age  from Fontainebleau, Tabor, Lodi & Konstanz. Last time there were 100 young delegates from the five nations. This time there will be 75, including 15 from Richmond. English will be 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

For further information please contact Slavica Stella

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