100th Anniversary of the Armistice in France
100 years ago Europe was at war. The British Expeditionary Force was based near Fontainebleau, which was not far from the front line in 1914.
The Great War, as it was known at the time, was soon followed by another world war in which further countless millions were slaughtered. Thankfully after this second world war the European nations decided to come together in peace & the foundations were laid for a European Union. Europe has now been at peace for 73 years & it is hard to imagine the horrors of war in the placid tranquility of the gardens of the Château de Fontainebleau.
From 9th-18th November REA members are invited to Fontainebleau for a week of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 & the subsequent reconciliation of European nations.
The programme of events is as follows:
Friday 9th November. (Evening) Concert & official opening of a WW1 exhibition.
Our partners in France are appealing for memorabilia from Richmond & we would like to contribute. Do you have any First World War letters, diaries, photos, posters etc. which could be sent in electronic form to France? If so, or if you would just like to attend the commemorations in France, please contact Helen Baker on 0208 891 0612
Saturday 10th November (Late afternoon) Musical performance by 300 students of the Conservatoire de Musique in the Place de la République.
Sunday 11th November. (Morning). Ceremony of remembrance & reconciliation at the Fontainebleau war memorial. The mayors of Fontainebleau & Konstanz will be in attendance along with councillor Penny Frost, who will be representing the mayor of Richmond. Helen Baker will be there on behalf of REA.
Trees will also be planted in honour of the twin towns.
Sunday 18th November. Closure of the exhibition.
REA members are also invited to the Penkridge Anglo-German Remembrance Day Association annual service of remembrance & reconciliation at the German War Cemetery, Cannock Chase at 12 noon on 11th November. The president of the British German Association & senior representatives of the German Embassy will be present. Afterwards there will be a reception hosted by the association.
If you would like to join the service please contact Keith Hender on 07813 659657/01543 578370 or email@example.com
Also on 11th November in Richmond there will be a programme of words & music marking 100 years since the end of the Great War in All Souls’ Church, Northcote Road at 4 p.m. For further details please click on the following link.
Wednesday 14th November REA Annual General Meeting. 7.30 p.m. The Winter Garden, York House, Twickenham.
The evening will begin with an illustrated presentation by REA vice-chair, Dr. Helen Baker, on Belgian Refugees in the Borough of Richmond. “Mussels with poison. How Belgian refugees transformed the borough during the First World War.”
The presentation will be followed by the formal business of the AGM before a wine & cheese buffet. (Non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided) Admission is free.
Thursday 22nd November 7 for 7.30 p.m. Churches Together in Ham & Petersham, in conjunction with local schools including die Deutsche Schule London, are presenting a concert of peace & reconciliation to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The concert will be held in the German School. Admission is free.
Friday 7th December 7 for 7.30 p.m. REA annual Christmas Dinner. This year we shall be dining at a French bistro. Chez Lindsay, 11, Hill Rise, Richmond. Further details to follow.
Fasnacht in Konstanz