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James Mallord William Turner

What is the connection between the Borough of Richmond, Konstanz & one of Britain’s finest painters?

J.M.W. Turner lived in a house he himself designed in the vicinity of Marble Hill park.


W. Havell c. 1814 pencil and brown wash Sandycombe Lodge
Sandycombe Lodge                                                                     ©Turner’s House Trust

Turner also spent a lot of time in Konstanz where he painted many famous landscapes.

Turner’s house in St. Margarets has been conserved by Turner’s House Trust & recently was re-opened to the public. 

Catherine Parry-Wingfield with Helen Baker
Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chairman of Turner’s House Trust, with Helen Baker outside Sandycombe Lodge

For further information please click on this link.

40th Anniversary Celebrations in Richmond

Arrangements for the 40th anniversary of the twinning with Fontainebleau have just been announced. Richmond will be hosting the celebrations to which delegations from Fontainebleau, Konstanz & Lodi have been invited.

There will be an official reception for our guests at Strawberry Hill on Saturday 7th October. REA committee members will be there to welcome them.

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Strawberry Hill

At 9.30 a.m on Sunday 8th October there will be a commemorative service at St. Mary’s Church, Twickenham to which everyone is invited.

This will be followed by an official unveiling by the mayors of Richmond & Fontainebleau of a commemorative plaque in the grounds of Orleans House. This again will be open to everyone to attend.

Finally at 7.30 p.m. there will be a concert in the Live Room at Twickenham rugby ground to celebrate 40 years of friendship between Richmond & Fontainebleau. The 60 strong European Youth Orchestra, which comprises musicians from Richmond, Fontainebleau, Konstanz & Lodi, will be performing a range of music from the four European countries.

Members of REA are invited to attend this special event. (Entrance is free).

Further details to follow.

Das Konstanzer Europakonzil Update

Only 2 places remain for this wonderful, all expenses paid, opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Konstanz & engage with 100 young delegates from France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany as well as the UK.

Our two young ambassadors, Jack Lewis & Omega Love, have just returned from the preliminary council in Konstanz. The full council is from 2nd-6th November & outward flights for our 20 delegates have already been booked for 1st November.

The International Youth Ambassadors with the topics they discussed.

Jack said, ” The Pre-Council was incredible opportunity to meet other young people with a passion for European unity in these difficult times.”

Jack & Omega contributed to a multi-lingual presentation on the harbour shore to the residents of Konstanz. Despite the rain the turn out was impressive. To see the presentation please click on the following link.

Ambassador presentation.                                             

If you would like to apply for one of the last places please write to 

or telephone 0208 890 0202

For further information please see below.

Das Konstanzer Europakonzil – 2nd-6th November 2017

Konstanz is hosting a European Youth Council in November this year. 80 delegates from France, the Czech Republic, Italy and Richmond have been invited to join their 20 German counterparts to discuss how the links between our towns can help to keep the people of Europe together in the current age of nationalism.  

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Our 2 youth ambassadors, Omega Love & Jack Lewis

Jack Lewis & Omega Love have been appointed as our ambassadors & have already attended the preliminary council in Konstanz. 

The full council is from 2nd – 6th November to which 20 delegates are invited from Richmond. The town of Konstanz is meeting the costs of all travel and accommodation. Anyone aged 18-26 living in the the borough of Richmond or neighbouring boroughs may apply to become a delegate by writing to

or telephoning 0208 890 0202

For further information please click on the following attachment.


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German delegates to the Europakonzil

Facebook link to German youth delegates.

Konstanz enjoys a stunning location on the border with Switzerland, overlooking Lake Constance.

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Sunset over Konstanz

Foreign Language Films

 Richmond Film Society screens foreign language films regularly in room G5, St. Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4SX. Tickets. Guests £6 or students £4.

The new season will start in September 2017. Details on:

Forthcoming Events

18th -20th August   Smugglers’ Bay Tennis tournament in Konstanz. For all standards aged 8 to 18. Entry is free for all those under 18. Accommodation for children & accompanying adults will be provided by Konstanz Tennis Club. For more information about the tournament please tel. 0208 890 0202

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For information about Konstanz Tennis club click on this link.

19th August.  12 noon. Annual REA Garden Party at Brenda Morris’ house, 5 Longfield Drive, East Sheen SW14 7AU. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting next to Richmond Park. With so many new young members it will also be the ideal occasion to to get to know one another.

The cost of the meal is £10 (payment on the day). Please bring your own liquid refreshment. Longfield Drive is off Christchurch Road, about 100 metres west of the church. There is ample free parking in Christchurch Road.

RSVP to Brenda please.


17th September.       Cycle Tour from Fontainebleau

A charity CYCLE TOUR from FONTAINEBLEAU to RICHMOND in SEPTEMBER, has been organised by STREETINVEST, a charity which supports street children around the world. It invites CYCLISTS to join a 5 day (4 night) tour from FONTAINEBLEAU. The coach departs from England (London/Richmond) on September 13th, with the cyclists returning to Orleans Gallery on Sunday September 17th for an official reception. REA will be there to welcome them.

For further information about the ride please click here.

7th-8th October.  40th anniversary celebrations of twinning between Richmond & Fontainebleau to be held in Richmond. Please see “Latest News” above for further details.

15th November.  7.30 p.m. Richmond in Europe Association AGM will be held in the Winter Garden, York House Twickenham.



 7th – 11th February.  REA members are invited by Herr Uli Burchardt, the Oberbürgermeister of Konstanz, to attend the annual Fasnacht celebrations. For further details please contact Alan on 0208 890 0202.

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Bernd Steinlechner mit Uli Berchardt, dem Konstanzer Oberbürgermeister in 2016