Das Konstanzer Europakonzil
We have just received this report from Lisa Schommer in Konstanz.
“From 2nd-6th November 2017 the young ambassadors & delegates from Fontainebleau, Tabor, Konstanz & Richmond will be discussing the future of Europe. The focus is on how to enthuse young adults about town twinning. What new formats & projects do the participants want for the future? What networks, especially for young Europeans, can be constructed & how can they be kept alive & productive? Experts from the fields of business, administration & politics will provide professional input. On 5th November there will be a presentation & the award of the Konstanzer Konzilpreis.
The town of Konstanz is organising the event & providing host families for the delegates. The Richmond in Europe Association & St. Mary’s University support the project very much. e.g. By helping to recruit young ambassadors. Schools, twinning committees & local youth clubs in Fontainebleau, Tabor & Lodi promote Europakonzil too.
In May two young ambassadors from each twin town met in Konstanz for the first time in order to define the topics for the full council, to discuss project ideas & the further course of action. They decided that the following topics will be discussed:
The refugee crisis
Threats to Europe
Our lost generation
Trust in the media.”
Lisa Schommer, Konstanz. 22nd August 2017
Josephine Levedaq (left) & Hajna Nagy are the two French Ambassadors to the Konstanzer Europakonzil. They are, in fact, German, but are studying in Fontainebleau. They speak 3 languages and are excited to be part of the project because they think that Europe offers so many opportunities to young people. Josephine writes,” The Richmond in Europe Association sounds very interesting. We like the idea that a lot of English people are still very interested in Europe, even after Brexit, and find it very important.”
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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 the evening of Saturday 7th October. REA committee members will be there to welcome them.
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.
A exhibition of memorabilia from 40 years of twinning with Fontainebleau will be staged in Orleans House. This will be open to the public from about 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If any members of REA have memorabilia for the exhibition please could you let us know.
The official guests will be given an opportunity to visit the exhibition before being taken on a guided tour of Hampton Court Palace.
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.
Dukas Fanfare from La Peri
Mozart La Clemenza di Tito
Verdi Extracts from La Traviata & Rigoletto
Berlioz Hungarian March
Britten Soirée Musicale
Members of REA are invited to attend this special event. (Entrance is free).
Das Konstanzer Europakonzil Update
Jack Lewis & Omega Love met their fellow ambassadors from France, Italy, the Czech Republic & Germany in Konstanz in May to prepare the way for the 100 delegates who will be taking part in the full council from 2nd-6th November.
Jack said, ” The Pre-Council was an 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.
Flights have already been booked for our 20 delegates. They will be departing from Heathrow on 1st November & returning via Zürich airport on 7th.
The town of Konstanz is meeting all the travel & accommodation costs of the delegates. Incredibly a couple of vacancies remain. If you would like to take part in this exciting venture please write to
or telephone 0208 890 0202
For further information please see the brochure below.
Konstanz enjoys a stunning location on the border with Switzerland, overlooking Lake Constance.
16th – 23rd September 2017 Richmond Shakespeare Society is performing “Kindertransport” mainly in English, but partly in German at the Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham Riverside.
Saturday 30th September Violinist Pierre Frapier will be performing Schubert, Franck & Saint-Saëns at the Riverside Arts Theatre, Sunbury on Thames. 10.15 for an 11 a.m. start. Tickets available at the door. £10 including coffee & croissant. For further information please ring 01932 765498
Foreign Language Films
Watermans in Brentford is screening the following films:
22nd & 26th-28th September Back to Burgundy/Ce qui nous lie (2017)
23rd September French Impressions From the Land of the Moon (15) Mal de pierres Film talk at 1 p.m. Screening at 2.30 p.m.
A free spirited young woman is in a loveless marriage & falls in love with another man.
Richmond Film Society screens foreign language films at 8 p.m. in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House, St. Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4SX. Tickets. Guests £6 or students £4.
All films not in English are shown with subtitles.
The new season will start in September 2017. Details on: http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk/
13th March 2018 Outside the Law/Hors la Loi France (2010)
After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers & their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina: Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France & Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs & boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought & won.
10th April Toni Erdmann German-Austrian comedy-drama (2016)
A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard-working daughter by recreating an outrageous alter ego & posing as her CEO’s “life coach.”
26th January 2018 Richmond Adult & Community College will be screening Untouchable/Intouchables, a French comedy drama with English sub-titles.
A rich aristocrat & habitual thrill seeker becomes quadriplegic after a paragliding accident. Alone in the world & unable to care for himself, he employs a young Senegalese émigré as his carer. Despite their very different backgrounds & outlooks on life, the two men quickly form a strong bond, teaching each other important life lessons about acceptance, respect & the true meaning of friendship.
Curzon Richmond also screens films in French & German with English sub-titles.
7th-8th October. 40th anniversary celebrations of twinning between Richmond & Fontainebleau to be held in Richmond. Please see “Latest News” above for further details.
12th November. The annual Anglo-German Remembrance Day Service of Reconciliation will be held at the German War Cemetery, Cannock Chase at 12 noon followed by a reception at Haling Dene, Penkridge at 1.30 p.m. All are welcome.
The ecumenical service will be in English & German. For further details please contact
Keith Hender on 01543 578370 or 07813 659657
15th November. 7.30 p.m. Richmond in Europe Association AGM will be held in the Winter Garden, York House Twickenham.
The guest speaker will be Catherine Parry-Wingfield of Turner’s House Trust.
Prior to the formal business Eric Ruggier & partner will perform an Argentine tango.
Friday 8th December. REA Christmas Dinner
A Taste of Bavaria.
This will take place in the function room at Stein’s Bavarian Restaurant in Kingston starting at 7 p.m. Diners will pay their bills individually. A 3 course meal will cost about £26. Please keep this date free in your diary. If you would like to reserve your place please contact the event organiser.
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