National Rejoin March
Saturday 10th September. 12 noon to 4.30 p.m. A National March on Parliament, starting from Hyde Park/Park Lane, to demand that the UK reapplies to join the EU to regain some of the benefits & privileges which have been lost.
12 noon. Assemble at Hyde Park
1 p.m. March begins
2.30 p.m. Arrive at Parliament Square
3 – 4.30 p.m. Rally at Parliament Square
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Poems for Ukraine
Friday 16th September. 7 p.m. Members are invited to the book launch of “Poems for Ukraine,” an anthology of poems by an international array of contributors, at the Willoughby Arms in Kingston.
All proceeds from the sale will be donated to British-Ukrainian Aid, a charity providing humanitarian & medical aid to Ukraine in addition to supporting Ukrainian refugee artists.
The cost of the book is £8.99 & it can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones or
For further information please click on the following link.
Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz
A Youth Cop26 to save the Planet
26th-28th September 2022
The Europakonzil, which comprises youth delegates from Konstanz & its twin towns of Richmond, Fontainebleau, Tabor (in the Czech Republic) & Lodi (in Italy), promotes the benefits of European co-operation. The next meeting will take place in Konstanz from 26th-28th September & the theme will be, “Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz.” (Together for climate protection).
Konstanz was the first town in Germany to declare a climate emergency in May 2019 & is one of the greenest towns in Germany.
The Europakonzil, which has been mainly funded by a grant from the European Union, is intended to generate ideas to address the climate emergency & share good practice.
15 youth delegates from each town have already been selected & they have been paired with a youth delegate from another country. English will be the lingua franca. Richmond’s youth delegates are from Teddington School, which has had an annual school exchange with the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule in Konstanz for many years.
Environmental experts from each of the 5 twin towns will also be invited, as will representatives from each of the town twinning associations. Richmond will be represented by an expert from local environmental charity, Habitats & Heritage, and REA.
The last meeting of the Europakonzil took place in 2017. So successful was the Konzil in 2017 that it was nominated for two awards in Germany & won prize money totalling €1250.
For a press report about the award winners in 2017 please click on the following link.
If you have any questions about the 2022 Europakonzil please contact Maximilian Hecht
School Exchange Resumed
5th-13th October. Pupils from the Ellenrieder Gymnasium in Konstanz will be visiting Lady Eleanor Holles & Hampton Schools for the English leg of their annual school exchange. It will be the first such visit since the pandemic.
A tour of Farnborough Abbey
Saturday 22nd October 2022
Napoleon III, the last Emperor of the French, died in exile in England & his body lies in the Imperial crypt of St. Michael’s Abbey Farnborough. On the afternoon of Saturday 22nd David King will lead a tour of the abbey for REA members.
Napoleon had very strong connections with both Fontainebleau & Konstanz. As Emperor, he refurbished his favourite palace at Fontainebleau & he spent his childhood at Arenenberg on the shores of Lake Constance, overlooking the town of Konstanz itself. It was said that, as a consequence, he spoke French with a slight German accent.
If you missed David King’s lecture on Napoleon III you can view a recording on the REA YouTube channel by clicking on the following link.
End of October/early November. The next Phemina exhibition in Fontainebleau featuring works by artists from Richmond, Konstanz, Lodi, Sintra, Angkor (in Cambodia) & Fontainebleau. Further details to follow.
Tuesday 15th November. 7.30 p.m. The Richmond in Europe Association AGM will be held in the Salon of York House.
REA members are invited, as always, to the Fasnacht celebrations in Konstanz.
This year Schmotizer Dunnschtig is on 16th February.