Forthcoming Events

Host a Teacher from Germany


It’s not too late to apply for a qualified teacher from Germany for your primary or secondary school. The teacher, who will also be fluent in English, will support the teaching of German in your school or, if German is not currently taught, will introduce the children to the German language & culture. The teacher will work at your school for up to three weeks. The Host a Teacher from Germany scheme is totally free. The application process is very quick & simple, but the closing date for the forthcoming academic year is 21st September. For further details please  tel. 0208 890 0202 or click on the following links.

Host a Teacher from Germany

Further Information

Tuesday 21st August.  11 a.m. Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme Ceremony. (Beside Richmond Bridge). The Chilean independence leader, lived in Richmond from 1795-98. The ceremony takes place each year & members of the public are invited to attend. Former chairman, Rodney Mantle, will be representing REA. Representatives of the Chilean government will be present.

A previous ceremony

Anyone for Pétanque?

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Such was the success of the first “Introduction to Pétanque Session” on Palewell Common that a second one has been arranged for 11th September from 4 p.m.. The special terrain is situated in East Sheen at the junction of Vicarage Road & Hertford Avenue. (Postcode SW14 8RF). There is ample street parking. Tuition is free of charge & all equipment will be provided. Anyone of any age can play. To reserve your place please contact Len Griffiths on 0208  878 6865 or 07904 119521 or


Saturday 6th October. 7.30 p.m. Rodney Mantle will give a presentation on “China: Great & Small,” in the Attenborough Hall, East Twickenham Neighbourhood Association, (ETNA), 13, Rosslyn Road.

Photo courtesy of Rodney Mantle

We all have images of China in our heads: burgeoning skyscrapers, the one-child family policy, rural poverty & depopulation, a great culture & a long history, censorship, booming business & repression. This illustrated talk highlights the vastness & complexity of China, going well beyond what is found on the usual tourist routes. Rodney Mantle, current REA member & former REA chairman, worked in China for more than 9 years and has been back there many times since. He will share some of his insights & experiences with you.

Rodney Mantle giving a presentation to the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Hospitality Volunteers

To support Rodney, REA needs 5 volunteers to host the Chinese banquet for up to 50 guests: keeping dishes warm, serving food, arranging tables & chairs etc.

If you are available to help please could you contact Helen Baker on 0208 891 0612

The Arrival of the Hanoverians in Richmond

George I
George I

Monday 8th October. 8 p.m. Richmond Local History Society is hosting a talk by Susanne Groom on the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Royal Hanoverians in Richmond & Kew. Entrance free for RLHS members. £4 for non-members. For further details please click on the following link.

The Royal Hanoverians’ arrival in Richmond

Fontainebleau Forest Autumn Hike

13th-14th October   A maximum of 10 REA members has been invited to a hike in the Forêt de Fontainebleau along with representatives from Fontainebleau’s other twin towns. Trees will be planted in honour of each of the twin towns on 13th. This will be followed by a reception in the town hall. The hike will take place on Sunday 14th after which dinner will be provided for all the guests. Arrival & departure is at members’ discretion. For further details or to register your interest please contact Carol Wain on 0208 892 5244


Saturday 20th October.  People’s March for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. Central London.

For further information please click on the following link.

People’s March

It is likely that many REA members will be going as a group. If you would like to join this group please contact Helen Baker on 0208 891 0612 

People's vote
100,000 people joined REA members on the People’s Vote march in June 2018

Sunday 21st October. 10.30 a.m. WW1 Historic Richmond Walk in conjunction with Arts Richmond.  

Poems will be read aloud as we stop at local war memorials. We are meeting at the “By the River” cafe on the Twickenham side of Richmond bridge. The anticipated duration of the walk is about two & a half hours. Please wear your poppy. To register your interest or for further information please contact Carol Wain on 0208 892 5244   or

The war to end all wars.                                                                              Photo: Imperial War Museum

9th-18th November   REA members are invited to Fontainebleau for a week of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. 

kitchenerFriday 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, medals, ID cards etc. which you would be prepared to lend? If so, or if you would just like to attend the commemorations in France, please could you 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 war memorial. The mayors of Fontainebleau & Konstanz will be in attendance.

Sunday 18th November. Closure of the exhibition.


Wednesday 14th November   REA Annual General Meeting. 7.30 p.m. The Winter Garden, York House, Twickenham.

Europe Needs You
Some members at the 2017 AGM


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   REA annual Christmas Dinner. This year the theme will be French. Venue & further details to follow.


Fasnacht in Konstanz

Bernd und die Galeone
Former REA chairman, Bernd Steinlechner, often joins the parade.


28th February   REA members are invited, as always, to the annual week long Fasnacht celebrations in Konstanz. The craziest day, Schmotziger Donnerstag, is on 28th February. Further details to follow.

Trip to Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau

Monday 6th – Friday 10th May.    REA members are invited to join a 5 day trip to Fontainebleau in association with Arts Richmond. The tour by coach will include a rich variety of cultural activities & an official reception at the town hall.

Fontainebleau Château
Etang aux Carpes

Half board accommodation has been reserved at the Ibis hotel, which is within walking distance of the château.

Fresco of Diana reclining, Francis I Gallery, C16th Font. Chateau
Fresco of Diana         Château de Fontainebleau

The tour is being organised by Heritage Group Travel. The cost of the trip, including all admission prices, will be £780 per person (with £160 single supplement). The itinerary includes the château, the artists’ village of Barbizon, le Parc de Courances, artists’ studios & Milly la Forêt. A theatre trip may also be possible.

R L Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson’s house in Barbizon

For further details please click on the following link to a brochure.

Fontainebleau trip brochure

Please note that the last date for bookings is 29th October 2018. If you are interested in joining the tour please contact Carol Wain on 0208 892 5244 or write to

The booking form & conditions can be downloaded here.

Fontainebleau Trip booking form

fontainebleau trip conditions

Foreign Language Films

Watermans in Brentford screens films in both French & German. 

Watermans website

Richmond Film Society meets at the Exchange opposite Twickenham Station. Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Guests £6 or students £4.

The Exchange Cinema, 75, London Road, Twickenham

All films not in English are shown with subtitles.

16th October    “I Got Life”   French (2017)  

Aurore is an irreverent treatment of the theme of woman on the verge of menopause. Aurore is the mother of two daughters & separated from her happy-go-lucky if frazzled husband.

 Further details on:

Curzon Richmond also screens films in French & German with English sub-titles.

For further details please click on this link.