Forthcoming Events


60th Anniversary Art Exhibition in Konstanz

28th July – 13th August.  An exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the partnership between Konstanz & Fontainebleau will be held in the Bürgersaal in St. Stephansplatz, Konstanz. Work from artists from both countries will be exhibited.

REA Annual Garden Party

Saturday 31st July from 12.30 p.m.

The Deputy Mayor, cllr. Suzette Nicholson

Saturday 31st July. 12.30 p.m. The REA Annual Garden Party will be held as usual at 5, Longfield Drive, East Sheen. SW14 7AU

The guest of honour will be the deputy mayor, cllr. Suzette Nicholson.

A sumptuous buffet lunch will be provided al fresco by Brenda Morris and her team at 1.30 p.m. 

Cost £10 – payable on the day.

It’s a great opportunity to meet up with old friends & to get to know new members.

If you would like to attend please write to Carol Wain at

The Middlesex Yeomanry Concert Band

Sunday 5th September. 

Another magnificent new town twinning sign will be unveiled in Oak Avenue, Hampton.

This will be the 22nd of these signs which welcome visitors to Richmond.

From 3 p.m. the Middlesex Yeomanry Concert Band will perform a programme of French, German & English music before the unveiling ceremony takes place at approximately 4 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Unveiling of Third New Information Board

The third new information board.

Friday 10th September. 1.30 – 3 p.m. A third new information board about our twin towns of Fontainebleau & Konstanz will be unveiled by REA member Sarah Olney MP on the green outside East Sheen library. The mayor of Richmond, Cllr. Geoff Acton, will also be in attendance.

Sarah Olney (centre) with REA members at an annual garden party.

St. Margarets Elastic Band will play a selection of French, German & English music before the unveiling, which will take place at approximately 2.20 p.m. The band is twinned with Union Musicale de Fontainebleau. Everyone is invited to join the festivities.

An existing fingerpost sign on Richmond riverside.


A new fingerpost sign pointing to our twin towns will be unveiled outside the civic centre in Twickenham. St. Margarets Elastic Band will again provide the music. Further details will be published shortly.

St. Margarets Elastic Band

Climate Change Week

1st-8th November.  Lots of joint activities are being planned with our twin towns for climate change week, which co-incides with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) which is being hosted in Glasgow. Further details to follow shortly.

For information about COP26 please click on the following link.


Phemina Photo Festival in Fontainebleau

Le Château de Fontainebleau reflected in the l’étang aux carpes.

6th-14th November. A photography exhibition in Fontainebleau, on the theme of women, organised by the “Association Arts et Culture Solidaire”. Submissions are invited by 30th June from men & women photographers in all Fontainebleau’s twin towns, including Richmond. (Please note that the deadline for entries has been extended until 30th June).

For further details please click on the following links or write to

Information in English

Information in French

The Mayor, Geoff Acton, & his consort, Eileen McManus.

Monday 22nd November.  7.30 p.m. The 44th Annual General Meeting of the Richmond in Europe Association will take place in the Salon of York House, Twickenham. The Mayor of Richmond, councillor Geoff Acton, who is one of our three patrons, along with the mayors of Fontainebleau & Konstanz, will be the guest of honour.

The formal business of the meeting will be followed by a wine & cheese buffet. 

A Tour of Farnborough Abbey

On a date yet to be determined David King will lead REA members on a guided tour of the Mausoleum of Napoleon III & Empress Eugenie in Farnborough. Tours usually take place at 3 p.m. on a Saturday, but the mausoleum is currently closed because of Covid 19. 

Napoleon III

Napoleon III spent much of his childhood on the shores of Lake Constance, as Emperor he lived in his magnificent palace at Fontainebleau & he died in exile in England in 1873.

Members were treated to a fascinating online lecture on the life of Napoleon III by David King on 11th February which can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Online Lecture on Napoleon III

For further information about the mausoleum please click on the following link:


The mausoleum of Napoleon III


Das Europakonzil

Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz

Europakonzil der Konzilstadt
Delegates in 2017
Konstanzer Oberbürgermeister, Uli Burchardt (back row left), with some of the delegates from the 5 nations in 2017

25th-27th April 2022

The next Europakonzil will take place in Konstanz. The Konzil promotes the benefits of European co-operation & the theme for the 2022 meeting is “Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz.” (Together for climate protection).

As in 2017, Richmond will be sending youth delegates to join those of a similar age  from Fontainebleau, Tabor, Lodi & Konstanz. Last time there were 100 young delegates from the five nations. This time there will be 75, including 15 from Richmond. English will be the lingua franca. So successful was the Konzil in 2017 that it was nominated for two awards in Germany & won prize money totalling €1250.

The award winners with their cheque

Press Report

For further information please contact Slavica Stella

Foreign Language Films

Watermans in Brentford screens films in both French & German. 

Richmond Film Society meets at the Exchange opposite Twickenham Station. Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Tickets £5 (students £4)

The Exchange Cinema, 75, London Road, Twickenham

All films not in English are shown with subtitles.

Further details on:

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

For further details please click on this link.

Film Reviews

Please click on the following links for reviews of films seen by REA members. 

Villages, Visages (2017)  by Carol Wain