Forthcoming Events

100th Anniversary of the Armistice in France

L'etang aux carpes2
The current placid tranquility of l’etang aux carpes, Fontainebleau

100 years ago Europe was at war. The British Expeditionary Force was based near Fontainebleau, which was not far from the front line in 1914. 


The Great War, as it was known at the time, was soon followed by another world war in which further countless millions were slaughtered. Thankfully after this second world war the European nations decided to come together in peace & the foundations were laid for a European Union. Europe has now been at peace for 73 years & it is hard to imagine the horrors of war in the placid tranquility of the gardens of the Château de Fontainebleau.

From 9th-18th November   REA members are invited to Fontainebleau for a week of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 & the subsequent reconciliation of European nations.

The programme of events is as follows:

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 etc. which could be sent in electronic form to France? If so, or if you would just like to attend the commemorations in France, please 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 Fontainebleau war memorial. The mayors of Fontainebleau & Konstanz will be in attendance along with councillor Penny Frost, who will be representing the mayor of Richmond. Helen Baker will be there on behalf of REA.

Trees will also be planted in honour of the twin towns.

Sunday 18th November. Closure of the exhibition.


REA members are also invited to the Penkridge Anglo-German Remembrance Day Association annual service of remembrance & reconciliation  at the German War Cemetery, Cannock Chase at 12 noon on 11th November. The president of the British German Association & senior representatives of the German Embassy will be present. Afterwards there will be a reception hosted by the association.

If you would like to join the service please contact Keith Hender on 07813 659657/01543 578370 or

German war cemetery
The German war cemetery, Cannock Chase.

Also on 11th November in Richmond there will be a programme of words & music marking 100 years since the end of the Great War in All Souls’ Church, Northcote Road at 4 p.m. For further details please click on the following link.

The Great Silence

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

East Twickenham during WW1

The evening will begin with an illustrated presentation by REA vice-chair, Dr. Helen Baker, on Belgian Refugees in the Borough of Richmond. “Mussels with poison. How Belgian refugees transformed the borough during the First World War.” 

The presentation will be followed by the formal business of the AGM before a wine & cheese buffet. (Non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided) Admission is free.

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.


tricolorFriday 7th December   7 for 7.30 p.m. REA annual Christmas Dinner. This year we shall be dining at a French bistro. Chez Lindsay, 11, Hill Rise, Richmond. 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.

Cultural Visit 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. 

24th-26th October. You may be interested in the following French puppet show for children aged 3-10 years old.

The Musicians of Bremen

For further information please see the Watermans website.

Watermans website

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.

9th January 2019   “Happy End” French (2017)

The patriarch of the affluent Laurent family shares his Calais manor house with his son & daughter. When his son’s teenage daughter, Eve, comes to stay the fates of the dysfunctional Laurents become entangled.

5th March 2019    “In the Fade” German (2017)

When a terrorist outrage brings tragedy to Katja and the perpetrators go free, despite the evidence against them, she decides justice can be served through other means. (A multi-award winning film.)

2nd April 2019    “Faces, Places”  French (2017)

Filmmaker Agnes Varda joins forces with JR, a street artist & photographer, to roam the French countryside in his van. No ordinary van, it contains a camera capable of producing extraordinary photos to the delight and surprise of those who venture inside it.

 Further details on:

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

For further details please click on this link.