Forthcoming Events


19th April.  6 p.m. Die Nacht der lebenden Bücher. Grenzerfahrung.

A carnival float in Germany.

Konstanz is hosting a living library during which 6 young adults will describe & discuss, in German, their border experiences. Eleri O’Connor from Richmond will be talking about the implications of the ending of free movement for young people in the UK. REA members are warmly invited to attend.

For further information please click on the following link.

Die Nacht der lebenden Bücher

One of the refurbished signs.

New Town Twinning Signs

April – May.  Seven new borough boundary town twinning signs are currently being installed in the following locations: Rugby Road & Hounslow Road, Whitton, London Road Twickenham, Oak Avenue & Lower Sunbury Road, Hampton and Queens Ride & Mill Hill Road, Barnes.

Sunday 9th May. 3 p.m. The mayor of Richmond, Geoff Acton, who is also one of the three patrons of REA, (alongside the mayors of Fontainebleau & Konstanz), will officially unveil the new sign in Mill Hill Road in Barnes on Europe Day.

Unfortunately owing to Covid 19 regulations only 6 people may attend this particular unveiling, but another unveiling in Hampton, when 30 members may attend, is being planned for after 17th May.

The pre-existing 15 signs have already been refurbished.

9th May.    Europe Day.   The 71st anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

Robert Schuman

On 9th May 1950 the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, proposed the creation of a European Coal & Steel Community in order to prevent another European war. Its founder members were France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg. Membership of this community gradually grew & it is now known as the European Union.

None of its member states has been at war with one another for 76 years & this peace is celebrated throughout Europe on 9th May each year.

For further information please click on the following links.

Schuman Declaration

Europe Day

Madame de la Tour du Pin

Friday 14th May. 7 p.m. (UK time)

“French Emigrés in Richmond after 1789.” The third in a series of online lectures by David King MA. If you would like to attend the lecture please write to

The first two lectures can been seen on the REA YouTube channel.

REA YouTube Channel

25th-27th June.  Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition at the Landmark Centre, Teddington.

RAS is twinned with Art Fontainebleau.

The last garden party in 2019. As always blessed with glorious weather.

3rd July. 12.30 p.m. REA Annual Garden Party in East Sheen. Further details to follow.

Napoleon III

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:

Napoleon III lecture

On a date yet to be determined David 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. For further information about the mausoleum please click on the following link.

Mausoleum Link

The mausoleum of Napoleon III


Das Europakonzil

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 “The Climate Emergency.”

As in 2017, Richmond will be sending a large delegation of young people to join those from Fontainebleau, Tabor, Lodi & Konstanz. Last time there were 100 young delegates from the five nations. English was 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

anjaFor further information please contact Anja Deschler

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