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A Visitor from Konstanz

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Michael Jack with REA chairman, Alan Mockford, on Richmond Hill


The president of Konstanz Tennis Club, Michael Jack, paid a flying visit to Richmond on 18th-19th June. Konstanz tennis club is twinned with St. Mary’s Tennis club.

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Christian Nitschke with Michael Jack

Michael also bumped into Christian Nitschke, the head of the German school in Petersham, while admiring the famous view from Richmond Hill. Michael is currently cycling back to Konstanz. We wish him a safe journey.

 Guildford Twinning Association


REA is pleased to announce that it has formed links with the Guildford Twinning Association. Guildford is twinned with Freiburg, which is also in Baden-Württemberg & not too far from Konstanz. For more information about the Guildford Twinning Association please click on the following link.

Guildford Twinning Association

German Speaker Sought

The German School in Petersham has a vacancy for a German speaking learning support assistant in its pre-school section. For further details please click on the following link:

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Saturday 23rd June. 12 noon – 4 p.m. A march from Pall Mall to Parliament Square for a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal. Many members have expressed interest in joining this march.

For further details please click on the following link.

People’s Vote

If you would like to travel to London with other REA members please contact Helen Baker on 0208 891 0612. 

The REA group is meeting in the foyer of Richmond station at 11.15 a.m. Please bring a packed lunch, water, mac, flag, poster etc. Please wear blue & yellow.

12.15 p.m. Assemble in Park Lane (Hyde Park end)

12.30 p.m. March begins. Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square. (There are public toilets near Parliament Square, opposite Westminster Abbey)

2 p.m. approx. Parliament Square Activities. Speakers include Vince Cable, Anna Soubry, Caroline Lucas & David Lammy.

4 p.m. approx. Finish Some marchers congregate in The Feathers Pub, 18-20 Broadway. SW1H OBH


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Some of the guests at the 2017 garden party

Saturday 30th June    The Annual REA Garden Party hosted by Brenda Morris at 5, Longfield Drive, East Sheen SW14 7AU from 12 noon until 3 p.m.

Lunch will be served at 12.30 p.m. Cost £10 – payable on the day. Please bring your own drinks. It’s always a wonderful event & a great opportunity to meet new members. Please reserve your place by calling 0208 890 0202.

Twickenham Green Fair earlier this year.  Photo: Rodney Mantle

Saturday 7th July  St. Margarets Fair. Moormead Road. 12 noon to 5 p.m. REA will be running a stall to promote the twin towns and the opportunities they afford. If you can help please contact Marina Tuffier on 0208 274 2364.


Len Griffiths will also be demonstrating how to play pétanque & inviting passers by to have a go. St. Margarets Elastic Band will be providing the music.

Elastic Band

The Mayors
Frédéric Valletoux in Richmond in October 2017

9th – 11th July  The mayor of Fontainebleau, Frédéric Valletoux, will be leading a 14 strong delegation to Konstanz.

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.

Rodney Mantle giving a presentation at the German School, Petersham, in 2017

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.

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George I

Monday 8th October. 8 p.m. Richmond Local History Society is hosting a talk by Susan 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

Europe Needs You
Some members at the 2017 AGM

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


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, who will be producing a detailed brochure shortly. 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.

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s house in Barbizon

If you are interested in joining the tour please contact Carol Wain on 0208 892 5244 or write to

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.

Further details on:


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

For further details please click on this link.