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Notre Dame

notre dame

15th April 2019.  Our thoughts are with our friends in France following the terrible fire at the cathedral of Notre Dame. Thankfully the main structure of the building has been saved by the bravery of the firefighters & we hope that it will be possible, in time, to restore the cathedral to its former glory.

Hampton Court Palace

Lucy, Natasha & Alan
L-R. Natasha, Alan & Lucy


12th April 2019   REA chairman, Alan Mockford, met Lucy Hutchings, the head of Hampton Court Palace, and Natasha Downie, the Field of Cloth of Gold project manager, at the palace to discuss how the links between Richmond & Fontainebleau can be strengthened.

2020 will mark not only the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, but also the 60th anniversary of the twinning of Richmond, Konstanz & Fontainebleau. The potential for collaboration is enormous. More details to follow shortly.

Richmond Council confirms the date of the 60th Anniversary of the Twinning which is to take place in Richmond on 

27th & 28th June 2020

Fahnenschwinger der Niederburg - 2005 Einweihung Katamaran - 3
We look forward to seeing the Konstanzer Fahnenschwinger in Richmond in 2020

All partnered clubs, societies & associations are invited to participate. To register your interest please write to

For further details please click on the following link:

Chairman’s Letter to Twinned Groups

If your club or association does not yet have a partner in Fontainebleau or Konstanz and would like one please let us know & we shall do our best to oblige.

Chateau de Fontainebleau
Le Château de Fontainebleau (October 2018)

Cultural Trip to Fontainebleau   6th – 10th May 2019

This has now been rearranged so that members and their guests can make their own travel & accommodation arrangements. Once in Fontainebleau there will be, as previously planned, a guided tour of the château, trips to the artists’ village of Barbizon & another historic venue as well as a reception at the town hall. 

For further details please contact Carol Wain on 0208 892 5244 or at

L'etang aux carpes
L’étang aux carpes, Château de Fontainebleau  (October 2018)