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We are very pleased to welcome a young visitor from Konstanz. Let him introduce himself.

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“My name is Julius Riehle & I’m 18 years old. I was born in Konstanz & I have a younger & older sister. When I was 9 years old my family moved to the neighbouring village of Tägerwilen in Switzerland. I have just completed my Abitur at the Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium in Konstanz.

When I was younger I played in a football club & today I really like to play the French horn in the school orchestra & to sing in the school choir.

I had 8 years of English lessons in school & now I am in Richmond, the twin town of Konstanz, because I want to deepen my language skills & to get to know the country.

Therefore I am working as a volunteer in the Museum of Richmond for 6 weeks. After that I plan to study Law at university.”

Julius is staying with local families & has received a warm welcome from REA members.

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Some REA members with Julius in East Sheen on 28th July.

Julius is looking forward to visiting all the local attractions. He has already been to Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Brentford Football Club & York House.

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Julius in the civic centre.

Julius likes the water. He has been sailing twice on the river & has steered an ex-police launch from Thames Ditton to Hampton.

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Julius will be in the Museum of Richmond from Tuesday to Saturday afternoons each week until the end of August. Please pop in and say, “Hallo.”

The New Host a Teacher from Germany Scheme


Applications are now open for the new Host a Teacher from Germany Scheme. If your primary or secondary school would like a qualified teacher from Germany to join your staff for up to three weeks to introduce the children to the German language & culture or to support the teaching of German within the school, at no cost to the school, please click on the following link.

Host a teacher from Germany

It sounds too good to be true, but it is true. The scheme is funded by the German government, as it provides opportunities for the professional development of teachers of English in Germany as well as  promoting the German language & culture abroad. As they say in Germany. “Es ist eine Win-Win-Situation.”

Please note that the closing date for applications is 20th September 2019.

Two REA Members elected to the European Parliament

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26th May 2019. Congratulations to REA members, Bill Newton-Dunn & Dinesh Dhamija, who were elected as members of the European Parliament. Both are passionate europhiles & have been members of our association for 2 years. 

Bill has invited REA members to visit the European Parliament in Brussels on 9th October, when the parliament will be in session.

A large group is going.



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

26th-28th June 2020

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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:

Further details

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.

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Le Château de Fontainebleau (October 2018)