Richmond upon Thames has been twinned with Richmond, Virginia, USA, since 1980, with Konstanz in Germany since 1983 and with Fontainebleau in France since 1977.
1. Maintain the twinning relationships at both official and informal level.
2. Keep up-to-date information about the twin towns and their activities.
3. Help put local groups and organisations in touch with their counterparts.
4. Encourage social, educational, cultural and business links.
For further information contact:
Helen Evans - Chairman
10 Cardigan Mansions
19 Richmond Hill
RICHMOND IN EUROPE ASSOCIATION
As well as the local authority, The Richmond in Europe Association (REA) is very much involved in twinning. REA is a voluntary non-political organization which promotes the concept of "twinning" under the Treaty of Maastricht.
This involves travel, discussion, promotion of commercial interests of the borough, promotion of sport and cultural links, and the introduction of other organizations to a shared European heritage. The organization has a number of events, visits, parties and receptions throughout the year.
The historic and charming town of Fontainebleau lies to the southeast of Paris, surrounded by one of the largest and most beautiful national forests in France.
The main reason for the growth of the town of Fontainebleau was the existence of the Royal Palace and, consequently, the town has a grand air with immense historic interest. The town is also an academic centre of international renown, as well as being host to major show jumping and racing events.
99 rue de France
Konstanz is superbly located, nestling between the River Rhine and Lake Konstanz and overlooked by the Swiss mountains.
The lake is a major attraction and includes the island of Mainau which is internationally famous for its tropical plants, gardens and collection of rare trees.
The Twinning Officer for Konstanz is:-
Herr Claus-Dieter Hirt
Tel: (0049) 7531 900 226
Fax: (0049) 7531 900 383
The twinning organisation is Freunde fur Richmond