Twinned towns

Richmond is twinned with three towns:

  • Fontainebleau, France (1977)
  • Richmond, Virginia, USA (1980)
  • Konstanz, Germany (1983)

Want to get involved?

We want to hear about any ideas you have for events or projects involving our twin towns or other areas.

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Twinned towns and cultural links

We embrace our cultural links across the world and encourage our communities to take part in events with our twinned towns. Councillor Seymour is the Council's Twinning Champion, supporting twinning groups and events across the borough and beyond.

Richmond is formally twinned with three towns.

Fontainebleau, France

Richmond and Fontainebleau have been linked since 1977. Over this time, the two towns have celebrated their cultural link through various exchanges and sporting events, including a cycle ride from Fontainebleau to Twickenham to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their twinning, and to raise money for the local charity Street Invest.

Konstanz, Germany

Richmond's twinning with Germany has resulted in various ties, including links between local tennis clubs, a cycle ride between the two towns, and school exchanges. Konstanz is also twinned with Fountainebleau, creating deeper links between the three towns.

Richmond, Virginia, USA

Sharing a name has resulted in cross-Atlantic ties, including economic exchanges between the two towns. Both Richmonds also share history about Pocahontas which was celebrated with a commemoration to her.

Other cultural links

Beyond our formal twinning agreements, Richmond embraces its shared cultures and heritage with other parts of the world.

Belgium

East Twickenham became the home to 6000 Belgian refugees post-World War I. The refugees developed a strong community, which has been commemorated through a plaque placed in East Twickenham.

The Belgian Refugee Project is part of a programme of events across the country to mark the centenary of World War 1.

Chile

Bernardo O'Higgins, 1778-1842, General, Statesman and Liberator of Chile, lived and studied in the borough, creating a historical link with Richmond.

Richmond, Yorkshire

A member of Richmond's of the World, the town shares a link with Richmond upon Thames through their shared name. Henry VII named Richmond upon Thames after his favourite Earldom, Richmond in Yorkshire.

Barnes and Le Pecq

Richmond's village of Barnes is informally linked with Le Pecq in France. The two towns engage in various activities together.

Fontainebleau

Konstanz

Richmond, VA

Events

For further information on our shared culture and heritage events, take a look at Visit Richmond and Community News.

Please also visit the Richmond in Europe Association (REA) website. REA is a voluntary association which actively supports twinning projects with Richmond upon Thames and our European partners. Their website provides useful information about current twinning events and our shared heritage.

How to get involved

We are always willing to support projects involving our twin towns, or engagement with other areas.

Before beginning work, you should consider if your project is:

  1. Relevant
  2. Financially feasible
  3. Local
  4. Beneficial

Ensuring your project is relevant

We are interested in projects that build on activities and cultures already significant to Richmond.

Activities could include:

  • Linking sports teams, for example Rugby or Rowing
  • Developing links between schools or offering school trips
  • Penpalling
  • Linking businesses and commercial opportunities
  • Engaging with local charities

Ensuring your project is feasible

Twinning projects must be self-funded, which may be done through local fundraising, crowd funding, or by occasional grants available, such as the Civic Pride Fund.

You should also be able to work on your project independently, with support and guidance from us.

Ensuring your project is local

It is important that your twinning project engages with local stakeholders, whether it is residents, businesses or charities.  

Ensuring your project is beneficial

Your project must have a positive impact, with benefits for Richmond itself and for its twinning partner.

Benefits may include:

  • Raising money for charity
  • Developing economic ties between two companies
  • Learning a new language or culture
  • Developing an exchange programme where participants are exposed to a new language and have travel opportunities
  • Boosting confidence of residents involved

Contact

Please contact us with details about your proposed project. We will offer advice, and may be able to help put you in touch with relevant people.

Phone: 020 8831 6095
Email: elizabeth.kingdom@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 21 September 2017