The council works with twinning associations to link with communities in Europe through:
- pupil exchanges
- cultural and sporting events
- formal civic visits
Our twinned towns
With a population of 60,000 inhabitants, this town lies to the south-east of the Massif-Central. It is a little over 80 miles from Lyons. We twinned with this town in 1968.
We twinned with Heusenstamm in 1984. The town has a population of around 18,000 inhabitants and is 10 miles from Frankfurt, in the valley of the River Main.
Following the storm of 1987 the Friendship Circle in Heusenstamm presented a gift of 400 saplings. The gift included oak, lime, ash, hornbeam and wild cherry. From this, we created a 'Friendship Wood' in Haysden Park. This was a much appreciated gesture and shows how twinning can create strong community links.
The Heusenstamm Friendship Circle in Tonbridge brings together groups interested in twinning. It aims to:
- encourage people to take part in visits to Heusenstamm
- to receive visitors from Germany
- to help and advise those who wish to make private visits
- to help people to meet
See Heusenstamm Friendship Circle for more information.
Our other twinning links are:
- Moyeuvre-Grande, France - Snodland
- Rang-du-Fliers, France - Ditton
- Auchel, France - Malling
- L'Epine, France - Burnham
For further information on twinning in Tonbridge and Malling, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.