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

Le Puy-en-Velay

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.

Find Puy-en-Velay on Google maps.


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.

Find Heusenstamm on Google maps.

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: 

For further information on twinning in Tonbridge and Malling, contact