aims to bring together those who are interested in twinning, to encourage people to take part in visits to Heusenstamm and to receive visitors from Germany: to help and advise those who wish to make private visits, and to meet socially.
Tonbridge & Malling has been twinned with Heusenstamm since 1984 and there are established links between many local groups with their opposite number in Heusenstamm, among them the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Oast Theatre Club, Old Juddian Rugby Club, Table Tennis Club, and the Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Concert Band.
Annual exchanges are also made by boys from the Judd School and, until recently, by girls from Tonbridge Grammar School. Exchanges have also taken place between the Hayesbrook School and the Realschule.
It is hoped the schools links will be extended in the near future to include Slade Primary School and the Matthias-Claudius-Schule.
Regular visits are made to enjoy music, sports, drama and other joint activities. On such occasions visitors stay in the homes of their hosts, and many enduring friendships have been made in this way.
It has been a very busy summer, with a schools’ exchange, joint holiday to East Anglia, daytrip to Bateman’s, the Torbau celebrations in Heusenstamm, culminating in the 30th anniversary of twinning. Reports of all these events can be found on the Events Page.
Preparations are in hand for the Nikolausabend social evening on 28th November, and the Nikolausmarkt in Heusenstamm (6th - 7th December).