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 an equivalent school in Heusenstamm.
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 is with sadness that we report the death of Anna Adams, at the age of 93 years, on 13th May. Anna, with her husband Peter, worked tirelessly in the early 1980s to promote reconciliation and friendship between the people of Tonbridge and Heusenstamm, and they were instrumental in the formation of the Friendship Circle in 1984. That the Circle is still flourishing and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the official twinning link this year, is a tribute to their hard work and enthusiasm.
All HFC Members are invited to join the group going to East Anglia, for dinner at the Vauxhall Inn on the 12th of June. For more details, please click here.