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.
Autumn has truly arrived, so please click here for details of the traditional Nikolausabend on Friday 28 November. Bookings need to be in by 21 November.
This will be followed the next weekend by the Nikolausmarkt in Heusenstamm (6 and 7 December). For more details of this always special weekend, please click here.
A series of lectures on Germany entitled ‘Memories of a Nation’ has been broadcast daily on BBC Radio 4 by the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor. They have been enjoyed by many people, and are well worth catching on i-player if you have missed them. There is an accompanying exhibition at the British Museum and a book, published by Allen Lane, which is available from all the usual outlets.