Henley on Thames is Twinned with Falaise, Leichlingen and Bled

We have also established a Friendship Link with Boroma in Somalia

Henley Falaise Leichlingen Twinning Association (HFLTA)

Recently, the Falaise and Leichlingen twinning associations merged to form the Henley Falaise Leichlingen Twinning Association (HFLTA). We will update this page with more information about HLFTA as soon as it becomes available.  

Henley Town Council - white cliff and arch on the coast of FALAISE (in Normandy, France)

FALAISE (in Normandy, France)

The Twinning link was inaugurated on 17 November 1973 to provide and foster friendship between the people of Henley and District and those of Falaise.

Every other year, usually in May, the HFTA organizes a visit to Falaise and our Falaise friends visit Henley in the intervening years. Transport is by coach and ferry and accommodation is with the local hosts. On a typical weekend visit to Falaise, our hosts arrange group outings, for example, to a cider-making farm or to a local chateau. During their 2016 visit, the Henley guests were treated to a visit of Monet’s Gardens in Giverny. The HFTA also assists other Henley organisations in cultural and sporting visits to Falaise.

Past exchanges have included the Henley Symphony Orchestra, the Henley Firemen, the Henley Operatic and Dramatic Society, the Henley Boys’ Football Club, the Henley and Goring Ramblers and Gillotts School. Recently, runners came from Falaise to compete in the Henley Half Marathon and the Falaise choir joined with Henley’s choirs and the Henley Symphony Orchestra to perform in a magnificent summer concert. When our French friends come to Henley, they stay with HFTA members and group visits are arranged to places of interest locally and in London. The highlight of their visit is a dinner, usually with lively entertainment provided. During the rest of the year, Henley-based HFTA activities include the showing of French films, talks on some aspects of French life, petanque competitions, an Autumn garden party and an AGM with dinner.

 For further information please contact:

Annual subscriptions are £5 for individuals and £10 for couples or families
For more information please contact Denis McCoy (Chairman)
Tel: 01491 575506
Email:  denisno7@talktalk.net

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LEICHLINGEN (Near Cologne in Germany)

The town’s first steps towards twinning were taken in 1976 with an exchange between Gillotts School and Leichlingen Gymnasium. By 1979, more formal links had been established and the Henley Leichlingen Twinning Association (HLTA) was officially created; our partner group in Leichlingen is the Henley Club.

Visitors in both directions usually stay with families, and many firm friendships have developed. Both organisations enjoy the support of their respective Town Councils.Through twinning we aim to develop long-lasting links between Henley and Leichlingen.

An annual general exchange helps consolidate existing relationships and stimulate new ones, while various other exchanges take place between different interest groups, some going back many years. Relationships have moved in various directions, including house swaps and an Anglo-German jazz quartet, known as the Temporal Twins.  There have also been occasional exchanges between the Leichlinger Kantorei and the Henley Choral Society, while the medieval wind instrument group in Leichlingen used to visit us from time to time.

The Henley Symphony Orchestra has given concerts in Leichlingen and the swimming clubs from both towns continue to enjoy a long-standing twinning relationship.  We have a strong focus on youth, especially in music and sport. AFC Henley’s U13 football team play the U13s from SC Leichlingen every October in Henley and reciprocate with a trip to SC Leichlingen‘s annual Easter football tournament.  Also in the autumn, alternating between Henley and Leichlingen, young musicians from both towns meet for a weekend of rehearsals, culminating in a public concert, often involving a choir.

For further information contact:

Two categories of membership are available: individual/family (£10 p.a.) or group (£20 p.a.).

If you would like to join or volunteer on the committee, please contact Patrick Fleming

Tel: 07733 026906
Email: flemings5@googlemail.com

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Henley Town Council - LEICHLINGEN (Near Cologne in Germany)
Henley Town Council - LEICHLINGEN (Near Cologne in Germany)
Henley Town Council - Boroma city in Somalia

Bled (in Slovenia)
Boroma ( Somalia, East Africa)


On 22nd April 2013 Henley was twinned with Bled, Slovenia in order to foster friendship, partnerships and links with one of Europe's most important rowing towns.


The Henley-Boroma Friendship Association was founded in 1981 by Brigadier Malcolm Page MBE (1926-2021). The association established a friendship link with Boroma, a small municipality in Somalia, East Africa.

You can read more about Brigadier Page, a much-loved resident of Henley on the Henley Standard and Henley Herald websites.