Henley is twinned with Falaise (France),Leichlingen (Germany) and Bled (Slovenia) and has a Friendship Link with Boroma in Somalia.
In 2021 the Falaise and Leichlingen twinning associations merged to form the Henley Falaise Leichlingen Twinning Association (HFLTA).
Twinning is fun - why not try it?
In Henley, the now combined association (HFLTA) runs regular social events: a Garden Party every summer, an Autumn Party and a regular film night showing French and German films. We have an annual dinner immediately after the AGM in February or March. Two categories of membership are available:
Individual/family - £10 per year
Corporate - £20 per year
If you would like to join, please contact the Membership Secretary, Susan Lines, email email@example.com. And if you would like to helprun the organisation please contact the Chair, Patrick Fleming, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 twinning relationship 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 along-standing relationship. Historically, our links with Leichlingen have had a strong focus on youth, especially in music and sport. Every October, AFC Henley’s U13 football team play the U13s from SC Leichlingen in Henley and reciprocate with a trip to SC Leichlingen‘s annual Easter football tournament the following year. Also in the autumn, until recently, young classical musiciansfrom both towns would meet for an intensive weekend of orchestral rehearsals, while jazz musicians from both towns would be tutored by professional jazz instrumentalists. At the end of the weekend there would be an orchestral concert, sometimes involving a choir, and a jazz evening, when the various groups would play a number of sets followed by a performance by their tutors.We look forward to reviving these relationships at some point in the future.
Prior to the merger with the Falaise twinning group, the then Henley Leichlingen Twinning Association and the Henley Club in Leichlingen began celebrating 40 years of twinning. The first partinvolved a trip to Leichlingen in August 2019, accompanied by Henley’s Mayor, Cllr Ken Arlett. The second part, a reciprocal visit from Leichlingen to Henley, was due to take place in2020, but Covid-19 forced its cancellation.