Henley on Thames is Twinned with Falaise and Leichlingen
Henley Town has also established a Friendship Links with Bled in Slovenia and Boroma in Somalia
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.
In the meantime, please find some further details about our relationships with Falaise, Leichlingen, Bled and Boroma.
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