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Twin Towns & Twinning Association
The Borough of Eastleigh is officially twinned with two European
towns, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in France and Kornwestheim in
Germany, in an unusual tripartite link.
Villeneuve-Saint-Georges is a
town with a population of about 30,000, in the Val de Marne,
approximately 13 kilometres south of Paris. Its close
proximity to Paris and its location at the confluence of the Rivers
Seine and Yerne has meant that the town's growth has been
associated largely with transport - originally shipping and roads,
and more recently the railway. It is now the site of one of
the largest and most modern railway marshalling yards in Europe and
the majority of its inhabitants earn their living directly or
indirectly from the railway.
It was because of its similar social and economic features that
the first approaches were made by Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in 1961
for a "twinnage" with Eastleigh. After several meetings and
school exchanges twinning charters were signed in Eastleigh in
August 1963 and Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in February 1964.
Kornwestheim, situated approximately 10 kilometres north of
Stuttgart, also has a population of about 30,000. For
hundreds of years Kornwestheim was considered the "grain silo" of
its region and indeed its coat of arms is a sheaf of
corn. Like Eastleigh it has good road and rail
connections and with extensive open spaces is a popular residential
area. The town prides itself on its cultural and recreational
facilities which provide a variety of leisure, entertainment and
sporting opportunities for residents and visitors.
Kornwestheim twinned with Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in 1960 and
the tripartite links were formed when the German town and Eastleigh
completed a formal treaty of friendship in April and May 1978.
European Flag of Honour
In 1983, to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of twinning
with Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, Eastleigh was awarded the European
Flag of Honour by the Council of Europe. The Flag recognises
the Borough's efforts in promoting European relationships, and was
officially presented to the Council by a representative of the
Commission at a special ceremony in the Town Hall Centre on the 18
In 1989 a new link was established with a town in the United
States. The City of Temple Terrace, close to Tampa in
Florida, and Eastleigh agreed to set up a "SisterCity"
relationship. Ten years earlier a "Bond of Friendship" was
set up by the Eastleigh/Temple Terrace Youth Football Exchange
and the links between the two towns have grown since then.
Eastleigh Borough Twinning Association
The links between the three European towns have not only been
between the Councils. All sorts of groups, sporting,
cultural, schools, as well as individuals have been active in
building the relationship. Eastleigh Borough Twinning
Association was set up to promote the twinning links, and help make
contact with interested parties. For more
information contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a friendship link with Kimry in Russia.
Ки́мры), formerly Kimra, is a town in the south of Tver Oblast,
Russia, located on the Volga River, at its confluence with the
Kimrka River, 133 kilometers (83 mi) to the east of Tver.
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