Our twinning links
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 (France) is a town of around 30,000 residents located in the Val de Marne, approximately 9 miles southeast of Paris. Its close proximity to Paris and its location on the Rivers Seine and Yerne has meant that the town's growth has been associated largely with transport - originally shipping and roads, and then 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 (Germany) situated approximately 6 miles 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.
Temple Terrace (USA) 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 "Sister City" relationship.
Following Vladimir Putin’s deplorable decision to invade Ukraine, Eastleigh Borough, through the civic office of the Mayor and the Borough’s Twinning Association, is suspending its friendship link with the Russian town of Kimry.
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.
Eastleigh Borough Twinning Association
The links between the three European towns have not only been between the Councils. Local schools and community groups, 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 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Chairman) or email@example.com (Secretary).