The Falaise and Leichlingen Twinning Associations have decided to join together and amalgamate into a new organisation Henley Falaise Leichlingen Twinning Association to better secure the future strength and prosperity of Twinning in the town.
The charters of “Town Twinning” were signed and exchanged in Henley in November 1973 and in Falaise in June 1974. The town of Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror, is an attractive, old and remarkably self-contained town set in the Normandy countryside. Despite terrible damage in the Second World War, the reconstruction of the centre harmonises with the ancient buildings (including the castle and much of the town walls) which survived the turmoil.
First steps towards twinning with Leichlingen occurred in 1976 with an exchange between Gillotts School and Leichlingen Gymnasium, followed in 1979 by the formal creation of Henley Leichlingen Twinning Association (HLTA). The town of Leichlingen lies in a fruit and flower-growing region by the river Wupper in the Rhineland, not far from Cologne and Dusseldorf. Leichlingen’s famous blossoms have earned the town the nickname of Blutenstadt (Blossom Town).
Chair of the Association Patrick Fleming said, “I am really pleased that the merger is already working well. We have a strong team on the committee and that is helping to guide us through these difficult times. We have missed two years of twinning exchanges including the 40th anniversary celebration with Leichlingen. We are now planning for two exchanges in 2022, when we welcome a group from Leichlingen and travel to Falaise.”
The new association are hosting a celebratory lunch to mark the creation of the new joint association on Saturday 24 July at Harpsden Village Hall. New members are invited to attend and should email email@example.com