Swanley is officially twinned with Verrieres-le-Buisson in France.
The Twinning Charter was signed in November 1985 following initial contacts made between individuals from the two towns some time earlier.
Since then it has developed to the point where up to 100 people, school children, families and individuals representing different organisations, visit their hosts each year.
The aims of the Swanley Twinning Association are to foster the links and friendships between Swanley and Verrieres-le-Buisson and to promote similar links with places in other countries.
It is a purely voluntary organisation though it does receive some financial assistance from Swanley Town Council.
It hopes to ensure that everybody with an interest in twinning, improving their language skills or international understanding, especially the young, has an opportunity to take part.
Swanley Twinning Association is a group of people from Swanley and the villages nearby who enjoy exploring France, the French way of life and of course, French cuisine and wine!
A key feature of this Anglo-French relationship is the annual exchange visit, usually on the first weekend in May, with each taking turn to host the other on alternate years.
There are many other less formal individual, group and family visits and exchanges going on nearly all year round.
Some members have planted a Swanley garden in Verrieres to commemorate the Millennium.
The Association is pleased to assist and promote other links of a cultural, educational or sporting nature and, in addition, opportunities exist for linking pen-pals, student exchanges and work experience placements.
Back home there is a busy social calender that includes a monthly ramble (never too arduous) usually followed by a Sunday pub lunch.
Members play petanque (boules) and darts, have barbecues and wine-tasting and enjoy outings, an annual dance or social and a Christmas dinner.
All members receive a quarterly newsletter and a copy of the annual report and accounts.
If you are interested in:
- Making new friends here and in our twin town
- Exchange visits with French families
- Social events
Chairman – Stephen Twaites
Secretary – Claire Barnes
Treasurer – Audrey Haynes
Hosting Secretary – Christine Hudson
Membership Secretary – Rod Sharman
Newsletter Editor – Stephen Twaites
Social Media – Rod Sharman
Committee Member – Sara Barnes
Town Council Liaison – John Barnes
Facebook page: Swanley & District Twinning Association