Kenilworth Twinning Association
History of the Twinning Association
The Kenilworth Twinning Association (originally known as the Kenilworth Friendship Association) was formed in 1982 when Kenilworth twinned with Bourg la Reine in France, then in 1994 it twinned with the German town of Eppstein. It is a non-political organisation and is not funded by the Town Council, although to maintain protocol on formal occasions, the Mayors of all three towns are involved. It is funded by membership subscriptions and the various social events held during the year. Visits to these towns are made & received every other year. These visits are self financed but as accommodation is provided with host families the only cost is transport there and back.
We are currently exploring establishing links with Karlskoga in Sweden and Roccalumera in Sicily on a friendship and economic base but talks are still in the early stages.
Several social events are organised throughout the year to which all members and friends are invited. This keeps people in touch between visits, since there are no routine meetings, other than the AGM.
There are also annual school exchanges between Bourg-la-Reine & Kenilworth School.
Kenilworth’s Twin Towns
BOURG LA REINE
At the beginning of the 1980’s Kenilworth was approached by Bourg la Reine about the possibility of twinning and in 1982 we officially became twin towns. Bourg la Reine is part of the Paris conurbation. The centre of Paris can be reached in 20 minutes by fast train so visits to Bourg la Reine almost always include a visit there as well as visits to one or other of the many attractions in the area such as the Chateaux of Versailles and Fontainebleau. Orly airport is also on the same line and is very near Bourg-la-Reine. The French hosts have become friends to most of the members and visits to and from there are made on an informal basis as well as the more formal planned ones.
More information can be found on: www.bourg-la-reine.fr
Eppstein nestles in the foothills of the Taunus Mountains and like Kenilworth it does have a ruined castle which is used for outdoor events when we visit. It is 25kms from Frankfurt for which it has become a commuter area, being linked by a direct rail service. It is also close to the spa town of Wiesbaden and the wine growing region of the Rhinegau. Trips to Eppstein are always very full and visitors are taken to see various castles and beauty spots within easy reach of the town.
The commune of Eppstein is hilly and is made up of five separate conurbations. Visits there are almost always made by air as coach journeys can be long and tiring. As with our French twin town the hosts have become friends with their guests and exchange visits are made outside official ones.
The people of Europart, the equivalent of the Kenilworth Twinning Association, are experts in obtaining grants from the EU to assist in visits from us.
More information can be found on: www.europart-eppstein.de