Town twinning

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We are twinned with several towns.

Exchanges are often organised by the friendship association for each town, or by schools or voluntary organisations.

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions can provide further information on Town Twinning in Europe and potential funding opportunities.

Grants and the Town Twinning Strategy

We can award grants towards the cost of town twinning exchanges for incoming and outgoing visits. Grants are normally given to organisations, clubs or groups, rather than to individuals.

For further information on town twinning or grants please contact us:

Civic Officer , St Albans District Council
Civic Centre , St Peter's Street , St Albans
Telephone : 01727 819544
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Alzey, Germany Alzey, Germany

Alzey is the German twin town of Harpenden. It is a small bustling market town not far from Mainz in the middle of the Rheinhessen wine-producing area.

Boissy and St Yon, France crest Boissy and St Yon, France

Colney Heath has been twinned with Boissy and St Yon for several years. Boissy is about twenty miles south of Paris, in the department of Essone, and has a similar size population to that of Colney Heath. The smaller village of St Yon is very close by.

Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, France crest Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, France

The French twin town of Harpenden. It is a market town with similar facilities to Harpenden, though it has a smaller population. About forty miles north of Nevers – St Albans’ French twin town – it is on the same rail link from Paris.

Fano, Italy Fano, Italy

Fano is the most recent of the City and District's twin towns, with the link established in 1998. A statue of the Roman goddess Fortuna was presented to St Albans on Tuesday 19 May 2015 by the Mayor of the City’s Italian twin town of Fano.

HMS St Albans HMS St Albans

The City & District of St Albans has formed friendship links with HMS St Albans. The Mayor, Councillor Gordon Myland granted the Freedom of the City to the ship's company at a special ceremony on Sunday 18th July 04

Nevers, France Nevers, France

Nevers was the first twin town of the City and District of St Albans, with the link established in 1974 shortly after the creation of the City and District.

Nyiregyhaza, Hungary Nyiregyhaza, Hungary

A friendship link was created with Nyiregyhaza in 1994, following following the collapse of the Berlin Wal . The link was upgraded to a full town twinning in 1996.

Odense, Denmark Odense, Denmark

The twinning link between the City and District and Odense began in 1948 when representatives from Odense were invited to attend the St Albans Pageant at the suggestion of Count Scheel, a citizen of Odense who had lived in St Albans for many years.

Sylhet, Bangladesh Sylhet, Bangladesh

There is a friendship link with the Sylhet region of Bangladesh rather than full town twinning. A friendship link is less formal and is community led. The link was established in 1988 when the District Council supported a housing project in Sylhet as part of the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

Worms, Germany Worms, Germany

Fifty years of twinning with Worms am Rhein was celebrated in 2007. Worms lies on the Rhine, south of Frankfurt, and is the oldest city in Germany. it has a Celtic and Roman heritage, but takes special pride in its medieval history, having been the location for much of the anonymous saga of the Nibelungen.