The essence of twinning is learning about other people's way of life and sharing educational, business knowledge and other opportunities. In recent years, the focus has been on civic and educational links, eg representatives of both communities are invited to important civic events such as Remembrance Day, commemoration and annual Mayor making.
Spelthorne Borough Council is twinned with Melun in France and Grand Port, Mauritius.
In May 1990 Spelthorne formed a twinning partnership with Melun in France. Melun, the county town of the Seine et Marne region, has a population of 40,000 and lies on the banks of the River Seine, 35 miles south-east of Paris.
The two towns have similar features and wish to develop closer links with each other.
Melun is a charming and attractive town with an excellent range of facilities including a sports complex, covered market, a University and indoor swimming pool. It has lovely old houses, plenty of shops and the churches of Notre Dame (11th Century) and St Aspais (15th Century). It is also close to the Barbizon, the charming village famous for its art and the 17th Century Vaux le Vicomte Chateau.
In May 2009 Spelthorne formed another twinning partnership with Grand Port, Mauritius.