Gravesham is twinned with Neumünster in Germany; Cambrai in France; Chesterfield County in Virginia, USA; and Jalhandar in India.
Copies of the Charters signifying these twinning links are kept in the Civic Centre as well as in the Council offices of the four twin towns. However, the twinnings flourish through the involvement of people.
The Association raises its funds through membership subscriptions and receives encouragement and help from Gravesham Borough Council. There is a Committee of people of all ages who have personally been involved in exchanges and two major meetings of members and a Christmas event as well as other socials are held each year in addition to the visits that take place.
Direct contact with each town is made each year with either a group travelling from Gravesham or groups from the towns coming here. There is usually so much twinning going on that it is hard for the Association itself to keep up with, especially as travel is getting easier all the time.
The intention is for everyone involved to realise that we belong to a global village - but often the best way of achieving this is to stay family to family and enjoy the experience of meeting and visiting.
You do not have to know a language to be able to enjoy twinning. It does help and there is the courtesy of using the person's language in their country. But you will usually find that your hosts have enough English to make you welcome - and you will be able to understand enough German or French in the case of our European twins, to make them welcome in return.
You can find our membership form and subscription details on the Contacts page.
With the Pocahontas statue in Jamestown National Park