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Twin towns

​We have historical ties, known as 'twin towns', with three places around the world.


Antony was the first place in the world to be formally twinned with us in 1962, when Deptford was a separate borough.

The area, just South of Paris held a celebration in honour of the 50th anniversary of the twinning in 2012, attended by the Chair of Lewisham Council.

There have been many links between residents over the years including a friendship that has lasted fifty years!

Resident who started a friendship with a resident from Antony in 1963 as part of the twinning process.
Those early links between France and England fostered a greater understanding of each other's cultures and have endured for half a century. We started corresponding as school children and are now both grandparents. We regularly visit each other and have remained the best of friends.

More recently, the Young Mayor’s team were invited to visit the Youth Council of Antony to share ideas and approaches to young people.

image of a postcard


Blackheath choir

We were officially twinned with Charlottenburg, before it merged with Wilmersdorf, in 1968.

Residents in both areas have been involved in numerous projects that have facilitated community groups to share ideas and experiences.

This has included a football exchange in 2009/10 between Charlottenburg and Lewisham Borough Community Football Club, and the Hugo Distler Choir from Charlottenburg singing with the Blackheath Choir at Blackheath Halls in 2005 (pictured).


Lewisham has been working with Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, for a number of years, and since 2012 has had a friendship link to share ideas.

The Council was awarded a Best Practice grant from the Commonwealth Local Government Forum to share the work around 'Love Lewisham', which gives residents the chance to report environmental problems using social media.

Kingston and St Andrew in Jamaica have now developed a similar scheme, which can be viewed at www.lovecleanksa.org.

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