Friendship links between Rushmoor and Sulechów were set up in 1981 which developed into a formal twinning partnership in 2001.
The 1980s were difficult times for Poland and a Rushmoor councillor, Stefan Kurylak, organised relief aid from Rushmoor to help the people of Sulechów. To thank Rushmoor for its help, Sulechów offered hospitality and friendship to the people who had come to its aid.
When a formal twinning partnership was established in 2001, links were quickly established between the towns’ two choirs and gymnastics clubs which led to joint performances in both towns providing unique opportunities for different skills to be learnt. Subsequent visits to Sulechów have been made by Rushmoor dancers and bands. Today, Farnborough’s Sixth Form College sends classical music students to Sulechów’s Chopin Festival every year.
Sulechów is situated in western Poland, not far from the German border. Good road and rail links have helped the local economy to regenerate and Sulechów has attracted varied light industry and agricultural development. The area is mainly rural in nature and modern agricultural techniques have also helped to establish profitable businesses.
As well as traditional buildings, it has some excellent modern facilities such as an open air swimming pool and a new community theatre. There is a very active cultural centre in the town that hosts a wide range of activities which are well supported and attract considerable talent.