Paddock Wood and Bereko Town Councils

The Town Councils formally sealed their friendship in October 2012 at a church service at St Andrew's, Paddock Wood.
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Bishop Given Gaula, Bishop of Kondoa, preached and Mr Chabaka Kilamanga, the Deputy High Commissioner of Tanzania and colleagues joined in the celebration and signed a Formal Friendship Agreement on behalf of Bereko Town Council.  Cllr Sarah Hamilton, then Chair of the Town Council, signed on behalf of Paddock Wood. 

Other guests included borough councillors, town councillors, representatives from Mascalls Secondary School and Paddock Wood Primary School. During the service the schools and the church were interviewed about what they had gained from the link.  The Mascalls choir sang and Paddock Wood Primary School children gave a magnificent display of African drumming.

The Chairs of each Town Council exchange letters and send greetings when others from Paddock Wood visit Bereko. It had been hoped that a member of Paddock Wood Town Council would join the visit in October 2020 but this was cancelled due to pandemic.