Heiligenhaus has approximately 26,000 inhabitants and is a small town between Essen and Dusseldorf in the North Rhine Westphalia region. There have been people living in Heiligenhaus since the Roman Times but the town grew significantly, after the end of World War Two, as new homes and schools were built to accommodate displaced people. To this extent it has an affinity with Basildon.

Employment is mainly based around engineering and locally it is noted for the Kiekert works supplying Ford with locking systems for cars. It also takes pride in the quality of locks and hinges to many operators and companies.

Basildon has a long tradition of attending the town’s annual football tournament at Whitsun and in 2016, the town is celebrating the 50th year of hosting a competition.

Groups from Basildon have also attended Darts, Canoeing and Handball events in the town.

Annually Basildon sends a group to a ‘Stadtfest’ music and beer festival in order to promote Basildon and local English goods and companies.

Heiligenhaus boasts a fascinating museum and in the past few years has converted an old railway through the town, into a cycle way.

To mark Basildon’s relationship with Heiligenhaus, a large square has been called Basildonplatz which was opened by the mayors of the two towns in 2015.