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Bienvenu Saint Benoit

27 October 2016

(with thanks to Keith le Page and Stephanie Diggon)


2016 was the year that the French from Cookham's twin village, St Benoit in France, arrived to visit us in Cookham. They arrived on Saturday 22nd October 2016. A reception was planned with the President Richard Simmonds which sadly had to be cancelled as Richard's wife was not well. The visitors had a welcome dinner with their hosts.


Welcome to Cookham

The visitors were welcomed at the Parish Office in High Road where gifts were exchanged. Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Fiona Hewer, presented the French with a book on Berkshire and the French gave Cookham a beautiful cross stitch sampler.



A Present and a Glass of Wine

Sunday morning the Catholic Church St Elizabeth welcomed the French with a special service and a chat over coffee afterwards. Then lunch at the Odney Club with the opportunity of a walk around the garden. Lunch was followed by a Treasure Hunt around Cookham, which seemed a bit harder than originally thought.


Lunch at the Odney Club

There was then tea followed by skittles at the Greyhound at Eton Wick with a buffet.


Skittles at the Greyhound

On Monday it was a visit to London firstly the Houses of Parliament followed by a boat trip up the river to Tower Bridge.



The Houses of Parliament



Tower Bridge

Back from London and it was a social evening at the Cricket Club. There were boules this time not skittles. Richard Kellaway of the Fabulous Shirtlfters provided the music with some of his friends.


Boules and Music at the Cricket Club

Only too quickly it was Tuesday morning and time to say goodbye to our French visitors. Next year Cookhamites will be visiting France.

Everyone of any age is welcome to join Cookham Twinning. Cookham Twinning also has French classes you may like to join. There will be a visit to France next year, so if you want more information about Twinning call 01628 532279 or email

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