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Bienvenu Saint Benoit

27 October 2018

(with thanks to Keith le Page and Stephanie Diggon)



2018 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 20th October 2018 and in the evening had a reception at Richard Simmond's house, Richard is president of the Twinning.



Reception at Richard Simmonds

On the Sunday the visitors and their hosts had the option of a church service at St Elisabeth's Catholic church in Cookham, followed by lunch at the Odney Club and then in the Evening bowling at the Greyhound, Eton Wick.

On the Monday there was a coach trip visit to Oxford firstly to the Bodleion Library including Duke Humfrey's Library, then on to the Sheldonian Theatre and a walk through the covered market. There was then a light lunch at the Mitre



The Mitre dating from 1630

In the afternoon there was the opportunity to visit Exeter College with a guided tour in both French and English. This was followed by a walk to the Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum.

A Visit Around Exeter College

Back from Oxford and it was a social evening at Cookham Dean Cricket Club with Curry and Music. Richard Kellaway of the Fabulous Shirtlfters provided the music with some of his friends.

Richard Kellaway and the Fabulous Shirtlifters


Curry 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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