Cookham is fortunate to be twinned with Saint Benoit, ‘une ville-jardin extraordinaire’, a village with woods and a river near to the historic town of Poitiers in central west France.

The village has the highest possible ranking possible of 4 fleurs (flowers) for French ‘Villes Fleuris’, and is the only ‘commune’ in Vienne with this status. It has developed its natural environment over several years, including their “Les Jardins de Cookham”. Benoit is in a fascinating and beautiful area of France, with many historical towns and villages around, some going back to medieval times. The commune is divided into three parts with a 12th century church and with a river running through, just like Cookham!

Poitiers is an ancient, interesting University town and is close to the theme park ‘Futuroscope'.

Cookham has been Twinned with Saint Benoit since 1994 and has annual reciprocal visits when we link with French friends and stay in each others’ houses. In 2022 we look forward to welcoming Saint Benoit to Cookham, (October 22nd -25th) when we will host a variety of social and cultural activities. In 2023 we will be visiting Saint Benoit and look forward, as always, to a great experience and welcome. Saint Benoit can be reached easily by car (via Portsmouth), plane or train.

We also have some regular activities in Cookham. Each week there is an informal French lunch, ‘Flunch’ where we have an hour or so speaking French to each other, and members are welcome to join a monthly French film evening.

You don’t need to be a French speaker to participate in Twinning, although this is a chance to improve your French language skills. Best of all are the opportunities to get to know some very friendly French people and to appreciate and enjoy the culture of France.




Twinning members are very welcome to join our monthly French film nights, 8pm at Elizabeth House.

Once again this year, from 22nd to 25th October, Cookham will be welcoming a group from our Twinned Village of Saint Benoit on their (usually) biennial visit. We’re expecting a group of about 20 visitors. We are particularly looking forward to this visit as the last two years’ visits have had to be cancelled because of Covid.




We are delighted that this year we are finally able to welcome back guests from our twinned village of Saint-Benoit, from Saturday 22nd October to Tuesday 25th October. 21 visitors, including the Mayor of Saint-Benoit, M. Bernard Peterlongo, will be staying with host families in Cookham and will join in events organised for the weekend.

Cookham residents are particularly welcome to join the social evening on Monday 24th October at 7.00pm at Pinder Hall, with Indian food and dancers (cost £18, or £10 for Cookham Twinning members). Other weekend highlights will be a reception hosted by Cookham Parish Council on Saturday, a lunch at Odney and Barn Dance on Sunday, and a trip to Bath on Monday. If you would like to join any of these events, or to join Cookham Twinning, please contact Keith Le Page at

Saint-Benoit’s local magazine provides interesting information about their community. They are a four-star ‘ville fleurie’, (the highest award), and their annual flower festival in May attracts 15,000 visitors. There is a flourishing ‘Jardin de Cookham’, and in 2019 they set up the ‘Jardin d’Images’, a public space where an exterior exhibition of large pictures is shown in a lovely garden setting.

Saint-Benoit is about the same size as Cookham, and has numerous village organisations as well as a theatre seating 750 that also serves the local area. They are twinned with locations in Germany, Portugal and Romania as well as with Cookham.

We look forward this year’s event, and to taking a group from Cookham to Saint-Benoit in 2023.

Keith Le Page




Cookham Twinning Visit to Cookham 2022

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Cookham Twinning Visit More Photos 2016

Cookham Twinning Visit 2016

Cookham Twinning Visit 2015

Cookham Twinning Visit 2014

Cookham Twinning Visit 2013

Cookham Twinning Visit 2012

Cookham Twinning Visit 2011

Cookham Twinning Visit 2010

Cookham Twinning Visit 2008

Cookham Twinning Visit 2006

Visit to Cookham's Twin Town - 2005

French Fun - 2004

Ils sont arrivées - 2004

A Happy Twinning Christmas - 2003

Fun in St Benoit- 2003

Cookham Society and Cookham Twinning Come Together for a Joint Christmas Party - 2002

French visitors in Cookham for 'Allo'een - 2002

Cookham Twinning celebrate Christmas - 2001

Cookham Twinning Visit St Benoit - 2001

Twinning show film Plein Soleil - 2000Futuroscope - the Park of the Moving Image

Best Twinning Quiz Yet - 2000


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