Cookham was twinned with Saint Benoit in France in 1995.  

St Benoit is situated in the Vienne area of France very close to the town of Poitiers, which is renowned for the Futuroscope, the Park of the Moving Image. St Benoit can easily be reached by train by taking the Eurostar to Paris or Lille and then the TGV to Poitiers. It is about one and a half hours by train from Paris to Poitiers.


St Benoit is in a fascinating and very beautiful area of France, with many historical towns and villages around, some going back to medieval times. It is divided into three parts with a 12th century church and with a river running through, just like Cookham!

Twinning is something in which anyone of any age from any walk of life can take part. It gives you the opportunity of making friendships, which will last a lifetime and to be part of a new community.

Twinning is not like going on holiday to France, it is a totally magical experience and all those who have already been part of it will tell you what fun it is and how it can give you a totally new outlook on life.

Cookham Twinning is a self financed group and is not associated with our local councils. Apart from visits to France and reciprocal visits from our French friends on a family basis, where we stay in each others' houses, we also are starting to link up organisations with similar interests offering the opportunity for joint activities. This has so far included school links, choirs and football.

We also have many local activities just for us in Cookham such as quizzes, wine tastings and petanque evenings and we are always looking for new ideas. 

Pat Cairney holds intermediate French classes for those wishing to improve their language skills. Classes are usually held monthly on a Tuesday evening, cost £3 per session, including light refreshments. 

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Twinning Boules at the Cricket Club - 26 June 2017 

An informal gathering to play boules at Cookham Cricket Club, socialise and find out about the October half-term visit to our twinned village of St Benoit. The evening will include a Fish & Chip supper and licensed bar. Please let me know if you’d like to join and we look forward to a glorious summer evening as always…..  (£12 per person, children £6) 

Film Evening - 3 July 2017 

Our film showing  on 3rd July will be ‘Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis’, again at Oveys Farm, Cookham High Street, courtesy of Renee Cullen to whom we are most grateful for lending us their ‘room in the garden’. Film starts 8pm, and donations of £10, which will also cover a glass of Prosecco, will be collected at the evening – a fund raising event for Cookham Twinning. Advance notification that you’re coming will help with organisation, although you can just turn up on the night.  

The film is a Comedy of “society” when a stranger moves from the south to the north of France. Les Ch’tis refers to people who speak patois in N.France. It has English sub-titles so this is a great opportunity to watch a humorous film, and to improve your French at the same time! Do also invite your friends  to join the evening. The film lasts just over one and a half hours.

Visit to St Benoit - Saturday 21 October - Tuesday 2 November 2017





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


Single (£7 per year/£20 for 5 years)
Family (£10 per year/£30 for 5 years)
Organisation (£20 per year/£58 for 5 yrs)

For more information phone: 01628 532279

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