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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Social Gathering. Join Cookham Twinning’s social evening and AGM at the Jolly Farmer, Cookham Dean on Monday 19th February, starting at 7.30pm. Once we’ve dealt swiftly with the business of the Twinning AGM, we’ll order food from the ex-cellent kitchen of the Jolly Farmer, and enjoy some fascinating France trivia No need to book although notification to would be helpful.


2018 visit of St Benoit. St Benoit visitors will be with us from Saturday 20th October to Tuesday 23rd October, (half-term week). We’ll be looking for volunteer hosts, so get in touch if you’d like to offer hospitality.




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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