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.
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!
is an ancient, interesting University town and is close to the theme park ‘Futuroscope'.
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
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.
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.
ST BENOIT VISIT TO COOKHAM
There will be a weekend of interesting events, both cultural and social. On Monday 24th October we have a day trip to Bath, taking in both the Baths and Abbey. We will also have a traditional barn dance and social evenings, and a lunch at the Odney Club.
Anyone can get involved with the visit, either just joining individual events, or by offering to host some of our visitors. Cookham has been Twinned with Saint Benoit since 1994 and has usually had annual reciprocal visits, when we link with our French friends and stay in each other’s houses. If you can host some of our visitors this year or would like to know more about what this involves, please contact either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of Cookham Twinning will receive a reduced price for many of the weekend’s events, with further reductions for ‘hosts’. Membership secretary Steph Diggon will shortly be asking existing members to renew their subscriptions if required.
We look forward to a great weekend in October and hope that you will be able to join in many of the planned events.
Single (£12 for two year/£25 for 5 years)
For more information phone: 01628 532279
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