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 themepark Futuroscope, as well as being a historic and university town. St Benoit can easily be reached by train by taking the Eurostar to Paris or Lille and then the TGV to Poitiers. You can also fly from Stansted to Poitiers, or drive/take the ferry via Portsmouth. 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.

Apart from visits to France and reciprocal visits from our French friends on a family basis, where we stay in each other’s houses, we are also interested to link up organisations with similar interests offering the opportunity for joint activities.

We also have some local activities just for us in Cookham and information is sent out regularly to members.

We have intermediate French classes for those wishing to improve their language skills, and an informal fortnightly French lunch, ‘Flunch’ where we have an hour or so speaking French to each other.

In 2019 we will be visiting St. Benoit from 26th-29th October (Autumn half-term week), and in 2020 will welcome St. Benoit to Cookham.

Christmas Letter 2020 from the Mayor of St Benoit

Click here for the Autumn 2020 newsletter.


The visit to Cookham from St Benoit would normally take place in October 2020, but due to Covid-19 it has been postponed until October 2021. We plan to hold next year’s Twinning visit over the start of the autumn half-term, from Saturday 23rd to Tuesday 26th October 2021.

 And of course our monthly French film nights, 8pm at Elizabeth House for members only. These are suspended during Covid-19



Cookham Twinning Visit to Cookham 2018

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 (£12 for two year/£25 for 5 years)
Family (£20 for two year/£40 for 5 years)

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For more information phone: 01628 532279



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