is fortunate to be twinned with Saint Benoit 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 des 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 'Futoroscope'.
has been Twinned with Saint Benoit since 1994 and has annual reciprocal visits
when we link with French friends and stay in each other's houses. In 2024 we
look forward to welcoming Saint Benoit to Cookham,
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.
COOKHAM SAINT-BENOIT TWINNING 2024
Cookham Saint-Benoit Twinning Having had a great visit to Saint-Benoit last October, we have started planning for the visit of Saint-Benoit to Cookham on 26th-29th October this year. As usual, our visitors will be accommodated with local families, and there will be a mixture of cultural and social events, open to all.
Meanwhile France and Saint-Benoit are gearing up for the 2024 Olympics. The Olympic flame will be passing through Saint-Benoit on 25th May, on its way to a location in Poitiers to light a cauldron.
In the latest Saint-Benoit magazine, the Mayor encourages the people of Saint-Benoit to vote in the June European elections, and to increase the previous voter turn-out. The main article in the magazine is about the work in Saint-Benoit to restore the 'Arches of Parigny', the only remaining part of a Roman aqueduct dating from the first century which supplied Poitiers with drinking water.
We are grateful to our Cookham naturalist, Brian Clews, for writing a summary of the work done by WildCookham this year. We translated this into French, taking particular care with the names of the fauna covered, and have sent this over to Saint-Benoit, who we know are also keenly interested in their local environment. We look forward to receiving a similar response. Our local activities continue, including French films and lunches.
Saint-Benoit : Une ville-jardin extraordinaire !
Single (£ 12 for two year/£ 25 for 5 years)
For more information phone: 01628 532279
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