Town Twinning

Westbury is twinned with Chateau du Loir, a quaint town located in the Sarthe region



Take a look at the latest Newsletters:

Gemini March 2018

Gemini February 2018

Gemini January 2018

4th March 2018

Next Event: Saturday 24th March 2018 – Quiz

Future dates for the diary:

Wednesday 25th April – Monday 30th April 2018 – Visit to Château du Loir

Quiz Night Saturday 24th March

We will meet at the United Reformed Church Hall for 7.30 pm for a bring and share supper and a quiz.

We have inherited a lot of quiz sheets originally created by Jenny and Terry so we thought we would put them to use and see how we do.  Some of you will remember them and how tricky they were, making you think and sometimes very frustrated but they are fun. 

The cost for the evening will be £3.50 and we will have a raffle.  This evening will be the last get together before the trip and we should be able to give you any information you need so please try and come.


Annual General meeting – Saturday 24th February 2018

Thanks to all of you who came to the AGM and to those who sent apologies. Under any other business we raised the question of the expense of hosting our friends from Château du Loir next year as the costs have risen gradually over the past years and we need to raise more funds than we have done in the past.  The subject was discussed at length the conclusion being that we put the subs up to £10 per person, and that we should raise our charges for functions.  It would be most useful if we had more of you attending so we will try and get dates for your diary out as soon as possible.  We would also like some ideas for what you would like us to do on our monthly get-togethers.

Château du Loir visit 2018

We are sure you all know the dates for our visit to Château du Loir this year but just a reminder they are Wednesday 25th April – 30th April inclusive.  We will leave Westbury at 5.00am for the 8.15am ferry to Ouistreham arriving at the hotel in Falaise at around 4.15pm for the overnight stop, in plenty of time to relax or to have a walk in to the Town.  On Thursday en route south we will make a stop at around lunchtime when you will be able to get some lunch and do some shopping if you wish to, as we are not expected for the Civic Reception until approximately 3.00pm. 


On the return journey on Monday 30th we will stop only for a short time to have lunch before arriving at Ouistreham at around 2-2.30 pm.  We will send out full details and times of the trip when we have them, to those who are coming.  We have asked for the remainder of the cost as we have to pay for the hotel and the boat by the 10th of March so if you haven’t already sent in your cheques please do so.

We have found parking places in Westbury for anyone coming from out of Town, so if you haven’t received an email or a phone call about parking please get in touch as soon as possible.  We will give you all the news and the details of the trip at the quiz night on the 24th March so please do come along.


Civic Award – Our Twinning has won the Award for Organisations.  It comes as a big surprise and states :- “In recognition of outstanding service to the Community of Westbury on whose behalf the Council records its appreciation this 23rd day of February 2018”.

Our Mayor spoke to the press in a very complimentary way, and we never realised we had been doing so much towards promoting the Town, so we should all be very proud to have received this.

Your comments: 

From Margaret: I Have been meaning to thank everyone involved for the very enjoyable Burns’ Night.  The food was really delicious – a lot of hard work must have gone in to preparing the dishes for us.  And the atmosphere was jolly.  Many thanks to all.  

Thank you all for your comments in the past – please keep sending them in.  We welcome any more items of news from you so if you have anything you would like to share with our members, please send them to an email address below.  We would especially like more of your feedback on any of the events.

For further information or replies for any of the events please phone or email:

Jean  on 864935 email:
Pam  on 822892 email:






The dictionary definition of a “Twin Town” is a town that has civic associations, such as reciprocal visits and cultural exchanges with a foreign town.  The Twinning Charter was signed by both Towns in the year 2000, in Westbury during May and in Château du Loir in September.  A framed copy of the charter can be seen in the Laverton.

To those who belong to The Westbury and District French Twinning Association “Twinning” means having the opportunity to make friends with families in Château du Loir, welcoming them back to our homes, furthering our knowledge of their way of life,  perhaps improving our spoken French, and having a lot of fun.

Twinning is open to all ages, either as a single person, a couple or a family group, for which there is an annual subscription.  We distribute our newsletter which we call “Gemini” (meaning Twins) on a regular basis to all our members.


Château du Loir (note the missing “e”, this is the small river Loir) is situated between Le Mans and Tours in the region of Sarthe.   A busy main road runs through the centre, it has an important railway junction, is in a beautiful rural area, and is about the same size as Westbury.  The town does not have a Château and is not on the Loir but there are lots of interesting places close by to visit and the Châteaux of the Loire are only an hour away.

Should you visit the area and travel through Château du Loir you might see a Red Telephone Box situated outside their Station.  On our visit in 2002 We presented the town with the telephone box, in complete working order, having been purchased, refurbished, transported and erected on site, under the guidance of the late Mayor Cllr John Annetts.  John organized the whole project and carried out a lot of the hard work assisted by members of the Twinning Association and various businesses in Westbury.  The telephone box is admired and used daily by the local people.  For our 10th anniversary we presented the town with a White Horse weather vane that sits on the roof of the Tourist Information Office and they presented us with a beautiful patchwork made by some of the ladies in their Twinning group.  This is displayed in the Laverton building.


Throughout the year The Association hold fundraising events to raise the money to welcome visitors from our twin town.

These events have included short walks with a cream tea, skittles and fish & chips, sausage and mash night, barbecues, beetle drives, treasure hunts, silent auctions, coffee mornings, quizzes, treasure hunts, safari dinners, Burns nights, a film evening, visits to the theatre, and probably more. These events are aimed at having some fun and meeting others, and normally end up with food of some sort. Even though we are aiming to raise funds the cost of participating is kept low so it is always good value for an evening out.

We visit Château du Loir and they visit us on alternate years.  They come to us on odd years and we go there on even years.  These visits are usually made over a long weekend, and include organized events and time for hosts to spend with their guests as they wish.  The visitors stay with host families and usually become very good friends.  There seems to be no problem with the language barrier even though not all speak French.

Many people think of Twinning as “Wining and dining” and yes, it is an important part of the weekends. However, during receptions and evening events you have the chance to enjoy the company of all the members both French and English, experience the way they celebrate, their music, the different way they present their food etc., there is also plenty of time to talk about and compare the problems the people face in their daily lives, and more often than not they are not dissimilar to ours.  There is also a misconception that the visits are a cheap way to visit France.  This is not true as members pay for themselves to travel and to host when the visitors return, however it is not as expensive as travelling independently.


We can also act as a contact for other organizations to make an acquaintance with an opposite number in France.  We have recently managed to make a link between a primary school in Westbury with a similar school in Château du Loir.  We know they have clubs for Judo and swimming, they also have a lovely sailing lake very close by at a leisure area that also offers archery, fishing, walking and just enjoying the countryside.  “A choir from the Château du Loir area performed with the Philomel Choir at All Saints Church in Westbury during April 2013.”


We are always pleased to welcome new members, simply contact Jean, Peter, Pam or Michael, whose details can be found above.