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 January 2018

Gemini December 2017 

Gemini November 2017


10th January 2018

We hope you have all had an enjoyable Christmas and we send you good wishes for the new year.

Next event:  Not the Burns Night – Saturday 27th January 2018

Please let us know if you want to come as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday 23rd of January.  It would also be useful if you let us know if you are not coming so that we know you have received the mail.

Future dates for the diary:
Saturday 24th February 2018 – Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 25th April – Monday 30th April 2018 – Visit to Château du Loir

Not the Burns Night – Saturday 27th January 2018
Our Burns celebration this year will be just before the correct date!  This is your chance to entertain the rest of us with your renditions of poems, songs, ditties and anything you would like to share, or to test your sense of humour on the rest of us.

We will be starting at 7.30 pm at the The United Reformed Church Hall and the food will consist of Cottage Pie, Haggis, peas, carrots and swede, followed by shortbread and a tot of whisky. There will be a vegetarian option. We hope to have the meal ready for 7.30 pm so please arrive any time after 7.15 pm, we will let you know the price for the evening as soon as possible, and we will be having a raffle.  Please bring any drinks you would like to consume during the evening with you. Any offers of help with cooking the food would be appreciated.


Château du Loir visit 2018
Just a reminder that the confirmed date for our visit to Château du Loir is from the Wednesday 25th of April until Monday the 30th of April.  We will be leaving early on the Wednesday morning for the 8.15am boat to Ouistreham and a hotel has been booked in Falaise for the night so we will all be bright and ready to go after breakfast on the Thursday.  Thanks to you all for sending your deposits, we have paid the hotel deposit so the hotel rooms are now secure and the ferry deposits will be paid this week. We have estimated the cost at the moment with the current euro exchange rate to be £195.00 but this could fluctuate a little.  We still have a couple of spare rooms so if you haven’t booked you may still be able to join us if you get in touch quickly, before we cancel the spare rooms. The more we have the cheaper the price, so please ask around your friends, they may be interested.

Your comments:  Thanks for all your best wishes over the festive period, they will be passed on to the committee.

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:
Peter on 826657 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.