Things To See & Do

Twinning

The Twinning Charter was signed by Westbury Town Council and Chateau du Loir, a quaint town in the Sarthe region of France in 2000.  A framed copy of the charter can be seen in The Laverton.

Chateau du Loir is situated between Le Mans and Tours in the region of Sarthe and is in a beautiful rural area about the same size as Westbury.  The town doesn’t have a chateau and is not on the Loir but there are lots of interesting places close by to visit. 

Twinning is open to all ages for which there is an annual subscription and we distribute our newsletter “Gemini” on a regular basis to all our members.

While the town twinning is an official partnership of the two communities, the Westbury Twinning Association is a voluntary body separate from Westbury Town Council and run through its own fundraising. The twinning association, like many other organisation within our town, has received grants from the town council. Details of all the grants we award can be found here

Chateau du Loir

The aim is to be an open and friendly association that hopes all people will feel welcome by:

  • Encouraging contact and friendship between individuals, groups and civic leaders in both towns;
  • Encouraging educational, cultural and commercial and social contacts and visits of all kinds;
  • Encouraging the use of the French language, especially by young people, by visiting and staying with families in Chateau du Loir;
  • Promoting Westbury and its surrounding areas to the people in Chateau du Loir and making visitors from there welcome in our town and homes.

Throughout the year, the association holds fundraising events to raise money to welcome visitors from our twin town.  We visit Chateau du Loir and they visit us on alternate years; the visitors stay with host families and usually become very good friends.

We have recently managed to forge a link between a Westbury primary school with a similar school in Chateau du Loir.  

We are always pleased to welcome new members, simply contact Jean or Michael (details below).

Jean  on 864935 email: postmaster@jeandew.plus.com
Mike on 302956 email: dpchevalblanc@blueyonder.co.uk

Website: www.westburyanddistricttwinning.co.uk

Latest News

In 2022 a delegation of Westbury members and councillors went to Chateau du Loir to celebrate 20 years of being twinned.

In  April 2024 we will welcome a group of 30 members from Chateau du Loir (now part of Montvaal sur Loir)  to Westbury. This is the first time they will have visited Westbury since 2019 due to the pandemic. At present we are organising a full programme of events for their visit and looking forward to meeting old friends and some new ones who have not been here before.

We are always looking for new members to join our group. You do not need to able to speak French but it could be useful. Many of our French friends speak some English, and there are some good translator apps. available on mobile phones these days.

We are looking for hosts for the visit by our French friends in April so if you can help or just want to know more about our group or twinning, please contact Mr. N. Dew 01373 864935

Other twinning news and future events :-

  • Saturday 27th January we will celebrate our version of “Not a Burn’s Night” with a supper of Haggis and Neaps  and of course a tot of whisky followed by an evening of jokes, funny stories etc
  • Saturday 24th February we will hold our AGM followed by a supper.
Mayor Cllr Kimmins with Clock gift - May 2023

At the twentieth anniversary of the twinning between Westbury and Chateau du Loir, there was a celebratory dinner with the mayor, councillors and members of both twinning groups. This was a five-course meal and as it was the 20th anniversary the two towns exchanged gifts during the evening. Westbury gave Chateau du Loir a painting commissioned by the council and painted by local artist Helen Chester. It was a collage of Westbury and Chateau landmarks. And the mayor Shelia Kimmins accepted the gift of friendship from Monsieur Ronciere, Mayor of Montval. And on behalf of Monsieur Ronciere and Chateau du Loir was presented the gift of a ceramic clock to the town of Westbury.

Twinning gift 2019 - painting Helen Chester