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Who are we and what do we do?

The aim of the Association is to establish friendly links between ourselves and our “twinned” villages in Normandy, France, and to encourage contacts between the regions in order to promote a better understanding of each other’s customs.  It’s a great opportunity to get a genuine flavour of France, not forgetting the good wines!

Honfleur Harbour

Once every two years members travel to Normandy to stay with families in four villages near to Caen for a Bank holiday weekend.  On the intervening years our French friends come to stay in East Woodhay. Accommodation and travel is arranged by the Association together with a full itinerary of outings and social events for both hosts and visitors so no one feels isolated or worried about the language, (although most families speak English),  and a great time is had by all for very little cost.


The hospitality of the French families is overwhelming with much eating, drinking and generally making merry.

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East Woodhay Twinning Association 2017

The Spring Quiz! March 2017

Our fund-raising Quiz night proved as popular as ever in St Thomas' Church with ten teams trying their hardest to fathom out those tricky questions and digging deep in their memories to remember long forgotten facts!  The evening progressed  in a jolly mood with the added enjoyment of an excellent hot supper produced by members of the committee and their helpers.

Everyone took part with such good spirit including the Hungry Sailors who happily accepted a tube of smarties each for coming last.   The winners, even more cheerfully, departed with a bottle of wine each declaring it had been a great evening!

20th Anniversary visit to East Woodhay by French visitors April 2017

The visit of our French “Twinned” Families in the spring was definitely the highlight of our year.  On 29th April we welcomed 17 families from our Twinned Villages in Normandy; 31 adults and 7 children. Some French (and English!) families have been involved with these exchanges since the idea first took off twenty years ago and such has been their enjoyment that a few grand children now also accompany them to be initiated into the entente cordiale.

Despite a long day’s travelling, our guests were able to join our 20th Anniversary Ceremony at Woolton Hill Village Hall. We listened to brief speeches by our Chairman, Mike Jenkins, and East Woodhay Parish Council representative Phil Jarvis, as well as Josette Yaouanc, the Deputy Chairman of the French Association (Le Jumelage). Copies of the Anniversary Charter were signed by representatives of Le Jumelage, East Woodhay Twinning Association and the Parish Council. We then enjoyed the music of the East Woodhay Silver Band and the St Thomas’ Handbell Ringers.  Everyone patriotically sang the two National Anthems and of course, Frères Jacques to make the visitors feel at home. The festivities ended when we enjoyed our Celebration Cake with a glass of Cava.  All in all it was a very successful occasion and much appreciated by our guests and their hosts.

The weekend that followed enabled hosts to take their families to various venues including Oxford where the children enjoyed the Natural History museum and others  happily bounced on trampolines  at Basingstoke! More sedate outings included Mottisfont, Beaulieu, Windsor, Hinton Ampner, The Watercress Line, Basildon Park, Crofton Beam Engine, Wilton Windmill and Highclere Castle!
Also, we must not forget the wonderful contribution made by four of our French guests who helped Alan Stapleton’s team “Entente Cordiale” win the fastest craft trophy at Newbury’s Crafty Craft Race.

Our last joint event was the traditional and convivial dinner which was held on Sunday evening at Highclere Hall with background music provided by a duo of Ukele players called Sticky Fingers.
Gifts of local jars of honey had been attractively prepared by committee members and were presented to each French family as a souvenir of this year's visit.

Finally, exhausted but uplifted, we waved goodbye as the coach departed on Monday for the night crossing to France,  saying it had all been absolutely wonderful.

Crafty Craft Race – Monday 1st May 2017

Four French visitors were included in the crew for this fun event, plus one English host.
The craft was renamed "Entente Cordiale" as a tribute to our friendship within the twinning association. It completed the 6-mile course in 1hr 23m, nine minutes ahead of the nearest rival.
The French members were given the trophy to take home to France, plus souvenir copies of a video recording of the race.  They were dead chuffed (vachement content)!

PICNIC – August 2017

The summer social event consisted of a picnic held on the grass area of East Woodhay Village Hall.
To liven up the afternoon there was a good selection of games – not too strenuous but requiring a moderate degree of skill.  Swingball was the most energetic on offer but also scattered around the site were quoits, goal scoring, then both table skittles and grass level skittles.  It would not be a French picnic without a game of boule which is traditionally played on sand but the bumpy grass area at East Woodhay hall did not deter the keen players. 

December party 2017

The Christmas party was held at the lovely home of Anthony and Helen Allen who worked very hard to make everyone welcome.  A bring and share buffet was organised by the committee and as always the members excelled in contributing a delicious array of food.  This was a most enjoyable evening with plenty of wine and good company.



In 2016 at the end of May members of East Woodhay Twinning Association enjoyed a memorable weekend in Normandy.  ...........click here to read more about our trip.

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Picture presented to commemorate

Forthcoming events:

Further events coming soon....

Please come along to any of our social events and chat to members and then you can get a first hand sense of what 'twinning' is about.


Membership is £10 for families and £5 for individuals

A newsletter is produced twice a year featuring events which have been held, especially the activities during the most recent exchange visits.  Social events locally include:-  The annual quiz:   Summer garden party:   Christmas party or a winter social evening.


East Woodhay Twinning Sign



To view a slideshow of our recent visit please click here and then press the triangle to play.




Where are the villages?

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 Annual General Meeting January 2018

Acting chairman – Genie Stapleton
Secretary – Moyra Harkness
Treasurer – Alan Stapleton
Membership secretary – Peter Stanley
Committee members – Mike Jenkins
Committee member – Ian Hancock
Committee member – Helen Allen

Diary events 2018

Quiz- 3rd  March 2018 at Highclere village hall

Visit to France - 25th to 28th May 2018


FIND OUT MORE! There’s so much to tell you so please get in touch.
  Moyra Harkness (secretary) would love to hear from you.