An emergency message from our Chairman

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all the Twinning Association’s social activities are not able to take place until further notice.   We hope to hold a delayed AGM before the end of 2020 – almost certainly via video-conferencing.

By agreement with our friends in Montbazon, the planned visit of the frrench to Brentwood was also postponed, probably until next year.


A welcome from our Chairman

Hello, my name is Sue Kortlandt and, on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Brentwood/Montbazon Town Twinning Association, I should like to welcome you to the Association through its website.

Town twinning began soon after the end of the Second World War, as a way of rebuilding friendship between the people of Europe.   The movement was popular and a huge number of towns and villages now have at least one “twin” somewhere in the world.   Ours grew from a link, organised by language teachers at Shenfield High School and Collège Albert Camus in Montbazon, in the 1970s.   The formal Twinning Agreement was signed by Civic Heads of Brentwood and Montbazon on 19th March 1994.

The Twinning Association exists to encourage friendship and promote social, sporting, artistic, cultural, educational and commercial links with Montbazon.  We meet regularly for social events such as talks, quizzes, French films and meals and, most recently, a successful Murder Mystery evening.   We also raise funds for our annual exchange visits; in the “odd” years we visit Montbazon and in the “even” years they come to us.    We have also established visits between the Brentwood Art Society and their counterparts in Montbazon and hope to develop links with rugby, bridge and pétanque clubs.

If you are new to the idea of twinning, I hope the information on this website will spark your interest and that you will consider joining our friendly group.   Membership is only £10 annually for adults –  and free for children if a parent joins.

We welcome your feed back on all aspects of the Twinning, but particularly on the website as we seek to produce something fit for the 2020s.