About us


If you enjoy France and its culture, meeting people, making new friends, social activities and good food and drink maybe we are the Group for YOU! Why not come and join us?

Brentwood/Montbazon Town Twinning Association

Since the signings in 1994/5 Brentwood has been twinned with the beautiful town of Montbazon in the valley of the river Indre in France.

Although only 10kms away from the bustling city of Tours on the river Loire, Montbazon is everything one could wish for in a typical French town. It is centred around its town hall, the Mairie, with the river Indre passing sleepily through the town, meandering past its medieval Donjon de Foulque Nerra and water mills, mansions, vineyards, historic castles and chateaux creating a haven of peace in its green valley, ‘Place Brentwood’ is in the centre of the town, which also boasts luxury and more simple hotels, restaurants, bars and picturesque camp sites.

The association is entirely self-supporting apart from a small grant given to us each year by Brentwood Borough Council to cover our administration costs. Events are held in Brentwood at approximately monthly intervals to raise the sums needed to entertain our friends in Montbazon, serving also to forge friendships amongst the members in Brentwood.  Membership is open to all.

Town Twinning Explained

Town twinning is for people of all ages who want to make new friends in Brentwood and in our twin town. Every year exchanges take place, alternately year by year, with up to 40 people visiting Montbazon or Brentwood, hosting each other in families. A warm welcome is assured during every visit and lifelong friendships have been formed.

What is its purpose?
Our objective is to encourage international friendship and understanding between the citizens of the Borough of Brentwood and Montbazon by promoting:-
Social – sporting – artistic – cultural – educational – commercial exchanges

Who are we?
We are an independent, non-political, self supporting group of friendly people living in the Borough of Brentwood with an interest in France, its culture, its heritage and its language.

What do we do?
Hosting our French friends in Brentwood has to be paid for, so wee meet for regular social events, such as: 
Talks – walks – quiz nights – coffee mornings – French film nights –Traditional French meals – French conversation sessions (all levels welcome)
in order to raise money to finance these visits.  Some activities, however, are purely social in nature.