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Social and fund raising events

Rotherfield Twinning Association raises its own funding through the annual membership fee and through half a dozen social activities to keep members in touch. These have included progressive dinners, pot luck and hosted lunches or teas held in members’ homes or gardens, wine quizzes. Funds are needed to pay for the French guest group visits and one group dinner.

Past Events

Photos of lunch in 2011

In 2012 the Foleys hosted a strawberry cream tea - held sadly indoors due to the changeable weather conditions of the day.

A couple of photos taken during our most enjoyable visit to Buckingham Palace (State Rooms and Garden tour) on 22nd August 2012 can be seen in the gallery. We were not allowed to take photographs anywhere except around the rear terrace.

In 2015 there, was a cream tea with strawberries, sandwiches,and cake at Sweet Meadow Farm - (together with Croquet on the lawn and Pétanque on the drive!) Thanks to all our participants we raised £106.


Wine Quiz

From time to time we arrange a wine quiz. The last event was on 13th November 2015 at The Courtyard Cafe in Rotherfield. As in previous years, we tasted 3 white wines, enjoyed a ploughman’s supper interval with a glass of wine to accompany the food, and then we tasted 3 red wines. The venue proved very convivial, and a good time was had by all.

How does our wine quiz work? Well, it’s a modification of the game of “Call my Bluff”. Three descriptions of each wine are read out as you taste, and then you use your skill and knowledge (i.e. guess!) to decide which is correct. While French wines are likely to feature, wines could be from any country, Arranged in teams of four, each team gets a point for the correct answer so there is a prize at the end for the team with the highest number of points. It’s not a serious evening! There is also a raffle.


Photos from our wine quiz in 2013

Visit to Westminster, 20 May 2017

Waiting at entrance

Group waiting to enter the Houses of Parliament following visit to Westminster Abbey.

Naming Ceremony Friday 15 May 2015 at 7pm

Twitten signAlong with our visitors from Saint-Chéron, members of the Twinning Association joined David Thomas, Chair of the Parish Council, councilors, and representatives of village youth groups to unveil the name sign for the well-known and much used Twitten which leads from the King's Arms pub along the top edge of the Millennium Green to New Road.

There are two signs, one at either end of the Twitten Saint-Chéron.

Last year in Saint-Chéron the Allée de Rotherfield was named in our village's honour, so the compliment is being returned here. A twitten, a narrow path between two hedges or walls, is a name which is often strange not just to the French, but to the English as well, as it is not common outside south-east England.

Twitten Ceremony

Other reports

Rotherfield Carnival - 2014

The Bonfire Society very kindly donated a quarter of its street collection to the Twinning Association.


Opportunity for French Lessons

We have been in contact with a French teacher in Crowborough (who apparently is French) offering tuition, either in a small group or individually.

Fees for the 10 weekly sessions of the course are £90pp when taken in a group of 4.
To book a place in a group of 4 or to enquire about alternative individual (1-2-1 or 1-2-2) tuition, please, please call Martine on (01892) 66 32 32.

poster 11th November 2013

Twinning Link Visit May 2013

Over the weekend of May 17th-20th for our 27th year of friendship, seventeen French twinners from St Chéron in the Essonne department, south west of Paris visited us. After a welcome reception in Rotherfield School Hall on Friday evening, everyone dispersed to spend the evening at home. Some were welcoming old friends, some making new friends with new visitors to Rotherfield.
Saturday saw a day-long visit to Hampton Court Palace and the Twinning Association was pleased to offer spare coach places to other villagers too.

We took a boat trip from Kingston to the Palace to arrive in style. It was an entertaining journey as the Thames was full of rowing boats in a race, and some of them not too good at steering either!
Sunday came and folk did their own thing with their guests until tea time when a visit to Toad Hall to discover Wealden vernacular architecture was on offer, thanks to Mr and Mrs Bagshawe. The weekend finished with dinner at the Mark Cross Inn for the whole group on Sunday evening before an early departure on Monday morning.

Here are some comments and anecdotes from those involved in the weekend which you may find entertaining.

Many thanks to those who hosted, including two ladies who were still in the process of house moving but made no problem of hosting all the same. Why don’t YOU get involved next time?

Posted 15th June 2013


At the recent AGM is was agreed to hold membership at £25 per couple and £12 per single person. Please send your subscription to the Treasurer, Mike Foley at The Mount, New Road, Rotherfield,
TN6 3JT if you have not already done so.

Revised 22nd June 2014

For a report on the walking weekend at Padstow in September, please see our Joint Walks page.

Report on Visit to Saint-Chéron - May 2012

On May 11th 2012, 18 Rotherfield twinners arrived in Saint-Chéron for a group weekend. They traveled by car, making their own arrangements to get there. Some car-shared. Once there, there were some activities in which everyone shared, namely the Friday night welcome and the visit to Chartres. Even those who knew Chartres had not experienced the visits and activities there before. Remaining time was spent with host families and the visits or activities which they shared with their English guests. Everyone had different experiences - here is a selection of comments:

See Gallery for photos of visit.

News from Rotherfield Primary School

Our school is currently receiving/sending letters to our pen pals in Saint-Chéron, France; the children comment:

from Eliza:

from Herbie:

from Anna:

from Benjamin:

from Archie:

from Annabelle:

View Gallery for photos of the children with their pen-pal letters.