Forthcoming Events for 2019-20

38th Chrono Race 18th and 19th October. Chrono Fair 18th to the 21st Oct

HCC are returning with Newtown Twinning Association.

Hafren Cycling Club trio prepare for the prestigious French time-trialing event the Chrono des Nations which will take place on 20th October 2019.

Emma Serjeant, Sam Holwill and Louise Hurdley, all members of Hafren Cycling Club are currently training for the UCI Chrono des Nations, an elite race against the clock in the town of Les Herbiers twinned with Newtown where they will go head to head with some of the world’s leading time triallists. Previous winners of the event have included Chris Boardman, David Millar and Tony Martin.

This will be Emma’s third trip to Les Herbiers for the event. Emma is currently the Welsh Masters Time Trial Champion and is hoping to set a personal best at the event and looking forward to being reunited with her French friends made through the Newtown Twinning committee and hosts from previous years.

Sam and Louise will visit Les Herbiers for the first time in October.  Sam is currently the Welsh Youth Hill Climb Champion and regularly travels the length and breadth of the country competing in UK National Road Races. Sam will progress on to the Junior ranks next year and hopes to gain a place on a race team and compete regularly in Europe on the road.

Louise, who is relatively new to time trialing, is excited to be racing on the international stage and the trio are thoroughly looking forward to the amazing opportunity.

NTA Annual Dinner: Saturday the 19th of October 2019.

Newtown Twinning Annual Dinner held at the Waggon and Horses Newtown at 7pm for 7.30pm on Saturday 19th Oct 2019.  Two or Three courses with a French theme evening.  Please see below for Details of the menu and booking.

Please see below our Annual Dinner menu kindly provided by Neil at The Waggon and Horses Garden View Restaurant.

Please note that this is a French theme set menu with a provision for Vegetarian (V), Gluten Free (GF), and Dairy Free (DF).  These special dietary choices on the menu are only provided in limited numbers for our Vegetarian, Celiac and Vegan friends.

The set menu provided includes Soufflé, Lamb and triple dessert. GF Jus can be provided on request with the Lamb main course.

The Restaurant has a capacity of 40 so we would ask you to book early on a first come first served basis.  To make a booking please email: with your meal choices, full name and tel. number.   Please be aware that when we receive your booking request you will be contacted and advised regarding your payment.

Stuart Owen, Managing Director at Advance Building Designs Ltd., Chair of Open Newtown and member of Newtown community steering group / Newtown Unlimited will be our guest speaker for the evening and will be talking about the Open Newtown Project of which Newtown Twinning Association is a community member.

Wales France International, Principality Stadium Cardiff. February 22nd 2020.

This is a joint event with 26 of our French Friends from Les Herbiers visiting. A party of 50 Welsh and French block booked at the stadium!!

Erasmus:  March 2020.


Music Festival Les Herbiers: April 13th-20th 2020

Music Festival

Les Herbiers

Easter 2020

Following the great success of the concert in 2018, when music students from Les Herbiers came to play with the local youth orchestra from Montgomery, an exchange visit was immediately planned for Easter 2020. It promises to be an exciting and memorable trip, including the Montgomery Youth Orchestra, Maldwyn Strings, a folk band, an act from the college and, maybe, members of a local choir. We are looking forward to an evening of fine music, led by Greg Davies, music teacher at Newtown High School, and Bruno Yviquel professor at the music college in Les Herbiers.  There will be music that the students will practise separately and then rehearse together in France, as well as pieces that they will perform in their own ensemble.

There will also be a commemoration of twenty years of twinning, which will take place as part of the evening concert. The inclusion of this celebration will be of great interest to the people of Newtown, who have been part of the two towns’ twinning activities.  We hope that many people will want to join this varied and entertaining trip and share in the festivities.

However, this is a trip open to all, so those who have never hosted someone from Les Herbiers or have never taken part in twinning before, they are welcome to come too.  This is the perfect way to meet French people and stay with a French family, even if one’s language skills are limited.

On the way there and on the return route, we shall be visiting special places of interest, that will broaden the experience of France for everyone. There will be two days of leisure for the non musicians, when it will be possible to take part in organised walks and town tours [keep an eye on the website for details] or to explore the lovely countryside around Les Herbiers.

Owen’s Coaches will drive us in comfort and we shall have two overnight crossings on Brittany Ferries, between Portsmouth and Caen.  The travel fare will be £100 for the students and £200 for adults, with a deposit needed before the end of October.


Tuesday 14th April:     Depart Newtown early afternoon.  Overnight crossing Portsmouth to  Caen.

Wednesday 15th April:     Late morning visit to Mont St Michel.   Arrive late afternoon in Les Herbiers for reception.  Evening with host families.

Thursday 16th April:     Rehearsals / Leisure time for non-musicians.  Evening with host families.

Friday  17th April:     Leisure time  /  Rehearsals.  Evening concert and twinning celebration.

Saturday  18th April:     Return journey with visit to Falaise in Normandy.  Overnight crossing to Portsmouth.

Sunday  19th April:     Arrive back in Newtown around midday.

Please contact our secretary at:  if you are interested in joining the trip.

Flyers for Musicians:


More information on each event to follow!