Forthcoming Events for 2019-20

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!!

Trip to Cardiff: Available Seats

Please note that we have 6 seats left on the coach to Cardiff at £13.00 per person, unfortunately we do not have any Tickets for the match available, however if you would like to join us to spend the day in Cardiff the travel times are as follows:


  • Friday 21st Feb: French party arrive from Manchester airport at Back Lane Car Park Newtown for collection by hosts at 1.00pm.  Evening meal with hosts.   Important: If you are not able to collect your guests until later in the afternoon  please contact us at:
  • Saturday 22nd Feb: Breakfast with hosts.  Rugby party Leave Newtown from Back Lane car park at 11.00 am.  Please can we ask those hosts who are not traveling to Cardiff on the coach to please bring their guests to the Back lane car park.  Arrive Cardiff 1.00pm.  Coach parking at Museum Ave. or Edward 7th Ave. (see Cardiff map provided)  Game starts at 45 pm, due to security issues we need to be at the entrance gate at 3.15 pm.  (Important: Please see attached new Security details regarding the Stadium)  Return to coach and leave Cardiff at 7.30pm.  Stop at Wetherspoons Brecon, The George Hotel for refreshments or meal.  Return Newtown 12.00pm.
  • Sunday 23rd Feb: Breakfast with hosts.  French party leave Newtown from Back lane car park for Manchester Airport at 7.45am.

Please note that we are unable to leave any earlier from Newtown on Saturday due to the driver’s hours.

If you are interested in joining us for the visit to Cardiff please contact us by email at:

Many thanks

New Security at the Stadium 2020.PDF

Cardiff Parking.PDF

28th Feb 2020 Les 400 Coups

Les 400 Coups is François Truffaut’s semi-autobiographical film, which marks the beginning of the Nouvelle Vague in French cinema.  This is his début as director and centres his story around a thirteen year old rebellious adolescent, struggling with his parents and teachers.


Music Festival Les Herbiers: April 14th-19th 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 Jenkins, 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 including cabin.   A deposit is needed as follows:

Application and Deposit deadlines:

  1. The deadline for all applications and deposits for Musicians and their Family is the 29th of November 2019
  2. The deadline for all applications and deposits from local Newtown people / non musicians is the 20th January 2020.

Information for Musicians and their Families.

Flyers for Musicians:

Information for Musicians and family members wishing to apply for the visit to Les Herbiers:

Musicians and performers travelling to Les Herbiers for our music exchange April 2020 will be required to give their completed application forms (see below) and their deposits of £50.00 to their music association rep. or group leader.  Music associations involved in the exchange are as follows:

·         MYM Montgomeryshire Youth Music
·         Newtown Silver Band
·         Ffonic
·         NPTC Newtown
The appropriate form is to be found below:

Trip to France

Music Exchange Visit at Easter 2020

Celebrating 20 years of Twinning


An exciting trip to France is being organised for Easter 2020, taking our musicians and singers to Les Herbiers, where they will join local students and professional musicians in an exchange concert.

There will be plenty of space for anyone interested in joining the trip.  Not only will everyone be able to go to the concert, but there will be two days of leisure time for visiting the area of the Vendée, local to Les Herbiers.

If you are a keen walker we can also organise guided walks in the area of our twin town.

Expect a friendly welcome and great hospitality in a French home, even if you don’t speak French. Experience the true flavours and culture of France, so much more authentic than staying in a hotel.

Enjoy a comfortable journey in a luxury coach, with overnight crossings on Brittany Ferries with cabins included.

Two interesting visits en route have been planned, one to the iconic Mont St Michel off the Normandy coast and the second to Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror.  There will also be time to indulge in some shopping at a hypermarket in Caen on our return!

The cost will be £200 per adult including cabin.  Please contact us as soon as possible to guarantee a place on this exciting visit!


  • 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 formal welcome and reception.  Evening with host families NTA, MYM and NCC.  NPTC party at La Louisiere.
  • Thursday 16th April:    Rehearsals for MYM / Leisure time for non-musicians.  A visit and guided tour of Nantes available for all those not involved in the Rehearsals.  Evening with host families NTA, MYM and NCC.  NPTC party at La Louisiere.
  • Friday  17th April:    Morning rehearsals for MYM / Leisure time for non-musicians including a local guided walk in Les Herbiers.   NPTC visit to local Enterprises.  Joint evening concert and meal for all in our party.
  • Saturday  18th April:      Return journey with visit to Falaise in Normandy.   Shopping  at a Caen Hypermarket.  Overnight crossing to Portsmouth.
  • Sunday  19th April:     Arrive back in Newtown around midday.

Exact timings and further details to follow.

If you have any questions relating to this visit please contact the association by email at:

Further details relating to guided walks during Leisure time to follow.  Please see application form below.

How to apply for a place on the Music Exchange visit to Les Herbiers April 2020:

Important:  If you are a musician taking part in the music exchange or a family member accompanying a musician then all your applications must go through the musical organisation involved in the visit.

Please note: that we do have spaces on our coach for anybody wishing to join the visit and enjoy the sightseeing and the joint musical concert and if you live in the Newtown area and would like to join us on the visit to Les Herbiers for the 2020 Music Exchange then please can we ask you to complete the application form found below.

Application and Deposit deadlines:

  1. The deadline for all applications and deposits for Musicians and their Family is the 29th of November 2019
  2. The deadline for all applications and deposits from local Newtown people / non musicians is the 20th January 2020.
  3. The final deadline for the payment of your balance is 28th Feb 2020.

You can complete the form in one of 3 ways:

  • Electronically and email to:
  • Electronically and print off
  • Print and complete by hand.
  • If you don’t have access to a printer the forms are available to be collected from the Town Council offices, Brisco House, The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown.

Please post or deliver your completed form and cheque to:

NTA Secretary Andrew Gentle, Newtown Town Council, Brisco House, The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown SY162BB.

With the enclosed cheque deposit for £50.00 made payable to Newtown Twinning Association.

Personal Travel Insurance:

Newtown Twinning Association  nor the coach company are able to provide personal travel insurance.   It is something we advise members of our coach party to arrange themselves.  The European Health Insurance Card is valid until the 31st of December 2020 and can be easily obtained prior to our visit.

Please note:

If you are emailing your completed form to us then please ensure that your £50.00 cheque is delivered to the Town Council office and is clearly identified by name.

Music-2020 Individual Questionnaire.PDF
Music-2020 Musicians Questionnaire.PDF






Newtown Outdoor Festival 2020

Saturday 6th June – Sunday 7th June 2020

Please visit the Newtown Outdoor Festival Website for full details at:

Following the highly successful Walking Festival this year, Walking Newtown will be expanding it into an Outdoor Festival in 2020.

Still the first weekend in June, 6th and 7th, make a note in your diary.  As well as guided walks, this festival will include cycling, canoeing, scouting activities and art events.

There will also be a ceilidh on the Saturday evening.  The festival will involve other local groups and the Newtown Town Council.

Details are still being developed but an outline programme will be available shortly.

If you are a group that would like to take part in this exciting new development in Newtown, please contact:

Newtown Food Festival and The French Village 2020

Town Hall, Newtown. September 5th and 6th 2020

Our friends from Les Herbiers are joining us again this year for the seventh time at the Newtown Twinning marquee and

THE FRENCH VILLAGE September 5th and 6th 2020

As many of you are aware Le Comite de Jumelage Pays des Herbiers have contributed to our Food Festival for the last 6 years bringing a fine selection of Vendee food and wine products for Newtown People to enjoy.

Le Comite de Jumelage Pays des Herbiers are all volunteers like Newtown Twinning Association working to support local communities and promoting Twinning.

Look forward to seeing you all again at the Food Festival 2020.

Newtown Twinning Float at Carnival 2020

Summer Twinning Social Sun 26July

Twinning AGM 13th Aug 2020

The Chrono Les Herbiers Oct 2020

More information on each event to follow!