Highworth is a small, hilltop market town situated 6 miles north east of Swindon in Wiltshire. Its parish church, with eight bells dates from the 13th century and the town has many Queen Anne and Georgian buildings. At the time of the 1801 census the town was the most important in north east Wiltshire, with a population larger than its nearest neighbour Swindon.
Highworth boasts many independent local businesses and a weekly market is held in the square every Saturday. The town has a strong community feel, with a large number of local clubs and organisations.
The Highworth Twinning Association (HTA) was formed in 1990 when the town twinned with Pontorson in Normandy, France. In June 2010 HTA celebrated 20 years of twinning with Pontorson and also signed a charter formalising its twinning arrangement with Wassenberg, Pontorson's twin town in Germany.
Pontorson is situated on the river Couesnon, which forms the Normandy - Brittany border. The town is well placed for travellers crossing the channel from Portsmouth. St Malo is only 50 km away, Cherbourg is 115km north and Ouistreham/Caen is 120km to the northeast. Just 5 km north of Pontorson is the Mont St Michel, the most visited tourist attraction in France outside of Paris.
Wassenberg is a small town on the German/Dutch border, a short distance from Aachen. It is located in a rural area with large open fields where asparagus, new potatoes and strawberries are cultivated. Large areas of woodland add to the attraction of the low undulating countryside.