Highworth Twinning Association



Welcome to the Highworth Twinning Association web site

Highworth is a small rural town situated 6 miles northeast of Swindon in Wiltshire. Its parish church dates from the 13th century and has 8 bells. A market is held in the square every Saturday.

The Highworth Twinning Association (HTA) was formed in 1990 when the town twinned with Pontorson in Normandy. 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 Dutch/German 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 atrraction of the low undulating countryside.


Aims of the Association

> To promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of Highworth, Pontorson and Wassenberg;
> Encourage and organise visits by groups and individuals - especially young people - between the three towns;
> Encourage the development of sporting activities between the three communities;
> Encourage and help members to learn French and German, or improve their command of the languages;
> Encourage the development of personal contacts at all levels, and so broaden the mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational, sporting and commercial activities of the three towns.