Friends of Triel

Leatherhead and District Twinning Association


Spring Social: Sunday 15th April 2018

We will be meeting at Claremont Landscape Garden (National Trust) on Sunday 15th April at 11.00 in the café for coffee prior to enjoying a walk in the gardens.

Following the walk we will meet again at Garsons Farm where we have an area reserved in the restaurant from 1pm.

Twinning Exchange: Thurs 10th to Sunday 13th May 2018

The committee has been putting in place the arrangements for our annual exchange visit and our French guests will be with us this year from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May, arriving on Thursday at about 6pm and leaving on Sunday morning after breakfast.

This year, we are organising an informal welcome when our guests arrive, rather than a Civic Reception. We plan to spend Friday 11 May in Arundel with a guided tour of the castle and, of course, time to have a wander in the town and find lunch (and maybe a cream tea too!).

During the day on Saturday, we thought a visit to the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park would be wonderful as it’s the best time to enjoy the spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas. This will be a short trip (11am-3pm) as it’s reasonably local and there will be places available on the coach for members for both the Friday and Saturday trips.

On Saturday evening, we’ve booked Tyrrells Wood Golf Club for our evening together where, once again, there will be a wonderful meal, live music and dancing. All our members are more than welcome to join us for this evening event even if you aren’t able to host – just let us know.

If you would like to host a family or person from Triel please complete the online hosting form or download and print the hosting form.

Details of where to send it are included on the form.


Leatherhead & District was officially twinned with a small town in the North West of Paris called Triel-sur-Seine in 2004 following informal exchanges that had taken place on a regular basis since 1992. Every year there are exchanges between groups in our area and groups in Triel.

Friends of Triel

There is great enthusiasm in Triel to link up with local organisations over here - representatives from French churches, choral societies, football clubs, schools and a host of other organisations in Triel are keen to foster links with similar organisations in the Leatherhead area. The twinning committee would be delighted to hear from any local groups who would like to join the 'Friends of Triel'. On a more personal level, the welcome and hospitality encountered by the various groups who have visited Triel over the years is always warm and generous. The committee are keen to expand the membership of the 'Friends of Triel' and would welcome any individuals or families who would like to join as new members.

Recent Exchanges

Twinning Exchange June 2017

Friends of Triel

The exchange to Triel took place from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June 2017. 31 people including 3 children travelled to Triel with a two hours lunch stop break in beautiful city of Amines. On arrival in Triel, there was an unexpected reception in the conference centre where we had drinks and light refreshments with the Mayor and rest of the hosts. Thursday evening was spent with the host families.

On Friday morning the group departed Triel to visit the lovely château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (pictured). It was not crowded, but we did not enter the Château until 2 pm and the guided tour, athough interesting, was very long. This meant a late departure so we did not return until 7 pm. Small groups met together in the evening.

On Saturday 15 of the group with their hosts visited the Fire station which was well worth a visit. In the afternoon the group visited St Germain and evening finished with dinner dance at the usual venue of Coq a Vin. On Sunday there was a stop for lunch at La Coq Hardi in La Touquet where there was excellent food and great value. The group returned back to Leatherhead in the evening.

A report of our trip has been sent to local newspapers.

Twinning Exchange May 2016

In May 2016 we hosted our friends from Triel. The itinerary can be downloaded here.

Twinning Exchange May 2015

From Thursday 28th May to Sunday 31st May 2015 we visited our friends in Triel. Our next visit will be in 2017

Twinning Exchange May 2014

In May 48 of our French friends came to Leatherhead by coach for the annual exchange. It was a hectic and enjoyable weekend which included a trip to Windsor Castle, a Civic Reception, visits to a local sculptor studio, Denbies and Box Hill all rounded off with a dinner dance at Tyrell"s Wood Golf Club, at which hosts and guests danced the night away together to the live band "Atlantis".

Other events during 2014 included a visit from seven young firemen from “L’Association Sportive des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Chanteloup-les-Vignes” who had cycled 450km from Triel to visit their counterparts at the Leatherhead Fire Station and a summer social which included a gentle game of boules and swingball followed by tea and cakes.