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DATES for your DIARY

Future events for you to put in your diary

'Rendez-Vous' will usually take place at the White Hart, Salisbury on the last Thursday of every month, 7.30 -9.00pm.

The dates for 2018 are:

The Annual Dinner 2018

A reminder that the dinner will take place this year at the Rose and Crown, Harnham, on 25th April 2018.

All members should have received an invitation, but ifnot, please contact the secretariat for further details:

We hope to see you... Read more about The Annual Dinner 2018 »

Data Protection

Everyone please note

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new European legal framework for the protection of personal data. The regulation officially comes into effect on 25th May 2018 and it is important that the SSTA (along with all companies, organisations and charities which hold personal data)... Read more about Data Protection »

The Navy Larks to visit Saintes

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Christmas Tree Festival 2017

Once again, SSTA is participating in the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Thomas' Church.

Our tree, together with many others representing organisations, charities and Salisbury groups, will be on display until 10th December.

Our thanks to the Whetstone family for again... Read more about Christmas Tree Festival 2017 »

French Cookery Demonstration

We would like to draw your attention to a cooking demonstration that our local Waitrose Cookery School is holding at 6.30 -- 7.30 pm on Tuesday 29th August. The  cost is £10 per head ( £9 with My Waitrose card) to include a few small eats and a glass of Prosecco.

... Read more about French Cookery Demonstration »

Saintes Salisbury Amities Picnic in the Park

On Friday, 9th June, the Saintes Salisbury Amitiés held a picnic in the park on the Île Madame in Jarnac.  Those of you who know the area may wonder why this took place so far from Saintes and really, other than both being on the Charente river, they do not have too... Read more about Saintes Salisbury Amities Picnic in the Park »

Salisbury to Saintes -how far is it?

Why are our councils trying to force us apart?

Both Salisbury and Saintes celebrate our twinning with signposts pointing to our twin city and stating how far they are apart.

As can be seen from the photos, Saintes says that Salisbury is is 1000 kilometres away,... Read more about Salisbury to Saintes -how far is it? »

Annual General Meeting 2017

Christmas Drinks Party 2016

A happy evening was spent recently in central Salisbury, celebrating the festive season with some Charentais sparkling wine and some homemade delicious delicacies.

If you missed this party, what out for some interesting events in 2017.

Nous vous souhaitons un Joyeux... Read more about Christmas Drinks Party 2016 »

Christmas Tree Festival 2016

St Thomas's Church Christmas Tree Festival is on until Sunday 4th December, and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 12 noon until 6pm.

Thanks to Louise and Ian for another lovely tree for the SSTA.

Do visit it, and the other 108 trees, it's a wonderful show.

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Caption  Sheila Warrander, a former Salisbury mayor and president of the Salisbury Saintes Twinning Association, is pictured at the Association’s annu

26th Annual Dinner

SALISBURY Saintes Twinning Association held its 26th annual dinner at the Rose & Crown Hotel, Harnham, attended by members old and new.

Among guests were former mayor and president of the Association, Sheila Warrander, accompanied by her husband and official consort,... Read more about 26th Annual Dinner »

Longford Castle

Visit to Longford Castle

Anywhere with a French connection, however tenuous, is a likely candidate for a visit by members of the SSTA. So it was no surprise that we ended up with a waiting list for tickets for our visit to Longford castle, a mere three miles from the city centre and home of the Earl and Countess of... Read more about Visit to Longford Castle »

French leaflet launch at Salisbury Museum

The day before handing over his chain of office, the outgoing Mayor of Salisbury, Clr Andrew Roberts, was at Salisbury Museum in his role as president of the Salisbury Saintes Twinning Association.

It was the final event of his mayoral year with Clr Roberts helping to launch the... Read more about French leaflet launch at Salisbury Museum »

A successful Moroccan evening

Thirty members of the SSTA enjoyed a Moroccan meal at the Eastern Chillout restaurant on Fisherton Street in Salisbury.  The dinner started with a tradition Moroccan soup, harira.  A further four delicious courses ensued, finishing with a typically Moroccan pudding with mint tea... Read more about A successful Moroccan evening »

Newsletters update

The SSTA committee has decided that there will be no further newsletters, as all our forthcoming events are published in 'Dates for your Diary' and all our proceedings are reported in the 'News' section.  Thank you to Mervyn for producing the newsletters in the past -please now send... Read more about Newsletters update »

AGM 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the SSTA was held at the White Hart hotel, on Friday 26th February 2016. Anyone who would like to see the minutes from this meeting should apply to the SSTA secretary at .

Wine and soft drinks was enjoyed by all, as Ian... Read more about AGM 2016 »

Christmas Tree Festival 2015

There's just enough time to visit the Christmas trees in St Thomas' Church.   The festival ends on Sunday 6th December, and is a spectacular show, with more than a hundred trees from all of Salisbury's charities and societies.  This year our tree is a stunning red, white and blue... Read more about Christmas Tree Festival 2015 »

Two Mayors and Catherine Vieuille, Chairman of Amities

Meeting of the Mayors

Salisbury's Mayor, Cllr Andrew Roberts drove to Saintes this weekend for a celebration of the 25 years' of  friendly and commercial twinning. He is seen here with Jean Philippe Machon and Catherine Vieuille, the chairman of the Amitiés, at a welcome in the Hôtel de Ville. 

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Cathedral to Cathedral - they did it!

After 300.11 miles, and only one puncture (on arrival at Salisbury Cathedral), Hugo and Inigo Hawkings arrived back after five days cycling to cheers and applause. They raised more than £6500 for the Stars Breast Unit Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital (see previous News item), and... Read more about Cathedral to Cathedral - they did it! »

Twin town signs are back in Saintes

Saintes’ Twin Town Signs Are Back.

You may remember that there used to be direction signs to all of Saintes’ twinned towns on the roundabout at the top of the Cours National.  Then, in the winter of 2008/09, the council decided to replace them with two meter high... Read more about Twin town signs are back in Saintes »

Ness Hawkings with her husband, Hugo, and son Inigo (16) before they start their cycle challenge in aid of the new Breast Cancer Unit at Salisbury Dis

Cathedral to Cathedral - by bike...

SIXTH-former Inigo Hawkings has set himself a half-term challenge. He plans to cycle from Salisbury’s twin town, Saintes, in south-west France, back to Salisbury to raise money for the new Breast Cancer Unit at Salisbury District Hospital.

He will be doing the trip with his... Read more about Cathedral to Cathedral - by bike... »

Tornado hits near Saintes

Saintes has a near miss. 

In Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly happen.  You would hope that the same thing applied to the Charente Maritime with regard to tornadoes.  However, there were in the middle of this month (September 2015) and it would seem... Read more about Tornado hits near Saintes »

Anniversary Dinner Sarum College

25th Anniversary Dinner 2015

This year, the SSTA celebrates 25 years since the official document was signed linking the two cities and fostering cultural, commercial, sporting, educational and social links between the citizens of Salisbury and Saintes.

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Our Summer Barbeque 2015


At the home of Ian and Louise Whetstone,  26 members met last Sunday to enjoy delicious food and convivial company.

... Read more about Our Summer Barbeque 2015 »

Members of Salisbury Saintes Twinning Association, hosts and friends gathered outside the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes before returning home.

25th Anniversary visit to Saintes


TWENTY-five years of shared friendship have been marked in Saintes with a visit by the Mayor of Salisbury and a group of SSTA members.

Clr Jo Broom, in her role as city Mayor and as SSTA president, planted a magnolia tree in the park next to the River Charente and... Read more about 25th Anniversary visit to Saintes »

Salisbury Youth Orchestra

Salisbury Area Young Musicians visit Saintes

In a world where the press tell us constantly that all youth are “hoodie” wearing hooligans bent on mayhem, it is refreshing to have an experience which so firmly contradicts that dreadful exaggeration.  The people of Saintes had the opportunity to see how wonderful the best... Read more about Salisbury Area Young Musicians visit Saintes »

Saintes Amities Street Party 2014

The annual Street Party held by our colleagues in the Saintes Salisbury Amitiés took place on Saturday evening, 28th June.  We had the honour to be invited along to represent the Salisbury Saintes Twinning Association.  Sadly, like last year, a thundery weather forecast meant... Read more about Saintes Amities Street Party 2014 »

Photo 1 - Queen Elizabeth Gardens

Flooding in Salisbury

I don’t need to tell you that this has been a very wet and stormy winter and although Salisbury hasn’t suffered the devastating damage that has afflicted other parts of the south of England we have certainly been reminded that Salisbury is watered by five rivers.

Many of... Read more about Flooding in Salisbury »

Salisbury Visitors to Saintes 2014

Take a look at some of the Salisbury folk who are visiting Saintes in 2014. If you're likely to be in the area, do get in touch and enjoy their visit.

3rd-10th April 2014: Cathedral Boys, Girls' and Lay Vicars sing in a number of iconic venues around Saintes. The full programme... Read more about Salisbury Visitors to Saintes 2014 »

National Trust Lecture in Saintes

As you may already know, Salisbury Museum and the Musée archéologique in Saintes have exchanged exhibits from their collections for a year.  In Saintes there is the Stonehenge room at the musée and in Salisbury museum there is the collection of Roman artefacts discovered in... Read more about National Trust Lecture in Saintes »


Exhibition from Saintes at Salisbury and South Wilts Museum, 65 The Close.

In this important new venture the Museum has sent Stonehenge-related items to the Archaeological Museum in Saintes and in return received a fine... Read more about ROMAN ARTEFACTS from SAINTES »


Saturday 18th May was a lovely day in Salisbury, just perfect for Mayor Making.  In contrast, that Saturday was cold and very wet in Saintes and it was also the day for the opening ceremony of the Stonehenge exhibition in the Musée Archéologique.  Marilyn Marks... Read more about STONEHENGE COMES TO SAINTES »

Hotel de Ville Saintes

Twinning in action- a month in Saintes

 My month in Saintes

 Firstly I must stress that the opportunity of going to Saintes and working there in the first place would not have been possible without the help and dedication of Caroline Rippier, Bridget... Read more about Twinning in action- a month in Saintes »