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Buxton's French Town Twinning Association

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Oignies (pronounced Wannee) is Buxton's twin town in Northern France. Our Association maintains the strong bond between Buxton and Oignies, which goes back all the way to the Second World War. We do this by promoting friendship between the people of the two towns, via events throughout the year, often in conjunction with Les Amis de Buxton, our counterpart association in Oignies.

The principal event of the year is the annual visit, which alternates between France and Derbyshire, when families from the two associations host their counterparts over a long-weekend. The Twinning Visits are always fantastic fun; you don't have to speak French, but we all have a go - often with hilarious results! For more information, and how to join please click here

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Round Buxton Quiz and BBQ - Sat Afternoon on 22 June - Details here

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The principal aims of our association are...


  • Promoting friendship between the people of Buxton and Oignies

  • Commemoration of those who died during the Second World War. Particularly the six soldiers from Buxton, whose bodies are buried in the Cemetery at Oignies, and the eighty citizens of that town who were murdered by the German Army.

  • We encourage families to join us in our exchange visits to Oignies and to host French families on the return visit.

  • Membership is open to all residents of Buxton and the High Peak. Annual subscription is £28 per adult. Child subscription is free. Contact details here.

Visits to Oignies are organised during the spring of every other year, with families from Oignies visiting Buxton in the spring of intervening years.

We have fundraising activities throughout the year to finance events and hospitality whilst we are hosting our friends from Oignies in Buxton.

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