Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association

Our Association always welcomes applications from anyone who is interested in forming friendships with a French family and who also have a connection with the town of Cowes.

This connection can be having (or had) an address or employment in Cowes or its neighbouring areas, or have a close interest within the region.


This Association was formed in 1964 with a view to furthering social, cultural and sporting exchanges between the citizens of both towns.


A Twinning Charter was duly agreed and signed by the serving local officials:


Chairman of Cowes UDC:
Cllr E. J. Powell


Maire de Deauville:
Monsieur Michel d’Ordano


This Charter was later re-affirmed in June 2004, again by the local officials:


Mayor of Cowes Town Council:
Cllr A. L. Wells

Maire de Deauville:
Monsieur Philippe Augier


The Association is primarily concerned with cultural exchanges rather than promoting trade but, nonetheless, the many French visitors invited through the Association’s activities help to promote the name of Cowes to the French communities of Deauville and Normandy.

Over the ensuing years the Association has promoted visits to Deauville by both our members and various groups having a common interest, for example: Cowes members of the Isle of Wight Fire Brigade Royal British Legion Youth Band, (which has been invited to attend many Armistice Day services and Bastille Day celebrations at Deauville); sporting groups such as Judo; Rugby; Runners; Yachting; etc.


Visitors from Deauville have often attended Armistice Day services at the Cowes War Memorial, Northwood Park.

The Association has also been successful in finding local accommodation for French students wishing to study English.


The main event of our annual programme is the exchange visit which is hosted on alternate years by the Cowes and Deauville Twinning Associations.
These are always very relaxed occasions.


The Annual General Meeting is held during the month of May.


Throughout each year the Cowes Association also holds various social functions both to raise funds (we are entirely self-funded) and to offer members the opportunity to keep in touch as a group. These funds are used solely for the expenses arising from the entertainment of our French guests. The Cowes members are totally responsible for their own costs.


It is hoped that the Association can continue to lend its support towards a general sense of civic pride within the community of Cowes.

Membership typically varies between 45 to 50 from year to year.


All enquiries are most welcome!




Honorary President

Mrs June Powis



Mr Andy Waters

Tel: 01983 297694


Vice Chairman and Membership Secretary

Mr Peter Ash


Secretary and Publicity Officer

Mr Barry Bates

Tel: 01983 296303


Liaison Officers

Mr Andy Waters

Mr Barry Bates


Treasurer Officer

Mrs Sue Waters


Social & Funds

The post to be shared by the Committee and

Mrs Molly Hale

Mrs Gladys King





Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association
Tuesday, 26th July 2016

Report on the visit to the Isle of Wight by our French counterparts.


Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association
Thursday, 14th August 2014

Twinning 50th Celebrations Programme for October 2014.


Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association
Monday, 17th February 2014

Newsletter February 2014


Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association visit to Deauville and Bayeux
Thursday, 21st June 2012

Photos of the visit in June 2012.


Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association
Thursday, 26th January 2012

New contact numbers


Report on French Visit to Cowes
Thursday, 18th August 2011

during August 2011.


Report on Deauville visit – December 2010
Wednesday, 1st December 2010

Report on the visit to Deauville in December 2010 for the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Deauville


Report on Deauville visit – June 2010
Wednesday, 30th June 2010

This year it is the turn of our French friends in Deauville (near Le Havre) to be the hosts for our annual ‘Get-Together’ visits.


  • Village Forum
  • Northwood Village Map
  • Village News
  • Village Diary
  • Village Diary (past)
  • Village History
  • Local I.W. Councillor
  • Village Photo Gallery
  • Village People
  • Natural History
  • Local Links
  • Community Partnership
  • Local Groups and Clubs