The towns of Crowborough and Montargis are twinned through war time connections between Colonel Maurice Buckmaster of the SOE and his counterpart in France Jean Laurent.

The twinning charter was signed on 22 May 1966. We have an active twinning association between the towns, making annual visits. The members stay with families and many long term friendships have been formed, and needless to say a few marriages.  Some of the sports clubs also exchange, and there are close connections with The Royal British Legion. Young people from both towns seek holiday work have gained much from the experience.



Montargis, a much larger town than Crowborough, is about 70 miles south of Paris and with its many canals and waterways is known as The Venice of Gatinais.

If you would like further information please contact Mary and Brian Collins on 01892 662676, email  or click here for the Friends of Montargis application form




On 22nd March 1990 the towns of Crowborough and Horwich were the first towns in this country to be twinned. Horwich is a vibrant town situated five miles north west of Bolton with a population of approximately 20,000.

The Carnival Society of each town try to have annual exchanges and Crowborough is always delighted to receive our twinned visitors and also very grateful for the warm and welcoming reception received when visiting Horwich. More information can be viewed at

             Crowborough and Horwich celebrate 25 years of twinning

Crowborough and Horwich made history in 1990 by becoming the first English towns to twin. At a signing ceremony in Crowborough on Wednesday 10th March Cllr Ron Reed, Town Mayor of Crowborough and Cllr Richard Silvester, Town Mayor of Horwich pledged to continue the special relationship by signing a 25th anniversary charter. Cllr Silvester was presented with a painting by Crowborough artist, David Peacock.

Cllr Reed, who travelled to Horwich in January, said 'There are a lot of similarities between our towns and the potential for what we can do together is enormous.' 

Both Mayors are keen to establish a stonger link between the towns and there are plans to commemorate the anniversary by having inter town sports matches this year.  

Horwich charter    Horwich painting