Friends of Triel

Leatherhead and District Twinning Association


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 and Forthcoming Events

Summer Picnic

Held on Saturday 11 September 2021

The summer picnic was held in Bridget’s lovely garden and attended by a number of our members.

The weather was very kind and a good time was had by everyone.

To see pictures, please click here.

Triel AGM 2021

20:00 Tuesday 16 November 2021

We have now booked the Reeves Room for 8pm at Leatherhead Parish Church for our AGM and as usual this will be followed by cheese and wine.

Please make a note of the date and join the committee if you can for our annual review and some excellent cheeses.

Annual Exchange visit to Triel 2022

May 2022, date tbd.

The committee has been in discussion with both the coach company and Nicole Jusserand, the twinning organiser in France, to discuss when we might plan to travel to Triel next year. We are aiming for a May date in 2022 (possibly 12th – 15th or 19th – 22nd) but as yet no decisions have been made. This is because the French twinning organisation won’t meet until the beginning of September to plan their year, so we hope to finalise a date after that. The coach company Stagecoach have our deposit so we are in a position to confirm with them rapidly once we have agreed a travel plan with Nicole. We hope to keep the cost of the trip the same as before (£210pp) and will update everyone once we have dates and more details of the programme.

One point it is probably worth mentioning is that all travellers will need to be double-vaccinated, as these are the current regulations for travelling to France.

Please could any members who are hoping to travel to Triel next May let David Crutchley know. We’d like to get an idea of where we stand with regard to numbers on the coach so it would be very helpful to hear from potential travellers, both those whose deposits we still have and any new members wishing to join us

Passport information - Important changes

Due to changes in validity since leaving Europe, your passport is now only valid for 10 years from the issue date on your passport.

If your passport was issued prior to the UK leaving the EU with additional months on, those extra months are no longer valid.

Example: Passport issue date 10 Nov 2012, Passport expiry date 14 Jun 2023. Your passport expiry date is now the 10 Nov 2022.

Most countries in the EU require that your passport is valid for 6 months on the date of return from your holiday , some countries it’s 3 months, meaning the last date you could return on the above example would be the 10 May 2022.

There have been lots of stories on the news of people losing thousands of pounds as they did not know about this new rule.

You can check if your passport is valid on this link.