Dorchester Town Council
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The first twinning entered into was with Bayeux (of Tapestry fame) in France.  The links were formed in 1959 and came about because the Dorset Regiment were the first soldiers to enter the town in 1944 as the Second World War came to an end.

If you are interested in joining the Dorchester-Bayeux Society contact the Chairman -

Anthony Thorpe on 01305 259 659

Anthony says "The Dorchester-Bayeux Society is Dorchester's earliest twinning group; in 2009 we celebrated our 50th anniversary, and the 60th is not far distant.

New members are always welcome. You do not have to live in Dorchester to join, nor do you have to speak French; many of our existing members do not, althoiugh it does help if you have some knowledge of the French language and culture.

During the winter we meet every second Thursday evening in the month, at the Dorset Youth Association in Lübbecke Way. Our winter programme includes a series of interesting talks, covering many subjects, a Christmas social and our ever popular End of Season event, in April. Unlike many societies our AGM is always well attended, possibly because it is followed by a wine tasting! As well as our meetings we have a French conversation class and a petanque group who meet on regular occasions.

The highlight of our year, of course, is our annual exchange with our friends in Bayeux. We visit Bayeux in the odd years [2011, 2013, 2015 etc] and they come to Dorchester in the even ones. Many lasting friendships have been made.

A warm welcome awaits you, so if you would like to join the Society please contact me on 01305 259 659


This photograph was taken at a celebration dinner in Charlton Down Village Hall during a recent visit from our friends in Bayeux

If you would like more information about Bayeux visit

Link to Bayeux website