Barby Twinning Association

Chair   Bart Springer      07894 270 243 email
Deputy Chair Baggy Biddle 07968 293 971
Secretaries Jackie Frampton  07956 361 833
Minutes Secretary To be appointed
Treasurer Mary Cory 0787 948 2629
Committee Members Mary Evans, Dedorah Nigh, Sally Ryves, Mariel Springer

Barby is twinned with our sister city in France, Vulaines-sur-Seine to promote friendly cultural ties.

Membership is open to individuals and families living in the Barby and Onley Parish and surrounding areas
You do not need to be able to speak French and you are not required to host a French family.

Download a Street map of Vulaines-sur-Seine click here and to view the Vulaines website click here.

For many years Barby has been twinned with the picturesque French village of Vulaines-sur-Seine. Vulaines is close to the historical town of Fontainebleau. As its name implies, Vulaines is situated directly on the placid Seine River.

2020 Visit to Vulaines 

Due to the current health situation, we have decided to postpone our trip to Vulaines in May this year.  We will be planning our 2021 exchange visit later this year so, if you are interested in spending a weekend with our twin village, please ring Christine on 01788 522865 for more information. 

In late May or early June each year, members take part in an exchange with families from Vulaines.  Barby members visit Vulaines and Vulaines members visit Barby and our surrounding area.  

Coach travel is arranged with a charge dependent on numbers travelling.
To visit Vulaines-sur-Seine a member only pays for their own travel expenses.
Once in Vulaines, please be aware that many from our twinned town are real “Anglophiles” and you will be treated as a most honoured guest.

Vulaines Town Hall


Barby and Vullaines Commerative Plaque


This long weekend is a splendid opportunity to see a beautiful part of France, experience French family life, and for one to learn or improve their language skills, especially children. You will have a lot of fun with your French family and at the same time get to know neighbours from your own area.
This is an experience beyond a package tour of France.
Very often lifetime friendships are established on these weekends.

A typical visit to Vulaines includes:

  • Friday: Travel by coach to Vulaines. A welcome dinner with your host family.
  • Saturday: After breakfast with your host, an entertainment is laid on by our host families for our entire group. Saturday evening usually includes a grand meal with entertainment.
  • Sunday: There is often a picnic or other entertainment in the afternoon. Sunday evening is a supper with your hosts and perhaps other families. The exact program may vary.
  • Monday morning after breakfast we board our coach for home.
Sometimes we will stay in a hotel along the route to and from Vulaines
which is an additional cost to you. 

This is an exciting opportunity to form new friendships and be part of an active and vibrant fun organisation.

The annual membership for families is normally £20 and for individual members is £10.  However our AGM has been postponed until June 2021 and subscriptions have been suspended until July 2021 which means any new members will have their first year free.  

Become a member today

Contact our Chair or Secretary to attend the next meeting or send this application form with your cheque made to Barby Twinning Association. to our Chair.

Chair: Bart Springer,
Merry Lodge, Barby, CV23 8UB
Phone: 07894 270 243

Secretary: Jackie Frampton,
3 Balding Close, Barby
Phone: 07956 361 833

Download and complete this application form.  

Vulaines Church


In 2018 the children of Barby Primary School and the children in Vulaines sur Seine, Barby's twin village have received bilingual reading books presented by Barby Twinning Association with help from a grant from Barby Townlands and Educational Charity it is hoped that links between the young people in the two schools will get stronger this year.

In 2019 a pen pal programme was started encouraging the children at both schools to exchange letters to their  pen pal in the other school.  

Bilingual reading books presented by Barby Twinning Association to schools in Barby and Vulaines sur Seine

Bilingual reading books presented by Barby Twinning Association to schools in Barby and Vulaines sur Seine