Upcoming Events

To join the mailing list of upcoming events, please email hhtwinners@gmail.com.

Countryside walk and picnic - Saturday 24th July 10.15 a.m. to approx 2.30 p.m.

Family, friends and dogs are all welcome to join our countryside walk and picnic. The walk will be approximately 3 ½ miles each way, from West Grinstead Station, RH13 8LY (along the old track of the disused railway line - which is a section of the Downs Link) to Southwater Lake Visitor Centre, and return.

We meet in the car park of the old West Grinstead railway station, located just off the A272 between Cowfold and Bucks Barn at 10.15 a.m. When driving from Cowfold, in the direction of Bucks Barn, take the first turning on the right after Kennel Lane, and just before “The Orchard” restaurant (just past the King and Stevens Machinery shop on the left). It is very easy to overshoot, so slow down as soon as you approach the bend.

Picnic: Bring your own picnic or, if you prefer, order your picnic food from the Southwater Country Park Cafe – they have a good selection of sandwiches, baguettes, cakes, drinks and ice creams etc.

If for some the walk is too long, drive to the car park at the Southwater Country Park (RH13 9UN) and join us for our picnic by the lake outside the cafe at approximately. 11.45 a.m.

PLEASE RSVP  hhtwinners@gmail.com

Summer Barbecue - POSTPONED

The original date of 25 June has been postponed due to the wet weather forecast. A new date will be confirmed for later in the summer once Covid-19 restrictions are fully lifted so there can be a contingency plan in case of rain.

A barbecue will be held at a private residence for members of the French and German Language Groups. A small contribution towards the food will be expected. Please email us on hhtwinners@gmail.com if you are interested in coming.

Haywards Heath Town Day - Victoria Park Saturday 11 September

We are planning to open up Cafe Bonstein again at Town Day this year. This event is usually well supported by our members and generates a lot of interest from members of the public. As with all other events, this will be subject to prevailing rules at the time. We will need some help with serving and baking, so if you feel you could lend a hand, please email us on hhtwinners@gmail.com.

Past Highlights

February 2020

Interview on BBC Radio Sussex!

Haywards Heath Twinning Association was featured on Mark Carter's Saturday Breakfast show on BBC Radio Sussex on 1 February.  Mark interviewed the Deputy Mayor of our French twin town Bondues Alain Fauvarque and the Association's very own Chairperson Irene Balls. You can listen to the interview on BBC Sounds by following the below link (available until 25 February 2020). The interview starts around 2 hours 47 minutes:


You can also see the photos that Mark took of Bondues on BBC Sussex's Facebook page:


October 2019

Musical Evening with Support of Haywards Heath Town Council

This was a truly international musical evening with the support of Haywards Heath Town Council. The Anything Goes duo provided fabulous entertainment with a mix of English, French and German popular songs.  It was wonderful that so many of our friends from Bondues and Taunstein came over to Haywards Heath and shared the evening with us.


August 2019

Traunstein's Twinning Anniversary

A large group travelled from Haywards Heath to Traunstein and were looked after exceptionally well by our friends.  A spectacular event!


January 2019

Bondues Jumelage (Twinning) AGM

Members of Haywards Heath Twinning experienced the customary warm welcome from our friends in Bondues during their AGM weekend at the start of February. An interesting programme of activities was enjoyed. This photo was taken during the visit to the Carrière Wellington

in Arras, which is a network of tunnels dug under the city by New Zealand troops during the First World War.


September 2018

Twinning Celebration in Bondues

Twinning members enjoyed a marvellous weekend of festivities in Bondues, celebrating 20 years of close twinning friendships including the inauguration of of the Square d'Haywards Heath. Our friends in Bondues were fabulous hosts and as usual provided superb food and entertainment.


September 2018

Haywards Heath Town Day

What a fantastic day we had at Town Day in Victoria Park.  Café Bonstein, HHTA's  pop up continental style Café, was a great hit with the public.  There was scarcely a crumb of Apfelstrudel or solitary coffee bean left behind at the end of the day.  Customers were impressed by the delicious home baked cakes and thanked the young student linguists from Oathall College who had served them with charm and smiles.


Celebrating out Twinning Anniversaries

HHTA celebrated 25 and 20 years respectively of twinning with Traunstein in Germany and Bondues in France. Celebrations included a gala dinner with the mayors of all three twinning towns in Borde Hill.


To mark these anniversaries we set up a community project to create three textile wall hangings, one for each Town Hall; the theme was ‘Friendship’. Several schools in Haywards Heath contributed to the project and created their own 'friendship' designs celebrating connections with Traunstein and Bondues. 

Mayors reception at the Town Hall.                                  Traunstein and Bondues were each given a wall hanging             


Our Celebration Cake!         


One beautiful and creative example of students creativity 

in the textile project with the theme of 'friendship'