Verneuil is a village about the same size as the Shelfords, and has a thriving community life. It is situated approximately 30 miles north of Paris (about three hours drive from Calais) and is bordered by three large forests. Senlis, a cathedral city with a beautiful mediaeval centre, is only a few miles away, as is Chantilly, famous for its race course and château. Verneuil has a long history dating from prehistoric times.

Verneuil’s Comité de Jumelage (Twinning Association) is extremely active; they are now twinned not only with us, but also with Piegaro, a village in Umbria, Italy (near Assisi and Perugia) and Dvur Kralove, a town in the Czech Republic, near Prague.
The three countries organise triangular exchange visits every year, each country hosting the other two in turn. This means arranging a programme and accommodation for up to 100 guests. When the ‘triangular’ is held in Verneuil, a small contingent from the Shelfords also receives an invitation to participate.

Photographs of Verneuil-en-Halatte