Swans WI. October meeting report plus June walk & 1st November meeting details
200 Club - September Winners
Valley Art; details here
St Andrew's Church - and a "Thank You" from the Parochial Church Council
An Extract from Secretary's Report
More details on WI here
THURSDAY, 28th June, 2018
Due to the very hot weather and a clash with the Chalke Valley History Festival the planned walk at Broadchalke was substituted with this walk around Hare Warren.
We parked at the top of the hill at the gateway to Hare Warren, after travelling along South Street from Wilton and past Bulbridge.
We took the path straight ahead of us that unfortunately for some metres is a hazardous area due to the amount of dogs ‘poo’ - not the dogs’ fault but the inconsiderate owners.
But we were glad to walk under the shade of the overhanging trees and enjoy the slight breeze rustling through the leaves.
We stopped to admire the view from a gap in the trees before turning right at the path junction. This took us on a slightly downhill route through the woodland. We turned left at a fork in the path and continued this way for some time until reaching another
fork where we turned right and walked to the end of the path that joins a farm track.
There are beautiful views here across the Wiltshire countryside. We debated whether to proceed to the punch bowl but because of the heat decided to return back along the track that runs straight through to the road and the area where we parked the cars.
We met no other people on the route that is usually fairly busy with dog walkers. A few butterflies flitted about but the birds were quiet, probably sheltering under the green canopy.
The walk took around an hour and a quarter and was just over two miles long.
It was an ideal route for a hot summer’s day.
Members from SWANS Women’s Institute recently arranged a luncheon for invited guests and VIPs at the Wiltshire Federation of Women’s Institute’s Annual Council Meeting at the City Hall.
This is the second year running they have been asked to arrange the lunch, and they were again pleased to receive many positive comments from the guests.
SWANS WI are involved with many activities. They meet at South Newton Village Hall every month and have members from the surrounding villages, Wilton and Salisbury. For details go to www.southnewtonpc.org.uk and follow the WI link.
A warm welcome awaits any-one who would like to come along. We welcome members from all the surrounding villages and nearby areas and if you are interesting in joining our friendly Women's Institute please contact:
Visitors are also welcome to our meetings or monthly walks.
President: Vicky Archer 01722 790271
Secretary: Loraine Sherlock email@example.com
SWANS WI hosted a Three Valleys Group Meeting on October 16th in South Newton and Wishford Village Hall.
Members from Harnham Evening, DInton, Hindon and Fonthills, and Broadchalke WIs were entertained by the Salisbury and Ringwood Scottish Dancing Group, with some members joining in the dancing.
A competition held for the best homebaked shortbread was won by Hindon and the Fonthills, although our entry baked by Kathleen Stewart
(Photographed) looked very impressive and tasted delicious.
Our member, Carol Marks, organised a ‘Scottish’ themed raffle, and a delicious afternoon tea provided by our members was organised by Vicky Archer.
SWANS WI are 90
SWANS WI recently pulled out all the stops to celebrate their 90th anniversary.
The celebrations at South Newton village hall began with a warm welcome of a champagne reception for members and invited guests, and a chance to look at a display of memorabilia cataloguing their past activities as South Newton, Wishford and Stapleford WI to the present day under their new name of SWANS. After a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, a delicious two course lunch was served prepared and cooked by the committee, followed by coffee and an amazing selection of petit fours baked by members Venice, Diane and Margaret. Next on the Programme was the unveiling of a new tablecloth designed and stitched by the Creative group under the direction of Lin, and the draw for a Denman scholarship that was won by their secretary, Loraine.
Guests were then entertained to a comical stage performance, that had been written by two committee members, Pamela and Carol, entitled ‘A very special meeting of the Old Birds WI’ that was performed by all the committee with much hilarity.
A special birthday cake baked by Vicky and beautifully decorated by Phillipa was cut and enjoyed with a welcome cup of tea, during which time a grand raffle took place with a variety of prizes generously donated by local businesses.
The day ended with the National Anthem before guests departed clutching special 90th birthday balloons, having enjoyed and shared this special time with SWANS WI.
Our October Meeting saw us a little down on numbers for various reasons but those of us present had a pleasant afternoon with much to talk about as we met up with friends once again. After the usual business was attended to and reports read, a vote of thanks was made to Loraine, who is standing down after organizing and leading our Walking Group for many years. She has always put a great deal of thought and effort into making our monthly walks so rewarding.
Our Speaker, Charlotte Popescu entertained us with an interesting and informative talk entitled "Foraging for Wild Food" accompanied by beautiful slides of various wildflowers etc. - a great deal of which we normally treat as weeds. It seems we should be harvesting them and adding them to our diets as they are often packed with vitamins and minerals, and could bring more variety and interest to our daily meals, perhaps. Nettle soup here we come!
There were no foraged ingredients served at tea time, just lots of truly delicious cakes and sandwiches to enjoy with much lively conversation.
Our busy and industrious Craft Group meets once a month, as do our Scrabble and Walking Groups. We are a friendly, welcoming group so if you would like to come along please 'phone our President, Vicky on 01722 790271 for more information.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 1st. November 2.00 p.m. and our Speaker, Lynda Warren will be talking to us about a "Treasure Chest of Expressions" - sounds interesting!
Picture from the June walk:
A collage of the 90th Anniversary
(Click on photo to enlarge)