South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK


Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 03 Jan 18.  Draft Minutes


Next Meeting Wed 07 Feb 18 at 7.30pm.   Agenda

Swans WI.  January meeting report, 90th Birthday report plus November walk & 1st  February meeting details 

Local Government, Parish Newsletters etc here

200 Club - December Winners


Valley Art; details here

St Andrew's Church - and a "Thank You" from the  Parochial Church Council


An Extract from Secretary's Report



Swans WI (formerly South Newton, Wishford & Stapleford Women's Institute)

More details on WI here 

WI WALK, NOVEMBER 30th, 2017



It was great that a good number turned up for this walk as there was a cold biting wind that was keeping the temperature down, and it could have been tempting to stay at home in the warm.


However, with the sun shining as we strode out from the car park it soon became apparent that everybody was enjoying the fresh air, exercise and chat.


We walked straight ahead stopping at a newly erected raised pond that we puzzled over at first until we were informed that it was created for the benefit of wheelchair users - what a lovely idea.


There were lakes either side of us with many waterfowl so we stopped in a hide on our left to get a good view.  Outside this hide were bird feeders filled with nuts and seed. It was being visited by mainly tits, and we also spotted a wren and a very handsome thrush.  But it was also surrounded by by several rats who were feeding on bird food that had dropped to the ground - an easy meal for them!


Moving on we walked to the end of the path turning right through a couple of stiles before we reached another hide overlooking the other lake. In the field opposite were a couple of snowy white egrets once rarely seen inland but now a common visitor.  From the hide we could see many birds including on a small ‘island’ several cormorants. The sun shone on the water that was bright blue with sky reflections, and lighting up the surrounding trees and shrubs with a golden glow that gave a really picturesque winter landscape.


We then carried on with our walk through a wooded area with a stream running alongside until we reached our final hide, where we warmed up a little, chatted and admired the scenery.


Returning to the car park we all agreed that great improvements had been made by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to the reserve.  We are lucky to live nearby and to have free access to it.


This leisurely amble lasted for an hour and was under a mile in length.


If you would like to join in one of our monthly walks please contact Loraine 01722 743577.

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 and follow the WI link.

2017 Swans WI

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: Pam Taylor  01722 790022

Secretary: Loraine Sherlock 01722 743577

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.

January Meeting


The 4th. Jan. saw us all gathered together on a blustery afternoon, swapping stories of our Christmas celebrations, and wishing each other a happy New Year.   After the usual business matters were attended to, we had interesting reports from two members.  Di told us about our new Twinning counterpart in Australia, which promises to be very rewarding and enlightening, as the CWA has a rich history of it's own, and a climate extremely different to ours!   We then heard from Carole about the wonderful time she had at Denman College over the Christmas period - it sounded super, with the chance to learn new skills, have fun, and go to a panto, all in good company, with great food - what's not to like?!


Birthday flowers, kindly provided by Ruth, went to Rose.


The Speaker was Peter Knight, who gave an interesting talk on the origins of church symbolism, with great slides to illustrate this fascinating subject, and no doubt enrich our visits when next we gaze at medieval church windows and statues.


Any resolutions about diets went out of the window when a truly delicious tea was provided by Phillipa, Alana and Venice - much appreciated by all.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 1st. February at 2.p.m.   The title of our talk is "Pensioners Under the Stars" - should be fun!


Why not join us?   Perhaps the W.I. would be just the thing for you to try in 2018.   You would be given a very warm welcome.  We meet at 1st. Thursday of each month at South Newton Village Hall.   Ring Loraine on 01722 743577 for more details.


SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

Pictures from the December walk:

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

(Click on photo to enlarge)