South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK


Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 04 Oct 17.  Minutes


Next Meeting Wed 01 Nov 17 at 7.30pm.   Agenda

Swans WI.  November meeting reports plus October walk & 7th December meeting details 

Local Government, Parish Newsletters etc here

200 Club - September Winners


Valley Art; details here

St Andrew's Church - 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 

SWANS WI - November Meeting


What a lovely meeting we had on 2nd. November!   After the usual business had been attended to, and birthday flowers presented to Josephine and Pam we settled down to hear Stephen Wells take us through the "Story of the Great Musicals"   It was so entertaining - we were treated to exerts from many old favourites whilst Stephen shared his broad knowledge and insights with us.   It was all very uplifting!


At the end of November we shall be celebrating our 90th. birthday and inviting many friends to share the greatly anticipated day with us - it should be a memorable occasion!


Tea was scrummy, kindly provided by Loraine, Theresa and Joy, and much appreciated by all.


Our next meeting, at South Newton Village Hall, is on 7th. December at 2 p.m. and will be our Christmas get together (gosh, it's that time of year again); we shall be getting in the festive mood with some games and quizzes - all a bit of fun!


We are a friendly group which always welcomes new members, so if you would like to come along to one of our meetings please give Loraine a call on 01722 743577.


We left the meeting singing songs from South Pacific and West Side Story etc. -  although perhaps not necessarily in tune !



Pictures from the October walk:

WI WALK, OCTOBER 26th , 2017




WALKERS  Loraine and her dog Teddy. Carol, Marian and Anne (non WI)


We started from the Boot Inn at the end of the High Street in Berwick St James and took the narrow tarmac road beside it.  We stopped on the little bridge over the River Till for a photo shoot before moving on past buildings on the right belonging to Druids Farm.  In the field opposite were some geese and also a big flock of guinea fowl who were making a lot of noise, probably due to the presence of Teddy the dog.


The road continues steeply uphill but we took the road to the left that is actually marked ‘private no right of way’ but this apparently applies to vehicles and not to walkers. The colours of the beech trees lining the track were beautiful and we stopped to admire them towering above us, and the unusual bank of hart’s tongue ferns growing below them. The track led us to a pretty white thatched cottage where the waymarked right of way goes through the side of the property.  We went over a stile and into open fields where on the far right hand side another line of beech trees were showing their bright autumn colours.  Pheasants were scuttling about everywhere as this time of year is the shooting season.


After walking alongside the field we entered into another field that led to open meadowland with picturesque views of Winterbourne Stoke church nestling behind a weeping willow.

We climbed over a stile into the village, turning sharp left to cross over the river via a footbridge.  From here on we walked along  a narrow lane at the back of a campsite and then a few houses before reaching a lovely old iron style gate. Along the route we came across a lovely spindleberry bush laden with it’s pretty pink berries that have a glowing orange centre.  


The walk continued diagonally across a recently planted farmfield to another style gate by a road sign.  We had to finish the walk with care along the road that leads back into Berwick and our starting point at the Boot Inn.


At a leisurely amble the walk took just over an hour and was estimated to be around two and a half to three miles 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.