Parish Council Meeting:
Wed 12th May 2021.
Swans W.I. July 21 meeting report; date of next meeting 05 Aug 21
Valley Art; details
Members from SWANS Women’s Institute recently arranged a luncheon for invited guests and V.I.P.s 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: Phillipa 07743 101510
SWANS W.I. 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 W.I .are 90
SWANS W.I. 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 W.I. 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 W.I.
JULY 2021 MEETING
Roll on the drums - Swans W.I. are back! We celebrated our reunion by holding a garden party at Stapleford Village Hall. It was so good to see each other again as a group, after so long. The sun shone, the garden looked pretty, bunting fluttered and the conversation flowed as we enjoyed cups of tea with our picnics. Two guests were welcomed, and on display was a large scrapbook compiled through lockdown as a record of Covid, and especially, Swans experiences.
A vote of thanks was warmly made to the President and committee and a raffle provided a variety of prizes for several lucky winners. It was a good afternoon with laughter, smiles and shared news - we all went home the better for it.
Our normal meeting will resume next month. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at South Newton Village Hall at 2.00 p.m. Our Speaker on 5th. August will be Tony Walker from The Rifles Museum.
If you would like to know more about us please ring Phillipa our President on 07743101510 for details. You would be given a warm welcome at our meetings.
A collage of the 90th Anniversary
(Click on photo to enlarge)