Parish Council Meeting:
Wed 3rd March 2021.
Swans W.I. March meeting report; date of next meeting tbc
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.
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.
MARCH 2020 MEETING
A wet and windy afternoon saw us gathering for our March meeting and A.G.M. The usual business matters were attended to before we moved on to all the reports of our activities over the last year. Hearing them read out reminded us of how busy we have been in the last twelve months in a great variety of ways. We have welcomed some new members who have become welcomed and active "Swans" as well as friends. We have many plans and ideas for the coming year, as well as an interesting new programme of Speakers and events. Our retiring Treasurer was thanked for all her hard work and presented with a gift of appreciation. A new Treasurer and Secretary have taken up their posts, full, no doubt, with enthusiasm and energy!
There were reports from the various groups - the Creative Group, as usual, great fun, with a variety of crafts being worked on by busy skilful fingers. Fans of Scrabble enjoy earth others company when they gather once a month for some relaxed games in a friendly atmosphere, and the Walking Group meet, bravely, in all weathers, and last month smiled in the rain when they were lucky enough to see a kingfisher - a joy shared.
After a quiz, kindly provided by one member that was fun and enjoyed by all, we tucked into a lovely and varied tea - the conversation being, as always, the icing on the cake.
We are a friendly group who look out for each other. If you care to give us a try, you would be given a warm welcome. We meet on the first Thursday of every month 2 p.m. at South Newton Village Hall.
We are greatly looking forward to our Speaker, Sara Jones telling us all about the War Graves Commission at our next Meeting on 2nd. April.
Please ring our President, Alana on 01722 790618 if you would like more information.
A collage of the 90th Anniversary
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