South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 8th January 2020. Draft Minutes


Next Meeting: 

Wed 5th Feb 20 @ 7.30pm  Agenda

Swans W.I.  February meeting report plus 5th March 2020 meeting details 

200 Club - January 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 W.I. (formerly South Newton, Wishford & Stapleford Women's Institute)

More details on W.I. here 

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 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: Alana Poulton  01722 790618

                                          [email protected]


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.



Well now!   We had a super February meeting.   It was a shame that several members could not attend, as we were treated to a cookery demonstration by one of our talented members.   We were shown how to make light, delicious swiss rolls that really would roll up easily - having first been spread with liberal quantities of cream and homemade jam, of course.   We also learnt how to create delicate fondant icing roses worthy of any wedding cake.   The real "icing on the cake" of course (sorry about the pun) was that we got to sample the swiss rolls at tea time.   They enhanced an already delicious array of cakes and savouries.  


We also, of course, dealt with the business side of things, planned outings and events and put a call out for a new Treasurer for the coming year.  We heard from our Groups - Scrabble, Walking and Creative, always actively and enthusiastically supported, as well as fun.  The trading table was full of interesting items, and the Flower of the Month Competition saw a pretty variety of blooms displayed.   The competition required us to design a Valentine's Day Card, and "share the love" as it were!


Three beautiful posies of birthday flowers were presented to the lucky recipients  and raffle prizes were taken home by the delighted winners.


We meet on the first Thursday of every month 2p.m. at South Newton Village Hall.   We are a friendly group, always pleased to welcome prospective new members, so if you are interested in finding out more about us, please 'phone our President, Alana, on 01722 790618.  


Next month's meeting on 5th. March - (hoorah, its spring!) is our A.G.M. followed by a quiz - never too tricky, I'm pleased to say!

SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Swans WI Logo