South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 4th September 19. Minutes


Next Meeting: 

Wed 2nd October 19 @ 7.30pm  Agenda

Swans W.I.  October meeting report plus 7th November meeting details 

200 Club - August 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.



There were scissors, pots of glue, pens, paint brushes and felt tips at our October meeting, but we hadn't gone back to our primary school days!   We were busy putting the finishing touches to decorations for our tree - destined for St. Thomas's Christmas Tree Festival.   We even had a dress rehearsal as one member kindly brought in a tree to display the rich variety of home made decorations.   Anyone peeping in the window could be forgiven for thinking we had started celebrating a little early!


There was the usual business to attend to followed by reports from our enthusiastically supported groups.   People really enjoy the Scrabble Group, exercising their minds in a relaxed, non competitive and fun manner.  The Creative Group was, as always, a great success with a rich variety of skills in evidence with lovely company in a welcoming environment.   The Walking Group, usually very popular, was a little down on numbers this month, but those of us lucky enough to be there had a beautiful and invigorating walk that blew the cobwebs away.


Our tea was, as usual, consumed with gusto and enjoyed by all.   The most appreciated ingredient around the table being, as always, kind words, friendly gestures and good company.


A pretty posy of birthday flowers was presented to one member, along with our good wishes.


We were asked to nominate our own Booker Prize Winner for this months competition, a difficult task (Shakespeare or Barbara Cartland, Agatha Christie or Jane Austen?!!) this inspired much conversation!


A super array of blooms graced the "Flower of the Month" competition.   It is lovely to still have such a variety on display in our gardens.


We host our Group Meeting on 10th., when we shall be having some early Halloween fun and ghost stories.   Scary outfits the order of the day!

Our November Meeting is on 7th. when Margaret Hiscock will be telling us about the Wiltshire Scrap Store.


We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. at South Newton Village Hall.   If you would like to learn more , please 'phone our President, Alana, who will be glad to tell you all about us.   We look forward to welcoming you to our meetings.


At the end of the afternoon, we all said our goodbyes, leaving not a trace of evidence of Christmas behind us!



SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Swans WI Logo