South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 3rd July 19. Minutes


Next Meeting: 

Wed 4th September 19 @ 7.30pm  Agenda

Swans W.I.  August meeting report plus 5th September meeting details 

200 Club - July 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.



On the first of the month we heralded in August  with an excellent Meeting.   There was lots to talk about on the subject of the on going activities in our various groups.


The Creative Group is very busy with many projects, not least producing a variety of pretty and original decorations for our Christmas Tree - yes, we are talking about Christmas in August I'm afraid!!   Reports were also made on our Walking and Scrabble Groups - both enthusiastically supported.   Much interest was also shown in planning our Group Meeting for October, which should be fun, with a spooky theme and pumpkins galore.   Three beautiful posies were presented  to the August birthday ladies and we then settled down to listen to our Speaker, David Bradley O.B.E.   David gave a very interesting talk and video show on the subject of Medical Detection Dogs.   Dogs are often able to give early warning of potential health problems, as they are able to sense, through their acute sense of smell, when something is wrong.   Some dogs are specially trained to live with people who are susceptible to seizures and other issues.   These dogs can sense that all is not well and alert their owners, to avert potential injuries and emergencies occurring.   Many lives are saved by these wonderful dogs and by the very worthwhile work carried out by this important charity, in training the dogs and organizing the pairing up of dog and owner.   It really is a case of a dog being man's (and woman's!) best friend, as such close bonds develop between them.


Two new members were involved in producing our tea this month, which was really extremely yummy indeed, and very much enjoyed by all.  Over tea, few formed ourselves into groups and took part in a quiz with questions covering history, geography, literature and science - I for one am just glad I am no longer facing exams!


The Trading Table was very successful with lots of fresh produce and the Book Table was, as always, very popular.  


We made our goodbyes, having enjoyed catching up with good friends once again.


Our next Meeting is on 5th. September at 2 p.m. at South Newton Village Hall.   James Haddow the "Taxi Driver Poet" will be entertaining us - it should be fun!


There is always a friendly welcome for newcomers, so if you would like to come along and join us at a Meeting, please contact our President, Alana Poulton on 01722 790618 for more information.

SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Swans WI Logo