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.  September meeting report plus 3rd October 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



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 was, as always, plenty of chatter and sharing of news as we gathered for our Meeting on a fresh September afternoon.   We had time to choose a book perhaps, view the flowers and competition entries and take a look at the exciting array of items on offer on the Trading Table.


The business was dealt with efficiently, with many topics to discuss, including our proposal for this year's Resolution topic.   A report from our ever busy Creative Group brought us up to date on the great progress made with our decorations for the St. Thomas's Christmas Tree Festival - some beautiful hand-made pieces were on display.   The Scrabble Group is looking forward to meeting again, as is the Walking Group, especially now that the weather has cooled down.


Our Speaker, "The Taxi Driver Poet" James Haddow, was very entertaining, sharing many of his own poems, as he told us of some of his experiences.   Some poems were funny, others poignant, thought provoking or sad - a bit like life, really!


Our competition was based on the Autumnal Equinox, and the Flower of the Month competition was crowded with beautiful dahlias, which brighten these soft, mellow days.


October will find us giving a nod to Halloween as we host our Group Meeting, whilst our usual October Meeting on 3rd. will be spent creating yet more wonders for our Christmas Tree, which really has brought the group together in a lovely team effort.   Our yummy tea reflected the fruitfulness of the season, with blackberries and plums in evidence.


We meet at 2 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at South Newton Village Hall and always have a warm, friendly welcome for prospective new members, so if you would like more information about us, please give Alana, our President, a call on 01722 790618.   Why not give us a try, to brighten up the coming winter months?

SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Swans WI Logo