South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK


Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 03 Jan 18.  Minutes


Next Meeting Wed 07 Mar 18 at 7.30pm.   Agenda

Swans WI.  March meeting report, 90th Birthday report plus February walk & 5th April meeting details 

Local Government, Parish Newsletters etc here

200 Club - February Winners


Valley Art; details here

St Andrew's Church - and a "Thank You" from the  Parochial Church Council


An Extract from Secretary's Report

St Andrew's Church

South Newton – St Andrew’s

Extract from Secretary’s Report.


We now have only two regular services a month.  The 8 a.m. Holy Communion has been dropped as only 4 or 5 people attended.  These people have been able to find alternative services to suit them.   Evensong has been held during the afternoon during the winter months and has been attended by a loyal and regular group. Once the clocks changed for summertime we return to Evensong at 6 p.m.


We have incurred various expenses over and above our usual running costs.  An electrical problem required the ministrations of an electrician and a full survey of fire appliances had to be carried out.  We are required to undertake a full electrical survey to satisfy the Insurance Company.  The oil tank is fast needing replacement. All this needs paying for.  Hence our outgoings outstrip our incomings.


However, one light in the financial fog is that Derek Blake, together with a band of helpers has kindly taken over the grass cutting and general graveyard maintenance. This has saved us several hundreds.  They undertook the enormous task of clearing the graveyard extension and together with Chris Swanton, our farm neighbour, clearing and removing all the detritus, and erecting and treating a new fence.  Since then beech saplings have been planted and will be allowed to grow to the top of the fence height.  Thanks to the incredible generosity and hard work of these people this has cost us nothing.


We still badly need offers of help.  If you would like to do some flower arranging, brass cleaning or general cleaning in the church it would be greatly appreciated and you might even enjoy its therapeutic value!


Another area where we could do with more volunteers is the delivery of the magazine every month.  This is a task right up the street of those wanting to keep fit!  One or two of our usual deliverers have had to give up so someone else has had to double up on their round.  If you feel you could help in any way please contact Mary Dicker on 01722 744901.


But we do thank everyone who is already doing any of these tasks, which is contributing to the well-being of your village church and local community.


We have been so pleased to welcome some residents of Glenside to our services.  We are really happy to have them with us.


Again we must express our gratitude to Malcolm for being our organist.  What a dull gathering we would be without him.


Who knows what next year will bring.  We trust in the Lord to guide us into the future.



"Thank You" from the  Parochial Church Council


The members of the St. Andrew's Church Parochial Church Council are extremely grateful for all the support, both financial and practical, they have received from the village over the past year.


Without this support the church would be hard pressed to remain open and the PCC know there are many families in the village who would not like it to close.  The congregation who regularly attend has diminished significantly in recent years and in consequence this makes day to day running expenses harder to cover.  So thank you all for you have done so far.'


St Andrew's Church PCC



Glenside Manor, South Newton, is holding its Annual Christmas Carol Service on

Tuesday 19th December at 10.30am in Limetree.


Again, this year, everyone from our five parishes is invited to visit Limetree to experience one the loveliest carol services of the season. We join the residents to sing well known Christmas carols, and to hear the Christmas Story in an atmosphere of prayer and praise. Then we enjoy Kay's delicious cakes, with a warming cuppa!


If you haven't been before, do come and join us. A visit to Glenside at this time of year makes the beginning of Christmas very special.

Hugh Bonsey



Thank you to everyone who ran such a great evening. The food was excellent: how do you mash such a huge quantity of potatoes? And the sausages were the best I've had for a long time. The quiz was fun and wide-ranging, though showing nasty gaps in our



So, thank you to you all, especially the chefs, the quiz master, the washers up and the raffle organisers. A really good evening. Apple crumble was gorgeous.



The church looked really lovely. Such beautiful autumn colours. Thank you to the talented people who did all the flower arrangements. We had a good, joyful sing, but we would have been so pleased to welcome more of you to the service. Perhaps next year?

Grateful thanks to Karen & Mark Pountain who gave us all refreshments afterwards.



Malcolm Sturgess, our organist, did so much work preparing the hymns and music, and also a display of background information for our evening service remembering the work of Martin Luther and the Reformation 500 years ago. We were reminded of the importance of his beliefs and teachings. What a difference Church (and St Andrew's) would be if it weren't for Martin Luther. Thank you, Malcolm, for giving our memories a jolt. It was good that so many of you were able to join us for the service.



Our Evensong is at 3.00pm, NOT in the evening. This started on November 19th.