South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 3rd March 2020.

Draft Minutes


Next Meeting: 

Wed 1st April 20 @ 7.30pm  Agenda

Swans W.I.  March meeting report plus 2nd April 2020 meeting details 

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