South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

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Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 05 July 17. Draft Minutes are here. 


Next Meeting Wed 06 Sep 17 at 7.30pm.   Agenda is here  

Swans WI.  August meeting report plus June walk  & September meeting details 

Local Government, Parish Newsletters etc here

200 Club - July Winners


Valley Art; details here

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


An Extract from Secretary's Report


Swans WI (formerly South Newton, Wishford & Stapleford Women's Institute)

More details on WI here 

Our August Meeting was extremely convivial, and it was lovely to welcome a guest, whom we very much hope will be joining us.  


After the usual business we heard about the voting for the W.I. Resolutions, and discussed our plans for celebrating our 90th. birthday in November - it should be a hoot!  


Birthday flowers were presented to two members and then we settled down to listen to our Speaker Alan Truscott.  


Alan has entertained us before and we always enjoy his informative and knowledgeable talks - the title of this one was "Antiques Road Show" and many of us had brought in objects ranging from clocks, vases and toby jugs, to pieces of carved ivory, silver spoons and books.   It was intriguing to learn more of their history and value   We all wished he could have gone on much longer, but the call of tea brought that part of the afternoon to a close.   The tea table groaned with a variety of tasty treats - it was difficult to choose what to have!   As usual, there was much friendly chatter - it's always good to catch up with friends.


Our next Meeting is on Thursday,7th. September 2 p.m. at South Newton Village Hall and our Speaker will talk to us about the invaluable role undertaken by the Samaritans.  


If you are interested in joining us, please ring Loraine on 01722 743577 for a chat.   She would be pleased to hear from you.

Pictures from the June walk:

WI Logo 2016 Council Mtg

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:


President: Pam Taylor  01722 790022

Secretary: Loraine Sherlock 01722 743577.


Visitors also welcome to our meetings or monthly walks.





It was a grey, not very warm, summer's day when a small group of WI walkers met at Hare Warren, a wooded area just outside of Wilton on the road to Broadchalke.


There is space for parking by a gateway, and it was from here that we set off following a hard surfaced path straight ahead of us.  After about five minutes walking we paused by a memorial bench to admire the wonderful views across Salisbury and beyond. We also admired an ancient beech tree that despite loosing some limbs had split it's trunk into several and continued to grow with a very wide spread of leaf cover.


Moving on we soon took a path to the right marked as being on the Wilton Estate and asking us to keep to the footpath, which of course we did.  However, we discovered a large fallen tree blocking the path but after some debate we managed to crawl under it and carry on with our walk.  Further on the downward path we turned left and walked on through the woodland for about another half mile until we came to the edge of the woodland where a large pile of felled logs were stacked.


The path carries on and walkers can eventually reach the Shaftesbury Drove, but we stopped to admire the great views across the countryside.  Bright white flowers of the Bindweed plant adorned part of the hedgerow, and although it is an unwelcome plant for gardeners here it had a beauty of its own as it wrapped and coiled around the hedge.  


We turned around and took the path ahead to walk back to our starting point.  The path kept more or less straight on through the woodland where a variety of trees grow many of ancient years whose trunks and branches twist and turn with age.  We did a slight detour just before the end along the Lorenzo trail, wondering how it got its name.  Here are some very large yew trees, again with amazing twisted trunks and limbs.


The walk, at a leisurely stroll with many 'stop and stare' moments, took one and a half hours and was approximately 2 miles long. The route is popular with dog walkers.


We intend to explore more trails there in the future.

SWANS Women's Institute members ready to serve luncheon at the WI Annual Council Meeting at the City Hall