Swans WI. September meeting report plus June walk & 4th October meeting details
200 Club - August Winners
Valley Art; details here
St Andrew's Church - and a "Thank You" from the Parochial Church Council
An Extract from Secretary's Report
More details on WI here
THURSDAY, 28th June, 2018
Due to the very hot weather and a clash with the Chalke Valley History Festival the planned walk at Broadchalke was substituted with this walk around Hare Warren.
We parked at the top of the hill at the gateway to Hare Warren, after travelling along South Street from Wilton and past Bulbridge.
We took the path straight ahead of us that unfortunately for some metres is a hazardous area due to the amount of dogs ‘poo’ - not the dogs’ fault but the inconsiderate owners.
But we were glad to walk under the shade of the overhanging trees and enjoy the slight breeze rustling through the leaves.
We stopped to admire the view from a gap in the trees before turning right at the path junction. This took us on a slightly downhill route through the woodland. We turned left at a fork in the path and continued this way for some time until reaching another
fork where we turned right and walked to the end of the path that joins a farm track.
There are beautiful views here across the Wiltshire countryside. We debated whether to proceed to the punch bowl but because of the heat decided to return back along the track that runs straight through to the road and the area where we parked the cars.
We met no other people on the route that is usually fairly busy with dog walkers. A few butterflies flitted about but the birds were quiet, probably sheltering under the green canopy.
The walk took around an hour and a quarter and was just over two miles long.
It was an ideal route for a hot summer’s day.
Members from SWANS Women’s Institute recently arranged a luncheon for invited guests and VIPs 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 www.southnewtonpc.org.uk and follow the WI link.
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: Vicky Archer
Secretary: Loraine Sherlock 01722 743577 firstname.lastname@example.org
SWANS WI 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 WI are 90
SWANS WI 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 WI’ 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 WI.
Inspired by the beautiful doves that graced the Cathedral and many local shops this summer, a small group of us decided to put on a display in our hall for our September Meeting, as World Peace Day is on 21st. Approximately 150 paper doves hung above our heads and the tables were decorated with appropriate quotes and sayings on the subject of peace, internationally and right on our doorsteps. There was lots of food for thought.
After our business was dealt with, birthday flowers were presented to our President, and reports given on our various activities, we all sat back and enjoyed an interesting talk by Jill Cockerton on "Natural Skin Care" Gill is very knowledgeable and had us all thinking about the products we use on ourselves on a daily basis - the effect they can have on us, and on the environment. Gill creates a wide range of natural products with wonderful fragrances, and gave us many useful tips about using a variety of herbs and flowers to be found in most gardens.
Tea, which was as usual extremely scrummy, followed, with a chance to catch up with friends and swap news, have a look at the Book, and Trading Tables
and draw the "peace themed" raffle.
Soon it was time to go home, with many cheery waves and smiles.
The doves flew away to grace the corridors of the local primary school, but we shall return next month, when the Speaker, Charlotte Popescu will tell us about "Foraging for Wild Food" - so perhaps we shall all be out scouring the woodlands for the next meal - sounds more interesting than a trip to the supermarket!
We have Scrabble, creative and walking groups that meet regularly, as well as our monthly meeting, the next one being on Thursday October 4th. 2 p.m. at South Newton Village Hall. Please get in touch with Loraine on 01722 743577 if you would like to join us - you would be given a very warm welcome.
Picture from the June walk:
A collage of the 90th Anniversary
(Click on photo to enlarge)