Swans W.I. January meeting report plus 6th February 2020 meeting details
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 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 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.
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.
JANUARY 2020 MEETING
So much for new year resolutions! Our first tea of 2020 saw a table laden with so many delicious temptations that any thoughts of dieting were completely ignored. However, we first attended to the business part of the afternoon - there was a crowded agenda with reports from our various "Interest Groups" and correspondence including an e.mail from our C.W.A. Link in Australia, describing the appalling forest fires in their area and the challenges facing the local people. Some members of our group are knitting pouches to provide warmth and comfort for the orphaned joeys. A small gesture to show we are thinking of them.
It was pleasant, on a cold January afternoon to turn our thoughts towards spring, and to begin gathering ideas for taking part in a local fete, and also to organize summer outings.
Our Speaker, Gordon Lewis entertained us with an illustrated talk entitled "Pop, Politics and Parties". He took us on an amusing and interesting trip down memory lane via the history of the Eurovision Song Contest - who remembers Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson?! Gordon was a journalist who covered many of the competitions, and he shared many intriguing and enlightening anecdotes with us.
Next month we shall be treated to a cookery demonstration by one of our own members - a treat we are all looking forward to - so, if you are still thinking of a resolution for 2020 how about giving us a try?
We are a friendly, welcoming group who meet on the first Thursday of every month at South Newton Village Hall. Our next Meeting is on 6th. February at 2.p.m. If you would like more information, please 'phone Alana, our President, on 01722 790618
A collage of the 90th Anniversary
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