South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

Swans W.I.  November meeting report plus December meeting details 

200 Club - September & October Winners


Valley Art; details here

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


An Extract from Secretary's Report



Swans W.I. (formerly South Newton, Wishford & Stapleford Women's Institute)

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 and follow the WI link.

2017 Swans WI

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: Alana Poulton  01722 790618



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.



Our Competition Table looked very colourful this month - we had been asked to design a fantastical firework.   There were some wonderful and varied entries that "sparked" memories of childhood firework nights (apologies for the pun).  

We had a fair amount of business to discuss - several members attended and enjoyed the Annual Council Meeting at the City Hall, they found it a very interesting day.  We were glad to hear that our guests at our "Spooky" Group Meeting found the event fun.   There were scary outfits galore and frightening tales of haunted Salisbury from a super Blue Badge Guide.   We had a round-up of news from our groups.   The Scrabble Group have a lovely, sociable get-together, doing clever things with words, whilst the Walkers marched resolutely across boggy fields to be rewarded for their efforts with a superb tea kindly provided by a member.  The Creative Group was, as always, a subtle mix of industry, skill, fun and harmony.  Our talented posy maker had a month off as there were no birthdays this month.   There was still time to buy a book from (funnily enough) the book table, and to see what was on offer on the Trading Table, before settling down to listen to our Speaker Margaret Hiscock, who gave us a lovely talk about Wiltshire Scrap Store.   There are two in Wiltshire and we are lucky enough to have one in Wilton - well worth a visit.   It is a charity which aims to recycle a vast amount of items which can be put to good use.   It was interesting to learn about all the items the acquire, many of which find their way to schools, theatres and art groups.   It was amazing to see what wondrous and beautiful creations could be made from items normally thrown away, just by using your imagination.


Tea time was the usual good mix of delicious food, constantly replenished tea-pots and excellent conversation, followed by the raffle and competition results - surprisingly, such a lovely display of flowers turned up, even in November!

Next month we shall desert the village hall for our Christmas Lunch which no doubt will be a happy event with a delicious meal - we are all looking forward to it.


We meet on the first Thursday of the month, 2p.m. at South Newton Village Hall - if you would like to join us in the new year, we would be very pleased to welcome you.   Call Alana, our President, for more information, on 01722 790618.  

SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

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