South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK


Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 9th May 18.  Draft Minutes


Next Meeting Wed 6th Jun 18 at 7.30pm. Agenda.

Swans WI.  May meeting report plus April walk & 7th June meeting details 

200 Club - April 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 WI (formerly South Newton, Wishford & Stapleford Women's Institute)

More details on WI here 




We parked in Middle Street and followed the footpath sign on the corner to walk along by the river that was high and flowing fast after weeks of heavy rain. The willows were coming into leaf and looked a lovely fresh green. Yellow kingcup flowers  added a bright yellow splash along the banks and in the fields, and the delicate pink cuckoo flower (also known as Milk Maids) was also dotted about in the meadows. Yellow Brimstones were flitting about here and there. May bushes were in flower and the blackbirds were in full song.


The path is popular for city walkers and is well worn, winding through the water meadows and crossing the River Nader.  Here and there willows are bent and broken laying across the flowing water. As we neared Lower Bemerton we could see the small herd of Highland Cattle, that are kept there, grazing in the fields.

After crossing the last bridge we turned right and took the road at Lower  Bemerton and on past the busy and noisy Churchfields Industrial Estate. At the end of the road we turned right by the roundabout and walked towards the town path. We stopped on the way to peer through the wrought iron gates of the Secret Garden that were unfortunately not open.


We walked along town path with lovely views of the Cathedral on our left until we reached The Old Mill Hotel at Harnham.  We stopped here and sat in the garden in the warming sunshine where we enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea and much chat.


Looking up at dark clouds in the sky we moved on into Lower Street to make our way back to the cars. We walked briefly around the Middle Street Nature Reserve meadows, where a swan was nesting, returning to our cars just before a cloud burst of rain descended!


The walk took about two hours, though without the tea break would have taken about one and a half hours at a very moderate pace. It was approximately two and a half to three miles in length.

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 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: Vicky Archer

Secretary: Loraine Sherlock 01722 743577

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.

May Meeting


We met on a sunny May afternoon, with Vicky our new President chairing the meeting, and Anne taking up the reins as Treasurer.   Loraine continues doing a great job as Secretary.   We had a lively and interesting discussion on the subject of mental health matters - this year's Resolution, with many points being raised, not least that aspects surrounding this subject are already covered very well in the media now and thankfully the topic is currently discussed openly with ever increasing understanding.  Our delegate will be listening very carefully to the debate in Cardiff on 6th June.   We look forward to her report on the event.

We then lightened the atmosphere and enjoyed a game of "Who Am I?", which was fun.   Even more fun was had partaking of the oh-so-tempting tea.   Everyone, I can assure you, gave in to temptation!


We had a lot of items on offer on the Trading Table, and the Book Sale was very popular, as were the competition and raffle - most popular of all was having the chance to catch up on news and events, and enjoy the company of friends.


Next month our Speaker is Maureen Hinton, who will be talking to us about "Pots, Plants and Patios".   Gardening gloves at the ready, ladies.


We meet on the first Thursday of each month, 2pm at South Newton Village Hall.   We also have a Walking Group, a Creative Group and a Scrabble Team.   If you would like to know more about us, call Loraine on 01722 743577

or come along to a meeting, - you would be given a warm welcome.

SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

Picture from the April walk:

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

(Click on photo to enlarge)