South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

Notice Board


Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 07 June 17. Draft Minutes are here. 


Next Meeting Wed 05 July 17 at 7.30pm.   Agenda is here  

Swans WI.  June meeting report plus May walk details here 

Local Government, Parish Newsletters etc here

200 Club - May Winners, details here


Valley Art; details here


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

More details on WI here 

Our June Meeting, on the 1st. of the month ushered in summer with a really interesting, entertaining and informative Speaker.   Jane Foley teaches Tai Chi, and after talking to us about the history, uses and benefits of Tai Chi, she gave us a short and graceful demonstration.   Those of us who wished to, were then encouraged to have a go ourselves, under her expert and friendly guidance.   I'm sure we all found the experience rewarding and the subject fascinating, with several of us considering taking it up.   It certainly gave us food for thought.  


Talking of food, after our exercise, we all looked forward to, and enjoyed a truly delicious tea with a variety of tempting delicacies, which we certainly appreciated.


Last month, a most interesting outing was arranged for us.   Several members went to Milestones Museum near Basingstoke for a gentle stroll back in time - some items definitely before our time, but plenty that we recognized from our childhood too!   It was a great day out, enjoyed by all.


Some of us have also been on our delightful group walk (where we exercise our tongues as well as our legs!) and our monthly creative group keeps nimble fingers busy over a friendly chat, whilst our enthusiastic scrabble group goes from strength to strength.


Our July meeting is our Summer Lunch Outing, which should be fun, but we normally meet at South Newton Village Hall on the first Thursday of each month at 2 pm.   If you are interested in joining us, you would be given a warm welcome.   For more information, 'phone Loraine on 743577.


Pictures from the May 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.

WI WALK – THURSDAY, 18th MAY, 2017




We parked at the Five Rivers Leisure centre from where we took the tarmac path that leads to Stratford Sub Castle.  Along the way, we saw girls from the South Wilts Grammar School playing on their sports field and  admired the allotments further along.


On reaching the road, we turned right and ahead of us was the path called the Portway that we followed towards Old Castle.  Luckily it wasn't too slippery or wet after downpours from the day before and the path was lined with pretty Queen Anne's Lace, as well as less friendly stinging nettles!


At the end of the Portway is a monument dedicated to William Pitt, and here we turned left through a gate, and then right to walk up the side of a field where pretty pink clover was growing, until we reached another gate.  This lead to an open recreation field where somebody had planted a drift of beautiful wild flowers, that we stopped to admire and were pleased that somebody had thoughtfully sowed them there.


At the top of the field we turned left onto a path that led to the outer rings of Old Castle, or Old Sarum is it is also called.  We admired the view across to the towering spire of the cathedral and continued right along the outer rings with views across the farmland.


There were a lot of rabbits, including baby ones along the way, and we also spotted a Great Spotted Woodpecker that was interested in finding insects in an old log on the ground.


We also noticed towards the end of our walk around the rings a patch of wild flowers that we didn't recognise – perhaps we will find it in our reference books though a quick glance in one didn't reveal it's name.


We returned via the Portway again with just a few raindrops sprinkling our way, that thankfully didn't come to any more than that and the skies remained just overcast.


The walk took a leisurely two hours and was three miles long.

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