South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

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Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 06 Sep 17.  Draft Minutes


Next Meeting Wed 04 Oct 17 at 7.30pm.   Agenda

Swans WI.  September meeting report plus August walk & 5th October meeting details 

Local Government, Parish Newsletters etc here

200 Club - August Winners


Valley Art; details here

St Andrew's Church - 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 

Autumn has arrived, and many members kindly brought along produce from their gardens, which we less green fingered people were very grateful for.   Our September Meeting saw quite a few of us absent for various reasons, but we did welcome a guest and our new member.


Birthday flowers were presented and business discussed.   We are starting a link with The Country Women's Association in Grafton, N.S.W. Australia.   This is their equivalent to our W.I.   It will be fun to twin with a group so far away and learn about their activities and interests.


Two volunteers from the local branch of The Samaritans kindly came along to tell us all about this vital and worthwhile organization who perform such an important role in society.   It was an excellent, interesting and informative talk.   Nobody knows for sure if perhaps one day they may feel the need to pick up the 'phone to hear the comforting voice of a Samaritan offering them support.


The tea table was as usual full of delicious temptations, plenty of tea, and much excellent conversation.


Our next Meeting is on 5th. October 2 p.m. South Newton Village Hall - the subject of the talk is Hypnotherapy - sounds fascinating!


Do get in touch with our Secretary Loraine on 01722 743577 if you would like to know more about us.


Pictures from the June 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.




It was a perfect high summer’s day when we set off from where we had parked our cars at the church car park in Broadchalke.


Taking the tarmac footpath by the side of the church, we turned right at the end into the village, passing by some beautiful old houses that we much admired. We turned left at the byeway sign a little way along the road, and then right opposite an old white wall onto

a grassy path that wound upward onto the open downland.


There were spectacular views all around of the Wiltshire countryside as as we carried on along a farm track, until within sight of a large barn about 250 yards ahead we did a sharp turn to the right onto a grassy footpath that wound back down towards a wooden gate. Passing through this we walked onto a narrow chalk path that continued our journey on downwards through woodland.


On reaching the bottom we turned right onto a narrow road, soon crossing over and turning left on the bend, where opposite the bus shelter that was decorated with pretty hanging baskets, we stopped to admire a cottage garden where tall colourful canna lilies were growing.

On reaching the watercress beds we were assailed by four very noisy Guinean fowl. We turned right and walked a short distance uphill before we turned right again at a footpath sign to follow a path that eventually led into a field through which a stream flowed. Passing through a stile on the other side we carried straight on, ignoring a path to the right. The path opened out onto a wide grassy track with houses on the left and

beautifully sunny allotments on our left, where a range of vegetables and flowers grew, including enormous sunflowers grown by an elderly gentleman we spoke to who had a wonderful Wiltshire dialect.


After the allotments we passed some more houses and cottages on both sides until reaching the road we turned right and left again into the village passing by The Queen’s Head Inn.


We stopped off at the marvellously well equipped village shop, where we were able to sit outside and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea and shortbread from the shop’s cafe. Well fortified we crossed over the road into Doves Meadow, over the river bridge and back to our starting point.


The walk, at a leisurely pace, took one and a quarter hours and was approximately 3 miles long.


We decided to repeat it in the Spring next year when hopefully more members would be able to join us.


If you are interested in joining us, please contact Loraine on 743577 or email

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