South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK


Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 03 Jan 18.  Minutes


Next Meeting Wed 07 Mar 18 at 7.30pm.   Agenda

Swans WI.  March meeting report, 90th Birthday report plus February walk & 5th April meeting details 

Local Government, Parish Newsletters etc here

200 Club - February 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 started out on a bitterly cold Winter’s day, but as we proceeded walking briskly to keep warm,  the sun came out and we soon forgot about the cold.


From the Duck Inn we took the bridle path that leads along the top of a wide bank with houses down on the left side and Burroughs Wood on our right.  We noticed that despite the long continuing Winter spell some of the bushes were starting to show green shoots and catkins had already cast most of their yellow dusty pollen.


At the end of the path we ignored the stile into the field and took the narrow uphill footpath to our right. This was quite a steep climb so we were glad to pause some way up to look out across the downs towards the London Road, Bishopdown estate, and beyond. The track was sheltered here as hawthorn hedges grew either side. At the top of the hill the path turned right and we gladly proceeded downhill, glimpsing fields on the Clarendon estate visible on the left between gaps in the hedges.  


We soon reached a space in the hedge on the right hand side that took us on to a permissive path leading to the top of Burrough’s hill, where we had a great viewpoint looking towards the Cathedral spire and the city of Salisbury.


At the bottom of the hill we turned left into Duck Lane, and then right on reaching the Clarendon Road, and right again into Potters’ Way estate.  Just before the end of the bungalows we walked left onto the boardwalk that runs along by the river Bourne. We were delighted to see clumps snowdrops in bloom throughout the woods and by the river; a welcome sign that Spring could just be around the corner.


On reaching the river bridge and main road we turned left to return to Mayfair Road where we had parked our cars.


The walk took one hour and was two miles in length.


If you would like to join in one of our monthly walks please contact Loraine 01722 743577.

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: Pam Taylor  01722 790022

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.

March Meeting


Our A.G.M. was scheduled for 1st. March.   A new committee, President and Treasurer would be voted in.   A deliciously scrumptious tea would be consumed after testing our (not inconsiderable!) brain power with a quiz.   Birthday flowers would be presented, raffle prizes won, news shared and, as usual, a jolly good time had by all, but, guess what?   It snowed and snowed and so all of the above was cancelled!


We shall all however, meet again on 5th. April 2 p.m. at South Newton Village Hall for the A.G.M. to be followed by a talk on "The Life and Times of Thomas Hardy" by Diana Goetz.   Lets hope for kinder weather!


We have a Creative Group, Scrabble Team and Walking Group that meet about once a month as well as our regular first Thursday of the month meetings.


If you would like to learn more about us, or join us, you would be given a very warm welcome.   Ring  Loraine on 01722 743577 for more information.




SWANS WI 90th Celebrations

Picture from the February walk:

A collage of the 90th Anniversary

(Click on photo to enlarge)