Swans W.I. September 2021 meeting report; date of next meeting 7 Oct 21
Valley Art; details
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 www.southnewtonpc.org.uk and follow the WI link.
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: Phillipa 07743 101510
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.
SEPTEMBER 2021 MEETING
We were treated to an interesting talk at our September meeting. Entitled "Look at the Sky", Sid Adcock told us all about his life in the RAF, from the age of 17. He had a long and distinguished career as a pilot, flying a great variety of planes through the years, training new recruits and being based in many countries. His talk was enhanced by an excellent slide show - it was fascinating to see pictures of the many planes he had flown, and still very apparent that to this day, he has a great love and enthusiasm for flying.
We discussed the business matters, and members were pleased to hear that a generous sum of money had been raised for the Queens Green Canopy Project. This was done in memory of our former President who sadly passed away last year. We also discussed forthcoming outings and events, with plans in place for our Birthday Lunch, and looking ahead to our Christmas Party. Our Scrabble Group has met again and a fun time was had by all. There followed plenty of time to chat over our tea, and to admire the flower of the month and competition entries. As always, it's lovely to catch up with friends and hear their news.
Winners announced and raffle prizes won, it was time to say goodbye on a sunny autumnal afternoon. Our next Meeting is on 7th. October 2.00 p.m. We are a small group but can offer a big welcome to anyone who would like to come along and meet us. Give Phillipa, our President, a call on 07743101510 for more details.
A collage of the 90th Anniversary
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