Friendly Club Programme 2014





Tuesday 14th January

2.00 pm

Musical entertainment by Kieran Pocock

Tuesday 11th February

2.00 pm

A talk on “The history of the telephone “by Lew Lawton

Tuesday 11th March

2.00 pm

A talk on “Evacuation in 1940”by Alan Nix

Tuesday 8th April

2.00 pm

Entertainment titled “Magical Wit” based on Tommy Cooper by Geoff Rofffe and John Williams

Tuesday 13th May

2.00 pm

A talk by Peter Owen titled “Did you laugh at school”

Tuesday 10th June

2.00 pm

AGM followed by a talk by Cathrien van Hak on “Renovation of Avebury Manor”

Tuesday 8th  July

2.00 pm

A talk by Norman Jefferies on How visiting major English Gardens can give ideas for your own.

Tuesday 12th August

2.00 pm

Social gathering – Afternoon Tea at South Marston Hotel.

Tuesday 9th September

2.00 pm

A talk and presentation by Cristina Newton on “Flamenco Music”

Monday to Friday

29th Sept- 3rd Oct


5 Day holiday to Hereford staying at Warners Holme Lacy Hotel including day trips. Travel with Barnes Coaches

Tuesday 14th October

2.00 pm

A talk by Richard Deacon on “the history of Deacons the Jewellers”  

Tuesday 21st October

12.00 noon

Harvest Lunch at Blunsdon House Hotel.

Tuesday 11th November

2.00 pm

A talk given by the  Swindon Museum & Art gallery

Tuesday 9th December

12.00 noon

Christmas Lunch at the South Marston Hotel.Entertainment is a “Magic Lantern Show” by Pat & Norma Furley


Annual membership £12.00          (includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)

Friendly Club



The South Marston Friendly Club was established to serve people aged 50 and over who live in the local communities.


Provide sociable events which will interest members of this age group. This is achieved by arranging speakers to give talks and demonstrations, entertainers who deliver song and verse to achieve a diverse selection of activities. These activities are selected to stimulate interactive discussion with the speakers and members.

Members are made aware of information related to their age group obtained from statutory bodies and other similar organisations.


The Club is run by an elected committee of club members. The committee, of eight members, is chosen each year at the Annual General Meeting held on the second Tuesday in the month of June by the members. Serving committee members can be re-elected. There is no limit on length of service of committee members.

The current committee is as follows:

  • Officers of the committee.

Josie Manners – Chair    josie09

Sheila Jinks – Treasurer

Sheila Jinks - Treasurer


_ Secretary

  • General committee members.

Jenny Barr, Maureen Morris, Jean Whitfield, Ray Harley, and Valerie Goodheart

We have a club member to represent us on other Village Organisations:

  • Parish Council representative – Brian McGlone
  • South Marston Recreation Association representative – Ray Harley

These representatives are tasked with supplying information about our organisation and to advise us of any matters raised by these organisations which could affect us. They report to the committee.


 1.      Anyone aged over 50 years old can be a member.

2.      Membership is currently limited to 80 members

3.      Our financial year is 1st June to 31st May.

4.      Annual subscription fee is £12.00 due on the 1st June, at the   start of the financial year. This annual subscription is to assist in the cost of venue hire, refreshments and one strip of raffle tickets provided to each member attending a meeting. Additional strips of raffle tickets can be purchased for 50p per strip at meetings.

5.      Annual subscription fee for those over 85 years of age is optional.

6.      New members who join the Club within three months from the end of the financial year pay a subscription of £4.00 for this period. i.e. from 1st March to 31st May.

7.      A charge per person of £1.00 is levied at each Club meeting for non members; this includes one strip of raffle tickets per person.

8.      Members’ birthdays are announced at Club meetings, and a birthday card is sent to the member to note this anniversary.

9.      On the sad occasion of a member death a donation of £25.00 is sent to the bereaved family or donated to a charity of their choice.

10.  Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month and held in the Village Hall commencing at 2.00pm

11.  Due to Village Hall insurance conditions the maximum number of attendees at meetings is limited to 60 people.

12.  A time table of events is issued to all members and published in Tower & Tap and on the Village web site.

13.  Committee meetings are generally held once a month or as required. Minutes are recorded at these meetings.

14.  The Club does not have any public liability insurance and members on outings arranged for them by the Club do so at their own risk


  • Income from annual membership fee is the basic revenue stream.
  • We organise regular raffles, book sales, bric a brac sales and jigsaw hire to generate revenue.
  • Local businesses are contacted to request financial assistance when necessary.
  • If applicable grants will be requested.
  • Other fund raising activities, organised by Club members are held during the year at Village events.
  • Fund raising revenue allows a subsidy to be applied to some of our outings.
  • The annual income and expenditure account is independently audited and issued at the AGM.

20mph Zone

20-mph-cThis proposal was given overwhelming support by the villagers when plans were presented at the last two village development exhibitions at the Mercure Hotel. We have had the plans drawn up and have the finances in place to pay for the project.

We are now waiting for Swindon Borough Council to give the final approval and permissions that will allow us to move forward with
our plans.

Colin McEwen


Eneco Community Benefits Fund

The Parish Council are in receipt of monies from Eneco as part of their long term relationship with the village. £20,000 has been earmarked for the 20mph zone in the village. Additional sums will be spent on improvements to drainage ditches alongside both solar farms. We will be funding the creation of a new permissive footpath from the bridge on Nightingale Lane to run alongside the western edge of the Sevor Solar Farm to join up with Footpath 2, which runs by the War Memorial north east towards Sevenhampton.

Other projects will be developed over the coming months.


Community Speedwatch

speedwatchThe village group has been monitoring traffic speed for the last 17 months. Some 5500 vehicles have been monitored with just under 250 exceeding the permitted speed limit of 30mph by 7mph or more.

The objective of Community Speedwatch is to make the roads in the village a safer place to walk and drive. Since the group started it has seen a welcome drop in the percentage of speeding vehicles. Although no prosecutions have arisen from Speedwatch observations, the Wiltshire police have written to all drivers of the speeding vehicles and in cases of excessive or repeated speeding the drivers have received a visit from the local police force.

If you would like to find out more about joining Community Speedwatch please contact Tony Leathart on 827744.

St Julian’s Woodland

A small and discrete woodland currently owned and managed by the
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The Parish Council has been invited by WWT to discuss the long term ownership and management of the
woodland with a view to passing these on to a local community
group or the Parish Council.

No other details are available at this time, however if you have an interest in St Julian’s and would like to become involved in its future, please contact Bary Thunder.

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