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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.

Sheila Jinks – Acting Chair &Treasurer      Mike Hopkins -Acting Secretary

General committee members.

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

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

  • Parish Council representative –  Vacancy
  • 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 £15.00 due on the1st 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 the local Newsletter and on the Village web site.
  13. Committee meetings are generally held every two months 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 and bric a brac sales 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.

F & E Harris Memorial Trust

Updates to the community transport service Terms and Conditions that is being managed for the Trust by Swindon Dial A Ride. and the revised details of the Thursday bus service run by Barnes Coaches for the Trust.

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust.

Community Transport Scheme – conditions of use.

  1. The scheme is for people living in the Parish of South Marston who are aged 55 and over.
  2. The scheme objective is to provide transport for people who do not have their own transport.
  3. People who normally would have transport facilities but are temporarily unable to drive will be eligible to use the service.
  4. People will be required to register their personal details with Swindon Dial A Ride prior to using the service. Call 01793 521123 for registration and service booking. It is based at Hawksworth Trading Estate. Booking line hours are Monday to Friday between 10am – 1pm. An answering machine service will operate outside these hours.
  5. If the person has the need for a carer the carer can accompany the person irrespective of the carer’s age.
  6. If disabled access is required this can normally be provided but may have some limitations depending on degree of disability. Volunteers are not trained to lift people.
  7. If the person requires a travel companion this will be eligible.
  8. Journeys can be taken as a door-to-door service. The volunteer car driver will be available to assist the person for the duration of the outing to suit the person’s requirements.
  9. If the car driver is not required to stay with the person during the outing a pick up time can be arrange with the driver by telephone or a pre- arranged time.
  10. No payment will be required by the user if a person’s journey is not greater than 100 miles including the return journey. All details of the journey will be recorded by Swindon Dial A Ride and charged directly to the Trust.
  11.  If the total journey exceeds the 100 mile limit the cost for the additional mileage to be paid directly to Swindon Dial A Ride by the person booking the journey.
  12. It is anticipated by the Trust that the service being provided is to accommodate activities such as the following but not limited to this list.
    • Visit to doctor, hospital, dentist and other similar medical requirements.
    • Visit to shops including outlet centres
    • Visit to the theatre or other entertainment establishments
    • Visit to friends or relatives
    • Visit to a place of interest.
  13. All driver volunteers taking people in their transport vehicle are fully trained, insured and vetted on a regular basis by Swindon Dial A Ride.


The F & E Harris Memorial Trust

Free mini bus service

Due to the withdrawal of the 65 bus service the Trust has contracted a 49 seat minibus service for South Marston residents. The service will be a return trip to Swindon on Thursday each week. Residents who have their own transport can use this service.

  • The mini bus pick- up location in South Marston will be adjacent to the public car park near the school. Departure time is 9.30 am, it then stops at the village hall bus stop.
  • The drop off and pick-up location in Swindon will be at the bus stop layby adjacent to Debenhams in Fleming Way.
  • The return to South Marston will leave the pick-up point at 12.30 pm.
  • The minibus will make an additional drop off at the bus stop by Sainsbury’s. On return from Swindon the bus will stop briefly to pick up people at the bus stop by Dunelm. People will need to be at the stop at 12.30 pm to ensure pick-up.


Friendly Club

Friendly Club Programme





MEETING DATE TIME                   ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION                       
Tuesday 12th January 2.00 pm  Social Afternoon 

With Bingo, Tea or Coffee and Homemade Cakes

Tuesday 9th February 2.00 pm Step back in Time Gramophone Records 78 rpm

1950’s & 60’s Everyday life at the time

 Wednesday 24th February 10.00 am Visit to Welford Park Snowdrops £5 includes hot Drink  On to Newbury for Lunch

FREE COACH 10.00am to 4.00pm

Tuesday 8th March 2.00 pm Friendship Thrice Tested

A Fascinating Journey Across Tibet

By Peter Noble

Tuesday 12th April 2.00 pm Poems of Farming and Village Life

By Paul Evans

Tuesday 10th May 2.00 pm Talk & Slides Chelsea Flower Show

By Jeff Bolton

 Tuesday 14th June


2.00 pm A Decade in Gascogne

Amusing stories about renovation of a Cottage

& Sale of Jewellery by John Clarke

Tuesday 12th July 2.00 pm Samaritans

A Talk by Maria Atkinson

Tuesday 9th August 2.00 pm Afternoon Cream Tea
Tuesday 13th September 2.00 pm Crop Circles Revealed

By Margaret Nichols

Tuesday 11th October 2.00 pm To Be Advised
Tuesday 8th November 2.00 pm British Butterflies

Talk with Coloured Slides

By Derek Remington

Tuesday 13th December 12.00=noon Christmas Lunch

                All Meetings are held at the South Marston Village Hall

Annual membership £15.00          (Includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)

Outing and Hampers


The F & E Harris Memorial Trust invites the senior citizens of South Marston for an outing to Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre on Friday the 27th November 2015.The coach will depart near to the school at 9.30am. Arrival back at South Marston will be at approx. 6.00pm.

To reserve your seat please contact

 Mary Cooper telephone 823530

 Not later than 1st November 2015.

 Do not miss this date for reservation


The F & E Harris Memorial Trust invites South Marston village residents who have reached the age of 60 years for females and 65 years of age for males by the 25th December 2015 to register with the Trust to receive a Christmas Hamper if they do not currently receive one.

The closing date for registration is 1st November 2015.

Contacts for registration:

Mary Cooper            telephone 823530

Terry Sansum           telephone 823684

Christmas Hampers to be collected on Thursday 10th December 2015 from Westwinds between 2.00 pm and 4.00pm.