Friendly Club Events 2009

The Friendly Club –  Events 2009

Tuesday 8th December 2009 – Christmas Lunch

Our Christmas Lunch was held in the Carriers Arms. Didier and his staff prepared and served us a tasty carvery lunch, thanks to all.  After our lunch we were entertained by UKEBOXJURY in the Village hall, which rounded off the day nicely.

Tuesday 15th December – School Concert

The children of South Marston C of E Primary School entertained us in the school. We had a good representation of Friendly Club members who all agreed how well the children had performed. We thank Alison and staff and especially the children for all the hard work they did to produce the programme

Christmas Bazaar

The winning ticket numbers for the lucky number board were 25, 2 26 56 45 76 and 46 the name of the doll bride was Cinderella.


Tuesday 10th November

A talk on British cheeses was given by Bridget Partridge who explained the processes of cheese making and how aging times creates different levels of maturity. We all had samples of the nine cheeses to taste as the making of each one was talked about. The tale of how the first blue cheese was created, being by accident of leaving one of the processes out overnight through tiredness allowing mould to grow in the air gaps before the pressing stage.

Tuesday 13th October 2009

We were entertained by a group of Belly Dancers led by Chris Clements. Some of us had the courage to take part in the entertainment, but I do not think it will be taken up as an additional hobby by members- stick to line dancing instead. We also heard about the various types of belly dancing and how generally movement interpretation of the music is to the individual’s choice. Therefore a dance routine by a group would not be entirely the same by each member.

Tuesday 8th September 2009

This afternoon meeting was the start of our Autumn/Winter programme. We were entertained by Lynda Warren who told us humorous tales on making shows and films with the many unusual props that were required for them. Lynda had lots of photographs of the props and show shots for us to view after the talk.

Tuesday 14th July 2009

A talk was given by the Samaritans on the work they do. It surprised us the diversity of the work they do and how careful they have to be with people, ensuring that they listen intently to what is being said. The idea is to guide people into solving their problem themselves and not telling them what they should do. A most difficult process for the volunteers. An organisation we are proud to support.

Tuesday 9th June  2009 – AGM

At the Annual General Meeting all the existing committee members were re-elected. The meeting agreed the proposed change to the annual subscriptions as prescribed in the letter sent to all members in April. The change takes effect from 1st June 2009. Annual Reports were given by the Chair- Josie Manners, Treasurer- Sheila Jinks and Secretary – Brian McGlone. A copy of last years minutes of AGM and the audited accounts for 1st June 2008 – 31st May 2009 were given to members attending the meeting.

Following the meeting we were entertained by Ken and Steve who sang many favourite songs which members could also join in with. It was a fine performance by them and was much appreciated by the members.

Tuesday 12th May

A talk was given by Barbara Nixon on the subject “Dreams and their meanings to you”. She explained that the left side of our brain is the area that dreams are associated with. The brain, whilst we are asleep, by use of dreams helps to de-clutter information and stores meaningful memories. Her theory was that dreams have a significant meaning to us and relate to things that have happened in our daily life, though it may not be obvious to us. She explained by analysing the theme of our dreams we can sometimes solve problems that have eluded us. Hence the old expression “sleep on it” to find an answer to something. Other items that were covered included nightmares.

Tuesday 14th April

A well presented talk and slide show was given by Lynda Thompson on the brigantine “Eye of the Wind” which is the world renowned Tall Ship and the only one registered inFaversham. Lynda gave a clear vision of what it was like crewing the ship having been a crew member. Sailing the ship is demanding and not for the feint hearted, you also require a good head for heights when up on the mast and spars to set and haul the sails


We have moved

The South Marston Website now has a new permanent address:

Please update your bookmarks to use this new address.

You may ask why the website needed to change its address. When the previous website was setup using, the domain name:, was purchased on the villages behalf by UK Villages. Therefore the domain is registered in UK Villages name rather than in the name of South Marston. It is not possible for us to change the domain name mapping without the consent of UK Villages.

Since the website crash, UK Villages have been very unresponsive to any requests from the parish council to transfer the domain to the village. As this situation does not look likely to be resolved anytime soon, the decision was made to purchase the new domain and remove our dependency upon

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Donald Jones

The West Country: A Cultural History

A new book about the cultural heritage of the West Country has ranked two Swindon writers among the area’s finest.

Alfred Williams and Richard Jefferies have been singled out for lofty praise in The West Country: A Cultural History, by John Payne published by Signal Books (paperback, £12).

Separate sections on both Jefferies, who died in 1887, and Williams, who died in 1930, are included in the book, giving them the same prominence as major authors from the West Country, such as Thomas Hardy and Daphne du Maurier.

“So far, Swindon has chosen not to give due honour to these two great writers, which I find puzzling,” said John.

John reserves special praise for Life In A Railway Factory, the warts-and-all account of working conditions and attitudes that Alfred Williams published in 1915 after a quarter of a century of employment in Swindon Railway Works.

“It is one of the first and best accounts of the realities of industrial time and discipline,” said John.

“But Williams, who was born in South Marstonand lived his whole life there, also wrote about the surrounding area with great skill.”

The full version of this article is available from the Swindon Advertiser

Church Letter – Nov 2009

Dear Friends,


These ‘headlines’ seem to be the news diet we get daily—and it has never been any different through the generations. Way back in Old Testament times we find the same problems. Our standard of living has risen, our education has improved, our scientific knowledge has increased and yet we can’t stop the continuing wrongs of our society.

Once a newspaper posed the question “What’s Wrong with the World?

G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:

“Dear Sirs,

I am.

Sincerely yours,

G. K. Chesterton.”

The awful things that happen in our world come about because of the selfish nature of our hearts—always seeking what we want and not looking out for the best for others. Love always puts others first. And the greatest love a person can have is to lay down their life foranother—that is why it is so important to remember and give thanks for those who did, and are doing, just that for our freedom. We will be holding Services of Remembrance on Sunday 8th November and hope you will join with us in this act of thanksgiving.

Of course, the Christian faith celebrates the great act of love which enables people to have an intimate relationship with God. The last Sunday of November is Advent Sunday. For many preparations for Christmas will truly be underway by then. We will be preparing to celebrate too by taking time to let our hearts be open to God’s amazing grace and transforming power. We shall be not only thinking of Christ’s birth over 2000 years ago, but celebrating that Christ comes again, and again in our relationship with him.

He does that we when realise our need for him — that we need a Saviour who will take us to a place where our hearts are no longer full of selfishness but are transformed because of his love and acceptance of us.

God Bless,

Vicky Fleming

South Marston Parish Council News – Nov 2009

Website Problems

The Parish Council has adopted a new platform for the village website following the recent problems with corrupted data on the existing site. Access to the new site is currently via a link from the current website, but it is planned to transfer this website address to the new site in the near future to allow direct address.
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