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Bamburgh WI

Regular meeetings

We meet at 2pm on the second Wednesday in the month in Bamburgh Pavilion.

A number of Bamburgh W I members celebrating the 95th birthday of their institute and the installation of their 5th Bamburgh village seat.

In 1953 the institute presented a seat to the village to commemorate the Queen’s Coronation, sixty years later the seat has been replaced to commemorate our Queen’s Jubilee.

The original seat was made from the teak timbers off a ship the S.S. Atlantic by a firm of ship breakers, Hughes and Bolckow of Blyth.

This ship was possibly a vessel that sank in 1873 under the flag of the White Star Line, the same line as the Titanic. The W I has retained a plaque made from the seat structure and holding a registration plate of the brokers and a copper plaque celebration the Coronation as it is felt to be of historic interest.

For More Information you can Contact the Bamburgh WI Secretary on Tel: 01668 214429‬

Christine Hutchinson welcomed most of our members to our February meeting, especially as it was not the best of days weatherwise.

Details were given of County events coming up in the near future. These included flower arranging with afternoon tea, visit to Richmond, a Bowls competition and a visit to Terracotta Army Exhibition in Liverpool. We had also received invitations to a Quiz Night at Shilbottle WI, Gin Tasting at Cheswick WI, Easter Bunny Beetle Drive at Craster WI and Howick WI’s 100th Birthday. February’s Lunch Club will be at the Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and the Quiz Night will be in the Castle Inn, Bamburgh on the 26th February.

As it was Valentine’s Day we thought we would have a wine tasting event but we were let down by a supermarket. However one of our members, Judy Cowan, decorated the hall beautifully and organised a ‘Valentine Miscellany’. The members flung themselves into the celebration by reading out Valentine poems, especially liking ‘Miss Joan Hunter Dunn’ by John Betjamin and Pam Ayre’s ‘I am ready Mr Prescott’. The table games were enjoyed and a couple of members warmed themselves up by playing table tennis. There was a lot of chat and laughter during the competitive table games and the self service tea party.

Jean Sinton won the competition ‘P’ with her opium smoking pipe, and members went home with a single red rose

The Programme of Events

We have our new programme organised for 2017/18. Our regular meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm in Bamburgh Pavilion.

SEPTEMBER Isabel Gordon ‘Her Story’ – how women have taken their place in history.

OCTOBER Ana and Nick Jones will give a demonstration on flour milling and breadmaking

NOVEMBER Sylvia Dobby ‘Tales from a Magistrate’

DECEMBER A Christmas Surprise

JANUARY Exercise Made Easy

FEBRUARY Wine Tasting

MARCH Stephen Tulloch ‘Blood Bikes’

APRIL A Craft Experience

We also have planned days out and workshops. We also have a friendly lunch club meeting at different venues each month.

If you are a newcomer to the village or local area, you will be greeted with a warm welcome at any of our meetings.

Bamburgh Sand Castle/Sand Sculpture Competition 2017

The Bamburgh sand castle/sand sculpture competition 2017 was well subscribed and everyone had a great time taking part, the weather also stayed dry!!

sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition

Bamburgh WI 2011 - Sand Sculpture Challenge

It was standing room only when members from many Northumberland institutes gathered to hear who had won the Sand sculpture trophy for this year’s challenge ‘THE HUMAN FORM’. Once again Hedgeley came out top pipping other institutes to the post by a very small margin as the judge, Derek Mallinson, said there were many sculptures he could have chosen in a less competitive field.

Once again Bamburgh was lucky with the weather and all the competitors enjoyed the cut and thrust of the competition with sand flying as huge mounds were dug and shaped into some incredible human forms. Institutes experiencing their first sand sculpture challenge thoroughly enjoyed the event and declared they were very much looking forward to entering again.

See videos of the event below.

Noreen Birnie, Betty Ashworth, Anthea Jackson and Joanna English working on their "Human Form" winning sculpture for Hedgeley WI

Beatrice Ede, Mary Leycock, and dual presidents Janet Gray and Josie Smeaton from Doddington WI

Eglingham WI with their sunbathing beauty, obviously on a naturist beach!

Marian Chivers, Di Bell, Diana Mills and Audrey Wiggins from Longhorsley WI. Was it praying to the sun God!

The Hedgeley winners once again, finishing off their amazing sculpture.

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