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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

Our President, Christine Hutchinson, welcomed everyone to our November meeting, including two visitors from West Yorkshire. We also remembered one of our members, Pat Bardsley, who had sadly died.

We have received an invitation from Alnmouth WI to their 100th Birthday in December, and our monthly quiz night will be on the 26th November at 7.30 in the Castle Inn.

Details were given regarding our Christmas lunch which will be at the Purdy Lodge.

During Any Other Business section, Judy Cowan gave details of the Parish Council meeting where one or two items affected members of the WI.

Our speaker for the afternoon, Tony Willis, who gave an excellent talk on the history of South Africa where he had lived for many years. His talk was illustrated with photographs, and he also talked about the future of South Africa. It is certainly a country with a turbulent history. We were very grateful to Tony for stepping in at the last minute when we were let down by a speaker.

The winner of the competition was Marilyn Martin and the raffle was won by Jean Sinton.

Our next meeting will be on 9th January, 2019, at 2 pm when members will be giving their ‘Tales to Tell’. A warm welcome is extended to all members and visitors.


SEPTEMBER 12TH ‘Aloe Vera’ with Natalie Wood. Products will be on sale.

OCTOBER 10TH ‘Cookery Demonstration’ with Sue Malloy

NOVEMBER 14th ‘Bygone Fashions’ by Bailiffgate Musuem

DECEMBER 12th ‘ A Christmas Delight’

JANUARY 9th ‘A Tale to Tell’ Members meeting

FEBRUARY 13th ‘A Navel Yarn’ with Ian Wilkinson

MARCH 13th ‘Gardening Gems’ by Bill Devonshire

APRIL 10th ‘Staying Safe’ by David Sayer

MAY 8th ‘Annual Meeting’

If you are new to the area please come along to any of our meetings and you will be warmly welcomed. We are also delighted to see visitors at any of our meetings. We meet at 2pm in Bamburgh Pavilion.           

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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