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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 July meeting. She especially welcomed Hazel Sheil from Brizley WI who gave us a detailed report of the recent National Annual Meeting held in Liverpool.

Details were given of various County events which included Origami Paper Flowers, Silk Scarf Workshop, Poetry, Re-stringing your pearls and a Harvest Festival themed food demonstration. We had also received an invitation from Embleton WI to their 99th Birthday in September.

July’s Lunch Club will be at the Apple Core at Lucker, and details were also given regarding our forthcoming visits to Paxton House and Thirlstane Castle. We discussed our sand castle/sculpture competition which is being held on the 14th August, as well as a cake for the Village Show on 9th September.

We then welcomed our speaker for the afternoon, Mr Graham Ambrose, who gave a wonderful display of wood turning. It was fascinating to watch an ordinary piece of wood being turned into a work of art. Graham also brought with a marvellous assortment of items he had made. He very kindly donated the three items he made at our meeting to our raffle.

The competition was won by Marilyn Martin, 2nd Christine Hutchinson and third Ann Thompson.

Guests and visitors are very welcome to our next meeting which will be on 13th September. The speaker will be Isabel Gordon who will give a talk entitled ‘Her Story’ which details the history of women in our society.

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 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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