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
In the absence of our President, Janet Wilkinson opened our April meeting and welcomed two visitors to our afternoon.
Forthcoming County events include a walk around Longhoughton and Boulmer, and a visit to Northumberlandia at Cramlington.
Our April lunch will be at the Cook and Barker at Newton on the Moor, and several of our members will be attending the Group Meeting at Seahouses later in the month.
Unfortunately our speaker for the afternoon was unable to come due to ill health. However, one of our members, Linda Kirby, very kindly came to our rescue. Linda travels to New Zealand most winters to visit her daughter and family. At very short notice, not only did she give a brief history of the country, she showed some fantastic photographs of her travels. She finished off with a delightful video of her doing a skydive.
Before the meeting was over, we all enjoyed a good chat over a very welcome tea.
Our next meeting will be on the 9th May. As this is our Annual Meeting it is very important that as many members as possible attend.
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!!
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.