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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 the WI Adviser, Prudence Marks, to our Annual Meeting on the 10th May.

During our normal monthly business meeting we heard about two invitations which we had received. One was to a cookery demonstration, using edible flowers, at Embleton WI and the second to Shilbottle WI to their ‘Ladies Who Laugh’ Meeting. Our lunch club this month will be at the Cook and Barker at Newton-on-the-Moor.

We then held our Annual Meeting. The Treasurer, Secretary and President all gave their annual reports. The prize winners of our monthly competitions was announced. First was Marilyn Martin, second Jean Sinton and third Judy Cowan. On behalf of the members Eve Humphries thanked the committee for their work during the past year.

Our WI Adviser then talked about the resolutions that are going before the National Meeting in June. These are ‘Aleviating Loneliness’ and ‘Plastic Soup

Our meeting ended with Christine Hutchinson thanking Prudence.

Our next meeting will be on 14th June when the speaker will be Diana Buckham with a talk entitled ‘Travels around Burma’. A warm welcome is extended to visitors and potential new members.

The Programme of Events

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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