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
After the August break, our President, Christine Hutchinson, welcomed everyone to our September meeting. A special welcome was made to our visitor, Tonia, and our speaker for the afternoon, Isabel Gordon.
Various County events were taking place over the next couple of months. These included Willow Reindeer, Ten Pin Bowling, Sugar Craft, Alternative Christmas Puddings and Carol Singing. We had received invitations to Alnmouth WI’s Winter Warmer Lunch, and to Belford WI’s November Meeting.
Our lunch club in September will be at the Queens Head in Berwick upon Tweed, and details were given regarding our visit to Thirlstane Castle. The winter quiz nights will begin on the 25th September in the Castle Inn at 7.30.
After waiting patiently, Isabel Gordon then gave her fascinating talk. Entitled Her Story it was a historic journey of what women had endured over the years – even dating back to Aristotle times. Her talk was illustrated with various photographs and she was thanked by Rosemary Skinner.
The competition was won by Pat Newton, second was Janet Wilkinson, and third Ann Thompson.
Our next meeting will be in Bamburgh Pavilion at 2pm on the 11th October, when Ana and Nick Jones will give a demonstration of Breadmaking and Flour Milling. A warm welcome is extended to visitors and new members.
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.