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
Meet: Second Wednesday in the month except August
Time: 6.30 pm April to October, 2.00 pm November to March
Calendar: all year
The Women’s Institute offer a selection of activities during our monthly meetings including demonstrations and speakers – certainly not jam making! In the winter, the talk is followed by a delicious afternoon tea whereas in the summer it is a little more sophisticated with wine and nibbles.
Every August we hold a sandcastle competition on Bamburgh beach. Outings are organized twice a year to National Trust properties or beauty spots and there is a monthly lunch club where members meet at a local restaurant.
We give a warm welcome to visitors and new members.
Contact: Liz Cockburn
Tel: 01668 219040
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2023 - 24
Members of the WI are hoping that some of the events in the programme will encourage non members to come along and join in. £2 covers each meeting and this includes a nice tea or supper.
Unless mentioned all meetings take place in Bamburgh Pavilion
|21st June||6:30pm||Tetley’s - Not Just Tea||Richard Sanderson|
|12th July||6:30pm||Berwick Swan Centre||Pat Gough|
|23rd August||All Day||Sandcastle and Sand Sculpture Competition|
|13th September||2pm||Unsolved Northumberland Murders||Mike Gatherer|
|11th October||2pm||The Amble Poet|
|18th October||10:30–12:30||Poppy Craft|
|26th October||10:30 – 3pm||Pumpkin Competition|
|8th November||2pm||Craft Workshop||Denise Howe|
|13th December||Christmas Lunch||Purdey Lodge|
|Winter||7:30pm||Monthly Quiz Nights||The Castle Inn|
|10th January||2pm||Re-gift It Auction|
|14th February||2pm||Say It With Flowers||Barbara Jackson|
|13th March||2pm||Our Ukrainian Guests||Ralph Baker-Cresswell|
|10th April||6:30pm||An Intrepid Journey to Antarctica||John Woodman|
|8th May||6:30pm||Annual Meeting|
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.