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Bamburgh WI

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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



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!!

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sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition
sandcastle / sculpture competition

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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