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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


Wednesday February 9th 2pm 'Line Dancing with Ben Robson'

Wednesday March 9th 2pm 'Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue'

Wednesday April 13th evening meeting 6pm 'Todburn Soaps' a local craft with Sophie Kirkup

Wednesday June 8th 6pm 'Thinking Outside the Box ' Stevie Glover

Wednesday July 13th 6pm 'Silk Scarves' Elsbeth Horsfield demonstrates how she makes these beautiful items and offers them for sale after the meeting.

Wednesday August 17th Sand castle/sand sculpture competitions open to all on Bamburgh beach. The theme this year for the sand sculptures is 'A DRAGON' The Pavilion will be open for refreshments from 10.30 - 3.30.

Wednesday September 14th 6pm ' A cookery demonstration and taster from renown cook Sue Malloy

Wednesday October 12th 2pm intrepid traveller Diana ' A journey through Alaska'

Thursday October 27th 10.30am PUMPKIN COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL. Competition entries to be brought to the pavilion and displayed for members of the public to cast their vote for a winner. Entries to be collected in readiness to be displayed at home for Halloween. The Pavilion will be open for refreshments whilst voting takes place.

Wednesday November 9th 2pm 'The Hoolies' a group of highly talented local musicians play Northumbrian and Scottish folk music on instruments that are used to accompany country and folk dancing. An afternoon to enjoy in relaxing company.

Wednesday December 14th 2pm WI members can invite a friend to join them in a Christmas table decoration workshop. Items will be provided to make the table decoration at a cost to be announced at later date.

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
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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

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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