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Bamburgh WI

BAMBURGH WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Our first meeting in 2020 will be on Wednesday January 8th 2pm in Bamburgh Pavilion

A TABLE GAMES AFTERNOON and a chance to relax and catch up with friends old and new after the festivities.


We can promise you an afternoon of surprises and a nice tea. You could also learn what we plan for our future meetings in 2020 with exciting outings and workshops and thought provoking speakers at our monthy meetings.

There will be a Bamburgh WI Programme Planning meeting on Thursday January 30th 10.30am in the Victoria Hotel .

Come along with bright ideas for the 2020 programme and enjoy a lovely cup of tea/coffee and some scrumptious scones. 

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

Janet Wilkinson opened our November meeting and we began by remembering one of our ex members, Pat Kirton, who had died recently.

Federation events included a Machine Patchwork and Quilting Course. We have also been invited to a Snowman Beetle Drive at Berwick WI.

Our monthly quiz will be held in the Middle pub, Bamburgh, on 25th November at 7.30 pm.

Arrangements were made for our various Christmas events. We are holding a Christmas Workshop on 27th November at 10.30 in the Pavilion. Our Christmas Lunch will be at the Cook and Barker on the 11th December at 12.30. We are also going to Ballet Theatre UK’s production of The Wizard of Oz at Alnwick Playhouse on 9th January.

After waiting patiently through the business section of our meeting, Janet then introduced our speakers for the afternoon, Paul and Linda Coleman. Over the years they have worked in hotels, had their own B and B, and also owned their own café. They certainly had plenty of anecdotes through their experiences, We had tales of weddings going wrong, the strange “ goings on” of certain patrons, and even the death of a gentleman from the Temperence Society. They were thanked by Judy Cowan.

Liz Cockburn won the competition and Sheila Summers and Liz won the raffle.

Our next meeting in the Pavilion will be on 8th January at 2pm when we are holding a Games Afternoon. Visitors are very welcome.


11TH July at 6.30. “The Armstrongs” Carol Griffiths. Please note change of date for one month only

7th August Sandcastle/Sculpture Competition

11th September at 6.30 “Living with Arabs” Joan Ward

9th October at 2pm “Vive La Difference” Stuart Walton

13th November at 2pm “Our Lives” Paul and Linda Coleman

11th December A Christmas Delight

8th January “Games Afternoon” Members Meeting

12th February at 2pm RNLI Ian Clayton

11th March at 2pm “Future Sea Levels” Chloe Waldron

9th April at 2pm “Bygone Fashions” Bailiffgate Musuem

13th May Annual Meeting

If you are new to the area please come along to any of our meetings and you will be warmly welcomed. We are also delighted to see visitors at any of our meetings. We meet at 2pm in Bamburgh Pavilion.           

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!!

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
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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