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Bamburgh WI

Bamburgh Women's Institute Wednesday February 12th 2pm in the pavilion

Speaker Ian Clayton 'THE R.N.L.I.'

Visitors very welcome to join us £2 includes a nice tea. 


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

Our President, Janet Wilkinson, welcomed everyone to our February meeting, including two visitors.

Federation events included Marzipan Fruit Making, Quilting, and a Domino Drive. We had also received invitations from Howick and Belford WIs.

Our Monthly Quiz will be on 24th February in the Castle Inn, Bamburgh, at 7.30, and our monthly lunch will be at the Saltwater Café, Beadnell. We also discussed a future visit to Berwick Visitor Centre, the making of Puffin Hats, WI Resolutions and a Walking Group.

Our speaker for the afternoon was Ian Clayton from Seahouses RNLI. Ian gave a fascinating and detailed talk of this very important charity. We learnt of the RNLI’s past in Seahouses, the work it does now and the varied call outs. Ian also outlined the future of RNLI. We were all spellbound during his talk and certainly did not realize how well the RNLI works in the modern world.

Our next meeting will be on 11th March at 2pm in Bamburgh Pavilion when there will be a talk on Puffins. Visitors are extremely welcome. 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2019 – 2020

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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