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
There was a different format to our May meeting. Instead of having a speaker, we held our Annual Meeting.
Our President, Christine Hutchinson, opened the meeting and welcomed our WI Adviser, Prudence Marks.
During our business meeting we heard about various County events taking place in the near future. These include Darts and Dominoes competitions, a Car Treasure Hunt, Ten Pin Bowling and a Golf Challenge. Our May lunch club will be at the Plough on the Hill at Allerdean, and we will be holding a Scone Coffee Morning on the 8th August. Marilyn Martin gave a report on the Group Meeting, which had recently been held at Seahouses. Judy Cowan gave details of a new item in the Craft Section of the Village Show being held on the 9th September. This is to design a decoration to go onto tote bags. The winning design will be put on tote bags with a view eventually for Bamburgh being a plastic bag free village.
We then held our Annual Meeting. After the Treasurer, Secretary and President gave their respective yearly reports, there was a presentation of the monthly prize winners. Marilyn Martin came first, second was Jean Sinton and Ann Thompson was third. Eve Humphreys thanked the Committee for all their hard work during the year.
Prudence Marks then gave her talk, during which we voted to rescind our local by law which only allows the President to stay in office for three years. We also discussed holding our meetings in the evenings during the summer months. The president and committee stayed the same for the coming year. Prudence also spoke of this year’s WI resolution, Mental Health Matters, which will be debated at our National Conference being held in Cardiff in June. We voted that this resolution should be passed.
Christine thanked Prudence for attending our meeting, after which a welcome tea was in order.
Our next meeting will be held in Bamburgh Pavilion on Wednesday, 13th June at 2pm when the speaker will be a representative from Centrepoint. All visitors and potential new members will be given a very warm welcome.
The Programme of Events
We have our new programme organised for 2017/18. Our regular meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm in Bamburgh Pavilion.
SEPTEMBER Isabel Gordon ‘Her Story’ – how women have taken their place in history.
OCTOBER Ana and Nick Jones will give a demonstration on flour milling and breadmaking
NOVEMBER Sylvia Dobby ‘Tales from a Magistrate’
DECEMBER A Christmas Surprise
JANUARY Exercise Made Easy
FEBRUARY Wine Tasting
MARCH Stephen Tulloch ‘Blood Bikes’
APRIL A Craft Experience
We also have planned days out and workshops. We also have a friendly lunch club meeting at different venues each month.
If you are a newcomer to the village or local area, you will be greeted with a warm welcome at any of our meetings.
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.