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Bamburgh WI

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


On an extremely wet day on the 8th May, we held our Annual Meeting.

Among the Federation events coming shortly were Powertex Craft Days, Domino and Darts Competitions, Enamelling Craft Days, and Ghostly Tales around Newcastle. We have also received an invitation from Berwick WI to a card making workshop. Our monthly lunch club will be at the White Swan at Warenford. Some of us are also going on an outing to Peebles and Traquair House

Our WI Adviser, Rosie Harden-Vane, talked about two resolutions which are being discussed at the National Conference at Bournemouth. The two resolutions are ‘The Decline of Rural Bus Services’ and ‘Don’t Fear the Smear’.

The Treasurer, Secretary and President gave their annual reports. Judy Cowan thanked the committee for their work in the past year. Christine Hutchinson stood down as President, and after a vote, Janet Wilkinson accepted the role of President. Lorna Colligan and Judy Cowan were welcomed on the committee following the sad resignation of Iris Crawford.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 12th June at 6.30 in Bamburgh Pavilion. To celebrate our summer evening meetings we will be serving wine and nibbles and Sue Malloy will be demonstrating summer supper dishes. Everyone is very welcome so please come along and try us out. We are a friendly group and certainly don’t bite. P.S. you don’t have to bake or sew!!


SEPTEMBER 12TH ‘Aloe Vera’ with Natalie Wood. Products will be on sale.

OCTOBER 10TH ‘Cookery Demonstration’ with Sue Malloy

NOVEMBER 14th ‘Bygone Fashions’ by Bailiffgate Musuem

DECEMBER 12th ‘ A Christmas Delight’

JANUARY 9th ‘A Tale to Tell’ Members meeting

FEBRUARY 13th ‘A Navel Yarn’ with Ian Wilkinson

MARCH 13th ‘Gardening Gems’ by Bill Devonshire

APRIL 10th ‘Staying Safe’ by David Sayer

MAY 8th ‘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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