Bamburgh WI

BUSY YEAR: The Women’s Institute protocol was followed, to the letter, for this annual meeting with the division into three sections, the usual monthly reports followed by the annual reports and then the proposals and voting for president, secretary and treasurer.

Julia Davidson the Women’s Institute advisor directed the final stage and she re-enforced the delegate’s observations from the Federation Council meeting in Whitley Bay.

The good news is that there is a large internal make-over at Cresswell House making it much more convenient for organisations taking part in discussions, work shops or demonstrations.

The less happy news is that Denman College is struggling financially and it is the case of use it or lose it.

As this is the jewel in the crown of the WI it would be heart breaking backward step if members no longer had this amazing facility.

Bamburgh has had a busy year with many highlights. The sand sculpture challenge was once again a fun event but the competition is definitely becoming fiercer and quite a bit of rivalry has entered the fray all with tongue-in-cheek.

The teams have been asked by the organiser of the Alnwick Olympic torch festival to build sporting sand sculptures in Alnwick, for the festival, so this year will see a break from the Bamburgh’s event.

Another popular annual event in which the WI has a large input is the Bamburgh Annual Horticultural and Industrial Show and 2011 had the usual crowd of visitors enjoying the sunshine and taking part in the many attractions offered on the day.

The competition entries were up on the previous year in the horticultural section which said a great deal for the growers as it was a difficult year with the late heavy snow.

This year’s show promises to be just as popular and judges have already been invited to comment and value the many competitions on September 8.

The 2012/3 programme for the coming WI year has been finalised and members should be delighted with the many and varied subjects they will learn about at the monthly meetings.

A walking group has been formed and a taster walk from Newton to Craster and back was greatly enjoyed by the members who took part, with no one complaining of aching legs as they had a very nice lunch break in Craster.

Short coffee/tea outings are being introduced and the first one to the Chatton Trout Fishery was very much enjoyed with a visit to the Chatton Gallery as an added treat. The members who went on this visit are going to suggest to the committee a return visit to the Fishery for a try at trout fishing with an expert.

With June being an exceptionally busy month in the village with celebrations for the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the Olympic torch arrival in Bamburgh members who are also members of other village organisations will be called on to take part and lend a hand.

A sporting scarecrow for the Olympic scarecrow competition is on the drawing board and a sand castle competition ‘A Castle Fit for a Queen’ for the jubilee, open to all comers, will see members taking part in the many events.