Bamburgh WI, April meeting

Bamburgh WI members were delighted to receive many invitations from fellow institutes to their special events in the coming months.

The last Bamburgh village quiz for the season is on Monday, April 27, in the Castle Inn, at 7.30pm. It will restart in September. The lunch club meets on April 29, at Beadnell Towers.

Applications from fellow institutes to take part in the Bamburgh Sand Sculpture Challenge are flowing in and the Bamburgh sculpture team have decided on dates to practise their 100 years of the Women’s Institute design.

Members were asked to vote on whether a bursary should be offered to members in the new year starting in May. The decision was a majority in favour and this will be discussed in detail at the next committee meeting.

The next meeting on May 13, is the annual meeting when the committee stand down and a new committee is formed. Members were asked to propose any member they thought would enjoy working on the committee after having gained that member’s consent.

Our speaker Carol Griffiths had waited patiently while all the business was completed, and we then relaxed and were taken back years in time to Bamburgh village when a sandstone quarry was being worked, where the Grove now stands, and such local characters as Barty Younghusband, coffin maker and joiner, was a resident in Ingram Road.

Wonderful verbal portrait sketches of many Bamburgh folk invoked the workaday life of residents, very different from the Bamburgh of today.

Carol is a superb story-teller and her detailed knowledge as Bamburgh archivist is unsurpassed.