Bamburgh WI meeting

It was standing room only when members from many Northumberland institutes gathered to hear who had won Bamburgh Women’s Institute’s Sand Sculpture Challenge 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 judge Derek Mallinson said there were many sculptures he could have chosen in a less competitive field.

Once again, Bamburgh WI 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.

Bamburgh Bakers were thanked, by card, for a lunch they had provided for Prudhoe WI when they were en route to their destination, Holy Island.

Unfortunately, the weather was appalling with heavy rain but Bamburgh’s guests were soon warmed up with hot cups of tea. Fortunately, the weather was much improved when members attended the Federation coffee morning at Bellshill. Christine is an amazing hostess and her garden a delight to wander through in the sunshine.

Bamburgh had also hosted a friendly croquet afternoon with Alnwick WI Croquet Club members. Names drawn from the hat meant that mixed partners were drawn from both institutes and novices and slightly more experienced players enjoyed the games and the tea/biscuit and chat that followed.

As had been mentioned in a previous report, our June Lunch Club was held at Armstrong House, an Abbeyfield home in Bamburgh.

We were provided with an excellent lunch and we were delighted when a resident joined two of the WI members who live there and came to the following meeting to hear Anne Fenwick’s account of all that happens ‘Through the Vicarage Window’.

Anne is a very amusing and experienced speaker and as this is the last time she will ‘perform’, we were delighted she accepted our invitation to have her finale in Bamburgh.

We hold no monthly meeting in August but we cannot rest on our laurels as we will be hosting a lunch and tea fund-raising event for Bamburgh Pavilion on the bank holiday Monday, so once again ladies it’s on with the rubber gloves and aprons doing our bit for the community.

We return on September 14 when Catherine Fawdry from Kelso will be telling us about her life as a farmer’s wife and showing us her skill in making felt from the wool of her sheep. Visitors are more than welcome to join us.