Beadnell Alternative Flower Show

Beadnell’s unique Alternative Flower Show is back for one final time. A last chance to flaunt garden failures and celebrate culinary calamities.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Beadnell Women’s Institute Hall

Entries to be staged 10am – 12pm

No charge for entries


Adults £2 including home made refreshments

Children 12 years or under free

In aid of Beadnell Christmas Lights

As ever the prizes will match the standard of the entries. Please be sure to read the rules carefully, winging afterwards will be ignored as ‘attention seeking’.All the main categories are open to individuals, adults or children, teams or families.

We hope you have as much fun participating and attending as we have organising.

  • As in the past, this year’s judge will have no qualifications. Pseudonyms may be used for sensitive categories.
  • Rival entries may NOT be sabotaged. Weed slashing will not be tolerated.
  • Due to inflation this year’s prizes will be 3.4% more pathetic than we planned.
  • Second hand cup for ‘Most points in Show’. Individual prizes for each category.
  • Winners of cups must promise not to clean or lose them. We might want to use them in another 20 years.
  • Entries must be removed by 5pm.
  • (The Health Inspector is due to visit at 5.30 and the ‘Ladies Downhill Swimming Team’ have the Hall booked for 6pm).


1. Super Weed – Tallest, longest, most prolific etc. Each to be judged on its individual merits

2. Smallest carrot.

3. Bog Garden in a container.

4.Most imaginative use of a Flower Pot.

5. Mankiest Apple – On health grounds nothing contagious to humans please.

6. Most mis-shapen vegetable – A chance for your curious caulis and bandy-legged beetroot etc.

7. Most unusual Jam – Who can forget Tadpole and Walnut!

8. Most original use of a packet mix.

9. Cooking Disaster.

10. Most unusual miniature garden.

11. Worst Pot Plant – Remember   we run an automatic check for ‘Brain Death’.

12. Most well used item of gardening equipment.

13. Most boring poem.

14. Anything else!



1. Scariest Mini Scarecrow.

2. Best decorated flowerpot.

3. Animal made from fruit or veg.

4. Most lifelike drawing of a member of your family.



  • Cheating is encouraged and will be awarded extra points.
  • Use of steroids is prohibited.
  • Unusual amounts of body hair will be viewed with suspicion and may lead to gossip.


Not just… what keeps us busy…

So, its the time of the year when its all going on…  and this means we are running about doing whatever it is that can be done based on the days demands and needs…  surfing. biking. diving. fishing. walking…. and more..

What have we been doing ?

Not Just Boards and Bikes from swinhoe on Vimeo.

The half-mile paddle-out….

… and the month-long storm that caused it.

Sorry its been so long. Winter has been a miserable affair this year.

I got back from a weeks snowboarding in Slovakia last week. It was about -27 at its coldest over there in the dumping fresh snow.

Yet when i landed back in Edinburgh I already knew it was colder, dark and more miserable here. We had heard on the saturday of the ship that ran aground at the Farnes.


We followed the updates and gossip on FaceTube and also kept an eye on the weather forecast. It was bleak. – Cold. Hovering just above freezing, with gales from the East. This meant big seas.

That forecast was 10 days ago, and the weather front arrived on the coast before we did. Its also looking to stay the same, for another two weeks, right through Easter weekend.

So there have been some proper big days on the sea, and plenty of casualties along with it. Seals, both adult and pups have been washing up all over the beaches. Along with a wide assortment of bird; Terns, Gulls, Guillemots, Razors and even Puffins, dozens of them.  Its quite sad.

And what of the MV Danio ? the 80m freight vessel that managed to ‘miss’ the mighty Longstone lighthouse and park herself on the rocks a mere 30m away ?
Well the Danio is still there, waiting for the right tide to take her off the rock. Rumor is that they are going to move her tomorrow (26th March). A tug from Leith is moored just North of the Farnes waiting for the weather to break. I snapped a quick picture of the rope that has been shipped in to help move the 2500 tonne vesel. £20,000 worth of 6-inch thick rope….

And in the last 12 days, with seas as big as have been seen for a while, one boat has been the only one leaving the harbour at Seahouses. Stand Sure, skippered by Jonathan Dawson has been assisting the salvage team, moving people and equipment between the islands and the harbour in 6m seas… not a job for the faint hearted !

Lets hope they get her of the rocks in the next few days, nothing too bad can really happen, but it will be a mighty mess if she wont float off and sail away…


Into the unknown…

We have tried to let winter pass quietly this year. But we still managed to slip away for a week and explore a corner of Eastern Europe… Slovakia.

Into the Unknown…. Snowboarding Jasna / Chopok, Slovakia 2013 from swinhoe on Vimeo.

Thanks to all the guys at Propaganda Snowboards for hosting us…

Richard James Patterson

On Sunday August 5th 2012, Richard James Patterson, who ran the Beadnell Bay Boat Launch, died suddenly.

He was well know and well liked around the area, having spent 50 years of his life working in the villages of Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh.

Richard Patterson with tractor at Beadnell Bay

Richard Patterson with tractor at Beadnell Bay

The car park, Bay and village will miss him dearly.


Surfboard, wetsuit and bike hire in Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh, Budle, Embleton, Newton, Northumberland
Hire surfboards, wetsuits and bikes in Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh