On Tuesday, August 23rd, we invited the 58 bee interested people who have contacted us to an evening about bees and our group. Around 24 people came to the Odd Fellows Hall where we had tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
Andy welcomed our guests, Helmut and Alan gave a slide presentation of our history and our bee keeping methods, then Kerry talked about our part of the ‘beespoke’ people’s millions award: community beekeeping in the valley.
We broke for more tea n coffee n cakes n biscuits and had time to answer individual questions as well informal chatter.
At the end we arranged “meet the bees’ sessions for all those who were interested in becoming beekeepers.It was a very jolly evening and 2 people signed up to become members of beecredible there and then.
On Saturday, September 10th, our first ‘meet-the-bees’ session took place. A moderate breeze and nice sunshine – very pleasant conditions.
Three ‘bee meeters’ came; and what a great meet it was.
We had a cup of coffee, made sure our guests were properly dressed and bee-sting-proof wrapped (that applied to us, too!). We talked them through our plans for the morning and gave some behaviour instructions – don’t panic, don’t stress, relax, and enjoy. We prepared some bicarbonate of soda (the magic ease of sting related pain) just in case!
Then we opened 2 hives: a national and a topbar
Our ‘meeters’ handled frames and bars with bees and combs
- all without foundation
They took to it like bees to honey!
No bicarb was necessary; our bees showed themselves from their best side!!!
Day 2 on the 11th was similar, following the same procedure.
They came in peace
we opened a national hive and the ‘meeters’ handled the frames
we then opened a topbar hive and explained how it functions before exposing the interior
and handing some bars to our guests
14 people had signed up to meet the bees – 6 turned up.
Of those 6, one joined beecredible.
Beekeeping isn’t for everyone. Some people are simply interested in beekeeping; others want to do it as part of a community group: like James – one of our new members; others prefer to solitary bee keep
As a group we will continue to be ‘open’ to new members, but we wont be twisting anyone’s arm.