Apiary Summer BBQ 2017
Our annual BBQ took place in July at the teaching apiary on a very pleasant summer evening to those who make participating in our craft a more rewarding experience. It was great that Celia and her husband were able to join us again.
Andrew Mitchell, our MP, (who in the past did a lot of work on behalf of BDI) joined us again and quizzed us all about our current beekeeping activities.
The BBQ was a great success, due mainly to our “resident” chef Bob Gilbert and his wife. Although intended to be a social event, we have a raffle to raise money for Bees Abroad
We also had the pleasure listening to singing of the male voice choir called The Anvil Chorus.
For making the BBQ such a success, we need to thank Bob Gilbert, Will Hooley and James Mundye, and especially their wives, children and grandchildren without whom such an enjoyable evening would not have been possible. Well done and thank you.
Warwick County Honey Show
Hatton September 2016
Sutton and North Birmingham once again produced some fabulous exhibits to regain the Nuneaton cup for most points overall in show. Bernard Diaper won two individual cups for his exceptional and vast array of exhibits and the Foster Bequest cup, for best novice, went to Anne Skinner. This year our novices excelled with Will van de Merwe, Phil and Anne Rogers also winning cards. Other winners included Christine Clifton, Peter Simkins, Graham Carver, Isabella Mundye, Rebecca Mundye and even their dad. Many thanks go to all who entered and special mention goes to Peter for his inspiration in putting together the branch composite display and Fiona Mundye and Christine who not only took and staged many of the exhibits but also stayed all day on our branch crocus and wild flower stall.
Sutton Coldfield Fire Station Open Day – September 2016
A very busy and successful day for Sutton Fire Station as well as a lot of activity on the Sutton Coldfield Beekeepers stand. It was lovely to see such a lot of interest in the bees and the local honey which is produced in Sutton Park. Each jar of honey sold meant that 50 pence was donated to the Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund which is a very worthy cause.
Thanks goes to James Mundye and his family and Christine Clifton who kindly spend the day on the stand.
Sutton Coldfield Honey Show September 2016
Thanks goes to all the members who entered our Associations Honey Show at Mere Green on Sunday 11th September. A very high standard of exhibits were on display and it’s great to see new faces entering and winning.
Our thanks go to Julian for organising, to Becca for stewarding and to our judge Chris Evans. Thanks must also go to Christine and Bernard for their help, advice and encouragement to members who wished to show.
Canwell Show August 2016
As always a very enjoyable day with plenty of activities and plenty of sunshine. Of course, as always, including the representation of the Sutton Coldfield Beekeepers. Tasting honey, talking about bees and making candles.
Summer BBQ July 2016
Our annual Bar-B-Q took place in July at the teaching apiary on a very pleasant summer evening. Among our guests this year were our County Chair, County President and the County Treasurer. It was our opportunity to show our appreciation to those who make participating in our craft a more rewarding experience.
Andrew Mitchell, our MP, (who in the past did a lot of work on behalf of BDI) once again quizzed fellow guests on how this season was going and it was our chance to explain our views of beekeeping against those perhaps of various lobbying groups to our MP.
The bar-b-q was a great success, due mainly to our “resident” chef Bob Gilbert and his wife. Although intended to be a social event, we have a raffle to raise money for Bees Abroad and as an extra event and highlight of the evening, our Chair was also able to auction a pair of goblets. The goblets were hand engraved to celebrate 100 years of Warwickshire Beekeeping Association (1879-1979) and were finally “knocked down” to Bernard Diaper, a very worthy purchaser who is dedicated to all aspects of beekeeping. In all, £155 was collected for Bees Abroad.
For making the bar-b-q such a success, we need to thank Bob Gilbert, Will Hooley and James Mundye, and especially their wives, children and grandchildren without whom such an enjoyable evening would not have been possible. Well done and thank you.
Visit to Priestly Smith School
Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Beekeepers’ Association were recently approached by Priestly Smith School in Great Barr to ask if we could do a presentation to their pupils.
The school caters for children aged 2-19 with severe sight loss and shares the site with Perry Beeches mainstream school. We were also joined by a year 5 class from Perry Beeches. An audience of around 55!
On Wednesday 29th June our chairman James and treasurer Anita kindly agreed to represent our association and gave a wholly interactive beekeeping experience for the children. A talk about the importance of pollinating insects, the life of honeybees and what goes on inside a hive was followed by a chance to dress as a beekeeper, handle honeycomb, listen and look at the bees in an observation hive and honey tasting. The children were very knowledgeable with one girl aged 7 from Priestly Smith correctly telling the audience that bees have 5 eyes!
Our thanks go to all of the children and staff for making our visit such a rewarding experience.
Bioblitz – Sutton Park
On Friday 24th June, Sutton Park Rangers ran their 30 hour Bioblitz event which is designed to record as many species within the park as is possible using school groups, local experts and the public as “citizen scientists”. On Saturday a number of walks were organised to allow the public to explore the often unseen creatures found in the park. Our Association along with RSPB, Friends of Sutton Park and Seven Trent Water were there to educate the public and support this event.
Wyvales Garden Centre Visit
Our Associations first public event took place at Wyvale Garden Centre on Tuesday 31st May. We offered the public an interactive experience with honey tasting, a chance to dress as a beekeeper and the opportunity to go through our virtual hive to find the queen.
Our star of the event as always was the live bee observation hive which never fails to fascinate and engage people young and old. Many children took the opportunity for a photo dressed as a beekeeper with lots of sticky fingers and faces from the honey tasting. Member’s honey was very popular and many jars were sold. All in all a successful and enjoyable day for all.