Sunday 2nd June: Thomas Hardy Street Fair 11.00 – 4.00pm
If you weren’t there then you missed our demonstration of skep making at the Thomas Hardy Street Fair. But here are some pictures from the day:
And for those of you wondering what is the connection between skep making and bee keeping – wonder no more.
When collecting a swarm of bees the skep is used to hold the bees. It has advantages in that it is light weight but substantial so when you have to climb up a ladder and hold out the skep into which you are going to drop the swarm then it is much easier to use than a cardboard box.
It also has the advantage that the internal surface is bee friendly so when you invert the skep over your collecting sheet the bees do not all fall out as they would if you collected them in a plastic box.
More details of the fair are shown here.
Sunday 9th June:Bee Safari
There was an all day bee safari on the 9th of June when the Seasonal Bee Inspector Kevin Pope guided us around several apiaries in the Tincleton and Bockhampton area. A brief report and pictures are here.
Thursday 13th June:Bee Social at the Colliton Club at 7pm
The social evenings are open to members and prospective members. They are an ideal opportunity to chat bees over a pint. At this one we hope to discuss what we can do for the Beefest so if you want to help and enjoy a social make certain you are in the back bar of the Colliton Club on Thursday.
Saturday 29th June Beefest at Poundbury 11.00 – 4.00pm
This event is all about Bees and Pollinators but there will be a lot of other stalls and activities.
We hope to do candle-rolling; have an information stand plus Asian Hornet information, the photo-board, skep-making, selling honey, and promoting bees and beekeeping generally. The more volunteers who we have the more we can do.
Wednesday 10th July: Bee Social at the Colliton Club at 7pmThe social evenings are open to members and prospective members. They are an ideal opportunity to chat bees over a pint.
Thursday 11th July:Committee Meeting
This is when plan. If you have any suggestions about what you think we do right, what we do wrong or what we could do better then do let one of us know.
Saturday 27th July an Event in the Borough Gardens, Dorchester
Plastic Free Dorchester Team is running this will as showing how we can be plastic free. Other aspects of preserving and enhancing our environment will also be there so we will focus on bees & pollinators.