On Wednesday March 25th Mr Chris Hone gave a very interesting talk entitled ‘inside the Beehive’.
Chris gave a slide show of the life cycle of bees giving lots of fascinating facts along the way. He showed slides of skeps which are the earlier basket type hives and then William Broughton Carr designed the more elaborate hive which is called the WBC and much easier to obtain the honey from.
Chris told us that although the queen bee is much bigger than the other bees the beekeeper marks the queen with a red spot to make it more identifiable. He told us never to squeeze a bee sting but to flick out the sting to release the poison. We were shown a slide of a widow tapping a key on her beehive and telling them their master was dead. Bees should always be kept up to date with what’s happening!
Mr Hone was really enthusiastic about his subject and Club member Tina Casey thanked Mr Hone for sharing his love of beekeeping and his lifetime of knowledge.
The Club’s next meeting is the AGM for members only. On May 27th Harry Townsend will be giving a talk entitled ‘Kew Gardens’. Anyone wishing to attend will be most welcome. Meetings begin at 7.30pm at Little Common Community Centre, Shepherd’s Close. Call 01424 843337 for further details.