Sat 21 July saw us hold the first Association Apiary Open day at the new Association apiary in Saunderton. The weather could not have been kinder to us – it was sunny and bright all day.
The event was attended by around 40 members of the public ranging from seven years old to seventy!
A selection of sausages, bacon and chicken was available from the BBQ along with tea and coffee to keep the visitors (and members) suitably refreshed and giving members a chance to chat with the attendees in an informal manner.
The participants were then suited and gloved up and went over to the Apiary. They were given a general talk by Bob Grayston and were able to ask lots of questions about all aspects of beekeeping. Then it was into the apiary for an opportunity to meet the bees. The bees were also on their very best behaviour, being both gentle and non flighty, allowing everyone to get a good look.
After all this excitement Sylvia and Raymond also ran an information stand, taking many enquiries from people interested in beekeeping and in attending the next beekeepers beginners course.
All in all the day was a roaring success, and we look forward to next years event. Anyone who would like to get involved in the future, either with the apiary or with the open day should contact a committee member for more details.