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Rudyard and District WI - March 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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WHAT a buzzing night we had at our March meeting. Our speaker for the evening was Barbara Egerton, talking about "Bees & Beekeeping".

Her husband came with her and Carol introduced him as Mike, after the patron saint of pants and vests, St Michael.

Barbara does this talk to raise money for the orphanages in Romania.

Her talk was fascinating. Did you know that the Queen bee lives for two to three years and the honeybees she produces, 40-60 thousand, live a month in the hive, then a further six weeks. A very short life span.

The Queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day and the drone bees produce enough of the stuff that is needed to fertilise them.

Notice I said stuff, didn't want to offend anyone! We didn't realise that when bees swarm it's to reproduce.

Barbara told us how she rescued a swarm from up a tree with the help of a pillow case and a JCB.

She also mentioned that honey has many health benefits. Bees have been in decline, so it's very important that we try to plant bee friendly plants in our gardens, because if there are no bees then we all may suffer in the future.

My daughter said that she already knew, because she'd seen The Bee Movie!

Barbara and Mike had bought jars of different honeys, marmalade and jams for us to taste and buy. Linda Wragg gave a vote of thanks to a lovely couple for giving us an insight to the high and lows of beekeeping.

As we only have a small committee Carol asked the members if they were all in agreement to take turns in helping out at the birthday party, AGM and Xmas party, to serve and clear up.

What fab members we have as they all said yes. It was decided to not include our older and infirm members. A very big thank you to all.

Barbara Machin is organising our first walk for this year, in April, so come on ladies dust off your walking boots. We always have a watering hole stop in the middle or at the end!!

We had two raffle prizes this week, thanks to our speaker donating a jar of honey, which was won by Karen Tweedy, and Margaret Heath won the other, kindly donated by Suzanne Sheldon. Wendy Gee won the flowers off the top table and Nancy Matthews won the competition. This month is our birthday party and we are at Horton Village Hall on the 10th April, at 7.30pm.

Our entertainment for the evening are the infamous Buxton Billaretes and the competition is a home made Pom-Pom. Don't forget if you want a strong drink please BYO. We will be providing soft drinks plus the usual tea and coffee.

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