The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society had a wonderful day at the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival on 4th March, 2017. It was a terrific opportunity to unveil the newly-renovated Honey-Bubble caravan, which was donated to the bee-club by Jim Sansom who had used it as a honey-extraction caravan for many, many years; its engineering structure expertly restored by Rin Damen; and its creative decoration designed and co-ordinated by Matty Be, with lots of WBFS members helping on the way. A special thanks to everyone who donated their time and resources to make this dream a reality. We shall be using the Honey-Bubble caravan for promoting bee-welfare and sustainable beekeeping at festivals and schools in the Macedon Ranges Shire. So do look out for it; it is unlikely to be missed.

Also on the day, members from the WBFS leadership group – Emma, Paul, Nev, and Ross – gave a workshop on beekeeping in your own garden to a sizeable and appreciative audience. Shelly showed how to harvest honey from her flow hive (as well as bringing her delicious signature dish, honey-joys). Several other members came and shared their enthusiasm for beekeeping with visitors. We also had an observation hive which attracted lots of kids (and other bees).

Lots of people inquired about the WBFS and the prospect of keeping bees in the future. It was a great day for all and we give thanks to the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group and, in particular, for the manager of the Festival, Sharon Kittson, for organizing such a great occasion.