Twenty-four members of the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society enjoyed the most recent Introduction to Beekeeping course conducted by our veteran beekeeper, Jim Sansom, on March 13 and 20 at the Woodend Community Centre. The course was intentionally theoretical, giving a good basis for the practicum on handling bees scheduled for October.
A heads-up for our next monthly meeting on April 15th, 3pm, at Woodend Neighbourhood House. Jim, Matty, and Matt will be covering the extremely important topic of packing down your hive for winter. Learn how to prepare best for enhancing your hives’ chances for surviving the cold, lean months.
It is with a deep sadness and sense of loss that we hear the news that Bill Middleton passed away a few days ago after a short illness. Bill was a very much appreciated member of the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society and was very passionate about Warré and Kenyan bar hives. He will be remembered fondly for his good humour, enthusiasm, and practical workmanship (he was a very competent woodworker).
Our sincerest sympathies to his wife, Lyn, and other members of his family coping with their loss.
David Gormley-O’Brien, Emma Collins, and the WBFS leadership team.
Woodend Bee-Friendly Society is offering an Introduction to beekeeping course on Tuesdays 13th and 20th March, 7-9.30pm, at the Woodend Community Centre. The course will be taught by Jim Sansom, aided by some members of the WBFS leadership team.
The course will cover the basics of bee physiology and needs, and explore the various tasks that beekeepers must undertake to ensure that bees are healthy and flourish. There will be a practical counterpart to this course to be held in October.
The cost of the course is $20, payable on the first night, and is open to all members of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group. If you are not yet a member of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group you can register online (for $25 individual or $30 family per year) at https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/mrsg/membershipJoin.jsp
Make sure that you click on Woodend Bee-Friendly Society in the list of action groups on the online form.
Once you are sure that you are registered as a member of MRSG please send an email to email@example.com with your full name and phone number notifying me of your intention to participate in the course.
The course will have a limited intake of 15 to 20 participants so it will be a case of first in; first served.
Next WBFS monthly meeting will be on 19th November, 3pm, at the Woodend Neighbourhood House. We can discuss any questions arising from the bee-handling course last month and explore ways of helping your bees survive the hot summer months. Shelly will also chair a session for flow-hive users.