St. Mary's Church
The 'Week in the Benefice' is updated each week by Reverend Chris Goble and can be found on the St. Mary's page.
Would you like to keep bees?
A lot of people keep bees because they produce honey, one of the healthiest and most natural foods and a substance which has been valued by man since prehistory as a sweetener and medicament. Others keep bees because they are interested in the study of bees and of their habits; bees are fascinating creatures and there is always something new to learn about them. With no means of dealing with the ubiquitous varroa mite that is now present in all UK honey bee colonies, a feral honey bee nest is unlikely to remain viable for more than a couple of seasons; it is only managed colonies that can survive to carry out the essential pollination our food crops. Beekeeping is an enjoyable open air hobby bringing you in contact with people from all walks of life. Bees can be kept by almost everyone except a very small minority who are allergic to bee stings.
In accordance with our Charitable Objects of promoting and following the craft of Beekeeping and advancing the education of the public in the importance of Bees in the environment, Shipston Beekeepers are holding an “Introduction to Beekeeping” day on Saturday 16th April at Stretton-on-Fosse Village Hall, GL56 9QX. The day will deal with the basics of beekeeping for the complete beginner or those with very limited experience of this craft. Arrive at 09.30 for coffee / tea prior to a prompt 10.00 start. Refreshments, a light lunch and, to see if you are comfortable handling bees, a practical session the next day at The Gate Apiary, Brailes OX15 5AX are included in the price of £50 / £80 per couple. The Saturday event is scheduled to finish at 15.30 approx.
Contact Douglas Nethercleft on 07850 352905 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Numbers are limited.