I had to go to County Hall for a meeting of the Local Access Forum today. I was asked to bring along some honey to top up the stock in my old office where ‘Mother’ doles it out to regular customers, so I took along my last 4 jars. However, before I could hand them over, a member of the Forum asked for a jar which prompted another member to buy one. Eventually my successor, Ness, came over and relieved me of the remaining two jars and gave me an envelope from Mother containing money from past sales.
Our organiser, Tas, came over and asked me whether I was able to remove bees from houses. I said ‘Yes’ so she will give my details to somebody with bees in their attic.
One of the first items on the agenda was the appointment of a Vice Chairman. As I feared, I was nominated, despite being under the average age of the members. There was another candidate but he voted for me, so I couldn’t really duck.
We have a new member, Sue Lees, who has riding stables on Portland. She asked me whether I still have bees on the island as she is interested in becoming a beekeeper. Her reason is that she has allergies and she has been told that local honey is a cure. I assured her that the placebo effect is very strong! I shall email her the date and directions for the BKA annual auction which will enable her to get some kit at a reasonable price. Then I suppose I shall have to split one of my hives on the island to get her going. I guess she’ll end up being another apprentice!
For an organisation that has absolutely nothing to do with beekeeping, it’s amazing how often the subject comes up at LAF meetings!