ChairmanRobert Palmer, Hope Cottage, School Lane, Combwich. TA5 2QS
Secretary Ken Edwards, Bush Cottage, Bush Road, Spaxton. TA5 1BX 01278 671544
Treasurer Mike Sealey, 72 Wembdon Hill, Bridgwater. TA6 7PZ 01278 445158
Membership SecretaryTrish Edwards
Newsletter EditorDavid Bennett
Education Officer Elaine Falkingham
Social SecretariesRobert Palmer and Tina Matthews
Committee as above, plus Barry Hulatt, Fred Jones, Mary Rowe Mick Stenhouse, Derek Harrison, Brian Maskell, and Nick Wills.
We are a new group of beekeepers (within the Somerset Beekeepers Association) that have just finished our seventh year. Our aim is to share our enthusiasm in beekeeping within a friendly and supportive group. Our numbers have increased to 120 full and associate members.
If you are not a member, but someone interested in bees, nature and the countryside you would be welcome to come and join us at one of our meetings, it will not cost you anything! Give our secretary a call on 01278 671544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . We will then ensure that a bee suit is ready for you to borrow and explain any details that you may need to know.
Beekeeping can be expensive. For this reason we have a strong focus on helping new beekeepers to set up their first hive properly but also at a budget rate. In all of our training programmes we focus on conventional hives so that new beekeepers can learn to understand their bees using equipment that is easy to buy and look after. To help new beekeepers we have a full range of Honey extraction equipment and Wax handling appliances that can be borrowed. You will see from the programme that we are continuing with the Beginners, NVQ 1, Continuation and Practical programmes and rent-a-hive as we did last year.
We have been fortunate to negotiate a number of substantial grants towards establishing a new teaching apiary on the outskirts of Bridgwater. It has many interesting features which include a wildlife pool, all weather demonstration hive, queen rearing equipment and state of the art microscopy.
For our education programme we have close links with Brymore School and Bridgwater College. In 2013 we were hosts to the BBC for some of the (bee related) filming and recording for Farming Today, Springwatch, Points West and Inside the Animal Mind (with Chris Packham and Prof Adam Hart.)
It is an exciting time for us.
Browse through our pages and if you like the sound of us please feel free to get in touch. New members are welcome to any of our meetings.
You can download a Quantock Division membership form here