ABKA does World Heritage

Saturday (22 April) in Roberts Park, Saltaire

For once, the sun shone on the righteous, warming the beeswax for candle rolling and bringing a small, select, team out in hot flushes! Tastefully displayed, under a green gazebo, fringed by eye catching, floral bunting, hanging hives and whirring bees, Airedale Beekeepers pulled the crowds and spread the B word amongst visitors from as far afield as Nottingham and Standish!

Chris Solloway provided the much-admired floral bunting and hung it up to good effect, with help from the leggy Louise Mallinson. Great setting up guys! Jane Law and Michael Lerman helped the kids to roll out the candles and rolled a princely £32.15 into Association coffers (that’s 32 candles, folks!) in the process. Richard Law, Chris, Louise and Michael kept the visitors educated and entertained with the virtual hive. John Stewart made sure that all callers had our ABKA postcards, quiz and information sheets. There was also the fabled Find the Queen game, colouring sheets and bee anatomy diagrams, examples of wax comb and tools of the beekeeping trade to further bedazzle (in combination with Richard’s bright yellow bee suit) and bemuse the general public.

Many thanks to Chris, Jane and Louise for the production and copying of all the handouts, it’s always good to have something folk can take away with them.

This was another event in collaboration with the Cliffe Castle Restoration Project Team, so big thanks too, to Dan Palmer, the Friends of Cliffe Castle Park and Cliffe Castle Museum for inviting us.

Well done everyone!


Cliffe Castle Regeneration work

Earlier this month, a group of ABKA members had a sneaky peek at progress on the restoration works at Cliffe Castle.  It’s all looking good for the grand re-opening in the Summer.  Here are some pics for those of you who missed it:






















If you want to read more about what’s going on at Cliffe Castle, click on the link here.  There’s even a talk on honey bees in April!