Some BKids readers have shared
their photos and stories:
In the recent competition in the B Kids pages of April 2017, several junior beekeepers shared photos of their apiary:
Meet Thomas (5) of Grantham.
Thomas is a keen beekeeper and part of a beekeeping family that includes his sister Isabella (3). Recently, encouraged by his mum, he decided to undertake a time consuming and difficult project based on honey bees – a lap-book. His mum tells us:
‘Thomas is very proud of his work, especially as he is not keen on writing!
The decision to do a project on bees and to present that work as a lap-book was driven by Thomas, it wasn’t a piece of work I set him. I actually tried to put him off as I knew how much work it would be! Similarly, the content was also decided by Thomas after we looked on the net at other similar topics, one or two pieces were taken directly from a home school share website and the three part cards were from the ‘carrots are orange’ blog via pinterest.
I did help with fitting the information into the books, although he did the life cycle himself. I also helped with the tremendous amount of cutting out, although he did his fair share for a five year old.’
Well done, Thomas! And keep up the good work!
Our B Kids Club members are really keen and love their beekeeping! Here is a wonderful drawing from Rose (6), our newest B Kids Club member. Thank you, Rose!
A video from Finn, B Kids Club member number 22! Finn's lovely Irish Black queen made queen cells and we cut some of…
Georgia Sellars (17) of Horncastle BKA won the Thornes Young Beekeeper of the Year award in 2010 at age 13.
She has taken her beekeeping to a new level since then. She was a member of the English team sent to Germany to represent England at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers in 2013 and now she is applying for a full time beekeeping position!
David Wainwright, a commercial bee farmer, is considering her for a 4 year apprenticeship. Georgia needs to pass her driving test this summer, if taken on, as Mr Wainwright has apiaries on several sites in Wales!
News of Finn(11) B Kids Club member 22 and 2013’s B Kids diarist –
Out of my honey sales (2013), I made £222 – yea! But I had to give half of it to mum, because she paid for all the jars and beehives. While I was in Uganda last week, I used my honey money to buy a cow for my friend Christian. He doesn’t have very much and he lives in a mud hut. He was so happy when I gave him the cow, he hugged me.
My Golden Eagle needs a double brood box, because she has lots of bees and she is starting to build brace comb in the eke. I also over wintered a Nuc and it lived, so I am going to sell it. All the colonies at my house survived the winter, except one Nuc died, because we think it had no queen.
9 year old Molly’s first year of beekeeping was 2013. Molly (8 yrs old at the time) joined Cardiff, Vale and Valleys Beekeepers’ Association (UK) in Spring last year. Little did she know what a successful year she’d have!
In early April she enrolled onto the Beginners Course and successfully completed the course held over 2 weekends.
With a new found interest in bees she borrowed her mother’s Bee Craft magazines and devoured the B Kids section at the back. Molly entered Bee Craft’s April 2013 competition to ‘spot the queen’, and won! Her prize was a microscope with USB camera donated by Brunel Microscopes.
In May we caught a swarm and Molly was told that if she helped look after them through the spring and summer, the bees would be hers. She took this offer onboard, and subsequently took her beekeeping duties very seriously. So much so, in late June her mother bought her a brand new hive.
As you can see from the photo, she painted her own unique design on the hive.
With her mother’s help, Molly transferred the bees into their new home. Quite a stylish landing board! Molly was so excited about being a fully fledged beekeeper!
Summer passed with Molly’s bees thriving. In fact they produced some honey for extraction. Molly has been Chief Honey Spinner in her family’s house for over 4 years, helping to extract her mother’s bees’ honey. However this year was different, this year she would extract her own honey for the first time.
Her mother encouraged her to enter the Cardiff, Vale and Valleys Beekeepers’ Association honey show in October. Again, success followed; Molly came away with the following prizes:
1st prize and the cup! for the Children’s Class – design a poster ‘honey for sale’.
1st prize and a £10 Thornes gift voucher for the Novice Class medium honey
2nd prize for Honey Fudge Class. (She also beat her mother in this class as her mother won 3rd prize).
So what does Molly have planned for 2014?
Well she has already made a batch of honey marmalade for the October honey show. She intends on giving her Brownie pack a talk about her bees for her Hobby Badge. Maybe she’ll enter the Welsh Honey Show in 2014. Watch this space!
This all bodes well for the future of Beekeeping in Wales. As associations we should be encouraging children like Molly to take up the hobby, as ultimately this will benefit the bees.
A massive congratulations to Molly on her first year of Beekeeping!
This is sustainable beekeeping at its best….’Beekeeping, The Next Generation’.
P.s. The photo is from last year, ok!
Megan also drew a honey bee for us.
Another of our February competition winners, Finn (11) sent this photo of his nucleus hive, taken when the virgin queen was out on her mating flight!
My picture is of an accompanied mating flight. It was my Golden Eagle colony as a nuc.
Dear Melissa Bee,
the bees. We gave the bees their food recently.
her feed them some candy. I tried some, it was yummy!’
Meet JD (8) of West Yorkshire, a keen beekeeper and our B Kids Club member no 2!
JD has had TWO big WINS recently – he won THIRD PRIZE in the UNDER 16’s ‘2 JARS OF HONEY’ CLASS at the UK’s National Honey Show in October and then, this week, another surprise win – this time FIRST PRIZE in a Bee Craft B Kids competition in which he had to correctly name the various parts of a modern bee hive.
VERY WELL DONE, JD!
JD’s success last year was being the youngest ever person to pass the British Beekeeping Association’s Junior Certificate. Read about it here:
You will have read about Georgia Sellars (16) in the September 2012 Bkids
Georgia, who won the Thornes Young Beekeeper of the Year in 2010, has been hitting the headlines in the papers again recently! She was part of a team of three young British beekeepers who travelled to Germany to represent England at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers. England came fourth out of fourteen countries in the competition, and Georgia was ranked 18th out of 39 competitors. “I was delighted to have the opportunity to represent England,” said Georgia. She had to prove her ability in bee handling, honey testing and a written test. See the full report on:
The photo is Georgia with her award from the Thornes Young Beekeeper competition. WELL DONE, GEORGIA!