In the warm June sunshine members of NSBK met together at three different locations for tea, cake and chat. This actually recalled arrangements from the very beginning of the club, when there were no communal apiary facilities and far fewer members. Sometimes guest speakers were also invited to these home gatherings to give a talk on a chosen topic for the aspiring beekeepers.
The three groups for this year's NSBK Bees & Teas event were:
Zdenek, Tom, Yvonne, Val & Rob W. (Congresbury) Annabel, Catherine, Mark, Rob F. (Nailsea) Martin, Sandra, Tony, Michelle, Ken, Keith. (Portishead)
The generous supply of cake and flapjacks was universally approved, but in an unexpected move, Zdenek encouraged his Congresbury guests to participate in a PYO raspberry interlude, in support of which he supplied a generous jug of thick cream. This innovation should certainly be repeated whenever possible in future events!
All the discussions obviously started with bees and beekeeping, but then wandered off in many unexpected areas of personal involvement, the historic origins of NSBK, refugees in the UK (past & present), the redevelopment of Bristol Beacon (Colston Hall), Bees Abroad, educating newbies, etc.
Around 16:30 the groups departed with some new ideas buzzing around in their heads, and possibly some new friends to meet up with in the future.