North Herts news by Christine Phillips

David Massey and John Brooksbank held a very interesting open day at their apiary in Charlton on Saturday 17th August. The Charlton site is on waterworks land and has been used by N. Herts beekeepers since 1943. There are plenty of trees and shrubs and surrounding fields supply extra forage, the only drawback being the occasional need for the waterworks to flush out their pipes which causes the site to flood. David and John were well prepared, with a shelter in case of rain and even a toilet tent! Tea was made and cakes eaten. It was a pity that apart from David and John's  families only two of us turned up. The date was on the calendar part of HertsBees website, but perhaps the lack of a July newsletter or perhaps just August holidays prevented more people coming along. So here are some photos to show what you missed.

John makes his own foundation. If you look carefully you can see the newspaper he uses instead of wires to strengthen it.John's homemade smoker

First indoor winter meeting:

October 19th at 7.30pm at Howgills, South View, Letchworth.

3rd October - Another chance to talk about bees and sell honey at Codicote Garden Centre.

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