Local beekeeping news and events

W&HBB committee members Amanda Lee-Riley and Roger Simpson gave an introductory talk on beekeeping to Year 1 children at Joy Lane Primary School on 1st July.  This was day 1 of the children’s week-long bee project, designed by the school.  Under the careful eye of Rachel Finch and other school staff the children were shown some of the do’s and don’ts with personal protective equipment for beekeeping, told about the life of honeybees and the different castes and, to the rapt fascination of many, shown the activities of the live honeybees on a frame of beeswax in an observation hive. The children were exceptionally well behaved and engaged, they managed thoroughly to exhaust their guests with their many and varied questions about bees. Here are a couple of photos from the event. Well done year 1.

Children and observation hive
Bee watching



Explaining why we wear protective clothing
Protective clothing – what and why

Very young beekeeping model
Seth, in a beesuit.

Added: 5-8-22

Come and talk to your local beekeepers (and try some local honey)

The Branch will be present with a stall at Faversham Garden Market Sunday 26 June 2022 – where we hope to have honey for sale, an observation hive for the curious to get safely up close to some live honey bees, and Branch members on hand to discuss any bee related question visitors may have. Please stop by and say hello.

Added: 14-6-22

Photographic competition Spring/Summer 2022

We would like to encourage any member or Friend of the branch to enter our photographic competition. The outline and the rules are in the two documents below, that can be read online or downloaded. So many times we are lucky enough to watch our own honey bees, or some of the bumblebees or solitary bees in this part of Kent, either feeding on flowers or travelling around them, and we would like to use and share some of your local photos both on this website and on some of our branch printed leaflets. Please take a moment to read the attached documents and we look forward to sharing what you see over this next few months of Spring and Summer.

The closing date is 31 July 2022 and there are prizes…


W&HBB photograph competition outline

W&HBB photo competition rules


Added: 4-4-22