The new Queen Bee is announced
One of Somerset’s best known beekeepers, Jenny Gammon, was elected president of Taunton Beekeepers at the division’s annual meeting this week.
Jenny started keeping bees in 1986 and immediately became involved with the local association.
She was the treasurer for 25 years, has visited local schools and organisations to promote the craft and assisted her husband Sid when he managed the club’s apiary near Bradford-on-Tone.
She has also been hugely successful in the showing arena and her name is engraved on almost all the cups awarded at the County Honey Show as well as many other competitions.
FREE WHEATGERM WITH EVERY POND HEATER www.blagdon-water-gardens.c...View details
Protect your pond fish this winter. Purchase the resun 100w pond heater £39.99 from www.blagdon-water-gardens.co.uk and we will give you a pot of Tetra wheatgerm 1l winter fishfood worth £4.99 FREE
Contact: 01934 316673
Valid until: Friday, February 28 2014
She said she was greatly honoured to have been elected president at a time of great development for the club.
She said: “I’m very much looking forward to what promises to be a bright new era for beekeeping in the Taunton area.
"Next year we will open the new centre of excellence at our apiary, which will help us to promote the highest standards of bee husbandry through a programme of training courses and specialist lectures."
The chain of office was handed over by retiring president David Morris, who has made a huge contribution to beekeeping in Somerset.
He first joined the Taunton committee in 1968 and has since held many posts including as a council delegate to the County Association, Taunton publicity officer and as founder and editor of Beelines, the club’s popular newsletter, and as a lecturer.
He also played a leading role in representing the views of Somerset beekeepers at a national level, most recently about changes to the national bee inspectorate.
Members were treated to a talk by another highly influential Somerset beekeeper, David Charles, who is a past chairman and past president of the British Beekeepers’ Association.
‘Trees for bees’ identified many species gardeners could plant to help honeybees and wildlife in general.