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A busy time had at Bishops Cannings bee festival
9:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
BISHOPS Cannings was buzzing with excitement on Saturday as hundreds of people swarmed to the village’s first Bee Festival.
Pupils at Bishops Cannings Primary School launched a community project earlier this year to help honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators by planting bee friendly plant seeds throughout the parish.
On Saturday, pupils joined forces with local beekeepers to put on an educational and entertaining community event.
The festival site, on the field next to the Crown Inn, was decorated with yellow and black balloons, bunting and bees that the pupils had made. Festival goers dressed up as bees, with prizes given for the best costume.
The Wiltshire Bee Centre brought an observation hive containing live bees, which fascinated adults and children alike. Fiona Robinson and Terry Cooke gave an informative talk about the problems faced by the bee population.
Visitors could have a go at rolling their own beeswax candles while members of the Kennet Beekeepers Association demonstrated implements used by beekeepers including suits and smokers. They also sold Wiltshire Honey, beeswax polish, candles and honey fudge.
A colourful display of bee friendly plants for the garden was provided by Fiddington Hill Nurseries and featured a selection of lavender, lupins, anenomies and sedums for sale. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust had a stand and facepainter Nikki Crossley was kept busy all afternoon.
The Wiltshire Scrapstore held a workshop where children could make bees from recycled materials. Refreshments were provided by parents from the school and pupils who had helped to make suitably themed snacks.
In the afternoon, visitors were entertained by pupils from Bishops Cannings Primary School, who recited poems they had written about bees and sang songs featuring their importance to the world.
Organiser and local beekeeper Dr Lisa Drewe said she was extremely pleased by the turn out.
She said: “I’ve greatly enjoyed working with the school on our campaign.
“Thanks to the great leadership and encouragement of the teachers, the pupils now have an amazing amount of energy and knowledge to be able to help the bees in their community.”
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