Shoalhaven Beekeepers Association get invited to many events however our participation is limited to the availability of volunteers, who will need to help set up stalls and tables, talk to the public about the Association and bees, take down equipment and stalls as well as other opportunities such as giving talks about the importance of bees to the environment. Volunteers are our lifeline. We are grateful to anyone who volunteers time and expertise no matter how much or how little you can give.
Berry Show 1 & 2 February 2019
SBA were asked to be involved at the Berry Show this year, not at a stall but inside an exhibition themed "Amazing Agriculture". Thank you to all volunteers who set up, packed down and donated valued time and knowledge at the exhibition. The exhibition was targeted at young people and a report from those involved said that it was visited by parents/grandparents and small children. Its good to get them while they're young, would you agree? Many youngsters and others came out of there a bit wiser as to the value bees are to agriculture and to humans and their food! (Picture above: The Amazing Agriculture Exhibition at the Berry Show 2019. Photo credit to Berry Agricultural Society 2019.)
SBA continued its now traditional involvement in the Nowra Show. Above is a picture of the second day before the crowds arrived. A special thank you goes to the volunteers involved this year, who had double the work when our marquee was destroyed by strong winds on Friday. Not only did the vollies set up on Friday morning, but someone had to spring into action that night when they received a call from security saying our tent was blown down. It was recovered in shreds on the Saturday morning but the Show organisers kindly let us set up in gymnasium (next to some other community groups who also had lost their marquees). More volunteers set up the next day and it was all taken down safely on the Saturday night. We had a great response to the stall and made quite a few sales of honey which the club had purchased and bottled from its members. (Photo credit Judy Newton). More photos of the show can be found at the Show's Facebook page