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
Uni of Wollongong (Shoalhaven Campus) Career Expo July 2019
Shoalhaven Beekeepers Association was invited to participate by having displays and a stall at their Career Expo. Robbie Collins arranged this and was supported throughout the day by Tim Haddad, Ron Witz and Glen Griffiths, not forgetting all the students who visited through the day and asked lots of questions. We were also assisted by uni staff and very welcoming assistance came from young Scott who personally looked after the welfare of the volunteers who participated. All in all it was great day and we are sure the bees appreciated the publicity! (Photo credit to Ron Witz)
Visit to Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Gardens, 27 October 2019
Below is a photo taken by Laurie Talbot of the SBA members gathered at the Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Garden tour last Sunday, 27 October. It was a very enjoyable experience with detailed information supplied by very knowledgeable tour guides. The garden has grown from humble beginnings into a valuable resource for the Shoalhaven. Plants are either grown from seed or propagated and are available for sale on Mondays between 8:00am - 11:00am.
A very worthwhile experience and well worth a visit!
We can also recommend the pub lunch we enjoyed after the tour.
Bee Friendly Presentation at Sanctuary Point Garden Centre 16 November 2019
Sanctuary Point Garden Centre in conjunction with Shoalhaven Beekeepers Association hosted a Bee Friendly Presentation in the Garden Centre's new purpose built covered area.
Speakers from both hosts provided an interesting and informative day and feedback from all how attended was very positive and as Kathy from Sanctuary Point Garden Centre said, "So much love for bees!"
Our beekeepers also remained after the talks for a Q & A Session and were swamped by audience members in the informal chats afterwards. Enthusiasm for bees abounds in Sanctuary Point, which is lucky as there are often swarms to be collected there as well as quite a few beekeepers. Our Bee Club members really enjoyed the day. Speakers included Kathy Edwards from the Garden Centre; Robbie Collins, SBA's Apiary Officer and Biosecurity Liaison; Heather Reid, Beekeeper and SBA member (and Fundraising Officer); Denise and Ian Bashall (Committee members) and Stephen Knowles, Beekeeper and SBA Member who is a local from Sanctuary Point. A thank you to Ron Witz and Tim Haddad for providing samples of honey, wax blocks and display items for the day.
A huge thank you to Kathy and Greg from Sanctuary Point Garden Centre for inviting the SBA to be involved and their organisation and promotion of the event and our Club.
Below are some photos taken of the day.
Credit for photography goes to Sanctuary Point Garden Centre and to Leanne Windsor.