A very successful open meeting of Harrogate U3A was held in January. Sue Howard
and a team from Yorkshire Film Archive presented to us a wealth of film material
of Harrogate and Yorkshire in past years.
Sue made a particular appeal for people to search out old film taken of Yorkshire
that they might have loitering in the back of cupboards or in attics.
Her team is expert at preserving and re-mastering old film and is able to bring to
life film memories of earlier years for the benefit of today's audiences.
If you have such material available please contact:
Ms Sue Howard
Director, Yorkshire Film Archive
York St John's University
Lord Mayor's Walk
York YO31 7EX
A Surrogate Bee-keeper
In 2009 I read an article about the worrying reduction in the number of honey-bees
in the country. The article suggested that anyone with a reasonably sized garden
and was interested in bees, but did not want to become a bee-keeper, could consider
letting a bee-keeper who was looking for somewhere to put a hive use a space in their
I have always been interested in keeping bees although because of the pressure of
other things had never taken up the activity. As a keen gardener I had for some years
noticed and been concerned by a great reduction in the number of bees visiting the
garden. In early 2010 the science group had an interesting talk by the chairman of
our local bee-keepers association, in which he mentioned that the association ran
courses for prospective apiarists.
After the talk I discussed with him the idea of letting somebody keep a hive in my
garden. That resulted in him bringing a novice bee-keeper, Alex, and his mentor,
Peter, round to see me.
As we seemed to get on alright and my garden was deemed ideal, we agreed to go ahead
with the project and so now I have a thriving colony of bees in the garden.
With their presence on the flowers, pollinating and collecting, plus the gentle low
buzzing supplementing the bird song, the garden is an even nicer place to potter
Alex comes round occasionally sometimes with Peter, he always ring up first to see
if that’s alright with us. He then checks that everything is OK or carries out any
necessary work on the hive.
The arrangement works very well, both parties are satisfied and I would recommend
it and now consider myself to be a surrogate bee-keeper.
If anyone is interested I would be happy to put you in touch with the Harrogate apiarist
society. Just give me a ring on 01423 872476.