At SCCC 35 members, visiting Rotarian Richard
Dyke, plus speaker Michael Gambier and his wife and a family friend, enjoyed a
Cheese Souffle starter and a Steak and Ale Pie mains.
Informality in dress enabled Roderick to sport shorts – (we thought him the Bees
Knees). Kate Taylor introduced the speaker.
Bzz Bzz – Bee Bee – See? No, Hivemeister Michael gave an animated slide
exposition on Honey Bees, - their origins millions of years ago, as proved by
fossil and amber encrusted remains, cave paintings of hive robbers, and the
finding of still edible honey in Tutenkhamen’s sarcophagus. (no use by date on
We workers and drones learned of the “waggle dance” which forager bees
performed before entering the hive, aligned to the sun and indicating direction
and distance of the best flowers. How the queen laid her eggs and a grub then
became a pupa and emerged as a young Queen, and the old Queen took selected
workers to find a new colony. “A swarm of bees in june is worth a silver spoon,
but a swarm in July ain’t worth a fly”.
Being a honey farmer looks a lot of hard work, and the predator Asian Hornet
plus agricultural insecticides could well wipe out a colony, even the whole
species, unless mankind takes more care.
“How doth the honey bee improve each shining hour?” Isaac Watts asked, and
Michael showed us.
A vote of thanks by Rory was supported by all.
Bill Tregillus thanked those who helped marshall a Guide Dogs Fete on Castle
Green on last Sunday.
Ball Draw for £150 was unbroken, but Chris Rickard won the wine.
Next Meeting on 23rd July at SCCC – speaker - “The Big Pitch”. d/r Roderick,
s/f Phil Greenway.
30th July- 7.00pm Out Meeting to BigwoodAgri to look at Tractors, followed by
meal at The Merry Monk. MEAL APOLOGIES to David Janes. d/r C Rickard, s/f R
n.b Duty Rotarian and Speakers Friend Rota is in Calendar at end of the new
Membership List 2018-19.