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The Bee Musketeers
Paul Francis, Mike Cross and Ken Gillman
Derbyshire beekeepers are thriving owing to an initiative
involving film and lots of laughter!
HOW MANY beekeeping along in the doldrums, not members it owed it to them the first meeting at Crich we
associations up and down going anywhere. to keep their interest and produced 20 copies of What support them with guidance
the country struggle to to Do in March. The ideaSUB-COMMITTEE on the fundamentals of
was to get all the newget members to attend
beekeeping. The association elected a members together in one
meetings? Only the sub-committee of three corner and run through this
faithful few turn up and NEW VENUEpeople with the programme with them as an
they are usually responsibility to sort the To begin with the sub- introduction to beekeeping.
committee members who situation out. They were committee selected a new The rest of the membership
are obliged to turn out to Mike Cross, the venue for the indoor could prop up the bar and
save embarrassment when association’s secretary, Ken meetings; no more church socialise whilst this was
a speaker has had to Gillman, with years of halls, that era has gone. The going on.
travel a fair distance. beekeeping experience, and perfect location was found; However, things did not
Paul Francis, a relatively the Comrades Club in theThe meeting normally takes work out as planned.
new beekeeper, already a village of Crich which liesplace in some draughty Everyone, including
photographer with a between Matlock andchurch hall, the guest beginners and experienced
creative approach. Alfreton. The management of speaker arrives, does his or beekeepers, wanted to get
the club made the DBKAher thing but often only to a The association’s website in on the act. No one
welcome so this was now its tiny audience. That was was set up by Chris wanted to prop up the bar;
new home. Derbyshire Beekeepers' Jackson, the newsletter everyone wanted to get
Association (DBKA) five editor, and, as well as Crich’s position, in the something out of this.
years ago. Clearly we had to generating interest, it was centre of Derbyshire, makes Things got a bit out of
do something and take a attracting quite a few new it easy for members from hand!
look at ourselves because members. If the association the north as well as from The number of monthly
we were just bouncing was to retain these new the Burton Branch in the programme sheets on what
south to attend. to do each month had to be
Paul Francis filming Ken and Mike THE OFFICE increased and by the time it
got to What to Do in July 50
The date of the first Tuesday copies were required,
of every month was agreed leaving the Treasurer
for the indoor meetings. Prior scratching his head,
to each meeting the worrying about the printing
sub-committee would meet ink costs.
at a pub, the Three Horse
Shoes in Morley, which was INTO FILM
referred to as ‘The Office’. The sub-committee was
Other beekeepers, both congratulated by the
beginners and experienced, membership who became
were invited along to The more and more demanding.
Office where all ideas for the They had to keep up the
formal meeting were shared. momentum to maintain the
WHAT TO DO high attendance at Crich.
So, after a strategy meeting
A programme called What to at The Office in January this
Do for each month year, the sub-committee
n throughout the beekeeping thought about going intoar
F l
u season was planned. For the film industry. a
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