St Andrews parish church held their Festival of Christmas Trees event again and 2018's theme for the festival was ‘Eco and Recycling’. As always, the main purpose of this event is to raise funds for charities that support the local community. This year, in addition to the work of the church, Gift of Years, Rugby and Futures Unlocked were supported.
This year’s Festival was formally opened by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Belinda Garcia on Thursday 30th Nov at 6pm and before the formal opening children were invited with their parents or group to a ‘Winter Wonderland’ craft session.
We were very pleased when it was announced that Rugby Beekeeping Association had won the Christmas Tree competition with our 12 Days Of Christmas entry and the award was presented at the Christ-dingle Service on Saturday 22nd December.
Items with tree include cut out shapes from foundation including a 3d tree topper, dried apple slices, wax blocks, soap made with beeswax and honey, beeswax nightlights in jars, honey, wax coated cones, ivy instead of tinsel, wax snow and John & Peggy Theader’s wax angels
Our entered tree has been recycled for a number of years, and is still looking good and our lights are no longer needed by one of our members, so donated to the tree, while our tree decorations are all made of by-products of the Bees.
The Bee cut out decorations were made from foundation wax which is used by the Bees to begin the process of honey making.
After the Bees have built their comb on the foundation, filled it with delicious honey for us and capped it for safe keeping we sneak away the excess - (they always over produce which is kind of them), uncap it and spin it to extract the honey!
What remains is beeswax, in the form of capping and empty comb. This can be melted to produce many different materials such as wax block, soap, candles and the sculptures that can be seen here. Bees just keep giving! The frosting on the Bee decorations and the wax dipped Pine cones is wax shavings. The wax dipped cones will then be excellent firelighters to help keep the winter chills away.
We may be unaware that many products we use daily contain Bee products: Food, drink, alcohol, medication, beauty products,and household items such as cleaning products and polish. The list is almost endless!
All string and paper on our tree is manufactured using recycled materials and has been used several times, therefore has been recycled many times with the potential for more! The wire holding the Bees is recycled from foundation wax re-enforcement.
When this tree is removed all the items on the tree will be reused/repurposed.
Bees maybe unknowingly carry out a vital service in the pursuit of honey production. As they visit the plants and flowers on their daily rounds to collect nectar and pollen for their own purposes, they distribute pollen from flower to flower, plant to plant, tree to tree. It is no exaggeration to say that without this service, life on Earth would not continue for very long.
The RBKA meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, we have regular speakers and share our knowledge. If you have ever considered bee keeping, we run beginners courses annually and we mentor new beekeepers. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A Honey Bee in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two buzzing swarms
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three jars of honey
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
four flying drones
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
five capped frames
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
six queens a laying
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me
seven wasps a robbing
On the eight day of Christmas my true love sent to me
eight frames a spinning
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
nine bees a waggling
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
ten trees a swaying
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me
eleven bees a piping
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
twelve hives a humming
Merry Christmas to one and all from Rugby Beekeepers Association!