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    Intoxicated by bees

    I think Honey Bees are my favourite drug. Better even than a Gin and Tonic. On this first truly warm day of the year, in a heady mix of sunshine and warm breeze there is a frenetic buzz of flying bees jostling to get their […]

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    Sewing Sundays Are Back!

    Bungay’s sewing circle is back after a winter break. The group will meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Bungay Library 3.30pm. The sessions are free and everyone is welcome. Whether you sew by hand or on a machine, make quilts or kites, repair […]

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    Plants for Life #2 – Growing Organic and Biodynamic

    The room upstairs at Bungay Library was packed for our second Plants for Life event yesterday (Sunday). This was a relaxed conversation on Growing Organic Herbs between organic and biodynamic herb grower, David Wrenn of Orchard End Organics in Kirstead and Mark Watson, the events’ […]

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    Fondant candy

      After the recent cold spell it was a huge relief to see the bees flying today. There was an audible buzz as I approached the hive and I have to admit all thoughts of letting the children help me or use the stethoscope for […]

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    Growing Organic Herbs – Sunday 19th February, 3pm – with David Wrenn plus mounting Commemorative Plaque, 2.30pm

    This is the second of our monthly (medicine) Plants for Life series of talks, walks and workshops in 2012 in conjunction with the Plant Medicine Bed at Bungay Library. This month we’ll be in conversation with David Wrenn of Orchard End Organics – everything you […]

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    connecting with our roots – review of the first plants for life talk

    Here Charlotte Du Cann writes about giving the first Plants for Life talk at Bungay Library on 15 January. This post was first published on This Low Carbon Life, the Transition Norwich blog. “Are you sitting comfortably?” I asked the circle of people who had gathered […]

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    Plant Medicine Bed 2012 at the Library plus Talks, Walks and Workshops beginning Sunday 15th January

    Each year the central flowerbed at Bungay library community garden takes a different theme. In 2011 it was Wild Plants for Bees and Butterflies, this year it will be Plants as Medicine. The intent behind the Plant Medicine Bed is to rekindle our relationship with the […]

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    Bungay Community Bees 2011

      Bungay Comunity Bees (BCB) has captured the imaginations of many this year. Several other Community Beekeeping groups have begun and we have become known to inspiring organisations such as The Natural Beekeeping Trust, Friends of the Bees (Phil Chandler ‘The Barefoot Beekeeper’), Bees for […]

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    Linking Landscapes: vitally important (but oh so difficult…)

    ‘every generation grows up in an ever depleted landscape. Growing up in a depleted landscape one thinks that that is normal..’ Oliver Rackham The Suffolk Naturalists’Society hosted the Linking Landscapes conference in Autumn 2011. The overriding theme was one of response to loss of insects […]

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    Salve Sunday

    December 2011 saw Bungay Community Bees coming together in my kitchen to make a healing yarrow salve, utilizing beeswax left over from honey processing. We were led by Mark, who proved to be both knowledgeable and entertaining – read about the Plants for Life talks, walks and […]

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    Further evidence to condemn neonicotinoid pesticides

    The following has been sent to us by Friends of the Bees: News just in provides compelling evidence that Bayer’s neonicotinoid pesticides are a significant cause of bee deaths in Britain and elsewhere, supporting the case that we have been making for years. The British […]

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    Thoughts from the first Natural Beekeeping Conference

    In August Eloise and I spent a thoroughly enjoyable weekend at the first ever Natural Beekeeping Conference. There were many speakers covering a variety of topics and although we are unable to cover a whole weekends worth in depth, we would like to share some […]

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    Connecting with our Roots, Sunday 15 Jan 3pm at Bungay Library

    The first of Sustainable Bungay’s 2012 series of Plants for Life talks, walks and workshops in conjunction with the Plant Medicine bed in the Library Community Garden. Writer Charlotte Du Cann goes underground and comes back up again with a vibrant and creative look at […]

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    Bonkers about Bees at Bungay Primary School

    Earlier this year Bungay Community Bees spent a week with Bungay Primary School. First and foremost it was fun and inspiring – hopefully on both sides. I was particularly impressed with how well the children engaged with us and how much information they soaked up. […]

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    Skills and Resources

    This year we will be compiling a list of the skills, resources and interests that people might be willing to share with others. If anyone is working on a project or wants to learn a new skill, they could contact someone else on the list […]

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    Blustery Bees

    I spent the night a couple of weeks ago lying awake listening to the wind howling around the house. My mind was full of images of hive pieces strewn about and our lovely Superhive II colony being dispersed over the north sea. I resolved to […]

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    Preparing the Garden for Winter and the Plant Medicine Bed

    On Sunday October 30th a small, resilient band of us turned up brandishing our forks and rakes to prepare the library garden beds for their winter rest. The weather was greyer and far less balmy than at our produce swap at the beginning of the month, but Richard, […]

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    Library Community Garden Workday – Sunday 30th October, 11am-1pm

    To all those who enjoy getting your hands dirty. The Library Courtyard Garden has been full of flowers, bees and fruit this year, so much so that it needs a little tidying up. If anyone has the time and some spare compost and pots, we […]

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    Autumn Produce Swap at the Library Garden

    It was the hottest October weekend on record, and it certainly didn’t feel like Autumn in the library garden on Sunday morning (Oct 2) at Sustainable Bungay’s produce swap. Here was truly an abundance of fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds all from people’s gardens and […]

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    First Wildflower Meadow has been sown!

    The Plants for Bees strand of BCB had an important moment last week when with Keith and Jeannie Parker we planted a wildflower meadow at their home in Flixton. This is also one of our Apiary sites and so we should have some very happy […]

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    Bungay Bees a-baking

    We did get some honey this year but not quite enough to jar up for all our members so we thought it would be a nice idea to use it collectively. The idea of a cake making session was born. Not only did we use […]

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    Busy Bees in October

    This wonderful weather has allowed the bees to keep busy into autumn. I have been taking time to visit them and to sit and see what they are up to. They are taking loads of pollen into the hive still, which Bob Spruce said they […]

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    Abundance… a way of sharing what we grow, Sunday 2nd October

    The fruit harvest kicked off early this year with blackberries and Discovery apples ripening in my garden from early August, swiftly followed by a good harvest of plums. Cherry plum trees planted in the hedge about 10 years ago had big crops for the first […]

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    Sewing and Winter Textile workshops – 16 October

    With long summer days gradually giving way to long autumn evenings, it’s time to start thinking about learning new skills and mending old clothes. The Bungay Sewing Circle has been on hiatus for the summer but will reconvene in October to help you get through […]

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    Bungay Bike Week

    Bike week this year started off with a children’s art competition at Bungay library – this year Margaret Sheppard, Trustee of the Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy, themed the competition on Sustainable Transport which resulted in some amazing pictures from local children. Two children from […]

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    Transition Towns Tea Tent at the Waveney Greenpeace Fair

    The Waveney Greenpeace Fair took place this Sunday at Henham Park near Blythburgh. All the 21 previous fairs had been held in farmer Paul’s post harvest stubble fields in St. Michael South Elmham, so this was a brand new venue. I did wonder beforehand if […]

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    The Vanishing of OUR Bees…

    I am a little late in writing this blog, partly as I haven’t quite known how to go about it. It concerns the absconding of a whole hive full of bees. Not an ordinary swarm, but the leaving of a whole colony. It’s always great […]

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    Bungay Community Bees and the Co-op Family Fun Day

    The first thing I want to do is thank everyone at the Bungay Rainbow Co-op on behalf of Bungay Community Bees for making last Sunday’s family fun day so enjoyable and successful. I knew that the Co-op store was donating the proceeds to BCB, but […]

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    Bungay Beehive Day – Reflections and Celebrations

    Bungay Beehive Day was a collaborative effort involving much preparation and hard work by Bungay Community Bees’ Outreach group over the past nine months. With hundreds of people turning up on the day to talk to beekeepers, look at different types of hives, visit the […]

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    Bungay Beehive Day – Sunday 24th July, 10.30am – 4pm on Castle Meadow

    Bungay Beehive Day is a celebration of the honeybee and other pollinating insects along with the plants they love. It’s a first-of-its-kind event organised by Bungay Community Bees (BCB) as part of the Bungay Festival and aims to promote awareness and enjoyment of the key […]

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    Library Update

    Bungay’s library courtyard is positively blooming this summer as its beautiful, new wildlife garden comes into its own with a great burst of activity. Colourful chamomile, cornflowers, poppies and foxgloves catch the eye, not only of library visitors but bumble bees and many other insects. […]

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    Top Bar Hive looking good

    So – it was the second inspection of the tbh today. The bees had built a little more comb along the top bars but were still quite a small colony. All was looking well, we found eggs, larvae, sealed brood and the queen (second most […]

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    Unopened for 2 years… and Superhive lives on (genetically)!

    What a fabulous honeybee day! The first port of call was to investigate a hive lost in nettles that hadn’t been looked at for at least 2 years. Thankfully Philip had been busy with a scythe before we got there otherwise I’m not sure we […]

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    Here we go!

    Bungay Community Bees has experienced some colony losses this year (for a number of reasons) but I’m happy (no, ecstatic) to report we now have a new Queen laying well and expanding her colony rapidly. She is fabulously large and long with lovely wide tan […]

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    Bungay Allotments

    Bungay Allotments and Gardens Association is thriving at the moment, with all plots being worked with enthusiasm and creativity! There is a waiting list of about a year, but it’s worth putting your name down now as a good waiting list also assists with the […]

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    Happy Mondays at the Community Kitchen

    The seed of a plan to establish a catering co-operative in Bungay was sown last Autumn, and has gradually been germinating ever since. Producing wholesome meals from fresh local ingredients – engaging everyone in the community to come together to share both the work and […]

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    Save Bungay Library! Report on the SCC Scrutiny Committee Meeting

    The Suffolk County Council Scrutiny Committee met at Endeavour House on Tuesday 14th June.  Josiah and Sylvia attended. Sylvia prepared these reflections for the Bungay Library Cross-Community Working Party: Prior to the meeting our understanding, and that of all other Library representatives, was that the committee would be […]

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    Bungay Beehive

    Bungay Community Bees (BCB) is now in its second busy year and this July will be hosting a first-of-its kind event, the Bungay Beehive – a day of bee-related exhibits, crafts, workshops and talks. After establishing three community-shared apiaries last year we are now focusing on outreach and education […]

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    Top Bar Triumph (well so far anyway..)

    Paul and Adele have been feeding and spying (very handy having a glass panel) on the swarm housed in the top bar hive in their garden. However, the time to open the hive eventually came. So, after nearly four weeks, myself and Mike (the crafter […]

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    Summer Cycle Rides

    This spring and summer Margaret Sheppard, with members of Godric Cycling Club and Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy, has organised a series of cycle rides. There’s only one outing left and it covers a particularly beautiful set of lanes through the Waveney Valley between Bungay and Beccles: Sunday 5th […]

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    Let’s Converge – Bungay Community Bees… in the street, in the café, in the garden

    Tuesday was a very exciting day for Bungay Community Bees. But where do I start? In Paul’s garden, with the arrival of a top bar hive in the morning? In the street where Josiah happened upon a swarm in the afternoon? In the Willows café […]

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    Plant Exchange is Permanent

    Our second Give and Grow Plant Swap took place on Sunday May 1st in the Library Courtyard. There was a splendid array of plants brought in – everything from an olive tree down to a packet of seeds to a pile of jerusalem artichokes. A […]

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    Eggless Easter!

    Things in the hives seem to be changing at a great rate of knots. There was not one single egg to be seen in any of the five hives this week. Something I never expected to encounter. Thankfully, four of the hives had capped Queen […]

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    Ahhhh, so sorry handsome Queen

    Where to start? Perhaps with the miraculous power of aloe vera to soothe a fingertip burn from a smoker. I’m tempted to grow some at every apiary I visit, or in the car perhaps? My poor old hands aren’t going to survive beekeeping at this […]

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    They’re finished! The first 2 “BCB Top Bar Hives” are complete and ready for some bees.

    Mike has written an account of his venture making Bungay Community Bees 2 (fantastic) horizontal Top Bar Hives (hTBH’s), here it is: I have always loved working with wood and have in the past made all sorts of things, but never a bee hive. So […]

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    Sunshine and Bees: there will be a summer after all…

    With the advent of warmer weather came our chance to open the hives. We wanted to assess what state the colonies were in and get them ready for spring. Seven of us met at the Barsham Apiary and after a chat whilst getting suited up […]

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    Give and Grow, Sunday 1st May 11am-1pm

    Following last years successful event we are holding another plant swap in the library courtyard over the bank-holiday weekend. Bring along your surplus seed, seedlings or plants**  for others to take, and pick up something you fancy at the same time! There will be a […]

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    Save Bungay Library: Telling Tales | 26th March

    Telling Tales: 26th March, 11am – 2.30pm We’ve invited two storytellers and two poets to Bungay library. They will perform their work and create stories in the gallery (and perhaps the garden if the sun is out). The stories will catch the imagination of adults […]

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    Counting Varroa

    Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Just under a week ago on a beautiful sunny, warm day (do you remember it? It was one of only two so far this year) I had the pleasure of visiting our five hives to check on […]

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    An Ash of Dewey Decimals

    Bungay based poet and library supporter Luke Wright has penned a poem about the library closures, he’s also written some of his own thoughts about Bungay library and the prospect of it closing here and been speaking up for it on local and national radio […]

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    UNEP report into causes of Pollinator losses

    Bees Under Bombardment: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report shows multiple factors are behind pollinator losses. The full report as a pdf can be found here, the following is the summary from the UNEP website: Geneva/Nairobi, 10 March 2011 – More than a dozen factors, […]

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