Series 57 - Beekeepers Society

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SJCR/SJCS/57

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GB 1859 SJCR/SJCS/57

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Beekeepers Society

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  • 2016 (Creation)

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4 items, 3 digital and 1 paper

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Includes the minutes and some digital photographs of the Beekeepers Society.

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One of the members of the society (Kweku Abraham) wrote the following history of the society in 2017: The St. John's Beekeeping society began, as presumably so many of the great Johnian societies have, with a conversation in the college bar.

Unlike many bar conversations, the idea only seemed better the next day, and our co-founders, Gavin Cheung and Antoni Woss, set about investigating how they could bring their dream of keeping bees in John's to life. After attaining the assent of the Senior Tutor, now our Senior Treasurer, and receiving sufficient funding for the hive our bees now call their home, the two of them began training to be apiarists.

They graduated, having been stung only minimally, and received a swarm of bees on 17th July 2016 as a gift from one of the contacts made during training.

So far, our events have primarily consisted of watching bee-themed movies, and similar events only tangentially related to our hives. While we intend to continue running such events, having tended our bees through their early days in their new home in the garden of 1 Madingley road, settling them in by providing ample sugar water to see them through their first autumn and winter, our now much larger committee (consisting of 7 junior members since our recent AGM) is now eagerly anticipating starting to harvest our bees' honey towards the end of 2017.

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