Melbourne Village Voice have featured our quest to buy land on Melbourne Common, and the fact that the group has been offered a generous grant from the National Forest Company to purchase the ten acre plot. We now have a dedicated website for the project which can be found at www.whistlewoodcommon.org – where you can find out more about what’s happening and how to get involved.
Natural Beekeeping evening
Melbourne Area Transition will be hosting local natural beekeepers, Derby and District Beekeeping Project (DadBeeP) at their May meeting. Natural beekeeping uses a sustainable approach to aim to maximise bee health and increase local bee populations. The use of Top-bar hives encourages the natural behaviours of bees, and are cheap to make from recycled materials. Natural beekeeping is minimally invasive and is usually easy to learn for beginners. Local sustainable beekeepers will demonstrate methods and hives and answer questions from novice or experienced beekeepers and from anyone just interested in supporting bees. All welcome. £2 entry to include refreshments. Date: Wednesday 15th May at 7.45pm at Church House (next to Melbourne Parish Church). For more information see www.melbournetransition.org.
PLEASE SHARE THIS DATE WITH ANYONE YOU THINK MAY BE INTERESTED.
We have an exciting opportunity to purchase 10 acres of land on Melbourne Common, with assistance from a grant from the National Forest. The meeting this week will discuss the way forward and how we can make this project a reality. 7.45pm church house.
This was not a MAT event but I attended a great community hivemaking day on 6th April and thought MAT members may be interested in it. The local natural beekeeping group, Derby and District Beekeepers http://dadbeep.blogspot.co.uk/ held a great day making natural beehives from recycled materials. Six full size hives were made, so six people have the opportunity to become natural beekeepers. Natural beekeeping is designed to promote maximum health of bees, and occasional honey production, but is free from chemicals and other stresses. This type of beekeeping is explained at www.biobees.com. The hives are a very different design from “normal” hives, but allow minimal disturbance to the buys, and allow the bees to make their own comb in a natural way. And the sun shone and we all enjoyed Alison’s superb hospitality!
We will planting trees, shrubs and creating a bug hotel and other things.
We need lots of help, so please bring as many people as possible. Bring a spade, wellies, warm clothes and gloves.
This year’s AGM will include a review of the year, guest speaker and planning of the year ahead.
What an inspiring evening, organised by MAT in partnership with Melbourne Festival. The evening was sold out so a room change was required. Mig is so knowledgable about textiles and the need to recycle everything that comes her way, turning them into beatiful new clothes, bags, jewellery rolls and much more.
If you have something in your wardrobe that requires alteration, or require Mig to carry out a “wardrobe blitz” then contact her via: www.migholder.co.uk . She also runs workshops and one-to-one sewing skills sessions.