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!


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  • New Appointments within the National Bee Unit
    14 January 2022
    We are pleased to announce the temporary appointment of Dhonn Atkinson as the National Bee Inspector (NBI) whilst the current NBI Cristina Ruiz is on maternity leave. Dhonn has held a variety of roles across the National Bee Unit and Animal and Plant Health Agency where he held the role of Regional Bee Inspector for the North East of England.

    Following the retirement of Keith Morgan, Colin Pavey, and shortly Frank Gellatly and the temporary promotion of Sandra Gray, we are pleased to confirm the following movements and appointments:-

    Regional Bee Inspector for Western England – Jonathan Axe has been promoted from the role of Seasonal Bee Inspector.

    Regional Bee Inspector for Eastern England - Pete Davies, an experienced manager has moved from the Central England Region.

    Regional Bee Inspector for Central England - John Geden. John joins the National Bee Unit as an experienced bee farmer.

    Regional Bee Inspector for South East – Daniel Etheridge a seasonal bee inspector has been offered a temporary promotion to manage this area.

    Regional Bee Inspector for Wales – Maggie Gill has been promoted from the role of Seasonal Bee Inspector.

    Regional Bee Inspector for North East England – David Bough a seasonal bee inspector has been offered a temporary promotion to manage this area.

    For full up to date details please visit the contacts page
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies
    21 December 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:

    East England: Norfolk.

    North East England: East Yorkshire

    Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, South Pembrokeshire, West Carmarthenshire

    West England: South East Shropshire, South Staffordshire, North West Worcestershire

    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs

    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.

    Closing date for application: 16th January 2022
  • Bee Health Advisory Forum - Science Advisor
    08 November 2021
    The Bee Health Advisory Forum brings Defra & Welsh Government policy and stakeholders together to discuss honey bee health issues and is inviting expressions of interest from applicants interested in being Bee Health Advisory Forum Science Advisors. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th December at 17:00.

    Full details about the role can be downloaded here and can be found on the Bee Health Advisory page. Please circulate to prospective advisors or feel free to apply.