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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  • LAST CHANCE: to answer our survey on how training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers can be improved
    20 April 2021
    With thanks to those of you who have already responded. For those of who haven’t yet had chance to answer the survey there is still time but it closes tomorrow. For further details please see below.

    Gyda diolch i'r rhai ohonoch sydd eisoes wedi ymateb. I'r rhai nad ydynt wedi cael cyfle eto i ateb yr arolwg mae amser o hyd ond mae'n cau yfory. Am fanylion pellach gweler isod.

    Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.

    A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved. It should take no more than 15 minutes.

    Please go to https://eu5se.voxco.com/S2/87/healthy_bees/ to complete the survey by 21 April.

    Defnyddiwch y ddolen hon i gwblhau'r arolwg erbyn 21/04/2021.
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) Vacancies
    19 April 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas South Kent & East Sussex, South West Devon and South East Wales

    If you are interested in applying for the job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs.


  • Reporting Varroa
    12 April 2021
    Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

    To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors (BeesMailbox@gov.scot).

    Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

    No action will be required until after 21st April.