The Bees' Knees
Hearted residents of Hethersett Hall are now sharing their home with
thousands of important visitors.
home has its own beehive and 60,000 bees as residents try to help with a
national shortage of the
creatures and also look after the environment.
bees have been given a home after residents heard of their plight from
local beekeeper Jill Tinsey. The home’s activities co-ordinator Lisa
Parsons has weekly meetings with residents to see what projects they would
like to get involved with:
honey bee shortage was and still is one of the main talking points on
television and in the newspapers. The residents have been concerned about
this and we decided to contact Jill,” Lisa said.
Tinsey provided the home with information and earlier this year residents
took delivery of their own hive and the 60,000 bees. Now Lisa
Parsons and the home’s head housekeeper Jane Stevenson are being
trained as beekeepers. Already about 40 lb of honey has been produced:
bees are attracted to our grounds, especially the lime trees and
lavender,” Lisa added.
Tinsey has also given educational talks and demonstrations to residents,
relatives and staff.
of the honey were on sale at the home’s annual garden party and they
sold like “hot cakes.” There was a tropical island theme to the event.
Staff dressed up in grass skirts and as tourists and pirates and residents
also wore brightly coloured Caribbean shirts. Entertainment for the
afternoon was provided by the Mango Steel Band and Barry Tone as Elvis
Presley. The event was also enjoyed by residents from the Woodcote
Sheltered Housing complex in the village.