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Aug 10, 2018

Fancy doing something a little different? The Lottery funded BEE You project is coming to Runcorn to hold a free summer school.

Halton Borough Council is looking for young people aged 15 to 24-years-old who would like to learn about the ancient art of Bee Keeping and taking honey products to market.

Running on Wednesday 15 August, you will have to make a bee-line to Norton Priory, which will be hosting the event enabling  budding apiculturists to explore the historical site and beautiful surroundings.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Children, Young People and Families, Cllr Tom McInerney, said: “This is a great opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures.”

The Council’s hopes the event will encourage  young adults to attend the course to learn about bee-keeping in the hope that some interested people to set up a group to manage and maintain bee hives in Halton, hopefully creating a small enterprise for a group to produce honey products to sell to market.

Its role is that of Community Development, to promote community activity and support to engage communities to actively participate.

Booking is essential. To reserve your place or ask any questions please forward your name and age to or call 0151 709 4356 ext 2224

Human beekeeping or apiculture has been practised for millennia, since at least the times of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece.

Apart from honey and pollination, honey bees produce beeswax, royal jelly and propolis.

Bees have appeared in mythology and folklore, again since ancient times, and they feature in works of literature as varied as Virgil’s Georgics, Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse, and W. B. Yeats’s poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Bee larvae are included in the Japanese dish botok tawon, where they are eaten steamed with shredded coconut.

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