23rd September 2016 – Newsletter Number 25
Onions sets available at Bluebell as well as at Marpit.
Click to see information on the website
||Don’t forget to come to GO2 Open Day on Sunday 2 October from 12 noon to 4 pm. We will be open to the public and if you can publicise this anywhere please do. We may get people interested in joining so please come and talk to would-be members!
There will be refreshments and produce for sale and the apple press will be pressing fresh juice.
If you can help, get in touch with us. You can renew your sub for 2016-17 from 10 am.
See you there!
GO2 Bluebell South – Open Day
|Our annual Open Day is from 12 to 4 on 2nd October 2016,
We'll need to tidy-up a little! We renew our membership that day and hope to ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS...
Tell your friends and share the poster (click below).
If you want to renew membership or plot rental on the day, you will be able to hand in completed application forms. The form refers to Growers' Agreements and other documents for Bluebell and Marlpit which are on our website. (Click the links to read them.)
Food & Drink on Open Day
As you can read the word "Refreshments" on the posters, visitors are expecting to be able to have hot or cold drinks and maybe snacks - so we need to provide them.
Please bring what you can to the Food Feam, who will be setting-up tables in the morning.
Ingredients need to be listed for public health reasons - a simple label or sheet of paper is enough, for example
Tray bake - contains gluten-free flour, vegetable oil, apples and no nuts"
Cup cakes - contain wheat flour, white sugar, butter, eggs and dried fruit
Please also label containers with your name.
GO2 Bluebell South - Open Day 12-4 on 2nd October 2016 (click to see poster)
Click here to read about Bluebell's Open Day 2015. or click here to see renewal documents.
Honey Harvest 2016
Honey harvest 2016
Our honey harvest for 2016 is complete bringing in a grand total of 90lbs of honey.
We extracted the honey from the combs using our new tangential honey extractor.
First the wax cappings were removed from the cells. The frames of honey were put in the extractor and spun round flinging the drops of honey outwards by centrifugal force. The honey ran down the sides of the cylinder and was strained into a bucket.
Then it was poured into jars and labelled.
Next came the sticky job of clearing up.
The empty frames were returned to the bees to clean and add the remaining honey to their winter stores.
The honey is delicious! We are selling it for £5.50 a jar to members or £6 to non members with 50p deposit included on the jar.
Click any of the photos below to see them in as slides. Click here to see what happened after the bees had cleaned-up – they went looking for the missing honey! (Jim)
1. Capped honey ready waiting to be extracted
2. Capped honey in comb
3. Uncapped honey in comb
4. Honey frames in extractor
5. Extracting the honey
6. Draining the extractor
7. Straining the honey
8. Honey in bucket
Honey harvest 2016
Sustainable Living Initiative in “Norwich Citizen” – Autumn 2016
SLI was featured in the latest edition of The Citizen, Norwich City Council’s quarterly magazine.
“The Sustainable Living Initiative hosted successful networking events over the past two summers for those involved in looking after their local open spaces, woods and parks …”
the article said.
“Held at Marlpit Community Garden – a really special site which has allotments, bees, wildflowers, fruit trees, sheep and more – it provided a chance for people to meet over refreshments”, it continued.
Photo of MCG in “Norwich Citizen” – Autumn 2016
The Citizen is delivered to households across Norwich.
See our publicity pages for earlier “mentions”.
To find out about this series of training sessions which are open to all (and free to some!), see the public events page – click here.