Green – Are we environmentally friendly?

We as a Parish are working hard to ensure that we not only preserve this beautiful church for future generations but also protect and preserve our planet for future generations too.

We are looking at ways of reducing our carbon footprint. One of which has been to install more energy efficient heating system.

We are seeking to involve parishioners in other activities which will raise awareness of the planet and the need to preserve it. Although the Parish already adopts some “Green” principles there is still much more that can be done!

Would you be interested in becoming our Champion in all things green – we would love to here from you? We are a very friendly bunch!

Please use the contact us page to get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as possible,

Bee Keeping within the Priory Grounds

A group of parishioners from our parish are training to be beekeepers……they have started meeting weekly throughout the winter for lessons, with a view to starting 2 hives of our own in the spring of next year….the group has also visited an actual apiary belonging to Alan James ( the course organiser ) see attached  pictures. The ladies were shown how to open an actual hive and examine the frames of bees to recognise the hive parts and the types of bees.

They will continue to learn the practical side of beekeeping and next year to set up and organise their own hives …….Hopefully they will get lots of honey!!!!!!!!!!! We will keep you informed of the progress we are making.

MAY 2020 update

Despite the COVID-19 our parish priests have been busy preparing the rear garden at the priory for the bee hives !
They are also planning to grow some home produce such as potatoes and courgettes etc.

25th May 2020 update on Bees

A special thanks to Clare Woowat for taking the time to update us on the progress of the Bee hives – see text below.

To BEE or not to BEE

The parish will soon have its own bee hives to raise honeybees and hopefully make honey.

Why bother?

  • We need bees! Bees are essential pollinators and so make an important contribution to food production. Most fruit crops rely on honeybees and other crops e.g. legumes (beans etc.) are also more productive when pollinated by bees.
  • Bees have been around for millions of years but honeybees populations have been declining in recent years due to pesticides, predators and viruses so we need to help where we can.
  • Honeybees produce – honey, a natural source of carbohydrate and a natural antiseptic which is good at healing open wounds
  • wax for candles that burns cleanly and does not smoke
  • mead – an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey

We will have two hives in the parish, each with a colony of honeybees – a collection of insects that act as a unit – or a superorganism. Each hive has one queen and many workers – all female! (no surprise  there 😊  )

Over the last couple of months our small beekeeping team has been busy as bees to get everything ready for the arrival of our new residents.

  • A couple of the team have attended a beekeeping course- to better understand what we’re letting ourselves in for  😊 – and visited an apiary with 5-6 hives to check that we’re comfortable around honeybees.
  • The area where the hives will be located has been cleared
  • A stand is in place and painted which will lift the hives off the ground, provide ventilation and prevent damp.
  • The hives, set of stacking wooden boxes, have been purchased, painted to weatherproof them and assembled.
    • The stacking boxes of the hive are called brood boxes (lower one where the queen bee lays eggs, new bees are raised and food for the colony is stored) and supers (upper box where bees will draw honeycomb and fill with honey).
  • The frames to go into the hives have been built. The bees will build their honeycomb on the frames which each have a sheet of hexagonal wax foundation to give the bees a start .There are eleven frames per box with enough space between them to allow two bees to pass (bee space) .

All we need now are some bees!

These are due to arrive soon and have been reared by a beekeeper in Dumfries & Galloway.

Fun Facts:

  • The average bee will make only one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime
  • A honeybee visits 50-100 flowers during a collection trip
  • Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey – we’ll let you work out how many collection trips that is!  😊