EGBKA's Committee and some other members

Oliver Sinclair  (Chairman -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
I live in East Grinstead and keep bees at the bottom of my garden. I am passionate about the environment and the Great British countryside - my enthusiasm for beekeeping is closely rivalled by my love of gardening! My interest in beekeeping goes back to my childhood in Felbridge, when I became fascinated by the escapades of my neighbour who kept bees in some beautiful white WBC hives within his orchard.

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 Janice Fearn (Secretary -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Janice is a new and enthusiastic beekeeper, who keeps honeybees at the bottom of her East Grinstead garden. A bookeeper by day, Janice is also a sailing enthusiast and has her own boat moared up on the south coast.

 Karen McCulloch (Treasurer & Membership Secretary - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
As a qualified accountant I am well suited to the role of Treasurer and keep tight control over our finances.  I have been keeping bees for 6 years and managed not to be deterred by the complete lack of honey in my first two years - this was down to the unusually poor weather conditions rather than any fault of the bees or my husbandry! I currently have 3 colonies – one of which was a swarm from a colony of wild bees (you can see them below as they make a much better subject for a photo than me)! 

 Karens bees 2

Events and Newsletter Manager - vacant

 

Apiary Manager - vacant


Lawrence Paton (EGBKA Website Administrator)
I am a software engineer working in London by day, but would love to become a full time beekeeper (no chance). It all started in 2004 on a visit to the South of England show where I took part in a demonstration and became hooked. I started beekeeping in 2005 and keep my bees at my home apiary in Felbridge..

Swarm Coordinators - Andy and Emma Maxwell
Andy and Emma are experienced beekeepers who keep bees in a local allotment and in their back garden in Felbridge. As well as keeping honey bees they enjoy gardening and in winter, skiing.

Oliver St.John (Education Officer -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
I started beekeeping back in 2010 after stumbling upon and buying a Thorne's starter kit on eBay. Since then I have taken my Basic Assessment and passed various BBKA Exam Modules. I’m looking to take the General Husbandry Assessment as soon as possible and am always keen to improve my knowledge by attending interesting courses such as bee behaviour, candle making, queen rearing, botany and microscopy.

As beekeepers I think we often need to be a jack-of-all trades and we are forever learning from others and from our own experience. Certainly I dabble in woodwork, meteorology, wax chandlery, chemistry, bee husbandry and teaching. I joined EGBKA as the Education Coordinator and look forward to aiding and abetting our members to improve their skills and passing some qualifications.


       My first frame - 2010

 

Heather Wigmore (ex-Secretary & active helper)
I have been a member since 2011 and had my first colony the following spring from a swarm . My husband David bought me a hive for my birthday, it’s a present that keeps on growing! David has also got involved with the beekeeping, so it is nice to have an interest together. I find that beekeeping compliments my love of gardening very well. I try to plant as many flowers that attract the bees.

I became more involved with the East Grinstead Beekeepers Association when I took on the role of Secretary from 2013 - 2016 which was a fantastic way of getting to know members of the Associstion. I enjoy meeting people with the same interests and have learnt so much more by being hands on.

I am now retired and thought I would have more time but like so many retired people I am not sure how I had time to go to work! I guess that you always find the time to do the things that you really like doing and gardening and beekeeping certainly ticks the box.

 Heather pic

Sarah Paton (ex-Chair & Secretary)
I live in Felbridge and I am a stay at home Mum with two children, I am married to Lawrence (EGBKA Website Administrator). I first started Beekeeping in 2005 after attending the South of England Show in Ardingly and spending some time in the Bee Tent. My first love of beekeeping however was through my uncle who kept bees in his garden in Kent and whenever we visited in summer he would take me down to the hive and take out a super frame of honey which we would take into the house and proceed to eat. There is nothing quite like fresh honey still warm from the hive. I have around six hives which I look after with Lawrence in our garden. I love to pass on the knowledge to the next generation and so therefore do talks at local schools, Scouts, Guides groups etc.

Simon Redgrove
I live in West Hoathly and am now in my fifth season keeping bees.  I have three hives, two of which started with swarms and all of them have different species in them.  I work in Forest Row running
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SR Photo

Peter Boase (ex-Apiary Manager and very knowledable member)
Over the years Peter made a huge contribution to EGBKA. His interest in bees went back to my childhood in East Africa where he used to rob wild bees' nests and hope the resultant swarms would occupy wooden boxes hanging  from the trees in his garden. No such luck. In 1967 he moved to Chelwood Gate by the Ashdown Forest where he kept bees since 1976 with variable luck from 1150 lbs from 11 hives in 1989 to 49 lbs from his remaining 2 hives in  2009. Sadly Peter passed away in 2013 and is greatly missed by EGBKA.

 

These are just a few of our current and past members, we always need people to get involved with the Committee and help the Association. If you can help in anyway (even if its just moral support) please contact the Secretary ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).