EGBKA's Committee and Other Members

Oliver Sinclair - Chairman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I live in Blackham and keep bees in a field 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 - Membership 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 bookkeeper by day, Janice is also a sailing enthusiast and has her own boat moored up on the south coast.

Beekeeping bookkeeper
Inspection underway at my apiary

Karen McCulloch - Treasurer - 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 over 10 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 in Hammerwood – one of which was a swarm from a colony of wild bees (you can see them  on the right, as they make a much better subject for a photo than me)! 

Karen's bees 2

Irwin D'Silva - Apiary Manager

I am a semi-retired Management Consultant, dealing in tax and forensic accounting, but now concentrate on Rural Estate Management. Aside from beekeeping my interests include karate, SCUBA diving, horse riding, wine and food. I'm especially passionate about the countryside, conservation, shooting and foraging for foods. I keep bees in WBC hives in the village of Sharpthorne. 

 

Becca Burchill - Swarm Coordinator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am in my fourth year of beekeeping after wanting to do it for years.  My hives (currently four) are situated in my garden which allows me to fit my hobby in with other commitments.  I work full time in a local primary school as an administrator and also enjoy needlework and cooking.

 

Lola Gardiner - Events Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Vacant - Website Manager

 

Oliver St.John - Education Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I started beekeeping in 2010 after stumbling upon and buying a Thorne's starter kit on eBay. Since then I have passed my Basic Assessment and Honeybee Health Certificate and have also passed various BBKA Exam Modules. I’m the Beekeeping Tutor at Plumpton College 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 aiding and abetting our members to improve their skills and passing some qualifications.

My first frame
My first frame - 2010

Vacant - Newsletter Editor

 

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 Association. 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

Simon Redgrove

I live in West Hoathly and have three hives, two of which started with swarms and all of them have different species in them.

SR Photo

Peter Boase - ex-Apiary Manager and very knowledable member

Peter's 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. ).