In June of 1974 the first A.G.M of the
resurrected Halifax & District Beekeepers’ Association was held.
Rev. David Hoskins was elected Secretary,
Mr. W. Garnett, Chairman and Mr. Philip Jones, Treasurer.
As the summer meetings were arranged (and quoting from the minutes)
“Mr. & Mrs. Phillips invited members to inspect their bees and offer
comments, which would be invaluable as they were both beginners at
Members nowadays cannot imagine that
John and Edna were ever beginners and their willingness to share their
enthusiasm, knowledge and love of their craft has not waned 40 years
John quite quickly turned his attention
to education and ran winter courses, followed by practical courses at
his home. Over the years 100s of beekeepers have been helped and
trained by John, ably supported by Edna. They drove miles around the
district helping people set up their apiaries, helping people with
problems, collecting swarms and promoting beekeeping at local shows.
John, with friend Jeremy Burbidge,
arranged for eminent and knowledgeable speakers to attend Halifax
meetings and opened them to all nearby Associations.
John took examinations even up to a few
years ago to promote and encourage others into improving their own
craft. John & Edna’s apiary being a shining example of bee craft to
everyone who saw it.
John’s untimely death on 9th February,
after a brave fight against illness, leaves a gap in our Association.
John had a quiet and reassuring way about him, a lovely sense of humour
too. We all know the old joke, “When three beekeepers are asked a
question expect three different answers”! That’s true but we all knew
we could depend on John’s answer.
Our thoughts are with Edna and her family at this sad time.