Our conference took place on Saturday 3rd November and 145 delegates attended.

The title of our conference was ‘Bees and Wellbeing’ and below are details of our three speakers and their sponsors.

bunnyBunny Campione, Daws Hall Trust   Many of you will know Bunny from the Antiques Roadshow, but you may not be aware that she is a  fellow beekeeper.  Daws Hall is a nature reserve and Centre for Environmental Education, located in the Stour valley on the Essex–Suffolk border.  Young people from all backgrounds are able to gain hands-on experience with the bees – the educational bee room is equipped with an observation hive, microscopes, extracting equipment and all sorts of bee paraphernalia.   Bunny spoke about her many beekeeping exploits at Daws Hall and how the bees and being close to nature can raise the self-esteem of young people.  Sponsored by The East of England Co-op & Great Tilkey Honey


rownaDr Rowena Jenkins, Swansea University Medical School, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Rowena is a lecturer in microbiology, her research is focused on the current challenge of antimicrobial resistance, investigating novel antimicrobial agents and their potential role in combating chronic antibiotic resistant infections.  A major part of this has been researching the potential of honey as an antimicrobial agent to inhibit and eradicate bacteria. She informed us about how honey inhibits bacteria, its ability to improve antibiotic activity, the future use of honey in infection control as well as the possible future directions for this special therapy. Sponsored by: Global Elevator Components, Alchemize Ltd & Humphrey Munson Handmade Kitchens

Rowena’s Presentation


chrissChris Newenham, Managing Director, Wilkins & Sons Ltd   – “Fruit & Honey, the story of Wilkin & Sons” Chris spoke about the evolution of Wilkin & Sons, touching on how bees are central to their business as pollinators and how honey sales have become increasingly important to the business in recent years.  The first jams were produced in Tiptree in 1885 and with a farmed area in excess of 850 acres in and around Tiptree, the company grows a significant proportion of its own fruit.  The business is always developing with recent adaptations including an expanding chain of Tea Rooms and Shops around Essex, more fresh fruit than ever and a transition from family to employee ownership.  Sponsored by Wilkin & Sons Ltd



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