Alison's Bee Class

Alison's Bee Class


Reflecting on another amazing weekend! ๐Ÿ˜ you did yourself proud, once again. Huge thanks to all involved with Jubilee celebrations, The spectacular MidSummer Fayre and yet another successful late-night market event. Businesses, residents and visitors keep saying great things about our wonderful town!

๐Ÿ“ธ Tea and toast, with Alison's Bee's locally produced honey.
๐Ÿ Haโ€™Beeโ€™ World Bee Day ๐Ÿ

We love working with Alison's Bee Class at our Summer Holiday Clubs and finding out all about the important job Bees do ๐Ÿ˜
Hmmmm ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”
โ‡๏ธOn Saturday along with all the entertainment and activities in Telford Town Park for Spring Into St. George's Day there will also be The Craft Marquee with lots of stalls featuring local companies, producers and makers with items to buy such as wreaths, jewellery, art, soaps & cosmetics and more. There also opportunities to pick up information on sustainable choices.
Stall holders include; Veolia UK, Transition Telford, Climate Change Hub, Telford Repair Cafe The Little Green Pantry, Wild Iris - unique boutique, Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Sandra Luna, Gypsy-Zen Jewellery, Caris Jackson Artist , Kev's Crafts, Marches Energy Agency, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Wellington Walkers are Welcome, Mauri Ann Beardshaw, Cocoa Avenue, Lonely_mushroom , The Emporium of the useful and curious, Alison's Bee Class, University of Wolverhampton and Simply Magical.

Spring Into St. George's Day is on between 11am โ€“ 5pm.
The Great Dawley Breakfast Club is on today! - This morning, we are joined by Alison's Bee Class! ๐Ÿ

We also have delicious bacon sandwiches for breakfast.๐Ÿฅ“

I'm loving this new deal I've put together for you (I was hoping to take some nice outdoors pictures but it's raining).

These gorgeous wraps are made locally by Alison's Bee Class. They will come with a set of bamboo cutlery and a beautiful handmade drawstring bag to keep the cutlery in.

You can also add in a large eCoffee Bamboo Cup for ยฃ5 whilst stocks last.
Eco gift sets now available in store, either in baskets or gift boxes. Mix and match the contents for that personal touch.

We stock a range of toiletries and kitchen accessories:
๐Ÿ’š Soaps from Friendly Soap
๐Ÿ’š Reusable wipes from Crafty MrsB
๐Ÿ’š Natural deodorants from The Green Woman
๐Ÿ’š Nail Brushes and Plastic Free Hair Ties from Wild and Stone
๐Ÿ’š Moisturisers, scrubs and serums from UpCircle
๐Ÿ’š Body loofahs from
๐Ÿ’š Beeswax wraps and cleaning pads from Alison's Bee Class
๐Ÿ’š Bamboo toothbrushes from Truthbrush Ltd
๐Ÿ’š Natural toothpastes and powders from Georganics

2 Crown Street,Wellington, TF11LP

Open Tuesday Thursday and Friday 9:30-2:30pm and Saturday 9-3pm

Great FREE event tomorrow 25th September ๐Ÿฅฐ
Nature is a wonderful thing
Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜
Saw this huge bubble bee today
I have a garden studio, which has adjoining loo.
Bumble bees have taken up residence in the loo room.
They have built a nest on the floor.
I leave a gap in the stable door for them to come and go, when the building is locked.
They are quite small bees.
They land on the floor and walk to the nest.
However this week some much larger bees have started coming in. They are giants compared to the original tenants.
Do you think the small ones are worker bees and these giants have hatched or do I have two separate colonies?
They do not bother me if I close my studio door whilst I am working, but on occasion the giants are attracted to the light in here and take for ever to find their way back out.
I presume they will move on eventually, am I right?

Delivering "Awareness of Bees & their Importance in the Environment"

Award-winning beekeeper We also stock a wide range of handmade items made by ourselves using beeswax and honey from our own beehives.

Operating as usual


Go girls gooooooo..... ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


๐Ÿ‘€ Just look what is available at the Little Green Pantry, Wellington ๐Ÿฅฐ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 22/10/2022

Have just returned from a lovely holiday in East Sussex after such a busy summer with our bees, talks and events.

I had to take my acrylic paints.

Couldn't resist having a play, having found so many beeautiful pebbles ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 09/10/2022

I've got the GINger out again and this time... a little alchemy ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ

Crushed ginger, fresh lemon balm leaves, a spoon of honey then added gin. Shaky shaky!

I'll let you know later how it tastes ๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคฃ

How do you like your honey (or gin for that matter?)


Want to get your hands on some of our delicious Honey infused with Ginger?

Come to Oteley today (until 4pm) to get a jar.

Come for 12 noon to hear a brief talk about bees too ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 02/10/2022

It's back!!

Honey infused with Ginger ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค

And when we say ginger... we mean ginger too in every single jar. We source the finest, freshest, juiciest root ginger then infuse a small batch of our delicious multi-floral honey to produce this fantastic product.

Limited edition and only available direct from us. We will be at Oteley Estate Farmers Market this coming Saturday 8th October, Ellesmere ๐Ÿคฉ


With beekeeping work almost done for this year as well as weeks of events behind us... I finally get time to do a few fun things!!

I've painted these little cuties this afternoon and they will bee very useful at next year's 'windy' events in order to weight down the reusable beeswax food wraps which have been known to fly off!!

What do you think of them?


Reading an antique beekeeping book. This made me laugh... grounds for divorce????


The combination of my love of bees and beekeeping PLUS that of fabric and sewing, I simply had to have half metre of these gorgeous pieces.

The one on the left is way better than the photo shows too.

Not sure what project I'll use them for yet ๐Ÿค” but it'll bee lovely once I do ๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ


Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls on Tour!!

After being collected as that very desperate, ninety-five percent dead swarm on 6th June (remember?) our lovely Queen Abeegail and her colony of gone from strength to strength.

If you saw us at ANY event in 2022 after 6th June, this was Abeegail you saw ๐Ÿฅฐ

She's been to Shrewsbury Food Festival, Cosford Food Festival Burwarton Show 2022 Weston under Redcastle Village Show, Shrewsbury Flower Show (won 1st place & trophy ๐Ÿ†) Minsterley Show Weston Park Summer Fiesta Eccleshall Show 2022 not to mention many school visits ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

Not once as she or her colony been grumpy with me, quite the opposite she's rather a Diva and loves the attention. Her work for us is over this year, so they're now concentrating on winter preparation and will move into a new hive this week.

She's bids you farewell and hopes to see you in 2023 ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


Wow! What a week... five talks in four days (2 WI's, Townswomen's Guild, Allotment Club & today West Bromwich History Group)

All for the benefit of Bee Awareness ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

UPDATE - please note that following the sad news yesterday, Oakengates Carnival 2022 has now been postponed.

RIP Queen Elizabeth II from Alison, Steve and all our own Queens ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ฅ


Himalayan balsam... a member of the Bizzy Lizzy family BUT listed as a non-native, invasive plant. Google it!!

LOVED by bees though... especially this colony at The Hem!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 05/09/2022

What an amazing day we had on Saturday at Eccleshall Show 2022

The weather was kind and we had a brilliant time with people 'swarming' around the observation hive trying to spot the Queen ๐Ÿ

Children were buzzing about the Roll Your Own Candle Activity ๐Ÿ•ฏ

We had a great position by the main show ring which allowed us to see the attractions. The 'Super Hero' show was truly heart-stopping ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

And finally we were chuffed to get a few awards in the Horticultural/craft tent ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿงต

We have one final event this year with our Educational stand with live bees, weather permitting, this coming Saturday Oakengates Carnival Bee there or bee square ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


I'm chuffed to bits... after years of filling 1,000's of honey jars, I've finally got a Bucket Filling Tilter Thing!!!

It's those simple things in life ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 29/08/2022

What a fantastic bank holiday event Weston Park Summer Fiesta Met so many lovely people who were loving spotting the Queen Bee.

Great feedback. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Next event Saturday 3rd September at Eccleshall Show 2022 Bee there or bee square ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


What amazing weather. Pop along to say Hello ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 22/08/2022

Dont you just love the unexpected?

My work bookings can take me to wonderful locations and I meet some amazing people. Today was no exception. I ran a three-hour workshop at Middleport Matters Community Trust for 14 children.

The venue was outstanding... a recently refurbished (internally remodeled) property from old terraced houses in the Potteries. Certainly an improvement on the Streetview photos!!! There was an adjoining house which forms part of the Re-form project to show how the terraces would have looked when lived in.

As part of the Middleport Pottery Heritage Trail, visitors (small fee) get access to the working pottery museum areas. Of course (here in Telford) we have Coalport etc, but this was a great opportunity to see how life was like in the heart of the Potteries. Hope you enjoy the photos (I took to show Steve what he missed ๐Ÿคญ)

And finally... the icing on the cake... literally, a lovely surprise treat at the end ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง

p.s. spot the bee vase in the museum (I spied it ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ as I walked in ๐Ÿ˜‰)


Another of our guidance videos we send to our new lovely beekeepers.

We pride ourselves to offering quality educational sessions as well as excellent back up support.

Thank you for supporting us by following. Alison ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


Wow! Check out this fantastic video of our star Abeegail Stingbottom Queen Bee laying eggs.

Pop along to Minsterley Show today to see for yourself ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


Bee Space!

Another interesting video explaining the intricacies of inside a bee hive/nest ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

p.s. this actual honey will be available tomorrow at Minsterley Show ... now THAT'S as fresh as can bee ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


Another of my support videos for our new beekeepers!

This time I'm explaining 'wet supers'.

Once we've spun off the honey in the extractor, a small amount is left in the cells as well as across the surface of the comb. These are referred to as 'wet supers'.

The entire 'super' (honey box) is returned to the colony from which it came but above the Crown Board. This is like the ceiling in a room at the very top of the beehive. A tiny gap is left for access from below.

The bees explore through the gap and 'think' they've found a hidden stash of someone elses stores. This makes them 'rob it' out, meaning they suck it all up and take down below to their nest area.

We return a few days later and the bees will have licked it bone dry!!! We then remove the entire box, freeze the frames then place in storage until needed next spring!

All good fun. Dont forget we're at Minsterley Show this Saturday where you can pick up a jar of our yummy honey ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ


Removing air bubbles on honey, before jarring!

People who attend our beginners classes are supported afterwards, if needed. If I'm doing something I think they may be interested in, I video. Hardly tiktok but if it helps just one person, it's worth it!

This is what I've sent to them today ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฏ


With my Guest Speaker work, I get to meet so many wonderful people, all ages and huge range of groups (WI, U3A, PROBUS, garden groups, retirement groups, social groups... so many!!)

I always aim to tailor my talk to incorporate their area of interest, where possible.

This afternoon I will be meeting Shrewsbury Macular Society Support Group so I've nipped around the garden to select bee friendly plants for the members to feel, squish, smell etc

I'm already excited myself ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ƒ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 14/08/2022

Another great Shrewsbury Flower Show for myself and Shropshire Beekeepers Association.

We're there to steward for the association as opposed to being there for us but it's all for the good of engaging about bees.

I was doing the 'cage fight' (live honey bee demonstration) 6 x over the 2 days. You think you were hot?? I was like a wet eel inside my beesuit & I swear I have trench foot this morning after repeated wearing of my soggy wellies ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿคฃ

Hope you enjoy the photos below. Next event is next Saturday Minsterley Show Hope to see you there ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž


Good evening lovely bee fans.

You think it was hot today? Please spare a thought for me (after a little sympathy here) doing the live honey bee demonstration at Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Phew!!!! It was a tad ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต Same again tomorrow. Hope you're able to make it. If not... here's a taster...

By the way VERY PROUD to share the news that if the 4 classes I entered, I got 3 x 1st. Chuffed to bits ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ Photos tomorrow Alison ๐Ÿ˜˜


Oh no!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Where has Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour gone to? ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง

Aha preparing for their exciting appearance this Friday & Saturday.

Gonna bee a scorcher folks so bring a sun hat & cold beer for me in the demo cage outside the Severn Marquee. I was very flattered to be asked by Shropshire Beekeeping Association if I'd do the live bee demonstration ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 08/08/2022

Just a few glass jars arrived this morning.

Oh joy, main honey crop extraction is looming (my least favourite job in beekeeping!) ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 07/08/2022

Another fantastic event engaging with some lovely people. This is our 4th time at this event and one of our favourites.

Bumble had a great time too thanks to Grinshill Animal Rescue Dog Show.

The weather was superb and our bees were delightful. They're now all happy, back in their apiary ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Next event... Shrewsbury Flower Show where we enter a few classes (gulp!!) ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž


Weston Under Redcastle Village Show

Sunday 7th August

12 - 5pm

Bees, Dog Show, Heavy Horses, Pony Club, Vintage Vehicles, Plant Sale, Ice-cream, Beer in fact so much. Come and see. Only ยฃ5 entrance too ๐Ÿคฉ



Twerking honey bee ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ


Want a lovely afternoon out tomorrow? Then pop along to Weston Under Redcastle Village Show.

This will be our 4th time there and never disappoints. Compact yet lots to see and do. Bumble may even enter the dog show ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ•

Hope to see you there. We will have Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour live honey bee observation hive as well as pure honey, polish, candles etc ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Why not have a go at Rolling Your Own candle? ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ•ฏ


Burwarton Show... fantastic!!!

What an amazing day. Met so many lovely people who were so engaged with our gorgeous, precious honey bees.


Very excited to be involved in the Burwarton Show tomorrow, our first time there after 8 years of

I'll post updates in the morning where you can find us. Pop along to see Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 02/08/2022

It's that time of the year again when I'm running around the garden like the Pied Piper catching different bees for summer school workshops.

These three (2 x bumbles and 1 x honey) are distinctly different and highlight anatomical information for the children to learn.

No bee is harmed. Instead I give them breakfast and release them by lunchtime exactly where I found them.

Whilst I'm having fun delivering my educational session at Brookside this morning, Steve is busy preparing for Burwarton Show this Thursday.

Who's coming Thursday?? More information about where to find us shortly ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Photos from Alison's Bee Class's post 30/07/2022

Beeswax candles - New Product Alert!

Well folks, we've listened to your feedback and comments so have now added more 'practical' solid beeswax candles to our range.

Beeswax candles produce negative ions when burned, and those ions help to neutralize pollutants in the air. This helps eliminate dust, odors, and mold in the atmosphere, easing allergy and asthma symptoms and improving breathing for anyone nearby.

We hand pour each candle using beeswax harvested from our own hives and pure cotton wick. Chemical free.

Our candles are available to buy direct at events we attend or mail order. Flat rate postage ยฃ3.30.

Summer Fiesta 28/07/2022

Summer Fiesta

Find us there ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Summer Fiesta


Thinking about what to do this weekend?? Pop along to RAF Cosford Food Festival where you can buy delicious local honey, reusable beeswax food wraps, beeswax candles plus dozens of gorgeous food and drink stalls.

See you later. Alison

Only ยฃ7 per adult, ยฃ4 for children and discounted family tickets.


Undertaker Bees! โšฐ

During her very short life of just 6 weeks (summer), a female Worker honey bee progresses through nine different job roles.

As an 'Undertaker' bee, she is responsible for removing any dead bodies from within the hive/nest in order to reduce the risks of decay and potential virus spread, if present. When I see my bees doing this, I'm happy that they're behaving hygienically.

If you've ever had the pleasure of my Guest Speaker talk, you know I have a funny tale to tell about the Undertaker Bee!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ


This weekend the weather is forecast to be much more comfortable so, fancy getting out for some lovely fresh air???...

Then head over to RAF Cosford Museum Food Festival and find us with Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls On Tour.

We will have delicious pure Shropshire honey from our own beehives as well as award-winning reusuable beeswax food wraps, beeswax polish, candles plus other beeautiful items.

Book early for cheaper tickets at...

Buzzing About Education

Interested about our precious honey bees? I love, live, breath for them! I do not profess to being an expert in any way but have enough knowledge to pass on to many โ€˜audiencesโ€™ ranging from pre-school groups, primary schools, social groups (WI, PROBUS, U3A, Rotary Club, Gardening Societies, retirement groups)... right through to Beekeeping for Beginners to those interested in taking up the craft.

My working partnerships include the National Trust, Telford & Wrekin Council, Telford Town Park, Travelodge, Craemer.

As an ethical spin off, I also run a successful reusuable beeswax food wrap business. See the linked page for more details.

Videos (show all)

Go girls gooooooo..... ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ#alisonsbeeclass #bees
Abeegail Stingbottom and the Girls on Tour!!After being collected as that very desperate, ninety-five percent dead swarm...
Himalayan balsam... a member of the Bizzy Lizzy family BUT listed as a non-native, invasive plant.  Google it!!LOVED by ...
I'm chuffed to bits... after years of filling 1,000's of honey jars, I've finally got a Bucket Filling Tilter Thing!!!It...
What amazing weather.  Pop along to say Hello ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
Another of our guidance videos we send to our new lovely beekeepers. We pride ourselves to offering quality educational ...
Wow! Check out this fantastic video of our star Abeegail Stingbottom Queen Bee laying eggs. Pop along to Minsterley Show...
Bee Space!Another interesting video explaining the intricacies of inside a bee hive/nest ๐Ÿ๐Ÿp.s. this actual honey will b...
Another of my support videos for our new beekeepers!This time I'm explaining 'wet supers'.Once we've spun off the honey ...
Removing air bubbles on honey, before jarring!People who attend our beginners classes are supported afterwards, if neede...
Good evening lovely bee fans.  You think it was hot today?  Please spare a thought for me (after a little sympathy here)...
Weston Under Redcastle Village Show Sunday 7th August12 - 5pm Bees, Dog Show, Heavy Horses, Pony Club, Vintage Vehicles,...






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