©2019 by Chalfonts Beekeepers' Society

Edward Townsend

President

I am a retired chest surgeon and my GP thought that our two acre garden would be an excellent location for hives but did not tell us that they were in Dadant Hives. So we enrolled on the beginners course in 2001. The bees eventually arrived and we were left to fend for ourselves. The hives were riddled with wax moth and took a long time to sort out. In recent years, I try to enter exhibits in the shows and have been moderately successful at local, county and national level. As President I would like to encourage all members to ‘have a go’ and enter the shows, especially those in their first productive season i.e. year two of beekeeping.

Fiona Matheson

Chairperson

I was born in Australia, living in the UK for many years and have dual citizenship. I have been beekeeping since 2011. I keep my colonies in my garden and a nearby allotment and I am passionate about all things bees. I’m interested in the science of the bees and I have studied the BBKA modules, I also enjoy going to the shows, talking about bees with the public. I am interested in making things with honey and wax, such as cakes and candles and also took a course in encaustic art. As Chairman of the club I want us all to enjoy our beekeeping and have fun.

Meet the Committee

Gillian Jones

Secretary

I came to bee keeping by accident when someone asked if they could keep bees in my woodland and so signed up for the beginner’s course. I passed my Basic Assessment in 2017. I have three colonies and want to be a good beekeeper rather than the most studious. I am fascinated by bee behaviour.  

I have had many diverse jobs but my main work was in organising major events for a consultancy company which honed my attention to detail and allowed me to travel and stay in some of the world's top hotels. I currently work as a Production Manager, with my producer/director boss on projects such as videos to enhance websites, music videos and we have entered a few drama competitions.

Jonathan Lee

Treasurer

I started with my first hive of bees in the early 1970s whilst still at school, where I was fortunate to have an inspirational Biology teacher. My career as an Electronics Engineer took me away from home for long periods of time, so my involvement with bees has been spasmodic over the years. I grew up in south Bucks and have lived in the locality ever since – initially joining the now defunct Denham Beekeepers society. 

Now retired, I have returned to the beekeeping fold and started tackling the BBKA Modules and also joined the Bucks Microscopy Group. During my career I spent a long time as a Senior Programme Manger running multi-million pound defence contracts. I am trying to bring the logic and expertise I gained during that period to assist the running of the club as your Treasurer.

Helen Cave

Membership & Programme

I live in Amersham. I’m the membership and programme secretary and I’ve been on the committee since 2013.

I’ve kept bees since doing the Beginners in 2011. My colonies have always been in out apiaries. I’m working my way slowly through the modules. I feel there is always something new to learn about bees, and yes, I do get a real buzz when something works well. I’m married, three grown up lads and two gorgeous little granddaughters.

Outside of bees, I have an allotment, play bridge and go jogging with my husband.

Nick Grey

Honey Show

I am Bucks born and bred and have been keeping bees for over 30 years. I have a large number of books on the subject which none of the bees have read. This is my second stint on the committee; first time as Show Secretary, then Chairman and now Show secretary again. I do believe beekeeping should be fun - trying something new can be very rewarding as long as you remember to embrace the failures along with your successes.

Mike Knapp

Webmaster

I live in Chalfont St Peter but my bees are at my bee-partners house in Chorleywood. We began beekeeping in 2016; we’re learning and highly indebted to our mentor for encouragement and assistance. I work full time as a director of an IT company in Little Chalfont, servicing utility and facilities companies. I have many hobbies and unfinished projects, mainly linked to motorcycles and tools barely justified for maintaining motorcycles. I plan to retire in a few years, and hope to be able to spend more time with the bees once I leave work. I love travelling and find having a bee partner invaluable, as although we enjoy working and planning together for our miniature apiary, when one of us is busy we can still inspect and look after the hives.

Jim Liness

Beginners Apiary

I’m a country boy at heart, growing up in the foothills of the Sidlaw Hills just north of Dundee. My grandfather kept bees but they were a mystery to me then and I wasn’t allowed near them. I didn’t get around to keeping bees until 2014 when I was given a Polystyrene Langstroth Hive. Now all my colonies are in Polystyrene Langstroths and located in my garden. I help run the Beginners Course and most Wednesday and Saturday mornings I can be found at the club’s Beginners' Apiary, fixing, mending or demonstrating some aspect of beekeeping. I enjoy making changes or trying a new process, and love the way that Beekeeping helps you to stay in touch with natural world around you.

Mike Walters

Trading Officer

I was born and raised in Harrow and have been keeping bees for several years having 10 hives in two locations. I took over from Bill as trading officer and enjoy the interaction with the club members. I don’t particularly like honey, but I love watching the bees work and find them fascinating and love to talk about them to anyone silly enough to ask. I enjoy experimenting with different types of hives and equipment, most of which I build myself. Passing on what little knowledge I have to new beekeepers is something I find highly rewarding and teaching is something I think this club does so well. I also enjoy motorbike riding, scuba diving, sailing, woodworking and woodturning. I run a gardening firm employing about 15 staff so I don't have much spare time, especially during the summer.

Sue Williams

Events

I have kept bees since 2010, although had an abortive attempt years before when my husband unexpectedly presented me with a complete hive of bees housed in a Dadant box. This steep learning curve paved the way for my much better prepared second attempt. I rejoined Chalfonts Beekeepers and later became a committee member, serving as the Events Coordinator. Although my husband catapulted me into the wonderful world of bees, he is not a willing beekeeper. He has, however, succumbed and acquired a full bee suit having watched me struggle with heavy supers. My family is extensive and includes four young grandchildren for which my career as a primary teacher did not really prepare me! I do still occasionally teach at the school where I worked full time.