Real buzz around Geldeston Village Hall screenings

THERE’S been a real buzz around Geldeston’s Village Hall’s film screenings in the past.

A one-off showing of hit film Mamma Mia! and a look into the world of Morris dancing have caught the imagination down the years.

And now, the village screen is hoping to be busy again as it offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of beekeeping.

Next Saturday the village hall screen will be unravelled for An Introduction to Keeping Bees. The film is a 70-minute documentary aimed at offering a practical insight into beekeeping for those who have just started or are thinking about the hobby.

The idea came from projectionist Brian Norman, who is also a member of Waveney Beekeepers.

“Last year at least 50 people inquired at Waveney about bee keeping. A lot of people are thinking about keeping bees and don’t know what to do, so I thought it might be an idea for them to look at a film and see what it entails,” he said.

“We are also getting more and more young people coming along who are really starting to get into it.”

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Mr Norman was also keen to build on last year’s success, when the hall screened The Vanishing of the Bees – a documentary aimed at more experienced keepers.

An Introduction to Keeping Bees features members of the Leiston and District Beekeepers group.

“I think they were surprised that I would want to show it on a big screen. It is mostly one of those specialist interest DVDs, the sort of thing you buy if you are thinking of taking up bee keeping. This is probably the first time it has been shown on a big screen,” he said.

In the film the experts give advice on obtaining bees and equipment, how to choose a suitable site, information about pest and disease control and how to collect and extract the honey.

Mr Norman, 51, has been keeping bees for four years, after taking a course run by Waveney Beekeepers. He has four hives which require sporadic checking during the winter and an inspection at least once a week during the summer.

“You feel like you are doing something for environment,” he said.

The film, by Second Sight Productions, will be screened on Saturday, March 19 at 7.30pm, and there will be an opportunity to talk about beekeeping. The hall will be open from 6.30pm and tickets are �2.50, and free for children under 12.

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