Busy looking af­ter my bees

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

TO bee or not to bee? That was the dilemma fac­ing Jean Mo­z­ley as she looked to re­turn to work af­ter ill­ness. The res­i­dent of New­ing­ton, near Folke­stone, had been a self-em­ployed bee­keeper for the last 30 years. But in 2008 she de­vel­oped acute pan­cre­ati­tis caus­ing in­flam­ma­tion of the pan­creas and se­vere ab­dom­i­nal pain – a con­di­tion which forced her to stop work while she re­ceived treat­ment and re­quired a rad­i­cal change to her health, diet and fit­ness. How­ever with the con­di­tion un­der con­trol she wanted to get back to work, but in a new di­rec­tion so sought the help of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion which pro­vides em­ploy­ment, train­ing and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple to start their own busi­ness. The re­sult is the launch of her own bee-keep­ing academy that aims to teach peo­ple the art of bee-keep­ing and is be­lieved to be the first of its kind in the coun­try. The first course kicks off across three Sun­day af­ter­noons, one per month in Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March 2010. Jean said: “Stu­dents will learn about pol­li­na­tion, how to keep bees safely, and un­der­stand the rudi­ments of bee be­hav­iour. As a bee breeder, I’ll also be able to sell queen bees to newly qual­i­fied bee keep­ers.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call her on 01303 273466, mo­bile 07952 739795 or email bees4u@tis­cali.co.uk

Jean Mo­z­ley, who is launch­ing Bri­tain’s first bee-keep­ing academy

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