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					                                  Elmley Road Minster-On-Sea Sheerness Kent ME12 3SS
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                  Directors: Sudi Austin, A.Driver, C.Driver.                       Members of the BEE FARMERS ASSOCIATION

                                                    NEWSLETTER AUTUMN-WINTER 2007
Dear friends and customers

We hope this letter finds you well, despite the awful summer weather we’ve had this year. It has been a strange year for beekeepers in Britain –
with upsides and downsides for most. We had a very warm start to the year, and we saw our bees raising new brood in the middle of January,
which is almost unheard of. Then, after they were off to a “flying” start, the weather turned extremely cold at the end of March, and everything
ground to a halt. The Spring flowers were over far too quickly, and the poor bees had very little to forage from. This meant that honey produc-
tion ground to a halt, and the bees needed to consume much of what they had already produced just to survive. The wet Summer did not help
at all, as it prevented new Queens from venturing out to mate with the male Drone bees, so there were a few set backs for bee breeders. The
worst hit were the poor bee keepers who lost many of their hives in the terrible summer floods. We have heard that a few were so saddened at
the loss of their beloved bees, that they have chosen to give up bee keeping for good. What a shame this is, for we need more bee keepers in
this country to provide pollination for agricultural crops, and for all horticulture in general. We also need good bee keepers who know how to
look after bees, and prevent the spread of diseases which are endangering our national stocks. We hope that the good deeds of a few, who
continue to promote bee keeping as an environmentally friendly hobby – and indeed as a vital part of our agricultural economy – will encourage
new blood into bee keeping and so keep the tradition alive. We offer them our full support, and know that you as the consumer will continue to
support us and all the other bee keepers of Great Britain with your continued interest and custom.
  As a family, we’ve kept busy this year, despite the set backs with the bees. Alma – my mother and daughter of the company’s founders – has
transformed the new gift studio on the farm. It is now full of local crafts and the works of local artists, as well as her own. We have had a lot of
interest in the corn dollies that she makes with my sister Heidi. In addition to the ones that we already make we now have a new bee skep corn
dolly, which contains citronella oil, so it acts as an insect repellent as well as an ornament. Bees wax candles in new colours are also an addition,
along with hand-made soaps and bath salts. Our new soaps and bath salts are made without any chemicals, and are suitable for all the family –
including those with sensitive skin. Please see our order form or web site for details of the different aromas that we do. Beware - we have been
told that the moisturising bath salts are extremely addictive, because they are so nice! Please note that we do little sample packs of these for
£1.00 if you would like to try them.
  In between helping me to see to the bees, my husband Chris has been busy baking scones for our home-made cream teas, serving honey and
crumpets in our tea room, bottling and mixing up all the different honeys for your delight, and making mouth watering sweets with honey. He’s
had a little trouble keeping up with the demand for the sweets, but I’ve told him that’s actually a good thing! Please get your orders for Chris t-
mas in as early as possible so that we don’t have to disappoint anyone. We will do our best as always to meet your requests. Gift boxes can be
made with anything that can be sent through the post – including honey, whilst gift baskets and hampers are for collection only. I need a mini-
mum of 3 days notice to make a up a basket of gifts, and a small deposit is needed on these and the hampers. Prices are as per the goods inside,
plus £3.00 for decoration.
  I’ve been out and about this year, meeting many of our local customers at the talks and demonstrations that I do. Thank you to the many of
you who have been interested enough to book a talk, I really enjoy doing them. I also enjoyed meeting customers at the Kent County Show –
our second year there this year, and the Faversham Hop Festival, which was a new and enjoyable experience for us. Hope to see you all again
next year. I have also produced a new hand-made beeswax and citronella insect repellent cream. As well as keeping away insects it is moisturis-
ing and chemical free, so is good for the skin in more ways than one. Most insect repellents are expensive, but this one is only £3.75 per 50g
and is mild enough for my sister to use it on her six month old baby. I’m sure you may find it good if you go somewhere warm for the winter, or
if you are out gardening this autumn. Please let me know what you think, your feedback is always a pleasure.
 Some helpful advice now, for getting through the winter. Remember that propolis is clinically proven to boost the immune system, so it will help
keep away colds and flu, as well as helping your joints to keep mobile. If you get a cold you can increase your dosage to help recovery. Honey
is brilliant for sore throats and makes a soothing drink for chesty coughs. Honey that has not been heat treated – like ours – retains all it’s natu-
ral antibacterial and antiviral properties, so is much better than supermarket imported honey. If anyone in your family is unfortunate enough to
be ill during the winter, then encourage them to use royal jelly, propolis and honey to aid a full recovery naturally. Hay fever sufferers: remem-
ber to start using pollen and honey in January to avoid Spring allergies. We hope this advice is useful and we wish you all the best for 2008.

Yours sincerely

Sudi Austin (Managing Director and grand daughter of founders)
Above: HONEYS blended for FLAVOUR–
according to tv celebrity Paul Martin,
Flynns Cinnamon Honey is “Christmas in a jar!” .
Right: Survive the winter naturally with Flynns
products made from the Bees’ Own Medicine
Chest. (Eucalyptus destroys 70% of airborne germs,
so a try our Natural Vapour Rub for protection in
crowded places. )
Top Right & Below : Sudi Checks beehives on the
farm to be sure that they too have enough honey
stores to
survive winter

                                                     Flynns Products
                                                     make popular
                                                     gifts as they are
                                                     so useful AND
                                                     show how much
                                                     you care .
                                      Right Kitchen Angel (tea-towel &
                                      cloths) £5.oo. Lower Left:
                                      Hand-decorated Cracker £2.50. Corn Dolly Lovers Knot
                                      £1.50 & Corn Dolly Insect Repellant Bee Skep £3.50
                                      on our NEW Parachute Silk SHOPPING BAG £2.oo
                                      Super-strong it stows into its own 9x15cm pocket bearing
                                      Flynns logo and weighs only 21g (that’s 4 propolis cap-
                                      sules)!It is 40x 37 cm (+ long handles) & comes in Sand
                                        or Olive.
                                         Centre Hand-Made Luxury Bath Milk £1.oo & £4.95,
                                        Soap Bar £2.99, Bag of Soaps £5.95
                                        Right: Various Hand rolled bees-wax candles & NEW
                                        organza gift bag 11x25 cm (ideal for candles, pots of

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