There are around 280 species of bee which are found in the UK. June is the beginning of the summer season when the spring flowering plants and trees shed their blooms having been pollinated and now begin to form seeds but the main flow of summer flowering blooms has yet to begin. For bee keepers, this time is known as the ‘June Gap‘.
The June Gap is often felt the most in rural areas dominated by intensive agriculture. The plentiful hawthorn blooms of hedgerows, hedgerow trees and the glut of autumn sown Rapeseed are largely over throughout most of the UK by June but the summer wild flowers are not yet at their peak and the Heather bloom is still many weeks away.
It isn’t just our bees – this affects any invertebrate which depends on nectar and pollen as a food source: butterflies*, moths, hoverflies, beetles, thrips and wasps. If you are a caring wildlife gardener, then it is worth ensuring there is not a gap in your garden at this time 🙂
*June is also a good month for garden butterflies including the large and small green veined whites, early migrant painted ladies, red admirals, small tortoiseshells, brimstonees, speckled wood and meadow browns.
The weather has an effect on when the colonies of bees swarm and May has been very wet. There is a 17th century proverb:
A swarm in May is worth a load of hay;
a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon;
but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.
The Natural History museum have produced a pocket ID chart with the six most common UK bumblebee species for you to identify by looking at the insects’ colour patterns. Download the Bumblebee Quick ID chart HERE.
Tomorrow evening at 6.30pm, anyone over the age of 16 years old is invited down to Broadwindsor’s MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) for a game of five-a-side football. Free of charge. The MUGA is located by Broadwindsor school.
David Leader is trying to formulate some teams who would like to play five-a-side football regularly. All ages above 16 years old are welcome. Get fit! Keep fit! Have some fun! Please weartrainers and do not wear or bring football boots.
You can contact David on:
01308 868 275
07867 608 652
or just show up at6.30pm Thursday 27th May 🙂
The Multi-Use Games Area pened in 2019 with funding from several sources including a Lottery Community Fund award. Free to use, it offers a wide range of sporting options including tennis, basketball, hockey, netball, football, bowls and badminton.
At the time of publishing, this is a LIVE stream. The Falcon 9 has successfully launched with 60 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
SpaceX’s Dragon capsules have been gradually improved for reuse. Structural elements and internal components are being refurbished between flights, while the heat shield is replaced for each new mission.
The reuse of Falcon 9 not only included rebuilding the engines; Two metal parts that have the function of protecting the satellite during the journey to its final destination were also reused, the approximate cost of these parts is about 6 million dollars, according to information provided by SpaceX and Musk.
Having been located at Broadwindsor Craft Centre, now Redlands Yard in recent years, Beccas Fabric Larder is now a mobile shop and will be revisiting Broadwindsor’s Comrades Hall on Monday, 7th June. With her lorry (van) called Florry, BeccaBalazs will be running a six week patchwork course. Limited to ten places at each session.
Book your 2.5 hour slot. The premises has to be vacated by 3pm, so the last slot available is at 12 noon.
Becca aims to introduce you to techniques & patterns you may not encounter on your own at home (or on YouTube!). If you have a particular project you need help with please do bring it along & hopefully Becca will be able to help.
As well as learning some traditional patchwork & quilting techniques, you are encouraged to create your own patchwork, whether it is a quilt, wall hanging or smaller projects you would like to make. Brush up on rotary cutting, piecing, templates, applique & machining as well as building confidence choosing colours and fabrics & maybe getting out of your comfort zone.
Patterns and advice sheets are all included.
Cost is £70 for the course. You can secure your place with a £20 depositHERE(the remainder payable minimum one week before course starts)
Contact Becca directly by text/WhatsApp or call: 07486 062 343.
Follow Becca‘s daily updates on Instagram HERE. Becca and Florry are at Bridport market every Wednesday and Saturday.
The Tour de Dorset Fundraiser is super simple and open to all ages and abilities. All you need to do is cycle as far as you can between 26th June and 18th July and track your progress on Strava group. This year Beryl, the bike share provider across Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, is running their annual fundraiser coinciding with the Tour de France. They have nominated Dorset Mind as its official fundraising partner in BCP, so help us raise as much money as we can!
Sign up to the Tour de Dorset Fundraiser and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some incredible prizes!
Furthest distance Adults 17+:
1st place: Beryl Laserlight light
2nd prize: Beryl Pixel light
3rd prize: Beryl 100 minute bundle
Furthest distance Ages 13 – 16:
1st place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Giant Compel ARX Youth Helmet
2nd place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Giant Compel ARX Youth Helmet
3rd place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Wakey Wakey ART’s bundle
Bonus prizes for:
The ‘Biggest fundraiser’ – Beryl Laserlight light worth £125
The ‘Best view from Strava photos’ – Beryl Pixel light worth £19.99
Once registered you will receive an invite to join Beryl’s Strava Challenge. (Please note that logging your rides is optional, and will allow you to win prizes, in order to use Strava you must be 13 years of age and above to register for an account).
Dorset MIND’s services are available for all Dorset adults and young people aged 11+, and they offer targeted support to minority communities to ensure they are supported. They offer specialist services for BAME and LGBTQ+ people; and provide support for women-only and carers. #Broadwindsor,#Drimpton,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Dorset,#TourDeDorset,#MHAW,#Beryl,#FightForMH,#Lewesdon,#WestDorset,#MIND,#Cycle,#PedalPower,#ReThink,#LGBTQ,#Crisis,#Help,#Support,#BeKind,#BeSafe,#StaySafe
Salon owner, Toni Rodway asks us to please give a warm welcome to Alexandra!
“Alexandra is a fabulous beauty therapist with heaps of experience. We are extremely lucky to have such a talented therapist having worked for many years at a local top spa. Alexandra is extremely professional, friendly and a lovely person. Her work is incredible, she also happens to be the most fabulous massage therapist which is one of her most popular treatments along with Dermalogica facials. You will not be disappointed with any treatment carried out.”
To celebrate beauty therapist Alexandra joining their team, The Painted Nail are offering the following amazing offers:
Full body Hot stone massage – ONLY £30 Normally £43
Spa pedicure with gel polish – ONLY £30
Dermalogica Pro 30 – ONLY £20
Eye brow wax and tint – ONLY £10
Gel polish – £18
Normally £25 Discount is applied in the salon.
Note: This offer is ONLY VALID WITH ALEXANDRA from 14/6/2021-26/6/21. Please book to avoid any disappointment.
Alexandra will be available:
Monday 9am – 4pm.
Tuesday 9am – 4pm.
Wednesday 9am – 4pm.
Every other Saturday 10am – 2pm.
Appointments will be available from the 14th of June. Message or book online at: ThePaintedNail.co.uk.