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New beekeeper’s President scoops honey ‘Oscar’

Newly elected chairman of Somerset Beekeepers, Ken Tredgett, receives the West Country Honey Farms Award trophy from retiring chairman Caroline Butter

A Frome beekeeper has been elected President of Somerset Beekeepers’ Association at its annual meeting on Saturday (March 12).

But there was a double celebration for Ken Tredgett when his distinguished service for county beekeepers was rewarded with the equivalent of a ‘honey Oscar’.

“I can’t quite believe it!” said Ken, who has been practicing the craft for more than 40 years.

“It is a huge honour, and a great surprise, to be chosen by my peers to receive the West Country Honey Farms Award.”

Retiring President Caroline Butter, who presented the magnificent trophy, paid tribute to his work for his local Division and the county.

“He has set up and run training courses for beginners, organised an educational day for more experienced beekeepers and is a honey steward at the Royal Bath & West Show as well as organising our stand there.”

Ken’s interest in beekeeping stemmed from his father and he later combined his passion for the craft with supporting members of the Frome and District Division and subequently beekeepers throughout the county.

He held the post of Frome secretary from 1974 until 2007 before becoming chairman of Somerset Beekeepers from 2008 to 2010.