Bowland Montessori pupils become bee keepers for the day

BUZZ: Pre-schoolers with bee expert John Zamorski. (s)
BUZZ: Pre-schoolers with bee expert John Zamorski. (s)
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YOUNGSTERS from Bowland Montessori Pre-school visited bee hives on the lower slopes of Pendle hill.

The visit was the culmination of a topic on bees, where the children painted bumble bee pebbles, tasted local honey and studied the honeycomb.

The hives were reached by a pleasant walk through the surrounding fields, and were set within a stunning wild flower meadow. Bee expert, John Zamorski, welcomed the 10-strong party and showed them the inside of a bee hive, and let the children try on the bee keeper suit. They were also allowed the run of a beautiful garden and had a lovely time exploring before it was time to go home.

Pre-school leader Nancy Bigmore said: “Many thanks to John and all involved in making this special visit possible.”

l A GROUP of 17 children from Bowland Montessori Pre-school braved the elements to raise money for Dr Barnado’s.

This was in the form of a sponsored walk – The Big Toddle – a circular route of two miles from Newton-in- Bowland.

It was a day for waterproofs and wellies with plenty of puddles to splash through along the way.

At Dunnow Hall, the halfway point, there was a treat of Vimto and biscuits and an opportunity to play in the garden or rest up for the second leg.

There were no complaints from the children and all returned to Newton in high spirits having raised in excess of £300 for the charity.

Pre-school leader Nancy Bigmore expressed many thanks to the Little Red Bus Company for providing an excellent return service to St James’ CE Primary School.

Also, a big thank you to Richard and Justine Whitaker, of Northern Lymphology, for their generous hospitality at Dunnow Hall.