Rowland’s the bee’s knees in short film

Beer bee Keeper. Ref shb 5969-39-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Beer bee Keeper. Ref shb 5969-39-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A Beer beekeeper hopes to generate a buzz about his hive with a short film and book.

Rowland Molony released his book earlier this year compiling articles, stories and poetry about life as a bee keeper.

Notes from a Clifftop Apiary also features drawings from his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter Emma.

Beer filmmaker Stephen Bird captured the life of Rowland’s bees in a short film featuring one of his poems, entitled In Late October.

Rowland said: “This hive has got a wonderful queen because these bees are so hard working, they produce masses of honey, they’re very docile and she produces thousands of bees. In the last three years, four years the hive has been full of bees.”

Rowland took up beekeeping after a friend introduced him to his hive.

He now has four established hives which can attract more than 250,000 bees during the peak pollen season.

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The former school teacher said: “You cannot do bee keeping in a hurry or you will get stung.

“A beekeeper has got a lifeline to the heart of nature and one of nature’s most wonderful products, which is honey. It’s a kind of magical alchemy that goes on.”

Stephen has now released a seven- minute film capturing the beekeeper’s passion.

He said: “It is nice to put his personality and his passion across.

“All these bees are working for something they will never have themselves - we just want to get it across to people.”

You can watch the full film at

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