Do Welsh bees speak Welsh? No, but their beekeepers do

25 March 2015

Promoting the Welsh language through honey is the goal of a Mid Wales beekeeping society.

Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymraeg Ceredigion (CGCC) holds all its meetings Welsh to prevent to erosion of traditional Welsh beekeeping terms.The society was established 55 years ago and one of its founders, Wil Griffith, said its twins objectives remain just as relevant today.

“It is important that the society develops in the Welsh language as there are only a few Welsh beekeepers today,” he said.

 “The books are in English and most beekeepers have been taught the skill using English terms.

“It is vital that we keep the Welsh language alive whilst beekeeping.”

CGCC has now been given funding from the Cywain Bee project to help it recruit more Welsh enthusiasts.

Cywain Bee is an off-shoot of the Cywain project established by Menter a Busness to add value to farm produce.

New members do not need to be Welsh speakers but all meetings and events will be in Welsh.

“We’ll place them with a strong Welsh speaker who can translate the meetings,” said Wil.

Newcomers can choose to be mentored by experienced society members and will be given hands-on experience at apiaries.The Aberystwyth-based society, with members in Meirionnydd, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, meets twice-a-month, from October to March, and it also organises workshops, visits and an annual show.The latter can pose a few problems. “Ensuring Welsh adjudicators hasn’t been easy,” said Wil. “It is very hard to come across adjudicators who are able to discuss honeys using Welsh terms.”

Details: Wil Griffith, 01970 623334.

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