Wednesday 24 July 2013

Newsletter July 2013

Dear Beekeeper

At the June meeting we had to flee the apiary to the adjoining field, lots of bad-tempered bees and stings in evidence, several people had stings on the face and poor Mavis had one on the eyelid. They have been unusually grumpy there with the constant cool, cloudy weather, but have calmed in the present glorious sunshine.
The meeting was notable for a swarm collected on his scaffolding by Clive, great as a spectator!
Super photos on the website.
Clive also kindly produced lots of borage plants for members to take home. About 6 members took sealed queen cells to rescue queenless colonies – it will be interesting to know the results!
The DDBKA apiary has yielded 45 pounds of spring honey from hives 1 & 4; I don’t anticipate much of a summer crop [as last year].

13 members passed their Basic Assessment: Margret and Gordon Pau, Gabrielle Lindemann, Alastair Ling, Steve Boyce, David Stevenson, Jeff Herr, Jackie Thomas, Andrew Ball, Karen Maddaford, Tony Christian, Philip Nicholson and Dougal Hendry.

Congratulations to all concerned!

Mary will be teaching a course for the 2014 Assessment starting in February 2014, but her advice is only attempt it after 2 summers & 1 winter keeping bees.

N.B. The Examinations Board has decided to offer ALL modules at both the March and November sessions in 2014.  Uptake of the modules at both sessions has been so positive that there is a significant need for all modules to be available, particularly for resits.  Please let your tutors know and also any candidates in your area who may want to resit modules 6 and or 8 in March.

Please look at for 2nd level courses at KSRC Sittingbourne.

Hard work!
Dick Bunting , Pete Crow, Pat Stockhall & Jackie Thomas turned out to finish the job of strimming and grass collecting at the apiary.  Thank you!

Is anyone prepared to volunteer to wash and store the DDBKA bee suits and jackets in October and store them till the April meeting. We have bought a strong plastic box to keep them in, once clean.
Any takers? Please!

Bee Buddy Wendy Crush is hoping that someone will be able to help with lifting etc at her apiary at Geddinge – there is the offer of space for your bees if you can help.  07792 718739


A chance to win a complete National hive with gabled roof, (1st prize for UK entries), or a year’s subscription to Bee Craft plus the two books from Celia Davis: The Honey Bee Inside Out and The Honey Bee Around And About

11 runners up will receive £25 vouchers from BJ Sherriff International.

And the winning entries will feature in the 2014 Bee Craft calendar.

The closing date for the 2013 Bee Craft photo competition is 1st August 2013. So make sure you take your camera to the apiary and get that winning shot!

Photos must be taken horizontal (wider than tall), maximum size A4 (297 x 210mm). Do not send slides in glass mounts. Maximum three entries per person.

Include your name, address, telephone number and/or e-mail address with your entry.

Enclose a sae if you want your entry returned. Bee Craft retains the right to use any image submitted in its publications. The photographer retains copyright.

Send entries to:The Editor, Stoneycroft, Back Lane, Little Addington, Kettering NN14 4AX or e-mail:


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