Newsletter May 2022
The swarms this May have been unprecedented, so numerous that my phone has run hot, I had my first on May 1st from a local village where I was called subsequently to collect 3 others! I put it down to the disappointing spring weather which had kept colonies in hives just waiting for some warmth.
If you have any spare bees, it is always better for beginners to receive a nuc rather than a swarm, which can be overwhelming; simpler to have a small colony which will grow as your experience grows.
There was also the usual mix of calls about bees in chimneys, roof spaces, etc which I have sadly declined. If we have intrepid members who enjoy climbing & removing bees from walls, let me know.
We did very well at the last meeting with sales of redundant equipment, there may be some at this month’s meeting. Sales of Wendy Crush’s baker’s honey raised £280 for our funds. Many thanks to Wendy, but she has recently suffered a heart attack, now in William Harvey, but as stoic as ever, hoping to be back home very soon. We wish her a quick recovery.
Jar sales have increased rapidly as people are harvesting the rape honey which has been plentiful this spring. Don’t delay, it sets hard quickly & is best sold as creamed honey for a smooth texture. Warm your hard crop till half liquid, then mix together till you achieve a soft-set consistency which will remain as it is, very popular with customers! Remember DDBKA extractors to borrow, Eric will ask for a £10 deposit, refundable when returned clean 07741 483051
I have heard from a lady recently moved to Deal, suffering with hay fever, looking to buy Deal honey. Could this be you? She is: Beth Darville firstname.lastname@example.org
I have mentioned previously a pilgrimage going from Dover to Canterbury carrying a large beeswax candle. The organiser wants to include those of us along the route in the final publication. She says:
I am working on a mini fold out book on the candle story and pilgrimage. It will be called The Bees Tale.
The story of Dover’s Trendyll candle and reflections from a modern pilgrimage.
I would love to have one or two pages with details of the Dover Bee Association and photographs of members, bees and hives. We are walking the pilgrimage at the moment.
I am particularly interested in members in Dover, Kearsney, Temple Ewell, Coldred, Shepherdswell, Eythorne and would like to contact and arrange meetings.
Best wishes, Alexandra le Rossignol
I will contact relevant members separately with her details.
This month’s meeting
Saturday 28th May at the DDBKA Eythorne apiary at 2:30 pm, at Eythorne Court CT15 4AD. It is along Shepherdswell Road, near Eythorne travelling towards Shepherdswell, on the left, near a black wooden building. We park in the next field; you will see cars and a gate to enter. If you are a new member or visitor, please make yourself known, we get busy!
Bear in mind that the site includes an apiary & we urge you to take care in the vicinity of bees, bring your beesuit & wellies if you have them, make sure you have informed me of allergies & sting reactions if you are aware of them.
Jackie will be explaining 'Things to do with Queens' This may cover such things as: tips to help find the queen, her life cycle and swarming, marking and clipping, queen introduction and anything else that might be of interest. Q & A session also & some thoughts re updating our risk assessment policy.
2 or 3 hives will be opened, particularly for beginners to have a taste of inspection routines.
- Tea [£1] and raffle as usual. Bring your own mugs!!!!
· I hope you will be able to come along, I look forward to seeing you