Newsletter February 2023
you have been in touch with excited tidings of busy hives, bees flying etc, but
I have responded as ever on the cautious side, this time of year is notorious
for sudden freezing weather, unexpected snow etc, so do not open colonies! A
peek under the roof to check on fondant supplies will do!
Other correspondence has been to relate sad
news, colonies silent, dead bees in great number, with stores available, but
not used. I have lost a colony as well, exactly like this, big & bustling,
now gone. I will have a lot
of Baker’s honey to jar up when I melt it down, it looks beautiful, but SOLID
in the combs. Philip & I
have spent a lot of time this month chasing up members for confirmation of
their membership for 2023; thanks to those who replied, but for those who
didn’t, this will be your last newsletter & the BBKA magazine will stop at the end of this
you spotted the new logo at the top of the page? What do you think? Designed by
RK Graphics at Whitfield, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it on the Emergency apiary
cards which you will all receive, to ensure we comply with regulations to keep
us & any visitors safe.
If you have never been to the BBKA Spring Convention it is an occasion like no other, great numbers of different lectures & practical workshops all dedicated to improving your beekeeping. Plus trade stands trying to get your attention with bargains & offers.
We were very lucky to have Bob Smith as our speaker in
January. The next 2 months are going to be different; 2 of our members will
take the BBKA Advanced Husbandry exam – part of which is to give a 10-minute
talk & take questions on a topic they will be allocated on the day.
You might remember looking at the lists at our AGM.
Jackie is first to go this month! Hopefully useful practice for her. She will
be speaking on Spring Management of Honeybee colonies – very relevant to
this time of year!
Beginners course – This has begun, going on till
March using Zoom from now on, with a practical apiary session at the end.
Contact Jackie [course leader] 01227 831235
I lb jars & half pound jars
are available at the above prices; once that stock is sold, the new prices will
be £30 for 1lb jars & £45 for half pounds.
25th January, Alkham Village Hall CT15 7BU 2:30
Jackie will be speaking on Spring
preparation for bee colonies with 10/15 minutes for questions.
Come & learn how to be ready
for the new season. If time. we have a 15-minute film to inspire you all as to why
we keep bees in the first place
- · Raffle & tea [£2] as usual
- · Change your library book, choose another
Best wishes to all, Maggie