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News update – branch membership, BIBBA meeting, and more

a) A reminder, first, that everyone wishing to remain a member of the branch for the coming year needs to get their completed renewal form and annual fee to Roger asap. Your annual membership fee covers up to three hives for BDI and you can apply for cover for any further hives with a small extra supplement. The membership form has been circulated by email and can also be downloaded here – WHB Renewal 2014.15

b) Advance warning that there will be a BIBBA workshop on Saturday, 21 February 2015. Details below, circulated by the workshop hosts, the Dover & District Beekeepers’ Association.

Bee Improvement for All

An all day event aimed at encouraging all beekeepers to improve their bees. The purpose
is to help all beekeepers to continuously assess their colonies, so they have a good idea
of which queens to cull, and which colonies to take queen cells from when they need new
queens.

There will be tuition on how to raise queens using queen cells that bees often present us
with during the summer, as well as some simple “artificial” techniques that may be suitable
for the more advanced beekeeper, or those working in groups.

Further details can be found on http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/beeimprovementforallday.html

Date:- Saturday 21st February 2015
Time:- 9.00 for 9.30-4.30 approx.
Venue:- Elham Village Hall, Canterbury Road, Elham, Kent. CT4 6SX.
Cost:- £15/head adult. £10/head for under 18, who must be accompanied by a fee paying
adult. Refreshments and lunch included.

Bookings to:-
Aniela Smith
38 Shorncliffe Cres
Folkestone
Kent
CT203PF

 Bookings taken from 1st November 2014.

c) If anyone would like to order boxes of honey jars for next year, please let Roger or Julie know asap (their contact details are in the email circulated yesterday by Julie) . Roger will be putting in a bulk order shortly. He can purchase jars at 30p each for a box of 72 jars but we need to buy a pallet of boxes to get this very low price, hence the need to let him know urgently if you want to take part in the order.

d) Everyone should be aware that Small Hive Beetle has been found in several hives in a region of Italy. The BBKA has circulated the attached advisory notice – small_hive_beetle_update_oct_5,_2014_1412506899

The Bee Brief (2 October 2014 )

Beekeeping in some different parts of the UK:

Writing about beekeeping in London – http://london-hivewire.com/

Beeks in Wales – http://www.beeswales.co.uk/en-GB/About-Us

A beekeeping project in West Sussex – http://www.westsussextoday.co.uk/news/project-to-help-plight-of-british-honey-bees-1-6290474

Solar farms and how they can help bees and other pollinators – http://www.solarcentury.com/uk/media-centre/bumblebees-in-kent/

And – the very worrying news about Small Hive Beetle being found at an increasing number of apiaries in Italy: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=125  Since that article was published on BeeBase, SHB has apparently been found on several more sites in the region.

Garden Pollinating Insects: Understanding (a little more) about honeybees, bumble bees and like insects

A short series of talks and discussions.

For: Anyone with an interest in nature, gardens, pollination or beekeeping.

Where: The Phoenix public house, Faversham (they have a room available)

When: Fortnightly, Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm starting 8th October so – October 8th and 22nd, November 5th and 19th, and December 3rd

Programme: Covering the life cycle and issues surrounding:-

  • Honeybees
  • Bumble Bees
  • Solitary Bees
  • Wasps
  • Hoverflies

Course fee: £50 payable on the first evening or £60 payable on the first evening to include one year’s annual Associate Membership of the Whitstable & Herne Bay Beekeepers.

For further details of each week’s topics, and of how to join the course, please see the programme download here.

Stop press – Oxalic acid treatment meeting confirmed

There will be a meeting up at the campus apiary on Saturday, 28th December at 11.00 am, for a demonstration of when and how to give the oxalic acid anti-varroa treatment. We will also be putting the fence up again, doing a bit of planting, and generally making sure all is well up there.

Attendance at the meeting could also be useful in treating ‘Christmas over-indulgence’ for anyone suffering from it…

Workshop on ‘Bee Improvement for All’

An all day event aimed at encouraging all beekeepers to improve their bees.  The purpose is to help all beekeepers to continuously assess their colonies, so they have a good idea of which queens to cull, and which colonies to take queen cells from when they need new queens.

There will be tuition on how to raise queens using queen cells that bees often present us with during the summer, as well as some simple ‘artificial’ techniques that may be suitable for the more advanced beekeeper, or those working in groups.

Further details can be found on www.dave-cushman.net/bee/beeimprovementforallday.html

Date:- Saturday 16th November 2013

Time:- 9.30-4.30

Venue:- Pulborough Village Hall, Pulborough, West Sussex www.pulbvh.org.uk/

Cost:- £15/head. £8/head for under 18, but must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. To include refreshments, but not lunch.

Bookings to:- Daisy, 23 Hayes Lane, Slinfold, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0SQ.

wellingtondays@hotmail.co.uk

A Booking Form can be downloaded here.

For those who are busy on that date there is another event at Bracknell, Berkshire on 9th November.