Whitstable members are invited to take part in the open classes of the Thanet honey show on Saturday 28th September, at Acol. It is being held in conjunction with the Acol Horticultural Society Show, so is worth a visit apart from entries which can be made.
Details of the event and how to make an entry are on the attached information sheet.
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
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.
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.
To be held at the new beekeeping centre at Highland Court Farm, near Bridge, Canterbury, on Saturday, 26th August 2013. See their website at http://www.bee-equipment.co.uk/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1820 for more details. The programme looks to be an interesting one.
Via email from Bob Smith:
“Dear Kent Beekeepers,
Four of this season’s courses have now been completed and forward bookings for the remainder of the events are looking good.
There were two fairly obvious omissions from the originally released courses – there was nothing on swarm control or on Varroa, two rather important topics!
So I am pleased to be able to say that these gaps have been addressed and Julian Audsley has agreed to lead a course on swarm prevention and control in May, while I will be talking about some of the recent develpments in our understanding of Varroa, in June.
As ever, further details are on the website – www.ksrcbees.org.uk
which is also the place to book places for these and other courses on offer. Hope to see you soon.
Julie, Adrian, Bob”
Some items of interest, to distract us all from these chilly days. Click on the links to download.
a) The West Sussex BKA Annual Convention, 23rd February 2013 (West Sussex BKA)
b) The South of England Bees and Honey Show, at Ardingly, 6 – 8 June 2013 (Ardingly Show). Entries are warmly invited from Kent beekeepers, see attachment for details.
c) The South East Region Annual Report for 2012 (South East Region Annual Report 2012)
Click the link to read the newsletter.
Newsletter January 2013
It’s been a difficult year indeed, as one can see by clicking on the link below. Let’s hope for a much better year to come.
South East Honey Survey 2012