Category Archives: Training & events

The Bee Brief (16 December 2014)

Following on from the National Honey Show, last month, four of the lectures recorded over the event have so far gone up on The Honey Show’s YouTube channel and are well worth watching. See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiOtIebcpY0Zqqma0H5wLYQ It is intended that all of this year’s lectures will be up there soon.

Our Whitstable & Herne Bay Beekeepers’ branch has a stall at Macknade Fine Foods’ late opening (till 8 pm) this coming Thursday, 18th December. Why not come along and say hello to Keith and Tilly who will be running our stall, support the branch, and stock up on a few of Macknade’s comestibles at the same time?

BeeCraft will be holding another of their Google Hangouts (online webinars) this Wednesday, 17th December, starting at 8 pm. It’s not difficult to take part (or just to watch/listen) and the whole thing is explained here: http://www.bee-craft.com/beekeeping/hangouts/  Tomorrow’s session is all about ‘products of the hive other than honey’. If you’d like to send in a question ahead of the event, the link above has details of how to do so.

Propolis as a cure for baldness – http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41647/title/Honeybee-Compound-for-Hair-Loss-/ ?
Well, it’s useful for lots of other things, so why not this as well.

Thorne’s Winter Sale will start on the 3rd of January in 2015. Keep an eye on this page of their website for more details over the next couple of weeks – http://www.thorne.co.uk/winter-sale . This is always a very popular event and things go fairly fast.

 

 

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

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.

News from the National Honey Show

A message (and links to videos) from the organisers of the National Honey Show:

“This year, partly funded by the National Honey Show, and partly with National Lottery Funding, we were able to produce top quality videos of some of the lectures.  The first two of these, ‘The Sustainable Apiary’ by Mike Palmer, and ‘Origins and Evolutionary History of the Honey Bee’ by Robert Paxton  are now available to view on YouTube:   http://youtu.be/nznzpiWEI8A  and  http://youtu.be/Wtm8URk-V9A  respectively.  We would like to thank our lecture sponsors and all who took part in this project.  We hope it will mitigate the disappointment of all who were not able to be in two places at once during the show, giving you a chance to catch up at leisure.  Details of further lectures available to watch will be listed as they go live, on the National Honey Show Website http://www.honeyshow.co.ukunder the ‘Education’ tab. It would be brilliant to be able to continue offering videos of our lectures in the future, so do contact us with all ideas for future sponsorship.”

A note also that there is now a page for the honey show at https://www.facebook.com/nationalhoneyshow

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.