Make a date in your diary for the AGM- 3rd February 2pm
The AGM will be held at Lowdham Village Hall, Main St, Lowdham NG14 7BD.
The agenda includes:
Voting takes place for some officers and council members.
Presentation of cups from the honey shows.
Presentation of Education certificates.
Speaker. Hattie Ellis who has written books about honey- "Spoonsful of Honey".
Full details in January's BeeMaster
Beekeepers' Question Time🎓 with mince pies.🥧
The panel were: Maurice Jordan- the secretary of Nottinghamshire BKA, Andrew Barber- Chaiman of Nottinghamshire BKA, Janet Bates -Master Beekeeper and Education secretary and Alec Thomson- Master Beekeeper and Notts Region committee. Bob Logan was MC.
The questions varied from what the panel wanted for Christmas to feeding bees to varroa treatment.
One thing the panel were all agreed on was that Ted Hooper's book Guide to Bees and Honey is still the best beekeeping book to buy. Get a recent edition- there was no varroa when he first wrote it!
A relevant question of feeding fondant reminded us that the fondant should be put on the frames over the cluster so the bees stand the best chance to reach it and avoid isolation starvation.
Anne and Rob held a raffle in aid of Bees Abroad with loads of prizes. Anne also had her Bees Abroad stall with lots of seasonal items to choose from.
We all enjoyed a mince pie with our tea and coffee.
Happy Christmas everyone
Clive de Bruyn came to Nottingham
Clive de Bruyn, a very well known beekeeper and speaker at the national and international beekeeping meetings gave us a talk at the November meeting.
The subject of his talk was
"The Products of the Hive".
Clive gave us a very interesting and entertaining talk on the various good things that come from or as a result of our colonies.
As well as the usual- honey, wax, propolis, royal jelly, pollen and venom, he emphasised pollination, bees and queens. We do tend to take theses for granted.
He had brought flowers, foods and other items to illustrate his talk. Nobody was heard snoring.
He was asked how he responds to vegans who complain that he is exploiting the bees. His answer was to agree with them! Easier than trying to put up a counter argument and it is more or less true.
Thanks to Anne and Rob looked after Clive while he was in Nottingham. This saved us the expense of putting him up in a hotel or B&B.
Autumn Honey Show
Nottingham Region Meeting
Monday 5th February
Arnold Hill Community Centre, Arnold, NG65 6NZ
Newark Region Meeting
Monday 19th February
3rd February 2018
2pm to 4pm
Lowdham Village Hall
"Spoonsful of Honey"