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Soaps and Balm for personal use
At our July meeting we had an excellent demonstration, given by Jane Simpson and Jane Turner, on how to make soaps and balms . We each received a sample of soap and handouts of the recipes. It inspired many members to "give it a go". Some people have reported near miraculous benefits to their skin using products from their beekeeping. (Click on the images to enlarge them.)
The NBKA Field Day was a great success
Diagnosis of Nosema-
Alec and Janet manned the microscopes at our April meeting to look for nosema in samples of bees. Fortunately most of the samples were clear of the spores but one sample had more spores than either Janet or Alec had ever seen.
NBKA Newark Auction was held Saturday 31st March
The Annual auction of Beekeeping equipment and Bees was held at the Newark Showground in our usual cold building. There was lots of good stuff this year. Much was brand new and lots was good second hand stuff. The prices were quite low for some items but others did well (for the vendor). There were about 8 colonies of bees for sale. The weather was so cold that they were peaking out of the hives but only a few were flying. The vendor was reluctantly selling up due to recent health problems. There were a good number of people attending but not many from our association. One very good customer had come from the Manchester area.
Albert Knight has died
Albert Knight died on 6th March 2018. Some of you will remember him well and some will have heard him speak to us a couple of years ago at our monthly meeting. Others may have seen his name associated with the BIBBA- a group of beekeepers breeding bees to get back to the native Apis mellifera melliferra. Albert was one of the early members of BIBBA and did a lot for this organisation both locally (East Midlands) and nationally. The picture (borrowed from BIBBA website) shows Albert examining a frame of bees. Even though his health and eyesight failed over the past couple of years he was still interested in the progress of the group. He taught himself to touch type to help overcome his failing eyesight.
He will be missed by many beekeepers as well as his family and other friends.
AGM- 3rd February 2pm
The AGM was held at Lowdham Village Hall, Main St, Lowdham NG14 7BD. The agenda included: Chairman's report Treasurer's report Voting took place for some officers and council members. There was a presentation of cups from the honey shows and the Education certificates. We had our refreshments before we listened to our speaker. Speaker was Hattie Ellis who who brought some of her books about honey to look at and buy- Her talk was entitled "Spoonsful of Honey". Nottingham Region did some wonderful refreshments. I have never seen such a super display of homemade cakes. They tasted as good as they looked. The proceeds of the refreshments were donated directly to Bees Abroad