Beginners Courses 2019
The dates for the courses are now on the Education -> Beginners courses.
Autumn Honey Show 6th October 2018-Record entries!
The Autumn Honey Show was held at Lowdham Village Hall. There were a record number of entrants this year. Well done to Alison for inspiring members to enter their honey, cakes, photos, displays and booze.
The judge this year was Peter Lewis, he hasn't been to us before. Read the interesting article he wrote about honey tasting in the October 2018 edition of BeeCraft.
Peter was a strict judge. No prizes were given in the soft set class, even though there were several entries. One reported fault was that the soft set was softer than it should have been. Could it have been due to the heat in the showing room. I wonder?
While the judging was going on our speaker was Dr Ryad Al Sous, a refugee from Damascus (pictured). He gave an interesting and at times very moving talk, much of it relating to the terribe experiences that the people of Damascus have had in recent times.
He has started the Buzz project in Huddersfield- teaching fellow refugees and long term unemployed people, beekeeping.
If you missed his talk at the Honey Show then you can listen to him talking on the radio-click here
BeeMaster is emailed monthly to all members. If you are a member and have not been receiving your email copy then it may be that we do not have your correct email address. Please send your correct email address- either to Karen or to Penny or to Janet and we will update our records.
Feeding ready for winter- heavy/2:1
The sugar syrup should be made by using 1kg of sugar to 650ml of warm water. Add the sugar to hot water and stir it up.
As a rule, standard full size British National colonies will need around 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter.
For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167
Michael Cornish died on 2nd August 2018
Michael (Mike) Cornish died on 2nd August 2018.
Bob, Janet and Penny attended a Celebration of Life Service at St. Mary’s Church, Wollaton Park, on 21st September
Mike was a lovely man. He and his son John (who sadly died suddenly in 2016) were the NBKA librarians for several years. They did an excellent job on sorting out the library books when they took them over. They brought a selection to the Monday, Arnold meetings and other meetings for members to borrow.
Mike and John kept bees for several years until they had to give them up due to John's health problems. In addition to his beekeeping Mike did some amazing things in his life, both through his work and with his family.
Monday 6th August 2018.
Richard Ridler gave an illustrated talk.
Richard’s talk explored the differences between beekeeping practice in UK and in Africa. It explained why a less interventionist approach is appropriate, why swarm control and queen rearing are inappropriate and why top bar hives work so well. He explained why beekeeping is such a successful means of poverty relief and how Bees Abroad goes about its work.
Richard is chairman of Bees Abroad, a registered charity which works to relieve poverty through beekeeping. He has been both chairman and treasurer of the Essex Beekeeper’s Association. Together with his wife Jane he keeps some 20 hives around Saffron Walden in Essex. Both Jane and Richard are Master Beekeepers. Richard is a regular contributor to the BBKA News and to Bee Craft. Jane is the education officer for Essex Beekeepers’ Association.
Soaps and Balm
Nottingham Region Meeting
Monday 5th November
Talk on Microscopy & Dissection
Newark Region Meeting
Monday 19th November
NBKA Council Meeting
- for council members
Nottingham Region Committee Meeting
161a Annesley Road, Nottingham, NG15 7DB