LEISTON & DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION
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L&DBKA 2018 AGM was held at 2pm on 10th Feb. 2018 AGM Minutes HERE
APIARY UPDATE 14 APRIL 2018
There were 23 of us at the first Teaching Apiary session of the season on 14 April. Lots of stock was sold and the weather was warm enough for first inspections of the hives.
Of the six hives, all had survived the winter but one had nothing going on in it, and very few bees, so was shaken out. The other five were in varying degrees of strength. Some were ready for supers, some not quite yet.
Next Saturday 21st will be a health check day. Our local bee inspector, and L&DBKA committee member David Burns will be running the session.
Penny Robertson L&DBKA secretary
SUFFOLK BEEKEEPERS AGM
This year, on 14 March, it was Leiston & District’s turn to host the Suffolk Beekeepers’ Association’s AGM. The hosting comes around every six years and when it’s our turn we try to do something a bit different.
This time we provided refreshments from local food producers in our area, as well as homemade cakes. And we invited Derek Jones of DJ Wines, a thriving Suffolk business, to give us a talk on his fruit wines and liqueurs, and his mead, which he makes using honey from one of our members, David Burns.
During the business part of the meeting, awards were given out. Firstly, Leiston & District won the cup for the highest percentage of members passing their BBBKA Basic exam. This was the second year in a row that we’d won this so we are very pleased. And secondly, Penny Robertson was awarded the Martin Rosebowl for services to L&DBKA. This award is given to the member of the hosting association that, in the opinion of their committee, has gone above and beyond in their work for the association. On receiving the award, Penny explained that she worked so hard for L&DBKA as she always remembers how important it was to her when she started. She thanked particular people that had helped her namely Graham Owston, Laurie Wiseman and John Blakesley.
The meeting closed with discussion of the Asian Hornet, and then everyone was able to taste Derek’s wines, eat more food and generally mingle and chat.
Thanks to those Leiston members that came along to support us.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURIE
Laurie Wiseman (on right) is the new President SBKA
Laurie Wiseman, stalwart of Leiston & District Beekeepers' Association, was appointed President of the Suffolk Beekeepers Association (SBKA) at their recent AGM. We are delighted for him and offer our congratulations.
Laurie taught many of us at L&DBKA's Teaching Apiary, edited our Newsletter for many years and was a member of the committee for 20 years only standing down in 2013.
SBKA is the countywide body that coordinates the six Suffolk branches with the British Beekeepers' Association, organizes the bee tent at the Suffolk Show and offers an annual education programme for its members. Laurie is already a valued member of the SBKA committee and will hopefully continue his role for many years to come.
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VARROA TREATMENTS - IMPORTANT!
If you use any varroa treatments on your bees you are legally required to keep a record of it for 5 years. The Suffolk Beekeepers' website has a sheet you can use: http://www.suffolkbeekeepers.co.uk/veterinary_medicine_administration_record.pdf
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