24 November 2018:
We've decided not to hold a competitive honey show this year but on the afternoon of 24 November we will be holding a Winter Social to which members can bring jars of their 2018 honey for comment. A judge from West Suffolk, who has judged our shows before and has since gone on to win a 1st prize at the national honey show, will be attending. He will look at your honey with a judge’s eye and tell you what you can do, if anything, to improve it. He may even be able to tell you what forage your bees have been on.
We will provide a delicious, honey-inspired Cream Tea and we will even have some light-hearted beekeeping challenges to try your hand at.
Keep the afternoon free from 2.30. Further details to be circulated.
19 January 2019:
We'll be having a session provisionally entitled 'Beyond the Basic' for those members interested in finding out more about what the BBKA has to offer for further education after a beginners' course and the Basic. The county education secretary, will be running the session. You don't have to have taken the Basic to come along.
9 February 2019:
This will be our AGM.
16 March 2019:
A commercial beekeeper and bee breeder, with a particular interest in the native black bee Apis mellifera mellifera (AMM), will be giving us a talk on Queen Breeding/Improvement.
And we will of course be running our Beekeeping for Beginners course during February and March.
Just to remind the beekeepers out there that if you use any treatments in your beehives they will be classed as veterinary medicines and as such there are various rules and regulations to follow. For an article providing details and advice click here.
We are now offering a disposal service for pharmaceutical waste for L&DBKA members. This is available at present during apiary opening hours and is currently free of charge. Please crush your waste (which should not include outer wrappings or boxes, etc. that have not been in contact with the medicines) as much as possible as the disposal service works on volume.
Photo of bee with varroa mites from University of Sussex.
L&DBKA 2018 AGM was held at 2pm on 10th Feb. 2018 AGM Minutes here
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable on 25th May 2018. It aims to give members of the public control over their personal data held by various organisations. There is no need for members of L&DBKA to take any action as far as their membership of the Association is concerned, but we would ask you to read our policy notice here