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SDBKA - Scarborough Bulletins

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #55:  11th January 2018

2018 First Winter Programme - Monday 15th January - Yorkshire Country Garden Flowers.

Jill Smith is a local flower grower trading under the name of Binnington Blooms, where she grows a wide variety of country garden flowers. Jill’s business is based on her dairy farm just outside Scarborough and she is a member of a network called ‘Flowers from the Farm’. Flowers from the Farm founded in 2011, currently has over 500 members. Most members are sole traders running small or micro businesses, farmers, smallholders and gardeners, who are using their knowledge of horticulture and floristry to grow and present a different range of flowers from those available in the supermarket and wholesale environment.

Monday 29th January - Beekeeping Equipment and the Beekeeping Year video.

Come along for an informative evening talking about equipment. A good chance for new beekeepers to come along, find out what they will need in time for your bees arriving at your apiary.

Monday 12th February - Beekeeping in Serbia and video.

Jovan Pavlovic will talk to us about his experience of keeping bees in Serbia.

Saturday 17th February, Annual Dinner at The Ganton Greyhound - 6.30 for 7pm.

Enjoy a nice relaxing evening with like minded company and great food. Please note we have added a beef dish to the menu now too. This is a popular night out so make sure you book your space soon. A deposit of £10 per person and your menu choices as soon as possible would be much appreciated please. If you can reply to this email or grab me at one of the January meetings that would be great Thank you. Menu attached.

YBKA January Newsletter.

Samantha Lovell has now taken over the role of editor for the newsletter. I have attached a copy of January’s new newsletter.

YBKA 2018 Events.

The calendar of events organised by Yorkshire Beekeepers Association is attached. Their Spring Conference on Saturday 24th February at Harrogate has a number of speakers and workshops you can take part in. This is open to all members and the cost is £10 per person and £10 per person for a hot meal or cold buffet or alternatively should you wish you are welcome to take along your own packed lunch.


Best wishes
Virginia Rees
Secretary
Scarborough and District Beekeepers' Association

Tel: 07884 264779


SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #54:  4th December 2017

YBKA AGM 25th November.

We had a good turn out for SDBKA with 6 committee members in attendance. The AGM started off with a presentation from Dr Ryad Alsous BSc, MA, PhD who now lives in Huddersfield. Dr Alsous is a world renowned beekeeping expert and former professor of agriculture at Damascus University and is responsible for setting up ‘The Buzz Project’. The project is aimed at helping local refugees and job seekers to find a place and purpose in the community by keeping bees.

The YBKA’s new Chairman Phil Gee chaired the AGM. The YBKA are currently looking to recruit various posts on their committee including Vice-Chairman and Education Officer.

Ivor Flatman - our Regional Bee Inspector announced that he will be retiring at the end of April 2018. However we are lucky enough to have him visit us on 12th March 2018 to give us a talk for our winter meeting program.

Certificates of Merit – Our president Dr Henry Kaye was one of 8 beekeeprs to receive a Certificate of Merit on the day. Huge Congratulations to Henry.

YBKA Spring Conference will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 at Manor Academy, York. It looks to be an interesting day of Speakers, Workshops/Discussion Groups and Trade Stands. Cost £10 per person with the chance to have a hot meal or cold buffet at £10 or take your own packed lunch for free. I have leaflets and application forms should you wish to go along contact me and I will get them to you.

Countryside Live 2017 – Exhibitors for the honey show were down this year so they are looking to boost this and remind you that if you do enter your honey in the show it also entitles you to sell your honey there too.

Great Yorkshire Show – The sunshine and blue skies bought an estimated 20k cars in on the second day, thought to be the best attendance so far at the show. In the honey show there were 673 entries across 66 classes. Going forward the YBKA would like to see 2 members of each association represented at the show if possible. Look out for more details around Easter time.

Stores supplies.

Stephen is looking to re-stock honey jars, foundation and frames parts. If you wish to place an order please contact him as soon as possible stores@scarboroughbka.uk.

Scarborough Honey Fair – Monday 27th November.

Our Honey Show was a great success. We would like to thank everyone present who took part in the making and judging. We all got to taste the entries and choose our favourites.

Well done to the winners.

 
 Class Description Winner
1  Best tasting honey  Andrew Platten
2  Most attractively presented jar of honey  Mick Johnston
3  Weirdest looking honey  Dr Alan Walker
4  Honey cake (any recipe)  Sue Johnston
5  Honey confectionary  Sallie Temple
6  Best looking wax product  Jovan Pavlovic
7  Nicest lotion or lip balm containing bee product  Sallie Temple
8  Nicest non-alcoholic drink  No entries !!!
9  Nicest mead, any formula  Graham Robinson
 

Annual Bee Drive - Monday 11th December.

 Dr Alan Walkers Annual Bee Drive - A social event requiring no bee keeping skill, in fact no skill at all, but there are astounding prizes to be won. Members, partners, friends and especially young ones are all more than welcome. There are even some mince pies!

Winter Talks 2018.

The dates for the programme of ‘winter talks’ and discussions are attached. Our first one takes place on 15th January 2018 talking about 'Yorkshire Country Garden Flowers'. Followed by 'Beekeeping in Serbia', 'Beekeeping equipment and the Beekeeping Year’, the Annual Dinner at the Ganton Greyhound, ‘Queen Rearing Video’ 'Bee Pests and Diseases', plus ‘Beekeepers Question Time' – this one will be very interesting, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Bee Medicines - Oxalic Acid.

Important news regarding the use of ‘Bee Medicines’. Please take the time to read the National Bee Unit's document all about it.


Finally I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year….


Best wishes
Virginia Rees
Secretary
Scarborough and District Beekeepers' Association

Tel: 07884 264779


SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #53:  18th November 2017

New Secretary and Apiary Manager appointed at AGM.

At this year’s AGM I took over from Mick as secretary and would like to thank Mick for all the hard work he has put in over the last three years.
A little about me…I currently own and run Marine View Guest House on North Bay, Scarborough with my husband Ian Rees. We have been in running the guest house now for almost 13 years. In our time here we have both been involved in the local hospitality association and have a wealth of knowledge about the local tourism industry. We have been together as a couple for 20 years and to my surprise Ian announced 3 years ago that he had always wanted to keep bees. Initially I can’t say that I was that interested until my first visit to Scarborough Apiary…The moment I got my first look in a hive I was smitten and so our new adventure began but he’s always telling me they are ‘his’ bees not mine... Ian Rees has joined the committee too in the role of Apiary Manager.

Stores supplies.

Stephen is looking to re-stock honey jars, foundation and frames parts. If you wish to place an order please contact him as soon as possible stores@scarboroughbka.uk.

Scarborough Honey Fair – Monday 27th November.

The Guest speaker Dr. Ryad Al Sous, who was Head of the Syrian Bee Department from 1998 to 2013, will be talking about the conflict in Syria and how it has affected Beekeeping there. The outline agenda is attached. This event is free to all Scarborough Association members and all are welcome, includes a free lunch and the chance to chat with beekeepers from across Yorkshire. It is on Saturday, 25th November, at The Normanby Pavilion, Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Hookstone Wood Road, Harrogate, HG2 8PN. 10am start. If you've not been before I recommend that you go with someone who has, or else ask me for directions, as it can be a bit tricky to find.

Annual Bee Drive - Monday 11th December

 Dr Alan Walkers Annual Bee Drive - A social event requiring no bee keeping skill, in fact no skill at all, but there are astounding prizes to be won. Members, partners, friends and especially young ones are all more than welcome. There are even some mince pies!

Yorkshire Beekeepers' Association AGM 25th November.

The Guest speaker Dr. Ryad Al Sous, who was Head of the Syrian Bee Department from 1998 to 2013, will be talking about the conflict in Syria and how it has affected Beekeeping there. The outline agenda is attached. This event is free to all Scarborough Association members and all are welcome. Includes free lunch and a chance to chat with beekeepers from across Yorkshire. It is on Saturday, 25th November, at The Normanby Pavilion, Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Hookstone Wood Road, Harrogate, HG2 8PN. 10 am start. If you've not been before I recommend that you go with someone who has, or else ask me for directions, as it can be a bit tricky to find.

Winter Talks 2018

The dates for the programme of ‘winter talks’ and discussions are attached. Still working on scheduling the topics and confirming speakers but they will include: 'Yorkshire Country Garden Flowers', 'Beekeeping in Serbia', 'Beekeepers Question Time' and 'Bee Pests and Diseases', plus the Annual Dinner.

Great Ambrosia Fondant Deal

Phil Closier at Ryedale Branch is organising a bulk buy of Ambrosia Fondant. It's very good stuff for Winter feeding but normally prohibitively expensive. Phil's deal will halve the price. It would come in packs of 12.5 Kilos costing you £15. Phil needs to find out how many local beekeepers are interested as soon as possible. Phil has said the order is going in on Monday and they have some spare but get your orders in asap if you want more Please let him know by email to philip@closier.com


Finally if you have any questions or see that I have missed something please do not hesitate to shout at me…nicely of course!


Best wishes
Virginia Rees
Secretary
Scarborough and District Beekeepers' Association

Tel: 07884 264779


SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #52:  29th October 2017

Annual General Meeting 30th October.

Our special guest speaker, James McGuire, Hull City of Culture Manager for Marketing, Communities and Legacy, will be telling us all about Hull's year as City of Culture including what is still to come and the plans for it's legacy. The AGM agenda is attached, including discussion of new arrangements for the Apiary and Branch Library and a proposal to create a new membership status of Honorary Life Member. Most Branch Officers are happy to continue for a further year, with your approval, but you are invited to make nominations for the position of Secretary.
7.00 pm at St Catherines. It's also a chance to pay your 2017/18 subs to Christine.

Scarborough Honey Fair 27th November.

Our next event, the Honey Show with a difference; very successful last year so we are doing it again. Everyone present takes part in the judging. You all get to taste the entries and give them your score. Help us make it a success again by bringing an entry and bringing a friend, with a sweet tooth. The entry classes, a bit different from the usual show, are attached. Judging starts 7.00 at St Catherines but bring your entries a bit earlier to give time for setting up.

Annual Bee Drive 11th December.

At last it's time for the Great Annual Bee Drive. A bit of fun before Christmas with mince pies and sensational prizes. Young children very welcome, in fact arguably essential. 7.00 pm at St Catherines. Free for all. Bring a friend.

Yorkshire Beekeepers' Association AGM 25th November.

The Guest speaker Dr. Ryad Al Sous, who was Head of the Syrian Bee Department from 1998 to 2013, will be talking about the conflict in Syria and how it has affected Beekeeping there. The outline agenda is attached. This event is free to all Scarborough Association members and all are welcome. Includes free lunch and a chance to chat with beekeepers from across Yorkshire. It is on Saturday, 25th November, at The Normanby Pavilion, Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Hookstone Wood Road, Harrogate, HG2 8PN. 10 am start. If you've not been before I recommend that you go with someone who has, or else ask me for directions, as it can be a bit tricky to find.

 

Looking  forward to seeing you at the AGM

Best wishes
Mick Johnston (01723 850041)
Secretary of Scarborough and District Beekeepers Association


SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #51:  16th October 2017

Annual General Meeting 30th October.

Hull UK City of Culture 2017. We all know that Hull is UK City of Culture this year but do you really know what it is and have you been yet? This is a very big event for our part of Yorkshire and one which won't come again in most of our lifetimes. Our special guest speaker, James McGuire, City of Culture Manager for Marketing, Communities and Legacy, will be putting us in the picture, telling us about what is still to come and the plans for it's legacy. The AGM is also an important chance for us to look at how the Association is doing and elect members to do the organisational stuff in 2018. There will be discussion of how we can make better use of our collection of bee keeping books - or dispose of it.

Scarborough Honey Fair 27th November.

It's the Honey Show with a difference; very successful last year so we are doing it again. Everyone present takes part in the judging. You all get to taste the entries and give them your score. The entry classes are less formal than at the usual show and we've added a few of our own. There are two things you can do to make it a success. Look at the classes attached and work out a few entries you could bring. Second, invite friends. It's as interesting and tasty for non-beekeepers as it is for beekeepers and is a good way for us to get people interested in what we do.

Great Ambrosia Fondant Deal.

Phil Closier at Ryedale Branch is organising a bulk buy of Ambrosia Fondant. It's very good stuff for Winter feeding but normally prohibitively expensive. Phil's deal will halve the price. It would come in packs of 12.5 Kilos costing you £15. You would collect from Phil in Thornton Dale or possibly from me in Ebberston. Phil needs to find out how many local beekeepers are interested as soon as possible. Please let him know by email to philip@closier.com

British Beekeepers Association Subs Due.

Subs for the 2017/18 beekeeping year became due on 1st October. If you are planning to keep bees next year you will need the specialist insurance that membership gives access to, as well as the other benefits. Please make your payments to our Treasurer Christine Muchow treasurer@scarboroughbka.uk You can, if you wish, pay her at the AGM, which is pretty handy.

Winter Talks 2018.

The dates for the programme of Winter talks and discussions is available. Still working on scheduling the topics but they will include: 'Yorkshire Country Garden Flowers', 'Beekeeping in Serbia'. 'Beekeepers Question Time' and 'Bee Pests and Diseases', plus the Annual Dinner.

  

Best wishes
Mick Johnston (01723 850041)
Secretary of Scarborough and District Beekeepers Association