SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #27:  6th May 2016

Swarm Control Training, Saturday 7th May.

Don't miss the swarm control training session tomorrow. This will be given by our President Henry Kaye and is a follow up to the talk he gave on the theory of swarming back in February. This is an absolute must for new bee keepers and also for not so new beekeepers like me. Yovan Pavlovich will be assisting. It's at the Association Apiary starting at 2.00 so get there in time and don't forget beesuits must be freshly cleaned and gloves and hive tools either new or sterilised. More information, including directions and the full training programme, is attached. Let me know if you have any queries.

First Swarm Already!

I naively assumed that the recent cold weather would delay swarming this year. Wrong again. The first swarm was reported at Ravenscar on 4 May. You'll be pleased to know it was successfully captured.

Summer Programme 2016.

Apologies for not getting this out yet. There will be one and I hope to have it out early next week - so watch this space.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #26:  31st March 2016

2016 Training Programme Begins, Saturday 9th April.

The first session will deal with the first full inspection of the year and will include hive maintenance and bee health check. It will be led by Graham Robinson, one of our most experienced beekeepers, with support from Steve Totty. It will take place at the Association Apiary starting at 2 pm so get there in time to get togged up. Don't forget beesuits must be freshly cleaned and gloves and hive tools either new or sterilised.

These sessions are aimed at new and newish beekeepers whether or not you already have your own bees. They would be very good for people who are unsure whether to go ahead with bee keeping as it gives a taster of what is involved. The aim is to give all who attend some hands on practice of handling bees and carrying out basic hive management tasks, if you want to of course. All sessions are free to members.

Bee suits of all sizes can be provided for the session but it would be useful if you could let us know beforehand if you will need one.

More information, including directions and the full training programme, is attached. If you have any queries about this session i.e. 9 April please contact Alan Walker on 01723 862320 or email alanwalker139@hotmail.co.uk as I will be away for this one.

All sessions are subject to weather. We aim to give an email notification before 12.00 on the day if a session has to be cancelled.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #25:  18th March 2016

Swarming and Swarm Control, Henry Kaye. Monday 21st March.

A great chance to tap the knowledge of one of our resident experts. Henry has been keeping bees in the Scarborough area for over 40 years so his talk will not be academic theory but a practical insight based on years of experience breeding and working with local bees in our particular environment. It will be of interest to all but is an absolute must for new and improving beekeepers. As I don't seem to be improving myself it's a must for me too. This is the last event of the 2016 Winter programme so last chance to win that bottle of wine in the raffle. 7.00 St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE.

Yorkshire Newsletter.

First new style newsletter produced by the new Editor Chris Hardy from the Airedale Branch. This edition has a bit of extra interest for us as it includes an article on Top Bar Hives by our very own Andrew Botham. Click HERE to view and/or download your copy. Printed copies will be posted to Scarborough members who do not have access to a computer.

2016 Training Programme.

The dates have been finalised for the hands on training sessions for new and improving beekeepers. The five sessions include swarm control which will be a practical by Henry Kaye following up on the talk he is giving on 21 March(See above) and a chance to work on one of  Andrew Botham's Top Bar hives.  These sessions will all be on Saturdays starting at 2.00 and all will be at our Association Apiary except the Top Bar session which will be at Sherburn. These sessions are free to our members; you could pay a lot for equivalent training from other training providers. Beesuits are available, in all sizes, and children accompanied by adults are welcome.  New and improving beekeepers should get to these if at all possible. Full details attached. Always subject to weather of course.

Scarborough Apiary Update.

Last year we set out to produce nucleus colonies for selling at a very low price to new beekeepers to help them get started. It went quite well and we produced five strong new colonies which all went to new beekeepers in our Branch. The Committee has decided to follow a similar plan again this year so if you are a new beekeeper and a member of the Scarborough Branch let me know if you would like one of the colonies we produce. There is no guarantee that there will be enough to go round so the sooner you get on the waiting list the better.

Summer Visits.

There will be five dates provisionally consisting of visits to the apiaries of Sallie Tempest, Steve Totty and Andrew Botham, the return of the Heather Picnic and by popular demand the legendary Osborne Lodge Barbecue. Dates and details to be confirmed.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #24:  9th March 2016

The Perils of Commercial Beekeeping, Trevor Swales, Wednesday 9th March.

This is a joint meeting with Ryedale and Malton branches. Trevor is a well known beekeeper  in the Osmotherly area. His talk is entertaining and went down very well at last year's YBKA conference. Guaranteed no PowerPoint. The venue is The Old Grammar School, Thornton Le Dale. Easy to find, it is on the right on the main road as you enter Thornton Le Dale from Scarborough, just past the bridge over Thornton Beck and at the East end of Lady Lumley's Almshouses. Entrance off Brook Lane. Parking near the shops a bit further on. Start 7 pm as usual. Refreshments and Raffle.

Win a £25 ticket to Yorkshire Beekeepers Conference, Saturday 19th March.

As well as being an obvious bargain this could be your only chance to get a ticket at this late stage. The ticket is being raffled and due to the lateness the raffle will be conducted by email. Order you raffle tickets, £1 each, by replying to this email stating how many you require. The draw will be on 16 March. The winner will be notified immediately and announced in the next Bulletin. Payment for raffle tickets will be collected later.

Feed Your Bees.

This is the crucial period for over wintering of bees. While it seems that most colonies have made it so far the late bad weather has meant that colonies have been consuming their food supplies, if they still have any, very fast.  Check them and feed with fondant if necessary. Also, get ready to feed with light syrup when the weather warms up.

Swarming and Swarm Control, Henry Kaye, Monday 21st March

The President's talk will give the background to swarming and the theory of swarm control and outline the basic techniques. This is probably the most essential of beekeeping skills and while it will be of interest to all it is an absolute must for new and newish beekeepers. This will be back at the usual venue and day, Monday at St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE. Henry will be following this up with a practical hands on session for new (and newish) beekeepers at the Apiary on 7th May, so get both dates in your diary.

Auctions Coming Up.

More dates for your diary. Auctions of bees and beekeeping equipment at Beverley 30th April and York 22nd May. Details attached.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #23:  21st February 2016

Bee Diseases and Parasites, Monday 22nd February.

Adrian Wilford talks about Bee Diseases and Parasites, their Identification and Management.  Adrian is our Seasonal Bee Inspector. He is a local beekeeper, based around Malton, but working on a summer contract to the NBU to deal with bee disease issues in our area. He is a good man to know. Very helpful and the person you must report to if you fear you have a notifiable disease in your bees. Should you need his advice you will be able to contact him from 1st April at adrian.wilford@apha.gsi.gov.uk or 07775 119444. His talk is at  7 pm at St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane Scarborough, YO12 5RE. Refreshments and raffle. Guests welcome.

Yorkshire Beekeepers' Conference, Saturday 19th March.

Last chance to book a place at this excellent day which is being held at The Manor Academy, Nether Poppleton near York. For £25 you get a full programme of talks including Dr Matthew Helbert, immunologist on why not everyone with reactions to stings need give up beekeeping, Ben Jones on the impacts of nutrition on honey bee health, Dr Giles Budge, Head of Science at FERA on recent research into how weather, pathogens, pests, pesticides and bee genetics impact individual bee or colony health. Jim Pearson, Master Beekeeper, presenting a practical but hilarious romp through the nuances of swarm control. Dr Sophie Evison, evolutionary biologist with a fascinating insight into the relation between chalkbrood and its honey bee host – its not what you might think. Plus fantastic lunch and bargains at the trade stand including Mann Lake, Northern Bee Books, Plants for Pollinators, Apibee, Spinks Glass & Abelo. I just don't see how you can afford to miss this. Programme. 

Trevor Swales Talk -  Venue Confirmed.

This is the joint meeting with Ryedale and Malton branches on Wednesday 9 March. Trevor is a well known beekeeper  in the Osmotherly area. His talk 'The perils of commercial beekeeping' is entertaining and went down very well at last year's conference. Guarranteed no Powerpoint. The venue is The Old School House, Thornton Le Dale. Easy to find it is on the right on the main road as you enter Thornton Le Dale from Scarborough, just past the bridge over Thornton Beck and at the end of Lady Lumley's Almshouses. Entrance off Brook Lane. Parking near the shops. Start 7 pm as usual.

Big Discounts on Sherriff Bee Suits.

I have a limited supply of Sherriff vouchers which give 25% off their bee suits. I'll bring them to the next meeting. First come first served.

 

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