SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #17:  22nd October 2015

Annual General Meeting, Monday 26th October

7pm at St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE.
Our guest speaker Mark Vesey, Chair of the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Trust will be giving a talk with slides on 'The Maritime History of Scarborough From The Ice Age To Now '.
Don't miss this excellent presentation. Final AGM Agenda and last year's minutes have been emailed.

Annual Dinner 2016

Our Annual Dinner last year was a great success; so we are going to do it again, at The Coachman, Snainton, on Saturday 13th February. Get the date in your diary and let me know you are coming to book your seat. Menu, orders and deposits will be dealt with after Christmas. There will be good vegetarian options.

Honey Bannock Recipe

As you know it is our honey show on Monday 9th November. The recipe for the class 13 (Honey Bannock) may be found here. This replaces the 'Honey Cake' of previous years with a more edible alternative. Try it. Don't forget to bring your entries early on the day to make sure they are registered and presented in time for judging at 7.15pm. Everyone should have at least one entry (entry form here) but even if you don't enter it will be well worth coming to see the produce and to hear our Judge Tony Jefferson who is a bit of a celeb in the Yorkshire bee world and is always informative and entertaining.

Free Lunch

Well you're right, there is no such thing, but to get this lunch all you have to do is come to the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association AGM in Harrogate on Saturday 28th November. The agenda may be seen here. It's open to all members but please let me know if you plan to go so we can organise a bit of lift sharing.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #16:  12th October 2015

The Maritime History of Scarborough, Monday 26th October 2015

Special Guest Speaker Mark Vesey at our AGM on Monday 26th October 2015.
Don't miss this fascinating talk with slides from the Chair of the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Trust. Mark is an expert on the subject and his talk will cover the time from the ice age up to now. In addition there will be the annual reports from our Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary plus the white knuckle ride of Officer elections and a couple of resolutions. If you are a member of Scarborough and District Bee Keepers Association and have a resolution you would like discussed at the AGM please let me have a copy by 23rd October. This meeting marks the beginning of our Autumn Programme and, as usual, will start at 7pm at St Catherine's Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE.

BBKA Questionnaire

The British Beekeepers Association, is reviewing the way it is organised and to help it do this is asking for the views of members through a questionnaire. Every member is invited to complete a questionaire which you can do online. You all pay for the BBKA so are fully entitled to tell them what you think it should be doing and how it should do it. There will be a resolution on this at our AGM.

2015 Photography Competition

'The Wonderful World of Bees'. The deadline is coming up. Get your bee photos in by the end of October. Entry is free, prizes of £40 and £20; details of how to enter are on our website.

Thornes Autumn Sale, 17th October

It's a bit of a trek to Wragby but Thorne's sale prices are a lot lower than their normal prices so if you need quite a bit of new kit it may be worth the journey. You order on line in advance but have to collect on the day.

National Honey Show, 29th to 31st October

This big annual beekeepers' event, with international speakers, beecraft lectures and workshops and large trade exhibition, is at Weybridge Surrey. Details on the National Honey Show Website.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #15:  25th September 2015

Our Honey Show, Monday 9th November.

e can now announce that the judge for our show this year is Tony Jefferson from Whitby. Tony comes from a long line of Yorkshire beekeepers; he's written a guide on the subject , is currently Chair of the Yorkshire Area Association and is a good turn to boot. This talent comes at a price so as Yorkshire beekeepers, by birth, residence or contract, you will want to get your money's worth by giving him plenty of entries to judge. The show is at our usual venue St Catherine's Hospice. Bring your entries on the night. Registration starts from 6.00 and all entries must be registered and presented by 7.00. There are no cash prizes but there is some serious silverware at stake! We'd like a record number of entries so put your best jars and comb aside now. Classes, Rules and Entry Form are attached.

Invitation to Wombleton, Tuesday 13th October.

A very nice surprise is that Ryedale Beekeepers have invited us to a special event on 13th October in Wombleton Village Hall. The speaker, John Sutherland, is one of their members and he will be talking about the history of bees and their hives.  After studying entomology, John spent long periods in Africa and Asia working on agricultural projects. He was then a consultant to international lending agencies on aid projects in Africa. We are told to expect an entertaining and informative talk, followed by ' a good spread ' . It starts at 7 pm.

2015 Photography Competition.

'The Wonderful World of Bees'. The deadline is coming up. Get your bee photos in by the end of October. Entry is free, prizes of £40 and £20; details of how to enter are on our website.

Yorkshire Beekeepers' October Newsletter.

It's out and available on our website together with previous editions.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #14:  1st September 2015

Heather Picnic,  2:30 pm Saturday 5th September.

A great chance to see how the bees are doing on North York Moors heather this year, and at the same time just enjoy the purple heather moors yourself. Henry Kaye has kindly offered to show us his bees at Wheeldale. We're making it a picnic, as we'll be a long way from facilities, so bring your own food and drink, and it would be good if you could bring a bit of something to pass around. (Food that is). How to get there. Take the A170 out of Scarborough and at Pickering turn right at the traffic lights (Lidl on the left) onto The Ropery. Keep on this road for about 9 miles, past Pickering train station and on through Newton on Rawcliffe, Stape and Cropton Forest until you come out onto the moors. You'll cross a ford at Wheeldale Bridge, just before the Roman Road, and after another mile and a half, a second ford which crosses Wheeldale Gill. Park up here. (Grid Ref 801992). Make sure you are there by 2.30 as we then go through a gate which has to be locked after us and drive another half mile. This is the last of our Summer 2015 trips. See you there I hope.

Judges for 2015 Photography Competition.

We are delighted to announce that the judges for our 2015 Photography Competition will be Richard and Janet Burdon of RJB Photography. Richard and Janet are a husband and wife team based in Ryedale, who specialise in colour and monochrome images of the natural world. Their work features wild remote places like the North York Moors, the Yorkshire coastline, the western isles of Scotland and further afield. As well as judging they will be giving a talk about their work.
Closing date for entries is 30 September so you still have time to take that winning shot. Info on how to enter is attached. More about RJB Photography.

Yorkshire Beekeepers Association.

The September Newsletter is now out. Click to see.

Yorkshire Honey Show, Saturday 17th to 18th October.

It's part of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's big Autumn event, 'Countryside Live', at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Honey entry forms need to be in by 11 September. Download the Schedule and entry form.

 

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

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #13:  12th August 2015

Barbecue! Saturday 22 August.

12.30 pm to 4.30 pm - Social swarming of the year; all you can eat and drink for £5, plus guaranteed sunshine. Pay on the door; bring anyone you like. Its at Osborne Lodge, Riggs Head, YO12 5TG. How to get there. Take A170 out of Scarborough. Just before the mini roundabout at Ayton turn right into Moor Lane. Follow this for about a mile and at a cross roads at the top of the hill turn left. Follow this lane for about 3/4 mile. Osborne Lodge is the last house at the end of the lane. Bee suits not required.

Autumn Programme.

Our Autumn programme of meetings and events is now fixed and is attached. It includes the AGM with a guest speaker, the 2015 Photo Competition Awards, our Honey Show and the unmissable Bee Drive.

Show Time.

Now's the time to be getting your honey and wax in fettle for showing. The Burniston Show is on 31 August but your entry form must be in by Friday 14 August. You can download the Burniston Entry Form. Ganton Show is on Sunday 6 September - just bring your entries to Ganton Village Hall before 10.30 on the day. And, last but not least, our own Honey Show on 9 November, including a new class:- Honey Bannock.

Stainless Steel Honey Extractor For Sale.

One of our members has a Thorne's stainless steel radial extractor 720mm high x 500mm dia. Manual drive. Will hold 10 shallow frames. Little used and in good condition. £250. Tel 01723 863103 or 07972 466239.

New York Beekeeper Speaking in York 26 August.

Andrew Cote is a well-known urban beekeeper, and founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association and of 'Bees without Borders' which teaches beekeeping as a means of alleviating poverty in developing countries."URBAN BEEKEEPING - DON'T FALL OFF THE ROOF"  7.30 pm at the Yorkshire Museum of Agriculture, Murton.

 

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