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

 

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #50:  24th August 2017

Heather Picnic 26th August.

Don't miss the last of our summer trips. Come to the magnificent purple moors to see how Henry's and Sallie's bees are doing. Have they filled that third super yet? Bring some picnic food and drinks to share. Meet 2.00 at the forestry gate Wheeldale Gill.

Help Tidy the Apiary Tuesday 29th August.

The Apiary needs a big tidy up so we would like volunteers to come down next Tuesday 29th August from 12.30. Jobs are grass and weed clearing, bushes cutting back, tree lopping, moving hives (just a bit), disposing of the debris and stock check. Ian Rees is organising the tidy up and, we are very pleased to say, he will be overseeing maintenance of the Apiary from now. If you can come down on Tuesday for an hour or two please let Ian know via ian.r2@live.com

Facebook. We're on it!

We have a Facebook Page for general promotion of the Scarborough Association and also a Members Only Page which we will be using to help keep members informed of association activities. If you are a Facebook user please try them out. You will need to request access through the page to get full access to the Members Only Page.

Bees For Sale.

Ian Rees has some bees for sale. Contact Ian direct for details. ian.r2@live.com

Burniston Show Cancelled.

Just heard the Show has been cancelled due to a waterlogged show ground. Very disappointed as we were all ready to go with our Bee Stand and show entries. Must be desperately disappointing for the organisers who put so much work into it.

  

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

 

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #49:  10th August 2017

Annual Barbecue Saturday 19th August.

Social highlight of the Beekeepers summer, round here anyway. Don't miss it. Fantastic food lovingly cooked by your Chairman Stephen Muchow, tasty salads by Christine, the ever popular courgette fritters by Sue and deserts by anyone who would like to bring one. Plus a range of drinks, alcoholic and otherwise, and guaranteed sunshine all for £5. Bees not directly involved although it's possible they may be mentioned occasionally. Lots of beekeepers though so a great chance to flog your surplus equipment. No formal auction but if you have any stuff you would like to sell just bring it along, display it and watch the money roll in. Starts 1.00 for 1.30, finish at 4,00. Venue Osborne Lodge, Riggs Head near Ayton. Directions attached. See you there!

Burniston Show Entries Deadline Friday 11th August.

Still time to get your entry form in, just. The Show itself is not until 28th August so there is plenty of time to prepare your actual entries but the entry form must go in now. Very important that there are plenty of entries as there is a real risk that the Show will drop the Honey class if there are not more entries than last year. That would be a great shame and a bit of a failure on our part. Classes and forms attached. Don't forget if you are entering honey it needs to be in a standard honey jar, if you haven't got any I'll give you some.

Burniston Show Bee Keeping Stand - It's on!

Many thanks to the volunteers who have offered to help. The Show will go on. We will be setting up from 8.30, providing cover from 9.30 to 4.30 and then packing up. If anyone else would like to help let me know. Less experienced beekeepers should not worry about being put on the spot by awkward questions from the public. You would never be on your own and there will always be a more experienced beekeeper there with you.

  

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

 

SDBKALogo75x72x32col   SDBKA Bulletin #48:  20th July 2017

Ebberston Apiary Visit 22nd July.

You are invited to have a look at some bees in my back garden apiary at Ebberston, 94 Main Street. Start 2.00pm. Park on the road at our side. Bees subject to weather but there will be cake - rain, hail or shine. All very welcome.

Help with Burniston Show Bee Keeping Stand.

I have been contacted by the Secretary of Burniston Show, Kate Harland, who is very keen to have a Bee Keeping stand at the Show and has offered us a pitch and gazebo free of charge. We have done this before and have plenty of exhibition material. It would be good for the Association to do this but we need members to help with setting up and providing cover during the day. You will get free entry to the show and can sell your honey on the stand. It's on 28th August which is Monday Bank Holiday, setting up starts at 8.30 and we need to provide cover from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The Showground is on the A165 North of Scarborough, YO13 0DB. Please let me know straight away if you can help. A couple of hours would be great. Will have a minimum of two on at all times so no need to worry about being on your own.

Burniston Show Entries Deadline.

Don't forget to get your entry form in by 11th August. They then send you by post the labels for each item you are entering. You can enter as many as you like and if your entry fees come to £6 you get free admission to the whole Showground for the day. Don't forget if you are entering honey it needs to be in a 'standard honey jar', if you haven't got any I'll give you one, and must not have any of you own labels on it. On the day you must have your entries on the display table in the Handicrafts Tent by 9.30am. There are plenty of people around to ask where it is.

Lost Bee Book.

Can you help Henry Kaye locate his copy of "Raise your own queens by the punched cell method by Richard Smailes". Think someone may have borrowed it. It's a BIBBA booklet that is out of print so hard to replace. If Henry finds it he might be able to tell us what the punched cell method actually is at a future meeting.

Bee Colonies.

I'm afraid the bargain nucleus colonies I mentioned in the last Bulletin all went before the ink was dry on my email. I've been trying to find alternatives but no luck. Seems unlikely that we will produce surplus colonies from the Scarborough Apiary this year. All I can suggest, apart from the normal commercial sources, is that you try our member Jeremy Smith who was offering Nucs at £125 and mated queens at £35. They are commercial prices but reasonable and being local makes a difference. Contact Jeremy direct for more information jez100@talktalk.net or 07886 555430.

  

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