2021 Honey Show – Judged and Awarded


A big thank you to those who prepared and entered exhibits.

Well done to those who’s entries earned placings

Very well done if you have earned a First (or two …)

Congratulations if you have a Trophy to collect.

  • 38 Entrants
  • displayed 113 Entries
  • in 23 Classes.
  • The award Winners are …

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    RBKA 2021 Honey Show – CLOSED for ENTRIES


    * Entry Registration remaining OPEN

    * New Drop-Off & Pick-Up arrangements

    * Show Bench Viewing times announced


    The notes below amend Rules 1, 2, 4 & 14 in the 2021 Schedule.

    Late Entries are NO LONGER being accepted

    • For late entries, Entry Labels not able to be posted in time will be supplied to the exhibitor for applying when dropping off at Henfold.
    • Late entries are accepted at the discretion of the Show Secretary.

    Exhibitors to DROP-OFF their exhibits at Henfold

    … during:

    • Wednesday 29th Sept evening between 6pm and 7pm … Only with Entry Labels applied.
    • Friday 1st Oct evening between 6pm and 8pm.
    • Saturday 2nd Oct morning between 8:30am and 9:15am

    Exhibits to be PICKED-UP by Exhibitors

    or their nominated collector during:

    • Saturday from 4pm until 5:30pm.

    All Members and their families are invited

    to attend Henfold to view the Show Benches during:

    • Saturday 2nd October from 1:30pm until 4pm.

    All exhibits will be displayed and judged in the normal manner, initially behind closed doors during the 2nd October, under the watchful eyes of our Show Bench Secretary and Stewards.

    From 1:30pm, the pavilion will be open for members and their guests to visit and view the Show Benches. Some sections of the Show Benches may be cordoned off at times whilst any remaining judging of Classes is being undertaken.

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    Queen Cage Workshop 30th October 2021

    Join Vince Gallo at the Henfold Apiary for the Saturday afternoon of 30th October to learn how to make a single-frame queen cage.

    A useful mechanism for IPM Varroa control,  as described by Steve Riley at our 2019 December Winter meeting and demonstrated by Vince in presentation RBKA Online No7 during June 2020.

    The plan is to hold with Queen Cage session under gazebos outside with workbenches. Vince will take you through the process of you building with materials supplied, firstly, one for the hives at Henfold; and then to refine your skills, so you can build your own.

    (Material used may differ from those shown in the photo and video)

    The cost is £20 which covers the materials for your own cage.

    The session starts at 13:30pm, and should take about 2 hours.

    This is being run in the afternoon so that, if you wish, you may also attend the Wax Wrap Workshop in the morning. Pre-booking for the Wax Wrap Workshop is separate and it’s cost is additional if participating.

    If you are interested in participating in the Queen Cage Workshop, please email Vince Gallo – vince.gallo@btinternet.com

    More details about the  Wax Wrap Workshop HERE.

    Wax Wrap Workshop 30th October 2021

    Join Gill Simpson & Sue Hickson in the Henfold pavilion on Saturday 30th October and learn how to make wax wraps to use as an alternative to cling film.

    We will show you the method we have found to be easiest and pass on our top tips for success.

    You will go home with a set of three wax wraps and the recipe so you can make more at home.

    Tea, coffee and cake is included in the cost of £20 for the session starting at 10.00am and ending at 12.30pm.

    If there is sufficient interest in the wax wrap making , we may run a second session during the afternoon

    In addition, during the afternoon, Vince Gallo will also be running a Queen Cage Workshop.

    The cost will be £20 and participants will go home with their own Queen Cage.

    The plan is to hold with Queen Cage session under gazebos outside with workbenches.

    Morning attendees of the Wax Wrap Workshop could stay to attend, but pre-booking for the Queen Cage Workshop and it’s cost is additional if participating.

    If you are interested in participating in the Wax Wrap Workshop, please email Gill Simpson – secretary@reigatebeekeepers.org.uk

    If you are interested in participating in the Queen Cage Workshop, please email Vince Gallo – vince.gallo@btinternet.com

    Summer Garden Party – Report

    Garden Party LogoThis year, our regular celebration of summer for members, families and friends alike was resurrected to mark our ‘Open’ return to the Henfold apiary.

    All who were able to join in, enjoyed the afternoon.

    Our informal social get together on Saturday 24th July commenced at 2:30pm, just as the sun finally broke through after a damp and dismal morning. It continued in hazy sunshine through the afternoon … until light rain commenced as everyone was departing at 6pm. Perfect.

    In another departure from previous summer parties, there was no BBQ involvement or requirement for participants to bring their own food. 

    Instead, platters of Meat & Vegetarian Sandwiches, Wraps, Mini Sausage and Mini Cheese & Onion Rolls, Fruit Kebabs, Fruit Fingers, as well as Cakes and Profiteroles were all provided in a buffet spread.

    Participants brought their own light (or heavy) liquid refreshments and were requested to make a donation to RBKA towards the food provided. And of course Tea & Coffee was on constant supply from Ernie. 

    The grounds, as ever, looked terrific, and the pavilion was resplendent in its fresh coats of protective treatments.   

    During the afternoon, a few presentations and unveiling ceremonies were conducted as parts of a welcoming address from Chairman, Richard Bradfield.

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    2021 Honey Show – Late Entries being Accepted

    Show Entry Registration is remaining open.

    Late Entries are being accepted … until further notice only.

    ENTER NOW or ENTER MORE NOW

    The event for 2021 has again been limited to a ‘Honey Show Bench’ only event, as was successfully organised and achieved last year.

    At the time when venue booking, planning and promotion of our usual public Beekeeping and Honey Show event needed to commence, uncertainties remained about when and to what extent pandemic constraints on gatherings and social distancing would be lifted. There also remained uncertainty about how quickly we and the public would feel comfortable about being within a potentially crowded hall.

    All exhibits will be displayed and judged in the normal manner behind closed doors during the 2nd October, under the watchful eyes of our Show Bench Secretary, Stewards and the lenses of cameras. This year however, hopefully there may be some additional scope for members to more freely visit Henfold and view the Show benches after the judging has been completed, and before entries are collected. Meanwhile, as last year, photos and video footage of the Show Bench, Judging activity and the awarding of certificates for entries will be published on our Members website. 

    The 2021 Virtual Honey Show Schedule includes:

    ♦ 22 Members Classes & 3 Children’s Classes

    ♦ Rules for all the Classes

    ♦ Competition Cake and Biscuit Recipes

    ♦ Entry Labelling instructions.

    [Read more…]

    Summer Garden Party – Saturday 24th July

    Garden Party LogoThis year, it is proposed to resurrect what used to be our regular celebration of summer for members, families and friends alike.

    It is hoped you will join in.

    Our informal social get together (respectfully socially distanced as appropriate) in the grounds of our Henfold Apiary, is being arranged for the afternoon and early evening of Saturday 24th July. 

    Commencing from 2:30pm, in full swing by 3:00pm and continuing until about 6pm.

    This will be the first opportunity for over 15 months for many of us to meet, other than via monitor or smart phone screens or for a very fortunate few, whist wearing bee-suits.

    Bring you own drinks and glasses and picnic chairs, tables etc.  

    Sandwiches and Cakes in abundance will be provided.

    • Members (with their families and friends invited too) should arrive by 3:00 pm.
    • During the afternoon, a few presentations and unveiling ceremonies will be conducted, so have glasses ready and charged for toasts
    • If rain is forecast, gazebos and our marquee will have been erected and we will also have the Pavilion to occupy (subject to any remaining social distancing regulations)

    Members intending to join in the fun (and even able to possibly help with the setting up in some way) should let Richard Bradfield, Chairman and Master of Ceremonies, know … by the 21st July please, either by:

    Summer Season Programme 2021 Schedule – update

    Our Summer Season commenced during April with RBKA On-Line activities.

    The Basic Assessment Study Group commenced weekly online meetings on Tuesday 6th April, at 7pm, with subsequent sessions each Monday at 7pm.

    The first phase (all on-line) of Weekly Summer Members Meetings provided live inspections of a colony beamed via Zoom followed by Q&A’s.

    The current second phase is providing the opportunity for the Basic Assessment Study Group to conduct colony inspections with Hive Tutors; as well as maintaining on-line Zoom meetings for Q&A’s and exchanges of advice and guidance for all other members to participate in.

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    BBKA Spring Convention 2021 – 16th : 18th April. Event Timetable Set & Advance Registration Open.

    Virtual ConventionBooking Open

    http://www.bbka.org.uk/Pages/Category/about-spring-convention

    The 2021 BBKA Spring Convention, 16-18 April, is a great ‘Virtual’ event to look forward to. The bonus of being virtual is that the Convention will come to you, wherever you are, via your choice of device: computer, tablet or smartphone. Despite all the challenges, we will as usual offer a mix of practical and scientific lectures and presentations, on the topics most requested, directed at a range of beekeeping experience, presented by the very best of speakers.

    The Programme

    The electronic Convention programme is available on the BBKA website, with full details of speakers and their talks ….

    Download BBKA SC 2021 Presentations Timetable Final.pdf (issued 30th March 2021).

    Virtual Trade Show –

    Entry to the Virtual Tradeshow (AKA The Marketplace) will be free and this will be everyone’s opportunity to browse the latest beekeeping kit from multiple suppliers, all under one ‘virtual’ roof and to take advantage of special Convention offers!

    More Social … –

    In addition … the More Social programme gives an opportunity to learn more about current issues in and around beekeeping presented by key influencers.

    Download BBKA SC 2021 More Social Details Final.pdf (issued 30th March 2021)

    The programme includes the presentation by Julian Routh of the Bees-A-Buzzing Quiz final, a light-hearted team quiz between Association ‘teams’.

    The members of the Convention Committee look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Convention, with something for all! For more information, programme updates and participation details, please see BBKA News and the Spring Convention pages www.bbka.org.uk/Pages/Category/about-spring-convention


    Joyce Nisbet, BBKA Trustee and Spring Convention Chair: joyce.nisbet@bbka.org.uk


     

     

    Summer Season Programme 2021 Schedule

    Our Summer Season commenced during April with RBKA On-Line activities.

    The Basic Assessment Study Group commenced weekly online meetings on Tuesday 6th April, at 7pm, with subsequent sessions each Monday at 7pm.

    The first Weekly Summer (all) Members Meeting commenced on the 7th April, with a live inspection of a colony being beamed on line via Zoom to participants, followed by Q&A’s.

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    Online EXTRA – Winter Losses Forum

    An RBKA On-Line meeting, commencing 7pm on Wednesday 24th March to discuss:

    WINTER LOSSES

    There seem to have been a lot more colony losses than usual during this Winter. This EXTRA meeting will be an open forum for members to share their thoughts and ideas about why so many of us have lost colonies this winter and maybe why some havn’t.

    Have YOU lost colonies this Winter ?

    If so … Why do YOU believe this has happened ?

    If not … Why do you believe you haven’t ?

    What can be done to recover ?

    What can we learn from each other ?

    There will NOT be a presentation – this is an informal meeting.

    So if you have any thoughts join us on Wednesday evening 24th March at 7pm

    Invitations and joining instructions to join THIS Zoom Meeting have already been delivered by Jim Wynn from noreply@membershipservices.org.uk to ALL our RBKA paid-up members with email addresses. The instructions are applicable ONLY FOR THIS meeting and are ESSENTIAL for you to follow to be able to either log-in via smartphone or computer for 2-way video & audio capability.

    [If you have not received your invitation, click to go to the foot of this post ]

    RBKA OnLine meetings will commence promptly at the scheduled time, and start with a very minutes of general notices and announcements. Do aim to log into the Zoom conference 5 to 10 minutes before the published start time ensure your have your system set-up adequately and to not miss any announcements and introductions.

    Note that a new, unique, Meeting ID is issued ahead of each successive RBKA On-Line Meeting via Zoom.

    All event details and timings remain subject to amendment at short notice. Keep in touch by referring back to the Members Website. 


    No Zoom Meeting Invitation or Log-in Details?

    • Please check your email spam folder(s).
    • Not there either?
      • Are you a paid-up member for the current RBKA year Oct 2020 – Sept 2021?
        • Yes – email our Zoom Manager, Jim Wynn to have the details resent.
        • No – please contact our Membership Secretary, Sue Hickson to remedy.

    BBKA Spring Convention 2021 – 16th to 18th April

    Virtual Convention

    The 2021 BBKA Spring Convention, 16-18 April, is a great ‘Virtual’ event to look forward to. I hope your Association will encourage its members to put the dates in their diaries and be ready to book once the website opens in early April. To help with this, we attach adverts in different sizes and formats that you can choose to circulate or include in any local newsletter. The bonus of being virtual is that the Convention will come to you, wherever you are, via your choice of device: computer, tablet or smartphone. Despite all the challenges, we will as usual offer a mix of practical and scientific lectures and presentations, on the topics most requested, directed at a range of beekeeping experience, presented by the very best of speakers.

    The electronic Convention programme will be available on the BBKA website from early March, with full details of speakers and their talks. Entry to the Virtual Tradeshow (AKA The Marketplace) will be free and this will be everyone’s opportunity to browse the latest beekeeping kit from multiple suppliers, all under one ‘virtual’ roof and to take advantage of special Convention offers!

    Area Associations Area

    Additionally, we are seeking expressions of interest from BBKA Area Associations wishing to have a free ‘stand’ in an ‘Associations Area’ of the Convention website. This would enable you to provide contact details, a weblink, a brief text overview and up to four photographs of Association activities. Optional video upload for a small additional charge (£80 + VAT per video) will also be possible. Our latest research has revealed significant numbers of new recruits to beekeeping during lockdown, keen to take part in the Convention. The Association Area will be an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of Association membership – and to share ideas. There will also be a prize for the ‘best’ still photograph uploaded in this area. If your Association is interested, please contact Ray Green, conventionstewards@gmail.com for further details, by 19th February.

    Buzzing Quizzers

    It is intended to have a light-hearted team quiz at the Convention. Ideally this will be between Association ‘teams’. Julian Routh julian.routh@bbka.org.uk would be pleased to hear from budding (or buzzing) quiz ‘teams’ of three members from Associations. The intention is to hold preliminary virtual heats to identify two teams with the best combination of general and beekeeping knowledge. Places will by necessity be limited, so if you would like to take part, please contact Julian ASAP – and certainly by 19th February.

    The members of the Convention Committee look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Convention, with something for all! For more information, programme updates and participation details, please see BBKA News and the Spring Convention pages www.bbka.org.uk/Pages/Category/about-spring-convention


    Joyce Nisbet, BBKA Trustee and Spring Convention Chair: joyce.nisbet@bbka.org.uk


     

     

    Pam Hunter BBKA Talk – Viruses – 30th Nov 2020

    Did you miss Pam Hunter’s live talk to us on the 15th July 2020, as part of our own RBKA On-Line Education programme? 

    If so, there is an opportunity to catch Pam again as the BBKA host a Zoom talk on ‘Viruses – What are they and what impact do they have on bees and human life?’ 

    Attendance on Monday 30th November 7:30 – 8:30pm is free but you do need to pre-register to receive the zoom link (below).

    Details from BBKA…

    Pam Hunter’s next talk in the current series will take place Monday 30th November 7.30-8.30pm.

    Viruses – What are they and what impact do they have on bees and human life?

    Discusses how viruses were first discovered in plants (Tobacco Mosaic virus) long before they could be visualised.  Early days of discovering infective organisms and using microscopes.  Mentions  Robert Hooke, Van Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur.  How viruses such as smallpox, polio, yellow fever, foot and mouth, flu and now Corona SARS 2 have impacted the history of the world.  Are viruses really alive and how do they get into cells?  The impact of viruses on honey bees, including DWV and CBPV.  Is there any treatment for viruses and if not why not?


    Pam Hunter is a Master Beekeeper and her background is in biological sciences. She was employed in microbiological research in the pharmaceutical industry for 30 years before becoming a freelance consultant and writer. Pam is Chair of the BBKA Research, Technical and Environmental Committee.

    The last of Pam’s talk was fully subscribed so please book early to reserve your place.   Attendance is free but you do need to pre-register to receive the zoom link:

    https://www.bbka.org.uk/Event/pam-hunter-talk-on-viruses

    Kind regards

    Leigh Sidaway, General Manager

    Can’t wait, can’t make the date/time, or unable to register?

    … then  Click Here to watch and listen to Pam Hunter’s presentation ‘The Mysterious World of Viruses’ – to Reigate Beekeepers on the 15th July 2020.

    For the full set of recordings of RBKA Online Education talks

    …go to RBKA Online> RBKA Online Recordings 

    ADM 2021 Propositions to be Considered

    The next Annual Delegates Meeting (ADM) is being conducted as a virtual meeting, on-line,  during Saturday 16th January 2021.

    The ADM is the policy making forum for the BBKA and members are encouraged to have a look at what is proposed.

    Details of the ADM can be found on the BBKA website at www.bbka.org.uk/bbka-adm where the Propositions for Consideration by the Delegates are published.

    The Propositions can also viewed  directly from here. 

    Surrey BKA’s Delegate to the meeting is Bob Maurer.

    The Surrey BKA Council will be meeting before the 16th January to discuss and agree upon SBKA’s position on all the Propositions.  [Read more…]

    Winter Talks Programme 2020/21 Schedule

    Our RBKA On-Line Winter Talks Programme commences on the 7th October … in place of previously ‘normal’ monthly Evening Wednesday meetings at the Woodhatch Centre … every first Wednesday of the month through to and including March 2021

    Invitations and joining instructions to join each Zoom Meeting are delivered about 5 days beforehand from Jim Wynn <noreply@membershipservices.org.uk> to ALL our RBKA paid-up members with email addresses.  The instructions are ESSENTIAL for you to follow to be able to either log-in via smartphone or computer for 2-way video & audio capability, or by standard phone for audio only.  Reminders may also be sent on the day of, or the day before each Zoom Meeting.

    [If you have not received your invitation, click to go to the foot of this post 

    Wednesday 3rd March – No. 29 ‘Preparing for Spring’ presented by Simon Ford, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.

    Wednesday 3rd February – No. 28 ‘In Self Defence’ presented by Celia Davis followed by Q&A’s. Commences at 7:00pm.

    Wednesday 6th January – No. 27 ‘Recognising and Addressing Queen Events’ a new talk presented by Jamie Ellis Phd from Florida, USA. Commences at 7:00pm

    Wednesday 2nd December – No. 26 ‘Winter Feed and Treatments’ presented by Adam Leitch + we are joined by Richard and Jane Ridler from Bees Abroad to hear the Bees Abroad Donation total being announced + Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm (Recording to be published)

    Wednesday 4th November – RBKA’s AGM Commences at 7:30pm (This event was not recorded for catch-up viewing.)

    Wednesday 7th October – No. 25 ‘Products of the Hive’. Numerous members talk about how they produce their speciality products. Possible inspiration to keep occupied during the winter months, followed by Q&A’s. Commences at 7:00pm.

    Each RBKA OnLine ‘meeting’ will commence promptly at the scheduled time, proceeded only by a very few minutes of general notices and announcements. Do aim to log into the Zoom conference 5 to 10 minutes before the published start time to ensure your video and audio settings are working OK and to not miss any announcements and introductions.

    Note that a new, unique, Meeting ID will be issued ahead of each successive RBKA On-Line Meeting via Zoom.

    All event details and timings remain subject to amendment at short notice. Keep in touch by referring back to the Members Website. 


    No Zoom Meeting Invitation or Log-in Details?

    • Please check your email spam folder(s).
    • Not there either?
      • Are you a paid-up member for the current RBKA year Oct 2020 – Sept 2021?
        • Yes – email our Zoom Manager, Jim Wynn to have the details resent.
        • No – please contact our Membership Secretary, Sue Hickson to remedy.

    2020 Virtual Honey Show – Entries Delivered, Displayed Judged and Rewarded


    Thank you to those who participated.

    Very well done to those of you who have earned First’s.

    Congratulations to the few that have earned a Trophy.

    • 30 Entrants
    • 115 Entries
    • 25 Classes
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    2020 Virtual Honey Show – Registration – Now Closed

    Show Entry Registration remained OPEN until Mid-Day Thursday 17th September 2020.

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    SCHEDULE 

    Labels for Registered Entries will be posted out to Entrants by 19th September.

    Details will also be provided about where and with whom your prepared Entries need to be dropped off (by pre arrangement with them) before the evening of the 25th September. 

    All exhibits will be transferred from the drop-off locations to Henfold for display and judging – behind closed doors – during the 26th September, under the watchful eyes of our Show Bench Secretary, Stewards and camera lenses ONLY.

    Recordings of the Show Bench, Judging activity and the allocation of certificates, will be available for viewing by members and possibly the pubic. 

    The Pavilion has already started to be transformed into a Show Bench display … all that is needed are YOUR entries to grace the eventually fully dressed tables and tiered shelves.

    These measures are due to the ongoing restrictions related to public events. It had been decided to cancel the Beekeeping display and public element of our usual ‘Beekeeping & Honey Show’ that was scheduled to be in Dorking again this year and instead, relocate the Honey Show (Bench Exhibits) element only of the event to our Henfold pavilion.

    Necessarily, the Henfold site will need to remain CLOSED to all Members, other than those managing the event and designated to bring exhibits from and later return exhibits to the Drop-Off locations.

    The 2020 Virtual Honey Show Schedule includes:

    ♦ 22 Members Classes & 3 Children’s Classes

    ♦ Rules for all the Classes

    ♦ Competition Cake and Biscuit Recipes

    ♦ Entry Labelling instructions.

    [Read more…]

    RBKA On-Line Meetings – Usage Guidance

    The power of on-line Video and/or Audio conferencing is being utilised to bring RBKA’s Education Programme … and more … direct to you in your home.

    To help you the get the most from the the experience, Jim Wynn has produced a few guidelines, tips and examples of the Zoom screens you will encounter.

    Click on the PDF icon to download and open the presentation.  

    Look for emails from RBKA-online@hotmail.com arriving in your Inbox during the weeks ahead.

    They will be providing invitations and unique links to conference sessions.

    Due to the increased frequency with which we will be needing to circulate virtual meeting invitations and notices to all our members by email, Reigate Beekeepers has commenced using Mailchimp as a secure means of storing and using an email circulation list derived from our Membership records. Please be assured that we will continue to ONLY use email addresses that you have provided in the communication of Reigate Beekeepers activities and events.

     

     

     

    Education Programme 2020 Summer Schedule

    Our RBKA On-Line Education Programme commenced on the 22nd April … in place of previously ‘normal’ weekly Summer Evening Wednesday meetings at the Henfold Apiary … from April through to the end of September.

    Invitations and joining instructions to join each Zoom Meeting are delivered about 5 days beforehand from rbka-online@hotmail.com to ALL our RBKA paid-up members with email addresses.  The instructions are ESSENTIAL for you to follow to be able to either log-in via smartphone or computer for 2-way video & audio capability, or by standard phone for audio only.  Reminders may also be sent on the day of, or the day before each Zoom Meeting.

    [If you have not received your invitation, click to go to the foot of this post 

    Wednesday evening events have been scheduled for the rest of July, August and September, taking us to the end of the Summer season.

    • Wednesday 30th September – No. 24 ‘Preparing for Winter’ Guidance about what to be doing to ensure your colonies get throeugh the winter ahead, presented by Geoff Blay and our other Master Beekeepers , followed by Q&A’s with our panel of Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 23rd September – No. 23 ‘Perilous Journeys – how do bees avoid crashing or getting lost’ by guest presenter Joanna Brebner, Phd student at Queen Mary University of London, working on a project ‘Bee Navigation and Orientation’; with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 16th September – No. 22 ‘How to Jar Your Honey‘. Demonstrated by Anna Slade, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
    • Wednesday 9th September – No. 21 ‘Bee Friendly Plants‘ presented by Mark Tuson, RHS , with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
    • Wednesday 2nd September – No. 20 ‘These Work & Cost Next to Nothing’. Presented by various members, contributors will show and describe pet widgets, gizmo’s and diy builds used in their beekeeping, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
    • Wednesday 26th August – No. 19 ‘Beekeeping this September’ Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Bob Maurer, Master Beekeeper, followed by Q&A’s with other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 19th August – No. 18 ‘Knowing Your Enemy’ a talk about tracking down and confronting the Yellow Legged Hornets, presented by guest speaker Lynne Ingram, Master beekeeper, from the Somerset AHAT, who has been working with scientists from Exeter University and Jersey beekeepers.  With Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
    • Wednesday 12th August – No. 17 ‘Showing & Telling about My Apiary’ More presentations of their own apiaries by Peter Scroggs, Sue Scales, Gavin & Axel, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 5th August – No. 16 ‘First Aid and Health & Safety’ presented by Dr Andrew Carne, NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer. With Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7.00pm
    • Wednesday 29th July – No. 15 ‘A Conversation with Stephen Fleming’ The Co editor of BeeCraft will chat about the history of BeeCraft and stories of beekeeping, with Vince ‘Parky’ Gallo taking the part of chat show host; followed by Q&A’s with our Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members adding to the answers offered to YOUR questions. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 22nd July – No. 14 ‘Extraction’ Instruction and demonstrations about how to literally get the best out of your supers, presented by Andrew Cornwall, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 15th July – No. 13 ‘Viruses‘ A talk and presentation provide by guest speaker Pam Hunter, (Master Beekeeper, member of BIBBA and the Central Association of Bee-Keepers, BBKA Manager of Research, Technical and Environmental matters and a past Chair of the BBKA Examinations Board), with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 8th July – No. 12 ‘How to Get Entries Ready for Showing’ Guidance and Tips for the preparation and presentation of Honey Show exhibits, presented by Celia Perry, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 1st July – No. 11 ‘Queen Rearing’ A talk and presentation provided by Bob Maurer, with Q&A’s to follow. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 24th June – No. 10 ‘ Beekeeping this July’ Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Geoff Blay, followed by Q&A’s with our panel of our Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 17th June – No. 9 ‘Showing & Telling about My Apiary’ Presentations by Suzy Stevens, Colin Clement & Karen Ford, with Q&A’s to follow and maybe a Quiz for afters. Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 10th June – No. 8 ‘Life Cycle and Anatomy’ Presentation by Celia Perry, with Q&A’s to follow.Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 3rd June – No. 7 ‘Varroa Control with a DIY Queen Cage’ Presentation by Vince Gallo, building on a Winter Talk last December by Steve Riley (Westerham BKA’s Education Officer) about a project evaluating chemical free control of varroa. Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 27th May – No. 6 ‘Beekeeping this June’. Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Simon Ford,followed by Q&A’s with our panel of our Master Beekeepers and other experienced Members. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 20th May – No. 5 ‘Handling Skills’ – practical advice about the approach to basic manipulation methods presented by Master Beekeeper Geoff Blay, (A sequel to Geoff’s well received ‘pre Coronavirus’ March 4th Winter Meeting presentation at Henfold.) Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 13th May – No. 4 ‘Virtual Tour of Vince Gallo’s Apiary’, Vince has been taking videos of his apiary and will share his insights and also talk about his exciting bee research. Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 6th May – No. 3 ‘What’s going on in my Hive?’ – A simple guide to recognising pests and diseases. Presented by Master Beekeeper, Bob Maurer who promises to not be too technical and no latin names!
      Commences at 7:00pm
    • Wednesday 29th April – No. 2 ‘Beekeeping this May’, Guidance about what to be looking out for in nature and your colonies, presented by Adam Leitch, Master Beekeeper, NDB, followed by Q&A’s hosted by a panel of all our Master Beekeepers, Celia Perry, Bob Maurer, Geoff Blay and Adam Leitch. Commences at 7:00pm.
    • Wednesday 22nd April – No. 1 ‘Swarms’,  An illustrated talk by Vince Gallo; commences at 7:00pm and will be followed by Q&A’s arising, from participating viewers and listeners

    More Wednesday evening events are being scheduled for the rest of August and beyond as needed …

    Each RBKA OnLine ‘meeting’ will commence promptly at the scheduled time, proceeded only by a very few minutes of general notices and announcements. Do aim to log into the Zoom conference 5 to 10 minutes before the published start time to ensure your video and audio settings are working OK and to not miss any announcements and introductions.

    Note that a new, unique, Meeting ID will be issued ahead of each successive RBKA On-Line Meeting via Zoom.

    All event details and timings remain subject to amendment at short notice. Keep in touch by referring back to the Members Website. 


    No Zoom Meeting Invitation or Log-in Details?

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    Helping Bees Live with Varroa CANCELLED

    Ian King, BIBBA South East Regional Co Ordinator introduces a BIBBA flyer for an event taking place 24th May, in anticipation that hopefully this may be of interest to you as an event open to all beekeepers.

    “There is growing interest in honey bees and their ability to deal with varroa. 

    BIBBA has organised a one-day event to bring together a range of presentations from experienced beekeepers who have reduced the use and reliance on chemical interventions to varying degrees. See accompanying pdf for details.

    It is not yet the time to leave the bees to their own devices to live with varroa but we, as beekeepers, can help the bees on their journey with this pest.”

    The flyer (below) provides details of the event (click on it to open and download as a pdf file) 

    Bookings are available via www.bibba.com/event-list/ 

    or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/helping-bees-live-with-varroa-tickets-97161098461