Weekly Meetings Start Postponed to 13th April

Given the weather forecast for Wednesday, 6th April, it has been decided by Chairman (Richard Bradfield ) and Education Program Manager (Jim Wynn) to move our first meeting of the season by a week to the 13th of April.

Hopefully, it will be warmer so we can open up colonies by then!
So, see you all at 6:30pm on the 13th.

However, Henfold will be open tomorrow for Tutors or others planning or arranging up-coming events if they fancy or need a chat – but we won’t be opening colonies.

Otherwise see you on the 13th.

Surrey Beekeepers Association 2021 AGM

 

Members of Kingston Beekeepers Association will be pleased if you can join them at this year’s 143rd SBKA Annual General Meeting at 2pm on Saturday the 4th December. 

Winter Talks Programme 2021/22 Schedule

 

Our RBKA On-Line Winter Talks Programme commenced in October … with monthly Evening Wednesday meetings either via online Zoom or in the pavilion at Henfold Apiary … every first Wednesday of the month through to and including March 2022

 

 


 

Wednesday October 6th (via Zoom).

A talk by Dr Joe Woodgate

Queen Mary University of London

– Do drone congregation areas really exist?

… What can radar tracking tell us about drone congregation areas?


Wednesday November 3rd from 7:30pm at Henfold Apiary

RBKA Annual General Meeting

Honey Show Awards

Presentation of Qualification Certificates.


Wednesday December 1st from 7:00pm via Zoom

A talk by Professor Jamie Ellis

University of Florida

– What is killing our bees

… and what can we do about it?


Wednesday January 5th from 7:00pm via Zoom

A talk by Professor Patricia Wiltshire

– Pollen and Spores:

their importance in criminal investigation


Wednesday, February 2nd from 7:00pm via Zoom

A talk by Dr Norman Carreck,

University of Sussex

– IPM and varroa control


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 at last 5 to 10 minutes before the published start time to ensure you are not ‘crowded out’ by others of the 100 participant limit, and to ensure video & audio settings are working OK … and to not miss any announcements and introductions.

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


Wednesday March 2nd from 7:00pm at Henfold Apiary

Part 1: Presentation by Steve Riley,

from Westerham Branch of Kent Beekeepers,

– Non-Treatment for Varroa … an update.

Following up on Steve’s talk to us in 2019

Part 2: An informal “Gathering” of Members

–  Topical issues discussed in open forums.

NOTE – this will be a real meeting in the Henfold Pavilion, following appropriate Covid protocols, and will not be recorded. 

Environment Bill – lobby MP’s to support ‘Protect Pollinators from Pesticides’ amendment DO IT NOW

Protect Pollinators from Pesticides amendment 53 – update.

This amendment to the Environment bill is being debated on 20th October and the BBKA would like MPs to be informed about your opinions. 

The amendment 53 is a new clause proposed to be added after clause 73 of the Bill. It can be accessed through:

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2021-09-13b.1183.0

Time is short but if you would like to lobby your MP by sending a letter there is a draft below that you can scroll down to, complete and send by post or email.

[Read more…]

Membership Fees 2021/22

The 2020/21 membership year has come to an end and all memberships now need to be renewed.

You will have received an email prompting you to renew that provides an on-line form to submitt your response.

We encourage you to do that as early as possible to ensure that we can keep the records properly updated.

The on-line form provides you with the opportunity to change your category of membership via a dropdown box on the form. Below is a table (click on it to open full screen) showing the membership categories available, which have been modified slightly since last year. They include a specific intermediate class for ‘Trainees’, redefines the ‘Associate’ class in-line with BBKA terminology and provides a single ‘Friends’ class for non-beekeeping family members and friends etc.

Please contact Sue Hickson if you wish to check which category you need, or to correct any mis-selection you may make.

You may notice that the fees have increased a little from last year. This reflects slight increases by BBKA and in BeeCraft subscriptions. There have been no changes to SBKA’s charge, or the Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI) basic policy premium.

Once again, this year there is no change to RBKA’s very modest Annual Fee. That is the ONLY element of the total Membership Fee you pay that RBKA retains. (Less than in the pile of coins in the thumbnail image for this post!)

The on-line form provides the opportunity to add to the total Membership Fee with an additional voluntary donation to RBKA.

The final sum then displayed on the form will be the amount to then pay by Bank Transfer or cheque please. Details of how to pay are provided in the on-line form.

Please note that whilst we claim Gift Aid on donations and some elements of Membership fees, Gift Aid is not claimed on the Bee Craft subscription element.

If you are not intending to renew for any reason please email Sue to let her know so that we don’t keep chasing.

RBKA Officer and Role Vacancies

The search is on for two willing and able volunteers prepared to take on and stand for election to the RBKA Officer positions of Honorary Secretary and Membership Secretary.

We are also looking for someone to fill a new dedicated role of Public Course Coordinator, currently being undertaken by the Hon. Sec.


Present incumbants Gill Simpson and Sue Hickson have provided sterling support for RBKA and are needing to step back from their roles. They will be tough acts to follow, but they will provide as much support as they can to thier successors.

It is also proposed to lighten the load upon the Hon Sec’s role by seperating out the also important task of liaising with members of the public interested in participating in our Taster Days and Beginners Winter Courses. You could of course be prepared to combine that task with either of the Officer Roles.

If you believe you would be able and prepared to be considered for either of the Officer Roles, please contact the Chairman or any Committee member. Candidates would need to put themselves forward to be nominated for election at the AGM on the 3rd November.

Volunteers for the Public Course Coordinator role would not be required to also become a member of the committee.


RBKA Honorary Secretary

One of four Divisional Officer roles (Chairman, Hon Sec, Treasurer, Membership Sec) that, together with the Divisional Trustee (if not one of the Officers) and further members as required, form the elected Committee that manages the Division.

The Hon. Secretary is required to be a Member, elected annually to the role at the AGM.  No member may hold the office for more than three consecutive years unless re-elected by at least four fifths of the members present.

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  • RBKA’s first point of contact for the public by email or telephone
  • Provide administrative support for RBKA committee meetings and AGMs.
  • Manage bookings for Henfold Pavilion and maintain an On-Line bookings diary.
  • Keep various physical RBKA files and records

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Public/External Contact

RBKA always endeavours to be friendly and welcoming, with that endeavour needing to be reflected in all communications with the public.

  1. Incoming messages should be checked regularly.
  2. Field emails arriving at secretary@reigatebeekeepers.org.uk as well as occasional telephone enquiries from the general public, members, BBKA and SBKA. 
    1. Enquiries from the general public can be anything from swarm reports to requests for speakers, course enquiries and requests to visit the apiary. 
    1. Many need to be redirected to other committee members.
    1. Always acknowledge the first message and tell them it has been re-directed. 

Secretarial Administration

  1. Co-ordinate with Chairman to schedule committee meetings , prepare and circulate agenda. 
    1. Prepare Secretary’s reports to circulation prior to meetings, summarising latest activities.
    1. Attend meetings and take minutes. (about 5 or 6 a year)
    1. Circulate minutes to committee members as soon as possible following meetings.
  2. Co-ordinate with Chairman to prepare paperwork for the AGM. 
    1. Produce a Secretary’s report to summarise activities during the year. 
    1. Attend AGM and take minutes.
  3. Keep records for all meetings and any correspondence which arrives. 
  4. Keep records of bookings for the Henfold Pavilion and enter dates on the electronic diary. 
  5. Book venues as required for events.

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“I have really enjoyed being Hon Secretary, meeting so many new people and introducing them to RBKA.  It’s really not an onerous job as almost everything is done by email.  I don’t really remember volunteering for the role in the first place so I think 10 years is quite enough, it’s time for someone else to have a go! ”. (Hon Secretary 2012 – 2021)

Succeeding Jacqui Essen in 2012, Gill Simpson has provided invaluable continuity to the functioning of the committee under three Chairs.  Gill had also grown the supporting roles of managing our increasingly popular Winter Beginners Courses and providing administration of our equally popular Taster Days. It is proposed to now separate these responsibilities from the Hon Sec role to allow this role to be less time demanding. __________________________________________________________________________________


RBKA Membership Secretary

One of four Divisional Officer roles (Chairman, Hon Sec, Treasurer, Membership Sec) that, together with the Divisional Trustee (if not one of the Officers) and further members as required, form the elected Committee that manages the Division.

The Membership Secretary requires to be a Member, elected annually to the role at the AGM.  No member may hold the office for more than three consecutive years unless re-elected by at least four fifths of the members present.

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  • Lead point of contact with prospective and current members with membership enquiries.
  • Maintain individuals’ membership details on the RBKA and BBKA records systems.
  • Ensure RBKA’s compliance with GDPR undertakings.
  • Liaise with RBKA’s Hon Secretary and Treasurer and the BBKA in managing new members and appropriate subscription dues
  • Issue subscription renewal requests during September and be available during October to validate and process responses received then, updating membership records as needed.    
  • Cooperatively work with Membership Sec’s of other Surrey divisions and SBKA.
  • Provide RBKA Membership reports for Committee meetings and the AGM.

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Technical Requirements

The role includes responding to membership enquiries received via on-line media, email, telephone and in-person, and the ability to input and manage individual membership details on both personal computer and on-line web based systems. 

Formal Responsibilities

The Divisional Membership Secretary shall:-

  1. notify the county membership secretary promptly of any new or lapsed registered, partner or country members of the BBKA, and, in the same way, notify any changes to the names, addresses and, if appropriate, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of existing members in any of these classes of membership.
    1. notify the county treasurer of any additions or deletions to registered, partner or country members.
    1. inform new BBKA members of the membership number when it is issued.
    1. monitor the receipt of ‘Welcome Packs’ from the BBKA to new members.
    1. verify the membership list against the BBKA Membership list twice each year in March and September. 
    1. notify Bee Craft Ltd of any additions, deletions or changes to registered members only as they occur.
    1. verify the divisional registered membership with Bee Craft Ltd each year in November.
    1. inform the treasurer on a quarterly basis of the number of BBKA and other members.

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“The Membership Secretary is often the first contact a prospective member has with the division.

It is enjoyable and rewarding to see and help members from their first tentative approach to Reigate Beekeepers, perhaps through Associate membership, before then progressing to become full active members.”  (Sue Hickson – Committee Member since 2016, Membership Secretary 2018 – 2021)

Since 2018, Sue Hickson has been instrumental, with support from Mike Hill, in transitioning RBKA’s internal membership records system to use of BBKA’s ER2 system. In parallel, developing our GDPR protocols that have subsequently been adopted by SBKA and its Division.

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Public Course Coordinator

– for RBKA Taster Day & Winter Beginners courses

Not necessarily requiring the holder to be member of the RBKA committee, the role has previously been carried out and developed into a key activity in its own right by the Honorary Secretary.

It is now proposed that this role be filled by a dedicated member, reporting to the Committee as required via the Hon Secretary and /or the Education Coordinator.

The Public Course Coordinator would be a Member, co-opted to the role by the committee. __________________________________________________________________________________

  • Taster Day Participant Organiser.
  • Winter Beginners Course Organiser.

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Both events require liaison directly with members of the public and prospective new beekeepers, as their primary RBKA contact, responding to enquires and managing their expectations & participation in courses.

Taster Day Participant Organiser

Working with the Course Presenter (Colin Clement) in planning and delivery of the event, inc:

  1. Venue bookings as required.
  2. Dates & Timings.
  3. Selection, sourcing & presentation of participants ‘Goodie Bag’ content.
  4. Propose appropriate Course fees.
  5. Arrange for advertising as required (Public Website, Posters & Flyers & others).
  6. Present all proposals to Committee for agreement.
  7. Be RBKA’s first point of contact for Public enquiries about the courses.
  8. Manage all details of bookings, liaising with RBKA Treasurer over receipts of payments.
  9. Maintain communication with applicants in run up to and during the course.
  10. Provide information to participants about next available Winter Beginners Course.

Winter Beginners Course organisation

Lead coordinator for RBKA of planning for and operation of the courses, inc.

  1. Course format and venue bookings as required
  2. Dates and Timings
  3. Presenter booking and fees (David Rudland)
  4. Selection and Sourcing of Beekeeping Course books for participants
  5. Sourcing of RBKA Honey ‘gift’ for participants on completion of course.
  6. Propose appropriate Course Fees
  7. Arrange for advertising as required (BeeCraft, Public Website, Posters & Flyers)
  8. Present all proposals to Committee for agreement
  9. Be RBKA’s first point of contact for Public enquiries about the courses.
  10. Manage all details of Bookings, liaising with RBKA Treasurer over receipts of payments.
  11. Maintain communication with applicants in run up to and duration of the course.
  12. Liaise with Membership Secretary and Education Coordinator over course participants’ ongoing membership status and practical training requirements.

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“I have managed this task for the last 10 years as part of the Hon Secretary role.  There can be busy times in this role, when the courses first open for booking and just before they take place but it’s easily manageable and it’s fun communicating with people who are taking their first steps in beekeeping.  You just need to be organised.”  (Gill Simpson)

This is a new standalone role.

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Chairman’s View – August 2021


This post has finally been updated, click here for the full ‘View’

My ‘view’ is currently a little obscured by the trees around and over and the Himalayan Balsam surrounding our tent in the middle of a Welsh Forest.

I will refocus on RBKA and catch-up upon my return during the 4th.

Meanwhile, do read through this months excellent BeeNews produced by Sue Scates and begin planning your Honey Show entries for the Surrey County Honey Show on the 11th September, our own RBKA Honey Show on the 2nd October and the National Honey Show from the 21st to the 23rd October  – (Download [3MB] the 37 page NHS Show Schedule of classes, specially adapted for the 2021 show in PDF format.)

Plan & prepare once … enter and show thrice.

Richard Bradfield
Chairman
1st August 2021
mob: 07923 600266
richard.d.bradfield@btinternet.com

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.

[Read more…]

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.

UBKA Winter Webinars 2021 – Swarm Control

Ulster Beekeepers Association invite your participation in this free talk; one of their Winter Webinars 2021 –

“Key Concepts For Every Beekeeper”

Swarm Control

With Ged Marshall

Feb 11, 2021 08:00PM (GMT)

Swarm control without the nine day checks . . . How to survive the Summer without repeatedly inspecting the brood chambers and still get large yields. Kindly sponsored by Burkes Bee Supplies.
GED MARSHALL
Ged started beekeeping when he was 15, spending a Summer working for a commercial (3,000 hive) operation in France. He got his first hives in the early ’80s and went full time in July 1989. Building up the business, focusing on bulk honey production and more recently, queen bee production. He has worked in France, Tenerife, Denmark and at Buckfast Abbey with Brother Adam to help improve his beekeeping.
In February 2014 Ged was the first Bee Farmer in the country to be awarded with the status of ‘Master Bee Farmer’ having reached the highest level in the art, science and craft of bee farming accepted by the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers and the Bee Farmers Association of the United Kingdom. He has achieved professional recognition through the licentiateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute. Ged has served on the Bee Farmers Association committee for 12 years and in 2017 he was elected chairman of the board of directors.
All Webinars are FREE and will commence at 8pm with a Question & Answer session after. Please register in advance for this webinar at the link below.
Register for Webinar Here

BBKA Spring Convention 2020 – CANCELLED

Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB

 Lectures, Workshops, Seminars and Trade Show

 

https://www.bbka.org.uk/2020-spring-convention-cancelled

 

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

Spring Lunch – 22nd Feb 2020 – Book by 29th Jan

Reigate Beekeepers Association

SPRING LUNCH

12.15 noon for 1.00pm

Your Chairman and his good Lady invite you to our first social event of the year

at

The Grumpy Mole, Brockham Green, Betchworth, Surrey  RH3 7JS

BIG REMINDER

Bookings required by 29th January please

3 Courses £36.30

2 Courses £28.60

Includes coffee, mints and 10% service charge

Book NOW to avoid disappointment

Reserve the date in YOUR diary now, to be sure to be able to join in our traditional start to the new Beekeeping Year.

Please download, print and complete the attached form and return,

together with a cheque **** made payable to REIGATE BEEKEEPERS ****

to:

Julie Thain, Easter Cottage, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0DF

Not later than Wednesday 29th JANUARY 2020

email

juliethain@hotmail.com

 Please specify if Vegan, Gluten Free or Dairy Free option required when Booking

Make choices from menu options on the booking form and shown below.

Click HERE to open the Booking Form for downloading, printing, completting and submitting to Julie.

(Keep a copy to remind yourself what you have ordered!)

 

The Grumpy Mole – Country Inn and Dining

Spring Lunch 22nd February 2020

TO START  [Read more…]

Winter Meetings 2018/19 Program – Next: 6th Mar.

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March 6th – Best Honey Tasting, Blind Challenge Tasting & Pollen Identification Demo prepared by Karen Ford & Geoff Blay, with YOUR honey.

You are invited to supply examples of your own honey in advance of the meeting to Geoff Blay to allow evaluation of the pollen content to be attempted beforehand … with results presented at the meeting.

From September through to March, we meet mostly (but not always!) on the first Wednesday of the month at the Woodhatch Centre, south of Reigate.

The program, comprising a combination of informative talks, just for fun events, as well as our AGM and Awards Ceremony is being arranged. (some Topics & Speakers to be confirmed)

Arrive from 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start to all meetings. Members (and guests) are asked to sign-in and a donation of £2 per person is requested to cover room and catering costs. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided at the meetings end, typically by about 9:00pm.

Of course, in addition to listening to the speakers etc, the evening provides a great opportunity to talk with your fellow beekeepers beforehand and over that cup of tea or coffee afterwards.

Details of the topics, as available, are set out here [Read more…]

End-of-Season Summer Celebration – 29th August

Bookings can be made either by adding your name(s) to the form accompanying the ‘End of Season Summer Celebration’ displayed poster at Henfold, or by notifying Janice Whitehead via this email link.Wondering how to find The Surrey Oaks?

Just turn left out of Henfold Copse onto Henfold Lane, turn left again at the end of Henfold Lane onto Parkgate Road, Newdigate and keep going until you reach The Surrey Oaks on the left, post code RH5 5DZ. 

Surrey County Show – Visit the Bees & Honey Tent

Honey Competition  Surrey County Show  Stoke Park, Guildford  

Bank Holiday Monday  28th May 2018

(Organised in conjunction with the Surrey Beekeepers’ Association)

Judge: Mr John Goodwin, assisted by Ms Sue Carter

A contribution to the prize money in these classes has been kindly donated by the Surrey Beekeepers’ Association.

Classes are open to all and any beekeeper may enter.

Final call for entries to Surrey County Show – there are still a few days left for Daphne Thomas to accept email entries to all classes of the Surrey County Show competition.

Closing date for entries was Wednesday 16 May.

Honey Show Awards & Prizes

  • The Colman Cup awarded to the Surrey Member winning the cut comb class.
  • Composite Cup awarded to the Surrey Member gaining the most points.
  • Vincent Challenge Cup awarded to the SBKA Division gaining most points from its members.
  • Ken Reed Memorial Cup awarded to the Surrey Member wining the single piece of beeswax class (299).
  • Golder Memorial Trophy awarded to the Surrey Member winning the Novice class (312).
  • NHS. Blue Ribbon awarded to the single best exhibit.
  • Chairman’s Prize (£25) There will be a draw ticket for each exhibit staged.
  • Class Prizes: 1st £5.00, 2nd £3.00, 3rd £2.00, 4th £1.00

[Read more…]

Henfold 2017/18 Winter Team Recruitment

Henfold Apiary Managers, Karen & Simon Ford, are looking to recruit volunteers to help with the important task of seeing the 12 or so colonies at Henfold through the coming winter and into next year, fit and ready for the 2018 practical training program.

The team would meet at Henfold, initially on some Wednesday evenings during September and then on Saturday or Sundays mornings, dependant upon need and availability, every few weeks throughout the winter months … to the end of March. 

Some of the essential tasks that will need to be undertaken will include hive hefting, protecting against woodpeckers, fitting mouse guards, feeding and varroa treatments.

At this stage, Simon & Karen are only needing to establish a contact list, with email addresses, of volunteers willing to participate at least on an occasional basis and subject to their individual availabilities. [Read more…]

Honey Extraction 2017

9 frame electric extractorExtraction of honey from the club’s supers is planned to be undertaken on Saturday 5th August, and provide the opportunity for an Extraction Training Day subject to the amount of honey needing to be harvested from the club apiaries.

Preparation of the Newdigate Village Hall venue, setting-up of the equipment and the gathering of supers from RBKA’s apiaries will be taking place during the afternoon and evening of Friday 4th August.

There are two objectives of the extraction event:

  1. To extract the honey that RBKA sells at shows and other events.
  2. To teach newer members how to use the various types of equipment available.

[Read more…]

ADM Proposistions to be Considered

BBKA Logo SmallThe BBKA’s 2017 Annual Delegates Meeting (ADM) takes place on Saturday 14th January 2017 at the National Beekeeping Centre, Stoneleigh. There were 11 Propositions put forward and published for Consideration. (Click Here  and scroll through to item 14 in the pdf document) 

The Surrey BKA Council will be meeting on 5th January to discuss and agree upon SBKA’s position on all the Propositions.

There are just a few days left therefore for you to let Andrew Buchanan (Surrey BKA Trustee), Celia Perry (our Surrey BKA Representative) and Bob Maurer (Surrey BKA Chairman and Surrey Delegate to the ADM) know YOUR views and to help them in the formulation of an SBKA position that Bob can then take to the ADM. [Read more…]

12th Surrey Bee Day – 18th February

12th Surrey Bee Day

Saturday 18th February 2017

Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham KT11 2LU

  9.30am Registration, 10am Start – 5pm Close

Speakers:

  • Tony Harris – ‘Botany for Beekeepers’

  • George Clouston – ‘Arnia, Benefits to Beekeepers’

  • Elli Leadbeater’s Team – ‘Research at RHUL’ including:

    • Callum Martin – ‘Are commercial bumblebees needed for strawberry pollination in the UK?’ 

    • Emily Bailes – ‘Flower margins on farmland, a beneficial resource or a hotbed of disease?’ 

    • Fabio Manfredini – ‘Understanding the dance language of honey bees’.

  • Mike & Julie Axford – ‘Branding Your Product’

Tickets:

£24 including lunch

Reservations:

email Sandra Rickwood rickwoodsbka@gmail.com or telephone Joan Johnson 01932 873275.

Payment:

Online to CAF Bank, Surrey Beekeepers Association, Sort code 40 52 40, account number, 00009321. Please use reference SBD12

or

Post to Mrs. S Rickwood, 19 Kenwood Drive Walton on Thames KT12 5AU Cheques payable to ‘Surrey Beekeepers Association’