Apiary work party 28th November 2015

Special apiary work party, Saturday 28th November 2015

Work party at the Saunderton Apiary to lay a new level path through the apiary. This is an essential project as it will create a safe walk way to and from the hives.

We will be starting the session at 10 am and have organised a small digger and a dumper truck to help. Please join us to assist with the works and bring along gloves, shovels, rakes and pickaxes etc.

A hot lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. Please email chairman@hwbka.co.uk if you are able to come or require any further details.

Meeting Friday 27th November 2015

Joyce Russell will be giving a talk entitled “Started with a nuc last summer?”.  Essential advice for new beekeepers but there will be something here we all can learn from.  The meeting is at Trinity Church, London Road, High Wycombe, but on this occasion it’s in the back hall, and we can’t get in until 7.45pm, so slightly later than usual.  Joyce Russell is a well known speaker on beekeeping subjects and this talk was well received at the BBKA Spring convention.

HWBKA Public Open Day

The HWBKA open day is on 12th July in Saunderton, 10.30 -2.00 – anyone interested in bees is invited, especially if you’re thinking of taking up beekeeping.

We shall have a display of beekeeping items and experienced beekeepers in attendance to answer your questions. After a short talk on beekeeping you can put on a beesuit and look inside a hive at close hand and a beekeeper will talk you through. Refreshments and BBQ available. Expect to stay about one hour.

If you would like come along please email chairman@hwbka.co.uk for further details and directions how to find us. There is no charge although donations for food appreciated.



AGM/Honey Show

AGM/Honey Show   

Just a reminder that the AGM/Honey Show this year is 31st October 2014.

It may be early in the season but now’s the time to plan your entries for the show.

Our guest judge this year is Mr Ron White, and in keeping with previous years it’s first and foremost a fun event, however for the competitive amongst us there are 10 categories to get your teeth into including a members judged Mead category. As usual the evening will begin with the all-important AGM followed by a light supper for members while catching up and sharing bee stories from the season past, and the opportunity to sample some of the entries that are judged by members.

See the following list for categories and rules for the Honey Show. At the time of writing this there are a few competition frames left for sale so if you would like one please contact me.  There will of course be £5 Thorne’s vouchers for the winner in each category and more importantly trophies in most, which you will get to keep for the year, once it has been engraved.

AGM Honey Competition


  1. Frame of Honey
  2. Black Jar
  3. Creamed Honey
  4. Honey Cake
  5. Wax product
  6. A bee related Photograph
  7. Home produced food item containing Honey
  8. Craft item made by exhibitor with a clear bee related subject
  9. Other hive products not covered by classes 1 – 8
  10. Mead

Honey show rules

Honey to be exhibited in traditional 454g (1lb) BS1777 Jars

Honey Cake                                                

6oz honey                                                           2 eggs-beaten

5oz butter                                                           7oz self-raising flour

3oz soft brown sugar

Measure the honey, butter and sugar into a large pan, and heat gently until melted.  Remove from the heat.  Mix in the eggs and sieved flour.  Turn the mixture into a greased and lined 7”/18cm diameter round cake tin.  Bake in a moderate oven 180c – Gas mark 4 for 40 – 45 minutes, or until the cake is spongy in the centre and just shrinking from the edges of the tin. Cool in the tin, before turning out onto a wire rack.

Cake must be displayed in a plastic bag and on a paper plate (which will be provided by HWBKA upon entry)


Labels for each exhibit will be provided prior to the Honey Show and should be placed as follows:

Jars – horizontally 12mm up from base of jar (Black Jar under sleeve)

Frame – on top frame bar

Cake – on plastic bag

Photos – bottom right hand corner

Home produced food item – on plate

Craft item – clearly visible anywhere

Other hive product – clearly visible anywhere

Wax – on bottom of product

Mead – horizontally 12mm up from base of bottle.


Entries can be placed between 6.45 – 7.15 pm on the day of AGM Honey Show.

Thank you in anticipation for entering, if you have a queries please contact Olwyn French

Good Luck

HWBKA Meeting Friday 30th May

Thank you Dr. Luke Nixon for a very interesting talk tonight on Urban Beekeeping. It was amazing to see the locations in different cities where hives are kept and the effort Beekeepers go to set them up!!!

As Luke mentioned, he assisted with the construction and set-up of the hive at Natural History Museum which has a “bee cam” inside.


If you have any Urban Beekeeping questions then you can email: luke@urbanbeekeeping.co.uk


Change to January Meeting/Talk

The subject for January’s talk will now be  The “Tree Bumblebee”  A Key Issue for High Wycombe Beekeepers – by Clive Hill

Venue as usual – Trinity Church Hall, High Wycombe – Friday 31st January @ 7:30pm

Autumn Gathering 2013 – Photos from the Day

HWBKA & Bucks County Honey Show

HWBKA & Bucks County Honey Show


Dr Sara Robb – Hive Beauty Products

Nigel Semmence - Regional Bee Inspector - Hygiene & Cleaning

Nigel Semmence – Regional Bee Inspector – Hygiene & Cleaning

Chris Parks - Skep Making

Chris Parks – Skep Making

Will Steynor - Wax and Candles

Will Steynor – Wax and Candles

Trevor Clapp - Woodworking workshop

Trevor Clapp – Woodworking workshop













Programme of Talks – NOW ONLINE – 2013/14


HWBKA’s programme of talks for the year – September 2013 through to May 2014 is now available to view online – looks like a good year for speakers – reserve the dates in your diary – NOT TO BE MISSED…!

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