Saturday 19th October – HWBKA Honey Show

The Association will hold its Honey Show on Saturday the 19th October in the hall at the back of Trinity Church.

Set up will commence at 9.00am, with entries being accepted from10.00 am and judging commencing from 10.45 am and presentation of results at around 2.00 pm.

Our Chairman has issued an e-mail to members (16/08/2019) with details and a entry form, it would be a great help to the show organisers if you can return the completed entry slips to Phil Clarke, Honey Show Secretary, before the day of the show, so that labels can be prepared ready for you.

If you are not sure about entering a class, include it on the entry, it is easier for us to do labels in advance even if not used on the day.

If you are not sure what class to enter for jar honey light or medium, medium or dark mark both and make a final decision on the morning after using the grading glasses

Anyone who has not received a copy of the e-mail with the entry form (or who wish to send their completed entry slips) can e-mail Phil on
phil.clarke@hwbka.co.uk

 

Saturday 28th September – Bucks County Honey Show

Open to all four Buckinghamshire Associations.
This year is hosted by the Chalfonts and will be held at Seer Green Baptist Church, Seer Green.

Advanced entries are encouraged but can be made on the day.  Entries 2pm-2:45pm

More show details can be found at:

https://www.chalfontsbeekeepers.co.uk/event-info/bucks-county-beekeepers-honey-show

Contact: Helen Cave membership@chalfontsbeekeepers.co.uk

 

Friday 27th Sept – Making Space for Wildlife Talk

Making Space for Wildlife

Our 1st Autumn meeting with guest speaker, John Tyler.

With so many ancient habitats disappearing from our countryside each year, even the smallest garden can provide a vital sanctuary for wild plants and animals. We will look at a range of simple ways to make a garden more attractive to wildlife (and more interesting for us), including garden design, choosing the right plants, building a pond, establishing a wildflower meadow and managing your garden in a wildlife-friendly way.

Join us at 7.30 pm at the Trinity Church, High Wycombe, HP11 1BJ.

Tuesday 10th September 2019 – DYB: Winter Prep

We have a meeting this Tuesday 10th September at 7.30 pm in the back hall at Trinity Church, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ.

Although we’re still getting a few warm days, it’s noticeable how the nights are drawing in, which is a sure sign that the colder weather will soon be with us again.  The bees are now preparing for the winter months ahead, so our meeting this month will concentrate on how the bees prepare for the winter, and what we beekeepers should be doing to ensure they overwinter successfully and come out next year as strong colonies.  A bee colony can easily die out over winter, but this can often be avoided with good winter preparation.
Refreshments available, hope you can make it.

Paul

Tuesday 13th August 2019 DYB – Honey Tasting

We have a meeting this Tuesday 13th August at 7.30 pm in the back hall at Trinity Church, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ.

This month we will be reviewing the past beekeeping year. A good opportunity to compare your experiences with other beekeepers in our Association.  Do come along to discuss how your bees performed and anything different about this season.  If it’s your first season with bees we’d love to know how you got on.

We will also be doing honey tasting, so if you took off honey this year please bring a small sample for tasting.  It definitely doesn’t need to be show standard !
Refreshments available, hope you can make it.

 

Sunday 11th August – Extraction Day

We are holding an apiary honey extraction event on Sunday 11th August 10.00 to 13.00 for Association Members.

We have some supers of honey from our training apiary to extract and prepare for sale. So we will be demonstrating methods of uncapping, manually spinning and settling.

Light refreshments will be available. If you would like to come along, learn and have a go, please email Cathy Briant at vicechair@hwbka.co.uk for her to collate numbers and let you know the venue.

This is particularly important for our beginners, even if they have no bees yet, and a good social opportunity.

Hoping to see you there,

Graeme Summers – Chairman HWBKA

Saturday 10th August – Taster Day

A one day event for people interested in learning more about keeping bees:

Day includes:

  • Presentations on the life cycle of the bee, basic beekeeping husbandry and a year in the life of a beekeeper
  • Practical activities of frame-making, extracting honey from the comb and bottling it into jars
  • A Visit to Saunderton Apiary in the afternoon for inspection of hives (weather dependant)

For more information or to book, follow the link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beekeeping-taster-day-tickets-59885120006

 

Tuesday 9th July – Seasonal issues

This month we will be dealing with seasonal issues.

This is a busy time in the beekeeping year, both for the bees and the beekeepers, so we will be looking at the important jobs that need to be done in the next few weeks, principally taking off the supers, extraction of the honey, and varroa treatment.

Refreshments available.

7.30 pm in the back hall at Trinity Church, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ

Tuesday 11th June – DYB: Hot Topics

This month we will be trying something different and  having a general discussion of “hot topics” chosen by you.  If you have a question or some burning issue with your bees or beekeeping here is an opportunity to raise it  with with your fellow beekeepers and get some interesting answers or explanations.  It may not be the answer you want, but I am sure we will all go home with something to think about.

Remember the old adage “ask two beekeepers a question and get three answers” –  then consider what happens if you ask three dozen beekeepers a question!

This is going to be an interesting evening,  bring a question to put to the meeting if you can.

7.30pm Trinity (back hall) Refreshments available, hope you can make it

Friday 31st May – Pollen, Superfood for Honey Bees

Join us on 31st May for a talk by guest speaker, Robert Smith, discussing Pollen, the superfood for honey bees.