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December 2011 Newsletter

Published 4 December, 2011

Mary and Box with Trophy 2011 Bromley
Bob and Mary presented with the Jack Holt Shield at the Bromley and Orpington Honey Show.

At our recent AGM all our officers were re-elected although turnout was disappointing. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard over the year to make our various activities a success.  

Entries for the honey show were slightly down. The judge, Bernard Diaper, thought the show was of a good standard.

Our Wednesday evening meetings proved very popular both with the beginners who had been attending the course run by Bob in the spring and with our more experienced members keen to learn about queen rearing. We plan to follow the same format next year with all Sunday apiary meetings being in the morning. The Wednesday evening meetings will start around the end of April when the evenings are a bit lighter. Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Mary is busy working on the dates for our outside events. We prefer not to have commitments on consecutive days or, indeed, two Saturdays or Sundays running but with most organisations having their events on the same day each year this is difficult to avoid. We now have a trailer in which our equipment is stored and this has the advantage of reducing the loading and unloading. We are also sourcing some new marquees which will make the setting up and dismantling much easier.

Our lecture programme for 2012 is as follows:

17th January - Norman Chapman: DIY beekeeping.
21st February - Alan Byham, the Regional Bee Inspector, will give a talk on his work.
20th March - Pat Allen: The many uses of a nucleus hive.
17th April - The Peter Springall memorial lecture by one of his best known pupils Norman Carreck: Breeding bees for hygienic behaviour to fight varroa.

The lectures are free and start at 7.30 p.m. at Kent House Road. Refreshments are also provided.

Mick Coen has organised a half day work shop on queen rearing with Roger Patterson fixed for Saturday, 31st March. Places are limited so please let either Mick or myself know if you would like to attend.

Our next apiary meeting is Sunday, 4th December at 11.30 a.m. What we do depends upon the weather but we will probably be cleaning equipment and tidying the site. 

The first Sunday of 2012 is the 1st January and we will be having our barbecue as usual so do come along and enjoy a glass of mulled wine.

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