Kent Beekeepers Association Orpington Branch

Branch Newsletter August 2002

Orpington Branch Newsletter August 2002 by Frank Chappell.


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Orpington Branch Newsletter August 2002

Not much to report this month. Once again a reminder about anti-varroa treatment which you should be preparing for. If you want me to obtain Apistan or Bayvarol for you, let me know or you will need to make your own arrangements.

I have received schedules for the Ashford Honey Show on Saturday September 7th and of the City of London Flower Show on Monday/Tuesday September 2nd/3rd. Sadly I will miss the latter this year because I shall be on holiday.

Don't forget our honey show on Saturday September 14th. This year it is at West Wickham in the hall where it used to be held some years ago. The schedule should also include creamed honey which will please those of you who make it. After urging the show committee to include it, I hope we have some entries!

Welcome to our newest and youngest beekeeper! James Butterworth is very enthusiastic and started coming to the Apiary last year. He has now joined the branch though he has been unable to come to the Apiary the last few weeks, I believe because of a broken arm. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him again before long.

A Nigel Mercier has sent me an email reporting that he has an electric extractor, radial, polythene for sale used for one season only. He has had to give up beekeeping because of a slipped disc. He suggests about £300 o.n.o. If you are interested, contact him on Nigel.mercier @

A report in the "Daily Telegraph" on the 10th July read: "A 90-year-old Austrian beekeeper has astounded doctors by surviving 1000 stings. "A normal person can survive 100 to 500", said Dr. Kurt Aigner, of Linz, who treated him.". I don't think it would be a good idea to see if he is right!