Orpington Branch Newsletter September 2002 by Frank Chappell.
KENT BEEKEEPERS` ASSOCIATION
Orpington Branch Newsletter September 2002
For those of you who asked me to obtain Apistan strips, I now have them and need you to contact me to arrange for their transfer.
In the last issue, I mentioned that a Nigel Mercier was selling an extractor. He tells me that has now been sold.
With this issue, you should get a copy of the schedule and entry form for our honey show. Please do not treat it as waste paper and put it in the bin. Much better to try your luck as an entrant. It doesn't matter if you don't win - it's fun to have a go. This year there have been changes: the show is now at Emmanuel Church, The Grove, West Wickham and Creamed Honey is included in one of the classes. I hope those of you who wanted this will enter. There is also a class for a cake of beeswax open to any member who has never won a prize for wax. There are also new confectionery classes for those of you who can cook. Note that the Trinear Trophy does not figure in the awards since we have not been able to decide what it should be for. If you have any ideas, please let us know so that it can be awarded next year.
My apologies if you have to use a magnifying glass to read the regulations - that is the size of type as it came over the internet.
I have received my copy of the National Honey Show schedule. If you would like a copy, you can probably get one from the Membership Secretary Bill Fildes on 01375 404189. Alternatively I can photo copy the entry form for you.
Also in the last issue I mentioned the demijohns which Tony Trinick had collected from Marjorie's house. He tells me that no one has contacted him about them but he is rather keen to be rid of them. Is there anyone out there? There must be someone who would love to make mead but hasn't the equipment.
A short note in the "Daily Telegraph" on August 20th carried a report from the University of Illinois that honey may be as good at fighting disease as some fruits and vegetables. A study showed that drinking honey and water improved the levels of blood antioxidants, which help to prevent narrowing of the arteries. Honey contains about the same amount of antioxidants as spinach and was comparable to those in apples, bananas and oranges. Participants were given about four tablespoons of honey per 16oz glass of water. Mead was found to contain the same antioxidant level as white wine.
This was followed six days later by a quarter page article praising honey, especially as a wound dressing but also for gastric ulcers and dry skin. So honey is getting a good press at the moment, but I can't help wondering how you deal with a following cloud of bees when you have used one of these surface treatments!