Tuesday 27th January—Annual General Meeting and Beekeeping Quiz
Craig y Don Centre 7.30pm.
Nominations are invited for committee members.
Membership subscriptions 2015
- Many thanks to members who have already renewed their subs.
- You can renew your subs very easily, using our new Online Membership form and internet banking.
- You can still pay by cheque if you prefer.
- We offer a very wide range of benefits for the price of a few jars of honey per year.
- Why not renew your subs right now?
- Further details are on our membership page.
Happy New Year to you and your bees.
Our secretary has just returned from a 3½ week backpacking trip in the Ethiopian highlands where he spent time with the Bees for Development (BfD) Ethiopia Director Tilahun Gebey at Bahir Dar. This picture is of BfD honey for sale at Bahir Dar.
Saturday 3rd January—Apiary meeting
Tal y Cafn apiary at 2pm.
Treating the bees with oxalic acid and assessing the state of the colonies. Usually our best-attended apiary meeting of the year. Bee suits and gloves available to borrow. Bring your own wellies.
Saturday 3rd January—Thorne’s winter online sale
Starts at 3am. See http://www.thorne.co.uk/winter-sale for list of prices. Note: We are discontinuing supplying frames and foundation via Chris Clarke, due to falling demand. See our website page Shop for other local suppliers. The Thorne’s sale is a good opportunity to stock up for the coming year at reasonable prices.
Tuesday 25th November—Pre-emptive swarm control
Craig y Don Community Centre
A talk by Wally Shaw, Anglesey
Welcome, tea/coffee and cake from 7.20pm, meeting starts at 7.40pm.
- Do you just accept swarming as something your bees do every year, anytime from late April to August?
- Do you just accept the loss of honey, and be glad with what you get?
- Do you end the season with hives full of random swarms?
- Do you say “Well, I really only want four hives of bees, and now I’ve got eight”
Sat/Sun 25th and 26th October—Gwledd Conwy Feast
all over Conwy town.
One of the largest food events in Wales. See www.conwyfeast.co.uk
Conwy Beekeepers’ stall will be in the Farming for Food marquee in the town centre car park (Vicarage Gardens). We’ll be in with the farm animals. Why not call in and see us?
Tuesday 28th October—North Wales bee breeding group
Craig y Don Community Centre
A talk by Steve Rose of South Clwyd BKA
Welcome from 7.20pm with tea/coffee and cakes. Meeting starts at 7.40pm.
- Are you pleased with your bees?
- Lovely bees to handle?
- Great comb builders?
- Plenty of honey this summer?
- Very few swarms?
If not, this talk is for you!
You could learn how to set up a small bee breeding group with your neighbouring beekeepers, learning from each other and soon making improvements to your bees. South Clwyd’s breeding group now has some 20 members, who are developing and sharing their skills and their bees. We could do the same.
We hope to see you at the meeting.
This picture shows Conwy Honey Fair c1900, with Mrs. John Berry’s honey stall.
Thanks to Conwy Archives http://www.conwy.gov.uk/section.asp?cat=772&Language=1
Tuesday 30th September—Beekeeping in years two to ten
Craig y Don Community Centre at 7.30pm
Our evening meetings start with a talk by Margaret Murdon, Ormskirk on Beekeeping in years two to ten. A new talk from a new to us speaker. OK, you’ve been on a beginner’s beekeeping course, you’ve got your bees and maybe had some honey this year. What next? Do you relax and say I’ve done the beginner’s course and I’m a beekeeper now. Or do you aim to progress from novice to proficient beekeeper? Your bees could become a lifetime passion.
This talk will point you in the right direction. Why be a stay-at-home entry-level beekeeper?
Special offer for new members
Join now for 2015 and get the rest of 2014 free. See our website page Join us/Membership
MAQS varroa treatment is available at the BeeCentre, Furnace Farm, Tal y Cafn @ £8 per hive, less 10% for Conwy BK members for four or more hives. Apiguard also in stock.
Saturday 6th September—Medieval Procession
Conwy town at 2pm
To celebrate 730 years since Conwy’s Royal Charter was signed. You have Edward 1st and the Royal Charter to thank for the Conwy Honey Fair. Would you like to take part with Conwy Beekeepers, dressed in bee suits and armed with smokers? Please let Peter McFadden know.
Saturday 13th September—Conwy Honey Fair
This is the last call for honey stalls. Space is now nearly all booked.
23rd, 24th & 25th August—Candle Rolling
Perfect for busy little hands! Great for grown-ups too.
30th & 31st August—Seedballs
6th & 7th September—Seedballs and planting for Bees
Make your own wildflower seedballs to take home and plant in your garden, and discover which bee-friendly plants are best suited to your garden. Bring a soil sample for a free test!
20th & 21st September—Traditional Beeswax Candles
Beeswax burns very slowly, smells deliciously sweet and may benefit those with asthma and breathing problems. Come and see how traditional dipped and moulded beeswax candles are made and try your hand at dipping or rolling your own.
27th & 28th September—Products From The Hive
There is more to Bees than honey. Wax has so may uses and we will how you how simple ingredients can be used to turn wax into lip balms, polish and rolled candles, all of which are ideal as gifts or presents!
Beekeeping Course for Beginners 2014 / 2015
This highly successful course is now in its eighth year.
Conwy Beekeepers and the National Beekeeping Centre for Wales are offering the next course, starting on Tuesday 16th September. The course runs over ten sessions, two in the apiary and eight Tuesday evening classes, led by master beekeeper Geoff Critchley.
Full course details can be found at www.beeswales.co.uk
We are very sorry to report that Dennis Adams died on 12th August at the age of 83. He was a founder member of Conwy BKA in 1978 and a former chairman. He kept bees for over 65 years, and he was our most enthusiastic beekeeping instructor. He loved sharing his knowledge with new beekeepers. You would always learn something new when you watched Dennis Adams working with bees.
This picture shows Dennis Adams (on the right) at a taster day at Tal y Cafn. Notice the van slogan.
Thursday 21st August—Bumblebees and Solitary bees in your garden
6.30pm for 7pm start. A talk by George Pilkington, Warrington upstairs at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, Tal y Cafn LL28 5RP.
Tickets £2.50 per person, plus raffle. Pay on the door. Proceeds in aid of National Beekeeping Centre Wales.
Saturday 23rd August—Last of the summer Apiary meetings
Tal y Cafn at 2.30pm. Contact our apiary manager Chris Clarke for Apiguard.
Are available for collection from Peter McFadden. Standard 454g pounds and hexagon 227g half pounds.
Now is the time to start preparing your bees for successful wintering (not mid October). See our website page Preparing the bees for winter.
Saturday 2nd August—Apiary meeting
Tal y Cafn at 2.30pm.
Late season inspection. Is the queen laying OK? Is there honey to harvest?
Saturday 9th August—Eglwysbach Show
Don’t worry if you haven’t exhibited honey before, just jump in and show your honey. You’ll soon be winning prizes.
See our tips on Winning Prizes and our website page Honey Shows, which includes the schedule for Eglwysbach Show. If you wish, you can bring your entries for the honey classes to the apiary meeting, and we will stage them for you. Just post your entry form to the Show secretary.
Why not try a frame of honey? The bees have made some good combs this year. Or maybe an invention.
The standard recipe for Honey Cake is shown on our recipes website page under Resources->Recipes.
Saturday 16th August—Llanrwst Show
See the honey classes schedule on our Honey Shows page. Another great day out. The Fur and Feather tent is always worth a visit.
Honey Extractors for hire
We have two extractors and settling tanks with Hazel Jones, Dwygyfylchi; and one with Peter McFadden near Rowen. See instructions for use on our website.
454g glass jars with gold plastic lids @ £20 per box of 72 from Peter McFadden.
Friday 13th June—Local Produce Market
Glasdir, Llanrwst LL26 0DF 9.30am to 1.30pm.
Wide variety of local food, plants and crafts, direct from the producers. Well recommended! Free parking.
Free workshops at Corn Helyg Permaculture
Anglesey next week.
Straw bale building, biochar, hotbox composting Click here for details.
Tal y Cafn
Saturdays at 2.30pm on 28th June, 19th July, 2nd August and 23rd August.
Looking for a straw skep made in Wales?
Practical skeps for beekeepers now available, made to order. Created using the medieval craft of Lippy work (coiling straw).
Popular sizes include 14 x 14 inches, 18 x 18 inches, 24 x 24 inches, with or without entrances for the bees.
Swarm collecting baskets also available 14 inch x 9 inch. Lippy basket traditional and contemporary. This is a rare and beautiful traditional craft.