June 2015 News

Saturday 13th June—Apiary meeting

Tal y Cafn at 2.30pm.
We’ll be checking for swarming, assessing the spring honey and maybe making nucs. All welcome!
Bee suits and gloves available for newcomers. Bring wellies.

Saturday 20th June—Growing the Future

A training day on Summer in the orchard at Ian Sturrock’s Welsh Fruit Tree HQ near Tesco, Bangor. Only £10 for the day. All you need to know about summer pruning.
See http://tinyurl.com/pfkkhvu to book a place and http://www.growingthefuture.co.uk/en/ for details of other courses, all well subsidized.

Saturday 4th July—Disease Recognition and Comb Workshop

Henfaes near Abergwyngregyn from 2pm to 5pm. Spaces are still available.
With Frank Gellatly, Regional Bee Inspector for Wales and Jonathan Garratt and David Hards, Seasonal Bee Inspectors.
Please see the Disease Recognition Comb Workshop Programme 2015 for more details.

  • Scroll down to page 2 to see pictures taken at the Comb Workshop at Henfaes in 2012.
  • You will see combs infected with American Foul Brood and European Foul Brood, in biosecure conditions.
  • Protective clothing provided.
  • Open to all. Conwy BK members and non-members welcome.
  • Free admission. Email us to book your place.
  • Refreshments provided.

Happy beekeeping
peter mcfadden

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April 2015 News

Saturday 2nd May—Apiary Meeting

Tal y Cafn at 2.30pm.
We’ll be checking the build-up of the colonies, assessing the need for a super and looking for early queen cells.

The sycamore will soon be in flower. It can be a great source of early honey and pollen, when the weather warms up. The bees love drawing out wax foundation on the sycamore, and it makes a delicious strong-flavoured honey. Be in time with your supers. Conwy Valley Asparagus will be on sale at the Apiary Meeting, direct from the grower Kevin Jones…

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March 2015 News

Tuesday 31st March—Getting the best from your bees

Craig y Don Community Centre
A talk by Geoff Critchley on spring and early-summer management. Tea/coffee and cake from 7.20pm, talk starts at 7.40pm.

Your bees have now had 12 months of pretty good weather, and they should be in fine  shape for the coming honey season. How do you get the best from them this year? This talk will give us some pointers.

Also, in the Car Park:

  • A sale of frames and foundation at pre-season prices.
  • A sale of second-hand bee equipment.
  • Convert your clean unwanted bee equipment, hives, bee books etc. into cash.
  • No used frames or galvanized or tin plated equipment please.
  • No seller’s commission. Donations to Bees for Development very welcome.
  • Bring your own table.
  • Set up your stall at 6.45pm. Buy and sell from 7pm to 7.30pm.
  • Cash sales only please.
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February 2015 News

Sunday 15th March—Beeswax candles and creams workshop

Henfaes near Abergwyngregyn
10.30am to 3pm. Very popular.
See Courses info at www.beeswales.co.uk

Thursday 26th March—Conwy Seed Fair

Stall space still available for plants and seeds, honey, crafts, home produce.

Saturday 28th March—WBKA Convention

Builth Wells
Beekeeping equipment at sale prices, especially hives and honey extractors. Let us know if you would like to share a car. A lovely journey through red kite country. You could make a weekend of it.

Hope we’ll see you at Wally Shaw’s talk on Reactive Swarm Control at Craig y Don on Tuesday 24th February at 7.30pm. Miss this talk and you may well miss some swarms.

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CBK AGM and membership

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.
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December 2014 News

Happy New Year to you and your bees.

BfD honey on sale at Bahir DarOur 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.

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Pre-emptive Swarm Control

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”
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October 2014 News

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.

Conwy Honey Fair c.1900. Mrs John Berry, Llanwrst standing at her stall. (2)
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

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September 2014 News

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

Varroa treatment

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.

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Conwy Royal Charter procession

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.

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