November 2013 News

Tuesday 26th November—Making Increase

Craig y Don Community Centre
A talk by Wally Shaw OBE and Jenny Shaw, Anglesey BKA. Tea, coffee, cake and informal chat from 7.20pm. Talk starts at 7.40pm.

I’ve got my hive through the winter and it’s full of bees. I know they’ll want to swarm soon. How do I split the colony in two without wrecking it? Wally Shaw will explain the theory, and Jenny Shaw will guide us through a straightforward method with pictures.

This is a talk not to miss. You’re a keen beekeeper, why would you not want to be there?

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Association Honey Show – 2013

Tuesday 29th October—Association Honey Show

Craig y Don Community Centre Staging from 6.45pm to 7.15pm.

Our best meeting of the year! Your chance to be a honey judge for the evening.

Last year we changed the format of the Honey Show, and we all judged the classes against a list of criteria. This turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful event. The winning entry in the clear honey was also the winner at the Royal Welsh Show.

Do support your Honey Show, and please save some honey for next year’s Eglwysbach Show.

Click here to see our information on How to win prizes at the Honey Show.

Best wishes and good luck.

honey comp 2012 bHere are pictures of the 2012 show taken by Barry Griffiths.

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October News

Sat/Sun 19th and 20th October—Apple Weekend Celebration

Bodelwyddan Castle 11am to 4.30pm

  • A celebration of the amazing apple, marking the redevelopment of the Victorian Orchard at Bodelwyddan Castle.
  • Display of over 100 apple varieties.
  • Bring along your fruit for identification. Bring your diseased fruit for advice from fruit guru Ian Sturrock http://www.iansturrockandsons.co.uk/
  • Tree planting, beekeeping information stall, juice and food tasting, crafts, games and quizzes, talks and demos.

Admission: Adults £6.95, concessions £5.85, children £3.

Sat/Sun 26th and 27th October—Conwy Feast

Conwy town centre
Here’s an amazing picture of Conwy during the 2012 Feast.Conwy Feast 2012

Tuesday 29th October—Conwy BKA Annual Honey Show

Craig y Don Community Centre
Schedules to be announced

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Maximising Your Honey Crop

Tuesday 24th September—Maximizing your honey crop

Craig y Don Community Centre
Are you disappointed with just a half-full super of honey from a hive? Scared to work out the cost of producing a jar of honey? Come along to this talk by Joanna Schup from Shropshire BKA.
Welcome tea, coffee and chat from 7.20pm. Meeting starts at 7.40pm.

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Conwy Honey Fair 2013

Many thanks to all who supported Friday’s Conwy Honey Fair. We had about 70 stalls, including nearly 30 honey sellers, from as far as Lampeter. We were pleased that a lot of new beekeepers were there, selling honey for the first time.

We collected an amazing £700 from stallholders and visitors towards Bees for Development.

Below are pictures from this year’s Conwy Honey Fair taken by Barry Griffiths.

Click on an image to see a larger version.

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September 2013 – News

Wednesday 4th September—History of beekeeping

Eagles Hotel, Llanrwst LL26 0LG at 7pm.
honey fairHistory of beekeeping in the Conwy Valley a talk by Kevin Jones, Maenan, Conwy BKA member. There is lots of fresh information, and previously unseen old photos of the Conwy Honey Fair. This is a Llanrwst Historical Society meeting, visitors welcome @ £2 per person.

Saturday 7th September—Apiary Meeting

Your last Apiary meeting of the summer at Tal y Cafn at 2.30pm. Check for winter and treating the bees with Apiguard.

Friday 13th September—Conwy Honey Fair

9am to 4pm. Good quality pics wanted for publicizing next year’s event, our 25th year!

Tuesday 24th September—Maximizing your honey crop

A talk by Joanna Schup, Shropshire BKA at Craig y Don Community Centre. Welcome and tea/coffee at 7.20pm, meeting starts at 7.40pm

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July 2013 News

New members

Conwy BKA now has a record 160 members (with a family counting as one member). Welcome to all our new members! If you are a new member, and you would like to know who else keeps bees near you please contact us. Think about volunteering to help with the bees at the BeeCentre at Bodnant Welsh Food. It’s a great way to meet other beekeepers and to learn about beekeeping.
See www.beeswales.co.uk and www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk/

Sun 7th July—Garden Open

Penysychnant, Sychnant Pass, Conwy
11am to 5pm Click here for info.

Sun 14th July—Moelyci Open Day

Moelyci Environmental Centre, Tregarth
From midday. Click here for info.

Sat 20t July—Apiary Meeting

Tal y Cafn
14:30

Warmer weather is forecast for July. Be in time with your supers.

Happy beekeeping.
Peter McFadden

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April 2013 News

Welsh Beekeeper magazine

The new editor is Sue Closs. She would be delighted to receive articles or pictures for publication.

Sat 13th April—BBKA Spring Convention

Newport, Shropshire

Sun 14th April—Gardeners’ Market

Conwy RSPB Reserve
10am to 4pm. Ten specialist local nurseries with a wide variety of plants for sale. Free admission, free advice and information.

Sat 27th April—Beekeeping Taster Day

Rowen and Tal y Cafn
Still a few places available. See website under Courses.

Tues 30th April—Beekeeping in ancient Egypt

Craig y Don Community Centre
A talk by Pauline Norris, Montgomery BKA, starts at 7.40pm.

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Cold Weather Starvation Risk

An important message from the National Bee Unit.

March 2013 Bee colony Starvation Risk. Important Information about Colony Food Levels.

With the continued poor weather looking to persist through to the end of March, colonies may be starting to run out of food (if they haven’t already). It would be advisable to check the food levels by opening the hive and making a very quick observation on their store levels. Key points to remember are:

  • The colony may still have stores available which are at the other end of the brood chamber to the cluster of bees. If there are ‘empty’ frames between the two then the bees could still starve, despite food being in the chamber. Move the frames of food directly next to the outer frame where the cluster resides, ensuring that you score each frame of food (not excessively, but enough to stimulate feeding). Be sure not to knock or roll the bees when doing this and to be as quick as possible.
  • If the colony has little or no frames of food then give them a block of candy or fondant. You want to aim for about 2.5 kg per hive and although this may seem to be a great expense, it is far less than the money you will have wasted should the bees die.
  • Mini plastic bags that are used to store loose fruit in from the supermarket are perfectly acceptable for holding the fondant and cost nothing. Pack the candy in the bag and then pierce holes in the appropriate place once you get to the hive. If the bag seems fragile then you can double bag it (just be sure to pierce both bags).
  • At this time of the year we would usually start feeding sugar syrup but with these temperatures it is still too cold. Place the fondant directly above the bees, turning the crownboard if necessary so that one of the porter bee escape holes is above the cluster.

Please be aware that this should be done as quickly and carefully as possible and although it may seem too cold to open the hive now, it is far better to do so knowing the bees are ok than not to and find later that they have died.
For more information, please refer to Best Practice Guideline Number 7 – ‘Emergency Feeding’. See pages 3 and 4

Kind regards,

National Bee Unit.

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Conwy Seed Fair

Tuesday 26th March 2013

In Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square, 9am to 4pm, free admission.

Plant stalls, seeds, local crafts, honey, home produce. See Conwy Fairs page for information.

Plus…

  • Conwy Farmers’ Market on the Quay, all day.
  • Conwy Country Market at the British Legion, Rosehill Street, near the Vicarage Gardens (town centre) car park. Tea/coffee and crafts stalls, 9.45am to mid afternoon. St. John’s Methodist Church, opposite the Vicarage Gardens car park.
  • Coffee morning and Fair Trade stall in the morning. Church open in the afternoon. Royal Cambrian Academy, Crown Lane, off High Street.
  • Exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Diane Lawrenson and Louise Payne, 11am to 5pm, free admission. Click here for details.
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