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.
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
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.
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.