WBKA Spring Convention 2015

This year’s WBKA Spring Convention 2015 is on Saturday 28th March and starts at 8.30am, with tea and coffee available from 8.00am. It takes place at the Hafod a Hendre Hall, Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

Admission for Adults – £8.00

Guest speakers during the day are:

  • John and Mary Home: Bees Abroad
  • Glyn Davies, Master Beekeeper, Devon BKA: The Mysterious Sex-life of the Honeybee and the Virus Threat
  • Wally Shaw OBE, WBKA Technical Officer: Reactive Swarm Control
  • Dr Max Watkins, Director Vita (Europe)Ltd, BDI Sponsored Lecture: New Developments in Bee Health

Plus:

  • “Beekeepers’ Question Time” – your chance to ask the experts………….!
  • Trade stands and exhibitions.
  • Bargain beekeeping supplies.
  • All day refreshments
  • Free Parking!

It will be a great day and we hope to see you there!!

Introductory Beekeeping Course – Only a few places left!

Due to high demand, a second one-day classroom based course for the complete beginner is scheduled for Saturday 21st March 2015 at the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest.

These courses have been very popular and given many potential beekeepers the confidence to proceed to practical lessons with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

Places for the course are already filling up fast, so booking early is strongly recommended if you wish to attend!

To find out more and how to book, please email: pauleades@btinternet.com for details and an application form, or contact Paul on 07988 037571.

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Seasonal Bee Inspector vacancy

We have been advised by Frank Gellatly, the Regional Bee Inspector for Wales, that the NBU will shortly be recruiting a new Seasonal Bee Inspector to cover North Pembrokeshire and South Ceredigion. We will be advised of the link to the Civil Service Recruitment Website when the vacancy is posted in about a week’s time, but in the meantime Frank is happy to receive expressions of interest from any PBKA members, or answer any queries.

PBKA membership reminder!

Will PBKA members please note that if you haven’t already renewed your membership for 2015 it is now overdue. This is particularly important if you wish to have BDI (Bee Disease Insurance), quite apart from the additional benefits available to members.

If you haven’t renewed yet, can you please complete the 2015 PBKA Membership Form and send it to our Membership Secretary, together with the correct remittance, as soon as possible.

Note that the form can also be used by anyone who would like to join the association.

Many thanks.

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‘The Challenges of Beekeeping’

The Tivyside Beekeepers Association is very pleased to have Celia Davis presenting:

‘The Challenges of Beekeeping – Overcoming the problems facing beekeepers’

For 11 years Celia was Secretary to the Warwickshire Beekeepers’ Association and then took over as President. In 1997 the editor of Bee Craft asked her to write articles for the magazine, a job that lasted for 10 years. She now spends a great deal of time talking to various groups as well as many beekeeping organisations and conventions all over the country.

This will take place on Sunday 29 March at 2 p.m. in Coed y Bryn Village Hall (SA44 5LQ)

Admission: £4 TBKA members; £6 non-TBKA members

Refreshments provided

To book your place please contact Marion Dunn at 07939 536 356 or mariondunn100@hotmail.com