John Dudman

As all PBKA members will know by now, our esteemed colleague and Secretary, John Dudman, will be leaving Pembrokeshire next week to move to Wiltshire. John of course has been a key figure in setting up training and seminars for many years and has also been very hands on with the apiary training sessions.

The PBKA would like to extend its sincere thanks and best wishes to John in his new home and I know that we all wish him and his good lady Deborah, the very best of luck in the future.

We will miss him!

In the interim, Paul Eades will be Acting Secretary, until a replacement can be found to fill the Secretary’s position.

Classroom Course
Classroom Course


Who Needs Manuka?

After Four Weeks
After Four Weeks Honey Treatment

Hywel Thomas of Boulston has an account, on his Goodwood Honey website, of how his honey was used to treat a wound on a horse’s fore leg.  Warning, the pictures show the wound before treatment.

Of course local honey is not just about treating wounds, as he says, it tastes good too!

Visit our Local Honey page to find where to buy Pembrokeshire honey.

Bee-Spoke Exhibition Wins Top Award!

Pembrokeshire County Council’s graphic design and sign units, who created the ‘Honey Kitchen’ and the ‘Bee Hive’ exhibition designs for the ‘Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre’ at Scolton Manor, have scooped a national award, winning ‘First Prize’ for the ‘Best Wide Format’ category at the recent APCOM (Association of Print and Communication Managers) annual awards at Manchester.

Gareth Johnson, Web Manager, said: “Although this is a team award, special recognition must go to our talented senior graphic designer Gary Matthews, whose creativity and inspiration has resulted in a brilliant piece of work.”

The exhibition shows the life cycle of the honey bee and honey production at Scolton Manor in an engaging way, which is accessible to families and visitors.

Paul Eades, Apiary Manager for Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association said: “Our warmest congratulations and thanks to the talented design and print team for this award and a fantastic job! The new ‘Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre’ is proving hugely popular, with the ‘Honey Kitchen’ and ‘Bee Hive’ exhibition definitely the jewels in its crown!”

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Pictured in the new Beekeeping Centre are (left to right): Gareth Johnson, web manager; Robert Benjamin, print unit manager; Paul Eades, PBKA apiary manager; Gary Matthews, senior graphic designer; Wayne Garnon, senior sign fabricator; Lee Kinsella, sign fabricator; and Mark Thomas, Scolton Manor Manager.

Annual Presentation Lunch

Please note that the Annual Presentation Lunch will once again be at the Beggar’s Reach Hotel on Sunday 16th November, 2014 at 1:00 pm, following our very successful Honey Show and Bee Exhibition earlier this month.

The lunch is open to all PBKA members, but spaces are limited, so if you would like to attend, please contact the Chairman, Tom Pegg to secure your seats as soon as possible.

We hope to see you there!

Beggars Reach

Great turnout at the Honey Show and Honeybee Exhibition!

There was a great turnout at the annual Honey Show and Bee Exhibition at The Picton Centre, Haverfordwest on Saturday. Thanks to all of you who came to exhibit, or just join in the fun and have a chat! It was good to see so many families, with the youngsters all showing a great interest whether at the observation hive spotting the queen, rolling candles, or sampling some of the delicious honey that was on offer. We also had a number of people come in during the afternoon session to find out about joining the association and getting involved in our fascinating craft.

Congratulations to all the prize winners and all the other entrants who had made such a huge effort to make the day a success!

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