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!

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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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Varroa Alert and Group Purchase of MAQS

Please read to the bottom of this email to find out how you can get MAQS to treat your hive.

This email arrived in my inbox this morning from the NBU.

“We have received reports from our Appointed Bee Inspectors that many colonies are showing signs of high Varroa infestations and consequently bee deformities.

If you have not already done so, it may be worthwhile to treat your colony with a registered varroacide. When administering a treatment, please use a registered veterinary product and ensure that the label is followed and not deviated from. Beekeepers may find a list of registered products in our advisory leaflet, ‘Managing Varroa

After colonies have been treated, beekeepers should then reduce colony entrances and assess whether feeding needs to be carried out. Lift the roof off of the colony and heft the hive from each side of the brood box. If the colony has sufficient stores, then it should be difficult to lift. Each colony should have between 20-25 kg of stores for the winter.

If feeding needs to be carried out use either inverted sugar syrup or a 2:1 solution, i.e. 1 kg of granulated white sugar: 650 ml water, or 2 lb of sugar to 1 pint of water.

Please note that if any of your colonies are showing signs of both Varroa damage and lack of food, it may be useful to feed and treat simultaneously. This should not be done if there is a honey flow on, only in emergency cases.”

Pembrokeshire BKA members wishing to take prat in a group purchase of MAQS should follow this link.  Password required, if you have forgotton the password you can find it on your 2014 printed programme, if you cannot find that then follow this link.