Pembrokeshire Honey Show 2018

The annual PBKA Honey Show is on this coming Saturday 22nd September 2018 at the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre, Scolton Manor.

The Exhibition Room at the Centre will be open at 9am for entrants (N.B. PBKA members only) and your entries should be available for staging by 10am to allow the judging to start promptly at 11am. We hope to see as many of you as possible put in an entry or two this year, especially after such a fruitful season! See Schedule for the Honey Show 2018

Would all the winners of cups and trophies last year, please ensure they bring them to the Honey Show suitably cleaned!!

Note however, that you don’t have to put in an entry to come along to the Honey Show and we would be delighted to see you if you just want to have a look at the entries, or fancy a cuppa and a chat!

The Honey Show will be open to the public for viewing from 1pm until 3pm.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the Apiary Manager on 07988 037571 or email pbkaapiarymanager@live.co.uk

Asian Hornet sightings confirmed in Liskeard and Hull

The BBC report that sightings of the honey bee-killing Asian hornet have been confirmed in Cornwall and East Yorkshire.

Work is under way to identify any nests in Liskeard and Hull, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

The Asian hornet is smaller than the native hornet and poses no risk to human health, but does pose a risk to honey bees.

Inspectors are monitoring areas around the sightings.

Nicola Spence, Defra deputy director for plant and bee health, said: “These sightings in Liskeard and Hull underline the need to remain vigilant.

“I want to encourage people to look out for any Asian hornet nests and if you think you’ve spotted one, please report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45481353

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Honey jars and Labels

A limited number of 1 lb / 454 g honey jars are still available for PBKA members only and include gold coloured metal lids at £22.00 per 72. Contact Paul on 07988 037571.

You may also wish to note that John Dudman, former PBKA member and Secretary, provides the labels for Scolton honey and also supplies a number of individual PBKA members.  He can supply quantities from a few as ten labels up to 1000.  Standard designs are available or if you have a favourite photograph or drawing you would like to use on a label he can work with you to produce your own unique design.  There are no set up costs, you pay just for the labels and delivery.  He will make sure that your label meets current legal requirements and can provide advice on lot numbering and best before dates.  Bespoke tamper evident labels are also available and labels can be provided for any product e.g. beeswax polish. His competitively priced labels are supplied on A4 sheets, designed using desk top publishing software and printed on a high quality laser printer to give an easy to handle, smudge free finish.  Turnaround from first contact to you receiving your labels is usually just a few days. Visit John’s website at http://www.bespokelabels.net for more information.

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Apiary Meetings

Would PBKA members please note the following apiary meetings for the remainder of the season:

Beginner’s apiary meeting at Rhos – Sunday 26th August @ 2pm

Improvers last meeting of the season at Scolton – Sunday 2nd September @2pm

Beginner’s last apiary meeting of the season at Rhos – Sunday 9th September @ 2pm

(Note: the meeting on Sunday 9th September is not a joint meeting at Scolton, as previously advised)