Ricky Wilson

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of our great friend and longstanding PBKA Committee member, Ricky Wilson.

Ricky was one of the giants of Welsh beekeeping for many years and his immeasurable knowledge and enthusiasm will be a huge loss.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Joyce and the family at this very sad time.

Message from the WBKA

Happy New Year to everyone and here’s hoping for a return to some form of normality in 2021 and to a better beekeeping season.

WBKA Convention 2021
With the continuing uncertainty caused by the pandemic the reluctant decision has been made to hold the 2021 WBKA Convention as an entirely virtual event on Saturday March 27th.  The Events team are working with the speakers and the traders on the details and more information will be available in the coming weeks.  We hope that you will support this event.

WBKA AGM 2021
This is a reminder that the 2021 AGM will be held on Saturday 6th March as a virtual event.  Associations are also reminded that all nominations and proposals to be consider by the AGM should be notified to the General Secretary by 14th January.  Nominations are sought for the positions of Trustee and President and any proposals for Honorary Life membership of the WBKA.  For more information please contact the General Secretary on secretary@wbka.com

WBKA Membership Secretary
Trish Calderbank of South Clwyd BKA has now taken over the role of WBKA Membership Secretary from David Kennedy.  Trish and David have been working closely together over the last few months to ensure a smooth hand over.  We would like to thank David for all his work over the last four years and to wish him well in his retirement.  We welcome Trish onto the team and look forward to working with her in the future.  To contact Trish please use membership@wbka.com

Welsh Beekeeper Magazine
The closing date for articles etc for the Spring edition of the Magazine is the end of January.  If there are any subjects that you would particularly like to see featured in the magazine please contact editor@wbka.com and we will commission an appropriate person to write on that subject.  We are also keen to hear from young beekeepers.  All submissions to be sent to editor@wbka.com

Module Exams
Closing date for the spring module exams is the end of January.  An application form can be found on the WBKA website or from your Association Secretary.  A perfect way to spend the long hours of lockdown.  The modules will be held on line over the weekend of 24th/25th April.  More information can be obtained from the WBKA website www.wbka.com or from emailing education@wbka.com

Webinars
If you have not yet registered for Professor Robert Pickard’s talk on ‘Nutrition in Honeybees and Humans’ on Tuesday, January 12th at 7.30 pm there is still time to do so.  The webinar is hosted by Cardiff BKA who have very kindly invited beekeepers in Wales to join them for the event.  For more information and to register use the following link:- https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1678272969972736781

The next WBKA hosted webinar will be on Thursday 14th January at 7.30pm when Wally Shaw will talk on ‘The Benefits of Locally Adapted Bees’.  The link for more information and to register is:-https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1407884369057418764

Talk on Honey Fraud

Description: Online Honey Fraud Talk
There will be an online talk on Wednesday, 6th of January at 7.30pm investigating Honey Fraud courtesy of Professor Norberto Garcia, from Argentina. To register please visit 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1037274183087414286
Prof. García teaches Apiculture at the Universidad Nacional Del Sur in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. He is a former professional beekeeper and private technical consultant to beekeepers in Argentina. At present he is a Senior Consultant of Nexco S.A., the main Argentine honey exporter; President of the International Honey Exporters Organization (IHEO); President of the Apimondia Scientific Commission of Beekeeping Economy; Member of the Board of Directors of True Source Honey (U.S.A); and Chairman of the Apimondia Working Group on Adulteration of Bee Products. Prof. García has worked intensely during recent years to create awareness on the problem of honey adulteration.

PBKA Membership for 2021

Would PBKA members please note that membership renewals are due on 1st January 2021. Please ensure that you renew promptly on our new online system (see link below), in order to ensure continuity of your membership and BDI insurance.

Note that we are also accepting applications for new PBKA Members and PBKA Supporters for 2021.

For further details about how to renew your membership, or how to join / support the PBKA, please follow this Link