Bee Disease Workshop

A reminder that the Bee Disease Workshop organised and presented by the National Bee Unit is taking place this Saturday June 14th.

Workshop starts at 2.00 pm and ends at 5.00 pm. Taking place in the Picton Community Centre, Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

Bee health is important and this event is open to any beekeeper who can attend not just members of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association, no need to book. This is not suitable for non-beekeepers.

BDI LogoWe are grateful to Bee Disease Insurance (BDI) for their financial support in sponsoring this workshop.

All the Fun of the Scolton Craft Fair

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Scolton Craft Fair is taking place over the weekend of 7th and 8th of June.

The members meeting of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association will be taking place as usual on Sunday but members should allow additional time to negotiate their way in so that we can start promptly at 2.00 pm.

Bring the family and they can enjoy the Craft Fair while we enjoy the bees – weather permitting.

Ian and Shirley Richards

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the deaths of Ian and Shirley Richards of Wiston following a road accident on Saturday 10th May.

Ian started keeping bees when working for the police and continued and expanded his beekeeping in retirement.  He provided many beekeepers with their first bees and was always willing to provide practical help and advice to local beekeepers. He had been an active committee member of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association for many years.  Shirley was invariably at Ian’s side assisting with honey processing and producing  preserves which they sold alongside their honey at Pembrokeshire Farmers Markets where they were familiar faces.

They will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with their family at this sad time.

Details of funeral arrangements will be published here when available.

Bees in Words and Song

Andy Cordy, one of our members, sent us this.

In the welter of information about the contemporary problems associated with the honey bee and beekeeping, it is easy to forget the joy of the experience of bees in our anxiety to keep things working. 

As a BBC Radio 3 listener for decades before bees came into my life, I was delighted to hear a programme devoted to writing about bees. Entitled “Bee writing” I found the programme really thoughtful and sensitive in it’s portrayal of our little favourites. Well worth the 45 minutes listening.

‘The Verb”, for those who never experience it, is a weekly program devoted primarily to contemporary writing, poetry,prose and song.

Webmaster’s note. Programme is avalable until 17th May, 2014.