Postponement of Apiary Training Sessions

In the light of the current Coronavirus issue, the Association has regrettably decided that it is necessary to cancel all apiary training sessions at both The Rhos and Scolton Manor, until further notice.

In the meantime, members both old and new can telephone for ‘virtual’ advice and assistance with regard to any beekeeping problems they may encounter.

Note that a short video clip or photo sent initially via email to pbkaapiarymanager@live.co.uk may assist us when giving advice, on the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words!

We recognise that many new beekeepers in particular will be disappointed at the absence of the ever popular Beginner Sessions and we hope to be able to reinstate them later in the season.

In order to continue to help those new to beekeeping, Jeremy, who organizes these sessions will be producing a series of short videos for the website, based on the ‘Basic Assessment’ curriculum, to guide our newer members along the path to becoming an efficient and effective beekeeper.

If anyone has a particular aspect of beekeeping that they would like to see explained via a video, then please let us know. This service is also intended to deter newer members from seeking advice that is currently to be found on the internet, not least as much of it is of dubious quality and some of it downright misleading.

For advice contact: Alan on 07867 988597, Jeremy on 07799 698568 or Paul on 07988 037571

The Beginners’ Beekeeping Course is filling up!!

There now only a limited number of places available for the one-day classroom based course for the beginner to beekeeping (or as a refresher) on Saturday 21st March 2020, at the Picton Centre in Haverfordwest.

These courses have been very popular over the years, giving many potential beekeepers the confidence to attend practical lessons with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association, and to keep their own bee hives!

If you want further details, or wish to book, please see the Introductory Beekeeping Course – 2020

 

 

Beginners’ Beekeeping Course – Saturday 21st March 2020

A one-day classroom based course for the complete beginner to beekeeping is scheduled for Saturday 21st March 2020, to be held at the Picton Centre in Haverfordwest.

These courses have been very popular, giving many potential beekeepers the confidence to attend practical lessons with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

If you want further details, or wish to book, please see the Introductory Beekeeping Course – 2020 for details.

Places are limited, so booking early is recommended!

Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association (PBKA) membership fees for 2020

Just to remind you that PBKA membership fees are now due for both renewals of existing and new members.

It is important to note that your Bee Disease Insurance (BDI) comes into force 40 days after payment, so to ensure continuity of cover, as well as access to PBKA activities, please complete and return the PBKA Membership Application Form 2020 as soon as possible and return to the Membership Secretary.

Printed copies will also be available at the AGM on Wednesday 22nd January, should you prefer.

Geoff Bazin

It is with great sadness, that we must report that our good friend and fellow beekeeper Geoff Bazin, passed away last week.

Many of us have reasons to thank Geoff for getting us into beekeeping in the first place, due to his training sessions as Apiary Manager, down at Kethin’s Farm, which I am sure many of you will remember. An Essex man, Geoff used to holiday down here with his wife and was great friends with Ricky Wilson and Ian Richards. He subsequently decided to retire in Pembrokeshire and put his many years of beekeeping experience to good use, having worked with such greats as Ted Hooper and Clive De Bruyn.

Geoff was also the local Thornes agent for many years and many of us will have not only have bought equipment from him, but also received advice and practical assistance in putting it together!

Geoff was a passionate beekeeper who cared deeply about their welfare and of the importance of good training.

We will certainly miss him.

Geoff’s funeral is at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth on Saturday 23rd November at 1pm, with refreshments afterwards at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth.

I am sure many of you will wish to go along and pay your respects.

 

Apiary Meeting changes!

Will PBKA members please note the following apiary meeting changes:

This Sunday’s 4th August, ‘Improvers’ meeting at Scolton, is cancelled, as there will be a honey extracting demonstration to coincide with the ‘Paws in the Park’ event. The next meeting will be on Sunday 18th August at 2pm.

Regarding the ‘Beginner’ sessions
at the Rhos Apiary. The meeting scheduled for Sunday 11th August has been cancelled but for those members who have attended at any time during this year only, we will be doing an ‘introduction to honey extraction’ demonstration at Picton Home Farm, The Rhos this coming Sunday 4th August at 2pm, covering clearing supers of bees, uncapping, extracting, storing and bottling. We will also look at getting the best from your wax.
The venue will be signposted but it is simply into the village, turn up towards Picton Castle and its the farm drive a couple of hundred yards on your right with Picton Home Farm sign in the grass [NOT the Picton Home Farm Barns turning].