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].