Another interesting and at times difficult year for our bees, with an early start to the season soon followed very quickly for the need to feed due to lack forage, due again to unseasonal weather conditions through the spring and summer.  We are hoping that many of you will have a good honey yield and will be keen to show other members not only your Bees’ hard work but also yours. 

We hope that you are considering putting in an entry to this year's Honey Show on Saturday 19th October 2019, which will be held at :

United Reformed Church Hall, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, CV22 5AD.

If you are not entering an exhibit, you are very welcome to come along to see the exhibits and/or listen to the talk by David Bonner looking at disease and exotic pests, and how we manage these within our apiaries and Bee communities.

The programme for the afternoon is as follows:

  • 9.30-2.00pm Setting up tables and entrants setting out exhibits in main hall
  • 2.00-4.00pm judging in main hall
  • 2.00-3.30 pm Talk and demonstration on the eco friendly uses off the by-products of our bees, in the sitting room. 
    • Tea + cakes as donated by our members.
  • 4.00–4.30pm Award feedback in the main hall from our Judge.
  • 4.30–5.15pm Open House for entrants and members to inspect exhibits.
  • 5.30–6.00pm Clear away.

If you are unable to join us for the whole afternoon, you are more than welcome to join us for tea and cake or to look at the exhibits of our members.

Family and friends are very welcome. It is always nice to have the opportunity to share the spoils of our handiwork.

You can download the entry form and schedule here which you can email to me showing your entries, I will then send you labels for your entries.

Please make sure you follow exactly the Schedule judging criteria for your entries as there have been some changes this year.

Hope to see you all on the 19th October.

Best wishes

Frances Payne
Honey Show Secretary


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  • LAST CHANCE: to answer our survey on how training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers can be improved
    20 April 2021
    With thanks to those of you who have already responded. For those of who haven’t yet had chance to answer the survey there is still time but it closes tomorrow. For further details please see below.

    Gyda diolch i'r rhai ohonoch sydd eisoes wedi ymateb. I'r rhai nad ydynt wedi cael cyfle eto i ateb yr arolwg mae amser o hyd ond mae'n cau yfory. Am fanylion pellach gweler isod.

    Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.

    A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved. It should take no more than 15 minutes.

    Please go to https://eu5se.voxco.com/S2/87/healthy_bees/ to complete the survey by 21 April.

    Defnyddiwch y ddolen hon i gwblhau'r arolwg erbyn 21/04/2021.
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) Vacancies
    19 April 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas South Kent & East Sussex, South West Devon and South East Wales

    If you are interested in applying for the job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs.


  • Reporting Varroa
    12 April 2021
    Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

    To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors (BeesMailbox@gov.scot).

    Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

    No action will be required until after 21st April.