Dysentery on brood frames © Gareth Taylor

Saturday, 6th April 2019

Brinklow Church Hall 9.00am to 12 noon

Nosema is a hidden killer and is one of the main reasons for colonies not surviving winter or failing to thrive. Nosema may also cause serious losses of adult bees and colonies (including the queen) in autumn and spring.

Read more: Bee Health Day 2019

St Andrews parish church held their Festival of Christmas Trees event again and 2018's theme for the festival was ‘Eco and Recycling’.  As always, the main purpose of this event is to raise funds for charities that support the local community. This year, in addition to the work of the church, Gift of Years, Rugby and Futures Unlocked were supported.

Read more: St Andrew’s Festival of Christmas Trees

Our Bees have had yet another difficult year to contend with, with many bee keepers wondering if their bees had survived the Beast from the East, followed by the worry of when would the forage begin. Begin it did it with some wonderful weeks of sunshine and extreme heat, I know I was very pre-occupied with ensuring that water was available at all times and often found the odd bee in the kitchen sink helping themselves.

Read more: Honey Show 2018

Our Honey Show this year was well represented by 13 members with an entry on the day of 79 exhibits. A number of novice bee keepers entered and did exceptionally well. Our judge John Home made reference to the quality and standard of the honey being shown, and suggested that they were of a standard that could be entered into the County Show, and one or two being of of a standard to enter the National Honey Show. Our members need to be more confident and enter these shows.

Read more: Honey Show 2018
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