Christmas Meal 2017

The venue for the B&RBKA Christmas Meal 2017 will be “The Old Barn” at Three Cocks.

The date is 9th December The time 12:30 for 13:00.

Bookings to Peter Bustin with £5.00 deposit/person.

You can email me your choices pbustin@btinternet.com and either post me your deposit (Bethania Cottage, Upper Chapel, Brecon,LD3 9RG) or I will be at the Ron Hoskins talk this coming Saturday 21st Oct Llanelwedd. and at the Honey Identification workshop on the 25th November. The 25th November is the cut off date.

Menu to download is below :-

Old Barn Christmas Menu 2017

or to view :-
B&RBKA CHRISTMAS MEAL MENU

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Honey Labels print service

From an email received from Paul Honey (real name) to the B&RBKA.

The service is called Avery WePrint (https://weprint.avery.co.uk), run by the Avery labels, the company that have been making labels for 80 years. It is a pretty easy to use website with an online design tool where you can custom design your own labels or upload artwork. There are plenty of different sizes, shapes and materials to choose from. They have also written a good blog article rounding up all the relevant legislation for Honey labelling which your members might find useful. https://weprint.avery.co.uk/blog/labelling-for-honey-jars

There’s a special offer for all beekeepers of 25% off valid till December 4th 2018 – Enter Honey25 at the checkout to get 25% of an order.

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Asian Hornet in Woolacombe

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian Hornet at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon. Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway.

Please make this news available to all your members urgently and ask everyone to be vigilant. In the case of a suspected sighting, please contact alert_nonnative@ceh.ac.uk

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WBKA Exam modules

Just a reminder that applications to sit modules in November need to be with me by 30 September.  The application form is on the WBKA website but a copy is also attached for ease of reference.
Could I ask you to share this with members who may be considering taking modules please?
Thanks & kind regards
Caroline Mullinex
WBKA Exam Secretary

2017-WBKA-Modules-Examination-Entry-Form

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Brecon and Radnor Beekeepers Honeyshow Sunday September 17th 2017

The Brecon and Radnor Beekeepers Honey-show was held on Sunday 17th September 2017 in Brecon Market all along with Brecon Gardening Association Show.

There was a good showing of entries from our members with several first timers entering. In the closed classes Rose Vivian Robinson won the Gwynne and Mary Morgan Memorial Shield for the Exhibitor gaining the highest number of points. The shield for the most points gained from 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Many congratulations to Rose.

Many thanks to Brinley Watkins Chairman of the Brecon Gardening Association and Mary Davies secretary who were most helpful in making the event the success that it was.

The judge was Dinah Sweet who very kindly gave detailed notes on many of the exhibits

Closed Classes (B&R members only):

First prize if allocated is listed only:

  1. Two 1lb. Jars of Light Honey; Sue James
  2. Two 1lb. Jars of Medium Honey; Vince Peel
  3. Two 1lb. Jars of Dark Honey, Mo Abraham
  4. Two 1lb. Jars of Creamed Honey – Soft set; Roger Hurn
  5. Two 1lb. Jars of Heather Honey (no first)
  6. Two 1lb. Jars of Natural Granulated Honey; Chris Cardew
  7. Two 1lb. Jars of Chunk Honey (no first)
  8. Novice Class – Two 1lb. Jars of Light, Medium or Dark Honey (Exhibitors not to have won 1st Prize in any Show); Vince Peel
  9. One clear containers of cut comb (Approx. 8oz, 227g); Rose Vivian Robinson
  10. One Shallow comb of honey suitable for extraction;  Rose Vivian Robinson
  11. One bottle of mead dry (no first)
  12. One bottle of mead sweet (no first)
  13. One Cake of Beeswax, plain mould, 12oz or more. (no first)
  14. Three Beeswax Candles, displayed erect, one to be lit by the Judge (no first)

Open classes

  1. Two 1lb. Jars of Light Hone;  Rose Vivian Robinson
  2. Two 1lb. Jars of Medium Honey (no first)
  3. Two 1lb. Jars of Dark Honey; Mo Abraham
  4. Two 1lb. Jars of Heather Honey; (no first)
  5. Two 1lb. Jars of Natural Granulated Honey; Chris Cardew
  6. Novice Class – Two 1lb. Jars of Light, Medium or Dark Honey (Exhibitors not to have won 1st Prize in any Show); Vince Peel
  7. Two clear containers of cut comb (Approx. 8oz, 227g) (no first)
  8. One Shallow comb of honey suitable for extraction (no first)
  9. One bottle of honey wine (Type to be named). (no first)
  10. Honey Fruit Cake; Sue James

Following are some photos from the day:

Judging

Observation hive:

 

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B&RBKA Honey Show Schedule

BRECKNOCK & RADNOR BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION

The MARKET HALL, Brecon

on – SUNDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2017

Judge: Dinah Sweet

CLOSED CLASSES (Members only) No Entry Fee

The Gwynne and Mary Morgan Memorial Shield for the Exhibitor gaining the highest number of points in closed classes. Points will be awarded as follows:

1st Prize …5 points, 2nd Prize …3 points, 3rd Prize …1 point

Entry on morning.

Exhibitor permitted to enter one exhibit per class.

All exhibits must be staged NOT LATER THAN 10.00am – to be registered and displayed.

Show open to public at 1.30PM.

Collection time of show entries to be confirmed.

 

  1. Two 1lb. Jars of Light Honey
  2. Two 1lb. Jars of Medium Honey
  3. Two 1lb. Jars of Dark Honey
  4. Two 1lb. Jars of Creamed Honey – Soft set
  5. Two 1lb. Jars of Heather Honey
  6. Two 1lb. Jars of Natural Granulated Honey
  7. Two 1lb. Jars of Chunk Honey
  8. Novice Class – Two 1lb. Jars of Light, Medium or Dark Honey (Exhibitors not to have won 1st Prize in any Show)
  9. One clear containers of cut comb (Approx. 8oz, 227g)
  10. One Shallow comb of honey suitable for extraction
  11. One bottle of mead dry
  12. One bottle of mead sweet
  13. One Cake of Beeswax, plain mould, 12oz or more.
  14. Three Beeswax Candles, displayed erect, one to be lit by the Judge

 

Open classes

 Entry fee 20p

Entry on morning.

Exhibitor permitted to enter one exhibit per class.

All exhibits must be staged NOT LATER THAN 10.00am

Prize Money 1st £3.00 2nd £2.00 3rd £1.00  

  1. Two 1lb. Jars of Light Honey
  2. Two 1lb. Jars of Medium Honey
  3. Two 1lb. Jars of Dark Honey
  4. Two 1lb. Jars of Heather Honey
  5. Two 1lb. Jars of Natural Granulated Honey
  6. Novice Class – Two 1lb. Jars of Light, Medium or Dark Honey (Exhibitors not to have won 1st Prize in any Show)
  7. Two clear containers of cut comb (Approx. 8oz, 227g)
  8. One Shallow comb of honey suitable for extraction
  9. One bottle of honey wine (Type to be named).
  10. Honey Fruit Cake

Honey Fruit Cake Recipe

227g / 8oz self raising flour 115g / 4oz sultanas

115g / 4oz butter / margarine or mixed 227g / 8oz welsh honey

115g / 4oz currants pinch of salt

57g / 2oz mixed peel

2 large eggs (size 1)

Cream butter / margarine and honey. Beat eggs well and add them alternatively with the sifted flour, but save a little flour to add with the fruit. Beat all together, lightly. A little milk may be added (up to 3 tablespoons) if necessary. Fold in the fruit and stir well. Bake in a well buttered tin for approx 1 – 1 ¼ hours (or until just firm to touch) in a moderate oven (approx 325 F / 160 C / Gas 3). Round cake tin approximately 18cm / 7inches.

 

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David’s September to do list

David’s September To Do List.

 

  1. Finish off varroa medication. Untreated hives can create “Varroa Bombs” for already treated neighbouring hives belonging to you or other people in the vicinity. This can be caused by collapsing colonies being robbed, or absconding to treated hives.

 

  1. Heft or examine your colonies for stores. There is a risk of starvation if too much honey has been harvested and/or no surplus stores were gathered. Only feed enough syrup to tide the bees over, so they have enough space for later breeding until the end of September. Then they can be filled up with winter strength syrup.

 

  1. Carry out a thorough health check of your bees and brood at all stages.

 

  1. Check your queen quality regarding brood pattern and quantity.

 

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