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Autumn Sales

Beekeepers never like paying full price, one tradition is to stock for spring at the autumn and winter sales. Popular with HBKA members is Thornes at their Windsor branch, this year Saturday 5th September from 10 am. Pre-paid orders to be collected need to be in by 1st September. The pre-order system makes the sale less a scramble than it used to be but you can still turn up on the day to buy. Their website has lists of hive parts, frames and other basics that are mostly of "seconds" timber plus the cheaper lines of queen excluders, extractors and other items.

HBKA Annual Honey Show

Our own Honey Show is on 31st Aug at Headstone Manor. Format change from last year, HBKA Honey show is part of the the Harrow in Leaf Show and the whole event is now the Headstone Village Show and it is for one day only,  Monday 31st August. Show format is to enter one or more classes, 20p per class, £1 minimum. Everybody contributes to the occasion and everyone learns something, no matter how long they have been showing. Click "Read more" below for links and times.

Honey Extraction

extractor

After the honey extraction on Sunday it seemed opportune to show some of the equipment available when your beekeeping gets a little more volume orientated. Click on the image above to see how it's done beyond the hobby scale.

Clive de Bruyn

Clive

Stories were circulating on several bee sites about the passing of Clive, author of "Practical Beekeeping" and well known from talks at conferences. Happily, not true it turns out. Like Mark Twain before him, reports of Clive de Bruyn's passing were greatly exaggerated. Expect any talks he's giving in the near future to be well attended, reserve a place early.

Apiary Inspections

 

Annual disease inspection is this Saturday 20th June. Meet at Yeading Avenue, Orchard Grove, and Village Way at 9:00 with a view to starting work at 9:30, then all on to Hatch End in the afternoon. Bill and Odette at Orchard Grove, Jo and Brian at Village Way, Judy and Moira at Yeading Avenue.  Hive owners should be there to hear about the health of their hives, other members to see the process and help in lifting would be appreciated.

Bumblebees

Lots of calls at this time of year are about bumble bees. These bees are furry and make small nests every year then the queen hibernates over winter. Click on the picture for some frequently seen types.

Server Moves

This web site will be undergoing some server upgrades on Sunday 21th June from 11:00PM GMT. We don't expect any outage, but there could be some addressing or refresh issues over the following few hours.

Simple Queen Rearing

Next education session is simple Queen Rearing with KC Sham . Rearing queens from your own hives, 11am Sunday 14th June.

Spring Forager

The Spring 2015 edition of the Forager is out - unfortunately winter came and went without a Forager, and so nearly did spring. But seeing as it is only just starting to feel like summer here's the spring edition being delivered just in the nick of time and I hope you enjoy it. This is Anna's last one but she's handing the baton over to Rod Parker who will do a fantastic job of continuing this much loved magazine. 

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