Coming Events

SUMMER APIARY MEETINGS – DATES FOR SUMMER 2024

The Apiary Meetings are planned for alternate Sunday mornings at 1030 during the summer.
(Specific days are subject to the vagaries of British weather and activities to the requirements of our bee colonies! So look for emails or check the website a few days before the meeting)
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We will be open  at 1100 this Sunday, July 21st  and every fortnight thereafter. Watch this space for specific activities.

For those interested, we may have a few newly mated queens available at £25 each. Please message us if you’re interested, and you may be able to collect your new queen on the day.

After our hive inspections, we’ll enjoy some delicious cakes and tea while we chat about all things honey.

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HONITON SHOW 1st AUGUST

I am writing on behalf of the Show Committee for the Bees and Honey Show at the Honiton Agricultural Show.  This year’s show is being held on 1st August 2024.

I am attaching the show schedule and entry form for the Honey, Wax and Cookery Classes which are due to be judged by Peter Guthrie, Jack Mummery and Marian Guthrie.  The Trophies this year will be presented by Anne Swithinbank Horticulturist and member of the BBC Radio 4 Gardening Question Time.

Honiton Show 2024SCHEDULE[351]
2024 COMPETITION ENTRY FORM

I am also attaching the Honey Sales Submission form for individual members to advise what products they would like to sell at the Honiton Show.  The prices for products have been held at last years prices and details are included on the Sales Submission Form.

Honiton honey sales form 2024

Finally we welcome interest from all members to act as stewards at the show.  We receive considerable interest from members of the public on all aspects of beekeeping.  This includes starting up as beekeepers, courses, open days, equipment all the way to dealing with swarms.  We need both experienced beekeepers and relatively new beekeepers to deal with these aspects during the day of the show.  Some time will be spent on manning the stalls such as taste of honey, honey sales and candle making.  In return for just a few hours of your time you will receive a free entrance ticket to the show and time during the day to visit the showground.  If this appeals to individuals please contact me as below.

Regards  Paul Hammond
Show Secretary, 07849 685051, Pahammond@virginmedia.com

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SATURDAY 17th AUGUST – TASTER DAY – 3 for 3.30pm 
Does the idea of keeping bees appeal to you?  Have you wondered what it would be like to look inside a beehive to see the bees busy working? Do you wonder whether the reality will meet the anticipation?
Exeter Beekeepers Association hold a ‘Taster Day’ twice a year for potential new Beekeepers to visit our Apiary, hear a little about honeybees, don a beesuit, and then take part in a hive inspection alongside experienced beekeepers. The day is intended for people who feel they might like to get involved with keeping honeybees. Minimum age of 18 years old.
Be warned – beekeeping is a fascinating and very addictive hobby, our Members sit around talking about honeybees and drinking tea for a long time after the hive inspections!

If you would lie to attend please contact our Secretary, Cathy, at secretaryebka@gmail.com or on her mobile 07939 278081.
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On 18th August Pamela Hunter will be coming down to talk about Bees and plants.

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Every day at Exeter Apiary is a learning day…sometimes as in learning the hard way!

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David Packham will be doing “Why Did My Bees Die ?”  talk with Bacon Butties at Apiary. Please let Cathy know how many hives you lost, their history, Q age ? Swarm ? Any issues, small going into winter, high VC, treatment given, did you need to feed, when did they die, did you notice what the hive was like when cleared away, Bees in comb, signs of Drone laying etc.

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MP’s to review Insect Decline and Food Security

Following petitions to Parliament on the danger of neonicotinoids to UK pollinators, the Science, Innovation and Technology Commiittee, a cross party group of MPs, has been convened to take evidence on the decline in numbers and diversity of insects and the effect on UK food security. See official announcement here.

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Winter Evening Meetings:
We are moving our meeting day and venue. We will be holding the meetings the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Clyst St George Hall in Clyst St George village (26 Woodbury Rd, Exeter EX3 0RE). Many of you will remember it from our Nosema meetings many years ago.

We have a good sized room so happy to take members from other Branches if they email our Secretary first

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Real concerns are being raised by the BBKA, BDI, and the Science Advisor of the danger of inadvertently importing the Small Hive Beetle if Queens are imported from Northern Ireland. Please see full details in the paper below:

Importing Honey Bees into Great Britain

EBKA Members are welcomed to join meetings held by other Devon Associations. Please contact the relevant Branch Secretary for specific joining details. The schedule of events at other Devon Associations is shown on the DBKA website here.

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