Peeblesshire Beekeepers Association

PBKA Pub Meeting 6th December

The last meeting of the PBKA this year will be on Wednesday 6th Dec at 7.30pm in the back bar of the Neidpath Inn in Peebles.

If you are thinking of starting beekeeping in the new year we can advise on beginners classes and meetings that will help.

All welcome.

Honey Show – Judge Alan Riach – November 28

Honey Show – Judge Alan Riach

 

Alan is well known in Peebles, and highly respected as a honey judge, so we’re delighted to welcome him back as our judge. Many of our beeekeepers will know Alan as the examiner for SBA Beemaster certification.

Show Schedule:-

2017 Schedule & Rules
Please get your entries to the Drill Hall by 7pm: volunteers to help with setting out the show and with marking will be very welcome!
And if you can bring something towards the refreshments – even better.
If you have any queries about the Show, please contact the Secretary.
PBKA has a display case for a frame of honey (Class 6): this can be borrowed by members, but please book it in advance.

Guides to preparing items for showing can be found here:

http://www.warleambees.org.uk/honey-show-guide/
http://www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk/honey-shows/how-to-win-prizes-at-the-honey-show/

 

All meetings start at 7.30pm, in the Community Centre (Drill Hall), Walkershaugh, Peebles, followed by a question and answer session. Then there’s time to chat and catch up afterwards, over refreshments.

Everyone’s welcome at our meetings – you don’t need to be a member. Further details on the website (http://www.peeblesbeekeepers.org.uk/) or contact the Secretary: 01721 720 563 / 07563 185 993.

Honey Show Reminder

Don’t forget our Honey Show on  the last Tuesday of the month – judged by Alan Riach.

Schedule and Rules:-

2017 Schedule & Rules

Please get your entries to the Drill Hall by 7pm: volunteers to help with setting out the show and with marking will be very welcome!

And if you can bring something towards the refreshments – even better.

If you have any queries about the Show, please contact the Secretary.

PBKA has a display case for a frame of honey (Class 6): this can be borrowed by members, but please book it in advance.

Also – Saturday 25th the Association has a stall at the High Street food market: if you have any hive products to sell, please contact Mandy or Peter Stevenson.

Guides to preparing items for showing can be found here:

http://www.warleambees.org.uk/honey-show-guide/

http://www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk/honey-shows/how-to-win-prizes-at-the-honey-show/

 

PBKA Pub Meeting 8th November

Only a few apiary jobs to do at this time of year – making hives weather and mouse proof, checking stores and planning varroa treatment.

If you want advice about planning for next season, or to get some exhibits ready for this month’s honey show, or if you are a novice and just want to find out more, then come along and chat to the local beekeepers.

This months meeting will be on Wednesday 8th Nov at 7.30pm in the back bar of the Neidpath Inn in Peebles.

Kate Atchley: Pollens through the Season – October 31

Pollens through the Season: samples collected in Spring & Summer, analysed and photographed under the microscope, with guidance on making pollen slides.

Kate Atchley has kept bees for more than 20 years and recently led a native bee breeding project in Ardnamurchan. A reluctant late-comer to SBA exams, she became fascinated by microscopy when preparing for that module, and continues to study pollens and the physical characteristics of bees, using microscopes and undertaking wing morphometry. She is a NW Area Representative and trustee of Scottish Beekeepers Association and will soon move to live near Kelso; she is also one of the founders of the SNHBS, and a great supporter of native honey bees.

All meetings start at 7.30pm, in the Community Centre (Drill Hall), Walkershaugh, Peebles, followed by a question and answer session. Then there’s time to chat and catch up afterwards, over refreshments.

Everyone’s welcome at our meetings – you don’t need to be a member. Further details on the website (http://www.peeblesbeekeepers.org.uk/) or contact the Secretary: 01721 720 563 / 07563 185 993.

PBKA Pub Meeting 4th Oct

It’s the time of year to think of winter preparations for the bees.

Maybe its time to be extracting and preparing honey if you’ve been lucky with a honey crop this year.

Also a chance to review the season and think about next year.

As usual all welcome to discuss this and all things beekeeping on Wednesday 4th Oct at 7.30pm in the back bar of the Neidpath Inn in Peebles.

See you there.

PBKA Pub Meeting 6th Sept

The main beekeeping season is drawing in – like the nights.

There is still plenty to think about at this time of year – feeding, varroa treatment and honey processing for instance.

If you need advice on these things, or anything else bee related, come along for a chat on Wednesday 6th Sept at 7.30pm in the back bar of the Neidpath Inn in Peebles.

As always everyone is welcome – non-beekeepers, potential beekeepers, beginners and old hands. See you there.

PBKA Pub Meeting 2nd August

Hopefully swarming is (mostly) over for this year and any newly mated queens are coming into lay. There is good forage around for the bees if the weather holds up.

Time to think about harvesting honey and treating for varroa.

If you need advice on these things, or anything else bee related, come along for a chat on Wednesday 2nd August at 7.30pm in the back bar of the Neidpath Inn in Peebles.

PBKA Pub Meeting 5th July 2017

July is often when a local honey crop can be had in the Peebles area. Lime trees will be flowering this month and hopefully providing the bees with good forage.

Keep up to date with the local beekeepers and find out how the season is going.

Some Association nucs have gone to new homes and other colonies may need temporary or permanent homes.

The native bee project is under way.

Lots to discuss on Wednesday 5th July at 7.30pm in the back bar of the Neidpath Inn in Peebles.

 

PBKA Pub Meeting 7th June2017

An informal get together of the Peeblesshire beekeepers association.

A very dry and sometimes very warm spring so far.

Bees are doing well – sometimes a bit too well – quite a few swarms have been reported. Not all have been honeybees.

Come along for the usual beekeeping chat Wednesday 7th June at 7.30pm in the back bar of the Neidpath Inn in Peebles.

All welcome.