Peeblesshire Beekeepers Association

Upcoming Events

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.

PBKA Market Stall 25th Nov 2017

Saturday 25th November: Peeblesshire Beekeepers Honey Stall, Eastgate, High Street.
Bring along your honey and hive produce to sell at the PBKA stall on the High Street.
NB ALL items must have been produced conformation with Food Hygiene requirements, and must be correctly labelled and priced. Please provide a taster pot if possible, and a stock list with prices; there will be a small charge to cover the cost of hiring the stall. Volunteers to help man the stall will also be needed, between 10am and 3pm

Please contact Mandy or Peter.

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.

Dawyck Plant Sale 8th Oct

On 8th October we’ll be joining the Friends of Dawyck Garden’s Autumn Plant Sale: there will be an opportunity to put the case for bees to all those dedicated gardeners, and also to sell hive products: so save some of that honey etc and bring it along.

If anyone has a small gazebo or similar that we can borrow on the day, that would be very useful!

Volunteers welcome, to man or woman the stall on the day: contact David Ferguson or Mandy Clydesdale.

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.

Apiary Visit 10th September

Apiary meeting this Sunday 2pm, even if the weather is poor – Peter will be there for a short time only, to check the colonies, re-organise hive 1 (if weather isn’t too bad), feed hive 2, and possibly do some anti-varroa treatment.

If you need to borrow a beesuit, please contact Peter.

There will be no apiary visit on 17th.

Information about the winter programme will follow shortly.

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.

Heather Picnic 27th August

The now traditional PBKA picnic at Jock and Wilma’s heather site in the Manor Valley. Meet 2pm

We will see how the bees are getting on foraging on the heather moor.

It’s a lovely spot so bring a small contribution and with a bit of luck we can enjoy an end of summer picnic.

Contact Mandy for directions if you don’t know the way or want to car share.