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EQUIPMENT (AND BEES) FOR SALE

Club member Paul B. has apiary equipment to sell as shown on the linked list.

Contact Peter on p.butcher934@btinternet.com

Tickenham Show 2016

Tickenham Flower Show takes place on Saturday August 20th.

Entries for Honey classes to be in by Weds 18th, Schedule and entry form available here: http://www.tickenham.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Flower-Show-Schedule-2016-version-4.pdf  Refer to Schedule items 105 to 112, inclusive on pages 10 and 11.

Please note that exhibits must be displayed in the marquee between 6.00 am and 10.30 am on Saturday 20th August when the marquee will be cleared for judging.

If anyone can offer a couple of hours to help on the stand please contact David at djcapon@gmail.com

Hiring the Club Honey Extractors

Club extractors can be hired by Club members.  The cost is £5 for a 4 day period.  The extractors will be supplied clean and must be returned clean to our Honey Extractor Manager.
There are currently 3 Club extractors – we have just acquired a new four frame extractor, uncapping trays and filter buckets.
The extractors must be collected from the Honey Extractor Manager and returned on time and clean.
Please email: sheilajamesgardendesign@talktalk.net

Essential Items Purchase Scheme – Varroa treatment/Honey Jars/Ambrosia/Fondant

The aim is to provide a self funding/non profit making scheme to enable Branch members to purchase commonly used essential Bee Keeping supplies at reduced costs using the power of bulk purchasing to further the craft of beekeeping whilst reducing our environmental footprint.
ORDERS HAVE NOW BEEN PLACED, BASED ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF OUR MEMBERS.  IN MANY INSTANCES, WE HAVE MANAGED TO SECURE ITEMS FOR LESS THAN ANTICIPATED.  THESE CHANGES ARE SHOWN BELOW.  MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT PLACED AN ORDER MAY DO SO BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT SELECTED ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE.
We are offering members of North Somerset Beekeepers the following Essential Purchase Items:
  • Varroa Treatment
    • MAQS strips (1 treatment per hive) @ £3.00/strip REDUCED TO £2.10/strip
      • MAQS (Varroa treatment strips, our local bee inspectors recommend the reduction of dosage to one strip/hive/7 day treatment period/can be used with honey supers on the hive/minimum temperature of 100C (you must read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions/maximum one year shelf life but can be less if product purchased has already aged)
    • Apiguard trays (2 required per hive) @ £2.10/tray (PRICE MAINTAINED)
      • Apiguard (Varroa treatment trays, 2 trays/hive over a 4-6 weeks period/use after honey has been removed from the hive/minimum temperature of 150C/maximum 3 year shelf life but can be less if product purchased has already aged)
  • Honey jars with “gold” metallic lids
    • 1lb. jars @ 30p/jar REDUCED TO 28p/jar
    • ¾lb. jars @ 35p/jar REDUCED TO 30p/jar
    • ½lb. jars @ 25p/jar (PRICE MAINTAINED)
  • Bee nutrition
    • Ambrosia (14kg. in plastic non-returnable container) @ £19.60 REDUCED TO £12.80
      • Made up exclusively of sucrose and its building blocks fructose and glucose. The high proportion of fructose means there is little tendency to granulate in the honeycombs, even at low temperatures and so prevents starvation of the bees.
    • Bakers Fondant (2.5kg.) @ £3.15/2.5kg. REDUCED TO £2.90 AND WE HAVE PURCHASED FONDABEE IN 2.5kg. PACKETS
      • A small amount of Bakers Fondant from last year’s scheme is available for the price shown above.  Bakers Fondant is supplied in 12.5kg. blocks and will be cut to suit your requirements in portions of 2.5kg.  If you order 5kg. you get 40% of a 12.5kg. block, etc.
MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT YET PLACED AN ORDER MAY DO SO BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT SELECTED ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE

Essential Items Purchase Scheme 2016/2 - Varroa Treatment/Honey jars/Ambrosia/Fondant

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Name North Somerset Beekeepers memberMAQS@£3.00/stripApiguard@£2.10/tray1lb.Honey jars@30p3/4lb.Honey jars@35p1/2lb.Honey jars@25p14kg.Ambrosia@£19.602.5kg.Bakers Fondant@£3.20
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Beekeeping Year – August

Things to do this month:-

  • Remove the supers for extraction
  • Ensure the colony is left with space to hold ~35 lbs honey
  • Extract and store honey
  • Check water content and labelling requirements
  • Clean supers (on colony and then using Certan etc.)
  • Render wax cappings etc.
  • Clean or replace dirty super frames
  • Move old brood frames to the edge of hive ready for replacement
  • Insert tray of Apiguard as soon as supers are removed add second tray after 2 weeks
  • Estimate mites removed after 4 week treatment (many 100s)

Beekeeping Year – July

Things to do this month:-

  • Continue weekly inspections
  • Watch for swarms
  • Add supers (up to 1 a week)
  • Prepare extraction equipment and storage
  • Place nucs into full hives or combine with current colonies
  • Render wax scrapings, burr comb and brace comb
  • Monitor mite drop >10/day consider treatment
  • If colony is going to produce honey only dust with icing sugar

Crop spraying – have you signed up?

Please read the linked newsletter: LINK and sign up using the link on the last page.

Beekeeping Year – June

Things to do this month:-

  • Continue with inspections
  • Practice marking (and clipping) drones
  • Ensure sufficient supers for main flow
  • Extract full supers
  • Continue swarm control
  • Mate new queens
  • Collect swarms (if you know how to)
  • Monitor mite drop <10 day OK (~400)
  • In emergency dust with icing sugar or 1 tray of Apiguard for 2 weeks!!!

New Pollination Dating Offer – Chewstoke

Quiet orchard

Owner:      J Westaway

Tel no: 07527 644851

CONGRATULATIONS REG STEVENS

Congratulations to branch member Reg Stevens who has been awarded the Legion D’Honneur for his role in the D Day landings.