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If you are here to find out about courses and having an introduction to beekeeping click here.

If you are interested in joining us click here

Hopefully you will find what you are looking for but if not please contact us by clicking here


SSDBKA News.

NEXT WEBINAR:

Stafford Bee Group

Making & Selling Beeswax Lip Balm

Have you ever thought of selling products made from the beeswax, honey and propolis from your hive?

Gill, Penny, Chris, and June are local beekeepers who got together to register their beeswax lip balm for sale. Gill and Penny will tell you about their journey from making the lip balm, 12 weeks of testing, the legal requirements, labelling, and selling

Ist April at 7:30pm

Click here to register:

Also Check out:

BIBBA.COM where there are lots of Webinars and Zoom meetings to sort a wide range of beekeeping interests and abilities.

And the Dave Cushman website. Now owned and run by Roger Patterson. Click here


AGM 2021 Report to follow.


2021-22 Committee

The SSDBKA AGM was held on Thursday 28th of March and the following were elected to form the new committee:

Officers

  • President: Stuart Roberts
  • Chair: Alan Greenman
  • Treasurer: Julie Hamer
  • Secretary: Ed Bennett

Additional Committee members

There are currently spaces on the committee which can be filled by coopting additional members if required.

  • Claire George – (Membership)
  • Clive Stewart – (AHAT)
  • Trevor Smith – (Apiary Coordinator)
  • Vacant – (Events Coordinator)
  • Dayna White – (Quartermaster)

Committee meets up to 10 times a year as required.


Committee Vacancy.

A place has become vacant on committee, anyone interested in finding out more and getting involved please contact:

ssbka-mail@southstaffsbeekeepers.com

Include “Committee vacancy” in the subject.


Coronavirus – Action

Hive inspections at Shugborough and Hilton Green will take place for the time being using teams of people already spending time together in order to reduce the risks of spreading the virus however as the Government has begun to ease restrictions we are opening up inspections to a wider group of members.

All planned education events are now cancelled until further notice.

Please check the BBKA website regularly for further updates.

Membership Renewal – Now open for 2021

Email reminders for members inviting them to renew membership should have dropped into your inbox (or possibly SPAM!) on the FIRST OF DECEMBER. If you have not recieved the reminder email please contact CLAIRE GEORGE as soon as possible.


New pages recently added or updated:


Coming up this Month.

At the Apiaries:

  • Preparing for Spring!
  • Checking for honey stores – hefting or weighing hives. About 15kg/30lbs per hive
  • Feeding as required with fondant and perhaps pollen patties.
  • Varroa treatment with an Oxalic acid based treatment such as ApiBioxal
  • Preparing for next season!
    • Cleaning and sterilising equipment
      • All hive parts not in use
      • Any frames which have old, manky or messed up comb or wax
      • Wasp traps
      • Honey extraction equipment pre storage!!
    • Dealing with old comb and storing the wax produced
    • Stacking boxes with drawn comb to make them vermin and wax moth proof, and weather proof of course.
    • Sterilising drawn comb with asectic acid.
    • Checking the catalogues and preparing a Christmas list!
  • RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF SSDBKA!
  • If you are already on BeeBase update your profile and check out the website. If you are not signed up now is a good time.


The apiary on the clean up day

Things to do in isolation! (A bit like Monty Dons jobs for the week!)

  • Cleaning any used equipment
  • Box Assembly
  • New Frame assembly
  • Check over stored foundation, heat treat any which has “bloomed”.
  • Old box cleaning and refurbishment
  • Queen excluder and crown board cleaning
  • Hive tool sharpening
  • Checking all bee keeping tools
  • Assessing this season to help:
    • Produce your cunning plan for next season
  • Honey processing; Dealing with early and late rape honey
  • Storing any drawn comb in a Wax Moth and vermin proof way.
  • Sterilising drawn comb
  • Sharpening hive tools
  • watch out for SSDBKA and Stafford Bee Group and BIBBA winter sessions
  • Reading the catalogues paper or online with a glass of christmas cheer to hand!!!
  • Check out BBKA website in the Resources Section, a number of new publications available including: BBKA News – Natural Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees – NEW, BBKA News – Integrated Pest Management – NEW.
  • Any other suggestions gratefully received!

Member Services Launched!




Have you got your Club cap?

Visit Member Services page for items the Association has on offer, including the cap!



So you Want to be a beekeeper?

Currently all courses are cancelled until the Corvid 19 situation is clarified. We hope to resume our programme of training next year.

2021/22 Beekeeper training opportunities here

Images from the 2019 course at last the beginners course members got to delve into to mysteries of a colony of bees.


Shugborough apiary hits the News!

Buzzing with the bees – Taking care of the apiary at a stately home

Follow the link above to find out what the Shropshire has to say about beekeeping thanks to our chair Alan Greenman.