BBKA Life after 70

The BBKA Press Officer has been contacted by a television production company about an upcoming documentary series and they are looking for participants.
A copy of the email follows and if you are interested in taking part please contact Jacci
Parry direct – her details are at the bottom of her message.
Kind regards, Leigh Sidaway, General Manager

Life after 70

It was good to speak with you a little earlier. As I mentioned on the phone my name is Jacci and I’m a documentary producer working with a television production company called ‘Tuesdays Child’ where we’re very excited to be developing a series for Channel 5 which celebrates the lives and achievements of those aged 70 and over.

We’re looking for a diverse range of inspirational, positive, and fun-living contributors from across the UK aged from 70 upwards who are living life to its fullest. We’re keen to find seniors with interesting or challenging hobbies.

By telling the stories of each of our contributors we aim to highlight issues connected to ageing and challenge the many stereotypes that exist about the lives of the over 70s.
We’d love to find someone involved in beekeeping who can shine a light on a fascinating activity which so crucial to our biodiversity.

What we’re looking for is contributors who are good storytellers and who stand out in the community as ‘unusual or remarkable’ in some way i.e.: either because of some project they’re involved with, something they’ve achieved in the past or
something they’re planning in the near future.

It’s hard to know what this might look like in the world of beekeeping, but you will no doubt have some ideas.

As a company Tuesday’s Child has a well established track record of working with
organisations on a wide range of output, some of which have gone on to become returning series. We are particularly keen to hear from members of under-represented groups around the UK. I look forward to hearing from you.

Very best
Jacci Parry
Factual, Tuesday’s Child Wales
Mb: 07855 358525 |DL: 029 20304998

BBKA Website Enquiry

Dear BBKA,
Not an enquiry but a big Thank you to Brian Harvey in Stafford who we were able
to contact via the BBKA website when a swarm of honey bees arrived in our garden.
He was with us so quickly and was absolutely superb. We had a crowd of neighbours who were just as fascinated as we were and Brian kindly explained what he was doing and gave us all sorts of information about them too. Thank you again Brian we all enjoyed your skill and clear passion for bee keeping.
Name: Claire Peacock

Dear Claire,
Thank you for your email and feedback. I am pleased that Brian was able to help with
the swarm in your garden. I have copied in the secretary of the BBKA Association where Brian is a member so they can pass on your comments to Brian.
Kind Regards,
Erica Challis | BBKA Website Administrator

Dear Brian,
We are writing to you, to pass on thanks from a member of the public (Claire Peacock), for your recent Swarm Collection activity in July. This message came to us from the BBKA whom expressed pleasure that you were able to help.

Ed Bennett, Secretary SS&DBKA

Many thanks to Brian Harvey from us too, for representing our association and our community so well. The picture below shows the beautiful prime swarm in all its glory.

BBKA News Archive Website

Some of you may be aware that the BBKA News Archive website was unavailable earlier this year whilst it was undergoing repairs and updates.

I am writing to confirm that the Archive website is now fully operational again and we have made a few changes:

  • To log into the website members will be asked to complete 3 fields:

  • Field one: BBKA membership number eg 95.55.101 This is the printed on the receipt your membership secretary emails you when you pay your membership fees.
    If you can’t find your membership number please contact your local membership secretary.

  • Field two: Your postcode.
  • Field three: The generic password which is printed on the first page of the BBKA magazine.

  • Copies of the archived magazines can be downloaded in .pdf format. This will allow you to download issues to your phone or tablet. To do this, select a magazine and the click on the ‘Download as PDF’ button in the top RH corner.

  • Did you know that as part of a reciprocal agreement, you can also access archived copies of An Beachaire, the newsletter from the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations (FIBKA)?

  • Editions that are over six months old are available for you to read online but you cannot download them. From the ‘Select Publication’ drop down menu in the top LH corner, choose An Beachaire.

Kind regards

Diane Drinkwater

Trustee & Chair of Communications Committee

We come second…

Jo (top left) , Stuart (top right) & Marie (bottom left)

At the BBKA online bee quiz held as part of the online Spring Convention, the Club team of Stuart, Jo and Marie came second to Warwick and Leamington beating North Shropshire into 3rd place. Well done team, an excellent effort.

Virtual Spring Convention 16-18 April 2021

The 2021 BBKA Spring Convention, 16-18 April, is a great ‘Virtual’ event to look forward to. I hope your Association will encourage its members to put the dates in their diaries and be ready to book once the website opens in early April. To help with this, we attach adverts in different sizes and formats that you can choose to circulate or include in any local newsletter.

The bonus of being virtual is that the Convention will come to you, wherever you are, via your choice of device: computer, tablet or smartphone. Despite all the challenges, we will as usual offer a mix of practical and scientific lectures and presentations, on the topics most requested, directed at a range of beekeeping experience, presented by the very best of speakers.

The electronic Convention programme will be available on the BBKA website from early March, with full details of speakers and their talks. Entry to the Virtual Tradeshow (AKA The Marketplace) will be free and this will be everyone’s opportunity to browse the latest beekeeping kit from multiple suppliers, all under one ‘virtual’ roof and to take advantage of special Convention offers!

Area Associations Area
Additionally, we are seeking expressions of interest from BBKA Area Associations wishing to have a free ‘stand’ in an ‘Associations Area’ of the Convention website. This would enable you to provide contact details, a weblink, a brief text overview and up to four photographs of Association activities.

Optional video upload for a small additional charge (£80 + VAT per video) will also be possible. Our latest research has revealed significant numbers of new recruits to beekeeping during lockdown, keen to take part in the Convention. The Association Area will be an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of Association membership – and to share ideas. There will also be a prize for the ‘best’ still photograph uploaded in this area. If your Association is interested, please contact Ray Green, for further details, by 19th February.

Buzzing Quizzers
It is intended to have a light-hearted team quiz at the Convention. Ideally this will be between Association ‘teams’. Julian Routh would be pleased to hear from budding (or buzzing) quiz ‘teams’ of three members from Associations. The intention is to hold preliminary virtual heats to identify two teams with the best combination of general and beekeeping knowledge.
Places will by necessity be limited, so if you would like to take part, please contact Julian ASAP – and certainly by 19th February. The members of the Convention Committee look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Convention, with something for all! For more information, programme updates and participation details, please see BBKA News and the Spring Convention pages of

Joyce Nisbet, BBKA
Trustee and Spring
Convention Chair