Sunday 1 May 2022 – The Grand Opening of the Association’s new Teaching Apiary took place at 2:00pm at Wylam. HBKA Chair Martyn Farrer welcomed the 32 members who attended. Apiary Manager Sue Robinson gave a comprehensive report of the relocation project and acknowledged everyone’s various contributions over the last 12 months to make it a success . HBKA Life Member Bill Hunter recalled previous Association events and personalities before cutting the ribbon and declaring the new apiary officially open. Everyone then enjoyed a splendid picnic tea followed by live hive inspections in honour of the occasion.
Tuesday 12 April 2022 – Sue Robinson delivered a Beginners’ Theory Session 7:00pm-9:00pm at Wall Village Hall with contributions from the Bee Mart and Bee Buddy coordinators . This session provided essential preparation for those coming to the beginners’ practical sessions in the new teaching apiary during the summer.
Tuesday 5th April 2022 – An Open Meeting was held at Wall Village Hall. About 20 members enjoyed watching a vintage film by Aubrey Waller called ‘Bees and Beekeeping’ which showed a year in Basil Waller’s apiary in 1942. Older members added their recollections of Basil – a WWII veteran of numerous Lancaster bombing raids and an irascible former Chairman of HBKA.
Sunday 3 April 2022 – The Beginners’ Framemaking Session was held 2:00pm-4:00pm at Wall Village Hall. We now have a good stock of frames for use at the apiary.
Monday 28 February 2022 – An Open Meeting was held at Wall Village Hall. About fifteen members attended the meeting to hear George Eames give a comprehensive presentation on the BBKA Examination Framework illustrated with numerous personal anecdotes.
Tuesday 1st February 2022 – An Open Meeting was held at Wall Village Hall. Rinke Vinkenoog of Northumbria University spoke on the subject of ‘British Bees and Foreign Food‘. 25 members enjoyed an excellent ‘face-to-face’presentation.
Tuesday 4th January 2022 – The AGM was held at 7:30pm via Zoom and a copy of the Agenda papers is available here. 34 members attended and a copy of the Draft Minutes are available here. Following the formal business, Martyn Farrer and Nick Athey gave an excellent account of their efforts to save a feral colony at Bywell Hall.