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Countryside days 2014

COUNTRYSIDE DAYS 2014 The annual event for schools throughout Yorkshire and Humber was held at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th June with around 3,000 children passing through the gates over the two days. The event is aimed at bringing aspects of the countryside to primary school children in Yorkshire [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:06:27+00:00 January 11th, 2015|Member Articles|0 Comments

A thought for our new members

By Bill CadmoreA thought for our new members Many of our newest members will only have received their nucleus colonies in late June or even into July this year due to the very poor spring. The lucky ones received ‘nucs’ prepared last year and over-wintered to be ready for early sale – the others got [...]

By | 2013-12-15T15:26:55+00:00 December 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jobs in the Apiary for May

by Roger Chappel & Len MuttonWe noted that the opening paragraph in Bill Cadmore’s introduction in the April issue reflected a depressingly familiar story – rain and cold temperatures. Last year (2012) the Spring period started unnaturally well – by the beginning of May most of us were actually praying for rain. We needn’t have [...]

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Jobs in the Apiary for March

by Roger Chappel & Len Mutton March is a crucial month as the colonies start to emerge from their winter slumbers. Food stocks will be very low at this time and it’s vital that beekeepers maintain a constant vigil to make sure there is always food available. […]

By | 2017-01-21T15:06:27+00:00 December 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

William (Bill) Broader Bielby

So another chapter in Yorkshire Beekeeping closes with the passing of this former sage of inventive beekeeping – William “Bill” Bielby whose innovations included the disc entrance for beehives, the polypropylene brood and super frames and the Catenary Hive “affectionately known as the Cat & Canary hive”.  Bill Bielby, who originally hailed from the Bishop [...]

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JOHN PHILLIPS – 1935 – 2013

In June of 1974 the first A.G.M of the resurrected Halifax & District Beekeepers’ Association was held.  Rev. David Hoskins was elected Secretary, Mr. W. Garnett, Chairman and Mr. Philip Jones, Treasurer. As the summer meetings were arranged (and quoting from the minutes) “Mr. & Mrs. Phillips invited members to inspect their bees and offer [...]

By | 2016-02-03T21:33:15+00:00 December 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jobs in the Apiary for April

There seems to be a lot more variation in the weather these days. The old beekeepers of yesteryear never had to feed their bees in the winter because they didn’t have any. All they had to do was wait for the Sprng to arrive, catch a few  warms – they were plentiful – and fill [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:06:27+00:00 December 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Poly Nucs

The Power Of Bulk Purchase   Yorkshire Beekeepers saved £4000.00 buying these 400 polystyrene nucs YBKA Purchasing Officer, Paul Winder, demonstrates the buying power of the largest beekeeping association in the UK. All YBKA districts were invited to ask their members if they wanted to buy any of these nucs at £19.00 – £10.00 less [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:06:27+00:00 December 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Beekeeper’s Diary

by Cat Jones 4th FebruaryI had a check up on the fondant today. It’s been pretty cold so, as expected, there was no sign of any bees flying. The fondant has definitely been eaten, but there is still plenty left so not worth topping up yet. 13th February After missing the first beginners’ session at [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:06:27+00:00 December 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bee Breeding

To further Barkston Ash Beekeepers new venture to raise queens for our members, 7 of us attended the Yorkshire Beekeepers’ Bee ~ Breeding Workshop at the Normandy Pavilion, Harrogate on Saturday 16th March. What a wonderful day it turned out to be. On arrival at 9:30 we were greeted with hot drinks and biscuits and [...]

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