Our Beekeepers News

Sutton N.B’ham BKA Warwickshire Honey Show September 2017

Dear members,
Another successful year for Sutton Coldfield andNorthBirmingham Association at the County Show.Results by branch are as follows;
Birmingham and District     177 points
Sutton and North Bham        144 points
Solihull and District                 53 points
Shipston                                      53 points
Nuneaton                                   22 points
Coventry                                    21 points
Rugby                                           9 points
Warwick and Leamington.     3 pointsParticular mention must go to Bernard Diaper and Christine Clifton who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the individual overall points table, Fiona Mundye for a 1st in candles, Anne Rogers for a 2nd in novice medium honey and 3rd in photos,
Graham Carver for a 1st with his cherry mead and a commended for a wax block, Will Hooley for a 2nd in Ling honey (heather) and a very highly commended in gift light honey with Anne Hooley coming 2nd in fancy cakes.
Also our Branch composite display took 1st prize and a cheque for £50!
This can be viewed at our last apiary meeting on Tuesday 3rd October.
Many thanks go to our two volunteer stewards for the day Becca Mundye and Graham Carver and all those who supported the event by either entering an exhibit or coming along to the lectures and show event.
Next year we will be encouraging more members to enter both our local and county shows and will be running workshops to help you prepare.
Let’s get that cup back off Birmingham in 2018!
Thanks James.


  Branch composite display.

  Theme – 80th year anniversary of

  Tolkein’s “The Hobbit”.

  ‘ Smaug Guards His Golden Hoard. ‘

International Meeting of Young Beekeepers

We are proud to announce as an association that one of our youngest members Becca has once again qualified to represent England at the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers. This will be for an unprecedented third year running! Having previously attended meetings in Poland 2014 and Slovakia in 2015, its the Czech Republic for 2016. Here she will compete in a team of 3 against more than 20 other beekeeping nations. She will be tested on her beekeeping knowledge both written and practical. Previous years tests have included, opening a hive and finding the Queen, marking a drone, matching different honeys to their flower, questions on bee anatomy, uncapping and extracting honey and even egg grafting! This event is a fabulous opportunity for any young beekeeper to meet children from other nations, visit different countries, learn about customs and beekeeping practices and above all have fun.

Becca and the Bees

Becca started her beekeeping at the age of 8 and was helping collect swarms aged 10. She regularly attends our apiary meetings and talks, has been awarded first prize in both local and County Honey Shows in various categories. She has also been a Honey Show steward at local and county events.

To be eligible to compete for England you have to be aged between 12 and 16 and have successfully shown your beekeeping proficiency by passing the Bee Basic examination. A selection process then follows. Next year England will be hosting the event.

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