Christmas Kerfuffle and Honey Show

Come and join us for competition and conviviality beyond compare!  Where else can you go to talk hive parts and honey crops and put your candles up against a cookie?

When?  Friday 17th November 2017

Where? Silsden AFC, 3 Keighley Rd, Silsden, Keighley BD20 0EH

How much? £10 per person

What time?  7pm start with catering for the evening, from 8pm, a tasty buffet provided by Brodies Catering of Bradford (ex-Sharrow Bay Hotel; Pool Court Restaurant and the Connaught) with an all evening bar.

What else? An ABKA raffle and music to chat to/some to dance to.

How can I get a ticket? Follow instructions on your e mail from Jane Law 19th October

Last date to order Friday 10th November

Arrangements for Honey Show entries.

Please drop off your entries for the Honey Show at Silsden AFC between 5pm and 5:45pm on Friday along with your completed entry form. Remember it’s FREE to put any number of entries in the Show and the bar will be open from benching time!

If anyone has difficulties getting items to the club at that time Chris Hardy has kindly offered to take them in so please arrange this separately.

Our Judge: Mr Peter Hewitt (ABKA President)
Results will be announced at around 9pm.
Cups and trophies will be awarded for certain categories, prize cards for all successful entries. To view the schedule click hereTo download an entry form click here.
Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it!

AGM Thursday 12th October

Just a reminder that the AGM will be held on 12th October at Keighley Rugby Union Ground, Utley Road at 7.15 for 7.30pm.  If you don’t have your pie and peas order in now, you need to get in touch with Linda urgently, or go hungry.

You can find the agenda for the meeting here, and read the minutes of last year’s AGM hereApart from all Association business, this is your chance to pay your subs for this year.  Please remember that payment is by BACS or cheque only, and bring along your completed new membership form.  Please note that we have updated the membership types, so read carefully and choose the right one for you.  Also, please complete a gift aid form to enable us to claim tax back.  Thanks, and look forward to seeing you all there.


Emails – the missing link

We are having some ongoing problems with getting emails to people.  This does not appear to be an issue at our end, but is to do with changing protocols on the part of various providers, which blocks our emails as suspected spam, on the basis that they are sent to a list of people.  There’s not a lot we are able to do about this, with our limited technical resources, so I have started a new page which displays all the latest ABKA emails.  If you think you are not receiving emails, please firstly get in touch with us to let us know.  Second, if you can, please provide us with an alternative email address to try – it’s not difficult to set one up, and if you don’t want to have to keep checking it, you could set up an automatic forwarder to yourself at your preferred email address. Finally, please check the email page regularly, so that you can be sure you are not missing out.

ERH – a message from Chris Hardy

Jill Mastin and I are hanging up our bee suits at the end of this year.  We’ve being playin’ around at the ERH apiary for 4 years now and have decided (independently of each other) that it’s time to take a break.  The apiary is in good shape, despite the usual seasonal glitches and work feels much easier with a team of four.
It’s been fun, hard work, exasperating and very rewarding and we both have learned an awful lot managing a larger quantity of bees.  More bees reveals just how different each colony is compared to its neighbour – some will find tons of forage,some will struggle, some will be subject to horrific varroa infestation whilst the rest will be almost unaffected.  It has certainly made me much more sanguine and subsequently awe struck at how incredible these animals are.
So ABKA is in the place of now fishing about for two or three more folk who want to do more, learn more and maybe manage or share management of the ERH apiary for a wee while.  It IS a labour of love.  Please feel very welcome to make enquiries with me ( , even tentative ones.  I’ll run it until the start of next year’s season if need bee.
Here’s hoping