Cliffe Castle Garden Party

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If you can volunteer even an hour of your time, doing some specific activity or just talking to the public, please get in touch with Jane by email:  If you don’t want to volunteer, just drop in to Cliffe Castle.  It’s a great place, the staff are so proud of what they are doing, and there really is something for everyone.  Please support this fantastic local resource. 

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 

ABKA @ Bracken Hall

ABKA members Louise and Linda will be entertaining the crowds at Bracken Hall tomorrow.  Well worth a visit, especially if you have never been before.  Details are also available on our Facebook page.

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ABKA @ Keighley Show – the results

The poll closed on Wednesday, and 18 of you voted, which is about a fifth of the total membership.  However, the votes are as follows:

15  in favour of leaving  the show (83%)
3  against leaving the show (17%)

Sue has therefore written to the Chairman of Keighley Show informing him of our decision.

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As you will all be aware, the metal shed was moved from East Morton to it’s new home at Cliffe Castle, with the help of many hands over a busy weekend.  Thanks again to everyone involved. 

And if that wasn’t enough heady excitement for everyone, Richard reports that the bees have now been returned to Cliffe Castle in their splendidly smart new oak home, kindly paid for by the museum.  Do go along and say hello to them and see the great information displays we now have all around the area.  And if you want to read more about this and everything that’s happening at Cliffe Castle, click on the link at the right of this page to access our Facebook page and give it a ‘like’.

ABKA questionnaire – the results
Thanks again for completing the questionnaire.  To read the results, just click here.