The Horsley Board – ABKA Winter Talk

Date now confirmed for Peter Hewitt’s talk about the Horsley Board. 

Saturday, 17th March at 2pm, Riddlesden Institute.  Peter is always entertaining and a font of knowledge, not just about bees, but the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, and where locally to find white elderberries, amongst many other things.  If you haven’t managed to make any of the other talks so far this year, then this is not to be missed.  Be there or be ignorant about the Horsley Board.

Happy New Year

If you think there’s nothing for a beekeeper to do at this time of year then think again.  There are a number of activities in the pipeline so get your diaries out and make some notes.  All of these are on the ABKA calendar on this website.

First up is a demonstration of how to use a vapouriser with oxalic acid, which is currently considered the most effective way to treat your bees for varroa.  Chris will be demonstrating at East Riddlesden Hall  on Saturday 13th January at 10.30 am.  Wear your beesuit.

Next is a talk by Keith Hebden on wax, on 20th January at 2pm, in the Riddlesden Institute.  A winner of many prizes, Keith certainly knows how to mind his own beeswax!

In February, we have a talk on diseases by Ivor Flatman, our longstanding local bee inspector.  This will be on 17th February at 2pm in the Education Room at Cliffe Castle.

Finally, Peter Hewitt will be giving a talk on the Horsley Board in March, date to be confirmed, so watch this space.


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