What on earth can I do after the Fandango?

Why not join in the Indoor Park event:

  • this is a gentle consciousness raising of the General Public on the topic of all things bee and pollinator related at a week-long event in the former Body Shop unit of the Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley, Monday December 5th to Saturday 12th.   Stroll about in your bee suit, in the delightful setting of an indoor park and just help “spread the buzz”. Volunteers needed for any time-slot between 11am and 3pm daily.

This event links with the major refurbishment of the parkland and outbuildings at Cliffe Castle and is a public consultation exercise. Our invite to take part reflects the value placed on having the bees and observation hive at the museum.

Renew your membership

Make sure your membership (and insurance) doesn’t expire.  Complete the attached form and send to Jane Denney (address on the form) as soon as possible, and definitely by the end of November.

Make a cup of hot chocolate and settle down for a good read

It may not have made the Booker shortlist, but the annual report by Ivor Flatman, our regional bee inspector, is a good read.  Set some time aside and enjoy.

Asian Hornet update

This week a Government press release confirmed the presence of the asian hornet in the UK (specifically in Gloucestershire);  Asian Hornet

Along with the rest of the media, the Guardian has also reported on the news:  Threat to Honeybees

A rather dry take, and a bit of a corrective for the hype surrounding Asian Hornets comes from UK safari man.  Yes, we know it’s serious, but it’s less of a threat to Western Civilisation than Donald Trump.  The Mail, as ever, never knowingly understated.

What is the plan for East Morton Apiary?

For some time now, we have been supporting two apiaries – one at East Morton and the other at East Riddlesden Hall.  This has stretched our resources very thinly, and at times this year we found it hard.  ABKA has broadened its activities over the last few years, with real success – our relationship with East Riddlesden Hall has developed, and the activitiies at Cliffe Castle have met with a very positive response – but as ever, too few members are sharing the work.  There is a real need to involve more of the membership in activities where possible.  We plan to canvas views among the wider membership regarding what they want from the Association, and what would help them become more involved.

We have had an apiary on the East Morton site for 50 years.  However, the situation there has changed over time and the site has become less suitable for us.  The situating of a stables very close by led to problems over the summer, particularly when the bees decided, despite our best endeavours, to swarm.  As a consequence of this, the ABKA Committee believe that the correct course of action is to run down the apiary at the East Morton site, and re-focus or resources on the East Riddlesden apiary.  Although we will retain a presence at the site, we won’t keep bees there.

It will be sad, given our long history at East Morton, to end beekeeping there.  However, we must be realistic as to how much we can do. As members, we would like to hear your thoughts on this, before a final decision is made.   Please send any comments to chairman@airedalebka.org.uk

ABKA minutes and agendas

Agendas and minutes of the ABKA committee meetings are now available on the website.  If you spot something you want to comment on, do contact the secretary so we can take your views into account at the following meeting.