Positive Thinking
October, 2018
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Mission Statement: 
  • To further and promote the craft of beekeeping
  • To advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. 
The unified voice of British Beekeeping
Please can I urge anybody who hasn't already to complete this year's honey survey? It is a valuable tool for researchers and as such we should all try and answer it in order to contribute to investigations into honey bees in the UK.
-Margaret Wilson, Chair of the BBKA
Insurance Cover  
We have had some confusion regarding the Insurance Cover we purchase for our members so here is a summary of the cover, you will note I have highlighted that Juniors are fully covered.
Public Liability:     
Cover is for the legal liability of Members (including junior), Local Associations, Branches and the BBKA for injury or damage to the property of others up to  £10m per claim.
Product Liability Cover is on the same basis as Public Liability, but covers legal liability for the supply and sale of primary hive products (including honey, wax candles, wax lip (balm). Cover is also £10m per claim with an annual limit of the same amount.
Trustees Liability:  This covers the legal liability of trustees of Local Associations (even if they are a Charity in their own right) and the BBKA for their actions.
Also there is cover available from £12.00  for Cover for Equipment, Hives, Colonies and all property for beekeepers (anywhere in the UK) with a discount for BBKA Members    www.beekeepersinsurance.co.uk
Special Editions 
As I mentioned in the last letter we have a collection of Special Editions. The books centred on specific subjects help us with our beekeeping. We take these books to venues and to meetings at Apiaries but I am sure that there are many of you who have neither heard nor seen one of these books.
They are A4 and have information on a specific subject.
This month the book I will introduce is  ‘Flower Families for Forage’  
If you are like me, now is the time that you are cutting back and looking at the spaces and thinking what plant new plant you are going to introduce to your garden. My garden does have Hellebores, some which flower in winter,  I have purchased four more which will flower early in the year, so hopefully a good feed for the bees in February and March if they venture out.
Again the cost is £4.00 and there are 20 excellent pages of information kindly provided by Celia Davis.  These are available from the BBKA direct or through your link Trustee, this would save you the cost of postage and you can catch up with the latest BBKA news from your Trustee at the same time.
Pershore College 
We have mentioned that we are trying to revamp the apiary at Stoneleigh so that it can be used not only for training and exams but to attract school visitors and others who may have an interest in the survival of Honey Bees, We will also invite Business people who have expressed a desire to learn more and to contribute to the costs of research and the BBKA education system that we have.  With that in mind, we approached Pershore College with a view of asking for help in the landscaping design for the apiary to include a wooden structure with glass windows all along one side as a viewing platform for visitors, raised beds for the young and old to benefit and of course Bee friendly plants and a wildflower meadow. We had a visit from Mike Roberts, one of their managers who took the time to hear what we envisage and to walk round the apiary to get an idea of the type of thing that would be suitable, it has now has been agreed that two of their students will be tasked with the design for the apiary.  This is great news and it will be good to see the plans when they are finalised.
Volunteers wanted 
The Asian Hornet situation in Jersey is still not resolved.  It is this time of year that the hornets are at their busiest preparing the new queens for next year so it is easier to spot them and hopefully follow them to their nests where we can take a hand and prevent the spread next year.
They are all working flat out and volunteers would be very welcome. If you are able to assist, please contact diane.roberts@bbka.org.uk  and she will put you in touch with the beekeepers on the island who will be able to liaise regarding accommodation and travel.  
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New telephone system 
Because of the volume of calls and the need to have all telephone calls recorded, we have had a new telephone system installed. 
This means that the new number for Members is:
02476 696679
Would members please use this number in future so that their calls will be directed to the correct location.
Calling all Beekeepers in Oxfordshire, Kent and Berkshire!
Please contact pam.hunter@bbka.org.uk to express your interest now.
Dates for your diary 
The BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB; 12-14 April 2019.  This is THE BBKA educational event of the year. The Spring Convention Committee are busy planning another great programme of lectures, workshops and seminars. 
Accommodation and meals are available on-site and exhibitors have started requesting their preferred stand spaces for the Saturday 13th April Tradeshow.
Whether you are already a regular participant, a newer beekeeper or don't keep bees at all, there will be something for everyone at this sociable event.  Meet old friends and make new ones.  Discuss beekeeping for three days if you wish, without anyone glazing over!  Further information will be available from the BBKA website and tickets go on sale in mid-January.  Plan to come for a day or stay for the long week-end.  We look forward to seeing you.  Don't miss out!  Reserve 12-14th April in your 2019 diary!'
Archive Films 
Whilst clearing some of the rooms at Stoneleigh, we have discovered some very old films on beekeeping, mainly black and white and reminiscent of the old ‘Pathe News’ for those of us old enough to remember. There is a good selection and we have managed to get them all on a memory stick here on the shop, so if you need a subject for a Branch Meeting, the films would be very entertaining. They are for sale from the shop and the cost is £10.00 each.  A good cost effective night of entertainment for your members.

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