Informal Get Together
An informal get-together was held on Wednesday 13th December at the Colliton Club. It was the Christmas social with a buffet and skittles.
Dorchester Show Prizegiving
Dorchester Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm, presented the Massey Trophy to Paul Watkins for scoring most points at Melplash and Dorset County Shows. He chose the better of the two days – the Saturday which was warm and sunny, whereas Sunday was soggy.
An informal get-together was a drop-in session on Thursday 12th October at the Colliton Club. We had about a dozen of us there nattering over a beer or cuppa. These are ad-hoc meetings the Club arranges to give beekeepers a chance to meet and also for prospective beekeepers to learn more about our BKA.
Dorset BKA Beekeeping Convention
This was held on the 15th October at Stratton Village Hall.
Kevin Pope who has been keeping bees for over 50 years and was the Regional Bee Inspector for the Southern Region. He has been raising queens for his own use and for limited sale in Dorset for many years. He mainly uses a grafting technique. He lives in Dorset and is well known to most Dorset keepers as a result of the many disease safaris he carries out throughout the county.
Ken Basterfield who is a member of the BBKA trustees and on the Education and Husbandry committee. He runs many modular courses at his apiary and small holding at Blackberry Farm in Devon. He has also been running NDB courses for many years He raises queens using a variety of methods mainly based on grafting larvae.
Ivor Davis who lives near Bristol and is a past President of the BBKA. He is interested in the International Bee Research Association and in Bees for Development. Ivor can speak on a wide range of topics but feels this is an important time us to think about winter bees.
Marin Anastasov who holds a BSc degree in Animal Science and MSc in Organic Farming. He is passionate about sustainable food production and his entire working career has been in organic food and farming. He has kept bees for over 20 years and currently manages 25 colonies in Gloucestershire. Marin is a Master Beekeeper, Trustee of Gloucestershire Beekeepers’ Association and serves on the BBKA Executive.
By all accounts it was an enjoyable and informative event and one to mark in your diary for next year.