St Albans news by Christine Aitken

Capel Manor

Three new beekeepers who have just completed their first season, Linda, Joan and Gabriella helped with manning our ‘BeeWorld’ stand at Capel Manor on Saturday 19th September. Alongside our theme of ‘Pollination’ there was a display to help those who were thinking of taking up beekeeping. Information on HBKA Divisions, how to get started and the costs involved were displayed. Sadly the E-coli scare seemed to have kept people away and attendance was lower than usual. On behalf of Eric Margrave and myself, a big thank you to all our members who supported us on the day and made it an enjoyable event. And thank you to John Mumford of SE Herts for co-ordinating the event.

Winter Meetings

Two meetings are planned at the United Reformed Church Hall, Watford Road, Chiswell Green, St Albans:

23rd October at 8.00pm Our speaker for the first 40 minutes or so will be Pam Farley from the Woodland Trust who will bring us up to date on the Heartwood project, no doubt there will be lots of questions. This might be a good link both for us and the bees in the years to come. After the refreshment break we will have a Q & A session and general discussion related to the past season.

27th November at 8.00pm Our Honey Show is an informal evening where members bring a jar of unlabelled clear honey along and we all taste and judge and present a cup to the winner. Last year a nearly-new beekeeper won top prize! Everyone also brings a plate of food which makes for an enjoyable evening. All members and their families welcome.


Forms will be sent out shortly. Please return promptly and therefore claim your discount! David Brown, our treasurer, needs your details and money to make certain insurance cover and Bee Craft deliveries are not disrupted.

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