It was lovely to see those of you that managed to make it to the Apiary visit on 10th April. Thank to John Dockerall for hosting the meeting. We welcomed 3 new members and enjoyed a special visit from Derek Driver from SE Herts, who demonstrated and talked us through the benefits of Queen marking and clipping.
John had lost one of his hives over winter but we went through the surviving hive which although small had a good store of food and some healthy brood, the Queen is definitely active and is now clipped and marked, without losing any limbs! We had a look through the failed hive so we could see what had happened and there didn't seem to have been that many bees in the colony. A successful Apiary visit followed up by a wonderful afternoon tea. A motion was passed at the meet that we would all donate our usual contribution of £1.00 and the funds would be given to the host as a contribution toward costs incurred of yummy cakes and tea that are all enjoy.
Photographs from Pauline Gibbs' apiary visit courtesy of Glyn Knowles. This meeting was attended by over 20 people, a record in Bishops Stortford, with about 10 new members. Welcome to all.
The next meeting is on 22nd May at The Old Police Cottage, Thorley Street, Bishops Stortford, CM23 4AS (tel 01279 504391). Please park opposite in the car park of the Coach and Horses pub.