West Herts news by Margaret Tighe

The WHBK Association AGM, which was held on 1st March was, I believe, enjoyed by all who attended.  The dining room at Croxley House, Croxley Green made a very pleasant venue and was filled to capacity with twenty-five members, associate members and potential members.
The meeting was opened by the President, Dave Hill, who welcomed everyone.  He then announced some proposed changes to the Committee as two members wished to retire from the committee, namely, Lindsay Bruce (Chairman) and Brian Norman (Secretary). He thanked them for all their past work and we were pleased to hear that, although they were retiring from committee duties, they would still be very much involved with the Association in other fields.
Diane Bruce, who worked hard all last summer generously giving up her time to collect swarms and providing new bees where required, requested that any beekeepers collecting swarms make sure they don’t remove skep or box until evening, to ensure that all foraging bees have returned to the swarm.  She found it very frustrating to be called the day after a swarm had been collected to remove a "tennis ball" of bees!!
After the Meeting there was a very pleasant hour spend chatting and enjoying refreshments which included delicious, home-made honey and ginger cake, donated by the President's wife!

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