National Honey Show Newsletter February 2015

As each year’s National Honey Show draws to an end, the planning is underway for the next year.  We have to be patient and wait through the winter for the bees to make their contribution, but not only do all you beekeepers continue with background preparations through the winter, but so, also, do your National Honey Show committee for the next Show.  As you know, our website is currently being redesigned and updated, watch for the new site which will be launched very soon: www.honeyshow.co.uk

The new, early, National Honey Show leaflets and raffle tickets for 2015 will be available at http://www.beetradex.co.uk/; and at the BBKA Spring Convention http://www.bbka.org.uk/news_and_events/spring_convention.php.  You can order them in advance for collection at either of those shows, or to be posted to you for your association or local show e-mail us at: nationalhoneyshownews@gmail.com letting us know how many of each you need.

Our planned programme for 2015 lectures will be Dr Deborah Delaney from the University of Delaware on Honey Marketing, Honey Bee Pests, Integrated Pest Management for the Small Scale Beekeeper and Why Genetics are Important to the Beekeeper.  Dr Juliana Rangel from the University of Texas plans to talk about The Biology of Mating, of Swarming, and of the Colony. Ben Harden, NDB will be talking on Bees in Winter, and Professor Dave Goulson, University of Sussex, on Neonicotinoids, Bees and Politics, followed by Bumblebees, their Ecology and Conservation.  Finally Professor Robert Pickard plans to tell us about Queens he has Known.  These are the current plans, which will be consolidated as the Show draws closer.

The Friday Bee Craft Lectures will take place again this year, as will the Saturday series of lectures for those new to beekeeping, and/or just interested in the subjects.  These will include Yearly Beekeeping Activities, Swarm control, Pests and Diseases and Products of the Hive for showing.

On the subject of showing, we hope you will continue to give our staging committee lots of work in 2015.  Your superb efforts for 2014 entailed an overspill of the exhibit exhibition area into another hall – well done all !!!  and please keep it up!

As we write this, in addition to the lectures from 2013, five videos from the 2014 lecture programme are now available to view on the National Honey Show YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/nationalhoneyshow.

Funding these superb, professional, videos continues to be a major challenge.  We were grateful for some National Lottery funding in 2013 and for a generous grant from The Garfield Weston Foundation towards the costs in 2014.  Our raffle will be making a contribution towards this venture in future years but it is very much on our wish list for us to be able to sustain funding the video programme.  Do please watch and enjoy revisiting the videos.  We have such a full programme of activities during the show that it is a major bonus that if you miss one of the lectures due to a clash of opportunities, you can catch up on missed lectures at a later date and at leisure. Please support our raffle, meanwhile we’re busy trying to identify and apply for funding for 2015 videos ~ all ideas and input very welcome!.

As ever, the National Honey Show relies on a large team of volunteers, and all offers of help at the show itself are welcome.   Do contact us, – you can e-mail the Show Secretary at showsec@zbee.com and he will pass your offer to the right person – if you can spare some time at the Show, it all helps.

We have a unique collection of displays, lectures and networking opportunities at the National Honey Show, and look forward to seeing you at the Show this autumn:  Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st October 2015 once more at St Georges College, Weybridge.