WINTER PROGRAMME

Hoping to see members and visitors at 7.00 for 7.30pm at Whttington Moor Church Hall ( lower entrance).

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Monday NOVEMBER  13th This should be a great night  wth a talk by Ged Marshall from Norfolk who is recognised as a leading breeder and supplier of queen bees. 

Monday DECEMBER 11t This is our Xmas Party, with a new format of entertaiment. Please bring some sarnies or nibbles or cakes etc.

Monday JANUARY 8th .  A talk by Adrian Betton former C.E.O of FERA and a member of the CDBKA , on his time with FERA and his experience of his visits and time spent at The Bee Unit in York.

Monday FERUARY 13th another opportunity to hear Professor Stephen Martin  one of the most entertaining and intersting guest speakers and he is recognised as one of the worlds leading entomologists. This time he is giving a talk on 'Jumping Gender'.

Monday  MARCH 12th is the date for our AGM. As a member you should be there.

Monday APRIL 9th A talk by one of ourfavourites and a great speaker Gerry Collns. He was Head Judge at our Annual Honey Show this year and he has agred to take up the position again in 2018. Gerry is probably one of the most informed speakers on subjects related to beekeeping.  Too good a night to miss!

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OUR ASSOCIATIONS 70tH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION &  AWARDS PRESENTATION

A small selection of photos of those who attended.

(sorry if you  have been missed out as there were over 70 folks enjoying the night out)

Some of the revelers.

Presentation by our President David Whitmore and Chairlady June Harvey to Peter Chambers just of one of the several Basic Assessment Certificates at 'Credit Level'

John Hollingworth with his wife Beryl our Membership Secretary

Presentation to Chris Edge by Sue Richardson of the new Gordon Richardson Trophy for services to Education in our Association

Just having fun playing a game.

A happy couple Paul & Audrey Loxely enjoying our birthday bash.

Stuart Adams our Apiary Manager and his lovely wife.

The Robinson Family new beekeepers this year

Anne McClelland & Derek Sherratt share the Mead Maser Trophy

Flowers for Dawn for her vocal assistance in making the night a huge success.

THE ANNUAL HONEY SHOW AT ASHOVER

Our Association Honey Show this year was very popular, although there were slightly fewer entries.  It was good to see lots of 'first timers' entering.  They were very successful, Maria Parsons won the novice class for clear honey was awarded an 'Outstanding entry' certificate which gives her to free entry to the National Honey Show. 

If you have never entered before this proves success is achievable.  The new entries to the Mead classes did very well too.  The prestigious Blue Ribbon was awarded to Robin Bagnall  for outstanding Heather Honey.

The judges  Gerry Collins and John Goodwin, commented on the high standard of entries generally.

I attended as an 'observer, i found it very interesting and learned some good tips for entering honey. 

I am now able to be a steward at future honey shows. Why not give it a go yourself.  The only hard part is watching the judges cut and sample the Honey cake entries - they don't o share!  But there are yummy cakes and tea on sale next door at the Ashover Home Produce Show.

Thanks go to the judges, Gerry Collins and John Goodwin and all helpers from our Association, they all worked very efficiently.  

I look forward to presenting the Awards at our 70th Anniversary party on the 2nd October, see you there.

June Harvey

Chairwoman