The Dartford Beekeepers

Dartford Branch of the Kent Beekeepersí Association




†††††††††† Following the lose of William our trip to the National Honey Show was not the usual renewing of friendships rather a long day of delivering the sad news to those who knew him.

†††††††††† As soon as a date is set for a memorial service I will pass the information on and post details on our facebook page, and I believe this will be around mid to late November.

†††††††††† All messages left on the facebook page will be printed out and passed along with our condolences' to the family.

†††††††††† We have just had a party for Halloween and those kids that came along appeared to have a good time running around the apiary laughing and screaming in costume.† The next event is a bonfire and fireworks on Monday the 5th from 5pm

†††††††††† The bees are still flying on the warm days and still finding a little to bring in however this can not last for too much longer as winter should be coming and then they will cluster with hopefully sufficient stores to see them through to spring.† As soon as we have a reasonably cold day and the bees are all inside I will be treating them for varroa with an oxalic acid vapour.† As William mentioned in his chat from 2013 oxalic acid commands the greatest of respect and no more so than in vapour form, every effort must then be taken to ensure that neither yourself or any others breath the vapours as they can be extremely harmful to your internal organs and cause irreparable damage.

†††††††††† Donít forget the AGM on the 24th as we will be in need of some new committee members and a reshuffle, we will also be looking back and remembering William with a toast preferably with some of his mead.

†††††††††† Dartford Beekeepers First Christmas Craft Fair is on the 1st December so spread the word and help make this a success, if you have some stuff to sell book a table.

†††††††††† Williamís course will continue as planned and will remain Williamís course for the foreseeable just presented on his behalf and in his memory by myself and I hope I can do him justice.


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