Penrith Beekeepers News

Additional information to the Winter Programme


Information Exchange: Bring and Buy: Journals and Beekeeping Books that you no longer require for sale to other members; 50p per journal; £2,50 per book. Money raised from sales to PBKA funds. Please take home any books/ journals not sold during the afternoon.

Buzz Square Lottery: pick a numbered square; £1 a square. Winning drawn square: the winner keeps 50% of the proceeds collected.

Sunday lunch options:
Where the afternoon meetings are being held near or at an inn or hotel, why not enjoy a Sunday lunch beforehand?
This is an opportunity to socialise with other beekeepers and guest speakers.
To reserve your tables please ring the venues direct, but mention that you are a member of Penrith Beekeepers:
N.B. Exceptions are North Lakes Hotel and Stoneybeck Inn: Both these venues are offering PBKA discounts for group booking so long as sufficient members reserve tables. Please contact Margaret at least two weeks before the relevant Branch Meeting to make this arrangement at these venues.

Background to Guest Speakers:
Tony Lindsey: Before returning to live in the UK this year, when Tony joined PBKA, Tony lived in South Africa. He will tell us about his experience as a Bee Farmer and the challenges of working with the ‘not so friendly’ African Bees.

Prof: Geraldine Wright is a specialist in the behaviour and physiology of bees in the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, with a special interest in bee nutrition and foraging behaviour. Her lab has shown that nutrients and other compounds found in food affect bee learning and food choice.

Graham Royle, NDB: Graham works for the Animal and Plant Health Agency National Bee Unit as the seasonal bee inspector for Cheshire. He is also Chairman of the Cheshire BKA. He started beekeeping in 1968 and currently manages 20 colonies in three apiaries. Graham was involved in the discovery and tracking of the first siting of the Asian Hornet in the UK in 2016.

PBKA welcomes members of other Beekeeper Associations to join us for our branch meetings. A suggested donation of £5 to contribute towards our costs (venue hire, speakers, and refreshments) would be appreciated.

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