Report From The Chair.
All the best to you and your family and your bees.
A month in 2017 has flown by and activity at the apiary won't have stopped. No doubt you will have been hefting your bees and giving them supplementary feed. I certainly have. And those who attended the masterclass by Willie Robson when he gave the Rachel Lowther Lecture will know that the art and science of beekeeping is under greater pressure than ever. We can no longer be sure, if we follow tried and tested beekeeping techniques, that success is very likely. As I think I mentioned in my last notes the problems about maintaining productive Queens is a key issue in Willie's eyes. His suggestion about having two super frames in the centre of the brood chamber is worth considering this season. The area below the wax will be filled with drone brood on wild comb which should greatly increase the drone count in your hives. Will it work for you? Do report to the Honey Press later in the year.
NORTHERN BEEKEEPERS CONVENTION
You may have already received your invitation to the 60th anniversary Northern Beekeepers Convention entitled Beekeeping-Past, Present and Future. If you're a regular I hope you will get your application in soon, and if you haven't been before, I hope you give it a go. It promises to be a great day. As well as the talks and stalls there will be a display telling something of the history of the Convention and of the Northern local associations which support it. Should you have anything about the history of Hexham Beekeepers, please do let me know.
COLIN WEIGHTMAN'S BOOKS
I retrieved Colin's books from the Northumberland County Archive before Christmas, and when they have been catalogued, they will be placed in the HBKA library. There are unusual books and booklets which do make interesting reading. Some of the rare beekeeping periodicals will be on display at the Convention, giving information about how the convention started.