New Beekeepers Winter Training 2019
If you have ever thought of keeping bees (or know someone who might like it as a present) contact us and get yourself signed up for our winter training course. 6 weeks of a combination of lectures and practical workshops will equip you with the theoretical knowledge you will need before you start getting hands-on experience in our training apiary during the spring and summer. After a taster session on the 17th of February 2019 at the Petersfield Community Centre the following 5 Sundays will cost £40 and include Associate membership of the PDBKA.
For more information or to book a place please e-mail email@example.com
19th January 2019
Chalice Mead will be talking to us about mead, how it is made and its history. More importantly he will be bringing samples! For contrast some of our members are threatening to bring their attempts, which should show how nice the properly made stuff is (I am biased – the rough stuff is made by my husband). To accompany the tasting session we are aiming to have a selection of local honeys for you to try, to taste the range of flavours created from the surrounding flowers. This is a session aimed at the beekeeper and their companions so please bring a friend, and designated driver!
This is an Asian Hornet. It is smaller than our native European hornet. It is mainly black with a yellow band towards the end of its abdomen, and most importantly yellow legs. It is a threat to honey bee hives, and probably bumblebees and other pollinators, and it should not be here.
If you see one please take a photo and phone us on
Honey Show 15 September 2018
The Honey Show created a buzz this year with 165 entries of honey, wax and cookery. Rogate Village Hall was filled with gleaming jars in a range of honey colours from pale and clear to almost black, containing light floral flavours or intense treacle-like scents. Pale wax blocks lay next to rows of cakes and bottles of mead.
Two of our beekeeping trainers, Brad Davis and Graham Rowden, battled it out for the top prizes with Graham taking the Blue Ribbon for best in show. The best exhibit in the novice classes was given to Edith Reitsma for her honey. Alison Turner, who won this prize last year, won three firsts this year, including best shallow frame for extraction (honey filled comb). Pippa Barker won the cup for her mead, Elizabeth Eveleigh won the wax cup and Nicky Easton was presented with the platter for highest points in the cookery classes. Philip Gurney won the Trevor Stubbs Memorial trophy for the highest points in the novice classes. The prizes were presented by Eric Piper, our longest serving member at well over 50 years of beekeeping.
Rogate School produced an impressive display of artwork based on “A bee on a flower”. We had pictures of real honey bees with their three distinct sections, hairy bodies and six legs, and in contrast virtual reality bees in the style of MineCraft computer games. The imagination and creativity made for a lovely display. The first prize went to Wilfred Dryburgh, but the thanks to the whole school.
It has been an interesting year for weather with the cold wet winter and late spring being hard on the bees but the hot summer has released plenty of nectar and pollen to be turned into a good harvest of honey. This lovely warm autumn means that they are still busy, visiting your garden flowers and the ivy on our walls and trees, preparing for the winter to come.
Unsung Hero award 2017
We took great pleasure in awarding our new Unsung Hero award to Greg for his sterling work as our Swarm Collection co-ordinator, among other important things. So next time you get a call to collect a swarm of bees, remember to thank Greg (oh, and get your name down ready for the season to come).
The Tresallier trophy for the Unsung Hero
Petersfield member and artist Guy Basgshaw, before moving himself and his bees to France, offered PDBKA a trophy to be awarded to a person or persons who have consistently contributed towards the craft of beekeeping and or the support of beekeepers in PDBKA; always in a manner very much out of the limelight.
Accompanying the trophy Guy sent this description and explanation of its name
“The hallmarked sterling silver hive tool was modelled in Privett and cast in Basingstoke. It is of an individual design – to sit easily in the hand, facilitate the separation of hive lifts and then both easing out and spacing individual frames.
The Tresalier grape (note the different spelling) is an old fashioned variety specific to our locality here in Allier. The winds are categorised within those of the Loire vignoble, this being the lowest edge. When we wanted to register a kennel name and not wanting a dog to be called after a grape we used a play on the French words Tres – very – and Allier – to come up with Tresallier. I like the idea of a trophy name with a story”