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West Sussex Bee market & Auction 27th april report.

West Sussex Auction at Brinsbury College yesterday 27th April. Despite the weather forecast’s during the week it was dry but very windy so at least the Auction team and the punters didn’t get wet, a bit windswept though.
A lot of people turned up, so the day seemed to go very well, well Central Sussex cakestall sold out and a lot of plants were sold, I think I grew too many Tomato plants!
Thanks to all those that gave up their time to make this traditional West Sussex Beekeepers event go smoothly.

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Apiary Meeting 20th April

Last Saturdays apiary meeting 13th April, incorporating with the Introduction to beekeeping course was changed to be inside as it was a cold 8c with an easterly wind, well yesterday’s meeting 20th was quite different with temperatures in the 20c’s. Plenty of the course beginners could make it so they all had their first experience with “live” bees. The apiary teams new suits stand out well, which was the brief but with a slightly thicker material did get warm. Luckily we had no queen cells to show the beginners after a short briefing first, just in case we did see queen cells. We found that we are short of super frames made up so that will be a priority. Julian supplied the photos.

Introductory Beekeeping Course

The first day of our two Introductory Course was Saturday 6th, it seemed to go very well with 31 attendees, I was worried the room at the Tythe barn Horsham would be too small but it was fine and all went well. The day went well because we had plenty of willing volunteers, it makes all the difference.

Unfortunately the fickle weather let us down for the afternoon at the apiary with 8C and drizzling, despite the weather most stayed well into the afternoon and were not too disappointed that the bees were not touched. There was plenty of tapping with frame making and plenty of smoke around with lighting smokers, also a table with hive parts being explained.

I would like to thank all the helper’s that gave their time to make the day run smoothly.

Let’s hope for better weather for the second day 13th April.

Melvyn

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