Hi Everyone, cluster do not block the entrance). Mouseguards can

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Hi Everyone,
We have been very lucky will the weather over the
past month but it looks as if next week will see a
return to ‘normal’ Autumn temperatures, so, it really
is time to make sure your winter preparations are
well under way. Below are some tips from Margaret
Murdin, a Master Beekeeper.
Hive ventilation
Colonies need good ventilation as it is dampness
rather than cold which will kill the bees. So, make
sure they are not in frost pockets or under a canopy
of trees and that the hive is well ventilated – if you
have open mesh floors this should not be a problem.
Check the varroa load
Although you will have completed your varroa
treatment by now, it is a good idea to put your varroa
board back in at the end of the month to check the
natural mite fall over one week. This will give you an
indication of whether you need to treat with oxalic
acid in December (the club will be buying some Oxalic
Acid and doing a demo in mid-winter).
Heft hives to assess stores
Having already checked your bees’ stores and fed if
necessary, now is the time to heft your hive and get
an idea what of what a hive full of stores feels like.
Remember what it feels like and use it to compare
with the hefted weight in January to give you an
indication of whether or not you have to feed in early
Allow free movement of the cluster
It’s a good idea to remove your queen excluder
because your colony might need to move up into a
super during winter to be nearer the stores. The bees
will not leave the queen, they will stay down in the
brood box and starve rather than go without her so
you need to make sure she can go with them! Store
the excluder on top of the crown board so it is readily
available to be replaced in the spring.
Reduce the entrance size
The entrance will need to be reduced and the
entrance block turned so that the opening is at the
top(so that bees that die in winter and fall off the
cluster do not block the entrance). Mouseguards can
be added towards the end of this month too. If you
have green woodpeckers in your area it may be time
to buy in some chicken wire as well!
Our AGM on Thursday 2nd October was well
attended with over half of our members present.
Our retiring Chair, Alex, highlighted what a busy year
the club has had, with moving the apiary (twice!),
setting up and manning stands at the Cotswold
Show and the 3 Counties Show, running the CDB
Honey Show, organizing Healthy Bee Day, talks,
demos, workshops, exams, swarm collecting and
the BBQ! The club is gradually growing in size,
increasing the services provided to members and
managing a growing revenue, so, more than ever,
we need to know what the members want from the
CDB. If you didn’t get to the AGM, please return your
questionnaires so that we know what you think about
Alex Bayliss and Susan Brown stood down this year
from their roles as Chair and Treasurer. Alex has been
Chair for 3 years and we thank her for all her help and
guidance over the years. Susan has been manning
the accounts for 2 years and is looking forward to a
rest from all those figures! On behalf of the members,
thank you both for all the hours you have put into
the club. (Memo from Susan - membership - still an
amazing bargain at £30 – is due in and your hives are
not insured from the beginning of October without it.)
Club Roles 2014 - 2016
Susan Sarna
Vice Chair: David Best
Secretary: Patsy Ward
Treasurer: John Stevens
Delegate to GBKA: Susan Brown
Committee members:
John B, Alex B, Jon D, Jan F, Liz G, Bill M, Richard O,
Becky Winning, Chris Strudwick, Derek W,
Training Manager: Liz Gardner
Apiary Managers: Bill Mead, John Barrett
Newsletter: Jan Sparrow
Swarm Collection Coordinator: Corinne Hilditch
Spray Liaison: Scott Carpenter
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The meeting finished with a short talk from Chris
Strudwick on mead making and brewing beer with
honey. Not sure we all managed to take detailed
notes, but as Chris took a load of honey home to get
brewing for our Christmas get together we may yet
get to taste the recipes! Cheers Chris.
The next Newsletter will be coming from the
typewriter (computer really but doesn’t sound so
good) of Jan Federlein – good luck Jan.
Dates for your diary:
16th October
7pm Winter Training Starts Rural Innovation Centre
16th October
GBKA Meeting Uckington and Elmstone Village Hall
22nd October
6pm Cirencester & District Beekeepers Committee
meeting Rural Innovation Centre
30th October/1st November
83rd National Honey Show St George’s College,
Weybridge, Surrey, KT15 2QS
The Committee