Secretary’s Stuff

Hello . . . Just to introduce myself as the 2017 season’s incoming Secretary having taken on the mantle from John Preston (very big boots to fill!).

Although fairly new to beekeeping following early retirement in 2012, you might have come across me on the 2015 beginners course, or in 2016 as one of the swarm coordinators/collectors or maybe at Bee Banter in Mayfield.

If you are already a member of the High Weald Beekeepers, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or ideas regarding the association. The committee has meetings every couple of months or so and I would be pleased to raise any relevant issues on your behalf.

If you have any general questions regarding beekeeping please let me know and, if I am not able to answer it myself, I can pass it on to a relevant member of the association. We have a huge wealth of knowledge within the organisation.

I continue to be one of this year’s swarm coordinators along with Jen Moore and am looking forward to whatever this season throws at us!

Best regards  . . . Peter Halford

8th February 2016

Contact details for our new regional bee inspector -

Diane Steele
Office: 01243 582612
Mobile: 07775 119452

Also a reminder of notifiable diseases -

Asian hornet
Small hive beetle

If you think you have any of these in one or more of your hives then you must inform the bee inspector immediately.


John Preston


Happy New Year to everyone!

Well here we are starting to think about and prepare for next season - well I am anyway!

Maybe you've been putting together kit purchased at the NHS or in one of the suppliers' recent sales; possibly cleaning up old equipment not currently in use but you somehow know you will need in a few months time
when our darlings decide they want to swarm.

Maybe reading up on some new aspect of beekeeping that you have always wanted to do one season but have never had the time - until now perhaps?

Or maybe you have just stumbled across this page with a vague interest in bees and beekeeping - is this going to be the year when you start your beekeeping for real?

Then again maybe this short update will make you realise that the new season will be with us before we know it!

For those who couldn't make them we had a successful AGM and Honey Show back in November 2015 at Five Ashes and a pleasant seasonal meal in December at the Crow and Gate outside Crowborough.

The committee is currently firming up Bee Banter dates and venues and these will be published soon.

We are also looking at what internal events we will be offering and which external events we will be attending - details to be published in due course - on the website and via email.

This year the swarm list will be maintained in a slightly different way - details will be emailed to members in due course.

I will shortly be contacting those who volunteered to be the new swarm list co-ordinators so that everything is in place for our first swarm list in mid March.

Many thanks to all those who returned their survey forms at the end of last year - the results will be circulated shortly.

Finally please do try and attend as many of the Association events as you can - whether they are internal events (talks, open apiaries, improvers' group etc) or external events (summer fairs and fetes etc) they are always good fun - see you at one soon.

John P.

John Preston
Secretary HWBKA

As well as our chairperson Helen Hadley being new to her role this year I have now taken over the Minutes Secretary role from Richard Randell and am slowly coming up to speed with the tasks involved.

Many thanks to Richard for handling over all the documentation and for his continuing support and assistance.

If you have any HWBKA queries that you think fall under my role then please email me John and I will do my best to answer them.

As a general note the committee tries to do all communication with members via email so please let me know if you change your email address so that we can update our records accordingly.

Likewise any changes to address or telephone numbers.

Thanks and regards.

John P.

John Preston