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.