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NEWS FROM FBKA

FBKA Honorary Membership Awards

This Award recognizes individual member's outstanding contributions, dedication and commitment
to beekeeping.

Previous FBKA Honorary Membership Award Winners

Howard McConnell      2017

Ethel Irvine                  2018

Hugh Mannix              2019

Joe Greene                 2019

Andrew Elliott             2020

Also 2019  was the first award of Preliminary Beekeeper of the Year which was presented to Mary Brady.

The 2020 Preliminary Beekeeper of the Year award went to John McGrath.

Programme 2020

FBKA would be grateful if members would complete the annual DAERA survey.  The link directly to the survey is  here.  Thanks.


Unfortunately, many opportunities we would normally have to meet over the summer months were cancelled this year, including chiefly our BBQ and Honey Show.  2020 has been a challenging year for bees and beekeepers. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and anxieties, we are not meeting as usual for the autumn. Instead, for the foreseeable future, monthly meetings will take place ‘on-line’. So, if you are unfamiliar with on-line meeting systems - we will be using Zoom - please give it a go!  In spite of and because of COVID-19, a whole world - literally - of beekeeping has opened up to us through on-line systems. 

The FBKA 2021 AGM is on Thursday 28th January, using Zoom. In advance of the AGM we encourage any members to volunteer to help with the running of the association.

Lorraine, our secretary, will send out a link to this meeting in due course.

FURTHER NEWS

Unfortunately, Ulster BKA have had to cancel the upcoming 2021 Annual Conference.

However to help you get through the current gloom and long, dark, cold winter nights UBKA will host a series of Zoom Webinars from some World Class Speakers on our favourite topic - Bees. Details of how to join these Webinars will follow in due course.

UBKA Winter Webinars 2021 - "Key Concepts For Every Bee-Keeper"

Tues,  12th January:     New Year Management with Ged Marshall.

Tues,  19th January:     Impact of Pesticides on Bees with Jeff Pettis.

Weds, 27th January:    Landscape and Bees with Jane Stout.

Weds,   3rd February:  Queen Management Essentials with Juliana Rangel.

Thurs, 11th February:  Swarm Control with Ged Marshall.

Thurs, 18th February:  Why are Queens Failing with Jeff Pettis.

All Webinars are FREE to members and commence at 8pm with a Question & Answer session after.

 

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